Whether it's a high-scoring star player or an essential role player on the defensive end, top producers in the NBA are typically very important to a team's success on any given day. Whether viewers are looking for the biggest contributors or the next players to scout for their fantasy basketball teams, leaders in various categories highlight some of the best players of the day. Here's a look at the best single-game performers in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks on Friday, March 2, 2012.
Despite blowing most of a 20-point lead, Bryant helped the Lakers keep the lead in an eight-point victory over the Sacramento Kings. In 37 minutes, Bryant went 13 of 24 from the field, one of two from three-point range, and 11 of 14 from the free throw line. Other leading scorers of the day include LeBron James and Kevin Martin with 35 points apiece, and Brandon Jennings with 34 points.
Rebounds: Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks - 19 rebounds
Smith's 19 rebounds matched a season-high that was set on February 10 against the Orlando Magic. In 35 minutes, four of Smith's 19 rebounds were on the offensive end. Other leading rebounders of the day include David Lee and Andrew Bynum with 15 rebounds apiece.
With Denver coach George Karl saying it is okay for his point guard to commit more turnovers if it means playing more aggressively, Lawson had a career-high 15 assists with only one turnover against the Houston Rockets. In 39 minutes, Lawson also contributed to the Nuggets' win over the Rockets with 22 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. Other leading passers of the day include Rajon Rondo with 13 assists, and Jennings, Derrick Rose, and Jose Calderon with nine assists apiece.
Steals: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics - 5 steals
Rondo's five steals matched a season-high that was set on Christmas Opening Day against the New York Knicks. Other leading stealers of the day include Rodrigue Beaubois and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute each had four steals apiece.
Blocks: Shane Battier, Miami Heat and Patrick Patterson, Houston Rockets - 4 blocks
While Battier blocked Al Jefferson, C.J. Miles, Paul Millsap, and Josh Howard in his game against the Utah Jazz, Patterson blocked Andre Miller, Ty Lawson, and Al Harrington twice in his game against the Nuggets. Other leading shot blockers of the day include James, Smith, Bynum, and Byron Mullens with three blocks each.
Josh Smith Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Rajon Rondo Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
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- Kobe Bryant
- Houston Rockets
- Josh Smith
- Ty Lawson
- Rajon Rondo
- Los Angeles Lakers