Top 5 NBA players for Friday, October 19 games

These five players put forth serious efforts for their teams in the latest NBA games.

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Kevin Durant - Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant wasn't the total difference maker, but his 38 points, nine boards, and seven assists helped a lot. The Warriors picked up a close 124-123 win on a Jerebko tip-in, but KD kept Golden State in the game throughout.

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Nikola Mirotic - New Orleans Pelicans

It was a big night for a different big man in New Orleans. Usually Anthony Davis is grabbing headlines, but it was Nikola Mirotic on Friday night. He finished with 36 points, nine boards, and two assists in a Pelicans win.

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Jimmy Butler - Minnesota Timberwolves

He was booed during the introductions, and the game was in Minnesota! However, Jimmy Buckets still had a respectable stat line of 33 points (on 10-of-12 shooting), seven rebounds, and three assists for the team he doesn't want to play for. His battle with the Cavs' Kevin Love was a highlight of the night. The Timberwolves won, 131-123, over Cleveland.

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