Top 5 NBA player performances for winning teams on January 1

The Raptors got 45 points from their star player Kawhi Leonard to defeat Utah. - [ESPN / YouTube screencap]
The Raptors got 45 points from their star player Kawhi Leonard to defeat Utah. - [ESPN / YouTube screencap]

The new year was back to business with more NBA action and top star performances.

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The NBA is back on track, as the new year revealed a group of games on Tuesday (January 1). It included a night full of star performers, such as a 45-point game, huge double-doubles, and stat sheet fillers. Below are the top five players from Tuesday's action.

1

Kawhi Leonard - Toronto Raptors

Kawhi was the high-scorer of the night with 45 points recorded. He also did that without hitting a single three-point shot. The Raptors were able to defeat the Jazz, 122-116, thanks to his performance.

2

Jusuf Nurkic - Portland Trail Blazers

It's hard to argue that Jusuf Nurkick was absolutely balling out in Sacramento. He filled up the stat sheet with 24 points, 23 rebounds, seven assists, five steals, and five blocks. Wow!

3

Joel Embiid - Philadelphia 76ers

On the road, Joel Embiid came up big for the visiting 76ers. The Sixers' big man posted 28 points and 19 rebounds to help his team top the Clippers.

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