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Michigan NBA Alumni Update: Moe Wagner and others contributing in reserve roles

Four different Michigan NBA alumni reached double digits last week.

Moe Wagner saw extended action Sunday for Los Angeles, as the Lakers were missing JaVale McGee at center due to injury. The rookie scored 12 points in a 128-110 defeat to the Washington Wizards.

He also corralled three rebounds and dished an assist in the loss. His Lakers are 18-12 and just two games behind the Golden State Warriors in the Pacific Division. He’ll be needed to steady the ship amidst a host of injuries.

The gregarious German notched five points in seven minutes the previous night at Charlotte, his first points since scoring 10 in his professional debut Dec. 6.

Staying out West, Phoenix guard Jamal Crawford saw 27 minutes in a 99-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

He filled up the stat sheet, scoring 17 points, distributing five assists, grabbing two boards and recording a steal.

He notched seven more dimes in a 107-99 Saturday triumph over the Timberwolves.

In Portland, Nik Stauskas provided 13 much-needed points in a 128-122 win over the Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors.

While just 2-for-7 from deep last week, he managed to reach double figures by driving the lane and drawing fouls. He connected on four freebies against Toronto and four two-pointers.

He mustered seven more points, two rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in a 92-83 Wednesday loss to Memphis.

Ekpe Udoh, a forward on John Beilein’s first team in 2007-08, hit all five of his shots for 10 points for the Utah Jazz in a Monday defeat to the Thunder.

OTHER NOTES

Tim Hardaway, Jr. continues to do his thing in New York. He racked up another 20-point game Wednesday in a road loss to the Cavaliers.

He combined to score 31 points in games against the Hornets on Friday and the Pacers on Sunday. He’s averaging 21 points and making 35.8 percent of his threes.

His Knicks teammate Trey Burke returned from injury to score three points, snare four caroms and tally three assists in the 110-99 loss to Indiana.


Caris Levert is nearing his return for Brooklyn, but “has not started sprinting yet.”

The Nets sorely need their top scorer, as they are 5-10 without him.


The Miami Heat relegated Duncan Robinson to the G-League for now, and the former D-III transfer is lighting it up.

He amassed 32 points for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in a Dec. 10 loss to the Agua Caliente Clippers. He added seven rebounds and six assists, as well.

In 11 games, the 6-foot-8 gunner has averaged 19.5 points per game, hitting treys at a nearly 48 percent clip.

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