NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/16/13
NBA Daily Updates 12/16: Thunder Take Magic, Nuggets Beat Pelicans, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
December 16, 2013
Things have been pretty busy in the NBA lately, and that trend continued yesterday with a half-dozen games on the schedule. We’ll be getting eight more contests this evening, so while we’re waiting on tip-off, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy names out there across the league and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.
Kevin Love, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves: Prior to last night’s win, the T-wolves had lost to the Grizzlies 11 straight times. That trend reversed itself in Minnesota’s victory, as they came away with a 101-93 win. Love posted yet another strong outing, with 30 points and nine rebounds. It wasn’t his usual double-double, but the Timberwolves will take the victory anyway.
The win brings Minnesota to 12-12 so far, and they’re likewise 1-1 on their current three-game road trip. That will come to an end tonight in Boston.
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Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder were up 16 on the Magic in the fourth quarter last night, but then squandered the lead as they let Orlando get to within two. OKC was able to hold on, however, and emerged with a 101-98 win. Westbrook didn’t have the greatest night shooting (7-of-22), but was able to come up with 20 points and 12 rebounds. He was an ugly 0-for-5 from behind the arc.
That’s six straight wins for the Thunder, who currently sit at 19-4. They’ll hit the road tomorrow night and head to Denver.
Wilson Chandler, SF, Denver Nuggets: Speaking of Denver, let’s check in on Chandler. He put together a pretty good line in the Nuggets’ 102-93 victory over New Orleans last night, with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists. Also of note was Denver guard Nate Robinson, who was able to block a pair of shots despite standing just 5-foot-9.
After playing host to OKC tomorrow, the Nuggets will welcome in the Suns on Friday. After that, they’ll go to L.A. for a Saturday game against the Clippers.
Eric Bledsoe, PG, Phoenix Suns: Bledsoe and company matched right up with the much-celebrated backcourt of the Warriors and came away with a big win last night. The Suns would come out on top in this one 106-102, thanks mostly to Bledsoe’s 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. He was 7-of-16 from the field and 2-for-5 from behind the 3-point line.
The Suns are something of a surprise this season; they currently stand at 14-9. They’ll get a tough test on Wednesday with the visiting Spurs, then will head up to Denver on Friday.
NBA Daily Schedule: 16 teams will be in action this evening, and by this time just about everyone has hit their stride. Here’s a closer look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Monday, December 16, 2013:
7:00 PM ET:
Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers (FSIHD, FS Detroit)
7:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Atlanta Hawks (SportSouth, TWC Sportsnet)
Minnesota Timberwolves at Boston Celtics (NBATV, CSN-NE, FS North)
Philadelphia 76ers at Brooklyn Nets (YES, CSN-P)
Utah Jazz at Miami Heat (SunSpM, ROOT Sports)
Washington Wizards at New York Knicks (MSG, CSN)
8:00 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls (WGN-TV, FS Florida)
10:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers (Sportsnet One, KENS HD, PRIME TICKET)
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