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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/26/13

NBA Daily Updates 12/26: Thunder Destroy Knicks, Warriors Squeak By Clippers, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

December 26, 2013

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After a five-game set over the holiday yesterday, the NBA will be continuing its moderate pace today with four more matchups on the schedule. While we’re waiting for the tip-offs, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there who are making headlines this morning.

Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder: Westbrook and company flat-out destroyed the Carmelo Anthony-less Knicks in the Garden yesterday, handing them the worst Christmas home loss in NBA history. The final score ended up being 123-94, with Westbrook contributing a triple-double in the form of 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He could have done more damage, but OKC called off the dogs in the fourth quarter with their huge lead.
Next up for the Thunder is a road game in Charlotte tomorrow.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/26/13

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Chris Bosh, PF, Miami Heat: Bosh and the Heat had themselves a good Christmas in L.A. yesterday. They took the Lakers 101-95, with Bosh tying for a team-high 23 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal. That’s his first double-double since Dec. 14, and he’s now reached at least 20 points in four of his last six outings.
Let’s take a look ahead at the Heat’s upcoming schedule. They’ve got three more road games ahead: in Sacramento tomorrow, in Portland on Saturday and in Denver on Dec. 30. They’ve won six in a row and sit at 22-6.

Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets: Howard was a monster on the boards yesterday against San Antonio. He posted 20 rebounds to go along with 15 points, good enough for his fourth straight double-double. Howard also had three assists and a pair of blocks in the 111-98 Rockets win. It was his highest rebounds total since Dec. 8 (22).
The Rockets sit at 19-11, and have been alternating between wins and losses for the last nine games. They’ll get a chance to break that trend tonight at home against Memphis.

Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors: This one was close most of the way through. The Warriors were able to squeak by the Clippers 105-103 on the strength of a last-second blocked shot in the Christmas nightcap, with Curry contributing 15 points, six rebounds and 11 assists. It was his fourth double-double in his last five appearances.
That’s three wins in a row for the Warriors, and they currently sit at 17-13. They have one more game at home (tomorrow night against Phoenix) before setting off on a brutal seven-game road trip that will take them up and down the East.

NBA Daily Schedule: There are just four matchups scheduled for today, but things will be picking back up again this weekend. In the meantime, here’s a look at the full slate, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Thursday, December 26, 2013:

7:00 PM ET:
Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers (FSOhio HD, SportSouth)

8:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Houston Rockets (TNT, TSN2, CSN Houston)

8:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks (KENS HD, FSSW-DAL)

10:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers (TNT, TSN2, PRIME TICKET)

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