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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/27/13

NBA Daily Updates 12/27: Aldridge and Teague to the Rescue, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

December 27, 2013

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Last night’s four-game set in the NBA will seem pretty tame this evening, as we’re getting back to business with nine matchups out there. While we’re waiting on the tip-offs, there are plenty of players and storylines to check out. That said, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy items out there right now.

Jeff Teague, PG, Atlanta Hawks: Last night’s Hawks-Cavaliers matchup didn’t look like much on the schedule, but it turned into the most entertaining game out there. It took two overtimes for things to finally be decided, with Teague coming up huge late in the final periods for a 127-125 victory. In all, he posted 34 points and 14 assists, but his biggest contributions were a double overtime-forcing 3-pointer and a game-winning jumper.
The Hawks are on something of a roll. They’ve won four of their last five and sit at 16-13 on the year. They’re at home against Charlotte tomorrow.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/27/13

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James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets: Harden might as well have just stayed put at the foul line last night against the Grizzlies. He shot a whopping 25 free throws, notching 22 makes for a 27-point line (and career highs in both categories) in the Rockets’ 100-92 win. Harden wasn’t particularly effective from the field, though, posting a 2-of-9 mark. He also notched six rebounds and five assists.
Houston has won three of their last four games to give them a 20-11 record on the season. They’re at home against New Orleans tomorrow.

Tim Duncan, PF, San Antonio Spurs: Duncan was his usual beastly self against the Mavericks last night. He posted 21 points and 13 rebounds in the 116-107 victory, which was his second consecutive double-double. Duncan has posted at least 21 points and 12 rebounds three times in the last 10 games.
That gives the Spurs a 23-7 mark, and they’ve won four of their last six games. They’re entering a four-game home-stand which starts on Dec. 29 against Sacramento.

LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, Portland Trail Blazers: Aldridge was a game-time decision last night after getting his wisdom teeth removed, but he ended up playing against the Clippers. It’s a good thing he did, too; He was his usual dominant self. Aldridge notched 32 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the Blazers’ 116-112 overtime victory, taking over the extra period and willing Portland to a win.
Aldridge and the Trail Blazers are the hottest team in the NBA this season; They’ve won seven of their last eight games for a 24-5 record. They’ve got a big matchup looming tomorrow at home against the incoming Heat.

NBA Daily Schedule: 18 teams will be out on the court tonight, so there’s a good chance that NBA fans will be able to see some great matchups. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Friday, December 27, 2013:

7:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Charlotte Bobcats (SSO-CHA, FS Oklahoma HD)
Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic (FS Florida, FS Detroit)

7:30 PM ET:
Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets (YES, FSN Wisconsin)
Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks (TSN2, MSG)

8:00 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Minnesota Timberwolves (NBATV, CSN+)
Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans (FSNOLA, Altitude 2)

9:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz (ROOT Sports, TWC Sportsnet)

10:00 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Sacramento Kings (SunSpM, News10)

10:30 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at Golden State Warriors (FSAZ HD, CSNBayHD)

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