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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 1/23/14

NBA Player Updates 1/23: Knicks Fall, Durant Does It Again, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

January 23, 2014

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The NBA will be slowing down to a crawl tonight, with just two games on the schedule. (But not to worry; There are 13 more coming tomorrow.) That said, there are still plenty of news items and noteworthy players out there in the league today. Let’s take a look at some of the important names making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.

D.J. Augustin, PG, Chicago Bulls: Augustin has been on fire for the Bulls this week. He set a season high in points against the Lakers, then did it again last night against the Cavaliers. He posted 27 points, seven assists and five rebounds in Chicago’s 98-87 victory, and now has at least 19 in four of the last five.
After winning their last three, the surprising Bulls are now 21-20. They’ll try to keep their hot streak going tomorrow night against the red-hot Clippers.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 1/23/14

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DeMar DeRozan, SG, Toronto Raptors: DeRozan will certainly remember last night for quite a while to come. He hit the 40-point threshold for the first time in his career against the Mavericks, adding three rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in a 93-85 win. DeRozan was just about the only thing working for the Raptors, as the rest of the team could muster just 53 points.
The Raptors have lost two of their last three, but are still sitting pretty in an ugly East at 21-20. They’re in Philadelphia tomorrow night.

Evan Turner, SF, Philadelphia 76ers: Speaking of Philly, let’s take a look at Turner, who used a hot shooting night and a sloppy Knicks defense to earn a career-high in scoring last night. He posted 34 points in the Sixers’ 110-106 victory, adding 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season.
With the win, Philadelphia stops their three-game skid and improves to 14-28. After hosting the Raptors tomorrow, they’ll welcome the Thunder on Saturday.

Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: Is there anything Durant can’t do? He continued his stellar run last night against San Antonio, pouring in 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 111-105 Thunder victory. That makes a whopping nine games with at least 30 points. Durant’s only blunder was in turnovers--he coughed it up 11 times.
The Thunder are in Boston tomorrow and Philadelphia on Saturday. They currently stand at 33-10 on the season and have won five in a row.

NBA Daily Schedule: Just four teams will be out on the court tonight, but the good news is that both games are nationally televised. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with where and when you can catch both games.

Thursday, January 23, 2014:

8:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat (TNT, NBATV Canada)

10:30 PM ET:
Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers (TNT, NBATV Canada)

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

 

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