NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/23/14
NBA Player Updates 12/23: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
December 23, 2014
The NBA will be shutting down for Christmas Eve tomorrow, so they’re going out with a bang tonight. There are 11 games on the schedule, so we basketball fans won’t have any problem finding something to watch. That said, let’s check out some of the notable happenings out there right now.
Bulls-Raptors: The surging Raptors hit a wall last night, and that wall was named Chicago. The Bulls took a 129-120 win on the strength of a big fourth quarter, aided by Derrick Rose’s 29 points. Jimmy Butler also had another big game with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
The loss snaps a six-game win streak for Toronto.
Chicago scored 49 points in the fourth quarter alone, which is a franchise record.
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Rockets-Blazers: This one looked like a pretty good matchup, but the final score wasn’t all that close. James Harden posted 44 points (a season-high) in the Rockets’ 110-95 win over the Blazers last night, a bit of revenge from when Portland bounced Houston from the playoffs last year.
Portland was up early here, but Houston surged to a 20-point halftime lead and was in control the rest of the way.
Damian Lillard (18 points) and CJ McCollum (17 points) led the losing effort.
Spurs-Clippers: Now let’s stay out west and check out a couple more key games from that conference. The Spurs got back on track against the Clippers last night, posting a 125-118 victory in San Antonio. Tony Parker returned to the lineup for this one, and he gave the team a shot in the arm with 26 points. He’d been sitting out the past five games.
The Spurs had 37 assists as a team in this one, which was a season-high. They also shot a season-high 64 percent from the field.
The defending champs are now 18-11.
Kings-Warriors: The Warriors shot the lights out (as usual) last night against the Kings, recording a 128-108 victory in the process.
All 13 of the players who were active for Golden State registered points, with a half-dozen getting into double-digits. The bench scored 62 points for a new season-high, and the team put up 36 assists, which is a four-year high.
Klay Thompson posted 25 points, while Stephen curry doubled up on 12 points and 11 assists. Golden State is now 23-3.
NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the upcoming games in the 2014-15 NBA season, including the start times and TV networks where you can catch each matchup.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers (NBATV, TSN2, FSOHIO, FS NORTH)
New Orleans Pelicans at Indiana Pacers (FSI, FSNOLA)
Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic (CSNHD, FS FLORIDA)
Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards (CSN+, CSN-CHICAGO)
7:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at Atlanta Hawks (SPORTSOUTH, PRIME TICKET)
Denver Nuggets at Brooklyn Nets (YES, ALTITUDE)
Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat (CSN, SUN SPORTS)
8:00 PM ET:
Charlotte Hornets at Milwaukee Bucks (SPORTSOUTH, FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN)
Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder (SPORTSNET 360, CSNNWHD, FS OKLAHOMA HD)
9:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns (SPORTSNET 360, KTXA, FSAZ)
10:30 PM ET:
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers (TSN, CSN BAY AREA, TWC SN/TWC D)
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