NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/26/14
NBA Player Updates 12/26: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
December 26, 2014
Most of the NBA will be back out on the court today, as we’ve got 11 games coming our way in the next several hours. The action starts early this afternoon, but before we get settled in let’s take a moment to check out some of the notable happenings around the league. Here’s the latest.
Knicks-Wizards: John Wall had his way with the Knicks yesterday in the first Christmas game of the day, posting 24 points and 11 assists in a 102-91 victory. Washington never trailed in this game, which ended up being a pretty boring affair for non-Wizards fans.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 34 points. New York is now 5-26 and have edged the Sixers for the most losses in the league. They’ve lost 16 of their last 17 games.
The most entertaining part of the game came on a Wall tussle with Quincy Acy, a shoving match that saw Acy get ejected.
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Thunder-Spurs: The Thunder asserted themselves over the defending champion Spurs yesterday in a nice matchup, riding high to a 114-106 win. Russell Westbrook led the way here, posting 34 points and 11 assists in the victory.
OKC was without Kevin Durant, but Westbrook more than made up for it on 14-of-28 shooting, five steals and five rebounds. Helping out was Serge Ibaka, with 21 points and a 3-for-4 mark from outside.
The Thunder are now 14-16.
Heat-Cavaliers: All the storylines yesterday were centered around LeBron James’ return to Miami for the first time since leaving for Cleveland as a free agent. In the end, the Heat were able to defend their home floor and come away with a key win 101-91.
Dwyane Wade led the way for Miami, posting 31 points (24 in the first half). Luol Deng put up 25 and had a nice defensive performance against James.
As for LeBron, he posted 30 points and eight assists in the losing effort, while Kyrie Irving put up 25 of his own.
Bulls-Lakers: The Bulls are probably really glad they were able to land Pau Gasol in this off-season. He put up 23 points and 13 rebounds in a great effort against the Lakers yesterday, helping the Bulls get the win 113-93.
Los Angeles was without Kobe Bryant for this one. Kobe was sidelined due to general soreness and could be out as much as a week.
Jimmy Butler (21 points) and Derrick Rose (20 points) also added nice games for the fifth straight victory for Chicago.
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.
Friday, December 26, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics (YES, CSNHD)
7:00 PM ET:
Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic (SPORTSNET ONE, FSOHIO, FSFLORIDA)
7:30 PM ET:
Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks (SPORTSOUTH, FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN)
Indiana Pacers at Detroit Pistons (FSI, FS DETROIT)
8:00 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Memphis Grizzlies (NBATV, ROOT, SPORTSOUTH)
San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans (FSSW, FSNOLA)
Charlotte Hornets at Oklahoma City Thunder (SPORTSOUTH, FS OKLAHOMA HD)
8:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks (FSSW, TWC SN/TWC D)
9:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets (FS NORTH, ALTITUDE)
10:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia 76ers at Portland Trail Blazers (CSN, KGWHD)
Phoenix Suns at Sacramento Kings (FSAZ, CSN-CA)
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