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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/31/14

NBA Player Updates 12/31: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

December 31, 2014

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It may be hard to believe, but tonight is the last evening of NBA action for the 2014 calendar year. After that it’s off to 2015 and the remainder of the schedule. We’ve got seven games to look forward to today, so let’s take a moment to check out some of the notable happenings around the league in our daily wrap-up.

Cavaliers-Hawks: With no LeBron James (he was out with a sore knee), Al Horford (he came out with an upset stomach right after tip-off) or Shawn Marion (he was out with an ankle sprain), it was a battle of the supporting casts at the Hawks-Cavs game last night.
Paul Millsap posted the big effort, managing to get 26 points in his team’s 109-101 victory. Cleveland rallied and came back from an early-second half deficit of 17 points but ultimately fell short. Kyrie Irving put up 35 points and nine assists in the losing effort.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/31/14

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Nets-Bulls: The Brooklyn-Chicago rivalry wrote another chapter last night, when the Nets came to the Windy City. The Nets were able to break the Bulls’ seven-game win streak with a 96-82 win, thanks to a season-high 29 points from Brook Lopez. Joe Johnson also doubled up on 20 points and 11 rebounds.
That brings the Bulls to 22-10 so far and Brooklyn to 15-16. Prior to this, the Nets had recorded just one victory over a team with a winning record this year.

Lakers-Nuggets: Kobe Bryant was in vintage form last night against the Nuggets. He posted his 21st career triple-double in a 111-103 victory, with 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. He’s the second-oldest (behind Tim Duncan) to record a triple-double among active players.
Kobe shot 6-of-11 from the floor and now has hit the 25,000 mark for field goal attempts in his career. That’s third all-time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

Wizards-Mavericks: It’s a good thing Monta Ellis was able to play last night. He was questionable with an injured ankle, but managed to get into the game and post 20 points and four steals. The result was a 114-87 victory over the Wizards.
Chandler Parsons put up 14 points, Rajon Rondo had 11 points with five assists, and Dirk Nowitzki had 13 points despite his ugly 2-for-8 mark from the field.
On the other side, John Wall had 11 points and eight assists while Bradley Beal had an off-night shooting and finished with 10 points.

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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014:

1:00 PM ET:
Sacramento Kings at Boston Celtics (CSNHD, CSN-CA)

3:00 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers (FSI, SUN SPORTS)

6:00 PM ET:
New York Knicks at Los Angeles Clippers (NBATV CANADA, MSG, PRIME TICKET)

7:00 PM ET:
Charlotte Hornets at Houston Rockets (ROOT, SPORTSOUTH)
Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers (FSOHIO, FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN)
New Orleans Pelicans at San Antonio Spurs (FSSW, FSNOLA)

8:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at Oklahoma City Thunder (FSAZ, FS OKLAHOMA HD)

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