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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/9/13

NBA Daily Updates 12/9: Thunder Take Pacers, Knicks Embarrassed Again, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

December 9, 2013

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Yesterday’s five-game set in the NBA provided plenty of twists and turns on the court. We’re sure to see even more this evening, as we’ve got a half-dozen more matchups headed our way. While we’re waiting for tip-off, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there and see what we should be expecting in the coming days. Here’s the latest.

Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks: After emerging fromt their early-season funk for a brief two-game stretch, the Knicks were back to being bad--embarrassingly bad--against the Celtics yesterday. They were outscored 11-34 in the first quarter on the way to a crushing 114-73 Boston victory which stalls any hope of a big win streak for New York. Anthony was the best of a bad bunch, tallying 19 points and five rebounds to lead his team in both categories.
That puts the Knicks at a sorry 5-14 on the season. They’ll be in Cleveland tomorrow and host the Bulls on Wednesday.

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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/9/13

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LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: James continued his run of solid play yesterday with a fine effort against the Pistons. In 35 minutes, he tallied 24 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. The Heat would take it 110-95. Interestingly enough, LeBron also posted a half-dozen turnovers, giving him 13 in just the last two games.
Let’s see what’s up next for the 16-5 Heat. They’ve got a big one coming up against the Pacers in Indianapolis tomorrow night, and after that they’ll head back home to see Cleveland on December 14.

Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets: Howard had been flirting with the 20-20 threshold for the past couple of games, and he finally attained it yesterday against the Magic. He posted 20 points and 22 rebounds in the 98-88 victory, which was his third consecutive double-double. Howard has six games with at least 20 points and three with at least 20 boards so far this season.
The 15-7 Rockets have won two straight and will try to extend that during their road trip this week. They’ll start it out in Portland on Thursday.

Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: Durant went wild against the Pacers yesterday, asserting his dominance in a big 118-94 home victory. He posted 36 points and 10 rebounds in the win, giving him his fifth double-double in the last seven games (with one of those being a triple-double).
The Thunder sit at 15-4. Let’s take a look forward at their upcoming schedule. They’ll be on the road for their next two games: tomorrow in Atlanta and Wednesday in Memphis. After that it’s back home to host the Lakers on the 13th.

NBA Daily Schedule: 12 teams will be in action tonight, so basketball fans should be able to find a pretty good game to watch, even if their teams are taking the day off. Here’s a look at the full schedule, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Monday, December 9, 2013:

7:00 PM ET:
Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Bobcats (SSO-CHA, CSNBayHD)
Los Angeles Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers (CSN-P, PRIME TICKET)
Denver Nuggets at Washington Wizards (CSN, Altitude)

8:00 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at Memphis Grizzlies (NBATV, FS Florida)

9:00 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz (CSNNWHD, ROOT Sports)

10:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings (CSN-CA, FSSW-DAL)

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