NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/11/13
NBA Daily Updates 12/11: Knicks Fall Again, Pacers Top Heat, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
December 11, 2013
It’s been a pretty busy week in the NBA so far, and that trend will continue this evening with a nine-game set. While we’re waiting on tip-off, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there who are making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks: Another day, another Knicks loss. This one was in Cleveland, with New York falling 109-94 after a brutal 20-33 third quarter that pretty much put the game to rest. Anthony once again led the way for the cold-shooting team, posting 29 points and eight rebounds. He’s scored at least 20 points in eight of the last 10, with six of those being double-doubles.
The 5-15 Knicks will get a tough one tonight, as they welcome their rival Bulls to the Garden.
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Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers: In a possible Eastern Conference Finals preview, the Pacers were able to overcome the Heat last night for a big 90-84 win at home. Hibbert led the way offensively, putting up a game-high 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. He also added five rebounds and a block in 37 minutes of action. That’s the first time Hibbert has broken 20 points since November 24.
The 19-3 Pacers’ three-game home-stand will continue through early next week. They’ll have a rematch with the Heat in Miami next Wednesday.
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: Durant put it down last night against the Hawks. He led the way for the Thunder during the 101-92 win, posting 30 points and 10 rebounds. It’s the second game in a row that he’s reached the 30-10 barrier after his 36-point, 10-board showing against the Pacers. Durant has double-doubles in six of his last eight outings.
That’s three wins in a row for OKC, and they currently stand at 16-4. They’re in Memphis tonight, then return back home for the Lakers on Friday.
Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers: Speaking of the Lakers, let’s check out Bryant and see what he’s been up to since making his return. He played in his second game of the year last night against the Suns, logging 29 minutes of action in the 108-114 loss. The good news is that Bryant led the team in scoring, with 20 points, two rebounds and three assists.
L.A. has fallen below .500 again, with a 10-11 record after two straight losses. They’ve got a four-game trip ahead of them, with Friday’s game in OKC, then Charlotte (Dec. 14), Atlanta (Dec. 16) and Memphis (Dec. 17).
NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at tonight’s nine-game schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013:
7:00 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at Charlotte Bobcats (SSO-CHA, FS Florida)
7:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics (CSN-NE, PRIME TICKET)
8:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies (SSO-MEM, FS Oklahoma HD)
San Antonio Spurs at Milwaukee Bucks (FSSW, FSN Wisconsin)
Philadelphia 76ers at Minnesota Timberwolves (CSN-P, FS North)
Detroit Pistons at New Orleans Pelicans (FSNOLA, FS Detroit)
Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks (ESPN, Sportsnet One, MSG, CSN-Chicago)
10:00 PM ET:
Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings (CSN-CA, ROOT Sports)
10:30 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors (ESPN, Sportsnet One, CSNBayHD, FSSW-DAL)
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