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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/17/13

NBA Daily Updates 12/17: Pistons Take Pacers, Heat Win Again, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

December 17, 2013

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We’ll be getting a relatively quiet night in the NBA this evening, as there are just five games on the league’s schedule. After last night’s eight-game set, however, we’ve still got plenty to talk about. Let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there across the league. Here’s the latest.

Josh Smith, SF, Detroit Pistons: Smith has been pouring in the points over the last couple of games, with his latest huge outing coming against the Pacers in a huge victory for Detroit. The Pistons had a seven-point lead heading into halftime and were able to hold on for a 101-96 road win. As for Smith, he posted 30 points and seven rebounds, which is his second game in a row with at least 30.
Detroit has won two of their last three games and currently stand at 12-14. They’ll head to Boston tomorrow to finish off their two-game mini-trip.

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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/17/13

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Al Horford, C, Atlanta Hawks: After getting outplayed in the first half (and outscored 28-20 in the first quarter), the Hawks came storming back later on and took a 114-100 victory over the Lakers. Horford was a big contributor, posting 19 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double in the last three games. He also notched five assists.
Let’s look at the 13-12 Hawks’ upcoming schedule. They’ll cap off their three-game home-stand this week, with matchups against Sacramento tomorrow and Utah on Friday.

Jared Sullinger, PF, Boston Celtics: After an up-and-down first half, Sullinger and company were able to outplay the Kevin Love-led Timberwolves and post a 101-97 victory. Sullinger was tops on his team in the three major categories, with 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. It was his first double-double since November 30 against the Bucks.
After dropping back-to-back games, the 12-14 Celtics have won their last two. They’ve got two more games in their current five-game home-stand. They’ll host the Pistons tomorrow and the Wizards on Saturday.

LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: We haven’t checked in on LeBron for a few days, so let’s see what he’s been up to. Thanks to a second-half surge, the Heat didn’t have too much trouble with the floundering Jazz, taking the game 117-94. James once again flirted with a triple-double, posting 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assist. It’s the second game in a row he’s put up nines in boards and helpers.
The 18-6 Heat have won four of their last five and are looking at a pair of home games to close out the week. They’ll host the Pacers tomorrow and the Kings on Friday.

NBA Daily Schedule: 10 teams will be in action on the court tonight, and we’ve got some pretty good-looking matchups mixed in there. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013:

7:00 PM ET:
Sacramento Kings at Charlotte Bobcats (CSN-CA, SSO-CHA)
Portland Trail Blazers at Cleveland Cavaliers (SNET 360, CSNNWHD, FSOhio HD)

8:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies (SSO-MEM, TWC Sportsnet)

9:00 PM ET:
Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets (NBATV, Sportsnet One, Altitude, FS Oklahoma HD)

10:30 PM ET:
New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors (FSNOLA, CSNBayHD)

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