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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/18/13

NBA Daily Updates 12/18: Gasol, Durant, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

December 18, 2013

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We’ve got a heavy slate of games scheduled for this evening in the NBA, with 12 matchups ahead in the coming hours. While we’re waiting on tip-offs, we’ve got plenty of players and storylines to take a look at. That said, let’s take our daily glance across the league and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.

DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings: Even though the Kings ultimately lost, Cousins’ big performance deserves some recognition. He posted 30 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in the 95-87 defeat, all good enough for tops on his team. That makes five 30-point games for Cousins so far this year, which is a stellar start--he had only three all of last season.
The 7-16 Kings have lost three of their last four. They’ll look to get back on track as their road trip continues in Atlanta tonight.

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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/18/13

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Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers: The Trail Blazers were outplayed by the Cavaliers in the first half last night, but they battled back to get the win in dramatic fashion. Lillard dropped the game-winning three-pointer with less than half a second to spare, taking the victory 119-116. He had a great outing overall, with 36 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists.
The 22-4 Trail Blazers have won five straight games. They’ll finish off their current four-game road trip tonight in Minnesota.

Pau Gasol, PF, Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers started and finished strong against the Grizzlies last night--with a bit of a lull in the middle. The important thing is that they got the win 96-92, however, with Gasol leading the charge on 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. That’s his largest points output since November 27 against the Nets.
The 12-13 Lakers have won two of their last three games, and they’ll be headed back home for a Friday game against the Timberwolves.

Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder-Nuggets game last night was another high-scoring affair, and Durant certainly got in on it. He posted 30 points, six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in the 105-93 victory. That makes an even dozen times Durant has hit 30 points so far this season.
That’s seven straight wins for the 20-4 Thunder. Their next game is at home tomorrow against the Bulls. After that they’ll have a big one in San Antonio on Dec. 21.

NBA Daily Schedule: 24 teams will be out on the floor this evening, so it’ll be a busy evening for NBA fans. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013:

7:00 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat (ESPN, FSIHD, SunSpM)
Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic (FS Florida, ROOT Sports)
Charlotte Bobcats at Toronto Raptors (RSN, SSO-CHA)

7:30 PM ET:
Sacramento Kings at Atlanta Hawks (CSN-CA)
Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics (CSN-NE, FS Detroit)
Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets (CSN, YES)

8:00 PM ET:
New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks (MSG, FSN Wisconsin)
Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves (CSNNWHD, FS North)

8:30 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks (SSO-MEM, FSSW-DAL)

9:00 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix Suns (FSSW, FSAZ HD)

9:30 PM ET:
Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets (ESPN, Sportsnet One, WGN-TV, CSN Houston)

10:30 PM ET:
New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Clippers (FSNOLA, PRIME TICKET)

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