NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/19/13
NBA Daily Updates 12/19: Heat Take Pacers, Chandler's Return, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
December 19, 2013
We had a very busy 12-game evening in the NBA last night, but things will be calming down with just two matchups set for tonight. That said, there’s still plenty to go over this morning as the season chugs on, so let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players around the league who are making headlines this morning.
LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat: Thanks to an ankle injury, James was questionable all the way up to game-time of last night’s huge matchup between the Heat and the Pacers. It’s a good thing he took the court; The Heat were able to eke out a 97-94 victory on the strength of a 26-18 fourth quarter. James posted 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as he once again flirted with triple-double territory.
The next Pacers-Heat matchup isn’t until March, so we’ll see some very different teams by then. In any case, the 19-6 Heat are at home tomorrow against the Kings.
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Tyson Chandler, C, New York Knicks: Chandler’s return to the court after a month-long absence due to a fractured leg didn’t exactly ease the Knicks’ shooting woes, but they ended up getting a victory anyway. It took them double-overtime to do it, though; They came away with a 107-101 win in Milwaukee. Chandler was an immediate contributor: He posted nine points, nine rebounds and three blocks in an unexpectedly lengthy 37 minutes of action.
The 8-17 Knicks have won three of their last five. Their next game will be Saturday at home against Memphis.
Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets: Howard and the Rockets used a dominant first quarter (24-16) to take care of the Bulls last night, eventually notching the victory 109-94. For his part, Howard notched 23 points, nine rebounds, a steal and a block. It was his highest points total in the last three games.
Looking ahead, the 17-9 Rockets have a pair of road games to close out the week. They’ll be in Indianapolis tomorrow to see the Pacers, then will visit the Pistons in Detroit on Saturday.
DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers: Jordan has been putting up some beastly numbers this season, and last night’s line against the Pelicans definitely qualifies as one of those outings. He managed 14 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting, with 20 rebounds and five blocks in a 108-95 victory for the Clippers. That was Jordan’s second outing this year with at least 20 boards, and he has 10 blocks in his last three games.
The 18-9 Clippers have won three in a row. They have two more games in their home-stand this weekend: Saturday against Denver and Sunday against Minnesota.
NBA Daily Schedule: We only have two games tonight, but both are nationally televised and look like pretty good matchups. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Thursday, December 19, 2013:
8:00 PM ET:
Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT)
10:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors (TNT, CSNBayHD)
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