NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/21/13
NBA Daily Updates 12/21: George and the Pacers Win Easily, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
December 21, 2013
After a busy evening last night, the NBA will be getting right back to business with a packed 12-game set today. The action starts extra-early, so be sure to reserve that spot on the couch. While we’re waiting on the tip-offs, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names and storylines happening across the league. Here’s the latest.
Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte Bobcats: Walker has been on quite a roll lately, and that surge continued last night against the Pistons. He poured in a season-high 34 points in a 116-106 victory, adding seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in the process. That’s four straight games with at least 24 points for Walker.
The 13-14 Bobcats have won three straight as they attempt to get back to .500 on the season. They’ll be back at home against Utah tonight.
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Chris Bosh, PF, Miami Heat: Bosh got the rare chance to lead the team in scoring last night, posting a season-high 25 points against the Kings. He also was able to come up with eight rebounds, an assist and a steal in the 122-103 victory. In three of the last four games, Bosh has been able to nab at least 20 points and six rebounds.
Let’s look at the 20-6 Heat’s upcoming schedule. They’ll get a couple days off before hosting the Hawks on Dec. 23 and heading to L.A. to take on the Lakers on Christmas Day.
Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers: There were some competitive moments in the Rockets-Pacers matchup last night, but ultimately Indiana ran away with it. It ended up being a 114-81 blowout, with George leading the way on 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. He’s playing great this season, averaging 23.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game so far.
The win halts a two-game skid for the Pacers, who sit at 21-5. They host Boston tomorrow, then will head to Brooklyn on Monday.
Pau Gasol, PF, Los Angeles Lakers: As the Lakers learn to live without Kobe, Gasol is stepping up as one of the team’s leaders. He notched 21 points on 10 of 15 shooting in L.A.’s 104-91 win over the T-wolves last night, adding 13 rebounds and eight assists for a near-miss triple-double. That’s Gasol’s second double-double in the last three games, and he only missed the third by one rebound.
Thanks to their last two wins, the Lakers sit at 13-13 thus far. They’re in the Bay Area tonight to take on the Warriors, and will head to Phoenix on Monday.
NBA Daily Schedule: 24 teams will be taking the court today, so it’ll be a very busy day for NBA fans. Let’s take a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Saturday, December 21, 2013:
12:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at New York Knicks (MSG, SSO-MEM)
1:00 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics (CSN, CSN-NE)
7:00 PM ET:
Sacramento Kings at Orlando Magic (CSN-CA, FS Florida)
7:30 PM ET:
Utah Jazz at Charlotte Bobcats (SSO-CHA, ROOT Sports)
Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons (RSN, CSN Houston, FS Detroit Plus)
8:00 PM ET:
Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls (NBATV, WGN-TV, FSOhio HD)
8:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks (TCN-PHI, FSN Wisconsin)
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (KENS HD, FS Oklahoma HD)
9:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns (FSAZ HD, FSSW-DAL)
10:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers (KGWHD, FSNOLA)
10:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors (CSNBayHD, TWC Sportsnet)
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers (NBATV, Altitude, PRIME TICKET)
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