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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 1/12/14

NBA Player Updates 1/12: Bulls and Knicks Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

January 12, 2014

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There’s not a whole lot going on in the NBA today; There are just three games on the schedule. That said, we’ve still got plenty to talk about after another busy Saturday, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy happenings out there in the league and see who’s making headlines. Here’s the latest.

James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets: Ever since an eight-point dud on Dec. 29, Harden has been rolling. He kept it going last night against the Wizards, notching 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists. It was Harden’s fifth consecutive game with at least 25. The Rockets eventually took it 114-107 on the strength of a 34-17 second quarter.
The Rockets have won three of their last four and sit at 24-14 this season. Their road trip continues tomorrow in Boston before moving on to New Orleans on Jan. 15.

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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 1/12/14

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Amar’e Stoudemire, PF, New York Knicks: Considering the minutes-load he’s been getting, Stoudemire has been quite productive for New York. He posted a team-high 21 points in the Knicks’ 102-92 victory over the 76ers last night, adding five rebounds in his 22 minutes of action. That’s the third time Stoudemire has scored at least 21 over his last nine appearances.
The Knicks still have a long way to go if they want .500 again, but they’ve won four straight and sit at 14-22. Up next is a home game tomorrow against Phoenix.

D.J. Augustin, PG, Chicago Bulls: Who needs Derrick Rose and Luol Deng? This group of Bulls doesn’t, and they showed it once again last night against Charlotte. With Jimmy Butler injured, Augustin stepped up for a 20-point, 12-assist effort in the 103-97 victory--season-highs in both categories. It was his second double-double of the year so far.
Though it’s completely implausible, the Bulls have won five straight. They’re 17-18 now and will try to get back to .500 at home against the Wizards tomorrow. After that it’s a pair of road games in Orlando and Washington.

Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks: Nowitzki was flat-out cooking last night against the Pelicans. He dropped a season-high 40 points in the 110-107 victory, which included 5-of-9 from three-point land. It was the first time the veteran Nowitzki had hit the 40-point barrier since April of 2012. He also added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Let’s check out the 22-16 Mavs’ upcoming schedule. They’ll host Orlando tomorrow, then hit the road to face the Clippers (Jan. 15) and Suns (Jan. 17).

NBA Daily Schedule: We’ve only got a half-dozen teams in action today, but there should be at least a couple of good matchups mixed in there. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.

Sunday, January 12, 2014:

6:00 PM ET:
Cleveland Cavaliers at Sacramento Kings (CSN-CA, FSOhio HD)
Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzlies (SSO-MEM, SportSouth)

7:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs (FSSW, FS North)

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