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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/20/14

NBA Player Updates 2/20: T-Wolves and Knicks Win, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

February 20, 2014

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After a pretty intense couple of days following the All-Star break, the NBA will be slowing down a bit today with just three games on the schedule. Before we settle in and wait on tip-offs tonight, let’s take our daily look across the league and see what’s happening out there with the league’s newsmakers.

Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls: Noah doesn’t have to focus solely on rebounds; He can be a facilitator, too. He posted a career-high 13 helpers last night against the Raptors, aiding his teammates in the Bulls’ 94-92 victory. Noah also managed eight points and four rebounds. That breaks his string of five straight games with at least a double-double.
That’s four straight wins for the Bulls, who have risen to 28-25 on the season. They’ll get back to it at home tomorrow night against Denver.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/20/14

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Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks: The Knicks are in dire straits right now, but they’ve still got Anthony to carry the team. He did just that last night against the Pelicans, posting 42 points in the Knicks’ 98-91 win. In addition to his third 40-point game, Anthony also managed four rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists.
Before that win, the 21-33 Knicks had lost six of their last seven. There are two more games on their current road trip, starting tomorrow in Orlando.

Kevin Love, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves: Not to be outdone, Love also had a big game of his own last night. He scored 42 as well, then turned it into a double-double with 16 rebounds in a surprising 104-91 victory over the Pacers. That makes three straight double-doubles for Love, and he’s been able to top the 30-point mark in each one.
Next up for the 26-28 T-Wolves is a five-game road trip. That begins on Saturday in Utah and will stretch through March 3.

James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets: The Rockets were a finely-tuned scoring machine last night against the Lakers, with Harden leading the way. He tossed up 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the big 134-108 victory, adding four steals for good measure. That’s the fifth time in the last six games Harden has managed at least 22 points.
That makes eight wins in a row for the Rockets, who are 37-17 on the year. They’ve got four games left on this five-game trip, starting tonight against Golden State.

NBA Daily Schedule: A half-dozen teams will be out on the court tonight, and 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 carrying each game.

Thursday, February 20, 2014:

8:00 PM ET:
Denver Nuggets at Milwaukee Bucks (Altitude, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, Sportsnet One)

10:30 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors (TNT, TSN2, CSN Houston)

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