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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/20/14

NBA Player Updates 12/20: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

December 20, 2014

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We’ll be getting seven NBA games this evening, which continues a solid run of activity on the court. Before we get set to check out all the matchups, let’s check out a few of the key stats and players who are making headlines. Here’s the latest.

Celtics-Timberwolves: No Rondo, no problem. The Celtics played their first Rajon-less game last night and did well, taking a 114-98 win over the Timberwolves. Kelly Olynyk led the way with 21 points, and a half-dozen Boston players were in double-figures in points.
On the other side, Shabazz Muhammad posted 26 points for the T-Wolves, who are now sitting at 5-20 after losing 10 of the last 11 games.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/20/14

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Cavaliers-Nets: Mike Miller was the star of the game here, nailing seven 3-pointers on the way to 21 points in his first start of the year so far. The result was a 95-91 Cavs win over the Nets in Cleveland.
LeBron James was the high man on the team as usual, posting 22 points and claiming the 23rd slot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Brooklyn was in this one late, cutting it to 94-91 on a Joe Johnson three with 41 seconds left. They weren’t able to close, though, and the Cavs pulled away.

Bulls-Grizzlies: Nikola Mirotic was the talk of the evening in the Bulls’ 103-97 win over the Grizzlies. He posted a career-high 27 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from behind the arc. Helping out was Jimmy Butler, who had another great game. Butler posted 31 points in the win, which stopped Memphis’ six-game win streak.
Rebounding was key here, as Chicago held the edge 51-45 in that area. Joakim Noah had 13 boards himself along with 10 points for a double-double.

Spurs-Blazers: This one was a stellar game (especially if you’re a Portland fan). It took three overtime periods, but the Blazers were able to beat the defending champ Spurs 129-119 last night. Damian Lillard led the way with a career-high 43 points, which led to a 21-6 Portland record and a four-game win streak.
San Antonio falls to 17-10 and has lost two in a row. Tim Duncan had 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead the team.

NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the upcoming games in the 2014-15 NBA season, including the start times and TV networks where you can catch each matchup.

Saturday, December 20, 2014:

1:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at New York Knicks (MSG, FSAZ)

7:00 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans (FSNOLA, CSNNWHD)
Utah Jazz at Charlotte Hornets (ROOT, SPORTSOUTH)

8:00 PM ET:
Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets (ROOT, SPORTSOUTH)

8:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks (KTXA, CW35 HD)

9:00 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Denver Nuggets (FSI, ALTITUDE)

10: 30 PM ET:
Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers (PRIME TICKET, FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN)

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