NBA News: Player News and Updates for 12/31/15
NBA Player Updates 12/31: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
December 31, 2015
We’re coming out of a 10-game set in the NBA last night, and we have a half-dozen more to look forward to this evening. While we’re waiting on those tip-offs, let’s check out our daily look at the headlines and see who’s in the news.
Clippers-Hornets: Even without Blake Griffin, the Clippers have been playing pretty well. That streak continued last night in Charlotte with a 122-117 victory over the Hornets.
J.J. Redick posted 26 points, while Austin rivers added a season-high 22. Chris Paul doubled up on 19 points and 11 assists.
This was a season-high in points for the Clippers, who have rattled off four straight victories on the road. The most recent three have come without Griffin, who is out with a torn tendon in his quad. He has no return timetable as of yet.
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Magic-Nets: Down in Orlando, the Magic put together a great second half to defeat the visiting Nets. The result was a 100-93 victory.
Nik Vucevic posted 20 points and nine rebounds, while Evan Fournier had 17 points and five assists.
The Magic have now won seven of their last nine. They held the Nets to just 20 points over the final 12 minutes and fought back from being 10 down in the second half.
Lakers-Celtics: Every once in a while this year, we get a glimpse of the Kobe Bryant that used to be. Such was the case last night in Boston, as he logged 15 points and 11 rebounds in a 112-104 win over the Celtics. Bryant played 33 minutes in this one, and the double-double was his first this year. It was the 173rd of his storied career.
Bryant has an 11-12 career record in Boston over his career--including the playoffs. He played against Boston in the Finals in both 2008 and 2010.
Bulls-Pacers: This one was a real nail-biter, and it came down to the final seconds of overtime.
Jimmy Butler tipped in a basket on a broken play with just 1.2 seconds left in the extra period, propelling the Bulls to a 102-100 win over the Pacers last night.
Butler scored 28 points overall, with 15 coming in the fourth and overtime. Aaron Brooks logged 29.
The Bulls have now won three of their last four.
NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the league’s daily schedule. Let’s check out the matchups, times and channels where you can find all the action.
Thursday, December 31, 2015:
6:00 PM ET:
Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers (FSI, FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN)
Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons (FS DETROIT PLUS, FOX SPORTS NORTH PLUS)
7:00 PM ET:
Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets (TSN2, ROOT, CSN BAY AREA)
8:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans (FSNOLA, PRIME TICKET)
Phoenix Suns at Oklahoma City Thunder (NBATV CANADA, FSAZ, FS OKLAHOMA HD)
9:00 PM ET:
Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz (ROOT, CSNNWHD)
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