NBA News: Player News and Updates for 1/4/16
NBA Player Updates 1/4: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
January 4, 2016
The NBA will be coming alive tonight, with 10 games on the schedule. While we’re waiting on those matchups to get going, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there in the league.
Knicks-Hawks: The Knicks’ Arron Afflalo was on fire last night against the Hawks. He put up a season-high 38 points in the team’s 111-97 victory at Madison Square Garden.
Afflalo was 7-of-8 from 3-point range and 14-of-17 overall from the field. He was just five off his career-best mark of 43 points.
The Knicks did a nice job bouncing back from a franchise-worst fourth quarter against the Bulls in their last outing.
These two teams will meet again in Atlanta tomorrow.
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Bulls-Raptors: One of Michael Jordan’s records fell yesterday as Jimmy Butler scored 40 points in one half in a 115-113 victory over the Raptors in Toronto.
Butler had 42 points overall, with 40 coming in the third and fourth quarters. That broke Jordan’s franchise record of 39 points set way back in 1989. Making Butler’s effort even more special, he did it with a stitch in his mouth after getting elbowed in the face during the second quarter.
Heat-Wizards: The Wizards put 114 points on Miami last month, and the Heat weren’t about to let that happen again. They tightened up on defense to post a 97-75 victory in DC yesterday, avenging their previous loss.
Chris Bosh scored 23 points here, and Goran Dragic added 18. The 75 that Washington scored was the fewest allowed all season by the Heat. The Wizards were able to come up with just seven points in the second quarter.
Lakers-Suns: The Lakers seem to be finding an identity without Kobe Bryant. They’ve now won three straight games, most recently on a 97-77 victory over the Suns in L.A. last night. The fact that those three teams have a combined win percentage of .311 is beside the point.
Lou Williams had a season-high 30 points in this one, helping hand the Suns their ninth consecutive loss. Larry Nance Jr. doubled up on 15 points and 14 rebounds.
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.
Monday, January 4, 2016:
7:00 PM ET:
Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers (FSOHIO, SN1/E/P/O)
Minnesota Timberwolves at Philadelphia 76ers (CSN)
7:30 PM ET:
Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets (YES, CSNHD)
Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons (FS DETROIT PLUS, FS FLORIDA)
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat (NBATV, FOX SPORTS SUN, FSI)
8:00 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Milwaukee Bucks (FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN, FSSW)
Sacramento Kings at Oklahoma City Thunder (FS OKLAHOMA HD, CSN-CA)
9:00 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz (ROOT)
10:00 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers (NBATV, CSNNWHD, FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST)
10:30 PM ET:
Charlotte Hornets at Golden State Warriors (SPORTSNET ONE, CSN BAY AREA, FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST)
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