***** NBA Previews from The Sports Network *****
Tuesday, November 25
(All times Eastern)
ATLANTA HAWKS (6-5) AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS (9-3), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards will try to extend their winning
streak to three on Tuesday night when they welcome the Atlanta Hawks to the
The Wiz have won two straight since a three-point home loss to the Dallas
Mavericks last Wednesday. Washington knocked off LeBron James and the
Cleveland Cavaliers at home on Friday, then bested the Milwaukee Bucks on the
Paul Pierce had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Wizards defeated the Bucks,
111-100, on Saturday night.
John Wall posted 19 points, nine assists and five steals, while Marcin Gortat
tallied 10 points and 13 boards for the Wizards, who have won five of their
last six games.
Bradley Beal continued to come off the bench and scored 17 points in just over
34 minutes. Kris Humphries added 12 off the bench for Washington.
"Our defense created our offense," said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman.
The Wizards held the Bucks under 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from
long range. Milwaukee committed 15 turnovers, which was actually two less than
The Wizards have a rematch with the Cavs in Cleveland on Wednesday, then play
the next four at home.
Atlanta stopped a two-game slide Friday night with a 10-point home victory
over the Detroit Pistons.
Jeff Teague had 28 points and six assists as the Hawks grabbed a 99-89 win at
Paul Millsap had 15 points and 12 rebounds while Al Horford scored 14 points
for the Hawks. Kyle Korver added 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the
floor, including 2-for-3 from long range.
"The point of emphasis is getting rebounds, coach stressed, getting down and
dirty," said Atlanta forward DeMarre Carroll. "We can be too soft sometimes.
It has to be a team effort."
The Hawks won the rebound battle by one. Carroll scored 10 points and pulled
down seven rebounds in his first game back after a four-game absence for a
Atlanta will play four in a row at home following the trip to our nation's
The Wizards have won two straight and four of the last five against their
Southeast Division rival. Washington has also won three in a row as the host
in this series.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (10-2) AT MIAMI HEAT (8-6), 7:30 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors will take a five-game winning
streak into South Beach Tuesday night when they square off with the Miami Heat
at American Airlines Arena.
The Warriors haven't lost since Nov. 11 at home against the San Antonio Spurs.
During this run, Golden State knocked off the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte
Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Sunday's victory over Oklahoma City started a five-game road trip for the
Warriors. They will face the Orlando Magic, Hornets and Detroit Pistons on the
Against the Thunder, Marreese Speights had 28 points and seven rebounds off
the bench as the Warriors claimed a 91-86 victory on Sunday.
Klay Thompson posted 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Stephen
Curry added 15 points, six boards and six helpers for the Warriors. Draymond
Green added 10 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
"Grit and grind," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Everybody contributed
Andrew Bogut (eye) and Leandro Barbosa (knee) were both hurt in the first
quarter and didn't return against the Thunder. Both are listed as questionable
The Heat have won two in a row after dropping four of five.
On Sunday, the four-time reigning Eastern Conference champions toppled the
Chris Bosh's baseline jumper with 31 seconds left was the difference, as the
Heat survived a scare from the Hornets.
Miami trailed by one when Bosh channeled his inner Olajuwon, shaking free from
Cody Zeller on a post up and hitting a turn-around 12-footer.
Kemba Walker missed a runner at the other end six seconds later. Mario
Chalmers, who scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth, was then pressured
near midcourt by Walker, and Lance Stephenson came up with the loose ball with
14.9 to play.
Out of a timeout, Walker missed a pull-up jumper and Al Jefferson's tip-in
rimmed out. The buzzer sounded as Jefferson attempted to get another tip off
his own miss.
Luol Deng paced Miami with 26 points and eight rebounds and Bosh scored 20
with 10 boards. Chalmers also added 10 assists, giving him his second double-
double this month.
"It's tough playing down the stretch in pressure situations," said Bosh. "I
think it was good for us, win or lose. It's good for us to be in these
positions. I'm glad we won."
These two squads have split their last six meetings, but Golden State has
emerged victorious in its previous two appearances in Miami.
DETROIT PISTONS (3-10) AT MILWAUKEE BUCKS (7-7), 8 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Bucks will try to end a two-game slide
Tuesday night when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to the Bradley Center in a
Central Division rivalry.
The Bucks fell in Toronto on Friday night, then lost at home to the Washington
Wizards on Saturday. Those setbacks ended a three-game winning streak and
knocked last season's worst team back to .500.
On Saturday, Milwaukee fell, 111-100. It was certainly a rough two-game
stretch for the Bucks who played the two teams with the best records in the
"We just have to treat every team like they're the number two or number three
team in the division," said Bucks rookie Jabari Parker. "We didn't play real
Brandon Knight supplied 27 points, six assists and five boards for Milwaukee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 20 points, five assists, four rebounds and
Ersan Ilyasova chipped in 13 off the bench and O.J. Mayo netted 10 in a
The Bucks led by five at the half, then got beat on in the third quarter.
Washington took that frame, 27-18, then won the final 12 minutes by seven to
earn the double-digit victory.
Following Tuesday, the Bucks play three of their next four on the road.
The Pistons have been dreadful of late, losing four in a row and seven of
their last eight. The only victory during that run was an overtime road win in
Oklahoma City 11 days ago.
On Friday, the Pistons fell in Atlanta, 99-89, to the Hawks. It was the fifth
consecutive game Detroit failed to score 100 points.
Josh Smith scored 16 points with eight rebounds and five assists while D.J.
Augustin gave 14 points and five boards for the Pistons.
Andre Drummond registered a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds. Greg
Monroe and Caron Butler both finished with 10 points as Detroit shot 37.3
percent from the field and 19 percent from long range.
"We're just in a shooting slump right now," said Smith, who played nine
seasons with the Hawks. "We're getting open looks and shots at the basket. We
just got to slow down and not rush."
The Pistons will return to the Palace Wednesday night to begin a four-game
Detroit beat the Bucks by three in Motown on Nov. 7. The Pistons are 7-2 in
their last nine against Milwaukee and 3-1 in their last four in Brew City.
SACRAMENTO KINGS (8-5) AT NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (7-5), 8 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The two best young big men in the NBA will be showcased
Tuesday night when DeMarcus Cousins leads his Sacramento Kings into the Big
Easy to take on Anthony Davis and his New Orleans Pelicans.
These two sides met in Sacramento one week ago and Davis' Pelicans came out on
top. Davis finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in New
Orleans' 106-100 victory. Cousins finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds en
route to the Western Conference Player of the Week honors.
It's tough sledding for the Pelicans at the moment. Starting shooting guard
Eric Gordon underwent surgery for a torn labrum and will be sidelined
"I feel bad for him," Pelicans' coach Monty Williams said of Gordon. "He was
starting to play the way he was capable."
Williams indicated Austin Rivers will start in Gordon's absence.
The Pelicans went 2-2 on a western road trip, but closed the sojourn with a
106-94 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday.
Davis poured in a career-high 43 points to go along with 14 rebounds.
"(Davis) didn't want to come out of the game," said Williams. "He never lost
his rhythm. We know he's a special player that's just starting to scratch the
surface. Tonight was a big time game for him."
Jrue Holiday was the only other Pelican in double figures with 19 points. He
also dished out nine assists in the win
The Pelicans hit the road again after Thanksgiving with stops in Atlanta and
Tuesday's game will be the second of a four-game road trip for the Kings, who
started the trek with a win. Actually, Sacramento has won two straight after
they buried the Chicago Bulls before leaving California.
On Saturday, Cousins was too much for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He posted
another double-double with 31 points and 18 rebounds to lead Sacramento to a
113-101 road win.
Cousins was efficient, scoring his 31 points on just 15 shots, and he made all
four free throws in the final minutes to seal the win. The Kings knocked down
all nine of their attempts from the line in the fourth quarter.
The Kings dominated the game down low. They outrebounded the Timberwolves
50-37 and owned a 56-44 advantage in points in the paint.
After a slow first quarter with five points on six shots, Ben McLemore heated
up. He was 7-of-11 from the floor the rest of the game and finished with 22
points and nine boards in the victory.
"I feel a lot better," McLemore said. "More confident in my shot. My all-
around game. Everyone on the team and my coaches have confidence in me."
New Orleans' victory in Sacramento last week stopped a three-game Kings
winning streak in this series. The Kings have won two straight in the Big
CHICAGO BULLS (9-5) AT DENVER NUGGETS (6-7), 9 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls received some reinforcements and won
last time out, so they'll try and keep the momentum going Tuesday night when
they visit the Pepsi Center to battle the Denver Nuggets.
Against the Utah Jazz on Monday, former MVP Derrick Rose returned after a
four-game absence with a strained left hamstring. Perennial All-Star Pau Gasol
came back after sitting the last three with a strained left calf.
The two made an impact immediately.
Rose scored 18 points, while Gasol totaled 23 points, nine rebounds, four
assists and three steals in Chicago's 97-95 victory. Rose and Gasol combined
for 18 points in a strong first quarter for Chicago, which opened the game on
a 9-0 run and led 30-14 after 12 minutes.
The Bulls, who led by as many as 21, escaped EnergySolutions Arena with a win
when Gordon Hayward missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer.
It halted a two-game losing streak during this seven-game circus road odyssey.
The Bulls are 2-2 thus far and still have stops in Boston and Brooklyn before
the circus leaves town.
Jimmy Butler scored 25 points to lead the Bulls. Nikola Mirotic and Aaron
Brooks both scored 10 points off the bench.
"I thought we were loose in the second half. Found a way to win in the end,"
said Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau.
The Bulls are still without Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson.
The Nuggets have been sensational of late, winning four straight. They have
inched closer to the .500 mark and haven't lost since a Sunday afternoon
setback at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 16.
Denver survived an overtime battle with the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night at
Staples Center. The Nuggets left Hollywood with a 101-94 victory and have
scored 100-plus points in all four games during this winning streak.
"Defense won this game," said Denver point guard Ty Lawson. "We kept the
streak going. This win was good for the organization."
Lawson totaled 18 points and a season-high 16 assists to lead the Nuggets.
Wilson Chandler paced Denver with 19 points, while Timofey Mozgov finished
with 13 points and 13 boards.
Arron Afflalo added 15 points and Danilo Gallinari provided a huge four-point
possession in overtime to score 10 off the bench.
The Nuggets have a big home-and-home with the Phoenix Suns, starting Wednesday
Chicago and Denver split a pair of meetings last season, each winning on its
home floor, but the Nuggets are 8-3 in their last 11 against the Bulls.
Chicago has lost seven in a row and 13 of its last 14 in the Mile High City.
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