San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The San Antonio Spurs are on the road to take on Rajon Rondo in his debut for the Dallas Mavericks, Saturday at the American Airlines Center.

The Spurs won the first matchup of the season series on opening night, 101-100.

 

Tipoff: 8:30 p.m. ET

Coverage: UPN2/FSSW

Injuries (via CBS Sports): Kawhi Leonard, SAS (out, hand); Tony Parker, SAS (out, hamstring); Patty Mills, SAS (out, shoulder); Raymond Felton, DAL (questionable, ankle)

 

Keys to the Game

San Antonio’s defense will really be tested, as the Mavericks lead the league in both points per game and points per 100 possessions. Defending the pick-and-roll is particularly important. If Dallas’ guards get into the lane, it creates space for the shooters on the outside.

For the Mavericks, this first game with Rondo will be about seeing how he fits in the already-prolific offense. Obviously, he’ll assimilate over time, but the first impression can still tell you a lot.

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

After dropping their last game to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Houston Rockets will look to make headway in a loaded Western Conference Saturday night when they host the Atlanta Hawks.

Having won 10 of their previous 12 contests prior to the New Orleans matchup, the Rockets (19-6) are very much in the playoff picture and will vie for a top spot in April. Meanwhile, Atlanta (18-7) has won 11 of its past 12 and will look to carry its momentum into Houston.

Back for his fourth game since missing 11 straight with a knee injury, Dwight Howard will be available for Houston in the post to counter a talented Hawks interior headlined by Al Horford.

Meanwhile, guards Jeff Teague and James Harden will look to set the tone for their respective offenses and lead each’s perimeter attack.

Check back before tipoff for commentary coverage throughout Saturday night’s matchup between two red-hot teams.

 

Tipoff8 p.m. ET

TV: FSSOCSNH

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Kentucky vs. UCLA: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction for CBS Classic 2014

Top-ranked Kentucky takes its power-packed platoon on the road for the inaugural CBS Sports Classic against UCLA this Saturday at the United Center in Chicago.

It is the first meeting in eight years between the Wildcats (11-0) and UCLA (8-3), but the schools are set to begin a home-and-home series next December in Los Angeles.

Kentucky has won every game by at least 10 points, beating a trio of ranked opponents by 19.3 points per game, including its last outing, when the Wildcats posted an 80-64 victory over North Carolina on Dec. 13. UCLA has not played since falling 87-74 at home to Gonzaga on Dec. 13.

The game is the second half of a doubleheader, with North Carolina and Ohio State opening the event. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be shown live on CBS, but stick with us for real-time updates, analysis, pictures, tweets and anything else worthy highlighting from this neutral-site clash.

 

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UNC vs. Ohio State: Live Score, Highlights, Reaction for CBS Sports Classic 2014

A pair of Top 25 teams badly in need of a win will do battle at the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago on Saturday afternoon, and you can follow live coverage right here.

Both No. 12 Ohio State and No. 24 North Carolina are expected to be among the 68 teams dancing in March, but each program could use a statement win heading into conference play.

The Buckeyes (9-1) have six wins against sub-150 RPI teams and dropped a showcase game to No. 4 Louisville earlier this month. Led by freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State is a proficient team from behind the arc, and that could cause problems for North Carolina.

The Tar Heels (7-3) have been one of college basketball’s early season disappointments. Wins over Florida and UCLA have been erased by defeats to Butler and at home against Iowa, and Marcus Paige’s shooting struggles have hobbled UNC’s offense.

The big question on Saturday might well be this: Who needs it more?

Live coverage will begin at 1 p.m. ET. You can watch live on CBS.

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Phoenix Suns vs. New York Knicks: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The New York Knicks (5-23) will look to avoid a fourth straight loss when they host the Phoenix Suns (13-14) in a Saturday matinee at Madison Square Garden. 

However, the Knicks will likely be without the services of J.R. Smith (partially torn left plantar fascia) and could miss Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) and Amar’e Stoudemire (rest), according to Knicks PR on Twitter

As for the Suns, they’ll be looking to hand New York its 12th home loss of the season en route to snagging a second straight win. 

Following a 111-106 victory over the Charlotte Hornets, the Suns will attempt to get back to .500 as they scrap with the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder for the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot. 

You can catch all the action at 1 p.m. ET on MSG (New York), Fox Sports Arizona (Phoenix) or NBA League Pass. 

Keep it locked here on Bleacher Report throughout the day for real-time updates, highlights and analysis of all things Suns vs. Knicks.

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets 12/19/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Los Angeles Clippers looked to continue their recent run of success on Friday night when they took on the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers had won two straight and faced a tough test from the athletic Nuggets, who had dropped three straight and seven of their last eight. 

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs 12/19/14: Video Highlights, Recap

Damian Lillard scored a career-high 43 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 129-119 road victory over the San Antonio Spurs in triple overtime Friday night.

The reigning champs—who also lost a triple OT contest against the Memphis Grizzlies two days before—faded away in the final period despite a strong performance from Tim Duncan (32 points, 10 rebounds).

Neither team will have much time to catch its breath, as both have Saturday night games: the Spurs against the Dallas Mavericks, and the Blazers at the New Orleans Pelicans. 

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Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat 12/19/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The red-hot Washington Wizards looked to keep their streak going on Friday night when they took on the Miami Heat. The Wizards had ripped off five straight wins and had won nine of their last 10, but they faced a tough test from the veteran Heat, who had dropped two of their last three. 

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Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies 12/19/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies looked to keep their recent hot streak rolling on Friday night, when they took on the Chicago Bulls. The Grizzlies had won six straight, but their balanced roster faced a tough test from the Bulls, who had won four of their last five. 

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Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The Portland Trail Blazers will look to win their fourth straight game when they travel to the AT&T Center to take on the San Antonio Spurs Friday night.

The Spurs, who have been resting players periodically and have been dealing with nagging injuries, will be short-handed once again against the Blazers. Tony Parker (hamstring), Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Patty Mills (shoulder) will all sit. Portland will also be missing a couple of key pieces, as Robin Lopez (hand) and Nicolas Batum (wrist/knee) are both out, per Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News.

You can catch this game on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

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