Bobcats try to end skid against Heat
UNDATED (AP) — NBA fans can enjoy a full complement of games today following the usual holiday reduction of activity.
One of the first games of the night is also the biggest potential mismatch as the Miami Heat take on the Bobcats in Charlotte. The Heat have a five-game winning streak and lead the Eastern Conference at 19-6 following their 103-97 victory against the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day. The Bobcats have lost an NBA season-high 15 straight games since a surprising 7-5 start, one season after setting a league record for lowest winning percentage.
The Los Angeles Lakers are back in action after yesterday's 100-94 comeback win over New York. The Lakers visit the Nuggets, who are 8-1 in Denver but have played the fewest number of home games thus far. The Lakers carry a five-game winning streak which has them back at .500 at 14-14, 9-9 under new coach Mike D'Antoni (dan-TOH'-nee). Lakers star Kobe Bryant has scored at least 30 points in his last nine games.
San Antonio has the third-best record in the West heading into their clash with the visiting Toronto Raptors, who've won five straight since a 4-19 start. The Spurs have won two in a row and are within one game of the conference lead. San Antonio is 10-2 at home, while the Raptors have dropped 14 of their 16 road games.
The Knicks continue their western swing with a game at Phoenix. The Knicks have dropped three of five since winning nine of their previous 10. The Suns are 9-6 at home but have dropped two straight to fall to 11-17, third-worst in the West.
The Golden State Warriors are in Utah to take on the Jazz, who've won nine of 11 games in Salt Lake City. The Warriors have dropped two of their last three road games since winning five straight away from Oakland.
The rest of today's 13-game NBA schedule has Chicago at Indiana, New Orleans in Orlando, Washington hosting Cleveland and Atlanta entertaining Detroit. Houston is at Minnesota, Memphis hosts Philadelphia, Minnesota faces the Rockets in Houston, Brooklyn is at Milwaukee and Portland is home against Sacramento.
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Pizza Bowl to go
DETROIT (AP) — The college football bowl schedule stops in Detroit tonight for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl pitting Western Kentucky and Central Michigan, two teams with a combined 13-11 record.
The 7-5 Hilltoppers are making their first bowl appearance since becoming a top-tier program in 2009. It's their last game before former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino (peh-TREE'-noh) takes over the team.
Lance Guidry was appointed interim coach Dec. 8, a day after Willie Taggart left to coach South Florida.
The Chippewas won their last three games this year to be eligible for a bowl following a pair of 3-9 seasons. They feature Zurlon Tipton, who's run for close to 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns.
UNDATED (AP) — The college basketball schedule doesn't resume until Thursday with 11 games on the docket.
Thursday's best matchup has 11th-ranked Cincinnati hosting No. 16 New Mexico in a battle of 12-win teams.