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Thursday December 26, 2013Gators in the NBA

Gainesville, Fla.

Seven of the 12 former Gators competed in the prestigious Christmas Day match-ups for their respective NBA teams. David Lee led the way for all former Gators with 23 points for the Warriors yesterday, while Parsons gave the Rockets a gift of 21 points as both teams came away victorious.

 

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

The Wizards have not played since Saturday but will return to the hardwood tomorrow night as they take on the Timberwolves at 8 p.m.  Beal played 28 and 29 minutes in the last two contests, putting up 15 points last week against the Nets and is averaging 19.6 ppg.

 

Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs (22-7) fell to the Rockets, 111-98 in Christmas Day action as Bonner played small minutes while adding four points, two rebounds a steal to the mix. Bonner is now averaging 3.2 ppg on the year. The Spurs play again tonight as they face Dallas at 8:30 p.m.

 

Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves

Brewer is averaging 12.0 ppg for Minnesota and has started every contest this year for them. Brewer only played 23 minutes in a loss to the Clippers on Sunday where he contributed three points and one assist. Brewer and Beal will square off for the second time this season tomorrow night. The Wizards took the first game earlier this season.

 

Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles

Calathes didn’t see the floor in the last two games for the Grizzlies but is averaging 2.8 ppg and 2.6 apg. The Grizzlies will face Parsons and the Rockets tonight at 8 p.m.

 

Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat

Haslem saw nine minutes of action in yesterday’s Christmas Day showdown with the Lakers. Haslem added two points and two boards, having played limited minutes this month due to a back injury he suffered. The Heat will play in Sacramento tomorrow night at 10 p.m.

 

Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks

Horford continues to dominate the statistical categories for the Hawks, leading the way in points (18.3 ppg), rebounds (8.4 rpg) and blocks (1.5 bpg). Horford had a double-double Monday night against the Heat with 21 points and 11 rebounds but the Hawks couldn’t quite pull it off, losing 121-119. The Hawks play the Cavaliers tonight at 7 p.m.

 

David Lee, Golden State Warriors

Lee is the first former Gator this season to be averaging a double-double with 18.3 ppg while also averaging 10.0 rpg. Lee has posted 10 consecutive double-doubles including a season-best 32 points versus the Spurs last week and a 23 point and 13 rebound effort on Christmas Day.

 

Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies

Miller matched a season-best 15 points in a win over the Jazz on Monday as he went a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Miller is averaging 7.1 ppg and 3.4 rpg.

 

Erik Murphy, Chicago Bulls

Murphy competed in yesterday’s Christmas Day match-up with Brooklyn, but didn’t score or record a rebound. The Bulls have now won two straight and will take on Dallas this Saturday at 8 p.m.

 

Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

Averaging 10.6 ppg and 9.8 rpg, Noah posted 10 points and eight rebounds on Christmas Day versus the Nets. Before yesterday, Noah had recorded three-straight double-doubles, including matching a season-best 18 boards last Saturday.

 

Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets

Parsons put up 21 points and pulled down six boards in a Christmas Day victory over the Spurs. Parsons is the Rockets third-leading scorer with 17.4 ppg. He is also averaging 5.1 rpg and 3.8 apg.

 

Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors

Speights checked in for 11 minutes on Christmas Day for the Warriors and contributed eight points on 3-of-5 shooting. Speights had two double-figure games last week and is now averaging 5.1 ppg and 3.3 rpg. The Warriors take on Phoenix Friday at 10:30 p.m.

 

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