Orlando took care of business at home and moved to 19-11 on the year, dispatching the Knicks, 110-96. Maurice Evans hardly saw the floor, making only a free throw in roughly six minutes of play. Coach Stan Van Gundy has been frustrated with the Magic’s poor showing recently, as they had dropped seven of nine heading into this one. As a result, he has mentioned lineup changes are coming, and perhaps a smaller role for Evans is a part of that plan.
The Nuggets steamrolled Milwaukee behind Marcus Camby’s triple-double, winning 125-105 in the Pepsi Center. Although it was a bad night for the Bucks, Royal Ivey still managed to shine. The guard had 14 points in 19 minutes of play to go along with two assists and a steal. Ivey was scorching hot from long range, hitting 4-of-6 from behind the arc.
It’s been a rough December for Cleveland, who lost LeBron James for an extended stretch and has gone 4-8 this month. Things don’t get any easier tonight as Daniel Gibson and the Cavs head south to face the Mavericks in a nationally-televised game. (7 PM CST, TNT)
Seattle helped to build the “Big Three” in Boston by dealing Ray Allen to the Celtics this summer for Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West, and rookie Jeff Green. Since then, the C’s have dominated the League, running out to a 23-3 record. Kevin Durant and the Sonics, on the other hand, have struggled to an 8-20 start with their young squad. Tonight the two teams meet for the first time at Key Arena, where Allen will be honored in a pre-game ceremony by his old team and city. (9:30 PM, TNT)