NBA Daily: News, Recaps, & Previewing January 30th's Games

We had a nine-game schedule in the NBA on Friday night, headlined by the Cleveland Cavs' third straight win in a 114-106 triumph over the Detroit Pistons. For the first time this year, the Cavs' big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all chipped in at least 20 points.

On the undercard, the Oklahoma City Thunder's 116-108 win over the Houston Rockets was keyed by Russell Westbrook's sixth triple-double of the year (26 points, 14 assists, 10 rebounds) and third in the team's past nine games. OKC has won ten of eleven. More on yesterday's NBA games in our Chat Sports iPhone and Android apps!

There are seven games on the slate for Saturday, with a couple of marquee matchups to look out for. Let's get you ready with our game preview capsules.

What's On Tap

Golden State Warriors (42-4) @ Philadelphia 76ers (7-40) -- 5:00pm EST

The Warriors have won five straight by an average margin of 25.4 win, including wins over Cleveland, San Antonio and Chicago. Philadelphia has been respectable in the wake of an awful 4-37 start, alternating wins and loss over their past six games.

Detroit Pistons (25-12) @ Toronto Raptors (31-15) -- 6:30pm EST

Toronto is looking for a franchise-record 11-game winning streak, while Detroit is opening up a pivotal three-game road trip as they look to gain momentum closing in on the All-Star Break.

Denver Nuggets (18-29) @ Indiana Pacers (24-22) -- 7:00pm EST

The Pacers have been frustratingly inconsistent for weeks now, although they broke a 1-5 stretch with a big 111-92 win over Atlanta on Thursday. Denver bucked a 1-4 stretch with a 117-113 win over the Wizards the same night.

Brooklyn Nets (12-35) @ New Orleans Pelicans (17-28) -- 7:00pm EST

New Orleans has looked fantastic in winning six of eight, but they'll be going with Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans for an undetermined length of time due to injury. Brooklyn is coming off a season-worst shooting performance in a 91-79 loss at Dallas Friday, hitting just 35.9 percent from the field and 20% from beyond the arc. More on this matchup in our Chat Sports iPhone and Android apps!

Washington Wizards (20-24) @ Houston Rockets (25-24) -- 8:00pm EST

Houston is coming off road losses to two of the West's best teams (San Antonio, Oklahoma City), but they've got a chance to get back some momentum against a Washington side that's lost five of six.

Sacramento Kings (20-26) @ Memphis Grizzlies (27-20) -- 8:00pm EST

The Kings' hopes for the West's #8 seed have taken a dip with three straight losses, and it'll take a gargantuan effort to snap a 10-game losing streak in Memphis that's finally starting to score with consistency.

San Antonio Spurs (39-7) @ Cleveland Cavs (33-12) -- 8:30pm EST

ABC's second Saturday showcase is a doozy between the #2 team in the West and #1 team in the East. Cleveland has won three straight since getting run out of their own building by Chicago in Tyronn Lue's coaching debut. San Antonio has won 14 of 15, but will be without Tim Duncan for a third straight game.

News & Notes

Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin says he "feels awful" about punching a Clippers staffer on January 23rd, per head coach Doc Rivers.

LeBron James says he's never "undermined" a head coach in his time as a player, despite reports that he was the main factor in former Cavs coach David Blatt's firing.

New Orleans Pelicans stars Anthony Davis (concussion) and Tyreke Evans (right knee tendinitis) have no current timetables for their return.

The aforementioned LeBron James reached a milestone in the Cavs' win over the Pistons Friday night, hitting the 26,000-point mark for his career.

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