Stern Out, Silver in, the Games Go On 2/1/14
UNDATED — A lot has changed in the NBA since David Stern took over as commissioner 30 years ago today. He has led the league from one that couldn't get its championship games televised live to one that has world-wide appeal. Stern stepped down today as commissioner, to be replaced by assistant Adam Silver.
The Saturday schedule features 12 games, all taking place this evening. The Indiana Pacers will attempt to get back on the winning track after losing just their second home game of the season Thursday night. The Pacers are home this evening to the Brooklyn Nets.
Oklahoma City is the top team in the league, record-wise, at 38-10 following last night's 120-95 victory over Brooklyn. This evening the Thunder stay on the road with a game in Washington against the Wizards. The Thunder are trying for their 11th straight victory, although superstar All-Star Kevin Durant had his streak of scoring at least 30 points in 12 straight games end last night. Durant scored 26 in 30 minutes last night before sitting out the entire fourth quarter of the rout in Brooklyn.
The team trying to catch the Thunder in the Northwest Division, Portland, is back in action tonight with a home game against Toronto, the first-place club in the Atlantic.
The rest of tonight's card has Atlanta home to Minnesota, the 76ers at Detroit, Houston playing host to Cleveland, the Bucks at Memphis, New Orleans home to Chicago, the Kings in San Antonio to play the Spurs, New York's Knicks home to Miami, Charlotte at Phoenix and Utah in L.A. against the Clippers.