San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, right, drives the lane against Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 108-101. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Longhorns in the NBA: Through Dec. 15

Posted December 16th, 2016

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They weren’t at the 40 Acres for long, but before they jumped to the NBA they hooped it up at Club Erwin on a regular basis. Every week we’ll take a look at how these Longhorns in the NBA fared in the previous week.

Kevin Durant, SF, Golden State—The Warriors have won seven of their last eight games with Durant’s help. He scored 21 in the unusual loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, before the Warriors bounced back on Sunday. Durant had 22 in the win over the Timberwolves Sunday to go with eight rebounds. He dropped 27 points on the Pelicans and came up with two blocks in the game. Durant’s had at least two blocks in 11 of his last 14 games, including this chase-down effort against New Orleans.

Durant was two rebounds shy of a triple-double in the 103-90 win over the Knicks on Thursday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 14 boards. But probably the most important news on Thursday was that you can now have him as an emoji on your phone.

 

Dragan Bender #35 of the Phoenix Suns goes up against LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 107-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Dragan Bender #35 of the Phoenix Suns goes up against LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 107-92. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, San Antonio—Aldridge has had some moderate success over his last two games, logging 12 points and nine rebounds in a blowout of the Nets before dropping 14 points and grabbing seven boards in a win over the Suns. He rested in the Spurs 108-101 win over Boston between those two outings.

Avery Bradley, PG, Boston—The Celtics had lost three straight through Thursday, though Bradley’s played well in that stretch. His best game came when he scored 25 points and had ten rebounds in the loss to the Spurs on Wednesday. Bradley also had six assists in the game.  He hasn’t had less than four rebounds in a game since Nov. 21. He’s averaging 18.2 points per game and 7.6 rebounds.

Myles Turner, C, Indiana—Turner has scored at least 20 points in two out of his last four games. He scored 26 to go along with eight rebounds in Thursday’s 102-95 loss to the Pelicans. He had 22 points and seven rebounds in the 110-94 win over the Hornets. He hasn’t notched a double-double since the last day in Nov. 30, but he’s already recorded 19 blocks in the month of Dec.

Tristan Thompson, C, Cleveland—Thompson notched a double-double in the 116-105 win over the Hornets on Saturday. He scored 13 points to go with 12 rebounds. Thompson’s Cavs lost 93-85 to the Grizzlies on Wednesday despite his 11 rebounds and seven points.

D.J. Augustin, PG, Orlando—Augustin scored ten points and dished out seven assists in a 121-113 loss to his former team, the Nuggets, last Saturday. He scored just three in a win over the Hawks on Tuesday, followed by a repeat three-point performance in Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers.

Cory Joseph, G, Toronto—The Raptors had won four straight through Thursday, with Joseph’s biggest contribution coming in the 123-114 win over the 76ers on Wednesday. He scored 13 points, collected five rebounds and dished out seven assists. He also had seven assists two days earlier in the 122-100 win over the Bucks.

Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) is fouled by Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) as forward Mirza Teletovic (35) looks on during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) is fouled by Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) as forward Mirza Teletovic (35) looks on during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

P.J. Tucker, SF, Phoenix—Tucker had a chance to seal a win over the Knicks on Tuesday but he missed both free throws with one second to play. All was well that ended well, however, since the Suns had a two-point lead and the Knicks missed a desperation shot in the end. Tucker scored 13 points to go with seven rebounds in the win. On Sunday he was one point shy of a double-double as he hauled in ten rebounds.

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