Some games to keep an eye on over the coming
n Golden State at Houston, tonight: A match-up of the two best teams in the West, though a bummer since James Harden is out at least two weeks.
n Utah at Miami, Sunday: After this, the Heat will play 11 of their next 14 games on the road. Utah scored a season-low 74 versus Miami in November.
n Milwaukee at Indiana, Monday: Pacers started 4-1 in December, but finished the month 7-8. This'll be the second meeting of these teams in six days.
n Portland at Oklahoma City, Tuesday: Someone has scored at least 30 points in 11 of the 17 Damian Lillard-Russell Westbrook head-to-head match-ups.
LeBron James turned 33 last week. Here's an alarming stat: 93 per cent of the players in the league are younger than he is.
Out of the 476 players who appeared in at least one NBA game this season, only 34 are older than James. And of those, a mere 11 are starters.
But it also bears noting that James is still just the fifth-oldest player on Cleveland's roster, behind Kyle Korver, Jose Calderon, Dwyane Wade and Channing Frye. And as the season nears the midway mark, James is looking good as ever.
"I'm fresh," James told Dennis Scott during NBA TV's Players Only broadcast after Cleveland's win over Portland on Tuesday night. "I've always tried to stay fresh throughout the course of the game. Our bench has been very dynamic this year."
James will likely reach 30,000 points for his career later this month.
Warriors star Kevin Durant should soon become the second-youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points, behind only LeBron James.
Durant is currently at 19,950 points, needing 50 (in the next four weeks or so) to bump Kobe Bryant down to the third-youngest spot on that list.
Golden State play in Houston tomorrow meaning there's a great chance Durant hits the milestone in Texas, where he attended college.
Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers: Tied his career-reserve-high with 40 points in the Clippers' 106-98 win over Charlotte on December 31.