Month: January 2018

The Rockets sneak away with a 114-107 win against the Magic behind Harden’s 60-point performance

The Rockets sneak away with a 114-107 win against the Magic behind Harden’s 60-point performance

The Orlando Magic are currently the worst team in the league, sitting with a 14-34 record, and it wouldn’t help that they are on a two-game losing streak.  They will look to break that streak as they take on the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.  As for the Rockets, they are coming fresh off of a 113-102 win against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.  This game between the Magic and the Rockets will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets have played each other a grand total of 62 times in the past as the Magic won 27 games while the Rockets ended up winning 35 games.  January 3 was the last time they met up as the Rockets handed the Magic a 116 to 98 blowout loss.  During that game, Gerald Green scored 27 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, dished off two assists, and blocked one shot while Aaron Gordon finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

Jonathan Issac (ankle; 5.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.5 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Terrence Ross (knee; 9.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 40.7 FG%, 32.9 3P%)
Nikola Vucevic (hand; 17.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Aaron Gordon (hip; 18.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.2 APG, 44.7 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Jamel Artis (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 23.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Trevor Ariza (hamstring; 12.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 42.4 FG%, 38.3 3P%)
Zhou Qi (elbow; 1.2 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 16.7 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 56.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Markel Brown (coach’s decision)
Chris Paul (groin; 19.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 8.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 40.3 3P%)
R.J. Hunter (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG)
Troy Williams (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be competitive as the Orlando Magic shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Houston Rockets ended up shooting forty-seven percent.  Evan Fournier chalked up ten points which included two three-pointers late in the first quarter.  Bismack Biyombo would contribute with four points and five rebounds while Shelvin Mack had nine points off of the bench.  Louisiana-native Elfrid Payton was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting.  D.J. Augustin played 17 minutes off of the bench as he got hot for 13 points.

On the other end of the court, James Harden lit the floor up with 24 points as he collected five defensive rebounds and dished off seven assists.  He also had two steals while Clint Capela scored six points and pulled down eight rebounds.  Eric Gordon was kept scoreless in the 10 minutes that he played but Ryan Anderson would give five points.  Gerald Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he had eight points but it was the Magic who went into halftime with a 55-54 lead.

The Rockets responded in the second half as they went on a 60 to 52 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field.  James Harden went off for 36 points while drilling five three-pointers in the process.  He would also record five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block to add to it.  Nene played eight minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless while Capela helped out with six points.

As for the Florida team, Mario Hezonja posted up 13 points while Jonathon Simmons scored 11 points.  Marreese Speights played the most minutes off of the bench as he contributed with 12 points but that didn’t matter as the Rockets walked away with a 114 to 107 victory.  James Harden finished the game with a career-high 60 points, along with 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals, and one block.  The triple-double that Harden received would mark the first time a player had a 60-point triple-double in NBA history.  Marreese Speights settled for 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Mario Hezonja also had 17 points, as well as 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will host Kyle Kuzma (16.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 46 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (19-30) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these teams will battle each other this season.  The Magic and the Lakers have clashed with each other a total of 61 times as the Lakers won 41 games while the Magic pulled out only 20 wins.

The Houston Rockets will visit Texas to clash with LaMarcus Aldridge (22.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 49 FG%) and the San Antonio Spurs (33-19) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  That game will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will matchup this season.  The Rockets and the Spurs have played each other a grand total of 212 times in the past as the Rockets won 96 games while the Spurs went on to win 116 games.  The last time they faced each other was on December 15 when the Rockets defeated the Spurs, 124 to 109.  James Harden finished that game with 28 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Chris Paul also had 28 points, along with 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 steals, and one block.  LaMarcus Aldridge settled for 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

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The Phoenix Suns fall to the Memphis Grizzlies, 120 to 109

The Phoenix Suns fall to the Memphis Grizzlies, 120 to 109

The Phoenix Suns are currently on a four-game losing streak, the longest losing streak in the Western Conference.  They will look to break that streak as they travel to the FedExForum to take the Memphis Grizzlies, who are hoping to avoid a third straight loss.  This battle will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Suns and the Grizzlies have met up a total of 87 times in the past as the Suns won 56 games while the Grizzlies won only 31 games.

The last time that the Phoenix Suns and the Memphis Grizzlies clashed with each other was on December 26 when the Suns snuck away with a 99 to 97 win.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 32 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 6 assists and committed one steal.  As for the Grizzlies, Tyreke Evans finished the game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (knee)
Alan Williams (knee)
Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 6.5 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 61.7 FG%)
Alec Peters (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Marquese Chriss (ankle; 7.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 40.4 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
Devin Booker (rib; 24.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.8 APG, 43.6 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
Danuel House (G-League, 4.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 34.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)

Memphis Grizzlies:

Mike Conley (Achilles; 17.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 38.1 FG%, 31.2 3P%)
James Ennis (calf; 7.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 35.1 3P%)
JaMychal Green (ankle; 10.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 46.2 FG%, 36.2 3P%)
Chandler Parsons (knee; 8.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48.6 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
Ben McLemore (knee; 6.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 42.0 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Brandan Wright (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 56.5 FG%)
Kobi Simmons (G-League; 3.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.2 FG%, 23.1 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Memphis Grizzlies will have the upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot sixty-one percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Phoenix Suns to thirty-seven percent.  Tyreke Evans scored 14 points off of the bench as he drilled two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Former Pelicans’ guard Wayne Selden would contribute with eleven points while dishing off four assists.  Marc Gasol had only seven points but he did manage to get ahold of seven defensive rebounds while blocking three shots.  Mario Chalmers played 12 minutes off of the bench but only had five points.

As for the Suns, T.J. Warren got hot for 15 points while grabbing two offensive rebounds.  The 2010-2011 All-Rookie player Greg Monroe chalked up nine points as he recorded four rebounds, three assists, and one steal.  Isaiah Canaan was held to only two points while Dragan Bender went 12 minutes without scoring once.  Jared Dudley played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept was just five points while the home team went into halftime with a huge 64 to 47 lead.

The Suns would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 62-56 run in the second half, shooting fifty-six percent.  Alex Len posted up 12 points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He also had six rebounds while Josh Jackson had 12 points, as well.  Even though he shot only thirty-eight percent from the field, Jackson would also pull down four rebounds.  The Grizzlies would close things out, though, as Evans scored 13 points in the second half, giving the Grizzlies a 120-109 victory.  Tyreke Evans finished the game with 27 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal while T.J. Warren had 24 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Harrison Barnes (18.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (16-34) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second of three times that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The Suns and the Mavericks have clashed a grand total of 164 times as the Suns pulled out 87 wins while the Mavericks ended up winning 77 times.  The last time they played each other was on December 18 when the Suns pulled away with a 97 to 91 win.  T.J. Warren finished that game with 19 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block while Harrison Barnes had 26 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Memphis Grizzlies will travel to Indianapolis to battle Victor Oladipo (24.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 49 FG%) and the Indiana Pacers (27-23) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that the Grizzlies and the Pacers will play each this season.  They have met up a total of 43 times in the past as the Grizzlies won 17 games while the Pacers pulled out 26 victories.  November 15 was the last time they played each other as the Pacers snuck away with a 116 to 113 win.  Darren Collison finished that game with 30 points, 2 rebounds, and 8 assists while Marc Gasol had 35 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks.

The Toronto Raptors hand the Los Angeles Lakers a 123-111 loss

The Toronto Raptors hand the Los Angeles Lakers a 123-111 loss

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently on a four-game winning streak, looking to extend it to five games by defeating the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre tonight.  The Raptors, on the other hand, are hoping to bounce back from a 97-93 loss they suffered on Friday against the Utah Jazz.  The Lakers and the Raptors have clashed with each other a grand total of 42 times in the past as the Lakers won 28 games while the Toronto team won 14 games.

This meeting will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will face off against each other this season.  October 27 was the last time they met up as the Raptors snuck away with a 101-92 win over the Lakers.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed 3 steals while Julius Randle finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

Lonzo Ball (knee; 10.2 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 7.1 APG, 35.6 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
Corey Brewer (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.9 FG%, 19.5 3P%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Gary Payton II (G-League; 2.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.0 FG%, 15.4 3P%)
Thomas Bryant (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Ivica Zubac (G-League; 0.9 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.9 FG%)

Toronto Raptors:

Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.1 APG, 55.6 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.6 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Norman Powell (coach’s decision; 6.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 38.9 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (G-League; 1.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Bruno Caboclo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Toronto Raptors would have the upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-four percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Los Angeles Lakers at thirty-eight percent.  Fred VanVleet scored 12 points off of the bench while drilling two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Three-time All-Star Kyle Lowry contributed with 10 points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  He would include a three-pointer in it while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing off three assists.  DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, and Jonas Valanciunas all had seven points each while OG Anunoby had only three points.  C.J. Miles played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

As for the Lakers, Julius Randle warmed up with thirteen points while recording ten rebounds and four assists.  Larry Nance Jr. contributed with nine points off of the bench while Brandon Ingram had five points on twenty percent shooting.  Brook Lopez only had two points while Tyler Ennis drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Rookie Kyle Kuzma played the most minutes off of the bench but had only five points as the Canada team went into halftime with a 59 to 49 lead.

The Raptors would close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Lakers shot fifty percent.  VanVleet added to his scoring total as he posted up 13 more points on sixty-seven percent shooting.  DeRozan helped out with 12 points while C.J. Miles scored 11 points.  Lowry was limited to just four points but did grab four defensive rebounds.  Jakob Poeltl played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 12 of the Lakers’ 62 second-half points which included 3 three-pointers. Alex Caruso scored nine points off of the bench while Lopez drilled two three-pointers in the third quarter.  Nance Jr. played 17 minutes off of the bench to put up six points but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Raptors handed the Los Angeles Lakers a 123-111 loss.  Fred VanVleet finished the game with a career-high 25 points, along with two rebounds, 4 assists, and steals while Julius Randle had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Jordan Clarkson also had 17 points, as well as 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will head down south to Florida to take on Aaron Gordon (18.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45 FG%) and the Orlando Magic (14-34) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  That game will mark the first of two meetings between the Lakers and the Magic this season.  They have played each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Lakers won 41 games while the Magic could only pull out 20 wins.

The Toronto Raptors will host Jimmy Butler (21.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 5.0 APG, 47 FG%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (32-20) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Raptors and the Timberwolves have clashed with each other a total of 43 times as the Raptors ended up winning 28 games while the Timberwolves won 15 games.  January 20 was the last time that battled each other as the Timberwolves pulled away with a 115 to 109 win.  Andrew Wiggins finished that game with 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists while Kyle Lowry had 40 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Oklahoma City Thunder hand the Detroit Pistons a 121-108 loss

The Oklahoma City Thunder hand the Detroit Pistons a 121-108 loss

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Detroit Pistons are currently heading in opposite directions as the Thunder are on a six-game winning streak while the Pistons hope to avoid their seventh-straight loss.  The Thunder and the Pistons will battle each other tonight as this matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  They have played each other a grand total of 138 times in the past as the Thunder won 71 games while the Pistons ended up winning only 67 times.  November 24 was the last time they saw each other as the Pistons snuck away with a 99-98 win.  Andre Drummond finished that game with 17 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks while Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and 3 steals.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 83.3 FG%)
Dakari Johnson (coach’s decision; 2.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 54.3 FG%)
Kyle Singler (2.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (3.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 60.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
PJ Dozier (G-League)

Detroit Pistons:

Dwight Buycks (coach’s decision; 7.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 45.0 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
Henry Ellenson (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 39.1 3P%)
Eric Moreland (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Kay Felder (G-League; 3.9 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 30.3 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Reggie Hearn (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control at the beginning of the game as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Pistons to forty-seven percent.  Paul George would light the floor up with 19 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  Carmelo Anthony helped out by scoring 14 points and pulling down three defensive rebounds.  Russell Westbrook also had 14 points to put along with his 5 rebounds, 9 assists, and one steal.  Raymond Felton played 8 minutes off of the bench as he dropped 6 points while Steven Adams earned 9 points.

As for the Pistons, Reggie Bullock had 10 points off of the bench while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Andre Drummond contributed with eight points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks.  Tobias Harris would drain a three-pointer in the first quarter while knocking down three free-throws.  Ish Smith played the most minutes off of the bench but kept to just five points as the Oklahoma team went into halftime with a 69-57 lead.

The Detroit Pistons would attempt a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Thunder ended up shooting thirty-six percent.  Harris got hot for 15 points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field.  Drummond only dropped four points while Avery Bradley was limited to just two points.  Stanley Johnson was kept scoreless as well as Langston Galloway.  Smith played 19 minutes off of the bench as he had 10 points.

Westbrook would help close things out, though, as he went off for 17 points, hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Both George and Anthony scored seven points each while Andre Roberson was kept to just three points.  Terrance Ferguson played 17 minutes off of the bench, only to score 6 points but it was still the Thunder who pulled away with a 121-108 victory.  Russell Westbrook finished the game with 31 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, and 2 steals while Tobias Harris had 21 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Joel Embiid (23.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (24-21) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Thunder and the 76ers have battled each other a total of 132 times as the Thunder won 68 games while the 76ers pulled 64 wins.  The last time they saw each other was on December 15 as the Thunder pulled away with a 119-117 win in a game that contained three overtimes.  Russell Westbrook had 27 points in that game, along with 17 rebounds, 15 assists, and 2 steals while Joel Embiid finished with 34 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 blocks.

The Detroit Pistons will travel to Ohio to clash with LeBron James (26.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 8.7 APG, 55 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (28-19) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will battle each other this season.  They have played each other a grand total of 232 times in the past as the Pistons ended up winning 129 games while the Ohio team won 103 games.  November 20 was the last time they met up as the Cavaliers handed the Pistons a 116-88 blowout loss.  Kevin Love finished that game with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists while Tobias Harris settled for 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.

The Philadelphia 76ers defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 97-78

The Philadelphia 76ers defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 97-78

The Philadelphia 76ers have been playing well as of late, winning eight of their last ten games in hopes of making the playoffs for the first time in six years.  They will look to grab their second straight win as they visit Texas to take on the San Antonio Spurs, who are currently on a two-game winning streak.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The 76ers and the Spurs have fought each other a grand total of 99 times as the 76ers pulled out 38 wins while the Spurs ended up winning 61 times.  The last time they met up was on January 3 as the 76ers defeated the Spurs with a 112 to 106 score.  During that game, Ben Simmons scored 26 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot while Patty Mills had 26 points, one rebound, one assist, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Furkan Korkmaz (foot; 1.5 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 25.0 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
J.J. Redick (leg; 17.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 44.8 FG%, 40.5 3P%)
Jerryd Bayless (wrist; 8.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.9 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (adductor; 0.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

San Antonio Spurs:

Rudy Gay (heel; 11.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 47.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Manu Ginobili (thigh; 9.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2.4 APG, 45.1 FG%, 32.5 3P%)
Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps; 16.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 46.8 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
Derrick White (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 45.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Matt Costello (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Philadelphia 76ers would have full control of the game as they shot forty-six percent from the field in the first half, keeping the San Antonio Spurs at thirty-five percent.  Ben Simmons scored 10 points while pulling down two rebounds, dishing off 5 assists, and committing 2 steals.  Joel Embiid would help out with seven points while getting his hands on six rebounds.  T.J. McConnell played 12 minutes off of the bench but only scored two points.

As for the Texas team, LaMarcus Aldridge had eight points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also had three defensive rebounds while Pau Gasol collected five points.  Kyle Anderson, Danny Green, and Dejounte Murray all had four points each while Murray had five rebounds and three assists.  Green would also have three assists while Anderson had four rebounds.  Michigan-native Bryn Forbes played the most minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless as the 76ers went into halftime with a commanding 50-31 advantage.

The visiting team would continue to impress as they shot fifty-two percent from the field in the second half while the Spurs ended up shooting forty-six percent.  Ben Simmons posted up 11 points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He added that with his three rebounds, 2 assists, and one block that he recorded.  Embiid also had 11 points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  He would also grab seven rebounds while giving out two assists and committing one steal.  Anderson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 10 of the Spurs’ 47 second-half points while Murray helped out with six points.  Joffrey Lauvergne chalked up eight points off of the bench while Pau Gasol collected six points.  The 12th pick in the second round of the 2011 draft Davis Bertans played 15 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points as the 76ers handed the Spurs a 97-78 blowout loss.  Ben Simmons finished the game with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and one block while LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers will head to Oklahoma to take on Russell Westbrook (25.4 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 9.9 APG, 44 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-20) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The 76ers and the Thunder have clashed with each other a total of 132 times in the past as the 76ers won 64 games while the Thunder ended up winning 68 times.  The last time they met up was on December 15 as the Thunder pulled away with a 119-117 win in a thrilling game that included three overtimes.  Russell Westbrook finished that game with 27 points, 17 rebounds, 15 assists, and 2 steals while Joel Embiid had 34 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 blocks.

The San Antonio Spurs will host Zach Randolph (14.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48 FG%) and the Sacramento Kings (15-33) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This matchup will be the third of four times that the Kings and the Spurs will play each other this season.  They have battled each other a grand total of 179 times as the Spurs won 122 games as the Kings won only 57 games.  January 8 was the last time they met up as the Kings fell short to the Spurs, 107-100.  During that game, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 31 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, gave out one assist, and blocked one shot while Willie Cauley-Stein had 22 points and 9 rebounds.

The Denver Nuggets hand the New York Knicks their third straight loss, 130-118

The Denver Nuggets hand the New York Knicks their third straight loss, 130-118

The New York Knicks have lost seven of their last ten games, hoping to show some improvement as they visit Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets, on the other hand, are coming off of a nail-biting 104-101 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, looking for their second straight win.  This game will mark the second and final time that the Knicks and the Nuggets will battle each other this season.

The Knicks and the Nuggets have clashed with each other a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Knicks won 44 games while the Nuggets won 43 games.  October 30 was the last time these two ball clubs met up as the Knicks snuck away with a 116 to 110 victory.  During that game, Kristaps Porzingis scored 38 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and blocked 3 shots while Nikola Jokic finished with 28 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

Kyle O’Quinn (calf; 6.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 59.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luke Kornet (G-League)
Tim Hardaway (18.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
Isaiah Hicks (G-League)
Joakim Noah (personal; 1.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 50.0 FG%)

Denver Nuggets:

Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 52.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Juan Hernangomez (3.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Denver Nuggets will outshine the New York Knicks in the first half as they shot sixty-four percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to fifty percent.  Indiana-native Gary Harris would get hot for 18 points which included four three-pointers.  Trey Lyles recorded 12 points off of the bench to put along with his four defensive rebounds and two assists.  Both Jamal Murray and Mason Plumlee chalked up eight points each while Will Barton had five points.  He also had three rebounds and four assists while Nikola Jokic earned himself three rebounds and five assists, not to mention his five points, as well.  Wilson Chandler played 14 minutes off of the bench as he had ten points.

As for the New York team, Kristaps Porzingis scored 12 points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Enes Kanter contributed with eight points.  Trey Burke also had eight points, along with six assists off of the bench.  Former Pelicans’ forward Lance Thomas played the most minutes off of the bench as he collected nine points but it was the Nuggets who walked into the locker room with a 73-60 lead.

The Knicks would look to attempt a comeback as they shot sixty percent in the second half while the Nuggets shot fifty-four percent.  Kanter continued to help out as he posted up 12 more points and six rebounds.  Michael Beasley heated up for 17 points off of the bench while Porzingis settled for nine points.  Burke played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 10 points.

Jokic earned 13 of the Nuggets’ 57 second-half points while Jamal Murray scored ten points.  Wilson Chandler was limited to just six points as he played 16 minutes off of the bench but it was still the Nuggets who handed the Knicks a 130-118 loss.  Gary Harris finished the game with 23 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Michael Beasley had 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.  Kristaps Porzingis also finished with 21 points, along with 7 rebounds, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (17-31) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Knicks and the Suns have seen each other a total of 125 times as the Knicks won 63 games while the Suns pulled out 62 wins.  The last time they clashed with each other was on November 3 when the Knicks defeated the Suns with a 120-107 victory.  Kristaps Porzingis finished the game with 37 points, 7 rebounds, one steal, and 3 blocks while Devin Booker had 34 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

The Denver Nuggets will host Harrison Barnes (18.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (16-32) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that the Mavericks and the Nuggets will play each this season.  They have battled each other a grand total of 179 times in the past as the Dallas team ended up winning 92 games while the Nuggets won only 87 times.  January 16 was the last time they met up as the Nuggets pulled away with a 105-102 win.  Nikola Jokic finished that game with 29 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Dennis Smith had 25 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

The Toronto Raptors pull away with a 108-93 victory over the struggling Atlanta Hawks

The Toronto Raptors pull away with a 108-93 victory over the struggling Atlanta Hawks

The Toronto Raptors are impressing a lot of people this season as they are sitting at second place in the Eastern Conference with a 31-14 record.  The Atlanta Hawks, on the other hand, can be better as they currently have a 14-32 record.  Both the Raptors and the Hawks will play each other on Wednesday as this matchup will mark the third of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

The Raptors and the Hawks have clashed with each other a grand total of 84 times in the past as the Raptors won 39 games while the Hawks ended up winning 45 times.  The last time they met up was on December 29 when the Raptors defeated the Hawks, 111-98.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with 25 points, one rebound, 5 assists, and 2 blocks while Taurean Prince had 30 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

Lorenzo Brown (G-League; 1.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Bruno Caboclo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Atlanta Hawks:

DeAndre’ Bembry (groin; 4.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 37.5 FG%, 35.0 3P%)
Andrew White (G-League)
Josh Magette (G-League; 2.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 2.0 APG, 42.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Tyler Cavanaugh (5.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 47.4 FG%, 36.6 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Raptors would be completely from the start of the game as they shot forty-three percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Hawks at thirty-six percent.  The 2012-2013 All-Rookie player Jonas Valanciunas would score 12 points as he collected nine rebounds and blocked three shots.  Serge Ibaka contributed with two three-pointers and two free-throws while DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry chalked up six points each.  Fred VanVleet played 10 minutes off of the bench as he got hot four 14 points.

As for the Hawks, Dennis Schroder posted up 13 points as he shot fifty-five percent from the field.  He earned three of those points from beyond the arc as Kent Bazemore helped out with nine points.  Texas-native Taurean Prince was held to just two points while John Collins recorded six points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Former Spurs’ guard Marco Belinelli played the most minutes off of the bench as was kept to just four points as the visiting team went into halftime with a 58-40 advantage.

The Georgia team would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 53-50 run in the second half, shooting forty-four percent from the field.  During that run, Schroder scored seven points with a three-pointer early in the third period while recording five rebounds, two assists, and one steal.  Miles Plumlee and Kent Bazemore both helped out with four points each while Collins played the most minutes off of the bench to score seven points.

On the other end of the floor, DeMar DeRozan and OG Anunoby scored eight points each as the Raptors still pull away with a 108-93 win.  Fred VanVleet finished the game with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and a career-high 3 blocks.  Dennis Schroder settled for 20 points, a season-high 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will host Donovan Mitchell (19.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 45 FG%) and the Utah Jazz (19-28) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will face off this season.  The Raptors and the Jazz have battled each other a grand total of 42 times as the Jazz won 26 games while the Raptors ended up winning only 16 games.  November 3 was the last they played each other as the Raptors slipped away with a 109-100 win.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with 37 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

The Atlanta Hawks will go up to North Carolina to clash with Kemba Walker (21.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.9 APG, 42 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (19-26) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the first of three more games between these two teams this season as October 20 was the last time they met up.  During that game in which the Hornets defeated the Hawks, 109-91, Kemba Walker scored 26 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, dished off 9 assists, and committed one steal.  Dennis Schroder finished with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

The Nets pull away with a clutch 101-100 win over the Pistons

The Nets pull away with a clutch 101-100 win over the Pistons

The Detroit Pistons are currently in a slump as they have lost their past four games, hoping to snap the losing streak and defeat the Brooklyn Nets at the Little Caesars Arena.  The Nets, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 101-95 victory over the Miami Heat.  This battle will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.

The Nets and the Pistons have played each other a grand total of 186 times in the past as the Nets won 75 games while the Michigan team pulled 111 wins.  January 10 was the latest game they played against each other as the Pistons handed the Nets a 114-80 blowout loss.  Andre Drummond finished that game with 22 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  Tobias Harris also had 22 points, along with 4 rebounds and one assist.  Allen Crabbe had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

Jeremy Lin (knee; 18.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Timofey Mozgov (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 54.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Nik Stauskas (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.3 FG%, 46.2 3P%)
James Webb (G-League)
Milton Doyle (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 28.0 FG%, 15.4 3P%)
Isaiah Whitehead (G-League; 7.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 47.6 FG%, 41.7 3P%)

Detroit Pistons:

Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Dwight Buycks (coach’s decision; 7.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 45.0 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
Henry Ellenson (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 39.1 3P%)
Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 51.5 FG%)
Kay Felder (G-League; 3.9 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 30.3 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Reggie Hearn (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be held closely as the Nets shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Pistons ended up shooting forty-two percent.  DeMarre Carroll would score 11 points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the first period.  He also had four rebounds while Spencer Dinwiddie collected eight points, two rebounds, and three assists.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson contributed also with eight points but only shot forty-four percent from the field while earning four rebounds and four assists.  Quincy Acy played 11 minutes off of the bench but was limited to just a three-pointer late in the first quarter.

As for the Michigan team, Tobias Harris earned 13 points as he shot sixty-three percent from the field.  Avery Bradley helped out as he chalked up seven points while Ish Smith earned himself six points.  Former Spurs’ forward Anthony Tolliver played the most minutes off of the Pistons’ bench as he scored seven points but it was the Brooklyn Nets who walked into the locker room with a 53-48 lead.

The competitiveness would carry onto the second half as the Nets shot forty-four percent from the field while the Pistons shot forty-two percent.  Dinwiddie continued to add to his scoring total as he posted up 14 more points on sixty-seven percent shooting.  He also had two rebounds and two assists while Hollis-Jefferson earned 13 points with two three-pointers in the third quarter.  Joe Harris played the most minutes off of the bench but only had three free-throws.

Harris earned seven of the Pistons’ 52 second-half points but only shot thirty percent from the field.  Stanley Johnson played 17 minutes off of the bench as he got hot for 16 points but that wouldn’t matter as the Nets pull away with a 101-100 victory, thanks to Spencer Dinwiddie’s clutch jumper.  Spencer Dinwiddie finished the game with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists while Tobias Harris had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Oklahoma to clash with Russell Westbrook (24.8 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 9.9 APG, 44 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (25-20) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Thunder and the Nets have met up a total of 87 times as the Nets won 33 games while the Thunder ended up winning 54 games.  December 7 was the last time they played each other as the Nets escaped with a 100-95 win.  Caris LeVert finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Russell Westbrook had 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Detroit Pistons will host Donovan Mitchell (19.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.4 APG, 45 FG%) and the Utah Jazz (18-27) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that the Pistons and the Jazz will play each other this season.  They have met up a grand total of 94 times in the past as the Jazz won 59 games while the Pistons ended up winning 35 games.

The Pelicans pull away with a 111-104 win over the Grizzlies

The Pelicans pull away with a 111-104 win over the Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to show some improvement heading into February as they are currently on a three-game winning streak.  They would hope to extend it to four games by pulling a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Louisiana.  The Pelicans, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 94-93 loss in the hands of the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

This game between the Grizzlies and the Pelicans will mark the third of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  They have clashed a grand total of 58 times in the past as the Grizzlies won 28 games while the Pelicans ended up pulling out 30 wins.  The last time they saw each other was on January 10 when the Grizzlies slipped away with a 105-102 win.  Tyreke Evans finished that game with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while DeMarcus Cousins settled for 29 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

Mike Conley (Achilles; 17.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 38.1 FG%, 31.2 3P%)
Chandler Parsons (knee; 8.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48.6 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
Mario Chalmers (shoulder; 7.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 3.0 APG, 35.2 FG%, 26.8 3P%)
James Ennis (calf; 7.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 35.1 3P%)
Andrew Harrison (shoulder; 7.5 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2.4 APG, 38.9 FG%, 32.5 3P%)
Kobi Simmons (G-League; 3.6 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 41.0 FG%, 27.3 3P%)
Brandan Wright (illness; 5.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.4 APG, 56.8 FG%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

Alexis Ajinca (knee)
Tony Allen (leg; 4.7 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 48.4 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Solomon Hill (hamstring)
Frank Jackson (foot)
Omer Asik (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 38.5 FG%)
Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 55.6 FG%)
Mike James (coach’s decision; 10.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 38.8 FG%, 26.8 3P%)
DeAndre Liggins (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 35.3 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Jameer Nelson (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, 39.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
Charles Cooke (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 25.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game will be competitive at the beginning as the New Orleans Pelicans shot forty-nine percent from the field in the first half while the Grizzlies shot forty-three percent.  Four-time All-Star Anthony Davis scored 19 points while recording seven rebounds and two blocks.  DeMarcus Cousins would help out with 11 points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  He also had five rebounds while Jrue Holiday chalked up six points and seven assists.  Darius Miller played 15 minutes off of the bench as he earned himself eight points.

JaMychal Green scored eight of the Grizzlies’ 44 first-half points while he pulled down 13 rebounds.  Wayne Selden got hot for 18 points off of the bench as he shot sixty-four percent from the field, draining two three-pointers in the second period.  Marc Gasol was limited to just two points in the 17 minutes that he played but did manage to dish out six assists.  Jarrell Martin played the most minutes off of the bench but only shot a three-pointer as the home team went into halftime with a 59-44 advantage.

The Pelicans would continue to shoot well as they completed fifty-one percent of their shots in the second half while the Grizzlies shot forty-eight percent from the field.  Holiday added to his scoring total as he collected 21 more points while grabbing four rebounds.  Cousins would have 13 points which included a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.  Darius Miller played 16 minutes off of the bench but only scored four points.

As for the visiting team, Gasol would make up for his first-half struggles as he drained 3 three-pointers and five free-throws.  Tyreke Evans helped out with 10 points while Ben McLemore had four points.  Martin played the most minutes off of the bench but only had eight points as the Pelicans pulled away with a 111-104 victory.  Jrue Holiday finished the game with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block while Wayne Selden had a career-high 31 points, along with 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will host Joel Embiid (23.9 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.5 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (21-20) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.  The Grizzlies and the 76ers have battled each other a total of 42 times as both teams won 21 games each.

The New Orleans Pelicans will host Nikola Mirotic (17.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (17-28) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.  They have met up a grand total of 35 times in the past as the Bulls ended up winning 22 games while the Pelicans were limited to just 13 wins.  November 4 was the last time they saw each other as the Pelicans pulled away with a 96 to 90 win.  Anthony Davis finished with 27 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 blocks while Justin Holiday had 18 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, 3 steals, and one block.

The Trail Blazers hand the Pacers a 100-86 loss

The Trail Blazers hand the Pacers a 100-86 loss

It’s been a week since the Indiana Pacers snapped a five-game losing streak and since then, they’ve won five of their last six games.  They are currently on a three-game winning streak but they will be tested as they go up against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oregon, who are looking for their second straight victory.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.

They have played each other a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Trail Blazers won 53 games while the Pacers won only 34 games.  The last time they saw each other was back on October 20 when the Trail Blazers handed the Pacers a 114 to 96 loss.  C.J. McCollum finished that game with 28 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block while Victor Oladipo had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.  T.J. Leaf also had 17 points, along with 4 rebounds and one assist.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)

Portland Trail Blazers:

C.J. Wilcox (knee)
Maurice Harkless (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jake Layman (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 29.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 60.8 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Noah Vonleh (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Wade Baldwin (G-League)
Caleb Swanigan (G-League; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 35.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

During the first half of the game, things will be held close as the Pacers shot forty-seven percent from the field while the Trail Blazers ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Victor Oladipo scored 11 points as he was able to record four defensive rebounds, one assist, and one block.  Former Kings’ guard Darren Collison chalked up nine points while draining a three-pointer late in the first quarter.  Thaddeus Young earned six points as he collected three rebounds while Bojan Bogdanovic also had six points.  Cory Joseph played 12 minutes off of the bench but only scored two points.

As for the home team, Jusuf Nurkic posted up 12 points while pulling down 12 rebounds and committing two steals.  Al-Farouq Aminu contributed with nine points to put along with his four rebounds, two assists, and one block.  C.J. McCollum had eight points which contained two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Damian Lillard also scored eight points of his own while recording two defensive rebounds, four assists, and one block.  Shabazz Napier played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to five points as the Oregon team held onto a 52-47 lead going into halftime.

The Trail Blazers closed things out in the second half with a 48-39 run, shooting thirty-eight percent from the field.  Lillard got hot for 18 points as he continued to add to his scoring total, drilling two three-pointers in the process.  McCollum helped him out with eight points while Nurkic had seven points and five rebounds.  Aminu contributed with a three-pointer and five defensive rebounds while Evan Turner was held scoreless.  Napier played 14 minutes off of the bench as he scored eight points.

Darren Collison scored 14 points while hitting four three-pointers in the process.  Oladipo helped out with 12 points but it was still the Portland Trail Blazers who snapped the Pacers’ three-game winning streak, 100-86.  Damian Lillard finished the game with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block while Victor Oladipo had 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.  Darren Collison also had 23 points, along with 3 assists and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will visit California to battle Kyle Kuzma (16.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 46 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (15-29) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.  The Pacers and the Lakers have played each other a total of 92 times as the Pacers pulled 30 wins while the Lakers won 62 games.

The Portland Trail Blazers will host Harrison Barnes (18.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  This will be the first of three times that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.  They have played each other a grand total of 170 times in the past as the Portland team won 91 games while the Mavericks ended up winning 79 games.