Month: December 2019

The Utah Jazz blow the Detroit Pistons out of the building, 104-81

The Utah Jazz blow the Detroit Pistons out of the building, 104-81

The Utah Jazz are looking to grab a third straight victory tonight as they battle the Detroit Pistons at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.  They are coming fresh off a 120-107 win they took over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.  The Pistons, on the other hand, are recovering from a 136-109 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, as well.  Tonight will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Jazz and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 98 times in the past as the Jazz won 63 games while the Pistons were limited to 35 wins.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knees; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (foot; 10.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 41.1 3P%
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Utah Jazz:

-Mike Conley (hamstring; 13.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.6 APG, 36.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%)
-Ed Davis (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.3 FG%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The game would be competitive in the first half as the Jazz shot thirty-three percent from the field while the Pistons shot thirty-seven percent.  Donovan Mitchell scored 11 points but missed seven of his ten shots attempted.  He did have a three-pointer, though, while Rudy Gobert recorded six points and 11 rebounds.  Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale combined for just five points while Bojan Bogdanovic contributed with six points.  Newly-acquired player Jordan Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench as he had nine points.

On the other end of the floor, Derrick Rose chalked up 11 points off the bench on fifty-percent shooting.  Andre Drummond was limited to just six points but managed to record 7 rebounds, one assist, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.  Svi Mykhailiuk also scored six points while Tony Snell had two points.  Christian Wood played 11 minutes off the bench but only had three points as the Pistons went into the locker room with a 40-39 lead.

The Utah Jazz would go on a huge 65 to 41 run to close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field.  During that run, Mitchell collected 12 more points to add to his scoring total while Bogdanovic had 11 points.  Gobert scored seven more points, finishing with 13 for the night.  Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench as he had 11 points.

As for the visiting team, both Mykhailiuk and Drummond scored nine points each while Derrick Rose also had nine points off the bench.  Wood played 16 minutes off the bench but only chalked up eight points as the Jazz handed the Pistons a blowout loss, 104-81.  Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Derrick Rose had 20 points, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will head to California to battle Kawhi Leonard (25.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 5.1 APG, 45.5 FG%, 36.9 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (23-11) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that they will play each other this season.

The Utah Jazz will go to Illinois to take on Zach LaVine (23.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 43.1 FG%, 39.6 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-20) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that these ball clubs will see each other this season.

The Phoenix Suns spoil the Sacramento Kings’ late comeback attempt, 112-110

The Phoenix Suns spoil the Sacramento Kings’ late comeback attempt, 112-110

Sunday, December 29, 2019

 

The Sacramento Kings are in danger of reaching their longest losing streak this season as they try to avoid a sixth straight loss.  They will hope to do that as they host the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Golden 1 Center.  The Suns, on the other hand, are dealing with struggles of their own as they are trying to end an eight-game losing streak.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings have battled each other a grand total of 251 times in the past as the Kings won 105 games while the Suns went on to achieve 146 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Deandre Ayton (ankle; 18.0 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 54.5 FG%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 38.2 FG%, 31.1 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Sacramento Kings:

-Marvin Bagley (foot; 13.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 45.9 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-De’Aaron Fox (back; 17.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 46.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Trever Ariza (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.4 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
-Dewayne Dedmon (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.9 FG%, 22.9 3P%)
-Harry Giles (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.0 FG%)
-Caleb Swanigan (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Kyle Guy (G-League)
-DaQuan Jeffries (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Suns would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Kings shot forty-four percent.  Kelly Oubre chalked up 15 points while grabbing ten rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and committed 2 steals.  He also had a three-pointer while Devin Booker helped out with 14 points, a rebound, five assists, and one steal.

Former Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio had nine points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Aron Baynes contributed with four points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Mikal Bridges played the most minutes off the bench but only scored nine points.

On the other end of the floor, Cory Joseph had ten points on fifty-five percent shooting.  Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield both had eight points each while Hield recorded two rebounds, two assists, and a block.  Richaun Holmes and Nemanja Bjelica combined for 12 points.  Bogdan Bogdanovic played 13 minutes off the bench but only had eight points while the Phoenix team went into halftime with a 59 to 49 advantage.

The Kings would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 61-53 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  During that run, Hield scored 15 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Barnes helped out with 13 points as he grabbed 5 rebounds and dished off one assist.  Bogdanovic played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped 14 points.

As for the visitors, Booker added 18 more points to his scoring total while Oubre had five points, six rebounds, and three assists.  Mikal Bridges scored two points off the bench but the Suns were still able to come away with a 112-110 victory.  Devin Booker finished the game with 32 points, 3 rebounds, a season-high-tying 10 assists, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Buddy Hield settled for 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will travel to Oregon to take on Damian Lillard (26.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7.5 APG, 44.3 FG%, 35.8 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (14-18) on Monday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 16 when the Trail Blazers pulled away with a 111-110 win.  C.J. McCollum finished that game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and a block while Kelly Oubre had 24 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

The Sacramento Kings will head to Colorado to fight Nikola Jokic (17.6 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.8 APG, 48.5 FG%, 30.6 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (21-9) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  It will be the third of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  November 30 was the last time they saw each other as the Nuggets fell to the Kings, 100-97.  During that game, Harrison Barnes scored 30 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off one assist, and committed 2 steals while Gary Harris settled for 25 points, 3 rebounds, one assist 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

The Heat defeat the Pacers, thanks to Goran Dragic’s clutch shot, 113-112

The Heat defeat the Pacers, thanks to Goran Dragic’s clutch shot, 113-112

Saturday, December 28, 2019

 

The Miami Heat are looking to expand their winning streak to four games tonight as they take on the Indiana Pacers at the American Airlines Arena.  The Heat are coming fresh off of a 107-104 victory they took over the Utah Jazz on Monday.  This will be the third of four straight games played at home before they head to the Nation’s Capital to take on the Wizards.

As for the Pacers, they are coming off a 120-115 overtime win they escape with from the Toronto Raptors this past Monday.  They will try to grab their second straight win tonight against the South Beach team.  This will be the first of four times that they play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Heat and the Pacers have battled each other a grand total of 138 times in the past as the Heat won 61 games while the Pacers went on to grab 77 victories.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

-Malcolm Brogdon (groin; 18.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.6 APG, 45.2 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Victor Oladipo (quad)
-Alize Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 45.5 FG%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.6 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-JaKarr Sampson (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (G-League; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 18.2 3P%)

Miami Heat:

-Justise Winslow (back; 12.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.3 APG, 39.4 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-James Johnson (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Dion Waiters (coach’s decision)
-KZ Okpala (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be kept close in the first half as the Pacers shot fifty-one percent from the field while the Heat shot forty-seven percent.  Justin Holiday scored 11 points off the bench for the Pacers while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.  Aaron Holiday and Jeremy Lamb both had eight points each while Myles Turner drilled two three-pointers.  Doug McDermott played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.

On the other end of the floor, Kendrick Nunn chalked up 11 points which included a three-pointer in the first period.  New Jersey-native Bam Adebayo contributed with ten points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  He also had six rebounds and three assists while Kelly Olynyk knocked down all 3 three-pointers off the bench.

Jimmy Butler was kept to just eight points but managed to record three rebounds, four assists, and one steal.  Goran Dragic played 13 minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Heat went into halftime with a 58-55 lead.

The Pacers would attempt a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Heat shot forty-one percent.  Former Suns’ forward T.J. Warren chalked up 14 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Aaron Holiday and Jeremy Lamb combined for 17 points while Domantas Sabonis had six points.  Justin Holiday played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the South Beach team, both Duncan Robinson and Jimmy Butler scored 12 points each.  Robinson earned all his points from beyond the arc while Butler had six rebounds and two assists.  Adebayo had eight more points while Nunn drilled two shots from behind the three-point line.

With thirty-seven seconds remaining in the game, the Miami Heat would hold a 111-110 lead.  After a missed shot by Jimmy Butler, Jeremy Lamb would connect for an eight-foot shot to give the Pacers the lead.  The Heat wouldn’t give up, though.  With six seconds left in the game, Adebayo would grab a rebound after a missed shot Nunn.

Adebayo would then pass it out to Dragic, who drilled a nine-foot jumper to give the Heat a 113-112.  After a timeout called by the Indiana Pacers, Aaron Holiday attempted a driving floating jump shot to win the game but wouldn’t be successful as the Heat hung on to win, 113-112.  Jimmy Butler finished the game with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Aaron Holiday settled for 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will head to Louisiana to take on Brandon Ingram (25.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 3.8 APG, 48.9 FG%, 41.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (9-23) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that they play each other this season.

The Miami Heat will host Joel Embiid (23.3 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 3.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (23-10) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these teams will battle each other this season.  The last time they met up was on December 18 when the 76ers fell to the Heat, 108-104.  Kendrick Nunn finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Joel Embiid had 22 points, 19 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The New York Knicks stun the Brooklyn Nets, 94 to 82

The New York Knicks stun the Brooklyn Nets, 94 to 82

Friday, December 27, 2019

 

The New York Knicks are currently on a three-game losing streak, trying to avoid a fourth consecutive loss as they battle the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center tonight.  The Knicks are recovering from a 121-115 loss against the Washington Wizards.  As for the Nets, they are coming off of a 122-112 victory they took against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 24 when the Nets crawled away with a 103-101 win.  During that game, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 30 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and dished off 4 assists while Marcus Morris had 26 points, 4 rebounds, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Nets and the Knicks have battled each other a grand total of 207 times in the past as the Knicks won 104 games while the Nets took 103 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Reggie Bullock (cervical disc herniation)
-Wayne Ellington (Achilles; 4.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 32.1 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 7.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 53.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (oblique; 5.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 32.5 FG%, 29.3 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)

Brooklyn Nets:

-Nicolas Claxton (hamstring; 3.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 52.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (shoulder; 28.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 34.1 3P%)
-Caris LeVert (thumb; 16.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 42.1 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-David Nwaba (Achilles; 5.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 52.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Knicks would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they shot thirty-four percent from the field, limiting the home team to twenty-six percent.  Julius Randle got hot for 20 points while drilling four three-pointers in the process.  Marcus Morris came through with seven points on just thirty-three percent shooting.

Morris also had a three-pointer along with five rebounds while R.J. Barrett and Elfrid Payton combined for just five points.  Former Chicago Bulls’ center Taj Gibson was held scoreless in the seven minutes that he played.  Mitchell Robinson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

As for the Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had seven boards and two assists while Joe Harris contributed with eight points.  Louisiana-native Garrett Temple had a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points while Taurean Prince was kept to just a three-pointer.  Wilson Chandler played 12 minutes off the bench but only had two points while the Knicks went into halftime with a 46-41 lead.

The Knicks ended up closing things out in the second half as they went on a 48-41 run, shooting forty-six percent.  During that run, Morris added 15 points to his scoring total while Randle recorded 13 points, six rebounds, and one assist.  Randle was able to hit a three-pointer in the process while Payton had 11 points.  Damyean Dotson played 15 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Dinwiddie dropped 11 more points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Rodions Kurcus played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Knicks handed the Nets a 94-82 loss.  Julius Randle finished the game with 33 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 25 points, a season-high 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will head to the Nation’s Capital to take on Bradley Beal (28.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 6.8 APG, 43.8 FG%, 32.4 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (9-20) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on December 23 when the Wizards came away with a surprising 121-115 win.  Beal finished that game with 30 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Julius Randle had 35 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Texas to battle James Harden (38.1 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 7.5 APG, 45.2 FG%, 37.2 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (21-10) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two clubs will play each other this season.  November 1 was the last time they saw each other as the Nets escaped with a 123-116 victory.  During that game, Taurean Prince scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished off one assist, committed a steal, and blocked a shot while Harden had 36 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The Pelicans walk away from the Nuggets with a Christmas victory, 112-100

The Pelicans walk away from the Nuggets with a Christmas victory, 112-100

Thursday, December 26, 2019

 

The Denver Nuggets are currently on their longest winning streak on the season, looking to grab their eighth straight victory tonight.  They will hope to do that against the New Orleans Pelicans in their first of three straight games at the Pepsi Center.  The Pelicans, on the other hand, are coming off a 102-94 win against the Portland Trail Blazers, hoping to grab a second straight win.

This matchup tonight will mark the second of three games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  October 31 was the last time they saw each other as the Pelicans defeated the Nuggets, 122-107.  During that game, Jahlil Okafor scored 26 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot.  Michael Porter finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and one assist.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Nuggets and the Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of 64 times in the past as the Nuggets grabbed 37 wins while the Pelicans were limited to 27 victories.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Zion Williamson (knee)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 5.6 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.1 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Nicolo Melli (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Denver Nuggets:

-Torrey Craig (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 39.3 FG%, 24.1 3P%)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Bol Bol (foot)
-PJ Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The New Orleans Pelicans would have a slight upper hand in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field while the Colorado team shot forty-two percent.  J.J.  Redick dropped 15 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Former Lakers’ forward Brandon Ingram helped out with 14 points which included two three-pointers, as well.

Ingram also had five defensive rebounds while Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favors combined for 12 points.  Lonzo Ball was kept scoreless but managed to pull down two defensive rebounds.  Josh Hart played ten minutes off the bench as he chalked up ten points, hitting two three-pointers in the process.

On the other end of the court, Malik Beasley dropped 11 points off the bench which included 3 three-pointers.  Gary Harris contributed with ten points while recording a rebound and three steals.  Nikola Jokic had nine points to go along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.  Jamal Murray was held to just four points as he finished with eight points altogether.  Jerami Grant played the most minutes off the bench as he scored 12 points but it was the Pelicans who went into halftime with a 57-45 advantage.

The Louisiana team would close things out in the second half behind Ingram’s 17 points.  Holiday and Ball combined for 22 points while E’Twawn Moore drilled a three-pointer off the bench.  Jokic chalked up 14 points for the Nuggets but it was the Pelicans who came away with an 112-100 victory.  Brandon Ingram finished the game with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Nikola Jokic settled for 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will host Domantas Sabonis (17.8 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 3.9 APG, 50.7 FG%, 26.7 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (21-10) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will play each other during this season.

The Denver Nuggets will host Ja Morant (18.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6.5 APG, 46.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (11-20) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that they will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 17 as the Grizzlies fell to the Nuggets, 131-114.  Jamal Murray finished that game with 39 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and one block while Jaren Jackson had 22 points and 5 rebounds.

The Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 111-110

The Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 111-110

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 

The Phoenix Suns will look to avoid a third straight loss tonight as they battle the Portland Trail Blazers at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.  The Suns are coming off a 121-119 overtime thriller against the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City in which they lost.  With a 6-9 record at home, the Suns will try to win tonight before heading on the road for a two-game road trip.

The Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to recover from a 114-99 loss they took in the hands of Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of a two-game road trip for the Blazers before they return to the Moda Center for a four-game homestand.  This will be the first time that these teams will see each other this season before playing against each other three more times.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Suns and the Blazers have battled each other a grand total of 257 times in the past as the Suns won 135 games while the Portland team was kept to 122 victories.

INACTIVES:

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (Achilles; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (back; 4.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.8 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Jaylen Hoard (1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Moses Brown (2.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 42.9 FG%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Devin Booker (forearm; 25.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.7 FG%, 40.6 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 69.5 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 25.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (illness; 6.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 37.9 FG%, 31.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Phoenix Suns will have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field, keeping the visiting team to fifty percent.  Both Kelly Oubre and Dario Saric scored 13 points each as they both had a three-pointer, as well.  Oubre was able to record one assist and a block while Saric had three defensive rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

Former Hornets’ center Frank Kaminsky contributed with 12 points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had one defensive rebound and four assists while Ricky Rubio and Mikal Bridges combined for just nine points.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, C.J. McCollum got hot for 18 points while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Both Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard had ten points in the 16 minutes they played.  Anthony was able to drill two three-pointers in the opening quarter to go along with four rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

Hassan Whiteside was kept to just six points but managed to record four defensive rebounds and one block.  North Carolina-native Kent Bazemore had eight points that held two three-pointers.  He also had two defensive rebounds, two steals, and a block.  Anthony Tolliver played 10 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Suns went into halftime with a 67-59 advantage.

The Oregon ball club would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 52-43 run, completing forty-five percent of their shots attempted.  During that run, Lillard chalked up 17 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Anthony helped out with 13 points as he had two treys of his own.

McCollum saw to it that he earned 12 points while grabbing five rebounds, giving out two assists, committing a steal and blocking a shot.  Whiteside and Bazemore combined for seven points while Whiteside had 10 rebounds.  Anfernee Simons played eight minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the Suns, Oubre continued to impress as he had 11 more points which held two three-pointers.  Rubio and Kaminsky both had five points each while Bridges and Saric had four each.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

With only 32 seconds left in the game, the Suns would have a 110-108 lead as a result of a four-point play by Kelly Oubre.  After two timeouts, Lillard would take the ball and make a driving layup in which he was fouled by Aron Baynes.  Lillard ended up making the free-throw to give the Blazers a one-point lead.

With 0.6 seconds remaining, Rubio would pull up and attempt a 25-foot three-pointer to take the win but ended up missing as the Portland Trail Blazers hold on to come away with a 111-110 victory.  C.J. McCollum finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block while Kelly Oubre had 24 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The Portland Trail Blazers will host D’Angelo Russell (21.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.2 APG, 42.5 FG%, 34.3 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (5-23) on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 4 when the Warriors escaped with a 127-118 victory.  Eric Paschall finished that game with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and one block while Damian Lillard had 39 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block.

The Phoenix Suns will head to California to take on Kawhi Leonard (25.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 45.0 FG%, 35.7 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (20-8) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  October 26 was the last time they played each other as the Clippers fell to the Suns, 130-122.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished off 8 assists while Montrezl Harrell had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.

The Pelicans’ losing streak extends to 12 as they fall to the Magic, 130-119

The Pelicans’ losing streak extends to 12 as they fall to the Magic, 130-119

Monday, December 16, 2019

 

The New Orleans Pelicans are in danger of setting a new franchise record for longest losing streak at twelve.  They will hope to avoid doing that as they host the Orlando Magic tonight at the Smoothie King Center.  The last time they won a game was nearly a month ago against the Phoenix Suns.

The Magic, on the other hand, are coming off a 130-107 loss against the Houston Rockets.  Tonight’s game will mark the first of a four-game road trip where they will need luck as they won only three of their eleven road games this season.  This will be the first of two times that the Magic and Pelicans will meet up this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pelicans and the Magic have played each other a grand total of 37 times in the past as the Pelicans won 18 games while the Florida team grabbed 19 victories.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Khem Birch (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 49.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Melvin Frazier (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 22.2 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Wes Iwundu (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.8 APG, 31.8 FG%, 8.3 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 75.0 FG%)
-Josh Magette (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 33.3 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Zion Williamson (knee)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 6.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.1 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Nicolo Melli (coach’s decision; 5.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.2 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
-E’Twaun Moore (coach’s decision; 9.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 42.1 FG%, 38.2 3P%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 8.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 61.2 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be slightly competitive in the first half as the Magic shot forty-four percent from the field while the Pelicans shot fifty-five percent.  Former 76ers’ center Nikola Vucevic dropped 11 points which held a three-pointer.  Evan Fournier also had 11 points while burying two three-pointers in the process.

Both Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac contributed with six points in the fifteen minutes they played together.  Fultz was able to record one rebound and three assists while Isaac had seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal.  Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer before the first period ended.

As for the Louisiana ball club, J.J. Redick warmed up with 15 points which included three shots from beyond the arc.  He also had one rebound, two assists, and a block to go along with it while Jrue Holiday came through with 13 points.  Holiday, who was able to drill two three-pointers, also recorded two defensive rebounds, five assists, and one block.

North Carolina-native Brandon Ingram was able to chalk up six points while grabbing three, giving out one assist and committing one steal.  Derrick Favors was limited to just two points while Kenrich Williams was held scoreless.  Josh Hart played 16 minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Florida team went into halftime with a 58-57 lead.

The Orlando Magic would close things out in the second half as they went on a 72-62 scoring run, shooting sixty percent from the field.  During that run, Isaac scored 15 more points while grabbing four defensive rebounds, committing one steal, and blocking one shot.  Both Aaron Gordon and Fournier dropped five points each while D.J. Augustin scored seven points off the bench.

On the other end of the court, Holiday and Ingram combined for 31 points.  Holiday was able to bury two three-pointers while Ingram dropped three of them.  Josh Hart played the most minutes off the bench as he gave 15 more points but it wouldn’t help as the Magic came away with a 130-119 victory.  Jonathan Isaac finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (25.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 44.9 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (15-11) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will meet up during this season.

The New Orleans Pelicans will face Spencer Dinwiddie (20.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.2 APG, 43.0 FG%, 30.7 3P%) and the Brooklyn Nets (13-12) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 4 when the Pelicans fell to the Nets, 135-125.  Kyrie Irving finished that game with 39 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals while Brandon Ingram had 40 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

The Houston Rockets fall to the Detroit Pistons, 115 to 107

The Houston Rockets fall to the Detroit Pistons, 115 to 107

Sunday, December 15, 2019

 

The Houston Rockets are coming off back-to-back victories where James Harden made history:  He became the first player in league history to record back-to-back 50-point games with ten triples.  The Rockets will look to thrive off that as they host the Detroit Pistons tonight at the Toyota Center.

The Pistons, on the other hand, are looking to avoid a second straight loss as they are coming off a 122-111 defeat they took in the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday in Mexico.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will meet up this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Houston Rockets and the Detroit Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 140 times in the past as the Pistons won 72 games while the Rockets were kept to 68 wins.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Andre Drummond (illness; 17.7 PPG, 16.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, 54.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.9 APG, 20.9 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Sekou Doumbouya (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

-Tyson Chandler (illness; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 76.5 FG%)
-Eric Gordon (knee; 10.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.9 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-NeNe (abductor)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 68.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Thabo Sefolosha (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 34.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Russell Westbrook (rest; 22.5 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 7.3 APG, 42.5 FG%, 23.3 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

Both teams would keep the game competitive in the first half as they shot forty-five percent from the field each.  James Harden, who is averaging 39 points per game this season, scored 14 points on forty-two percent shooting.  He was able to bury two shots from beyond the arc while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out seven assists.

Clint Capela helped out with 12 points while missing only one of his seven shots attempted.  He also had ten rebounds and one block while Danuel House and Ben McLemore had four points each.  Former Suns’ player P.J. Tucker drilled a three-pointer in the second period while Austin Rivers had six points off the bench.

As for the visiting team, Luke Kennard got hot for 18 points while hitting four three-pointers.  Tony Snell drilled 3 three-pointers to give himself nine points in the first half.  Both Blake Griffin and Thon Maker scored just two points each while Bruce Brown had five points.  Christian Wood played the most minutes off the bench but only had three points as the Michigan team went into the locker room with a 62-52 advantage.

The Pistons would close things out in the second half as they shot forty-four percent from the field, keeping the Rockets at thirty-five percent.  Derrick Rose, who scored eight points in the first half, added 12 more points in the second half while Brown contributed with 11 points.  Griffin would be held scoreless while Markieff Morris dropped 10 points off the bench.

On the other end of the court, James Harden scored 25 points, which included two three-pointers.  McLemore put up nine points while Rivers had eight points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Pistons came away with a 115-107 victory.  Luke Kennard finished the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying one block while James Harden had 39 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will host Bradley Beal (27.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.0 APG, 44.8 FG%, 33.0 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (7-16) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 4 when the Wizards came away with a 115-99 victory.  During that game, Beal scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and committed a steal while Luke Kennard had 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Houston Rockets will host DeMar DeRozan (21.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.8 APG, 50.6 FG%, 35.7 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (9-15) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  December 3 was the last time they played each other as the Rockets lost in double overtime, 135-133.  James Harden finished the game with 50 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals while Lonnie Walker settled for 28 points, 4 rebounds, three steals, and one block.

The Cavaliers escape with a 117 to 109 overtime victory against the Spurs

The Cavaliers escape with a 117 to 109 overtime victory against the Spurs

Friday, December 13, 2019

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to avoid a ninth consecutive loss as they battle the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center tonight.  They are coming fresh off a 116-110 loss they took in the hands of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.  The Spurs, on the other hand, won the last two games in overtime as they try to grab the third win tonight.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Cavaliers and the Spurs have met up a grand total of 99 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 31 games while the Texas team went on to grab 68 victories.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Dylan Windler (stress reaction)
-Brandon Knight (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 35.0 FG%, 32.3 3P%)
-Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 34.0 FG%, 32.0 3P%)
-Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Tyler Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 83.3 FG%)
-Dean Wade (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

San Antonio Spurs:

-DeMarre Carroll (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 28.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 58.3 FG%)
-Keldon Johnson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Spurs shot forty-two percent.  Kevin Love got hot for twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also recorded eight rebounds and two assists while Collin Sexton had ten points.  Cedi Osman and Darius Garland combined for 13 points while Tristan Thompson was held scoreless.  Jordan Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, Derrick White scored 11 points on eighty-three percent shooting.  Former Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan helped out with six points to go along with three defensive rebounds.  LaMarcus Aldridge only had two points while Rudy Gay dropped a three-pointer.  Patty Mills played 12 minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the visiting team who went into the locker room with a 54-43 advantage.

The Spurs would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-50 scoring run, shooting sixty-one percent from the field.  During that run, DeRozan and Aldridge combined for 25 points while White had six points.  Gay scored six points, as well, while Lonnie Walker dropped four points in the 13 minutes he played off the bench.

As for the Ohio team, Sexton chalked up 14 points while missing only four of his ten shots attempted.  Love helped out with eight points while grabbing eight defensive rebounds.  Thompson scored only two points while Osman had five.  Clarkson got hot for 16 points in the 15 minutes he played off the bench.

With fifteen seconds remaining in the game, the Spurs would obtain a 103-100 lead.  After coming out of a timeout with only seven seconds left, Kevin Love caught a pass from Jordan Clarkson to bury a 26-foot three-pointer to tie the game up.  After a timeout called by the Spurs, DeRozan would try to respond as he attempted a step back jumper but it would miss as the game went into overtime.

During the overtime period, Sexton and Clarkson both scored four points each while Osman and Love drilled a three-pointer each.  As for the Spurs, it was only Aldridge who showed up as he had six points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cavaliers escaped with a 117-109 win.  Kevin Love finished the game with a season-high 30 points, as well as 17 rebounds, and 2 assists.  DeMar DeRozan settled for 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Wisconsin to battle Khris Middleton (17.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.4 APG, 49.0 FG%, 39.4 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (22-3) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The last time they met up was on November 29 when the Bucks came away with a 119-110 win.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished that game with 33 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Darius Garland had 21 points, 1 rebound, and 6 assists.

The San Antonio Spurs will meet up with Devin Booker (25.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.7 FG%, 40.6 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (11-13) in Mexico City on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of three times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.

The Knicks escape with a 124-122 overtime win over the Warriors

The Knicks escape with a 124-122 overtime win over the Warriors

Thursday, December 12, 2019

 

The New York Knicks currently have the longest losing streak in the league right now, losing for the tenth straight time last night against the Portland Trail Blazers.  They will hope to avoid an eleventh straight loss as they battle the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center.  The Warriors are dealing with problems of their own as they won only one of their past six games played, sitting with a 5-20 record.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors have battled each other a grand total of 343 times in the past as the Knicks won 160 games while the Warriors went on to grab 183 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Reggie Bullock (cervical disc herniation)
-Wayne Ellington (Achilles; 4.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 32.1 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 25.0 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (illness; 5.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 31.8 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 50.9 FG%, 43.8 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 9.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)

Golden State Warriors:

-Stephen Curry (hand; 20.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 40.9 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Klay Thompson (ACL)
-Jordan Poole (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 25.8 FG%, 24.6 3P%)
-Alen Smailagic (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The New York team would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field, holding the Warriors to just thirty-three percent.  Marcus Morris got hot for 18 points while burying two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Rookie shooting guard R.J. Barrett helped out with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal.

Barrett also had two three-pointers in the second period while Julius Randle scored 10 points.  Frank Ntilikina was kept to just two points while Taj Gibson was held scoreless.  Texas-native Damyean Dotson played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless, as well.

On the other end of the court, D’Angelo Russell dropped 15 points while drilling 3 three-pointers in the process.  Glenn Robinson and Draymond Green combined for 15 points while Eric Paschall and Willie Cauley-Stein had two points each.  Former Cavaliers’ Alec Burks played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Knicks went into halftime with a 68-50 advantage.

The home team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 62-44 scoring run.  During that run, Russell scored 13 points while hitting 3 three-pointers.  Green chalked up seven points to go along three rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.  Cauley-Stein and Robinson combined for eight points while Burks had 14 points off the bench.

As for the Knicks, Morris and Randle combined for 28 points while Gibson was still scoreless.  Barrett was able to score four points while Ntilikina was held scoreless.  Elfrid Payton played 16 minutes off the bench as he had six points.

The New York Knicks would have a three-point lead with five seconds left in regulation but their defense allowed Russell to drill a 23-foot three-pointer to tie the game up at 112 apiece.  Payton attempted to answer back with a trey of his own but would end up missing as the game went into overtime.

Both teams would battle it out in overtime as the Knicks shot thirty-six percent while the Warriors shot thirty-three percent.  Julius Randle had a three-pointer Barrett scored two points.  Payton dropped four points off the bench as the Knicks came away with a 124-122 victory.  Marcus Morris finished the game with a season-high 36 points, along with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying 3 steals.  D’Angelo Russell had 32 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will stay on the West coast as they fight Buddy Hield (21.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.7 APG, 42.3 FG%, 37.2 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (10-13) on Friday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final matchup between these two teams this season.  The first meeting was on November 3 when the Knicks fell to the Kings, 113-92.  De’Aaron Fox finished that game with 24 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal, and a block while Marcus Morris had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

The Golden State Warriors will travel to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.6 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (13-11) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they see each other this season.  November 22 was the last time they met up as the Jazz crept away with a 113-109 win.  During that game, Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 4 assists and committed one steal while Alec Burks had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals.