Month: February 2020

The New York Knicks fell to the Houston Rockets, 123-112

The New York Knicks fell to the Houston Rockets, 123-112

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

 

The Houston Rockets are looking to capture a fourth consecutive victory tonight as they host the New York Knicks at the Toyota Center.  They are coming fresh off of a 120-110 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday.  The Knicks, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a fourth straight loss.  This will be the first of two times that these teams will meet up this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Rockets and the Knicks have fought each other a grand total of 153 times as the Rockets won 79 games while the Knicks were kept to just 74 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Elfrid Payton (knee; 9.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.9 APG, 43.0 FG%, 23.7 3P%)
-Wayne Ellington (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 35.8 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Kenny Wooten (G-League)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 27.3 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Frank Ntilikina (groin; 5.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 38.5 FG%, 31.0 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 31.3 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 77.8 FG%)
-Russell Westbrook (thumb; 27.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7.2 APG, 46.6 FG%, 24.6 3P%)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (G-League; 4.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 65.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-William Howard (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 36.4 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Chris Clemons (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.3 FG%, 35.5 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty percent from the field, limiting the New York Knicks to just forty-six percent.  James Harden got hot for 31 points which included four three-pointers.  He also had 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Robert Covington helped out with eight points.  Eric Gordon and Danuel House combined for 10 points while P.J. Tucker was held scoreless.  Ben McLemore played 14 minutes off the bench as he had 11 points.

On the other end of the floor, R.J. Barrett chalked up 16 points while knocking down 2 three-pointers.  Former Lakers’ forward Julius Randle helped out with 12 points on fifty-percent shooting.  Dennis Smith contributed with six points while both Taj Gibson and Maurice Harkless had two points each.  Reggie Bullock played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless as the Texas team went into halftime with a 72-57 lead.

The Knicks would try to make a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-two percent from the field while the home team shot thirty-nine percent.  During that time, Smith added nine more points to his scoring total while recording 5 rebounds and 2 steals.  Barrett, Randle, and Harkless earned five points each while Gibson had four.  Mitchell Robinson played the most minutes off the bench but only had seven points.

As for the Rockets, Austin Rivers dropped 14 points off the bench while House, Gordon, and Harden combined for 22 of the Rockets’ 51 second-half points.  McLemore played 14 minutes off the bench but only had six points as the Rockets came away with a 123-112 win.  James Harden finished the game with 37 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals while R.J. Barrett had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will head to North Carolina to battle Devonte Graham (17.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 7.7 APG, 37.3 FG%, 36.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (19-37) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that they play each other this season.  January 28 was the last time they saw each other as the Knicks fell to the Hornets, 97-92.  Terry Rozier finished that game with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist while Julius Randle scored 24 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and committed one steal.

The Houston Rockets will host Ja Morant (17.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 35.5 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (28-28) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they meet each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 14 when the Grizzlies won, 121-110.  Morant finished that game with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block while James Harden settled for 41 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block.

Beal’s career-high 53 points weren’t enough as the Bulls defeated the Wizards, 126-117

Beal’s career-high 53 points weren’t enough as the Bulls defeated the Wizards, 126-117

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Chicago Bulls are in danger of being handed their ninth straight loss of the season as they host the Washington Wizards at the United Center tonight.  They are coming fresh off of a 112-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns last night so hopefully, for them, fatigue won’t play a factor.

The Wizards, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a second consecutive loss as they are coming off a 113-108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on February 11 when the Bulls fell to the Wizards, 126-114.  During that contest, Bradley Beal scored 30 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed one steal while Zach LaVine finished with 41 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and two steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Bulls and the Wizards have played each other a grand total of 243 times as the Bulls won 129 games while the Wizards were limited to just 114 victories.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

-Garrison Matthews (ankle; 5.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Anzejs Pasecniks (coach’s decision; 7.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 52.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Admiral Schofield (G-League; 3.2 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 29.8 3P%)
-Johnathan Williams (G-League; 3.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 64.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

-Wendall Carter (ankle; 11.7 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Kris Dunn (knee; 7.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 44.4 FG%, 25.9 3P%)
-Chandler Hutchison (shoulder; 7.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 45.7 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Luke Kornet (ankle; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 43.9 FG%, 28.7 3P%)
-Lauri Markkanen (ankle; 15.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 42.4 FG%, 34.4 3P%)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Max Strus (knee; 2.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (hamstring; 5.8 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.2 FG%, 35.6 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot fifty-one percent.  Zach LaVine dropped 15 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block while Thaddeus Young helped out with 12 points.  Tomas Satoransky and Daniel Gafford combined for 13 points while Ryan Arcidiacono had a three-pointer.  Coby White played 15 minutes off the bench as he got hot for 26 points.

On the other end of the floor, Bradley Beal chalked up 21 points on fifty-percent shooting.  He also drilled two three-pointers while Rui Hachimura scored eight points.  He was able to record six rebounds, as well, while Ish Smith contributed with five points.  Former Spurs’ power forward Davis Bertans played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points while the home team went into halftime with a 73-58 lead.

The Wizards will look to attempt a comeback as they went on a 59-53 run, shooting fifty percent from the field.  During that run, Beal added 32 more points to his scoring total while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.  Smith and Hachimura combined for seven points while Bertans dropped 16 points off the bench.

The Chicago team would close things out, though, as LaVine and Young combined for 28 points.  White scored seven more points off the bench as the Bulls held the Wizards off, 126-117.  Coby White finished the game with a season-high-tying 33 points, along with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a season-high-tying one block.  Bradley Beal had a career-high 53 points, along with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards will host Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.0 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 5.8 APG, 55.2 FG%, 31.1 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (48-8) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 28 when the Bucks handed the Wizards a 151-131 loss.  Khris Middleton finished that game with 51 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists while Bradley Beal had 47 points, 6 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Chicago Bulls will host Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 46.2 FG%, 34.5 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-22) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they see each other this season.  December 16 was the last time they battled each other as the Thunder crept away with a 109-106 win.  During that game, Chris Paul scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, gave out 8 assists, and committed 2 steals while Zach LaVine had 39 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

The Spurs bring an end to the Jazz’s winning streak, 113-104

The Spurs bring an end to the Jazz’s winning streak, 113-104

Saturday, February 22, 2020

 

The San Antonio Spurs are coming out of the All-Star break, looking to grab a second straight victory tonight against the Utah Jazz.  This will also mark the sixth game of an eight-game road trip for them.  As for the Jazz, they will look to capture a fifth straight win tonight.

Tonight’s game will mark the second of four times that these two teams will match up with each other this season.  The last time they met up was on January 29 when the Spurs handed the Jazz a 127-120 loss.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 31 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz have met up a grand total of 213 times as the Spurs won 118 games while the Jazz were limited to just 95 victories.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-Marco Belinelli (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.1 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Keldon Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 55.2 FG%)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

Utah Jazz:

-Mike Conley (knee; 13.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, 39.2 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-Ed Davis (back; 1.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.2 FG%)
-Nigel Williams-Goss (quad; 0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would have control of things in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Jazz at thirty-nine percent shooting.  Dejounte Murray scored 15 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also had three rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Bryn Forbes had 13 points.  He collected 12 of those points from beyond the arc and the other point from the charity stripe.

Former Trail Blazers’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge helped out with 12 points which included a three-pointer.  He also had five rebounds and two assists while DeMar DeRozan and Trey Lyles combined for 11 points.  Patty Mills played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points.

On the other end of the floor, Rudy Gobert dropped 10 points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He was also able to collect nine rebounds while both Royce O’Neale and Joe Ingles had seven points each.  They were able to knock down one three-pointer each while Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic chalked up six points each.  Jordan Clarkson played 17 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 65-46 lead.

The Jazz attempted to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-48 run, shooting forty-eight percent.  During that run, Emmanuel Mudiay got hot for 18 points while Bogdanovic and Gobert combined for 17 points.  Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench but only had eight points.

As for the Spurs, DeRozan added 12 more points to his scoring total while Murray had eight points.  Derrick White, who played 12 minutes off the bench, scored 11 points as the San Antonio Spurs were able to come out with a 113-104 win.  Dejounte Murray finished the game with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a season-high-tying 4 steals while Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will go back to Oklahoma to battle Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 46.6 FG%, 35.0 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (33-22) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that these two teams will see each other this season.  February 11 was the last time they played each other as the Thunder fell to the Spurs, 114-106.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 25 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Chris Paul had 31 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Utah Jazz will host James Harden (35.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 7.3 APG, 43.7 FG%, 35.8 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (34-20) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the third and final time that these ball clubs will fight each other this season.  The last time that they met up was on February 9 when the Jazz crept away with a 114-113 win.  During that contest, Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and gave out 2 assists while Russell Westbrook had 39 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Milwaukee Bucks hand the Detroit Pistons a 126-106 loss

The Milwaukee Bucks hand the Detroit Pistons a 126-106 loss

Friday, February 21, 2020

 

Before the All-Star break, the Milwaukee Bucks saw their five-game win streak come to an end as they lost to the Indiana Pacers last Wednesday, 118-111.  Coming off of the break, they will hope to start another winning streak as they battle the Detroit Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena tonight.  The Pistons, on the other hand, will try to avoid a fifth straight loss.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 4 when the Bucks defeated the Pistons, 127-103.  During that game, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and blocked 2 shots while Andre Drummond had 23 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Bucks and the Pistons have played each other a grand total of 268 times as the Bucks won 142 games while the Pistons were kept to 126 victories.

INACTIVES:

Milwaukee Bucks:

-Kyle Korver (back; 6.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 41.8 FG%, 40.7 3P%)
-Frank Mason (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 14.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Thanasis Antetokounmpo (2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.4 APG, 56.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Cameron Reynolds (G-League)

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Markieff Morris (coach’s decision; 11.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 45.0 FG%, 39.7 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.1 FG%, 36.4 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Milwaukee Bucks would have complete control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, keeping the home team to just thirty-six percent shooting.  Khris Middleton posted up 20 points while knocking down all four of his three-pointers attempted.  Giannis Antetokounmpo helped out with 19 points while collecting 12 rebounds, dishing off 3 assists, and committing 3 steals.

Brook Lopez had nine points on just thirty-three percent shooting.  He was able to get a hold of one defensive rebound while Eric Bledsoe earned himself eight points.  Bledsoe’s eight points included a three-pointer while Wesley Matthews was kept scoreless.  Robin Lopez played the most minutes off the bench as he had nine points.

As for the Pistons, Christian Wood scored 10 points off the bench while Thon Maker and Derrick Rose combined for 14 points.  Former Bulls’ player Tony Snell contributed with five points while drilling a trey.  Shooting guard Bruce Brown played 15 minutes off the bench but only had two points while the Bucks went into halftime with a huge 70-41 lead.

The Detroit ball club would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 65-56 run, shooting fifty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Brown scored 14 points off the bench while Langston Galloway had 12.  Three-time All-Star Derrick Rose contributed with six points.

On the other end of the floor, Antetokounmpo added 14 points to his scoring total.  George Hill had four points off the bench as the Bucks were able to hold off the Pistons, 126-106.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the game with 33 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, a season-high-tying 3 steals, and one block.  Christian Wood had 18 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Milwaukee Bucks will host Joel Embiid (22.9 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, 46.6 FG%, 33.6 3P%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (34-21) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on February 6 when the 76ers fell to the Bucks, 112-101.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished that game with 36 points, 20 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Tobias Harris had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Detroit Pistons will head to Oregon to take on C.J. McCollum (21.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.6 FG%, 38.3 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (25-31) on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that they play each other this season.

The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

Friday, February 14, 2020

 

The New Orleans Pelicans have been playing impressive basketball lately, winning six of their last eight games.  With a win tonight, they will have captured their fourth straight win.  They will hope to do that as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center.

The Thunder, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss tonight.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Thunder came away with a 107-104 victory.  During that game, Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Jrue Holiday had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pelicans and the Thunder have played each other a grand total of 60 times in the past as the Thunder won 35 games while the Pelicans were limited to just 25 victories.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Darius Bazley (knee; 4.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Hamidou Diallo (coach’s decision; 6.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 45.1 FG%, 17.2 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Brandon Ingram (ankle; 24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Kenrich Williams (back; 3.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.9 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 61.1 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, keeping the Pelicans at forty-seven percent shooting.  Danilo Gallinari chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed with 13 points while dishing out three assists.

Center Steven Adams scored seven points while knocking down a rare three-pointer.  He also had seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 2 blocks while Chris Paul had six points on forty-percent shooting.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he threw up 13 points.

As for the home team, Zion Williamson got hot for 15 points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Both Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball scored seven points each while Ball knocked down two three-pointers in the process.  Hart also had a three-pointer while Derrick Favors and Jrue Holiday earned four points each.  J.J. Redick played 13 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Oklahoma team that went into halftime with a 66-58 lead.

The Pelicans would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-57 run.  During that run, Williamson added 17 more points to his scoring total while grabbing three rebounds.  Holiday helped out with 10 points which included a three-pointer.  Redick played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up 17 points.

On the other end of the court, Gallinari scored 15 points while Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 12 points.  Schroder dropped nine points off the bench as the Thunder held on to take a 123-118 win.  Danilo Gallinari finished the game with 29 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Zion Williamson had 32 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Nikola Jokic (20.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 6.9 APG, 51.8 FG%, 32.9 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (38-17) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 14 when the Thunder fell to the Nuggets, 110-102.  Jokic finished that game with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and one steal while Dennis Schroder settled for 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Oregon to fight C.J. McCollum (21.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.6 FG%, 38.3 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (25-31) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these ball clubs will face off this season.  February 11 was the last time they met as the Pelicans handed the Trail Blazers, 138-117.  During that game, Zion Williamson scored 31 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, gave out 5 assists, and committed one steal while McCollum had 20 points, one rebound, and 3 assists.

The Spurs’ losing streak comes to an end as they beat the Thunder, 114-106

The Spurs’ losing streak comes to an end as they beat the Thunder, 114-106

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

The San Antonio Spurs’ eight-game road trip has not been going as planned.  They have yet to win a game and are in danger of being handed their sixth straight loss.  The Texas team would hope to avoid that as they play the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight.

The Thunder, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 112-111 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, hoping to avoid a second consecutive loss.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 2 when the Thunder handed the Spurs a 109-103 loss.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and two blocks while DeMar DeRozan had 30 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Spurs and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 206 times in the past as the Spurs won 114 games while the Thunder were kept to just 92 victories.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-Keldon Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 55.2 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-DeMar DeRozan (back; 23.0 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 5.2 APG, 53.4 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
-DeMarre Carroll (2.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 31.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Darius Bazley (knee; 4.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Thunder shot thirty-five percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge chalked up ten points but only connect on three of his eleven shots attempted.  He did have eight rebounds and two assists while Dejounte Murray had nine points, which included one three-pointer.

Former Denver Nuggets’ power forward Trey Lyles contributed with six points while recording five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 3 blocks.  Bryn Forbes had a three-pointer while Lonnie Walker was kept to just two points.  Derrick White played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped six points.

On the other end of the court, Chris Paul got hot for 15 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers.  He also had two rebounds, six assists, one steal, and a block while both Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams scored six points each.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander helped out with a three-pointer and a free-throw while grabbing two rebounds.  Dennis Schroder played 17 minutes off the bench but only had four points while the Spurs went into halftime with a 49-41 advantage.

The Spurs would close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the Thunder to fifty-five percent.  Murray added 16 points to his scoring total while Aldridge helped out with 15 points.  Patty Mills and Derrick White combined for 21 points off the bench.

As for the home team, Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 29 points while Gallinari had nine points.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points but it was the Spurs who came away with a 114-106 win.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 25 points, a season-high-tying 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Chris Paul had a season-high 31 points, along with 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.3 APG, 45.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (35-18) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these two teams will meet up this season.  January 29 was the last time they fought each other as the Jazz fell to the Spurs, 127-120.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists while Donovan Mitchell settled for 31 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will go to Louisiana to see Brandon Ingram (24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Thunder came away with a 107-104 win.  Danilo Gallinari finished that game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists while Jrue Holiday had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Brooklyn Nets hold on to take a 106-105 win over the Indiana Pacers

The Brooklyn Nets hold on to take a 106-105 win over the Indiana Pacers

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

The Indiana Pacers are on the longest losing streak of the season as they try to avoid a sixth straight loss tonight.  They will hope to do that as they host the Brooklyn Nets at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  The Nets, on the other hand, are hoping to steer clear from a second consecutive loss.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 18 when the Pacers blew the Nets out, 115-86.  During that game, Aaron Holiday scored 24 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 13 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 28 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pacers and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 192 times in the past as the Pacers won 112 victories while the Nets were limited to 80 wins.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (knee; 27.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 47.8 FG%, 39.4 3P%)
-Chris Chiozza (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 30.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-Nicolas Claxton (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 56.5 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Rodions Kurucs (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.1 FG%, 46.3 3P%)
-Theo Pinson (G-League; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.9 APG, 29.3 FG%, 19.5 3P%)
-Dzanan Musa (G-League; 4.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 36.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Jeremiah Martin (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 3P%)

Indiana Pacers:

-Goga Bitadze (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 48.1 FG%, 16.0 3P%)
-Aaron Holiday (coach’s decision; 9.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 41.5 FG%, 41.3 3P%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.4 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
-JaKarr Sampson (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 59.3 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Edmond Sumner (4.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.4 APG, 43.8 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Alize Johnson (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (G-League; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 18.2 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be kept close in the first half as the Nets shot thirty-nine percent from the field while the Pacers shot forty-seven percent.  Taurean Prince scored 12 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  Both Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert had eight points each while Spencer Dinwiddie earned six points.  Garrett Temple played the most minutes off the bench but only had eight points himself.

On the other end of the court, Myles Turner chalked up 13 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two rebounds and one steal while T.J. Warren helped out with 11 points on fifty-percent shooting.  Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo combined for 13 points while Malcolm Brogdon was kept scoreless.  Justin Holiday played 14 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Nets went into halftime with a 51 to 48 lead.

The Pacers would attempt to make a comeback as they shot fifty percent from the field in the second half while the Nets shot forty percent.  Sabonis dropped 15 points as he missed only one of his eight shots attempted.  Warren added 8 more points to his scoring total while Oladipo and Brogdon combined for 13 points.

As for the New York team, Dinwiddie scored 15 points but shot only twenty-seven percent.  Former Cavaliers’ player Joe Harris contributed with 14 points which held four three-pointers.  DeAndre Jordan played 16 minutes off the bench as he recorded 9 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks.

DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE:

With fifty seconds left in the game, the Pacers would hold a 103-99 lead.  Harris would then make a driving layup to bring the Nets within two.  Nineteen seconds later, he went and made a 28-foot three-pointer to take the lead.  Sabonis responded with a two-point jump shot to give the Pacers the lead again.

Out of a Nets’ timeout and with five seconds left, Spencer Dinwiddie made a clutch 21-foot step-back jump shot to give the visiting team an one-point lead.  Brogdon attempted to take a game-winning three-point shot with one second left but missed as the Nets held on to take a 106-105 win.  Dinwiddie finished the game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, and one block while Sabonis had 23 points, 10 rebounds, a season-high-tying 11 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will host Pascal Siakam (23.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 45.5 FG%, 35.4 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (39-14) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that they play each other this season.  February 8 was the last time they saw each other as the Raptors crept away with a 119-118 win.  Fred VanVleet finished that game with 29 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists while Caris LeVert had 37 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Indiana Pacers will host Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 54.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (45-7) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 22 when the Pacers fell to the Bucks, 117-89.  During that game, Wesley Matthews scored 19 points, grabbed one rebound, gave out one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while Domantas Sabonis had 19 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

The Miami Heat fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-109

The Miami Heat fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-109

Monday, February 10, 2020

 

Just a few days ago, the Miami Heat traded Justise Winslow, Dion Waiter, and James Johnson to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Andre Iguodala, Joe Crowder, and Solomon Hill.  The Heat were already having a surprising season but with this trade, it may definitely give them a higher chance of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tonight’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Portland Trail Blazers will mark the first of two times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 5 when the Heat handed the Blazers a 122-111 loss.  Goran Dragic finished that game with 29 points, 3 rebounds, and 13 assists while Damian Lillard had 34 points, one rebound, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Heat and the Blazers have played each other a grand total of 62 times as the Heat won 23 games while the Blazers went on to grab 39 victories.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Kyle Alexander (knee)
-Jimmy Butler (shoulder; 20.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.3 APG, 45.2 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Tyler Herro (ankle; 13.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.4 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-Meyers Leonard (ankle; 6.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 52.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Gabe Vincent (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 21.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (leg; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (ankle; 3.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 43.0 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Anfernee Simons (concussion; 8.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 41.1 FG%, 32.2 3P%)
-Moses Brown (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%)
-Jaylen Hoard (G-League; 2.7 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 44.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Portland Trail Blazers would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to forty percent.  Trevor Ariza got hot for 19 points as he missed only one of his eight shots attempted.  He also had two three-pointers while recording 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

Damian Lillard helped out with 11 points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Carmelo Anthony and C.J. McCollum combined for 16 points while they both had a three-pointer each.  Hassan Whiteside had four points but grabbed seven rebounds and blocked 2 shots.  Gary Trent played the most minutes off the bench as he had 13 points.

As for the Miami Heat, Duncan Robinson chalked up 15 points, earning all of them from behind the three-point line.  Derrick Jones contributed with nine points on sixty-percent shooting.  He also had two three-pointers while both Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn scored five points each.  Jae Crowder played 16 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Blazers who went into halftime with a 63-60 lead.

The home team who close things out in the second half as they went on a 52-49 run.  During that run, Damian Lillard got extremely hot for 22 points, drilling 3 three-pointers in the process.  As for the Miami team, Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder combined for 24 points off the bench but it was the Trail Blazers who came away with a 115-109 win.  Damian Lillard finished the game with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block while Goran Dragic had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will head to California to take on Andrew Wiggins (24.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 75.0 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (12-41) on Monday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  November 29 was the last time they saw each other as the Warriors fell to the Heat, 122-105.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and committed one steal while Jordan Poole had 20 points, one rebound, and one assist.

The Portland Trail Blazers will head to Louisiana to battle Brandon Ingram (24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they battled each other was on December 23 when the Pelicans defeated the Blazers, 102-94.  Jrue Holiday finished that game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

The New York Knicks escape the Detroit Pistons, 95-92

The New York Knicks escape the Detroit Pistons, 95-92

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The New York Knicks have been playing impressive lately as they are currently on a three-game winning streak.  They will look to extend it to four as they battle the Detroit Pistons in Michigan.  The Pistons, who have traded Andre Drummond three days ago, are trying to avoid a second consecutive loss.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these teams will see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 6 when the Pistons handed the Knicks a 122-102 loss.  During that game, Andre Drummond scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed one steal while Julius Randle had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Knicks and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 397 times in the past as the Knicks won 213 games while the Pistons were kept to just 184 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Damyean Dotson (coach’s decision; 6.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 42.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (illness; 6.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 43.5 FG%, 32.6 3P%)
-Maurice Harkless (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 51.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 27.3 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Kenny Wooten (G-League)

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (hip; 11.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 45.0 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (hip; 8.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 43.3 FG%, 42.5 3P%)
-Derrick Rose (groin; 18.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 49.8 FG%, 31.5 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Louis King (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.1 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Brandon Knight (4.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 32.6 FG%, 29.7 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Pistons shot fifty-five percent from the field while the Knicks shot forty-eight percent.  Both Christian Wood and Reggie Jackson dropped nine points which included a three-pointer each.  Wood recorded six rebounds, as well, along with two assists and one steal while Jackson had two rebounds and six assists.

Former Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker helped out with seven points while Bruce Brown had four points.  Tony Snell was held to just a three-pointer but managed to give out an assist, although he had two turnovers.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Elfrid Payton and Taj Gibson had six points each while Julius Randle contributed with five points.  He had a three-pointer while Reggie Bullock knocked down a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Frank Ntilikina played 13 minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a 50 to 48 lead.

The New York Knicks would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 47-42  run.  During that run, Randle scored 12 more points while grabbing four rebounds, giving out two assists, committing a steal and blocking a shot.  As for the Pistons, Jackson scored 11 more points but it was the Knicks who came away with a win, 95-92.  Julius Randle finished the game with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Reggie Jackson had 20 points, 2 rebounds, a season-high-tying 9 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will head to Georgia to take on John Collins (20.1 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 55.8 FG%, 35.4 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (14-39) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 17 when the Knicks blew the Hawks out, 143-120.  R.J. Barrett finished that game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Trae Young had 42 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The Detroit Pistons will host Terry Rozier (18.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.2 APG, 42.0 FG%, 38.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (16-35) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  November 29 was the last time they battled each other as the Pistons fell to the Hornets, 110-107.  During that game, P.J. Washington scored 26 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, gave out 3 assists, and committed 4 steals while Derrick Rose settled for 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The 76ers are handed their fourth straight loss by the Bucks, 112-101

The 76ers are handed their fourth straight loss by the Bucks, 112-101

Friday, February 7, 2020

 

The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t won a game since January 28 as they are on a three-game losing streak.  They are coming off a recent 137-106 loss to the Miami Heat on Monday.  With tonight’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, they will hope to avoid a fourth straight loss which would tie a season-high.

The Bucks, who are sitting on top of the Eastern Conference, are hoping to grab a third straight win.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these teams will face off this season.  The last time they met up was on Christmas Day when the Bucks fell to the 76ers, 121-109.  During that game, Joel Embiid scored 31 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and blocked two shots while Khris Middleton had 31 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The 76ers and the Bucks have battled each other a grand total of 260 times in the past as the 76ers won 131 games while the Bucks grabbed 129 victories.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Josh Richardson (hamstring; 15.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.4 APG, 43.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Kyle O’Quinn (personal; 3.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 2.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 55.6 FG%)
-Jonah Bolden (not with the team; 1.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Milwaukee Bucks:

-Thanasis Antetokounmpo (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.4 APG, 56.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Sterling Brown (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.9 APG, 37.2 FG%, 32.1 3P%)
-D.J. Wilson (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.5 FG%, 24.4 3P%)
-Dragan Bender (3.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 47.6 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
-Frank Mason (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 14.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Cameron Reynolds (G-League)
-George Hill (hamstring; 9.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 54.1 FG%, 51.1 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Both teams would keep it close in the first half as the Bucks shot forty-two percent from the field while the 76ers shot thirty-six percent.  Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 19 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.  He also had four assists while Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton combined for ten points.  Wesley Matthews had a three-pointer while Brook Lopez was kept to just two points.  Donte DiVincenzo played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.

As for the visiting team, Tobias Harris scored 12 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Former Celtics’ center Al Horford contributed with six points which included two treys, as well.  Joel Embiid had just four points as he made only one of his eleven shots attempted.  Furkan Korkmaz played 15 minutes off the bench but only had seven points while the Bucks went into halftime with a 54-51 lead.

The Milwaukee Bucks would close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, holding the 76ers to just thirty-seven percent.  Antetokounmpo added 17 points to his scoring total while collecting ten more rebounds.  He also had a three-pointer while Middleton helped out with 16 points, which included 3 three-pointers.  Robin Lopez was kept to just a free-throw in the 10 minutes he played off the bench.

On the other end of the floor, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris combined for 28 points while they both had 3 three-pointers each.  Korkmaz played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points while the Bucks came away with a 112-101 victory.  Giannis Antetokoumpo finished the game with 36 points, a season-high 20 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Tobias Harris had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers will host Jaren Jackson (17.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 47.6 FG%, 40.5 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (26-25) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks will head to Florida to battle Nikola Vucevic (18.8 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 45.3 FG%, 35.4 3P%) and the Orlando Magic (22-30) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 28 when the Magic fell to the Bucks, 111-100.  During that game, Middleton scored 21 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed 2 steals while Evan Fournier had 23 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.