Author: Cory Nelson

The Denver Nuggets pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks with a 134-123 win

The Denver Nuggets pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks with a 134-123 win

Both the Denver Nuggets and the Milwaukee Bucks are on two-game winning streaks, hoping to grab a third win as they battle each other in Wisconsin at the Bradley Center.  This matchup between these two ball clubs will mark the first of two times that they will meet up this season.  The Nuggets and the Bucks have clashed with each other a grand total of 99 times in the past as the Nuggets won 62 games while the Bucks were limited to just 37 victories.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

Monte Morris (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Mason Plumlee (calf; 7.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 58.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Torrey Craig (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 45.1 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (knee; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Richard Jefferson (wrist; 1.6 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Kenneth Faried (personal; 5.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 51.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Milwaukee Bucks:

Matthew Dellavedova (ankle; 4.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 3.8 APG, 36.9 FG%, 37.7 3P%)
Malcolm Brogdon (13.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.2 APG, 48.7 FG%, 37.8 3P%)
John Henson (hamstring; 8.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 58.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Mirza Teletovic (lung; 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 43.9 FG%, 46.7 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Denver Nuggets would be in the driver’s seat, taking full control in the first half as they shot sixty-four percent from the field, limiting the home team to just forty-seven percent shooting.  Gary Harris ended up scoring 20 points on seventy-eight percent shooting while knocking down four three-pointers and two free-throws.  Nikola Jokic helped out with 16 points while he also shot seventy-eight percent from the field.  Jokic connected for a three-pointer in the second period while collecting 11 rebounds and 12 assists.  With doing that, Jokic recorded his fastest triple-double in NBA history (14 minutes and 33 seconds), beating Jim Tucker’s time of 17 minutes in 1955.  Will Barton had 13 points while Wilson Chandler earned 11 points, both hitting 3 three-pointers each.  Devin Harris played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Giannis Antetokounmpo chalked up 17 points with one three-pointer at the beginning of the game.  He also had four rebounds, four assists, and one block while both Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe earned 12 points each.  Tony Snell had seven points on forty-three percent shooting while Thon Maker was kept scoreless.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ center Tyler Zeller played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just four points as the Colorado team went into halftime with a 74 to 62 lead.

The Bucks would attempt to make a comeback, though, as they shot sixty percent from the field in the second half while the Nuggets ended up shooting just forty-six percent.  Antetokounmpo continued to add to his scoring total as he scored 19 more points on seventy-three percent shooting.  He also collected seven rebounds, nine assists, and two blocks while Bledsoe received 15 points with 3 three-pointers in the fourth quarter.  Middleton helped out with five points and six rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the Nuggets pulled away with a 134-123 win behind Jamal Murray’s 19 second-half points.  Nikola Jokic finished the game with 30 points, 15 rebounds, a career-high 17 assists, one steal, and one block while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 11 rebounds, a season-high 13 assists, and 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will host LaMarcus Aldridge (22.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50 FG%) and the San Antonio Spurs (35-24) next Friday on 9:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the fourth and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Nuggets and the Spurs have battled each other a grand total of 208 times in the past as the Spurs won 136 games while the Nuggets were limited to just 72 wins.  February 13 was the last time they saw each other as the Nuggets handed the Spurs a 117-109 loss.  During that game, Nikola Jokic scored 23 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, gave out 11 assists, and blocked one shot while Joffrey Lauvergne had 26 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

The Milwaukee Bucks will visit Canada to take on DeMar DeRozan (23.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.2 APG, 46 FG%) and the Toronto Raptors (41-16) next Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will mark the third and final time that the Bucks and Raptors will meet up this season.  These two ball clubs have met up a total of 90 times as the Raptors won 41 games while the Bucks went on to pull out 49 victories.  The last time they battled each other was on January 5 when the Raptors defeated the Bucks with a 129-110 score.  Serge Ibaka finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and one steal while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

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The Utah Jazz extend their winning streak to 11 games as they defeated the Phoenix Suns, 107-97

The Utah Jazz extend their winning streak to 11 games as they defeated the Phoenix Suns, 107-97

The Utah Jazz are currently holding onto the longest winning streak in the league, looking to extend it to eleven games as they host the struggling Phoenix Suns.  The Suns, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a seventh straight loss.  This game between the Jazz and Suns will mark the third of four times that they will battle each other this season.

The Jazz and the Suns have met up a grand total of 193 times in the past as the Suns won 100 games while the Utah team won 93 games.  February 2 was the last time they saw each other as the Jazz handed the Suns a 129 to 97 blowout loss.  During that game, Donovan Mitchell scored 40 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, gave out 6 assists, and committed 2 steals while Josh Jackson finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (knee)
Alan Williams (knee)
Tyson Chandler (neck; 6.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 62.4 FG%)
Josh Gray (coach’s decision; 6.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 26.8 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Davon Reed (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 20.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Danuel House (G-League; 4.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 37.3 FG%, 25.8 3P%)
Alec Peters (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 20.8 FG%, 14.3 3P%)

Utah Jazz:

Dante Exum (shoulder)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Naz Mitrou-Long (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Georges Niang (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.7 FG%)
Ricky Rubio (hip; 12.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.2 APG, 41.0 FG%, 32.4 3P%)
Erik McCree (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Utah Jazz would have the upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-three percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Phoenix Suns at thirty-eight percent shooting.  Joe Ingles ended up scoring 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had one offensive rebound, one defensive rebound, one assist, and two steals while rookie Royce O’Neale contributed with 12 points.  He did that on sixty-three percent shooting while Derrick Favors collected nine points and nine rebounds.  Donovan Mitchell had seven points while Rudy Gobert earned himself eight defensive rebounds.  Newly-acquired forward Jae Crowder played 13 minutes off of the bench but only had three points.

As for the Suns, Devin Booker chalked up 11 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the first quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds and two assists while Elfrid Payton helped out with four points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.  The fourth pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft Dragan Bender had one three-pointer at the beginning of the game as he went on to get ahold of three defensive rebounds.  Josh Jackson played the most minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 15 points but it was still the Utah team who went into halftime with a 50 to 41 advantage.

The Suns would not give up, though, as they completed forty-nine percent of their shots while the Jazz ended up shooting forty-two percent from the field.  Booker continued to add to his scoring total as he posted up 17 more points on fifty percent shooting.  He had four three-pointers in the third period while Alex Len came alive for 12 points.  Elfrid Payton dished out ten assists while putting up nine points.  Jackson played 20 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just seven points.

On the other end of the court, Mitchell earned 17 more points as nailed 3 three-pointers and collected three rebounds and three assists.  Gobert had ten more points and nine rebounds while Derrick Favors earned nine points.  Crowder played the most minutes off of the bench to collect 12 more points as the Utah Jazz survive, 107 to 97, extending their winning streak to eleven games.  Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists while Devin Booker had 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Utah Jazz will host Damian Lillard (25.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.5 APG, 44 FG%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (31-26) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  The matchup will mark the third of four meetings between these two teams this season.  The Jazz and the Trail Blazers have fought each other a total of 214 in the past as the Jazz won 112 games while the Trail Blazers were held to just 102 wins.  February 11 was the last time they met up as the Utah Jazz pulled away with a 115 to 96 win.  Donovan Mitchell finished that game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while Damian Lillard had 39 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Phoenix Suns will host Lou Williams (23.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (29-26) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The Suns and the Clippers have played each other a total of 221 times as the Suns won 134 games while the Clippers were kept to just 87 victories.  December 20 was the last time they met up as the Clippers defeated the Suns, 108 to 95.  During that game, Austin Rivers had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and one block while T.J. Warren scored 22 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, gave out 4 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot.

The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Toronto Raptors have been playing with a lot of confidence lately as they currently have the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, holding onto a 39-16 record.  They will hope to grab their sixth straight win as they host the Miami Heat in Canada, who are coming fresh off of a five-game losing streak.  This meeting between these two ball clubs will mark the second of three times that they will play each other this season.

The Raptors and the Heat have battled each other a grand total of 87 times as the Heat won 54 games while the Raptors were limited to just 33 wins.  The last time they met up was on January 9 when the Miami team snuck away with a 90 to 89 victory.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 24 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while DeMar DeRozan finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Kelly Olynyk (shoulder; 11.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.5 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Luke Babbitt (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.6 FG%, 44.1 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 47.8 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Derrick Jones (G-League; 3.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.6 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Derrick Walton (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 41.2 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.0 FG%, 21.4 3P%
Lorenzo Brown (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (G-League; 3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would start very competitve as the Heat shot fifty-five percent from the field while Canada team ended up shooting fifty percent.  Wayne Ellington would knock down 3 three-pointers in the second quarter as he grabbed three rebounds.  The 2016 NBA leader in blocks Hassan Whiteside would contribute with eight points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  He also had 7 rebounds and one steal while Dwyane Wade had six points off of the bench.  Goran Dragic ended up scoring seven points but only shot thirty-eight percent from the field.  James Johnson played 17 minutes off of the bench as he had eleven points.

As for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry poured 13 points on the court while knocking two three-pointers down in the second quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds and six assists while DeMar DeRozan earned himself seven points on thirty-three percent shooting.  Serge Ibaka helped out with seven points, as well, along with four defensive rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas had six points.  Former Utah Jazz player C.J. Miles played the most minutes off of the bench to get hot for ten points as the Raptors went into halftime with a 57 to 55 lead.

The home team would close things out of the second half as they went on a 61 to 57 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, DeRozan lit the floor up with 20 points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the third period.  He also had two rebounds and three assists while Lowry added to his scoring total by chalking up 12 more points.  Lowry earned nine of those points from beyond the arc while Ibaka had 7 points and 6 rebounds.  Dragic, on the other end, got extremely hot for 21 points but it wasn’t enough as the Raptors hold the Heat off, 115 to 112.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 27 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Goran Dragic had 28 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Pennsylvania to battle Joel Embiid (23.7 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (29-25) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second of four times that they will clashed with each other this season.  The 76ers and the Heat have met up a total of 119 times in the past as the 76ers won 57 games while the Heat went on to win 62 games.  February 2 was the last time they saw each other as the 76ers pulled away with a 103-97 victory.  Ben Simmons finished that game with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Kelly Olynyk had 19 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Toronto Raptors will visit the Windy City to take on Zach LaVine (17.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 41 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (20-36) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Raptors and the Bulls have battled each other a grand total of 84 times as the Raptors won 36 games while the Bulls went on to pull out 48 victories.  The last time they played each other was on January 3 when the Raptors handed the Bulls a 124-115 loss.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, and committed 3 steals while Justin Holiday had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Oklahoma City Thunder hand the Memphis Grizzlies a 110-92 loss

The Oklahoma City Thunder hand the Memphis Grizzlies a 110-92 loss

The Memphis Grizzlies have one of the longest losing streaks in the league right now, hoping to avoid a sixth straight loss as they battle the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma.  The Thunder, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 106-81 blowout loss that was handed to them by the Los Angeles Lakers.  This game between the Grizzlies and the Thunder will mark the second of four meetings between these teams this season.

The Grizzlies and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 102 times in the past as the Grizzlies won 36 games while the Thunder went on to pull out 66 victories.  December 9 was the last time they clashed each other as the Thunder snuck away with a 102-101 overtime win.  During that game, Steven Adams scored 21 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and blocked one shot while Carmelo Anthony also had 21 points, along with 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  Tyreke Evans finished the game with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

Mike Conley (Achilles; 17.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 38.1 FG%, 31.2 3P%)
Deyonta Davis (knee; 5.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 62.7 FG%)
Chandler Parsons (knee; 8.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48.6 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
Wayne Selden (knee; 8.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 40.4 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Kobi Simmons (G-League; 3.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.2 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Brice Johnson (1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 63.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 87.5 FG%)
Russell Westbrook (ankle; 25.5 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 10.3 APG, 44.5 FG%, 30.5 3P%)
Carmelo Anthony (ankle; 17.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.2 FG%, 34.7 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Oklahoma City Thunder would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the defense held the Grizzlies to forty-two percent.  Three-time All-Defensive player Paul George got hot for 16 points while nailing 3 three-pointers in the first period.  He also had three assists and one steal while Alex Abrines contributed with two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Steven Adams saw to it that he had four points and four rebounds while Patrick Patterson collected two points and three defensive rebounds.  Jerami Grant played 7 minutes off of the bench as he had four points.

On the other end of the floor, former San Antonio Spurs’ power forward JaMychal Green earned himself six points on seventy-five percent shooting.  Tyreke Evans, Dillon Brooks, and Andrew Harrison all had two points each while Marc Gasol was held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played.  Jarell Martin played the most minutes off of the Memphis Grizzlies’ bench but was kept to just four points as the home team went into the locker room with a huge 74-54 advantage.

The Grizzlies would attempt to make a comeback, though, as they shot thirty-one percent from the field in the second half while the Oklahoma team shot twenty-nine percent.  Chicago-native Myke Henry contributed to that as he earned himself eight points off of the bench.  Gasol would make up for lost time as he scored seven points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Thunder hold on for a 110-92 win behind George’s 11 second-half points.  Paul George finished the game with 27 points, one rebound, 6 assists, and 2 steals while JaMychal Green settled for 10 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.  These two teams will play each other again on Wednesday but this time, it will be in Tennessee and it will mark the third of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

 

The Mavericks survive against the Lakers, 130-123

The Mavericks survive against the Lakers, 130-123

At the present time, the Los Angeles Lakers are on the third longest winning streak in the Western Conference, hoping to grab their fifth straight win against the struggling Dallas Mavericks.  The Mavericks, on the other hand, are in hopes of avoiding a third straight loss.  This matchup between the Mavericks and the Lakers will mark the second of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

The Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers have clashed with each other a grand total of 173 times as the Lakers won 117 games while the Mavericks were limited to just 56 victories.  The last time they met up was on January 13 when the Lakers pulled away with a 107 to 101 victory.  During that game, Julius Randle scored 23 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists while Dennis Smith had 23 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

Lonzo Ball (knee; 10.2 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 7.1 APG, 35.6 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
Tyler Ennis (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 37.9 FG%, 18.8 3P%)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 49.7 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Gary Payton II (G-League; 2.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 38.1 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
Thomas Bryant (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Dallas Mavericks:

Seth Curry (leg)
Dorian Finney-Smith (quadricep; 3.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 45.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Nerlens Noel (thumb; 4.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 52.8 FG%)
Jalen Jones (coach’s decision; 1.1 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Johnathan Motley (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

Both teams would fight hard at the beginning of the game as the Dallas Mavericks shot fifty-six percent from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers shot fifty-seven percent.  Newly-acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas would pour 16 points off of the Lakers’ bench  while shooting a healthy sixty-three percent from the field.  He also had 3 three-pointers while Julius Randle got hot for 15 points, 3 defensive rebounds, and 5 assists.  Brandon Ingram had 12 points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Both Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brook Lopez helped out with seven points each while Josh Hart was kept to just a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma played 16 minutes off of the bench but was limited to just four points.

As for the Texas team, 2014-2015 NBA champion Harrison Barnes lit the floor up with 14 points while gobbling up four defensive rebounds and dishing out one assist.  Wesley Matthews saw to it that he got 11 points with nine coming from beyond the arc and two from the charity stripe.  Dirk Nowitzki would help out with nine points and three rebounds while J.J. Barea and Dennis Smith, Jr. each had six points.  Indiana-native Yogi Ferrell played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just two points as the visiting team walked into the locker room with a tight 66 to 65 lead.

The Mavericks would pull away in the second half as they sparked up a 65 to 57 run, shooting fifty-two percent from the field.  Dwight Powell ended up with 15 points off of the Mavericks’ bench as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had two defensive rebounds and one assists while Nowitzki contributed with 13 points.  As for the California team, Julius Randle added 11 more points to his scoring total but it was the Mavericks who survived, 130-123.  Dirk Nowitzki finished the game with a season-high 22 points, along with 4 rebounds, and 2 assists while Julius Randle had 26 points, 8 rebounds, and a season-high 7 assists.  Isaiah Thomas finished with 22 points, one rebound, 6 assists, and one steal in his first game as a Laker.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Louisiana to battle Anthony Davis (26.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 54 FG%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (28-26) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark second of three times that these teams will face each other this season.  The Lakers and the Pelicans have fought each other a total of 57 times in the past as the Pelicans won 21 games while the Lakers went on to win 36 games.  October 22 was the last time they met up as the Pelicans pulled away with a 119-112 win.  Anthony Davis finished that game with 27 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks while Jordan Clarkson had 24 points and 5 assists.

The Dallas Mavericks will stay in Texas as they take on James Harden (31.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 9.0 APG, 45 FG%) and their in-state rivals, Houston Rockets (41-13) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This matchup between the Mavericks and Rockets will mark the third of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  They have battled each other a total of 189 times as the Mavericks won 89 games while the Rockets went on to win 100 games.  The last time they played each other was on January 24 as the Mavericks were handed a 104 to 97 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored 25 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, gave out 13 assists, committed one steal and blocked one shot while Wesley Matthews had 29 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Clippers hand the Pistons a 108-95 loss in Griffin’s first game against his former team

The Clippers hand the Pistons a 108-95 loss in Griffin’s first game against his former team

It’s been almost two weeks since superstar Blake Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons by the Los Angeles Clippers and it seems like the Pistons were the winners in that trade, notching a five-game winning streak right after the exchange.  They will look to push it to six games as they host the Clippers tonight.  This will be the very first time that Blake Griffin will face off against the Clippers and will be the last time that these two teams will play each other this season.

The Clippers and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 114 times in the past as the Pistons won 71 games while the Clippers were limited to just 43 victories.  The last time that they clashed with each other was four days before Halloween as the Pistons pulled away with a 95 to 87 win.  During that game, Andre Drummond scored 15 points, pulled down 17 rebounds, gave out one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked 3 shots.  Reggie Jackson also had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.  Austin Rivers finished the game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and 4 steals.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Jawun Evans (abdominal; 5.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.5 3P%)
C.J. Williams (ankle; 5.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.9 APG, 46.2 FG%, 35.0 3P%)
Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 51.9 FG%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 9.3 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 38.2 FG%, 33.8 3P%)
Sindarius Thornwell (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 38.5 3P%)

Detroit Pistons:

Dwight Buycks (illness; 8.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 46.2 FG%, 39.1 3P%)
Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Henry Ellenson (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 34.4 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Reggie Hearn (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Eric Moreland (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.9 FG%)
Jameer Nelson (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 41.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
James Ennis (acquired; 6.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 48.6 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Kay Felder (G-League; 3.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 29.4 FG%, 21.1 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would have a competitive start as the Detroit Pistons shot forty-eight percent from the field as the Los Angeles Clippers shot forty-four percent from the field.  Montrezl Harrell ended up scoring 12 points off of the bench while grabbing three offensive rebounds.  Danilo Gallinari would contribute with 10 points as he knocked down a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Austin Rivers collected eight points on seventy-five percent shooting.  DeAndre Jordan was kept scoreless but still managed to record three offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  Lou Williams played 14 minutes off of the bench but was limited to just six points.

On the other end of the court, former Suns forward Reggie Bullock got extremely hot for 16 points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  He earned 12 of those points from beyond the arc while gobbling up three defensive rebounds.  Blake Griffin ended up just scoring nine points but did put up four defensive rebounds and four assists to go along with it.  Ish Smith helped out with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals while Stanley Johnson had 6 points and 3 rebounds.  Andre Drummond posted up five points and seven rebounds in the 20 minutes that he played.  Anthony Tolliver played the most minutes off of the bench but just had five points as the Pistons went into halftime with a 56-52 lead.

The visiting team would close things out in the second half as they went on a huge 56-38 run, shooting forty-nine percent from the field.  During that run, Lou Williams played the most minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 20 points.  Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Danilo Gallinari, and Montrezl Harrell would all have six points each while Austin Rivers earned eight points.  Blake Griffin would score 10 more points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Clippers handed the Pistons a 108-95 loss.  Lou Williams finished the game with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals while Blake Griffin had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block.  Reggie Bullock also had 19 points, along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will travel up to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (23.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (26-25) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Clippers and the 76ers have battled each other a grand total of 130 times in the past as the Clippers won 60 games while the 76ers went on to win 70 games.  November 13 was the last time they saw each as the 76ers survived that matchup with a 109 to 105 victory.  Joel Embiid finished that game with 32 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block while Lou Williams had 31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals.

The Detroit Pistons will visit the Peach State to take on Dennis Schroder (19.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (17-38) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  This game between the Pistons and the Hawks will be the third of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  They have played each other a total of 463 times in the past as the Pistons won 234 games while the Hawks pulled out 229 wins.  The last time they played each other was on December 14 when the Detroit team handed the Hawks a 105 to 91 loss.  Tobias Harris finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while Ersan Ilyasova settled for 23 points, 3 rebounds, and one assist.

The Trail Blazers pull away in overtime, handing the Hornets a 109 to 103 loss

The Trail Blazers pull away in overtime, handing the Hornets a 109 to 103 loss

The Portland Trail Blazers are currently on a three-game losing streak, hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss as they take on the Charlotte Hornets.  The Hornets, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 121 to 104 loss which was handed to them by the Denver Nuggets.  This battle between the Trail Blazers and the Hornets will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.

The Charlotte Hornets and the Portland Trail Blazers have clashed with each other a grand total of 55 times in the past as the Hornets won only 16 games while the Oregon team went on to pull out 39 wins.  December 16 was the last time that these teams have saw each other as the Trail Blazers snuck away with a 93 to 91 victory.  C.J. McCollum finished that game with 25 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists while Nicolas Batum had 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

Dwayne Bacon (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 35.7 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
Malik Monk (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Julyan Stone (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Marcus Paige (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Mangok Mathiang (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Willy Hernangomez (trade pending; 4.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 60.5 FG%, 20.0 3P%)

Portland Trail Blazers:

Jake Layman (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Caleb Swanigan (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 36.4 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Wade Baldwin
C.J. Wilcox (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be competitive at the beginning as the Trail Blazers shot forty-three percent from the field while the Hornets ended up shooting thirty-eight percent.  Jusuf Nurkic scored 12 points as he went on to collect 6 rebounds, one steal, and one block.  The 2015-2016 Most Improved Player C.J. McCollum helped out with nine points as he drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the first period.  Damian Lillard, who was just recently named an All-Star reserve for this season, was kept to just eight points in the 17 minutes that he played.  Zach Collins played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

As for the Charlotte team, Kemba Walker got hot for 17 points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He knocked down 3 three-pointers in the process while committing one steal in the second quarter.  Both Marvin Williams and Nicolas Batum had six points each while Dwight Howard received five points and 10 rebounds.  Washington, D.C.-native Treveon Graham played the most minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless while the home team walked into the locker room with a 49 to 45 lead.

The fight would carry on into the second half as the Hornets shot forty-seven percent from the field while the Trail Blazers ended up shooting forty-six percent.  Walker continued to add to his scoring total as he chalked up 17 more points on fifty-six percent shooting from the field.  He also had one rebound, three assists, and three steals while Batum posted up five points.  Frank Kaminsky played the most minutes off of the bench as he poured out 12 points which included 3 three-pointers.

On the other end of the court, Nurkic collected 11 points as he shot a high seventy-one percent from the field.  C.J. McCollum decided to help out as he gave nine points but ended up turning the ball over three times.  Lillard collected seven more points on only twenty percent shooting.  Evan Turner played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points as the game would head into overtime with a tied score of 97.

During the overtime period, Kemba Walker was the only active scorer for the Hornets as he earned six points.  The Oregon team would pull away, though, behind Harkless’ and McCollum’s four points each, winning the game 109 to 103.  Jusuf Nurkic finished the game with 24 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, 2 steals, and 4 blocks while Kemba Walker had 40 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 4 steals.

The Denver Nuggets hand the Golden State Warriors a 115-108 loss

The Denver Nuggets hand the Golden State Warriors a 115-108 loss

The Golden State Warriors were able to avoid a two-game losing streak as they defeated the Sacramento Kings last night, 119-104.  They will hope to capture their second straight win as they battle the Denver Nuggets, who are also looking for their second straight victory.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season as the Warriors are holding on to a 2-1 regular season record against this team.

The Warriors and the Nuggets have played each other a grand total of 177 times in the past as the Nuggets won 95 games while the Warriors won only 82 games.  The last time they faced each other was on January 8 when the Warriors pulled away with a 124 to 114 win.  During that game, Stephen Curry scored 32 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, dished off 9 assists, and committed 2 steals while Nikola Jokic finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.  Gary Harris also had 22 points, along with 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Jordan Bell (ankle; 5.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 66.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
David West (personal; 6.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 60.2 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Omri Casspi (coach’s decision; 6.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 58.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 44.8 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Denver Nuggets:

Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Mason Plumlee (calf; 7.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 58.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 51.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (knee; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be competitive, despite the fact that the Warriors shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Nuggets shot only thirty-nine percent.  Klay Thompson got hot for 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Kevin Durant poured out 13 points while grabbing four defensive rebounds, dishing off six assists, and blocking one shot.  Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry contributed with 12 points which included two three-pointers in the beginning period.  He also had four rebounds, three assists, and two steals while Zaza Pachulia had eight points, five rebounds, and two assists.  Nick Young played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

As for the Nuggets, Will Barton scored 15 points on sixty percent shooting.  Gary Harris helped out with 12 points which included two three-pointers.  Harris would also record four rebounds and two assists while Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic both had five points each.  Jamal Murray would be limited to just three points in the eleven minutes that he played.  The 2015-2016 All-Rookie player Emmanuel Mudiay played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points while the Warriors went into halftime with a tight 56-55 lead.

The Denver team would make a comeback in the second half of the game as they went on a 60-52 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Jokic got hot for 14 points while hitting two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds and one assist while Murray made up for his performance in the first half with 12 points.  Will Barton continued to add to his scoring total by posting up 10 more points.  Trey Lyles played 14 minutes off of the bench as he also had 10 points, along with seven rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the court, Durant got hot for 18 more points as he shot seventy-eight percent from the field.  Curry helped out with 3 three-pointers and three free-throws while Green had only six points.  Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench as he earned five points but it wouldn’t matter as the Nuggets defeat the Warriors with a 115-108 win.  Will Barton finished the game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Kevin Durant had 31 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Golden State Warriors will host Russell Westbrook (25.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 10.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-23) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting between these two teams will mark the second of four times that they will clash with each other this season.  The Warriors and the Thunder have faced off a total of 261 times as the Warriors 117 games while the Thunder pulled 144 wins.  The last time they saw each other was on November 22 as the Thunder handed the Warriors a 108 to 91 loss.  Russell Westbrook finished that game with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals while Stephen Curry had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

The Denver Nuggets will host Kemba Walker (22.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.9 APG, 43 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (22-29) on Monday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.  They have met up a grand total of 55 times as the Nuggets won 27 games while the Hornets won 28 games.  October 25 was the last time they played each as Hornets defeated the Nuggets, 110-93.  Frank Kaminsky finished that game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block while Gary Harris had 18 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Nikola Jokic also finished with 18 points, along with 12 rebounds.

The Utah Jazz hand the Phoenix Suns a 129 to 97 blowout loss

The Utah Jazz hand the Phoenix Suns a 129 to 97 blowout loss

The Phoenix Suns are coming fresh off of a huge 102 to 88 win against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, hoping to grab a second straight win and get a streak going.  They would look to accomplish that by defeating Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.  The Jazz, on the other hand, are currently on a three-game winning streak, the longest streak they had since December 4 when their six-game winning streak came to a halt.

This game between the Suns and the Jazz will mark the second of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  They have battled each other a grand total of 192 times in the past as the Suns won 100 games while the Jazz ended up winning 92 games.  The last time they met up was on October 25 when the Phoenix handed the Jazz a 97 to 88 loss.  T.J. Warren finished that game with 27 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Rodney Hood had 22 points, one rebound, and 2 assists.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Dante Exum (shoulder)
Rodney Hood (leg; 16.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 41.3 FG%, 38.6 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Erik McCree
Georges Niang (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Phoenix Suns:

Isaiah Canaan (leg; 8.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 38.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Brandon Knight (knee)
Alan Williams (knee)
Alex Len (ankle; 8.5 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 55.8 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Utah Jazz would have full control of the game from the start as they shot fifty-four percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Phoenix Suns to thirty-seven percent.  Rookie Donovan Mitchell got hot for 21 points on eighty-eight percent shooting.  He earned 12 of those points from beyond the arc as he was able to record one defensive rebound, three assists, and one steal.  Ricky Rubio contributed to the team effort with 12 points, 6 defensive rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.  Joe Ingles scored 11 points while Derrick Favors had four points and seven rebounds.  Texas-native Royce O’Neale played 10 minutes off of the bench but scored only four points.

As for the Suns, Dragan Bender poured 11 points off of the bench which included 3 three-pointers.  Tyson Chandler helped out with six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had three rebounds while Josh Jackson scored five points with a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Devin Booker was able to contribute with four points while shooting only twenty percent but he did pull down three rebounds, dished off five assists, and blocked one shot.  Troy Daniels played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just two points as the visiting team went into the locker room with a huge 62 to 40 lead.

The Utah Jazz would close things out in the second half as they went on a 67 to 57 run.  Mitchell continued to add to his scoring total as he poured 19 more points while recording four rebounds, three assists, and one steal.  Both Joe Johnson and Derrick Favors had eight points each while Rudy Gobert had six points and five rebounds.  Josh Jackson scored 15 points for the Suns but it wasn’t enough as the Jazz handed the Suns a 129 to 97 blowout loss.  Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 40 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals while Josh Jackson had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Utah Jazz will travel to Texas to clash with LaMarcus Aldridge (22.3 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 49 FG%) and the San Antonio Spurs (34-20) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Jazz and the Spurs have played each other a total of 206 times in the past as the Spurs won 115 games while the Jazz were limited to just 91 wins.  December 21 was the last time they saw each as the Jazz pulled away with a 100-89 victory.  During that game, Rodney Hood scored 29 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while Bryn Forbes finished with 12 points,

The Phoenix Suns will host Kemba Walker (22.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 42 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (21-29) on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that the Hornets and the Suns will meet up this season.  They have clashed with each other a grand total of 54 times as the Hornets won 20 games while the Suns went on to win 34 games.

The Bucks get handed a 108-89 blowout loss by the Timberwolves

The Bucks get handed a 108-89 blowout loss by the Timberwolves

The Milwaukee Bucks currently have the longest winning streak in the league, hoping to capture their fifth straight win as that clash with the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are looking to avoid a third straight loss as they are coming off of a 109-104 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Canada.  This meeting between the Bucks and the Timberwolves will mark second and final time that these teams will face each other this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Minnesota Timberwolves have met up a grand total of 55 times in the past as the Timberwolves won 30 games while the Bucks ended up winning 25 times.  The last time that they faced off was on December 28 when the Bucks walked away with a 102-96 victory.  During that game, Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, gave out 6 assists, and committed 5 steals while Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Milwaukee Bucks:

Eric Bledsoe (ankle; 16.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 43.8 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Jabari Parker (knee)
Mirza Teletovic (knee; 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 43.9 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Jason Terry (personal; 1.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 35.9 FG%, 26.9 3P%)

Minnesota Timberwolves:

Anthony Brown (G-League)
Amile Jefferson (G-League)
Justin Patton (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Minnesota Timberwolves would have control of the game at the beginning as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Milwaukee Bucks to thirty-seven percent.  Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 points while shooting a high seventy percent from the field.  He drilled a three-pointer in the process while recording eight rebounds and three assists.  Jimmy Butler contributed with 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Taj Gibson had six points and four rebounds.  Jeff League was kept to just five points but had three assists.  Jamal Crawford played 10 minutes off of the bench as he had six points.

As for the visiting team, Giannis Antetokounmpo chalked up 10 points while posting up six defensive rebounds and three assists.  Khris Middleton would help out with nine points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal while John Henson had six points and five rebounds.  Tony Snell was kept scoreless in the 17 minutes that he played while Malcolm Brogdon earned four points.  Former Cavaliers’ guard Matthew Dellavedova played the most minutes off of the bench was held scoreless as the Timberwolves went into halftime with a commanding 60-39 lead.

The Bucks looked for a comeback as they went on a 50-48 run in the second half but shot only thirty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Middleton added to his scoring total by pouring 12 more points on the court while recording three rebounds, two assists, and three steals.  Antetokounmpo helped out with seven points, nine rebounds, and three assists while Henson had eight points.  The Timberwolves would pull away, though, as Butler scored 14 more points in the second half, giving the Minnesota team a 108 to 89 win.  Jimmy Butler finished the game with 28 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Khris Middleton had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Milwaukee Bucks will host Kristaps Porzingis (23.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the New York Knicks (23-29) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of four times that these two ball clubs will match up with each other this season.  The Bucks and the Knicks have played each other a total of 211 times in the past as the Bucks pulled out 106 wins while the New York team won 105 games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will welcome Anthony Davis (26.4 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 2.6 APG, 55 FG%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (27-23) to the Target Center on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the fourth and final meeting between these two teams this season.  The Timberwolves and the Pelicans have played each other a grand total of 53 times as the Timberwolves won 24 games while the Pelicans went on to win 29 games.  The last time they played each other was on January 6 when the Minnesota team handed the Pelicans a 116 to 98 loss.  Karl-Anthony Towns finished that game with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Jimmy Butler also had 21 points, along with 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.  DeMarcus Cousins would settle for 23 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks.