Author: Cory Nelson

The Warriors defeat the Blazers, 111-104

The Warriors defeat the Blazers, 111-104

Despite being without their superstar player, Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors are in the midst of a winning streak, looking for their seventh straight win against the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Blazers, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they go to California to take on the defending NBA champions.  These two teams have met up a total of 231 times with the Warriors winning 109 games while the Trail Blazers pulled 122 wins.  This matchup tonight will mark the first of three games that these two teams will play against each other this season.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Stephen Curry (ankle; 26.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.6 APG, 47.3 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
JaVale McGee (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Damian Jones (G-League)
Draymond Green (shoulder; 10.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 7.3 APG, 45.1 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
Chris Boucher (G-League)
Zaza Pachulia (shoulder; 5.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 56.0 FG%)

Portland Trail Blazers:

Jusuf Nurkic (ankle; 15.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
C.J. Wilcox (knee)
Shabazz Napier (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 47.1 FG%, 48.6 3P%)
Wade Baldwin (G-League)
Maurice Harkless (quadriceps; 5.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.4 FG%, 25.6 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Golden State Warriors would have the upper hand in the first half as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Portland Trail Blazers at forty-one percent. Kevin Durant would heat up for 17 points with a three-pointer late in the second quarter. He also had five rebounds and three assists while Nick Young had 12 points off of the bench. Klay Thompson scored 9 points on forty-four percent shooting. Andre Iguodala played 14 minutes off of the bench to put up six points.

As for the Blazers, Damian Lillard chalked up 19 points which included 3 three-pointers. He also committed one steal late in the first quarter while C.J. McCollum had ten points. Pat Connaughton played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Warriors went into halftime with a 60-47 advantage.

The Trail Blazers would attempt to respond as they went on a 57-51 run in the second half. During that run, Lillard collected 20 more points, as well as four defensive rebounds and two assists. McCollum contributed with eleven points as he knocked down a three-pointer early in the third period. Zach Collins played 16 minutes off of the bench as he recorded seven points.

The Warriors, however, closed things out behind Thompson’s 15 points and Durant’s 11 points. Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Warriors pulled away with a 111-104 victory. Kevin Durant finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. Damian Lillard had a season-high 39 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next:

The Golden State Warriors will host Harrison Barnes (18.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (7-20) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season.  They have met up a total of 158 times with the Warriors pulling 77 victories as the Mavericks won 81 games.

The last time that battled each other was on October 23 when the Golden State Warriors handed the Dallas Mavericks a 133-103 blowout loss.  During that game, Stephen Curry scored 29 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, dished off 8 assists, and committed 4 steals.  Wesley Matthews finished with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.

The Portland Trail Blazers will head down to South Beach to take on Goran Dragic (17.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 45 FG%) and the Miami Heat (12-13) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  The Heat and the Trail Blazers have battled it out a total of 57 times with the Heat winning 20 games while the Trail Blazers won 37 games.  This will mark the first of two times that these teams will meet up this season.

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The Pacers pull away with a 126-116 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Pacers pull away with a 126-116 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Indiana Pacers are coming fresh off of a big win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, ending their 13-game winning streak.  They will look to grab their fourth straight win as they host the Denver Nuggets, who are currently trying to earn their second straight win.  This matchup will mark the first of two games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  The Nuggets and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 86 times with both the Pacers and the Nuggets winning 43 games each.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Damien Wilkins (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 42.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Al Jefferson (coach’s decision; 7.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 54.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Darren Collision (knee; 12.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6.3 APG, 45.9 FG%, 37.8 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%)
Alex Poythress (G-League; 0.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

Denver Nuggets:

Nikola Jokic (ankle; 15.5 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 4.6 APG, 51.0 FG%, 40.6 3P%)
Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Monte Morris (coach’s decision)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 30.8 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 40.4 FG%, 34.4 3P%)
Darrell Arthur (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Torrey Craig (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be played closely as the Pacers shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Nuggets shot fifty-two percent. Victor Oladipo scored 15 points in the first half, along with his two defensive rebounds and three assists. Myles Turner ended up with 11 points while hitting a three-pointer late in the second period. Lance Stephenson played 16 minutes off of the bench as he put eight points.

As for the Denver team, Will Barton chalked up 16 points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He added that to the four assists he earned while Wilson Chandler also had 16 points. Emmanuel Mudiay played the most minutes off of the bench but was just kept to a three-pointer as while Denver went into halftime with a 66-59 advantage.

The game would remain competitive as the Pacers shot forty-six percent from the field in the second half while Nuggets ended up shooting forty-two percent. Oladipo continued to impress as he collected 26 more points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the third quarter. Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to four points.

Gary Harris earned 12 of the Nuggets’ 48 points in the second half as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. Trey Lyles would score 18 points off of the bench but thanks to Thaddeus Young’s two free throws, the game would go into overtime. The Indiana Pacers would, however, pull away in overtime with a 126-116 behind a 12 to 2 run. Victor Oladipo finished the game with a career-high 47 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and one block. Trey Lyles had a career-high 25 points, 5 rebounds, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will host Russell Westbrook (22.8 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 9.9 APG, 39 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-13) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Thunder and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 86 times with the Pacers pulling 37 wins while the Thunder had 49 wins.

The last time they met up was on October 25 when the Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Pacers a 114-96 loss.  In that game, Russell Westbrook had 28 points, 10 rebounds, 16 assists, and 3 steals.  Carmelo Anthony had 28 points, as well, along with 10 rebounds, one assist, and 3 blocks.  Victor Oladipo finished the game with 35 points, 5 rebounds, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The Denver Nuggets will travel to Michigan to take on Tobias Harris (18.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48 FG%) and the Detroit Pistons (14-11) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 85 times with the Nuggets winning 36 games while the Pistons ended up winning 49 of them.  This matchup will mark the first of two games that these two teams will play against each other.

The Cavaliers escape with a 105 to 98 win over the 76ers

The Cavaliers escape with a 105 to 98 win over the 76ers

Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ thirteen-game win streak came to an end in the hands of the Indiana Pacers, who handed them a 106 to 102 loss.  They will look to start up another winning streak as they host the 13-11 Philadelphia 76ers at the Quicken Loans Arena.  The 76ers, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid their third straight loss as this game will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season.

The 76ers and the Cavaliers have battled each other a total of 208 times with the Cavaliers winning 103 games while the 76ers won 105 games.  The last time they met up on a court was on November 27 as the Ohio team handed the 76ers a 113-91 loss.  In that game, LeBron James scored 30 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, and dished off 6 assists.  Joel Embiid finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
John Holland (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Kevin Love (hip; 19.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.8 APG, 46.6 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
London Perrantes (coach’s decision)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Furkan Korkmaz (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
James Michael McAdoo (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Jacob Pullen (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
T.J. McConnell (shoulder; 6.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.2 APG, 51.7 FG%, 56.3 3P%)
Joel Embiid (rest; 23.5 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 48.6 FG%, 26.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would start off very competitive as the Cavaliers shot forty-six percent from the field in the first half while the 76ers shot forty-five percent.  The 12th pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft Dario Saric would chalk up 11 points with one three-pointer late in the second quarter.  Ben Simmons scored eight points while pulling down six defensive rebounds and dishing off five assists.  Robert Covington also had eight points to put with his two rebounds and two assists.  Trevor Booker, who was traded to the 76ers on December 7 in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, played 11 minutes off of the bench as he scored ten points.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James recorded nine points in the first half as he shot only thirty percent from the field.  He also had three rebounds and four assists while J.R. Smith ended up with two three-pointers and one free-throw.  Dwyane Wade scored seven of his own points to add with his four assists while Kyle Korver knocked down two three-pointers.  Jae Crowder settled for four points but he did manage to pull down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he had nine points and five rebounds while the home team went into halftime with a 52-46 lead.

The second half would remain competitive as the Cavaliers shot fifty percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-nine percent.  LeBron James got extremely hot for 21 points which included two three-pointers.  He also managed to get ahold of ten rebounds while giving out nine assists and committing two steals.  Crowder contributed with eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Wade scored six points while Korver drilled two three-pointers and one free-throw off of the bench.  Green played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

J.J. Redick chalked up 17 points which included four three-pointers for the 76ers while Covington had 11 points and four rebounds.  Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away with a 105-98 win.  LeBron James finished the game with 30 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists, and 3 steals.  Robert Covington had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Dennis Schroder (20.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 46 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (5-19) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  They have met up a total of 234 times with the Cavaliers winning 113 games while the Hawks won 121 games.  The last time they battled each other was on November 30 as the Cavaliers handed the Hawks a 121-114 loss.  In that game, Kevin Love had 25 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 assists while Dennis Schroder finished the game with 27 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to Louisiana to take on DeMarcus Cousins (26.3 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 5.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (13-13) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This battle will mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other.  The 76ers and the Pelicans have met up a total of 38 times with both the Pelicans and the 76ers pulling 19 games each.

The Spurs pull away from the Celtics with a 105-102 win

The Spurs pull away from the Celtics with a 105-102 win

The Boston Celtics are currently in the midst of another win streak as they look for their fifth straight win in Texas against the San Antonio Spurs.  The Spurs, who are still without Kawhi Leonard, are hoping to grab their third straight win.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.

The Spurs and the Celtics have battled each other a total of 92 times with the Spurs winning 51 games while the Celtics won 41 games.  The last time they met up was on October 30 when the Celtics handed the Spurs a 108 to 94 loss.  In that game, Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot.  Brandon Paul had 18 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

Kyle Anderson (knee; 8.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 51.3 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps)
Joffrey Lauvergne (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 42.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Derrick White (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%)
Matt Costello (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Darrun Hilliard (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Boston Celtics:

Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Shane Larkin (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 28.3 FG%, 32.0 3P%)
Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.4 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Jabari Bird (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Spurs shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Celtics ended up shooting forty-four percent.  Kyrie Irving got hot for 21 points with four three-pointers in the first quarter.  Jayson Tatum ended up with eleven points on thirty-eight percent shooting as he collected five defensive rebounds.  Terry Rozier also had eleven points but he shot seventy-one percent from the field.  Marcus Morris played fifteen minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer while Al Horford gobbled up five rebounds.

As for the Texas team, former Trail Blazers’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge collected 19 points on sixty-four percent shooting from the field.  He also connected for the three-pointer late in the second quarter to put with his eight rebounds.  Patty Mills had eight points while Pau Gasol earned six points and four rebounds.  Danny Green connected for two three-pointers in the second quarter while Tony Parker had four defensive rebounds.  Bryn Forbes played the most minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless as the San Antonio Spurs went into halftime with a tight 56-55 advantage.

The game will continue to be held close in the second half as both teams shot forty-seven percent from the field each.  Kyrie Irving continued to impress with 15 more points while Jaylen Brown had 13.  Terry Rozier played 11 minutes off of the bench but was limited to just two points.  Rudy Gay, on the other hand, scored 11 of the Spurs’ 49 points.  Aldridge and Gasol had eight points each while Gasol was able to collect seven rebounds.  Forbes played the most minutes off of the bench as he knocked down two three-pointers.  With the game tied at 102 apiece, Manu Ginobili would come clutch as he drilled a three-pointer in five seconds left, giving the home team a 105 to 102 victory.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist while Kyrie Irving had 36 points, one rebound, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will go to Arizona to take on T.J. Warren (18.6 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 49 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (9-18) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other.  The Spurs and the Suns have met up a total of 213 times with the Spurs pulling 115 wins while the Suns won 98 games.  The last time that they met up was on November 5 when the Spurs escaped with a 112-95 victory.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge recorded 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.  T.J. Warren ended up with 17 points and 5 rebounds.

The Boston Celtics will visit Michigan to battle Tobias Harris (19.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 48 FG%) and the Detroit Pistons (14-10) on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these two teams will battle each other on a basketball court.  They have met up a total of 416 times in the past with the Celtics winning 260 games while the Pistons ended up winning 156 games.  The last time they played each other was on November 27 when the Pistons walked away with a 118-108 win.  Tobias Harris scored 31 points in that game while pulling down 8 rebounds.  Marcus Smart had 23 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Lakers pull away with a 107-104 win over the 76ers

The Lakers pull away with a 107-104 win over the 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have turned things around since last season when they ended up with a 28-54 record.  Now, they are sitting at the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, hoping to stay around that area for the remainder of the season.  The Los Angeles Lakers, on the other hand, are still trying to make adjustments as they are sitting at the tenth spot in the Western Conference with an 8-15 record.

Last night, the 76ers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center as they hoped to avoid a second straight loss.  The Lakers are currently in the midst of a sixth-game losing streak.  These two teams have met up a total of 312 times with the Lakers pulling 164 wins with the 76ers winning 148 games.  Last night’s matchup marked the second and final game between these two clubs as the 76ers handed the Lakers a 115-109 loss on November 15.  During that game, Joel Embiid had 46 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 blocks.  Brandon Ingram finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Jahlil Okafor (personal; 5.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.4 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The game would go well for the Lakers in the first half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Brandon Ingram would score 13 points in the first half with one three-pointer late in the first quarter. He also had five rebounds and two assists to go along with it. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Lonzo Ball chalked up six points to put with his five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. Julius Randle played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had six points.

On the other end of the court, Joel Embiid scored 15 points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He would also record two blocks while Robert Covington had 11 points which included three 3-pointers. Ben Simmons ended up with six points, six defensive rebounds, and eight assists. T.J. McConnell would play the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Lakers went into halftime with a 57-49 lead.

The 76ers would make a comeback as they shot a high fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Lakers at forty percent.  Embiid continued to impress as he put up 18 more points with two three-pointers early in the fourth quarter.  He collected five defensive rebounds while dishing off four assists and blocking three shots.  Illinois-native Richaun Holmes played the most minutes off of the bench as he recorded eleven points.  Simmons had six more points, along with six defensive rebounds, and seven assists.

Randle earned ten more points off of the bench while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  Ingram had eight points which included a game-winning three-pointer as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away with a 107-104 victory.  Brandon Ingram finished the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block.  Lonzo Ball had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 4 blocks.  Joel Embiid would end up finishing with 33 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and 5 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers will head to Ohio to take on LeBron James (28.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 8.6 APG, 59 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-7) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of four games that these two teams would play against each other this season.  The Cavaliers and the 76ers have battled each other a total of 208 times with the Cavaliers winning 103 games while the 76ers won 105 games.  The last time that they met up was on November 27 as the Cavaliers walked away with a 113-91 victory.  LeBron James finished that game with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists while Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds.

The Los Angeles Lakers will go to North Carolina to visit Kemba Walker (22.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.2 APG, 44 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (9-14) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of two matchups between these two teams this season.  They have met up a total of 54 times with the Hornets winning 22 games while the Lakers ended up winning 32 games.

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat, 117-105

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat, 117-105

The Miami Heat are coming fresh off of a 123-95 blowout loss that was handed to them by the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.  They will look to bounce back from that as they take on the San Antonio Spurs in the AT&T Center.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams play each other this season.  The Spurs, who are coming off of a tight 96 to 93 win against the Pistons, defeated the Miami Heat on October 25 with a 117 to 100 score.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 31 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot.  Tyler Johnson finished with 23 points, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Hassan Whiteside (knee; 14.9 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 58.1 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

San Antonio Spurs:

Kyle Anderson (knee; 8.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 51.3 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game was a very competitive one as the Heat shot fifty-eight percent from the field while the Spurs shot fifty-one percent. Tyler Johnson played the most minutes off of the Miami bench as he would score eleven points with one three-pointer in the first quarter. Josh Richardson had ten points to go along with his one offensive rebound and two assists. Dion Waiters contributed with ten points, as well, along with four assists.

As for the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge posted up ten points while grabbing two offensive rebounds. Bryn Forbes helped out with eight points on seventy-five percent shooting from the field. Patty Mills played 13 minutes off of the bench as he recorded five points but it was the Heat who went into halftime with a slight 58-57 advantage.

The home team would start to pull away as the Spurs outscored the Florida team in the second half, 60-47. Rudy Gay chalked up nine points during that run while shooting forty-three percent from the field. Aldridge earned himself eight points with two offensive rebounds. Forbes played 17 minutes off of the bench as he knocked down three 3-pointers to receive nine points.

On the other end of the court, Tyler Johnson would score 14 points off of the bench while grabbing two rebounds and dishing off one assist. Waiters would contribute with 12 points with two three-pointers in the third quarter. Kelly Olynyk had one three-pointer and five rebounds but it was the San Antonio Spurs who escaped with a 117-105 win.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and one block.  Tyler Johnson ended up with a season-high 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will head to New York to take on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48 FG%) and the Brooklyn Nets (9-14) on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams.  They have battled each other a total of 129 times with the Heat winning 81 games while the Nets ended up winning 48 of the games.

The San Antonio Spurs will host Kyrie Irving (23.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 5.0 APG, 49 FG%) and the Boston Celtics (21-4) at the AT&T Center on Friday at 9:30 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams play each other this season.  The Celtics and the Spurs have met up a total of 92 times as the Celtics won 41 games while the Spurs won 51 games.  The last time that they played each other was on October 30 when the Celtics handed the Spurs a 108 to 94 loss.  During that game, Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, gave out 6 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot.  Brandon Paul finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

The Bucks pull away with a 103-91 win against the Blazers

The Bucks pull away with a 103-91 win against the Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are currently on a three-game winning streak while the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to start up a winning streak of their own.  The Trail Blazers and the Bucks have met up a total of 122 times with the Portland team winning 51 games while the Bucks pulled 71 wins.  Tonight, the Blazers will host the Bucks as this matchup will mark the second and last time that these teams will play each other this season.  The Milwaukee Bucks would slip away with a 113-110 win on October 21 over the Blazers.  In that game, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 44 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  C.J. McCollum finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Milwaukee Bucks:

Matthew Dellavedova (knee; 5.5 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 37.9 FG%, 37.9 3P%)
Jabari Parker (knee)
Mirza Teletovic (knee; 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 43.9 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Sterling Brown (1.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Portland Trail Blazers:

Wade Baldwin (thumb)
C.J. Wilcox (knee)
Caleb Swanigan (2.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 35.0 FG%, 20.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Bucks would start the game off right as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Trail Blazers at thirty-six. New guard Eric Bledsoe ended up scoring 17 points while shooting eighty percent from the field. Khris Middleton had 14 points with two three-pointers in the first quarter, along with four defensive rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo would settle for ten while dishing off four assists. Malcolm Brogdon played 13 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just six points.

As for the other team, Jusuf Nurkic chalked up 14 points while collecting four offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds. Both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum were limited to five points each as they shot low percentages. Evan Turner played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just six points as the Bucks went into halftime with a huge 60-45 advantage.

The Blazers would try to respond in the second half as they forty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Milwaukee team to thirty-eight percent. Lillard started to heat up as he dropped 13 points while Nurkic scored 11. McCollum would put up ten points on fifty-six percent shooting from the field but the Bucks finished things off behind Middleton’s 12 points. Antetokounmpo topped his performance off with ten points as the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away with a 103-91 win.  Khris Middleton finished the game with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.  Jusuf Nurkic had 25 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, 3 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Milwaukee Bucks will host Zach Randolph (12.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47 FG%) and the Sacramento Kings (6-15) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  These two ball clubs have met up a total of 143 times with the Bucks winning 85 games while the Kings won 58 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these teams play each other this season as the Bucks defeated the Kings on November 28, 112-87.  During that game, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off five assists, committed five steals, and blocked one shot.  Garrett Temple had 18 points and two rebounds.

The Portland Trail Blazers will host Anthony Davis (25.6 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 2.7 APG, 57 FG%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (11-10) on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  These two teams have battled each other a total of 52 times with the Pelicans pulling 23 wins while the Blazers ended up winning 29 times.  This matchup will mark the second of four games that these teams will play against each other as the Blazers defeated the Pelicans on October 24, 103-93.  C.J. McCollum finished that game with 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists while DeMarcus Cousins had 39 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 3 blocks.

The Warriors pull a 127-123 overtime win against the Lakers

The Warriors pull a 127-123 overtime win against the Lakers

“No.  More comic relief for me”, said Stephen Curry when asked if LaVar Ball’s comments last year were motivation for him.  For those who weren’t aware, LaVar made a statement saying that his son, Lonzo Ball, was better at basketball than the two-time champion.  But tonight, Curry would finally get to show LaVar Ball what he is made of as the Golden State Warriors visit the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Lakers.  These two teams have met up a total of 447 times in the past with the Lakers winning 275 times and the Warriors winning 172 games.  This game tonight will mark the first of four games between these two clubs this season.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Omri Casspi (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 59.2 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
JaVale McGee (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.6 APG, 53.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
David West (knee; 6.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 66.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Damian Jones (G-League)
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Los Angeles Lakers:

Thomas Bryant (coach’s decision)
Tyler Ennis (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 36.8 FG%, 0.0 3%)
Ivica Zubac (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
Kyle Kuzma (back; 16.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 50.4 FG%, 37.9 3P%)
Alex Caruso (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Vander Blue (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Lakers started the game off right as they shot fifty-four percent from the field in the first half, holding the Warriors to forty-six percent. Brandon Ingram ended up scoring 14 points which included two three-pointers. Julius Randle had 12 points as he collected one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds, and one assist. Lonzo Ball had four points in the first half as he dished off five assists. Jordan Clarkson played 16 minutes off of the bench as he settled for eight points.

On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant scored 13 points as he drilled a three-pointer in the second quarter. Zaza Pachulia would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he chalked up six points. Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the Lakers went into halftime with a 54-50 lead.

The defending champions will respond in the second half as they outscored the home team, 59-55. During that run, Klay Thompson would get hot for 15 points while shooting seventy-one percent. Durant scored 12 points to add to his five rebounds and two assists. Curry would earn nine points which include a three-pointer early in the third quarter. Iguodala played 17 minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless.

Both Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored twelve points each while Lonzo Ball had an impressive eleven points. Julius Randle would play the most minutes off of the bench to score eight points as the game would be pushed into overtime. During overtime, the Warriors would pull away with a 127-123 victory behind Curry’s 13 points. Kevin Durant would finish the game with 29 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block. Brandon Ingram finished the game with a career-high 32 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Colorado to take on Nikola Jokic (15.9 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 4.6 APG, 51 FG%) and the Denver Nuggets (11-9) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 197 times with the Lakers winning 124 games and the Nuggets winning 73 games.  This game would mark the second of four matchups between them this season as the Lakers defeated the Nuggets on November 19, 127 to 109.  During that game, Julius Randle scored 24 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists.  Gary Harris ended up with 20 points, 3 rebounds, and one block.

The Golden State Warriors will head east to visit Evan Fournier (17.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.0 APG, 47 FG%) and the Orlando Magic (8-13) at the Amway Center on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  The Warriors and the Magic have battled each other a total of 57 times with the Warriors pulling 27 wins while the Magic won 30 games.  This game would mark the second and final matchup between these two ball clubs this season as the Warriors handed the Magic a 110-100 loss on November 13.  In that game, Kevin Durant had 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists while Nikola Vucevic finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Miami Heat get handed a 108-97 loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Miami Heat get handed a 108-97 loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers

The year 2010 to the year 2014 was probably one of the best eras in Miami Heat franchise history as LeBron James teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to deliver two straight championships to Miami.  Fast-forward three years later, Dwyane Wade would now team up with LeBron James in Cleveland in hopes that they can receive their fourth championship each.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the first time that James and Wade would battle Miami together on another team.  The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat have met up a total of 105 times as the Heat won 62 games while the Cavaliers ended up winning 43 of them.  After this game, the Heat and the Cavaliers will meet up two more times this season.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Matt Williams (G-League)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (personal; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have full control right after tip-off as they shot sixty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Miami Heat to forty-one percent.  Kevin Love played very impressively in the first two quarters as he chalked up 32 points on seventy-one percent shooting from the field.  He also collected eight rebounds while LeBron James scored 16 points against his former team.  James also had ten rebounds, six assists, and four steals to add along with it.  Dwyane Wade would post up nine points with a three-pointer early in the second quarter.  Kyle Korver played the most minutes off of the bench as he had eight points with two three-pointers in the second period.

Dion Waiters would chalk up 17 pointers with three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Hassan Whiteside settled for five rebounds to put with his five points while Bam Adebayo had four rebounds. James Johnson played 20 minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 12 points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a large 75-49 advantage.

The Miami team would respond as they go on a 48-33 run in the second half, shooting forty-eight percent while keeping the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent. Josh Richardson ended up with ten points while knocking down two three-pointers. Adebayo also contributed as he chalked up ten points, as well. Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless.

Wade scored eight points in the last half while collecting four defensive rebounds. LeBron James had five points but ended up getting tossed out of the game for the first time in his 15-year career. Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench only to be kept to four points as the Cleveland team still pulled away with a 108-97 win.  Kevin Love finished the game with a season-high 38 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  Dion Waiters would finish with 21 points, one rebound, and 7 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to New York to take on Kristaps Porzingis (27.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 46 FG%) and the New York Knicks (10-10) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  These teams have met up a total of 144 times with the Heat winning 68 games as the Knicks won 76 games.  This game would mark the first of four times that these clubs would compete this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will head down south to take on Dennis Schroder (19.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 6.8 APG, 45 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (4-16) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  The Hawks and the Cavaliers have battled each other a total of 233 times as the Cavaliers pulled 112 wins while the Hawks ended up with 121 wins.  This game would mark the second of four matchups between these two clubs this season.  The Cavaliers fell to the Hawks in the first game, 117-115, which was on November 5.   In that game, Dennis Schroder had 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists.  LeBron James recorded 26 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers

It seems like the Los Angeles Clippers has taken over as the top Los Angeles basketball team as the Lakers would be stuck in a four-year playoff drought, going on five years if they fail once again.  But with Magic Johnson in charge and the new additions of rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, they would hope to break that streak but it won’t be easy as the Western Conference has grown to become more competitive than ever.

Tonight, the Clippers will host their city rivals at the Staples Center as this matchup will mark the second of four meetings this season between these two teams.  The Lakers and the Clippers have met up a total of 213 times with the Lakers winning 145 games and the Clippers winning 68 games.  The last time that they battled each other was on the season’s opener, October 19.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 29 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed 2 steals.  Brook Lopez had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 12.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 35.5 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 5.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Jamil Wilson (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Brice Johnson (G-League; 2.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 71.4 FG%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

Tyler Ennis (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 36.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ivica Zubac (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
Alex Caruso (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Vander Blue (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Thomas Bryant (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Clippers would start things off right for the game as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Lakers to forty-eight percent.  Blake Griffin would end up dropping 15 points with two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had eight rebounds and four assists while former Lakers’ player Lou Williams scored 13 points.  Austin Rivers would collect 12 points while earning four rebounds and three assists.  Rookie guard Sindarius Thornwell played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would help the Lakers out as he heats up for 20 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma ended up with ten points as Larry Nance collected four rebounds to put with his six points.  Jordan Clarkson would play 14 minutes off of the bench to earn six points as the Lakers go into halftime with a tight 62-60 lead.

The Clippers would end up outscoring the Lakers, 60-53, in the second half behind Lou Williams’ amazing 29 points.  Blake Griffin would have 11 points but unfortunately, he would have to leave the game in the fourth quarter due to a knee injury.  Brandon Ingram would put up 15 points for the Lakers, along with Clarkson’s 11 points but it was the Los Angeles Clippers who sneak away with a 120-115 win.  Lou Williams finished the game with a season-high 42 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would end up with a season-high 29 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will host Rodney Hood (17.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 42 FG%) and the Utah Jazz (9-11) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  The Clippers and the Jazz have battled each other a total of 193 times with the Clippers pulling 83 wins while the Jazz had 110 wins.  This game would mark the second of four times they play each other this season as the Clippers defeated the Jazz on October 24, 102 to 84.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 22 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and blocked one shot.  Donovan Mitchell had 19 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Klay Thompson (20.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 50 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (15-5) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 447 times with the Lakers winning 275 games and the Warriors winning 172 of them.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between them this season.