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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.

 

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The Orlando Magic pull away with a 108-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

The Orlando Magic pull away with a 108-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been mighty impressive lately as they are currently on a five-game winning streak, hoping to extend it to six games as they visit Florida to battle the Orlando Magic.  The Magic, on the other hand, are facing the complete opposites as they are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, the longest in the league right now.

This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The Timberwolves and the Magic have met up a grand total of 56 times in the past as the Minnesota team won 21 games while the Magic ended up winning 35 games.  November 22 was the last time they played each other as the Timberwolves pulled away with a 124-118 victory.  During that game, Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed 2 steals.  Aaron Gordon finished the game with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Minnesota Timberwolves:

Justin Patton (toe)
Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.9 FG%)
Aaron Brooks (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 42.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Marcus Georges-Hunt (coach’s decision; 1.1 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 52.4 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Shabazz Muhammad (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.6 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
Anthony Brown (G-League)
Amile Jefferson (G-League)

Orlando Magic:

Jonathan Issac (ankle; 5.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.5 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Terrence Ross (knee; 9.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 40.7 FG%, 32.9 3P%)
Nikola Vucevic (hand; 17.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Marreese Speights (personal; 7.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 37.1 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
Jamel Artis (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 23.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be competitive as the Minnesota Timberwolves shot forty-five percent from the field in the first half while the Orlando Magic ended up shooting thirty-six percent.  Karl-Anthony Towns warmed up with 12 points while getting his hands on nine rebounds.  Former Bulls’ forward Taj Gibson scored eight points on fifty percent shooting while Jimmy Butler earned seven points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocks.  Gorgui Dieng played 10 minutes off of the bench as he dropped five points.

As for the home team, Evan Fournier chalked up 12 points with two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Khem Birch scored 10 points off of the bench while grabbing seven rebounds for himself.  Aaron Gordon settled for nine points while Elfrid Payton was kept to just two points.  Mario Hezonja played the most minutes off of the bench but only had five points as Minnesota had a tight 48-47 lead.

The Florida team would have the upper hand in the second half as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, limiting the Timberwolves to forty-three percent.  Fournier continued to add to his scoring total as he collected 20 more points while draining four three-pointers.  Bismack Biyombo chalked up eight points while collecting five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

As for the Minnesota squad, Butler earned 21 more points while shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  Taj Gibson had ten points but it was the Orlando Magic who managed to slip away with a 108-102 victory.  Evan Fournier finished the game with a career-high 32 points, along with two rebounds, and 3 assists.  Jimmy Butler settled for 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Minnesota Timberwolves will head to Texas to fight James Harden (32.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 9.1 APG, 45 FG%) and the Houston Rockets (30-12) on Thursday at 9:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  The Timberwolves and the Rockets have battled each other a total of 115 times in the past as the Rockets won 75 games while the Timberwolves pulled 40 wins.

The Orlando Magic will travel to Ohio to take on LeBron James (27.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 8.8 APG, 56 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (26-17) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the third time that these teams will play each other, leaving just one more matchup after this.  They have played each other a total of 110 times as the Cavaliers won 57 games while the Magic won only 53 games.  The last time they met up was on January 6 when the Cavaliers pulled away with a 131-127 victory.  LeBron James finished that game with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 6 steals, and one block while Aaron Gordon had 30 points, 8 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

The Chicago Bulls hand the Miami Heat a 119-111 loss, snapping their 7-game win streak

The Chicago Bulls hand the Miami Heat a 119-111 loss, snapping their 7-game win streak

The Miami Heat have been playing mighty impressive lately as they are currently on a seven-game winning streak, hoping to extend it to eight as they take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.  The Bulls, on the other hand, are looking to grab their third straight win against their rival.  The Heat and the Bulls have battled each other a total of 139 times in the past as the Heat won 64 games while the Bulls pulled 75 wins.

This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season as November 26 was the last time they saw each other.  The Florida team would go on to win that game, 100 to 93.  Goran Dragic scored 24 points in that game while pulling down 2 rebounds and dishing off 3 assists.  Jerian Grant finished the game with 24 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Derrick Jones (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 55.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 47.8 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Derrick Walton (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 45.5 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

Cameron Payne (foot)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 61.9 FG%)
Quincy Pondexter (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 13.6 3P%)
Paul Zipser (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.0 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
Antonio Blakeney (G-League; 7.1 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 36.4 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have a slight upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Heat at forty percent.  Zach LaVine played well in his season debut against the Pistons on Saturday and he would carry it over against the Heat as he dropped 13 points in the first 24 minutes of the game.  He also drained two three-pointers while grabbing two defensive rebounds and giving out four assists.  Justin Holiday helped out with 3 three-pointers while Robin Lopez had five defensive rebounds.  Denzel Valentine played 12 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

As for the South Beach team, Josh Richardson warmed up with 11 points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He also had three defensive rebounds and four assists while Hassan Whiteside collected nine points and seven defensive rebounds.  Kelly Olynyk had three defensive rebounds and three assists while James Johnson was held scoreless.  Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored eight points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 55-48 lead.

The Miami Heat would attempt to pull a comeback as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, holding the Chicago Bulls to forty-eight percent.  Goran Dragic lit the floor up with 18 points while recording five defensive rebounds and eight assists.  Tyler Johnson was only held to two points but James Johnson would warm up with eight points.  Ellington played 20 minutes off of the Miami bench as he added 12 more points to his scoring total.

Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points off of the Bulls’ bench which included 3 three-pointers in the last period.  Lauri Markkanen had 12 points to put along with his five defensive rebounds and three assists.  Valentine played the most minutes off of the bench, though, to earn eight points as the Chicago Bulls snuck away with a 119-111 win.  Justin Holiday finished the game with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Goran Dragic had 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Wisconsin to battle Giannis Antetokoumpo (28.4 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 4.5 APG, 55 FG%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (22-20) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of three times that these ball clubs will battle each other this season.  The Heat and the Bucks have met up a grand total of 110 times as the Heat won 69 games while the Bucks ended up winning 41 games.  January 14 was the last time they played each other as the Heat escaped with a 97 to 79 victory.  Goran Dragic finished that game with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while Giannis Antetokounmpo settled for 22 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Chicago Bulls will host Stephen Curry (30.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 7.2 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (35-9) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two teams will go head-to-head this season.  They have battled each other a total of 160 times in the past as the Bulls ended up winning 87 games while the Warriors won 73 games.  The last time they played each other was on November 24 as the Warriors handed the Bulls a 143-94 blowout loss.  Stephen Curry scored 33 points in that game while pulling down 7 rebounds, dishing off 4 assists, and committing 2 steals.  Jerian Grant finished with 21 points, 3 assists, and 3 assists.

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

Things have been ugly for the Cleveland Cavaliers lately as they are going off back-to-back 20+ point losses, first to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Toronto Raptors.  They will hope to avoid a third straight loss as they visit Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers.  The Pacers, on the other hand, are looking to prevent a second straight loss as they just recently lost to the Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 195 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 96 games while the Indiana team took 99 games.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Pacers won the last matchup, which was on December 8, 106-102.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal.  LeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

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 (rest; 12.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.3 FG%, 26.1 3P%)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 49.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Dwyane Wade (rest; 11.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
John Holland (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Ante Zizic (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 26.4 FG%)

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
Alex Poythress (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Joe Young (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will have full control of the game early as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Indiana Pacers at forty-eight percent.  LeBron James would score 14 points while draining a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, eight assists, and three steals while Kevin Love chalked up eight points.  Jose Calderon would have eight points while J.R. Smith collected a surprising six points.  Jeff Green played 12 minutes off of the Cleveland bench as he earned a strong 13 points.

On the other end of the court, Thaddeus Young scored 10 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second period.  Victor Oladipo also had 10 points of his own while recording one defensive rebound, one steal, and one block.  Domantas Sabonis had 10 rebounds but only score two points in the 16 minutes that he played.  Lance Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points while the Ohio team went into halftime with a 58-44 advantage.

The home team would crawl back as they went on a large 53-37 run, shooting forty-four percent from the field.  During that run, former Mavericks point guard Darren Collison chalked up 14 points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Sabonis had 10 more points to put with his five rebounds and one block.  Stephenson played 18 minutes off of the Indiana bench as he got hot for 12 points.

As for the Cavaliers, LeBron James added 13 more points to his scoring total, along with four rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Kevin Love would also score 10 points while Cedi Osman had six points and four rebounds.  Tristan Thompson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Indiana Pacers pulled an amazing comeback to win the game, 97-95.  Darren Collison finished the game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while LeBron James had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Stephen Curry (27.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (33-9) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  They have met up a grand total of 128 times as the Cavaliers pulled 59 wins while the Warriors won 69 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that they will play each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on Christmas Day as the Warriors escaped with a 99-92 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocks.  Kevin Love would settle for 31 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 steals.

The Indiana Pacers will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (16-26) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pacers and the Suns have played each a total of 85 times in the past as the Suns won 48 games while the Pacers ended up winning 37 games.  This game will mark the first of two games that they will play against each other this season.

The Brooklyn Nets get handed a 114-80 blowout loss by the Detroit Pistons

The Brooklyn Nets get handed a 114-80 blowout loss by the Detroit Pistons

This season has been rough for the Brooklyn Nets and the recent two-game losing streak would be a prime example of why.  They are coming fresh off of a heart-breaking overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors, 114-113, but they will look to make up for it as they host the Detroit Pistons.  The Pistons, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a two-game losing streak of their own as this matchup will mark the first of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other.  The Pistons and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 185 times in the past as the Pistons won 110 games while the Nets were able to pull out 75 wins.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

Jeremy Lin (knee; 18.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
D’Angelo Russell (knee; 20.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.7 APG, 46.3 FG%, 29.5 3P%)
DeMarre Carroll (knee; 12.4 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, 39.4 FG%, 33.7 3P%)
Isaiah Whitehead (G-League; 7.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 47.6 FG%, 41.7 3P%)
Jacob Wiley (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Detroit Pistons:

Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luis Montero (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Detroit Pistons will have full control of this game at the beginning as they shot fifty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Brooklyn Nets to thirty-six percent.  Andre Drummond would score 18 points while getting his hands on 13 rebounds and recording 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  Tobias Harris helped out with 16 points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Reggie Bullock would put up five points while collecting three rebounds.  Former Toronto Raptors’ guard Dwight Buycks played 9 minutes off of the bench as he had eight points.

On the other end of the court, Allen Crabbe chalked up 14 points which contained four three-pointers.  Rondae-Hollis Jefferson contributed with 7 points, 5 defensive rebounds, and 3 assists.  Caris LeVert played the most minutes off of the Brooklyn bench as he had five points but it was the Pistons who walked into halftime with a large 63-41 advantage.

The visiting team would close the game out in the second half as they sparked up a huge 51-39 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field.  Avery Bradley scored 9 points while drilling a three-pointer late in the third period.  Buycks played the most minutes off of the bench as he had nine points.  Hollis-Jefferson scored eight of the Nets’ 39 second-half points but it was the Pistons who handed the Nets a 114-80 blowout loss.  Andre Drummond finished the game with 22 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  Tobias Harris also had 22 points, along with 4 rebounds, and one assist.  Allen Crabbe settled for 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Georgia to battle Dennis Schroder (19.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 44 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-30) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the fourth and last time that these teams will play each other season as the Nets have a 2-1 lead in this season series.  They have played each other a total of 180 times as the Nets ended up winning 76 games while the Hawks won 104 games.  December 4 was the last time they met up as the Brooklyn Nets escaped with a 110-90 victory.  In that game, Caris LeVert scored 17 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while Dennis Schroder finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Detroit Pistons will go to the Windy City to take on Nikola Mirotic (17.4 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 49 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (14-27) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will be the first of four that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  They have met up a total of 289 times in the past as the Bulls won 144 games while the Pistons went on to win 145 games.

The Miami Heat slip away with a 90 to 89 win over the Boston Celtics

The Miami Heat slip away with a 90 to 89 win over the Boston Celtics

It’s been nearly a month since the Miami Heat put an end to the Boston Celtics’ early winning streak.  During that game, Goran Dragic had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Kyrie Irving finished with 23 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 3 steals.  Since then, the Celtics have been 10-4 in the league while the Miami Heat were 7-6.  The Celtics would look to grab their third straight win as they host the Heat, who are hoping to avoid a second straight loss.  The Heat and the Celtics have battled each other a total of 132 times in the past as the Celtics pulled 78 wins while the Heat won 54 games.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Marcus Morris (knee; 12.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.2 FG%, 32.8 3P%)
Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 35.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Jabari Bird (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Miami Heat:

James Johnson (ankle; 10.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 49.4 FG%, 32.4 3P%)
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%)
Justise Winslow (knee; 6.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 42.6 FG%, 39.0 3P%)
Goran Dragic (elbow; 16.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 44.4 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Matt Williams (coach’s decision)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would begin competitive as the Celtics shot thirty-nine percent from the field in the first half while the Heat shot thirty-eight percent. Jaylen Brown scored 12 points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter. He also had two defensive rebounds as Kyrie Irving earned 12 points of his own with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. Al Horford would settle for five points as he collected five rebounds. Marcus Smart played 17 minutes off of the bench but was just kept to a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter.

Josh Richardson chalked up eight points as he shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  Kelly Olynyk would end up with 7 points as he connected for a three-pointer early in the second quarter.  He also had three defensive rebounds while Dion Waiters gathered up six points and two assists.  Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the home team went into the locker room with a 44-36 advantage.

The South Beach team would respond as they shot fifty percent from the field in the second half, limiting the Boston Celtics to thirty-six percent.  Kelly Olynyk would get extremely hot as he scored 25 points which included five three-pointers.  He also managed to get his hands on four defensive rebounds while Richardson contributed with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Tyler Johnson chalked up only three points in the 21 minutes that he played but he did manage to grab 9 rebounds.  Ellington played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had seven points.

As for the Boston team, Irving collected a huge 21 points on forty-six percent shooting.  Smart played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored 12 points but it was the Miami Heat would manage to pull away with a 90-89 win over the Celtics.  Kelly Olynyk finished the game with a career-high 32 points, along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Kyrie Irving had 33 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will travel to New York to take on Kristaps Porzingis (25.5 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 47 FG%) and the New York Knicks (16-14) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of four games between these two balls clubs this season.  The Celtics and the Knicks have battled each other a total of 535 times as the Knicks won 211 games while the Celtics ended up winning 324 games.  The last time they met up was on October 24 when the Celtics handed the Knicks a 110-89 blowout loss.  In that game, Jaylen Brown scored 23 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, committed one steal, and blocked one shot.  Enes Kanter had 16 points, 19 rebounds, and one block.

The Miami Heat will host Harrison Barnes (18.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (8-23) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The game will mark the first of two matchups between these two teams this season.  The Heat and the Mavericks have played each other a total of 73 times as the Heat won 36 games while the Mavericks took 37 games.

The Chicago Bulls slip away with a 117-115 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers

The Chicago Bulls slip away with a 117-115 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers

It seems like the Chicago Bulls have decided to pick things up as they are currently on a five-game winning streak, hoping to push it to six as they host the 14-14 Philadelphia 76ers.  The 76ers, on the other hand, are coming off of a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game that went through three overtimes.  The Bulls and the 76ers have played each other a total of 237 times in the past with the Bulls winning 114 games while the 76ers won 123 games.  This game will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

Zach LaVine (knee)
Cameron Payne (foot)
Kay Felder (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 30.3 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG,

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Trevor Booker (ankle; 10.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
Joel Embiid (rest; 24.1 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.5 APG, 49.0 FG%, 26.2 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be a competitive one as the Bulls shot fifty-four percent from the field in the first half while the 76ers shot fifty percent. Justin Holiday would score 20 points on fifty-eight percent shooting, which included five three-pointers.  Kris Dunn contributed with 12 points while chalking up two defensive rebounds and three assists. David Nwaba played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

As for the 76ers, Ben Simmons had 13 points on fifty-five percent shooting from the field. He also managed to pull down three offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds while giving out three assists. J.J. Redick ended up with nine points which held two three-pointers early in the first period. T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off of the bench but only scored four points as the Bulls headed into halftime with a 67-59 advantage.

The game would still remain competitive as the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-six percent from the field while the Bulls ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Kris Dunn continued to impress as he recorded 10 additional points while collecting two defensive rebounds and throwing out three assists.  Bobby Portis had seven rebounds and three points off of the bench while Denzel Valentine had four points.  Nikola Mirotic played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for fifteen points.  Dario Saric scored 20 of the 76ers’ 56 points but it was the Chicago Bulls who slipped away with a 117-115 victory.

Nikola Mirotic finished the game with 22 points, a season-high 13 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal and one block.  Kris Dunn also had 22 points, along with 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.  Dario Saric scored a season-high 27 points, collected 8 rebounds, dished off one assist, and committed 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will host Aaron Gordon (18.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 49 FG%) and the Orlando Magic (11-20) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Bulls and the Magic have battled each other a total of 113 times as the Bulls won 61 games while the Magic pulled 52 wins.  The last time they played each other was on November 3 when the Bulls handed the Magic a 105 to 83 blowout loss.  In that game, Justin Holiday had 19 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals while Evan Fournier finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will host Zach Randolph (15.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 51 FG%) and the Sacramento Kings (9-20) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  These ball clubs have met up a total of 307 as the Kings won 134 games while the 76ers pulled out 173 wins.  November 9 was the last time they battled each other as the Kings slipped away with a 109-108 win.  Zach Randolph had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  Robert Covington finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds, one steal, and 2 blocks.

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 New Orleans Pelicans hand the Phoenix Suns a 115-91 loss

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Phoenix Suns a 115-91 loss

The Phoenix Suns are currently in a state of struggle as they are sitting on a 7-13 record, trying to avoid a second straight loss as they host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.  They have been unlucky that their star player, Eric Bledsoe, openly discussed his unhappiness with the organization, resulting in him being traded to Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Greg Monroe and a first and second-round draft pick.  The New Orleans Pelicans, on the other hand, are in search for a third straight win.  This would mark the first matchup between these two teams this season as they met up a total of 53 in the past with the Pelicans winning 25 games while the Suns won 28 of them.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Charles Cooke (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jalen Jones (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Frank Jackson (foot)
Alexis Ajinca (knee)
Solomon Hill (hamstring)

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (ACL)
Alan Williams (knee)
Alec Peters (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Davon Reed (knee)

GAMETIME:

The Pelicans would start the game off right as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field in the first quarter, limiting the Suns to just thirty-four percent.  Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins would both score fifteen points each in the beginning half, while they grabbed eight rebounds each.  Jrue Holiday contributed with 12 points which would include two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Dante Cunningham played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up nine points to put with his four defensive rebounds.

As for the Phoenix team, both T.J. Warren and Tyson Chandler dropped ten points each while Warren blocked two shots and Chandler collected four rebounds.  Tyler Ulis had seven points with a three-pointer late in the second period.  Mike James played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points as the visiting team went into halftime with a huge 72-42 advantage.

The Suns would attempt to come back as rookie Josh Jackson dropped ten points off of the bench while they collected two rebounds and two assists.  Ulis posted up ten points, as well, but it was still the Pelicans who pulled away with a 115 to 91 win.  Anthony Davis finished the game with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block.  T.J. Warren had 18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to California to take on Stephen Curry (25.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 6.3 APG) and the Golden State Warriors (14-5) for the second time this season on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 55 times with the Pelicans winning 19 games and the Warriors winning 36 games.  The last time they battled each other was on October 20 as the Pelicans were handed a 128 to 120 loss.  In that game, Klay Thompson scored 33 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and blocked 1 shot.  Anthony Davis had 35 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block.  DeMarcus Cousins also had 35 points.

The Phoenix Suns will visit Minnesota to battle Karl-Anthony Towns (20.3 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.5 APG) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-8) for the second time this season on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  The Timberwolves and Suns have played each other a total of 106 times as the Timberwolves won 38 games while the Suns ended up winning 68 of them.  The last time they met up was on November 11 as the Timberwolves left with a 118 to 110 victory.  Andrew Wiggins had 27 points in that game, along with one rebound and two steals.  T.J. Warren finished with 35 points, 6 rebounds, one steal, and one block.  Devin Booker had 35 points, as well.

The Cleveland Cavaliers breeze past the Detroit Pistons, 116 to 88

The Cleveland Cavaliers breeze past the Detroit Pistons, 116 to 88

It seems like the Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten their prior struggles figured out as they are now en route to a five-game winning streak if they pull off a win tonight against the Detroit Pistons.  The Pistons currently have the third seed in the Eastern Conference as they are looking to avoid a second straight loss as they hosted the Cavaliers at the Little Caesars Arena.  These two teams have met up a total of 231 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 102 games while the Pistons ended up winning 129 of them.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 5.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 39.3 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)
London Perrantes (G-League)
Ante Zizic (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

Detroit Pistons:

Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 57.1 FG%)
Dwight Buycks (G-League)
Luis Montero (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cavaliers ran the show for the most part as they shot sixty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Pistons to forty-nine percent. LeBron James got hot as he chalked up 16 points in the first quarter which included three 3-pointers. He also had two rebounds and three assists while Kevin Love held 15 points in the first half, as well as seven rebounds and two assists. Kyle Korver played 14 minutes off of the bench as he had eight points which held two three-pointers.

As for the Pistons, Reggie Jackson ended up scoring ten points with two three-pointers in the second quarter. He also managed to dish off four assists while former Celtics player Avery Bradley had nine points on eighty percent shooting from the field. Anthony Tolliver played the most minutes off of the bench only to be held to a three-pointer as the visiting team had a huge 73-46 lead at halftime.

Jose Calderon scored ten points in the second half with two three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Jae Crowder ended up with nine points and four rebounds.  Both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were held to just two points but James did manage to dish off five assists.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for seven points on thirty-three percent shooting from the field.

The Michigan team would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 26 to 15 in the fourth quarter, keeping the Cavaliers to just thirty-three percent shooting.  Reggie Bullock, Henry Ellenson, and Eric Moreland all scored six points each in the last half.  Luke Kennard played 17 minutes off of the bench only to chalk up just five points as the Cleveland Cavaliers easily pull away with a 116 to 88 victory.  Kevin Love finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Tobias Harris had 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will visit New York to take on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.9 APG) and the Brooklyn Nets (6-10) for the second time this season on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 188 times with the Cavaliers winning 108 games and the Nets winning 80 games.  The last time they battled each other was on October 25 as the Nets handed the Cavaliers an unexpecting 112 to 107 loss.  In that game, LeBron James recorded 29 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, and 4 blocks.  Spencer Dinwiddie had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

The Detroit Pistons will visit Oklahoma to battle Paul George (21.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.7 APG) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-8) for the first time this season on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pistons and the Thunder have met up a total of 136 times as the Pistons won 66 of the games while the Thunder won 70 of them.