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The Detroit Pistons get by the Boston Celtics, 116-103

The Detroit Pistons get by the Boston Celtics, 116-103

Thursday, January 16, 2020

 

The Detroit Pistons are looking to avoid a fourth straight loss as they battle the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden tonight.  This will mark the first of a three-game road trip to the Pistons.  The Celtics, on the other hand, will look to grab a third straight victory.  They are coming fresh off of a 113-101 win against the Chicago Bulls.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of three times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 20 when the Celtics handed the Pistons a 114-93 loss.  During that game, Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot while Thon Maker had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pistons and the Celtics have played each other a grand total of 423 times in the past as the Celtics grabbed 266 wins while the Pistons were limited to just 157 victories.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Jordan Bone (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (spine; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Louis King (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)

Boston Celtics:

-Jayson Tatum (knee; 21.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.8 APG, 42.9 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-Carsen Edwards (G-League; 3.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 30.5 FG%, 30.5 3P%)
-Robert Williams (hip; 3.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 67.3 FG%)
-Tremont Waters (G-League; 4.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
-Tacko Fall (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 72.7 FG%)

GAMETIME:

Both teams played with a competitive spirit in the first half as the Pistons shot sixty-two percent from the field while the Celtics shot fifty-two percent.  Markieff Morris got hot for 17 points off the bench as he knocked down 3 three-pointers.  He only missed one of his seven shots attempted while Sekou Doumbouya had 12 points which included a trey.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Derrick Rose contributed with 10 points while giving out 4 assists and blocking one shot.  Andre Drummond had four points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  He also had 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.  Svi Mykhaililuk played the most minutes off the bench but only had seven points.

As for the home team, Jaylen Brown chalked up 17 points while drilling 3 three-pointers.  He also had six rebounds and one assist while Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker combined for 22 points.  Daniel Theis helped out with seven points along with three offensive rebounds and three assists.  Brad Wanamaker played 12 minutes off the bench as he had seven points while the Celtics went into halftime with a tight 59-57 lead.

The Michigan ball club would decide to take over and close things out in the second half as they went on a 59 to 44 run.  During that run, both Rose and Doumbouya scored 12 points each while Drummond earned nine more points.  Drummond had eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block to go along with it.  Mykhailiuk played 16 minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.

On the other end of the court, Hayward scored 13 points while Walker and Tatum combined for 16 points.  Wanamaker dropped two points off the bench but it was the Pistons who came away with a 116-103 win.  Sekou Doumbouya finished with a season-high 24 points, along with two rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Gordon Hayward had 25 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will travel to Georgia to battle Trae Young (29.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 8.5 APG, 44.2 FG%, 36.9 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (9-32) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 22 when the Hawks fell to the Pistons, 128-103.  Blake Griffin finished that game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block while DeAndre Bembry had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals.

The Boston Celtics will go to Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.0 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 5.5 APG, 55.4 FG%, 33.2 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (36-6) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  October 30 was the last time they saw each other as the Celtics came away with a 116-105 win.  During that game, Kemba Walker scored 32 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished off 6 assists while Khris Middleton had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.

The Cavaliers hold the Pistons off in overtime, 115-112

The Cavaliers hold the Pistons off in overtime, 115-112

Friday, January 10, 2020

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently on a five-game losing streak, trying to avoid a sixth consecutive loss tonight.  They will hope to do that as they travel to Michigan to take on the Detroit Pistons.  This will mark the first of a six-game road trip that they will be going on.

The Pistons, on the other hand, are trying to defeat the Cavaliers for a second straight time, giving them a second straight win.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was just two days ago when the Pistons crept away with a 115-113 win.  Derrick Rose finished that game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal while Kevin Love had 30 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Cavaliers and the Pistons have met up a grand total of 241 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 106 games while the Pistons went on to grab 135 victories.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Dante Exum (illness; 5.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 55.2 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Larry Nance (knee; 8.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 49.2 FG%, 33.7 3P%)
-Kevin Porter (knee; 8.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 43.9 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
-Dylan Windler (leg)
-John Henson (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 54.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Dean Wade (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Levi Randolph (G-League)
-Tyler Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 83.3 FG%)

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (foot; 10.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 3.5 APG, 39.3 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Louis King (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%

GAMETIME:

The Detroit Pistons would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Cleveland Cavaliers shot fifty percent.  Two-time All-Star Andre Drummond got hot for 20 points while collecting 13 rebounds.  Tony Snell contributed with nine points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.

Derrick Rose dropped seven points off the bench while recording three rebounds and two assists.  Bruce Brown and Sekou Doumbouya combined for eleven points while Svi Mykhailiuk had just a three-pointer.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.

On the other end of the court, Cedi Osman chalked up eleven points on seventy-one percent shooting.  Tristan Thompson had nine points while grabbing five boards, giving out one assist, and blocking one shot.  Both Collin Sexton and Darius Garland scored eight points each while Kevin Love had just seven points.  Brandon Knight played 12 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Pistons went into halftime with a 61-50 lead.

The visiting team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 52-41 run, shooting fifty-two percent from the field.  During that run, Thompson lit the arena up with 22 points, missing only four of his 14 shots attempted.  He also had nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, and a block while Garland gave 10 points, included two treys.  Sexton and Love scored a combined 14 points while Cedi Osman was held scoreless.

As for the Michigan ball club, Andre Drummond had eight points while Doumbouya scored three points from beyond the arc.  Former Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose played 19 minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.

DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE:

The game would be tied at 100 with one minute and twelve seconds remaining.  Derrick Rose would then make a two-point jumper to give the Pistons a lead.  With 24 seconds left, Andre Drummond would commit a costly foul on Tristan Thompson.  As a result, Thompson went to the free-throw line and knocked both of his free-throws.  With the game tied at 102 apiece and one second remaining, Rose would attempt a step back jump shot but missed as the game went into overtime.

During overtime, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot seventy-one percent from the field, missing just two shots.  The Detroit Pistons, on the other hand, completed forty-five percent of their shots, missing six.

With thirty-nine seconds left in the extra period, the game would be tied at 110 apiece.  After a blocked layup by Thon Maker, the Cavaliers would grab the offensive rebound which led to Kevin Love knocking down a clutch three-pointer to give the visitors a three-point lead.

After a Pistons timeout, Derrick Rose committed a costly turnover which was recovered by Alfonzo McKinnie.  With sixteen seconds left, Tristan Thompson took the ball and dunked it to push the lead to five.  After that, Thon Maker responds with a layup, making the score 115-112.

After a Cavaliers timeout, Cedi Osman made a bad pass which was recovered by Drummond.  With three seconds left, Rose would attempt a three-pointer but missed as the Cavaliers held on to win the game, 115-112.  Tristan Thompson finished the game with a career-high 35 points, along with 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 3 blocks while Andre Drummond had 28 points, 23 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will head to Colorado to take on Nikola Jokic (19.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.8 FG%, 32.7 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (26-11) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Detroit Pistons will host Zach LaVine (23.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.0 APG, 43.1 FG%, 39.2 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-25) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 21 when the Bulls handed the Pistons a 119-107 loss.  LaVine finished that game with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Markieff Morris had 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Utah Jazz cruise past the New York Knicks, 128-104

The Utah Jazz cruise past the New York Knicks, 128-104

Thursday, January 9, 2020

 

The New York Knicks are trying to put their current road trip behind them as they have lost the last three games which were on the road.  If they lose tonight in Utah, it will mark their fourth straight loss.  The Jazz, on the other hand, are on their longest winning streak this season at six games.  Tonight will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Knicks and the Jazz have battled each other a grand total of 98 times in the past as both teams won 49 games apiece.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Marcus Morris (neck; 19.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 43.8 FG%, 46.9 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (oblique; 5.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 32.5 FG%, 29.3 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 6.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 49.3 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)
-Julius Randle (personal; 18.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 44.9 FG%, 28.6 3P%)

Utah Jazz:

-Mike Conley (hamstring; 13.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.6 APG, 36.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Jazz would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-five percent from the field, keeping the Knicks to forty-four percent.  Rudy Gobert scored 14 points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had nine rebounds, one assist, and one block while Bojan Bogdanovic chalked up 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.

Donovan Mitchell helped out with 12 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale combined for just eleven points.  Former Nuggets’ point guard Emmanuel Mudiay played the most minutes off the bench as he had eleven points.

As for the visiting team, Elfrid Payton put up 11 points while shooting fifty-percent.  He had a three-pointer in the first quarter while R.J. Barrett contributed with ten points.  Bobby Portis and Reggie Bullock combined for 15 points while Taj Gibson had two points.  Kevin Knox played 13 minutes off the bench but only had two points while the Jazz went into the locker room with a huge 72-53 advantage.

The Jazz would finish things off in the second half as they went on a 56-51 run.  During that run, the Jazz’s bench would step up.  Georges Niang had 11 points while 3 three-pointers in the process.  Mudiay and Tony Bradley scored a combined 17 points while Jordan Clarkson settled for four points.

On the other end of the floor, Wayne Ellington scored 11 points off the bench but it wouldn’t help much as the Jazz handed the Knicks a 128-104 loss.  Bojan Bogdanovic finished the game with 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying one block while Frank Ntilikina had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will host Brandon Ingram (25.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 48.0 FG%, 40.4 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (12-25) on Friday at 7:15 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs this season.

The Utah Jazz will host Devonte Graham (19.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 7.8 APG, 38.1 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (15-24) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season.  December 21 was the last time they saw each other as the Jazz came away with a 114-107 victory.  During that game, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists while Terry Rozier had 29 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Washington Wizards creep away from the Boston Celtics, 99-94

The Washington Wizards creep away from the Boston Celtics, 99-94

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

 

The Boston Celtics are one of three teams who have managed to stay under 10 loss thus far this season.  Right now, they are on a three-game winning streak, trying to grab a fourth straight victory tonight.  They will hope to do that against the Washington Wizards tonight at the Nation’s Capital.

As for the Wizards, they haven’t had a season to be proud of, mostly due to injuries.  They grabbed just their 11th win of the season on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.  Tonight’s matchup between the Celtics and Wizards will mark the second of four times that these two teams play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 13 when the Celtics came away with a 140-133 win.  Kemba Walker finished that game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block while Bradley Beal had 44 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Wizards and the Celtics have met up a grand total of 328 times in the past as the Wizards won 123 games while the Celtics went on to grab 205 victories.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

-Romeo Langford (illness; 2.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.2 APG, 38.9 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Vincent Poirier (finger; 1.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Kemba Walker (illness; 22.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.2 APG, 43.2 FG%, 39.8 3P%)
-Robert Williams (hip; 3.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 67.3 FG%)
-Tacko Fall (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%)

Washington Wizards:

-Bradley Beal (leg; 27.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.6 APG, 43.5 FG%, 31.5 3P%)
-Davis Bertans (quad; 15.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 44.9 FG%, 43.4 3P%)
-Thomas Bryant (foot; 13.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 54.9 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Rui Hachimura (groin; 13.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48.2 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
-C.J. Miles (wrist; 6.4 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 32.2 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
-Moritz Wagner (ankle; 11.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 58.1 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)

GAMETIME:

The Wizards would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field, keeping the Celtics to just twenty-nine percent.  Both Jordan McRae and Isaiah Thomas scored 11 points each in the first half.  McRae was able to knock down a three-pointer while Thomas had two treys.

Former Lakers’ point guard Isaac Bonga contributed with six points while Ian Mahinmi had four points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.  Gary Payton was kept scoreless but was able to record three rebounds, two assists, and one block.  Troy Brown played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, Jaylen Brown dropped 12 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also had 5 rebounds and one assist while Marcus Smart helped out with 3 three-pointers and one free-throw.  Both Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum had six points each.  Enes Kanter played 10 minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a 51-40 lead.

The Boston ball club would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 54-48 run.  During that run, both Brown and Tatum chalked up 11 points each while Hayward and Daniel Theis combined for 10 points.  Grant Williams played 17 minutes off the bench as he had nine points.

The Wizards would end up hanging on to close it out behind Ish Smith’s 16 points.  Isaac Bonga and Isaiah Thomas combined for 10 points as the Washington Wizards came away with a 99-94 win.  Ish Smith finished the game with 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists while Jaylen Brown had 23 points, a season-high 12 rebounds, and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will host DeMar DeRozan (21.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.9 APG, 52.4 FG%, 27.3 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (14-20) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 9 when the Celtics defeated the Spurs, 135-115.  Jaylen Brown finished that game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while DeMar DeRozan had 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Washington Wizards will head to Florida to take on Evan Fournier (18.8 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 40.7 3P%) and the Orlando Magic (17-20) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that they battle each other this season.  January 1 was the last time they played each other as the Wizards fell to the Magic, 122-101.  During that game, D.J. Augustin scored 25 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out nine assists, and committed two steals while Bradley Beal had 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Denver Nuggets escape from the Indiana Pacers, 124-116

The Denver Nuggets escape from the Indiana Pacers, 124-116

Friday, January 3, 2020

 

The Denver Nuggets are trying to recover from a 130-104 loss they took in the hands of the Houston Rockets on December 31.  They will hope to do so against the Indiana Pacers tonight in Indiana.  The Pacers, on the other hand, are looking to grab a second straight victory.  Tonight’s meeting will mark the first of two matchups between these teams this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Nuggets and the Pacers have battled each other a grand total of 90 times in the past as both teams won 45 games apiece.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Malik Beasley (coach’s decision; 6.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.2 FG%, 39.8 3P%)
-Torrey Craig (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 38.2 FG%, 23.5 3P%)
-Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 35.7 FG%, 26.7 3P%)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (coach’s decision; 0.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Bol Bol (foot)
-Vlatko Cancar (0.5 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-P.J. Dozier (G-League)

Indiana Pacers:

-Alize Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 53.8 FG%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
-JaKarr Sampson (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Victor Oladipo (knee)
-Edmond Sumner (knee; 4.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 39.1 FG%, 26.7 3P%)
-Malcolm Brogdon (back; 17.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 7.4 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (ankle; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 18.2 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Pacers would have a slight upper hand in the first half as they shot sixty percent from the field while the Nuggets shot fifty-four percent.  Jeremy Lamb warmed up with 18 points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.  T.J. Warren chalked up 14 points while grabbing five rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing two steals.  He also had two treys while Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis combined for 17 points.  Justin Holiday played 12 minutes off the bench but had only a three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Jamal Murray scored 17 points on sixty-percent shooting.  He had two three-pointers in the process while Will Barton helped out with nine points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals.  Nikola Jokic was kept to just two points while Gary Harris had seven points.  Mason Plumlee played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a tight 64-62 lead.

The Nuggets would turn things around in the second half as they went on a 62-52 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field.  During that run, Jokic made up for his performance in the first half as he dropped 20 points and collected six boards.  Both Jamal Murray and Gary Harris had five points each while Paul Millsap was kept to two points.  Michael Porter played 14 minutes off the bench as he had 18 points.

As for the home team, Turner and Lamb both had 12 points each while Sabonis contributed with 10 points.  T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off the bench but only scored two points as the Nuggets defeated the Pacers, 124-116.  Michael Porter finished the game with 25 points, along with 5 rebounds, and one assist while Jeremy Lamb had a season-high 30 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will head to the Nation’s Capital to take on Bradley Beal (27.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.6 APG, 43.5 FG%, 31.5 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (10-23) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  November 26 was the last time they played each other as the Wizards fell to the Nuggets, 117-104.  Jerami Grant finished that game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and two steals while Jordan McRae had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

The Indiana Pacers will go to Georgia to battle John Collins (18.3 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 51.5 FG%, 36.8 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (7-27) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This will the third and final time that they played each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 13 when the Pacers escaped with a 110-100 victory.  During that game, Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished off 12 assists while Trae Young had 23 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block.

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

Thursday, January 2, 2020

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to start the new year off right as they try to come up with a win against the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Staples Center.  The Lakers are one of the four teams in the league who have managed to stay under 10 losses this season.  With a victory tonight, they will be able to push their regular season record to 27-7.

The Suns, on the other hand, are hoping to achieve their third straight win as they play their fourth and final game on this four-game road trip.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will see one another this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 12 when the Lakers escaped with a 123-115 win.  Anthony Davis finished that game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Devin Booker had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Lakers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 312 times in the past as the Suns won 131 games while Lakers came away with 181 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision; 4.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.3 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 39.3 FG%, 52.6 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Devontae Cacok (G-League)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to just thirty-eight percent.  Anthony Davis got hot for 19 points, missing only one of his nine shots attempted.  He was able to hit a three-pointer in the process while Avery Bradley dropped 14 points.

LeBron James chalked up ten points while recording six rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and a block.  Former Spurs’ shooting guard Danny Green scored seven points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma played 13 minutes off the bench as he had eleven points.

On the other end of the court, Devin Booker scored 17 points on fifty-four percent shooting.  He also had four assists and one rebound while Kelly Oubre helped out with 11 points.  Oubre was able to drill two three-pointers in the second period while Dario Saric and Aron Baynes combined for six points.  Deandre Ayton played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points as the Lakers went into halftime with an incredibly huge 43-17 advantage.

The Suns would not give in as they went on a 66-43 run coming out of the break.  During that run, Kelly Oubre threw up 15 points while grabbing four rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing three steals.  He also had a three-pointer while Booker had 15 points on his own, hitting a three-pointer, as well.  Ayton played the most minutes off the bench as he put up 14 points.

As for the Lakers, James got hot for 21 points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also recorded seven rebounds and two assists while Davis had seven points.  Kuzma scored eight points off the bench as the Lakers were able to hold off the Suns, 117-107.  LeBron James finished the game with 31 points, a season-high-tying 13 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, and one block while Devin Booker settled for 32 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Julius Randle (18.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.7 FG%, 29.1 3P%) and the New York Knicks (9-24) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Brandon Ingram (25.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 49.1 FG%, 40.9 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (11-23) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they see each other this season.  November 27 was the last time they played each other as the Lakers came away with a 114-110 win.  During that game, Anthony Davis scored 41 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block while Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

The Thunder take down the Mavericks in final minutes, 106-101

The Thunder take down the Mavericks in final minutes, 106-101

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been playing well lately as they have won six of their last seven games.  They will hope to grab a third straight victory as they battle the Dallas Mavericks tonight at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.  The Mavericks, on the other hand, are coming off of a 108-95 loss to the Lakers on Sunday.  Tonight will the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Thunder and the Mavericks have played each other a grand total of 181 times in the past as the Thunder won 96 games while the Mavericks grabbed 85 victories.

INACTIVES:

Dallas Mavericks:

-Ryan Broekhoff (knee; 3.7 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Tim Hardaway (hamstring; 13.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 41.9 FG%, 38.2 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (foot)
-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision; 9.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 46.0 FG%, 56.0 3P%)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.1 FG%, 58.3 3P%)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Kristaps Porzingis (knee; 17.3 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.3 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Mike Muscala (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 29.2 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Luguentz Dort (G-League; 3.3 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 32.0 FG%, 7.1 3P%)
-Justin Patton (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Both the Mavericks and the Thunder would play competitive basketball in the first half as the Thunder shot forty percent from the field while the Mavericks shot thirty-five percent.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points while recording four rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams combined for 12 points while Chris Paul was kept to just two points.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.

On the other end of the floor, Luka Doncic got extremely hot for 23 points on forty-six percent shooting.  He was able to knock down to two three-pointers while grabbing five rebounds, dishing off four assists, and committing a steal.  Former Celtics’ Dwight Powell helped out with seven points while Maxi Kleber had two treys.  Seth Curry played 10 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Mavericks went into halftime a tight 51-50 lead.

The Thunder would slowly take control in the second half as they went on a 56-50 run, shooting forty-five percent.  Paul made up for his poor scoring performance in the first half as he chalked up 15 points which included one three-pointer.  Gallinari contributed with 13 points while drilling three shots from beyond the arc.  Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he had six points.

As for the visitors, Doncic added 12 more points to his scoring total while Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith combined for seven points.  Delon Wright had four points off the bench but it wouldn’t be enough as the Thunder defeated the Mavericks, 106-101.  Dennis Schroder finished the game with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists while Danilo Gallinari also had 20 points.  Luka Doncic had 35 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Dallas Mavericks will host Spencer Dinwiddie (23.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.3 APG, 42.5 FG%, 30.0 3P%) and the Brooklyn Nets (16-16) on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will fight each other this season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will head to Texas to take on DeMar DeRozan (21.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 26.3 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (13-18) on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  The first time they played each other was on November 7 when the Thunder fell to the Spurs, 121-112.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished that game with 39 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Danilo Gallinari had 27 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

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

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

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

Utah Jazz:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

Saturday, December 28, 2019

 

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

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

Miami Heat:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 27, 2019

 

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

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

Brooklyn Nets:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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