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The 76ers snuck away with a 97 to 92 victory over the Nuggets

The 76ers snuck away with a 97 to 92 victory over the Nuggets

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Tonight’s matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers will mark the last game of a tough four-game road trip for the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets lost all but one game on this road trip with their only victory coming against the New York Knicks on December 5. They are coming fresh off a 105-102 loss against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

The 76ers, on the other hand, are hoping to grab a third consecutive win tonight, coming off of a 110-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Tonight’s meeting will mark the second and final matchup against these two teams this season. The last time they battled each other was on November 8 when the Nuggets crept away with a 100-97 win. Nikola Jokic finished that game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Joel Embiid had 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The 76ers and the Nuggets have played each other a grand total of 89 times in the past as the Nuggets won 39 games while the 76ers came away with 50 victories.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Vlatko Cancar (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Bol Bol (G-League)
-P.J. Dozier (G-League)

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Zhaire Smith (leg)
-Trey Burke (coach’s decision; 7.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 43.1 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
-Shake Milton (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.3 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
-Kyle O’Quinn (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 53.5 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 66.7 FG%)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)
-Jonah Bolden (1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:
The game would be competitive in the first half as the 76ers shot forty-four percent from the field while the Denver team shot forty percent. Joel Embiid scored 14 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and one block. Tobias Harris helped out with ten points which included a three-pointer early in the second period.

The 2017-2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons chalked up seven points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Both Al Horford and Josh Richardson were held scoreless but Horford was able to record four rebounds. Furkan Korkmaz played the most minutes off the bench but scored only six points.

On the other end of the court, Will Barton put up 15 points while knocking down a three-pointer. He also had three rebounds, three assists, a steal, and 2 blocks while Gary Harris earned himself eight points. Paul Millsap and Jokic Nikola combined for ten points while Jamal Murray was held scoreless. Monte Morris played 14 minutes off the bench but only had five points while 76ers went into halftime with a slim 55-50 lead.

The contest would remain competitive in the second half as both teams scored 42 points each. Both Barton and Jokic had eleven points each while Barton collected four rebounds, four assists, and one steal. Jokic recorded three rebounds and five assists while both of them had a three-pointer each.

Gary Harris helped out with six points and three assists while Paul Millsap had four points. Michigan-native Monte Morris played 16 minutes off the bench but only had two points, which he earned in the third quarter.

As for the Pennsylvania ball club, Horford and Harris combined for 21 points while they had a three-pointer each. Horford was able to grab five rebounds and record an assist and steal while Harris had five rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block. Simmons was kept scoreless but it wouldn’t matter as the 76ers crept away with a 97-92 victory. Joel Embiid finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, a season-high-tying six assists, 2 steals, and a block. Will Barton settled for a season-high 36 points, along with 7 rebounds, 7 assists, a season-high-tying two steals, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will host Damian Lillard (26.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 7.4 APG, 44.3 FG%, 35.0 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (9-15) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on October 23 when the Trail Blazers fell to the Nuggets, 108-100. Nikola Jokic finished that game with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists while Damian Lillard had 32 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will head up north to battle Kemba Walker (21.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.1 APG, 42.0 FG%, 40.3 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (17-5) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second of four times that these see each other this season. October 23 was the last time they played each other as the 76ers handed the Celtics a 107-93 loss. During that game, Ben Simmons scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished out nine assists while Gordon Hayward had 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

The Celtics extend their winning streak to nine as they hand the Hawks a 110 to 107 loss

The Celtics extend their winning streak to nine as they hand the Hawks a 110 to 107 loss

The first quarter of this matchup would be held close as the Hawks shot forty-five percent from the field while the Celtics shot thirty-nine percent. Former Hawks’ forward Al Horford would start off with seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc. Horford collected four defensive rebounds while Kyrie Irving gave five points which would include one three-pointer.

Jaylen Brown chalked up four points with two coming from the free-throw line. Terry Rozier came off of the bench to dropped a three-pointer while Jayson Tatum was held to just two points and one defensive rebound.

As for the Atlanta team, Luke Babbitt would score five points off of one-hundred percent shooting from the field. He collected three of them from behind the arc while Dewayne Dedmon would score five points, as well, with three from beyond the arc, too. Kent Bazemore was held to two points but did manage to grab four defensive rebounds. Marco Belinelli was kept three points, two assists, and two steals as Boston went into the second quarter with a 26-25 lead.

The Hawks would respond in the second quarter as they shot sixty-two, holding the Celtics to fifty percent. Dennis Schroder would heat up eleven points on eighty percent shooting. He earned three of those points from behind the arc while Dedmon contributed with eight points, three defensive rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.

Irving lit the floor up with eleven points, as well, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so. Tatum would contribute with four points, two defensive rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Brown would knock down a three-pointer while Rozier did the same. Horford was held to just two points, one rebound, and two assists as both teams went into halftime tied, 54 apiece.

The Celtics would have something to say in the third as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Hawks to just thirty-three percent. Jayson Tatum would start to heat up as he scores ten points, six coming from behind the three-point line. Kyrie helped out with seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process. Irving also had four assists while Horford collected six points, three rebounds, and two assists. Smart was held to just a three-pointer but he did pull down three rebounds while dishing off three assists.

Schroder ended up scoring eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc.  He also recorded two defensive rebounds and two assists while Taurean Prince drilled a three-pointer.  Luke Babbitt also collected a three-pointer while getting his hands on two defensive rebounds in the nine minutes that he played as the Celtics went into the last period with an 82-75 lead.

The Atlanta Hawks went on a 32 to 28 run in the fourth quarter as they shot forty-eight percent from the field but the Celtics still shot fifty percent from the field.  Kyrie Irving would light the floor up with twelve points on seventy-one percent shooting from the field.  He would drill a three-pointer while doing so as Semi Ojeleye came off the bench to knock down two three-pointers.  Terry Rozier was kept to two points but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists.

On the other end of the floor, Belinelli scored nine points with three coming from beyond the arc and four from the free-throw line.  Malcolm Delaney played the entire quarter as he hits three 3-pointers but it was the Boston Celtics who pull away with a 110 to 107 win.  Kyrie Irving finished with thirty-five points, three rebounds, and seven assists.  Dennis Schroder would finish with twenty-three points, two rebounds, six assists, and two steals.

The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics would meet for the first time this season, which marked the first of two games that these teams would play against each other.  The Celtics have lost the last eleven matchups to the Spurs but things would be different as the Boston team will have Kyrie Irving.  The Spurs were without Darrun Hilliard, Joffrey Lauvergne (ankle), Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Tony Parker (quadriceps), Matt Costello (coach’s decision), and Manu Ginobili (rest).  The Celtics would be without Kadeem Allen, Jabari Bird, and Marcus Morris (knee).  The Celtics looked to extend their winning streak to five as they hosted the Spurs at the TD Garden.

The Boston Celtics would start the game off impressively as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first quarter as the Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jaylen Brown would chalk up nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also gobbled up three defensive rebounds and dished off one assist.  Kyrie Irving also scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  He dished off two assists, as well, while Al Horford recorded four defensive records and three assists to go along with the six points he put up.

On the other end of the court, Texas-native LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played.  He also pulled down two defensive rebounds as Rudy Gay came off of the bench to chalk up four points with two of them coming from the free-throw line.  Pau Gasol was limited to just a three-pointer as well as Danny Green.  Brandon Paul would come off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer and grab two defensive rebounds but it was the Celtics who ended the first quarter with a 30 to 26 lead.

The Celtics would continue to own the show as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the second quarter, holding the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Former Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving would continue to impress as he drops seven more points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He also managed to grab one defensive rebound and dish off three assists as Marcus Smart collected six points and two defensive rebounds.  Horford and Jayson Tatum would earn three defensive rebounds while rookie Daniel Theis recorded three offensive rebounds.

As for the Texas team, Bryn Forbes came off of the bench to drop two three-pointers while collecting two defensive rebounds.  Gay only scored five points while Danny Green played ten minutes and was held to just a three-pointer.  Patty Mills came off of the bench to put in a three-pointer while Aldridge scored two points and grabbed two offensive rebounds.  Kyle Anderson was held scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he would collect two offensive rebounds as the Celtics headed into halftime with a 54-49 advantage.

The home team would go on a 26 to 18 run in the third period as they shot forty-three percent from the field while the San Antonio team shot thirty-three percent.  Kyrie Irving would continue to contribute as he chalks up eight more points with six coming from behind the arc.  Brown would play for the entire quarter as he put up seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the charity stripe.  Aron Baynes ended up with four points in the period as Al Horford collected two points, two offensive rebounds, and three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul collected six points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Gay would put up five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process as Gasol would be limited to just three points.  Gasol did, however, grab three defensive rebounds while Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills were held to two points each.  Anderson was kept scoreless as he pulled down two defensive rebounds but it was still the Massachusetts team that went into the fourth quarter with a huge 80 to 67 lead.

The Boston Celtics would close things out in the last period as they shot fifty percent from the field while the San Antonio Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jayson Tatum would connect for two three-pointers while he grabbed down two defensive rebounds.  Horford ended up with four points while Terry Rozier got hot for ten points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  Marcus Smart was held scoreless but did manage to dish off five assists.

Brandon Paul would continue to contribute to the Spurs scoring as he puts nine additional points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He took three of those points from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Kyle Anderson would make up for last quarter as he posts up five points including one three-pointer.  Pau Gasol would be limited to three points but would grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Davis Bertans came off the bench to earn three points, two rebounds, and three assists but it was the Boston Celtics who easily pull out a 108 to 94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.  Kyrie Irving would finish the game with twenty-four points, two rebounds, six assists, and three steals.  Brandon Paul finished with eighteen points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Boston Celtics come back to defeat the Washington Wizards, taking 2-0 lead in series

The Boston Celtics come back to defeat the Washington Wizards, taking 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked the second game between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  These two teams hold a certain dislike for each other as the series continues to progress.  The number-one seed, Boston Celtics, would defeat the Washington Wizards with a 123 to 111 score.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas scored thirty-three points, pulled down one rebound and threw out nine assists.  Bradley Beal finished with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.  The Wizards looked to bounce back and tie the series up last night in Boston.

The game would off right for the visiting team as John Wall lit the floor up with nineteen points, collecting six of them from behind the three-point line.  Markieff Morris would also contribute as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself ten points.  He would connect for a three-pointer while doing so.  Former 76ers player, Jason Smith, would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers to get himself six points.  On the other end of the court, Isaiah Thomas would go off for fifteen points which would include two three-pointers.  Kelly Olynyk would come off the bench to put up five points, including one three-pointer but it was the Wizards who end the first quarter with a huge 42-29 advantage.  Things would start to look bright for the Boston team as they spark a 35 to 25 run.  During that run, Al Horford would throw up seven points which held one three-pointer.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while Terry Rozier would come off the bench to score seven of his own points.  Rozier would knock down a three-pointer while doing so.  Marcus Smart would also come off the bench to put up six points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Thomas would play for seven minutes, only to be held to five points.  As for the Nation’s Capital’s team, Marcin Gortat would chalk up seven points while he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Kelly Oubre Jr. would come off the bench to earn five points which contained one three-pointer as the Wizards went into halftime with a 67-64 lead.

Four time All-Star, John Wall, would out of the locker room to go off for twelve points, which would include one three-pointer.  He would shoot sixty-three percent from the field while Otto Porter Jr. would contribute with six points and four rebounds.  Bradley Beal would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field, settling for two points.  Jae Crowder would try to keep the Celtics in it as he drops six points, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Isaiah Thomas would settle for only four points as the Washington Wizards enter the fourth quarter with a 89-84 lead.  In the fourth quarter, Isaiah Thomas would get extremely hot for twenty points, collecting nine of those points from behind the arc.  He would shoot fifty-eight percent while Avery Bradley knocks down a three-pointer to help out.  Rozier would come off the bench to contribute as he knocks down a three-pointer, as well.  On the other team, Bradley Beal would put up eight points to keep the Wizards in it.  With a minute and four seconds left, the game would be tied at 110 a piece.  John Wall would make one of two free-throws to give his team an one-point lead.  The Celtics would regain the lead as Isaiah Thomas connects for a 19-foot jump shot.  Porter Jr. would respond with a 24-foot three-pointer, taking a 114-112 lead.  With fourteen seconds left, Isaiah Thomas would get fouled by Gortat as he attempts to connect for a shot.  Thomas would go to the charity stripe to knock down both free-throws.  After a Wizards timeout, Beal would attempt a 15-foot jump shot but misses and the game would go into overtime.

The Celtics would pull away in overtime as they shoot seventy percent from the field as a team, limiting the Wizards to twenty-two percent.  Thomas would chalk up nine more points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Al Horford would collect two rebounds while he shoots fifty percent from the field, earning four points.  As for the visitors, it was Kelly Oubre Jr. who would score for the Wizards in overtime, receiving five points.  Porter Jr., Morris, Gortat, Beal, Wall and Bogdanovic were all held scoreless as the Boston Celtics defeat the Washington Wizards with a 129 to 119 score, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Isaiah Thomas would finish with fifty-three points (his new career-high), four rebounds and four assists.  John Wall finished with forty points, three rebounds and thirteen assists.

The Boston Celtics pull away with a win against the Chicago Bulls, gaining a 3-2 lead in series

The Boston Celtics pull away with a win against the Chicago Bulls, gaining a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series.  The beginning of the series would be a rocky start for the top-seed Celtics but they would manage to find themselves in Games 3 and 4.  In the first game, though, the Chicago Bulls would pull away with a 106 to 102 win.  Jimmy Butler would score thirty points, pull down nine rebounds and dish off three assists.  Isaiah Thomas would put up thirty-three points, six rebounds and six assists.  Game 2 would be a victory for the Chicago Bulls, as well, as they hand the Celtics a 111-97 loss.  In that game, Jimmy Butler finished with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Dwyane Wade would also finish with twenty-two points, four rebounds and two assists.  Isaiah Thomas would settle for twenty points, four rebounds and two assists.  The Celtics would bounce back in Game 3 as they would win, 104 to 87.  Al Horford would score eighteen points, pull down eight rebounds and give out six assists.  Dwyane Wade ended up with eighteen points, one rebound and three assists.  Boston would also go on to win the last game, as Chicago falls short, 104-95.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jimmy Butler ended up with thirty-three points, five rebounds and nine assists.  Each team looked to take a 3-2 lead in the series last night as they faced off inside of the TD Garden.

The Celtics would start the game off on the right foot as shooting guard Avery Bradley drops nine points, which would include one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would struggle in the first, though, as he is only held to four points which would all come from the free-throw line.  On the other end, former Heat star, Dwyane Wade would drop seven points which included one three-pointer.  Jimmy Butler would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field, settling for just four points.  He would crash the boards to get four defensive rebounds, along with two assists, though.  Cristiano Felicio would come off the Chicago bench to receive four points himself but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 23 to 20 lead.  In the second period, former Thunder player, Anthony Morrow, would come off the Bulls bench to drop eight points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Isaiah Canaan would earn himself six points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Butler would shoot a perfect one-hundred from the field but would only be rewarded with four points.  Wade would chalk up four points, as well, along with two rebounds and three assists.  As for the Boston team, Bradley would add eight more points to his scoring total, along with two rebounds.  Kelly Olynyk would come off the bench to contribute with eight points, as well, shooting sixty percent from the field as the home team would enter the halftime with a 52-50 lead.

Chicago would go on a 31 to 27 run in the third quarter as Robin Lopez gets hot for ten points and three rebounds.  He would shoot a high eighty-three percent from the field while do so.  Wade would contribute with four rebounds, two assists and seven points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Jimmy Butler would knock down two three-pointers, earning himself six points along with two rebounds and three assists.  Al Horford will try to keep his Boston team in it as he drops eight points, six of those coming from behind the three-point line.  Avery Bradley would shoot sixty percent as he earns seven points, including one three-pointer but it was the Chicago Bulls that enter the last quarter with a 81-79 lead.  The fourth quarter would belong to the home team, though, as Al Horford shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, collecting eleven points.  Two-time All-Star, Isaiah Thomas, would also chalk up eleven points, along with three rebounds and one assist.  Wade would try to bring his team back into it as he puts up eight points but it was the Boston Celtics who pull away with a 108 to 97 win against the Chicago Bulls, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  This entire game has been consisted of eighteen lead changes and thirteen ties.  Avery Bradley finished with twenty-four points (his new Playoff career-high), six rebounds and one assist.  Isaiah Thomas ended up with also twenty-four points, five rebounds and four assists.  Dwyane Wade would finish with twenty-six points, eleven rebounds and eight assists.