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The Nuggets slid by the Wizards, 117-104

The Nuggets slid by the Wizards, 117-104

The Denver Nuggets are currently on their longest winning streak of this season, looking to grab a sixth straight victory tonight as they host the Washington Wizards.  The Nuggets are coming fresh off of a 116-104 win against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

The Wizards, on the other hand, are coming off a 113-106 loss against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, looking to avoid a second straight loss.  Tonight’s battle will mark the first of two matchups between these two ball clubs this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Nuggets and the Wizards have played each other a grand total of 90 times in the past as the Nuggets won 52 games, limiting the D.C. team to 38 victories.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

-Ian Mahinmi (Achilles)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Admiral Schofield (G-League; 3.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 70.0 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
-Justin Robinson (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Garrison Matthews (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Denver Nuggets:

-Bol Bol (foot)
-Torrey Craig (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 34.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Michael Porter (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Vlatko Cancar (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-PJ Dozier

GAMETIME:

The Denver Nuggets would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the visitors to thirty-eight percent.  Will Barton scored 11 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Jamal Murray helped out with ten points as he missed only three of his eight shots attempted.

Center Nikola Jokic recorded six points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out four assists.  Indiana-native Gary Harris contributed with four points while Paul Millsap had three points.  Former Philadelphia 76ers’ Jerami Grant played the most minutes off the bench as he got hot for sixteen points.

On the other end of the court, Thomas Bryant put up eight points while recording two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and a block.  Troy Brown chalked up six points on fifty-percent shooting.  Bradley Beal dropped four points while pulling down three rebounds and giving out three assists.  Moritz Wagner played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points while the Colorado team went into halftime with a huge 64-47 lead.

The Washington Wizards would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 57-53 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Jordan McRae scored 17 points off the bench which included 3 three-pointers in the last quarter.  Davis Bertans helped out with 11 points while Beal earned 10 more points.

As for the Nuggets, Mason Plumlee scored 11 points off the bench while recording five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.  Harris was able to get seven points while Murray had six.  Jokic was held to just two points but it was still the Nuggets who were able to get by with a 117-104 victory.  Jerami Grant finished the game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals while Jordan McRae had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So..what’s next?

The Washington Wizards will head to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 51.8 FG%, 42.9 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (8-8) on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.

The Denver Nuggets will go to California to play Buddy Hield (20.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 42.5 FG%, 39.6 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (7-9) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four meetings between these two teams this season.  The last time they played each other was on October 28 when the Kings fell to the Nuggets, 101-94.  Jamal Murray finished that game with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Richaun Holmes had 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

Tonight’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors will mark the fifth game in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 14 when the Raptors defeated the Wizards with a 114-106 score.  During that game, Serge Ibaka scored twenty-three points, grabbed twelve rebounds, gave out one assist and blocked two shots while John Wall had twenty-three points, three rebounds, fifteen assists, four steals and two blocks.  The Raptors would also take Game 2 as they pulled out a 130-119 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with thirty-seven points, five rebounds, and four assists while John Wall had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, nine assists and one block.

The Washington Wizards would make a desperate comeback as they handed the Raptors a 122-103 blowout loss in Game 3.  During that game, Bradley Beal scored twenty-eight points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out four assists and committed three steals.  John Wall also had twenty-eight points, along with seven rebounds, fourteen assists, four steals and one block while DeRozan finished with twenty-three points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Washington team as they snuck away with a 106 to 98 win.  Beal had thirty-one points in that game, along with five rebounds and two assists while DeRozan had thirty-five points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal.  The Wizards will look to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they travel back to Canada to battle the Raptors for Game 5.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Jodie Meeks (suspension; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.9 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Jason Smith (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.1 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Chris McCullough (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 42.9 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Ramon Sessions (4.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 35.9 FG%, 30.8 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Fred VanVleet (shoulder; 8.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 61.3 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be somewhat competitive as the Toronto Raptors shot forty-five percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot thirty-eight percent.  DeMar DeRozan would get extremely hot as he scored twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two assists while Kyle Lowry contributed with seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period.  Lowry had two defensive rebounds and three assists while Jonas Valanciunas earned himself six points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting while OG Anunoby was held scoreless.  California-native Delon Wright played twelve minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.

As for the visiting team, John Wall saw to it that he got twelve points while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off four assists and committing one steal.  Bradley Beal would help out with eight points which included a three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.  Beal also had three defensive rebounds and three assists while Otto Porter threw up seven points on fifty percent shooting.  Kelly Oubre played the most minutes out of Washington’s reserves but was restricted to five points as the Raptors went into halftime with a tight 48 to 47 lead.

The Canada team would close things out in the second half, though, as they sparked up a 60-51 run while shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  In the course of that run, DeRozan received twelve points which carried a three-pointer near the end of the third quarter.  The 20th pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft Delon Wright assisted with eleven points on a high sixty percent shooting.  On the other end of the court, John Wall chalked up fourteen points but that wouldn’t be enough as the Toronto Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds, and five assists while John Wall had twenty-six points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks.

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 Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

Last night’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves would mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other.  The Heat was trying to avoid a third straight loss as they try to recover from the loss they took in the hands of the Boston Celtics.  The Minnesota team, on the other hand, are trying to get a winning streak going as they come fresh off a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Timberwolves were without Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision) for this game, along with Aaron Brooks (coach’s decision), Marcus Georges-Hunt (coach’s decision), Anthony Brown, and Justin Patton (toe).  The Heat would play without Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision), Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision), A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton, Rodney McGruder (leg), and Hassan Whiteside (knee).  Both teams would try to battle hard as the Heat hosted the Timberwolves at the American Airlines Arena.

The Miami Heat would end up shooting fifty-eight from the field in the first quarter while holding the Timberwolves to forty-one percent. Goran Dragic heated up for ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds as former Thunder guard Dion Waiters scored six points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and one assist that he recorded.

Josh Richardson was limited to just forty percent shooting from the field as he earned five points with three coming from beyond the arc. Bam Adebayo only dropped three points but he did manage to grab three offensive rebounds and one rebound. James Johnson was held to just two free-throws but would collect five defensive rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up seven points which would include one three-pointer. He also pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. Jeff Teague played for ten minutes in the quarter as he scored seven points, collecting three of them from behind the arc. He would also record two defensive rebounds and two assists while Nemanja Bjelica came off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer. Andrew Wiggins was held to two points in the twelve minutes that he played as the Heat walked into the second quarter with a 32-23 advantage.

The Timberwolves would have something to say about that in the second quarter as they shot sixty-four percent from the field while the Florida team shot fifty-nine percent. Wiggins would make up for last quarter as he starts to warm up for seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He ended up knocking down a three-pointer in the process while Towns also shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.

Towns collected five points in the eight minutes that he played while pulling down one offensive and two defensive rebounds. Jimmy Butler played for seven minutes as he chalked up five points along with one rebound and one assist. Teague was held to just two points but did manage to get off three assists.

On the other end of the court, Kelly Olynyk would come off of the bench to drop nine points which included one three-pointer. He also was able to pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists. Dragic shot sixty-seven percent from the field but was only held to six points, three from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.

Justise Winslow shot a perfect one-hundred from the field as he scores six points while collecting two defensive rebounds. Dion Waiters ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was held to only four points. Adebayo would settle for two points and three offensive rebounds as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a close 62-60 lead.

During the third quarter, the Heat ended up shooting forty-four percent from the field as the Timberwolves were held to twenty-nine percent.  Bam Adebayo shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scored seven points and collected two rebounds.  Okaro White would come off of the bench to put up five points as he shot one-hundred percent from the field.  Three of those points came from beyond the arc as Tyler Johnson was limited to four points, two coming from the charity stripe.

On the other end of the court, Taj Gibson warmed up with seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also collected two defensive rebounds while Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up five points, three of which came from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Andrew Wiggins shot only twenty percent while collecting four points and four rebounds but it was the home team who ended the third with an 82-79 lead.

The last quarter would be held closely as the Miami Heat shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota Timberwolves shot forty-one percent.  Dion Waiters would continue to impress as he posts up fourteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  Kelly Olynyk ended up shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning nine points in return.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process of grabbing one defensive rebound.  Winslow would gather up two defensive rebounds and two points while Adebayo took a free-throw and three rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to drop eight points, earning three of them from behind the three-point line.  Jeff Teague chalked up seven points with three of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins collected six points on fifty percent shooting from the field while Butler would be held to just four free-throws.  Towns was held scoreless but he did manage to gobble up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.

With only thirty seconds left in the game, the score would be 110 to 106 in the Timberwolves’ favor.  Dion Waiters would go to the line off of a foul by Jimmy Butler and nail two free-throws to make the score 110 to 108.  With three seconds left in the game, Waiters would make a driving layup to tie the game up at 110, forcing overtime.

The overtime period would be held closely as the Timberwolves shot fifty-seven percent while the Heat shot fifty percent.  Waiters ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field but was able to score seven points in return.  He committed one steal while Olynyk knocked down one three-pointer.  Goran Dragic was held scoreless but did pull down two rebounds.

The Timberwolves would finish things off in overtime, though, as Teague recorded seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins would be held to just three free-throws while Towns knocked down one three-pointer.  Butler was limited to just two points as the Minnesota team pull away with a 125 to 122 win.  Jeff Teague finished the game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, eleven assists, and six steals (tying his career-high).  Dion Waiter would finish with thirty-three points (tying his career-high), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a 123-101 loss

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a 123-101 loss

The Cleveland Cavaliers were looking to avoid their second straight loss as they visited Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Cavaliers ended up taking a heartbreaking loss to the Brooklyn Nets, 112 to 107.  The Pelicans, on the other hand, are looking for their second straight win as Anthony Davis would be available to play along.

During the first quarter of the game, the Pelicans shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Cavaliers were held to thirty-five percent.  Anthony Davis would drop ten points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  He ended up pulling down four defensive rebounds while E’Twaun Moore shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he received ten points, as well.  Jrue Holiday recorded eight points, two defensive rebounds, and three assists while DeMarcus Cousins would be held to five points and four assists.

On the other end of the court, LeBron James shot a low thirty-three percent from the field while posting up eight points.  Kevin Love would contribute with two three-pointers and one free-throw while pulling down five defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder would come off of the bench to gobble up three rebounds while Iman Shumpert scored five points with three coming from beyond the arc.  Dwyane Wade would be held scoreless in the four minutes that he played as the home team ended the first quarter with a 35 to 22 lead.

The second period would be held closely as both teams shot fifty-five percent from the field each.  Dwyane Wade heated up for ten points off of the bench while Kevin Love would settle for six points along with two defensive rebounds.  Tristan Thompson ended up with five points and two defensive rebounds while LeBron James would be held to just one free-throw in the seven minutes that he played but he did manage to get off three assists.

As for the New Orleans team, Holiday would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting nine points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Moore scored eight points with six of them coming from behind the three-point line.  Cousins shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points while pulling down four defensive rebounds and dishing out three assists.  Davis ended up with four points on twenty percent shooting from the field but he managed to collect three rebounds.  Ian Clark would play for the entire quarter but would be held to just a three-pointer as the Pelicans went into halftime with a 65 to 52 advantage.

The Ohio team would go on a 31 to 24 run in the third as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while holding the Pelicans to forty percent shooting from the field.  DeMarcus Cousins would get hot for fifteen points while shooting fifty-five percent from the field.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process while gobbling up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Jrue Holiday would be held to five points in the twelve minutes that he played but would knock down a three-pointer in the process.  Davis settled for four points and three rebounds in the ten minutes that he played.

Love would help the Cavs out as he heated up for eleven points, collecting nine of those points from behind the arc.  He also grabbed one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while LeBron James scored nine points on eighty percent shooting from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process to go along with the three defensive rebounds and three assists that he recorded.  J.R. Smith would drill a three-pointer while Kyle Korver and Wade came off the bench to do the same.  Crowder came off of the bench to dish off two assists as the home team went into the fourth quarter with an 89-83 lead.

The Pelicans would finish things off in the last period as they went on a 34 to 18 run, shooting fifty percent from the field while holding the Cleveland Cavaliers to thirty-three percent.  Anthony Davis would heat up for twelve points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He ended up connecting for two three-pointers in the process while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Jrue Holiday would score seven points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Moore would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself six points while DeMarcus Cousins settled for three points but did manage to record four defensive rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the court, former Celtics’ forward Jeff Green would chalk up five points off the bench while shooting fifty percent from the field, collecting two defensive rebounds in the process.  Cedi Osman also came off of the bench as he recorded four points and three defensive rebounds.  Wade would be held to two points while Korver was scoreless in the seven minutes that he played.  Ante Zizic came off of the bench to gobble to two defensive rebounds but it was the New Orleans Pelicans who escaped with a 123 to 101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Anthony Davis finished the game with thirty points, fourteen rebounds, and two assists.  Kevin Love ended up with twenty-six points, eleven rebounds, and one assist.

 

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Los Angeles Clippers would seek their third straight win as they hosted the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center, who were looking for their second straight win.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two teams.  The Clippers and Jazz met up in the first round of the playoffs last season as the Jazz defeated the California team, 4-3.  The Clippers, who are now without Chris Paul, would seek revenge last night.

The Utah Jazz shot forty-three percent from the field in the first quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers shot forty percent.  Ricky Rubio would score eight points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds while Joe Ingles connected for a three-pointer.  Alec Burks came off the Utah bench to hit a three-pointer as well but he also pulled down two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Patrick Beverley would also earn eight points with six of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Blake Griffin would contribute with seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Danilo Gallinari ended up with four points and two rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 20 lead.

The Utah team would go on a 21 to 15 run in the second period as they shot thirty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to thirty-five percent.  2009-2010 All-Defensive Player Thabo Sefolosha would come off of the bench to drop points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer while doing so as well as collecting four defensive rebounds.  Joe Johnson would come off the bench to also shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points.  Rudy Gobert was limited to three points in the quarter while Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell were held to two points.

As for the Clippers, Gallinari would shoot only thirty-three percent from the field while collecting four points.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Austin Rivers would drill a three-pointer.  Blake Griffin ended up with two points in the seven minutes that he played while DeAndre Jordan received two points, two offensive rebounds, and five defensive rebounds.  Beverley would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to two points as the home team would go into halftime with a slight 42-41 lead.

The Clippers would respond in the third quarter with a huge 33 to 15 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to twenty-seven percent from the field.  Griffin would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up nine more points, along with five defensive rebounds.  Jordan would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn five points, which would go along with his four rebounds that he collected.  Lou Williams will come off of the bench to earn five points including one three-pointer.

For the Jazz, Gobert would collect nine more points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also pulled down three rebounds while Johnson would collect four more points.  Rubio and Favors would be held scoreless throughout this period while Sefolosha would collect four defensive rebounds off of the bench.  Rubio would manage to get off four assists as the Clippers walk into the last quarter with a huge 75 to 56 lead.

The Jazz would shoot sixty-three percent of the field in the last period while the Clippers shot fifty-nine percent from the field.  Mitchell would get hot for fifteen points on the Utah side, which would include three 3-pointers.  Raul Neto came off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as Derrick Favors shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.

The Clippers would finish things off, though, as Griffin drops five points which would include one three-pointer.  Rivers and Beverley would also collect five points each as they both shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  DeAndre Jordan would receive two points and two rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers easily pull away with a 102 to 84 win over the Utah Jazz.  Blake Griffin would finish the game with twenty-two points, nine rebounds, and six assists while Donovan Mitchell finished with nineteen points, two rebounds, and one assist.

76ers grabbed their first win of the season against the Pistons, 97-86

76ers grabbed their first win of the season against the Pistons, 97-86

The Philadelphia 76ers would look to avoid a 0-4 start to the season as they took on the 2-1 Detriot Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena.  During the first quarter of the game, the 76ers shot forty-one percent from the field while limiting the Pistons to thirty-eight percent.  Ben Simmons would heat up for ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also collected three rebounds and two assists to go along with it.  Joel Embiid ended up shooting seventy-five percent from the field as he dropped nine points which would include one three-pointer.  Robert Covington played for ten minutes as he was limited to only one three-pointer while Amir Johnson would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer and pull down five rebounds.

As for the home team, Andre Drummond would score seven points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  He also went up to grab three offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds to add to his stat sheet.  Former Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Tobias Harris would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field as he dropped five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Avery Bradley also connected for one three-pointer as the 76ers ended the first quarter with a 31 to 22 lead.

The 76ers shot fifty percent from the field in the second quarter as the Michigan team would shoot forty-three percent from the field.  Dario Saric came off the 76ers’ bench to put up seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Embiid would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he chalked up six points, along with three defensive rebounds.  Jerryd Bayless ended up connecting for two three-pointers as Simmons would record three more points, along with three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Reggie Jackson would come alive as he chalked up seven points and four defensive rebounds while shooting fifty percent.  Langston Galloway came off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Ish Smith would also come off of the bench but he would drop four points as the Philadelphia 76ers went into halftime with a 56-43 advantage.

The Detriot Pistons would respond with a 24 to 19 run in the third period as they shot thirty-seven percent from the field.  Drummond ended up scoring seven more points as he pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds in the eleven minutes he played.  New-guard Avery Bradley would shoot fifty percent from the field but only recorded four points as Harris recorded two points and two defensive rebounds.

The 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent from the field as a team while Joel Embiid shot a perfect one-hundred percent.  Embiid chalked up eight points in the third quarter while Ben Simmons recorded six points, five rebounds, and three assists.  Covington would play for eight minutes as he knocked down a three-pointer and one free-throw.  He also managed to pull down two offensive rebounds as the visiting team closed the third quarter with a 75 to 67 lead.

The Philadelphia team would finish things off in the last quarter as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, limiting the Pistons to thirty-five percent.  Joel Embiid continued to impress as he chalked up seven more additional points, along with three defensive rebounds.  J.J. Redick would only be limited to two points in the eleven minutes that he played while T.J. McConnell came off the 76ers’ bench to drill a three-pointer.  Simmons recorded two more points, as well as one more rebound and two more assists.

On the other end of the court, Missouri-native Anthony Tolliver would come off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  Bradley ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was limited to only four points while Andre Drummond collected two more rebounds but it was the Philadelphia 76ers who escaped with a 97 to 86 win over the Detriot Pistons, giving them their first win of the season.  Joel Embiid finished with thirty points and nine rebounds while Ben Simmons ended his first triple-double of his career.  Simmons scored twenty-one points, pulled down twelve rebounds and dished off ten assists.  Reggie Jackson ended up with sixteen points, six rebounds, and seven assists.

The Phoenix Suns let the Los Angeles Lakers slip away with a 132 to 130 win

The Phoenix Suns let the Los Angeles Lakers slip away with a 132 to 130 win

Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers hoped to bounce back from a harsh loss in the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two rivals as each team tries to avoid a 0-2 start in the regular season.  Ball would hope to make up for his first game as he and the Lakers take on Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

During the first quarter of this matchup, the Lakers would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Suns ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field.  North Carolina-native Brandon Ingram would heat up for ten points as he shot eighty percent from the field.  He would also knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so as Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score nine points.  Clarkson would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he drills two three-pointers in the process.  Lonzo Ball would record six points, earning three of them from behind the arc while collecting four defensive rebounds and dishing out three assists.

As for the Suns, Bledsoe recorded eight points which would include two three-pointers and two free-throws.  Devin Booker would contribute with eight points, as well, along with three defensive rebounds and two assists.  Josh Jackson knocked down two three-pointers and a free-throw to give himself seven points.  Tyson Chandler would be limited to only three points but he would gobble up three defensive rebounds as the first quarter ended with a 40-36 lead in the Lakers’ favor.

The Phoenix team would respond as they go on a 37-30 run in the second quarter, shooting sixty-five percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to forty-six percent.  T.J. Warren would light the floor up with seventeen points while shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  He would collect two defensive rebounds and give out two assists while doing so.  Booker added to his scoring total as he put up nine more points, hitting two three-pointers while doing it.  He would also earn two defensive rebounds and five assists while Dragan Bender came off the bench to hit a three-pointer and grab three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Kyle Kuzma would come off of the Los Angeles bench to record nine points while shooting eighty percent.  Ingram would contribute with seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as he pulled down two defensive rebounds.  Lonzo Ball would be limited to only a three-pointer in the seven minutes that he played.  He would do work in other areas as he recorded one defensive rebound and two assists but it was the Suns who entered halftime with a 73-70 lead.

The Los Angeles Lakers would shoot fifty-two percent from the field as the Phoenix Suns would be limited to forty-seven percent.  Ball would start to heat up as he goes off for twelve points, hitting two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Ingram would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he throws up seven points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Larry Nance would score six points while shooting only forty-three percent from the field but he did manage to grab four rebounds.  Brook Lopez would only score four points but he would pull down five defensive rebounds.

Rookie point guard Mike James came off of the bench to score nine points, four coming from the free-throw line.  T.J. Warren would play for the entire quarter but would be held to five points.  Josh Jackson would only score two points in the seven-minute that he played.  Devin Booker ended up with two points in the quarter but would pull down four defensive rebounds as the Lakers walk into the fourth period with a 106-99 advantage.

In the last period, the California team would shoot forty-six percent from the field while the Arizona team would shoot forty-four percent from the field.  Eric Bledsoe would heat up as he drops sixteen points, shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  Booker would contribute as he puts up six points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Warren would score two points but did manage to grab two defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.

As for the Lakers, Brook Lopez shot sixty percent from the field while chalking up eight points which would include one three-pointer.  Lonzo Ball would add eight more points to his scoring total while pulling down three defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.  Kyle Kuzma would come off of the bench to record two points and three defensive rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers creep away with a 132 to 130 win over the Phoenix Suns.  Lonzo Ball finished with twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds, and nine assists as Eric Bledsoe would finish with twenty-eight points, two rebounds, and two assists.

The Boston Celtics defeat the Washington Wizards as they advance to the next round

The Boston Celtics defeat the Washington Wizards as they advance to the next round

Last night marked the seventh and final game between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  This would be a physical and challenging series for both team as they try to make it through to the next round, where the Cavaliers await for them.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Celtics as they pull away with a 123-111 win.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas scored thirty-three points, pulled down one rebound and dished off nine assists.  Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.  The Celtics would win the second game, as well, escaping with a 129 to 119 overtime win.  Isaiah Thomas would chalk up a career-high fifty-three points, along with four rebounds and four assists.  John Wall would settle for forty points, three rebounds and three assists.  The Washington team would bounce back in Game 3 as they hand the Celtics a 116-89 blowout loss.  In that game, John Wall scored twenty-four points, pulled down one rebound and dished off eight assists.  Al Horford ended up with sixteen points, two rebounds and three assists.  The Wizards would also win the next game, as they defeat the Celtics with 121 to 102 score.  Bradley Beal finished with twenty-nine points and four rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would put up nineteen points, one rebound and five assists.  Boston would bounce back as they won Game 5, pulling away with a 123-101 win.  Avery Bradley ended up with a Playoff career-high twenty-nine points, six rebounds and three assists.  John Wall scored twenty-one points, grabbed down four rebounds and threw out for assists.  The last game would be a tight victory for the Wizards as they pull away with a 92-91 win.  Bradley Beal finished with thirty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  Isaiah Thomas chalked up twenty-seven points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Avery Bradley ended up with twenty-seven points, as well, along with three rebounds and one assist.  Each team would look to win last night in the TD Garden and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Al Horford, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas would each drop five points in the first quarter while bench players, Jaylen Brown and Kelly Olynyk would do the same.  Horford, Bradley and Brown would each knock down a three-pointer while collecting their five points.  Thomas would connect for jumper to earn two points while collecting the other three at the free-throw line.  Olynyk would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field while gathering up one defensive rebound and one assist in the process.  As for the Washington team, Markieff Morris would chalk up seven points, knocking down one three-pointer while doing so.  He would also gobble up four defensive rebounds while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Bradley Beal would shoot twenty-five percent from the field while gathering up five points.  He would knock down a jumper to give himself two points while earning the other three from the charity stripe.  John Wall would shoot forty percent from the field to give himself five points, as well.  He would also grab one defensive rebound while dishing off two assists.  The second-round pick in the 2005 draft, Marcin Gortat, would be held scoreless throughout the first quarter but he would jump up to pull down three rebounds.  Bench player, Bojan Bogdanovic, would come off the bench to knock down two free-throws but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 27-23 lead.

The Wizards would return the favor with a 32 to 26 run in the second quarter as they shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Celtics to forty-seven percent.  During that run, Beal would add nine more points to his scoring total, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  Otto Porter Jr. would contribute with eight points, along with six rebounds.  He would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  Wall would also put up eight points as he shoots eighty percent from the field, dishing off two assists in the process.  Morris would be limited to only one three-pointer and one free-throw but he would manage to pull down two defensive rebounds.  Gortat would still be held scoreless but would crash the boards for three rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Thomas would keep his Boston team in it as he puts up seven points, along with three assists.  Olynyk would also chalk up seven points as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field.  Jae Crowder would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, as well, collecting six points as a reward.  Horford, Bradley and bench player, Marcus Smart, would each be limited to two points as the Wizards enter halftime with a 55-53 lead.

Isaiah Thomas would come out of the locker room to drop twelve points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  He would give out two assists while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Horford would contribute with eight points, which would include one three-pointer.  He would also grab two rebounds and throw out two assists, as well.  Texas-native, Marcus Smart, would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers, giving himself six points.  He would also crash the boards for three defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and bench player, Jaylen Brown, would each be limited to two points in the quarter.  On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal would put up twelve points of his own which would include two three-pointers.  He would shoot seventy-one percent from the field as he pulls down two rebounds.  Porter Jr. would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to earn himself six points while he jumped up to grab one defensive rebound.  John Wall would play the entire quarter, only to shoot twenty-two percent from the field.  He would receive five points in return, though, which would hold one three-pointer.  He would also do some work on the glass as he gobbles up five rebounds.  Gortat would only knock down a free-throw to give himself one point but he would get two rebounds.  Morris would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played as the Celtics team would end the fourth quarter with a 85-79 advantage.

The home team would finish things off in the last period as Kelly Olynyk comes off the bench to light the floor with fourteen points, collecting six of them from behind the arc.  He would shoot eighty-three percent from the field as he grabbed two rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Thomas would shoot thirty-three percent from the field as he scores five points.  He would knock down one three-pointer while throwing out four assists in the process.  Both Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder would each shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Smart would be rewarded with five points as he grabs two defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder would only be rewarded with four as Jaylen Brown comes off the bench to earn two points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  As for the Nation’s Capital’s team, Bradley Beal would continue to put up numbers as he drops twelve points, containing two three-pointers.  He would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as Markieff Morris goes to chalk up seven points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he nails a three-pointer in the process.  Marcin Gortat would start to warm up as he puts up five points and three rebounds.  John Wall would be held scoreless in the twelve minutes that he played, but he would manage to give out six assists.  Porter Jr. would only knock down two free-throws but it was the Boston Celtics who defeat the Washington Wizards to win the series, 4-3, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Isaiah Thomas would finish with twenty-nine points, two rebounds and twelve assists (his new Playoff career-high).  Kelly Olynyk would also record a new Playoff career-high with twenty-six points.  Bradley Beal finished with thirty-eight points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds and two assists.

The Washington Wizards pull away with a win, forcing a Game 7

The Washington Wizards pull away with a win, forcing a Game 7

Last night marked the sixth game between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Celtics as they pull away with a 123-111 win.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas scored thirty-three points, pulled down one rebound and dished off nine assists.  Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.  The Celtics would win the second game, as well, escaping with a 129 to 119 overtime win.  Isaiah Thomas would chalk up a career-high fifty-three points, along with four rebounds and four assists.  John Wall would settle for forty points, three rebounds and three assists.  The Washington team would bounce back in Game 3 as they hand the Celtics a 116-89 blowout loss.  In that game, John Wall scored twenty-four points, pulled down one rebound and dished off eight assists.  Al Horford ended up with sixteen points, two rebounds and three assists.  The Wizards would also win the next game, as they defeat the Celtics with 121 to 102 score.  Bradley Beal finished with twenty-nine points and four rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would put up nineteen points, one rebound and five assists.  Boston would bounce back as they won the last game, pulling away with a 123-101 win.  Avery Bradley ended up with a Playoff career-high twenty-nine points, six rebounds and three assists.  John Wall scored twenty-one points, grabbed down four rebounds and threw out for assists.  The Washington Wizards looked to stay alive for one more game as they faced the Boston Celtics last night in the Verizon Center.

The game would start off right for the home team as they shoot forty-four percent from the field as a team, limiting the Celtics to twenty-four percent.  Bradley Beal would chalk up six points as he shot sixty percent from the field.  Former Suns player, Marcin Gortat, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself four points.  John Wall would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to three points.  On the other end of the court, Isaiah Thomas would throw up seven points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc and the other four from the charity stripe.  Jae Crowder would knock down a three-pointer and a free-throw to earn himself four points but it was the Wizards who end the first quarter with a 22-17 lead.  Boston would respond with a 25 to 19 run in the second quarter as Avery Bradley gets hot for eleven points, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would collect three of those from behind the arc as Al Horford shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself seven points which included one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would be held to only a three-pointer as Kelly Olynyk comes off the bench to chalk up two points and four defensive rebounds.  As for the Wizards, Beal would score eight points as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field.  Markieff Morris would contribute with four points and four rebounds.  Former Indiana Pacers player, Ian Mahinmi, would come off the bench to gather up four points, as well.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 42-41 lead.

Things would start to look slightly better for the Celtics as Bradley comes out of the locker room to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would be rewarded with nine points, which would contain one three-pointer.  Horford would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he collects seven points, which would hold one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field but would manage to earn himself seven points.  Crowder would throw up two points, along with three defensive rebounds.  John Wall would keep his Washington team in it as he lights the floor up with thirteen points, collecting three of those points from behind the arc.  Both Morris and Beal would be limited to six points each as Marcin Gortat would be held scoreless.  He would jump up to grab six rebounds, though, but it was the Celtics who went into the last quarter with a 69-66 lead.  The Nation’s Capital’s team would bounce back in the fourth quarter as Beal and Wall put on a scoring display, shooting sixty percent from the from the field.  Beal would chalk up thirteen points knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  John Wall would put up ten points, which would hold one three-pointer, as well.  Markieff Morris would nail a three-pointer himself, along with three defensive rebounds.

With only forty-one seconds left in the game, both teams would be tied at 87 a piece.  Avery Bradley would connect for a fifteen-foot jumper, giving the Celtics a two-point lead but Beal would tie it back it up as he responds with a jumper of his own.  Al Horford would come out of a Boston timeout to knock down a sixteen-foot jumper, forcing the Wizards to call a timeout.  After the timeout, John Wall would nail a much-needed three-pointer to give his team an one-point lead with only three seconds left.  With less than a second left, Isaiah Thomas would attempt a three-point shot but would miss as the Washington Wizards hold on to win, 92-91, forcing a Game 7.  Bradley Beal would finished with thirty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley finished with twenty-seven points, three rebounds and one assist.  Isaiah Thomas would also finish with twenty-seven points, three rebounds and seven assists.