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The Indiana Pacers deal the Sacramento Kings a 101 to 83 loss

The Indiana Pacers deal the Sacramento Kings a 101 to 83 loss

The Sacramento Kings were hoping to break the three-game losing streak as they took on the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.  The Pacers, on the other hand, are trying to bounce back from a 114 to 96 loss in the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Sacramento Kings would play without Vince Carter (coach’s decision) last night, along with Garrett Temple (rest), Harry Giles (knee), JaKarr Sampson, and Jack Cooley.  The Pacers would be without Edmond Sumner (knee), Myles Turner (neck), and Glenn Robinson III (ankle).

The Pacers would open the game up well as they shot forty-seven percent from the field, limiting the Kings to thirty percent. Thaddeus Young would score six points off of fifty percent shooting from the field. Domantas Sabonis would also put up six points while pulling down nine rebounds and dishing off two assists. Former Thunder’s guard Victor Oladipo played for the entire quarter but was only held to five points while Darren Collison was limited to just three free-throws.

As for the Kings, Bogdan Bogdanovic played for eleven minutes but was held to only four points but he did manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds. He shot fifty percent while De’Aaron Fox would come off the bench to also score four points off of fifty percent shooting. Kosta Koufos came off the bench to chalk up three and two defensive rebounds as the Indiana Pacers went into the second quarter with an early 24-13 advantage.

The home team continued to impress as they go on a large 31-17 run in the second quarter, shooting a high fifty-seven percent from the field while holding the Sacramento team to thirty-five percent. Bojan Bogdanovic would heat up for ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Young ended up with five points in the quarter with three coming from beyond the arc. Oladipo continued to contribute with five points, as well, along with two assists. Sabonis would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself four points to go along with the three rebounds and three assists he collected.

On the other end of the floor, former Spurs guard George Hill would chalk up four points while collecting one defensive rebound.  Bogdanovic would end up connecting for a three-pointer while giving out one assist.  Zach Randolph played for eight minutes only to be held to two points and two turnovers.  Willie Cauley-Stein jumped up to grab one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound to go along with the two free-throws that he made.  The Kings did not give up but it was still the Indiana Pacers who enter halftime with a huge 55 to 30 lead.

The California team would look to respond in the third period as they shot forty-one percent from the field while holding the Indiana Pacers to a very low seventeen percent.  Randolph would make up for his performance last quarter as he posts up eight points while collecting one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Hill contributed with four points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  He did manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds in the eleven minutes that he played.  Cauley-Stein was held to just two points but would do some work on the boards as he grabbed one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.

Thaddeus Young would try to help the Pacers out as he scored four points with three coming from behind the arc and the other one from the free-throw line.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Maryland-native Victor Oladipo knocked down four free-throws at the line to go along with his two defensive rebounds.  Domantas Sabonis and bench player Lance Stephenson would each score two points and pull down two defensive rebounds as the Indiana team still had an advantage at the end of the third, 69-48.

The Kings would take the last attempt at a comeback as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field while keeping the Pacers at only forty-two percent.  Fox played the entire quarter as he got hot for twelve points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He also managed to record one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds, four assists, and one steal.  Skal Labissiere also played the entire quarter but he was held to only six points and two defensive rebounds.  Rookie point guard Frank Mason was also held to just six points while Justin Jackson would score five points with three coming from beyond the arc.

The Pacers would shut down the Kings’ attempt to come back as they finished things off in the last twelve minutes.  Cory Joseph came off of the bench to record eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would earn nine of those points from behind the three-point line as former 76ers’ forward Alex Poythress collected two three-pointers.   Bojan Bogdanovic scored five points with three coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the charity stripe.  T.J. Leaf played for the entire quarter as he recorded four points, two offensive rebounds, and two assists.  Stephenson came off of the bench to chalk up two points, three rebounds, and four assists as the Indiana Pacers easily pull away with a 101 to 83 win over the Sacramento Kings.  Bojan Bogdanovic finished the game with seventeen points, three rebounds, and four assists.  De’Aaron Fox would finish with eighteen points, four rebounds, five assists, and one steal.

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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 Chicago Bulls earned their first win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks, 91-86

The Chicago Bulls earned their first win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks, 91-86

The Chicago Bulls were hoping to avoid a 0-4 slump as they hosted the 1-3 Atlanta Hawks at the United Center.  The Hawks, on the other hand, tried to avoid their fourth straight loss of the season as they took on the Bulls in the first of three matchups.  The Atlanta Hawks would start the game off right as they shot forty percent from the field while holding the Bulls to thirty-six percent.

Robin Lopez would get hot for ten points as he shot fifty percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  He grabbed one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while rookie forward Lauri Markkanen would drill a three-pointer and collect three defensive rebounds.  Denzel Valentine was held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played but did manage to get ahold of one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.

As for the Georgia team, 2014 NBA Champion Marco Belinelli would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers while dishing off one assist.  Taurean Prince ended up being held to just one three-pointer in the nine minutes that he played while Isaiah Taylor came off the bench to drop a three-pointer.  Mike Muscala recorded two points, two offensive rebounds, and four defensive rebounds as the Hawks ended the first quarter with a 20 to 18 lead.

The second quarter would be held closely as the Atlanta Hawks shot forty percent from the field while the Chicago Bulls shot thirty-six percent.  Kent Bazemore shot thirty-three percent in the six minutes he played as he scored five points, three coming from the three-point line.  He also grabbed two defensive rebounds while Muscala scored four points which would include two free-throws.  Belinelli would also be held to four points as Utah-native John Collins came off of the bench to record two points, one offensive rebound, and two defensive rebounds.

On the other of the court, David Nwaba shot fifty percent from the field while putting up five points, one offensive rebound, and three defensive rebounds.  Former Knicks center Robin Lopez ended up with four points and three offensive rebounds while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Jerian Grant would be held to only one free-throw in the ten minutes that he played but he did manage to record two defensive rebounds and two assists as the Hawks went into halftime with a tight 39 to 37 lead.

The Bulls went on a 28 to 20 run in the third period as they shot forty percent from the field but the Hawks still shot forty-one percent from the field.  Markkanen chalked up seven points on seventy-five percent shooting from the field while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Former Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Justin Holiday scored seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also collected two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while Grant recorded five points, two rebounds, and four assists.

As for the visiting team, John Collins would come off of the bench to put up seven points in the eight minutes that he played.  Bazemore would continue to contribute as he chalked up four points on forty percent shooting from the field.  Maryland-native Malcolm Delaney would also end up with four points while Mike Muscala knocked down a three-pointer.  Isaiah Taylor would be scoreless in the five minutes that he played off of the bench but he did manage to grab one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Dewayne Dedmon was also kept scoreless as he grabbed two defensive rebounds but it was the Bulls who gained the lead and ended the third quarter with a 65-59 advantage.

The Hawks attempted to come back in the fourth period as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while keeping the Chicago Bulls to thirty-three percent.  Marco Belinelli would continue to contribute as he gets hot for eleven points, earning nine of those points from beyond the arc.  Muscala chalked up five more points while getting ahold of two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  He also connected for a three-pointer while Delaney recorded two points and three assists.

The Bulls would close things out as Valentine warmed up for seven points while shooting only twenty-nine percent from the field.  He did knock down a three-pointer in the process while Nwaba collected six points and two defensive rebounds.  Grant scored five points while Lauri Markkanen collected one three-pointer, one free-throw, and four defensive rebounds.  Quincy Pondexter came off the bench only to be held scoreless but he would grab three rebounds as the Chicago Bulls pull out a 91-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.  Robin Lopez finished with sixteen points, eight rebounds, and four assists while Marco Belinelli ended up finishing with twenty-three points, two rebounds, and two assists.

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 Minnesota Timberwolves pull away with a 115 to 113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder

The Minnesota Timberwolves pull away with a 115 to 113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder

Sunday’s matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder is the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other.  Each team is coming off of a game against the Utah Jazz, the Thunder losing to the Jazz as the Timberwolves defeated the Jazz.  The Thunder would hope to avoid their second straight loss as they hosted the Timberwolves at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Timberwolves would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team while limiting the Thunder to forty-six percent.  2015 Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins would drop ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would connect for a three-pointer while grabbing three defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.  Taj Gibson ended up shooting seventy-five percent from the field as he scored six points.  Karl-Anthony Towns would be limited to thirty-three percent shooting from the field as he dropped two points but he did manage to get three rebounds.

As for the home team, Steven Adams would shoot eighty percent from the field as he tallies up eight points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Carmelo Anthony ended up shooting fifty percent from the field as he scored six points.  Paul George would be limited to only four points in the nine minutes that he played but he did manage to pull down two defensive rebounds.  Russell Westbrook only scored two points but he did record one defensive rebound and two assists as the Timberwolves ended the first quarter with a 28 to 23 lead.

During the second period, the Thunder would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota team shot fifty-two percent.  South Carolina-native Raymond Felton would come off the bench to put up ten points, six of them coming from beyond the arc.  Westbrook chalked up seven more points while pulling down two defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.  George and Anthony would be limited to two points each as Steven Adams recorded six points, along with two offensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.

Karl-Anthony Towns would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as he scored eleven points, adding four rebounds to go along with it.  New-shooting guard Jimmy Butler shot forty percent from the field but was only limited to four points.  Gorgui Dieng would come off of the bench to collect four points for himself.  Gibson would be limited to only a three-pointer but it was still the Timberwolves who entered halftime with a 61 to 54 lead.

The Minnesota team would go on a 27 to 21 run in the third as they shot forty percent from the field, limiting the Thunder to thirty-two percent from the field.  Towns continue to impress as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field, chalking up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Butler contributed with seven more points which would include three from beyond the arc.  Jeff Teague would collect two defensive rebounds and three assists as Taj Gibson pulled down one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Carmelo Anthony ended up dropping seven points which included one three-pointer.  Westbrook would shoot sixty percent from the field as he gets seven points, as well, along with one defensive rebound and three assists.  Paul George would put up five points as he shots only thirty-three percent from the field.  Steven Adams would be held scoreless but he would manage to gobble up three offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound as the Minnesota Timberwolves went into the last quarter with an 88-75 advantage.

The Oklahoma team would respond with a huge 38 to 27 run in the fourth quarter as they shot fifty-six percent from the field.  The Timberwolves ended up shooting fifty percent from the field as Andrew Wiggins dropped twelve points while grabbing one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  Karl-Anthony Towns would contribute with seven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would also connect for a three-pointer in the process while Butler would be limited to two points.

On the other end of the floor, Westbrook would heat up for fifteen points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Carmelo Anthony would play ten minutes as he scored eight points, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  George played for the entire quarter but would only be limited to a three-pointer.  He would happen to pull down one defensive rebound while dishing off four assists.

With thirty seconds left in the quarter, Westbrook would nail a three-pointer to tie the game up at 110 apiece.  Towns would then take the ball and drive towards the basket to put in a layup, giving the visiting team a two-point lead.  Out of a Thunder timeout, Carmelo Anthony would connect for a three-point jump shot to give the Thunder a one-point lead.  But it was Wiggins who took the ball across the court to knock down a three-pointer, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115 to 113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Karl-Anthony Towns finished the game with twenty-seven points, twelve rebounds, and one assist.  Andrew Wiggins would also finish with twenty-seven points, along with seven rebounds and four assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with thirty-one points, five rebounds and ten assists.

The Spurs hand the Bulls their second straight loss, 87-77

The Spurs hand the Bulls their second straight loss, 87-77

The San Antonio Spurs are coming fresh off a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves as they visited Illinois to take on the Chicago Bulls, who are hoping to avoid a 0-2 start in the season.  The Spurs are currently without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker while the Bulls are without Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis.  This matchup would mark the first of two games that these two teams will play against each other.

The first quarter would be held closely as the Bulls shot thirty-eight percent from the field while the Spurs would shoot thirty-two percent from the field.  LaMarcus Aldridge ended up scoring eight points as he shot forty-three percent from the field.  He would jump up to grab two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as Pau Gasol would be limited to four points.  Patty Mills chalked up two points as he crashed the boards for two rebounds.

As for the Chicago team, Robin Lopez would also record eight points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also gather up two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds to add to his game.  Former Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Justin Holiday also collect eight points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  Paul Zipser would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds as the Bulls ended the first quarter with a 21 to 19 lead.

The San Antonio Spurs would shoot fifty percent from the field, limiting the Chicago Bulls to only thirty-seven percent.  New York-native Rudy Gay would come off of the Spurs bench to put up six points while collecting two defensive rebounds.  Former Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward LaMarcus Aldridge would put up four points while pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Pau Gasol ended up scoring three points while gobbling up three defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.

On the other end of the court, rookie power forward Lauri Markkanen would shoot thirty-three percent from the field while putting up five points.  He would also grab five defensive rebounds while knocking down a three-pointer.  Paul Zipser would be limited to only three points, which he would earn from the beyond the arc while Denzel Valentine played nine minutes only to score two points.  Jerian Grant was only limited to two points as the visiting team would walk into halftime with a slight 41-38 advantage.

During the third period, the Bulls would shoot forty percent from the field while the Spurs ended up shooting thirty-seven percent from the field.  Aldridge would start to heat up for twelve points as he shot fifty-five percent from the field.  He would gobble up two offensive rebounds while Gasol would grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Danny Green would connect for a three-pointer as Dejounte Murray would collect two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.

As for the Chicago team, Lopez would shoot seventy-five percent from the field while collecting seven points, three coming from behind the arc.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Grant would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself four points.  Justin Holiday would be limited to shooting fourteen percent from the field while earning two points.  Valentine would also score two points but would grab two defensive rebounds but it was the visiting team who went into the fourth quarter with a 65 to 55 lead.

The San Antonio team would shoot forty-six percent from the field as the Illinois team shot thirty-five percent from the field.  LaMarcus Aldridge ended up scoring four more points with two coming from the free-throw line.  Danny Green, Dejounte Murray, and Joffrey Lauvergne would each score four points Murray and Lauvergne would collect two defensive rebounds each.

On the other end of the floor, Markkanen would add five more points to his scoring total with three of them coming from the three-point line.  He would also collect three defensive rebounds while shooting forty percent from the field.  Holiday would connect for a three-pointer and two free-throws to give himself five points while Jerian Grant would be limited to only twenty-nine percent shooting from the field in the ten minutes he played.  California-native David Nwaba would score five points with three coming from the charity but he did manage to grab four defensive rebounds which wouldn’t be enough as the San Antonio Spurs pull away with an 87 to 77 win over the Chicago Bulls.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with twenty-eight points, ten rebounds, and three assists while Robin Lopez would finish with sixteen points, seven rebounds, and three 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.