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The Celtics keep their hopes alive as they beat the Heat, 121-108, making the series 3-2

The Celtics keep their hopes alive as they beat the Heat, 121-108, making the series 3-2

Friday, September 25, 2020

Tonight marks the fifth game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Heat won the last game they played, 112-109, as Tyler Herro had 37 points.  They will look to win the series and advance to the NBA Finals tonight.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Kendrick Nunn (coach’s decision)
-Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision)
-KZ Okpala
-Chris Silva (pubic)
-Kyle Alexander
-Gabe Vincent

Boston Celtics:

-Carsen Edwards (coach’s decision)
-Javonte Green (coach’s decision)
-Semi Ojeleye (coach’s decision)
-Robert Williams (coach’s decision)
-Tacko Fall
-Vincent Poirier
-Tremont Waters
-Romeo Langford (wrist)

GAMETIME:

Both teams would play with some competitiveness in the first half as the Celtics shot 40% while the Heat completed 45% of their shots.  Duncan Robinson got hot for 17 points which included 3 three-pointers.  Jimmy Butler helped out with 14 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and a block.

Former Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder had nine points while he recorded 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.  Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic went on to score a combined 11 points.  Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the Celtics, Jaylen Brown threw up 10 points while recording 4 rebounds and 2 assists.  He also had two three-pointers while Jayson Tatum also had 10 points.  New York-native Kemba Walker had eight points which included two three-pointers.  He also had one rebound and three assists while Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis combined for 11 points.  Gordon Hayward played 13 minutes off of the bench but only had two points while the Heat went into halftime with a 58-51 lead.

The Celtics came back to run away with things in the second half as they went on a enormous 70 to 50 run, shooting 50%.  During that run, Tatum got hot with 21 points, including two three-pointers in the third period.  He also had 8 rebounds and 3 assists while Brown contributed with 18 points.

Daniel Theis chalked up 11 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking two shots.  Walker earned seven points which contained a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Smart had five points to go along with 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals.  Hayward played the most minutes off of the bench but only had eight points.

On the other end of the floor, Dragic put up 18 points on 54% shooting.  He also had a three-pointer while Adebayo and Butler combined for 12 points.  Tyler Herro played 19 minutes off of the bench as he had 12 points but it wasn’t enough as the Celtics took a 121-108 win, making the series 3-2.  Jayson Tatum finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and one steal.  Goran Dragic finished with 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will look to tie the series up a 3-3 as they take on the Miami Heat on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

The Celtics finally get a win as they hand the Heat a 117-106 loss, making the series 2-1

The Celtics finally get a win as they hand the Heat a 117-106 loss, making the series 2-1

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Tonight marks the third game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Heat have won the first two games as they hope to grab a third win tonight.  Last game, they beat the Celtics, 106-101, as Goran Dragic scored 25 points.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

-Carsen Edwards (coach’s decision)
-Robert Williams (coach’s decision)
-Tremont Waters (coach’s decision)
-Semi Ojeleye (coach’s decision)
-Tacko Fall
-Vincent Poirier
-Javonte Green (knee)

Miami Heat:

-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision)
-Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision)
-KZ Okpala
-Chris Silva (pubic)
-Kyle Alexander
-Gabe Vincent

GAMETIME:

The Boston Celtics would have control of things in the first half as they shot 50% from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to 42% shooting.  Jaylen Brown got hot for 17 points while he recorded five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block.  Jayson Tatum contributed with 13 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists.

Former Charlotte Hornets’ guard Kemba Walker dropped 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Daniel Theis and Marcus Smart combined for 11 points.  Gordon Hayward played the most minutes off of the bench but only had three points.

As for the Florida team, Bam Adebayo had eight points as he grabbed five rebounds, dished out one assist, committed one steal, and blocked 2 shots.  Both Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic scored six points each while Jae Crowder had five points, including a three-pointer.  Maine-native Duncan Robinson had just a three-pointer.  Tyler Herro played 17 minutes off of the bench as he dropped 18 points but it was the Celtics who went into halftime with a 63-50 advantage.

The Boston team would continue to show dominance in the second half as they shot 45% from the field, limiting the Miami Heat to 36%.  Smart chalked up 15 more points while recording three rebounds and three assists.  Tatum helped out with 12 points, including a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.  Brown and Walker scored a combined 17 points while Theis was kept to just two points.  Hayward played 15 minutes off of the bench but had just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Adebayo added 19 more points to his scoring total while recording 11 rebounds and two steals.  Butler and Robinson combined for 21 points while Crowder and Dragic both had five points each.  Herro played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points as the Celtics come away with a 117-106 win, making the series 2-1.  Jaylen Brown finished the game with 26 points, 7 rebounds, a playoff career-high 5 assists, 3 steals, and one block.  Bam Adebayo finished with a playoff career-high 27 points, along with 16 rebounds, one assist, a playoff career-high 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will look to tie the series up at two apiece as they take on the Miami Heat on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

The Charlotte Hornets come away with a 109-98 win over the Miami Heat

The Charlotte Hornets come away with a 109-98 win over the Miami Heat

Thursday, March 12, 2020

 

The Charlotte Hornets are coming fresh off of a double-overtime thriller against the Atlanta Hawks, where they ended up losing.  Tonight, they will try to avoid a second consecutive as they battle the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena.  The Heat, on the other hand, will try to grab a second straight victory.

Tonight’s meeting will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other during this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 25 when the Heat defeated the Hornets, 117-100.  Bam Adebayo finished that game with 21 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and one block while Terry Rozier had 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets have battled each other a grand total of 123 times in the past as the Hornets won 49 games while the Heat went on to grab 74 victories.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

-Dwayne Bacon (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 34.8 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Nicolas Batum (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 34.6 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Willy Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 53.2 FG%, 22.7 3P%)
-Terry Rozier (illness; 18.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.1 APG, 42.3 FG%, 40.7 3P%)
-Ray Spalding (G-League)
-Kobi Simmons (G-League)
-Malik Monk (suspension; 10.3 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.4 FG%, 28.4 3P%)

Miami Heat:

-Kyle Alexander (knee)
-Jimmy Butler (toe; 20.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 6.1 APG, 45.4 FG%, 24.8 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (illness; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Meyers Leonard (ankle; 6.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 52.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 62.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Gabe Vincent (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 21.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held somewhat close in the first half as the Hornets shot forty-five percent from the field while the Heat ended up completing fifty-four percent of their shots.  P.J. Washington scored 14 points which included two three-pointers.  Devonte Graham helped out with 12 points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.  Miles Bridges and Cody Zeller combined for 15 points while Cody Martin had six.  Caleb Marin played 16 minutes off the bench but only had nine points.

On the other end of the floor, Derrick Jones got hot for 15 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had one steal and 2 blocks while Kendrick Nunn earned 13 points.  Bam Adebayo helped out with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists while Duncan Robinson drilled two three-pointers.  Jae Crowder played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Hornets went into halftime with a 59-51 lead.

The Charlotte Hornets would close things out in the second half as they went on a 50-47 run.  During that run, Graham chalked up 18 points, which held four three-pointers.  He also had four assists while Bridges had eight points.  Zeller gave seven points while grabbing 5 rebounds, dishing out one assist, and blocking one shot.  Caleb Martin played the most minutes off the bench as he had 10 points.

As for the South Beach team, Nunn and Adebayo combined for 21 points while Jones had eight points.  Solomon Hill was kept scoreless while Duncan Robinson had six points.  Crowder played 15 minutes off the bench but had just eight points as the Hornets came away with a 109-98 win.  Devonte Graham finished the game with 30 points, one rebound, 6 assists, and one steal while Kendrick Nunn had 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.

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

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

Saturday, December 28, 2019

 

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

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

Miami Heat:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

The Miami Heat sneak by the Brooklyn Nets with a 109-106 win

The Miami Heat sneak by the Brooklyn Nets with a 109-106 win

Monday, December 2, 2019

 

The Miami Heat have been playing like they have a chip on their shoulder this season as they are sitting with a 13-5 record, good for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.  They are coming fresh off of a 122-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday.  The South Beach team will look to grab a second win as they battle the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center tonight.

As for the Nets, they are coming off of a 112-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday.  After tonight’s game, the Brooklyn team will go on a two-game road trip before returning back on Sunday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of three times that these two teams will see each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Heat and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 137 times in the past as the New York team won 53 games while the Miami Heat went on to grab 84 victories.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-KZ Okpala (Achilles; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-James Johnson (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Dion Waiters (suspension)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Brooklyn Nets:

-Nicolas Claxton (hamstring; 3.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 52.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (shoulder; 28.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 34.1 3P%)
-Caris LeVert (thumb; 16.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 42.1 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-Rodions Kurucs (G-League; 2.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 39.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Henry Ellenson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Timothe Luwawu Cabarrot (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Wilson Chandler (suspension)

GAMETIME:

The Brooklyn Nets would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot fifty percent from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to forty-one percent.  Spencer Dinwiddie warmed up with 16 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had two rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Joe Harris helped out with 14 points.

Texas-native Taurean Prince earned himself nine points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  He also had three blocks while Garrett Temple and Jarrett Allen combined for nine points.  DeAndre Jordan played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points, seven rebounds, and an assist.

On the other end of the court, Jimmy Butler scored 12 points but shot only thirty-six percent from the field.  He did have five rebounds and one assist, however.  Bam Adebayo contributed with nine points and seven rebounds.  Kendrick Nunn gave five points while hitting a three-pointer in the second quarter.

Duncan Robinson had a three-pointer in the first period while collecting three rebounds. Former Trail Blazers’ Meyers Leonard was held scoreless but managed to get three defensive rebounds.  Goran Dragic played 15 minutes off the bench as he had nineteen points but it was the New York team who went into halftime with a 65-58 advantage.

The South Beach ball club would make a comeback in the second period as they went on a 51-41 scoring run.  During that run, Leonard made up for his scoring drought as he scored nine points on seventy-five percent shooting.  He earned all those points from beyond the arc while Butler had five free-throws and a three-pointer.  Justise Winslow played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.

As for the Nets, Harris and Dinwiddie combined for 24 more points.  Jordan played 11 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it wouldn’t matter as the Miami Heat came back to defeat the Brooklyn Nets, 109-106.  Goran Dragic finished the game with 24 points, two rebounds, and six assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 29 points, a season-high six rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will up north to fight Pascal Siakam (25.1 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 46.0 FG%, 37.7 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (14-4) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.

The Brooklyn Nets will go to Georgia to take on Trae Young (28.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 8.4 APG, 45.4 FG%, 38.7 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (4-16) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This game will be the first of four times that they will see each other this season.

The Lakers grab their seventh straight win against the Heat, 95-80

The Lakers grab their seventh straight win against the Heat, 95-80

With a 6-1 record, the Los Angeles Lakers are sitting at the top of the Western Conference and they hope to keep that spot as they battle the Miami Heat tonight at the Staples Center.  They are currently on a six-game win streak, looking to grab a seventh straight victory tonight.  The Heat have been very impressive this season, as well.  They are sitting with a 6-2 record, hoping to grab a second consecutive win tonight.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers have battled each other a grand total of 62 times in the past as the Heat defeated the Lakers 27 times while the Lakers won 35 matchups.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Derrick Jones (hip; 7.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (Achilles; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Dion Waiters (illness)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Justise Winslow (concussion; 13.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 4.8 APG, 38.9 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (coach’s decision)
-Rajon Rondo (calf)
-Zach Norvell (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be held close as the Miami Heat shot thirty-seven percent from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers completed forty-three percent of their shots.  Anthony Davis scored 16 points while missing only one of his eight shots attempted.  He recorded six rebounds, as well, along with two assists, two steals, and two blocks.  Former Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was kept to just five points but nailed a three-pointer in the first quarter.

Avery Bradley, who is coming off an injury, chalked up six points on sixty percent shooting.  He also had four rebounds and two assists while Danny Green had a trey at the beginning of the game.  JaVale McGee was kept to just two points but had three rebounds and one block.  Kyle Kuzma played the most minutes off the bench but had just five points.

As for the visiting team, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler got hot for 11 points but shot only thirty-seven percent from the field.  He also had two rebounds, two assists, and one steal while Kendrick Nunn earned eight points.  Bam Adebayo had five points while Duncan Robinson hit a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Goran Dragic played 15 minutes off the bench as he had 11 points but it was the Lakers who went into halftime with a close 48-46 lead.

The California ball club would take over in the second half as they went on a 47-34 run, shooting forty-six percent from the field, holding the Heat to thirty-two percent shooting.  James got hot for 20 points, burying three shots from beyond the arc in the process.  He also had three rebounds and two assists while Anthony Davis helped out with 10 points on forty-four percent shooting.

McGee contributed with seven points and seven rebounds while Bradley had a three-pointer near the end of the game.  Danny Green had held to just one point, which was earned from the charity stripe.  Virginia-native Troy Daniels played 10 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Butler gave 11 points while Adebayo had six points.  Both Duncan Robinson and Meyers Leonard were held scoreless while Nunn had just two points.  Dragic played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight but it was the home team who came away with a 95-80 victory, earning their seventh straight win.  Anthony Davis finished with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks while Jimmy Butler had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will host Andre Drummond (21.9 PPG, 18.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 58.2 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (4-5) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  The Los Angeles Lakers will host Pascal Siakam (25.6 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 50.0 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (5-2) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

The Heat come back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101

The Heat come back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101

With the new acquisition of Jimmy Butler, who joined the Miami Heat via a sign and trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team trade, the Heat will look to get back into playoff form this season.  Even though the Heat are now without Dwyane Wade, who retired at the end of last season, their hopes to become a championship are still high.  The South Beach team is also without Hassan Whiteside, who was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason.

The Memphis Grizzlies stayed quiet during the offseason.  Their only trade was Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz in return for Grayson Allen, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, and draft rights to Darius Bazley.  With the team in the process of rebuilding, they will hope to grab a win at the American Airlines Arena tonight.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision)
-Andre Iguodala (not with the team)
-Yuta Watanabe (G-League)
-Josh Jackson (not with the team)
-John Konchar (G-League)

Miami Heat:

-Jimmy Butler (not with the team)
-Dion Waiters (team suspension)
-James Johnson (conditioning)
-Udonis Haslem (wrist)

GAMETIME:

The Memphis Grizzlies would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they ended up shooting fifty-one percent from the field while the Miami Heat shot forty-one percent.  Jaren Jackson scored 11 points in the first half while collecting two rebounds.  Rookie guard Ja Morant helped out with ten points on seventy-one percent shooting.  Jae Crowder had eight points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  Serbia-native Marko Guduric played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

As for the South Beach ball club, Justise Winslow chalked up 12 points while shooting forty percent from the field.  He also racked up four assists, one steal, and one block while Bam Adebayo recorded nine points and nine rebounds.  Rookie Kendrick Nunn helped out with eight points on fifty percent shooting.  Goran Dragic played fifteen minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the visiting team who went into the locker room with a 60 to 54 lead.

The Heat would turn it up in the second half as they went on a huge 66-41 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  During that run, Nunn added to his impressive scoring with 16 more points which held a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.  Winslow saw to it that he had 15 more points, along with five rebounds and three assists.  Chris Silva played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.

On the other end of the floor, Jackson chalked up six more points while shooting a very low thirty-three percent.  Jonas Valanciunas was held to two points while Morant had four more points.  Tyus Jones played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just six points as the Heat came back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101.  Justise Winslow finished the game with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block while Jaren Jackson had 17 points, 3 rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will host Lauri Markkanen (35.0 PPG, 17.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (0-1) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Miami Heat will travel to Wisconsin to battle the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

The Philadelphia 76ers top the New Orleans Pelicans, 121-120

The Philadelphia 76ers top the New Orleans Pelicans, 121-120

Both the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans are on track to capture their fourth straight victory at the Wells Fargo Center so this game will hold some type of meaning to them.  The 76ers are coming fresh off of a 119-114 win over the struggling Phoenix Suns while the Pelicans handed the San Antonio Spurs a 140 to 126 loss.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler had no problem fitting right into the system ran by the 76ers as he averaged 18.3 PPG in his first four games with the team.

This meeting between the 76ers and the Pelicans will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will battle each other this season.  They have clashed a grand total of 41 times in the past as the 76ers grabbed 21 wins.  The New Orleans Pelicans ended up winning 20 of those games.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 55.6 FG%, 77.8 FT%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 29.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 33.3 FT%)
Solomon Hill (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 27.6 FG%, 21.4 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
Elfrid Payton (finger; 9.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 47.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
Trevon Bluiett (G-League)
Kenrich Williams (1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Philadelphia 76ers:

Demetrius Jackson (coach’s decision)
Shake Milton (coach’s decision)
Justin Patton (foot)
Zhaire Smith (foot)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 8.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.9 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 56.8 FT%)
Jonah Bolden (leg; 1.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.4 FG%, 14.3 3P%, 50.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The 76ers would somewhat have control at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-four percent from the field in the first half while the Pelicans shot forty percent.  Joel Embiid dropped eighteen points while grabbing nine boards, dishing out two assists, and blocking one shot.  Three of his points would come from beyond the arc in the first quarter.  Ben Simmons helped out with seventeen points, four defensive rebounds, one assist, and two blocks while Butler had nine points.  Pennsylvania-native T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer late in the first quarter.

On the other end of the court, Jrue Holiday chalked up thirteen points on forty-six percent shooting from the field.  He also had six assists and two steals while knocking down a three-pointer early in the second period.  Former Chicago Bulls power forward Nikola Mirotic saw to it that he got ten points, which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Julius Randle played fifteen minutes off of the bench as he dropped thirteen points but it was the home team who went into the locker room with a 67 to 57 advantage.

The Pelicans would respond as they went on a 63 to 54 run in the second half, shooting forty-six percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-seven percent.  During that run, E’Twaun Moore got hot for twenty-four points on fifty-six percent shooting.  He was able to drill three three-pointers while Holiday collected seventeen more points.  Five-time All-Star Anthony Davis would continue to have a quiet night as he was held to just six points.  He finished the game with twelve points.  Randle played thirteen minutes off the bench in the second half as he had nine points which included two three-pointers in the third period.

As for the Philadelphia club, Embiid chalked up thirteen more points on fifty percent shooting.  He also had ten more rebounds while hitting a shot beyond the arc late in the fourth quarter.  Former New York Knicks player Wilson Chandler helped out with nine points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Landry Shamet played the most minutes off the bench as he hit two three-pointers and a free-throw to give himself nine points.

With 2.5 seconds left on the clock and the 76ers up, 121-118, Joel Embiid would commit a shooting foul on Anthony Davis, who ended up missing the three-pointer.  Anthony Davis would go to the charity stripe to shoot three free-throws.  He made the first two free-throws to bring the Pelicans within one but ended up missing the last one as the Philadelphia 76ers survived the game, 121-120.  Joel Embiid finished the game with thirty-one points, nineteen rebounds, two assists, and two blocks while Jrue Holiday settled for a season-high thirty points, along with four rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and one block.  E’Twaun Moore also had thirty points, as well as two rebounds and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers will host Jordan Clarkson (15.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 45.7 FG%, 31.4 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-14) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will mark the first of three times that these two ball clubs will meet with each other this season.  The New Orleans Pelicans will over to the Madison Square Garden as they take on Tim Hardaway (24.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.9 APG, 42.3 FG%, 37.9 3P%) and the New York Knicks (5-14) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the last time that these two teams will play each other this season.  They met up November 16 when the Pelicans pulled away with a 129-124 victory.  During that game, Anthony Davis recorded forty-three points, seventeen rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block while Tim Hardaway had thirty points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

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

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

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

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

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