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The Boston Celtics fall to 9-8 after getting defeated by the Charlotte Hornets, 117-112

The Boston Celtics fall to 9-8 after getting defeated by the Charlotte Hornets, 117-112

The Charlotte Hornets are coming fresh off of a 122-119 overtime loss that they suffered in the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers this past Saturday.  The only good side of that for the Hornets is the career-high and franchise-high 60 points that Kemba Walker put up, shooting sixty-two percent from the field.  The North Carolina team will look to avoid a third straight loss as they host the Boston Celtics, who are trying to steer away from a second straight loss.

This matchup between the Charlotte Hornets and the Boston Celtics will mark the first of four meetings between these two ball clubs.  They have battled each other a grand total of 106 times as the Hornets won 44 games while the Celtics took 62 games.  Each team will look to set the tone as they face off at the Spectrum Center.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle; 8.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 48.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Bismack Biyombo (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 58.3 FG%)
Devonte’ Graham (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Frank Kaminsky (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Chealey (G-League)
J.P. Macura (G-League)
Boston Celtics:

Jabari Bird (personal)
Semi Ojeleye (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 47.6 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Brad Wanamaker (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 30.8 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
PJ Dozier (G-League)
Robert Williams (1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The game will be held extremely close in the first half as both teams shot above forty percent from the field.  The Boston Celtics would complete fifty-four percent of their shots while the Charlotte Hornets shot forty-three percent from the field.  Kemba Walker ended up dropping eighteen points in the first half which included three three-pointers.  He also had four assists while former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb had eleven points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He grabbed four rebounds while Cody Zeller had four boards.  Miles Bridges played nine minutes off of the bench as he had five points including a three-pointer late in the first quarter.

As for the visiting team, Kyrie Irving ended up putting up twelve points on a high sixty-percent shooting from the field.  He would also dish out eight assists while Jayson Tatum helped out with ten points, as well as a steal and a block.  Jaylen Brown had four points which would come from a free-throw and a three-pointer while Al Horford contributed with four points as well.  Gordon Hayward, who has accepted a bench role after struggling as a starter, played the most minutes out of all the reserves in the first half but was kept to just two points as the Celtics had a 56-54 lead heading into the locker room.

The home team would respond with a 63 to 56 run in the second half as Walker went off for 25 more points which held four three-pointers in the fourth quarter.  He shot sixty-two percent from the field in the second half while recording four rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Former San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.  On the other end of the floor, Irving collected fifteen more points but it wouldn’t matter as the Hornets survived with a 117 to 112 victory, handing the Celtics their second straight loss.  Kemba Walker finished the game with forty-three points, four rebounds, and five assists while Kyrie Irving had twenty-seven points, five rebounds and eleven assists.

So…what’s next?

The Charlotte Hornets will welcome Victor Oladipo (21.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44.0 FG%, 34.5 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (10-6) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of three times that these teams will clash with each other.  As for the Boston Celtics, they will head back to Massachusetts to host Tim Hardaway (23.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 42.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%) and the struggling New York Knicks (4-13) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will be the second out of four times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on October 20 as the Celtics escaped with a 103-101 victory.  During that game, Jayson Tatum scored 24 points while pulling down 14 rebounds.  Hardaway finished with 24 points, as well, along with three rebounds and three assists.

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The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

Wednesday’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers would mark the first of three matchups.  Last season, the Wizards finished at fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 49-33 record but they would lose to the Boston Celtics in the Semifinals, 3-4.  The 76ers, on the other hand, finished with a 28-54 record at the fourteenth place in the Conference.  They would look to start the season off right as they visited the Nation’s Capital to take on the Wizards.

During the first quarter of the game, the Wizards shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers would shoot thirty-six percent from the field.  Otto Porter scored eight points in the first quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Four-time All-Star John Wall would contribute with six points while shooting only thirty-eight percent from the field.  Mike Scott would come off of the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would record five points while knocking down one three-pointer.

As for the Pennsylvania team, Joel Embiid would drop six points which would include four free-throws.  He would also do some work on the boards as he pulled down five defensive rebounds.  Ben Simmons would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points while rookie Markelle Fultz would come off the bench to drop four points, along with two offensive rebounds but the Wizards would walk into the second quarter with a 32 to 23 lead.

In the second period, the Philadelphia 76ers would shoot fifty-six percent from the field as the Washington Wizards shot fifty percent.  Robert Covington would score eight points in the quarter, six coming from beyond the arc and the other two coming from the charity stripe.  Simmons would drop six points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard J.J. Redick would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to earn himself six points as Wall would be limited to only four points, all coming from the free-throw line.  Kelly Oubre would come off of the bench to drill a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points.  Jodie Meeks and Ian Mahinmi would also earn four points each but it was the 76ers who ended the first half with a 59-56 lead.

Both teams would shoot thirty-five percent from the field each in the third quarter but it was the home team that sparked up a 34 to 23 run.  Wall would heat up for fourteen points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He also managed to get a hold of three rebounds as Beal would chalk up eleven points.  Meeks would come off of the bench to collect six points while Oubre would contribute with a three-pointer.

As for the 76ers, Covington would put up ten additional points as he drills two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Both Simmons and Fultz would be limited to four points each as Joel Embiid would manage to collect four defensive rebounds and two assists.  He would only be limited to two points in the eight minutes that he played as the Washington team would walk into the last quarter with a 90-82 advantage.

In the last period, the 76ers would shoot fifty-four percent from the field as the Wizards shot forty-six percent.  Arizona-native Jerryd Bayless would collect ten points in this quarter as he drops two three-pointers in the process.  Robert Covington ended up scoring eight points with six of them coming from behind the arc.  He would also grab four rebounds as Embiid dropped six points.

The Wizards would not shy away as Marcin Gortat would heat up for ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Bradley Beal would contribute with six points but would end up earning all of them from the free-throw line.  John Wall scored four points while Kelly Oubre collected two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.

With twenty seconds remaining in the game, the 76ers would only be down by two points.  Beal would go to the line to knock down one of his two free-throws, giving the Wizards a 116 to 113 lead.  Gortat would then be sent to the line as he nails both of his free shots, extending the lead to five points.  Covington would end up tipping a shot into the basket off of an attempted three-pointer by Embiid.  With only two seconds remaining in the game, Bradley Beal would be sent to the line as he knocks down both of his free-throws, giving the Washington Wizards a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

John Wall would finish the game with twenty-eight points, five rebounds, and eight assists.  Robert Covington ended up finishing the game with twenty-nine points, seven rebounds, and one assist.  Markelle Fultz would score ten points, pulled down three rebounds and dishing off one assist in the season debut.

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

Yesterday’s game between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat would mark the first of four games that these two would play each other.  Last season, the Miami Heat finished at ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record, nearly making the playoffs.  The Orlando Magic, on the other hand, landed at the thirteenth spot in the Conference with a 29-53 record.

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami Heat shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Orlando Magic would shoot forty-six percent from the field.  Former Boston Celtics’ power forward Kelly Olynyk would put up seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Hassan Whiteside would score six points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also managed to grab two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds as well.  Goran Dragic would also score six points while dishing off four assists.

As for the Orlando team, California-native Aaron Gordon would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also went up to grab three defensive rebounds to add to his performance.  Nikola Vucevic would put up six points, along with one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  D.J. Augustin would come off the bench to contribute with five points but it was the Heat who ended the first quarter with a 37 to 32 lead.

The Magic would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the second quarter while the Heat would end up shooting only thirty-six percent from the field.  Evan Fournier recorded seven points, three coming from behind the three-point line.  Terrence Ross would score five points in the quarter while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Gordon would be limited to only four points but he would grab three rebounds to contribute.

On the other end of the court, former Sacramento Kings’ small forward James Johnson would chalk up four points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Justise Winslow would play for eleven minutes, only to be limited to three points which he earned from behind the arc.  Wayne Ellington would also score three points as the Magic ended the first half with a 26 to 18 run.

During the third quarter of the game, the Heat would continue to struggle as they only shot thirty-eight percent from the field while the Magic shot fifty-six percent.  Elfrid Payton would drop nine points in the third quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process while he grabbed two defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Vucevic ended up scoring eight points while grabbing three defensive rebounds.

As for the South Beach team, Dragic chalked up five points while connecting for a three-pointer in the process.  Both Waiters and Whiteside would put up four points while shooting fifty percent from the field each.  Whiteside would also gobble up four defensive rebounds to add to his performance but the Orlando Magic would go into the last quarter with an 88 to 78 advantage.

In the fourth period, the Magic would shoot forty-eight percent from the field as the Heat shot forty-one percent from the field.  Hassan Whiteside would heat up for fourteen points while pulling down a total of eight rebounds.  He would also connect for his first three-pointer of his career.  Dion Waiter chalked up seven additional points while hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  James Johnson would play for ten minutes only to be limited to four points but he did record three rebounds and six assists.

For the Magic, Fournier would put up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Toronto Raptors’ center Bismack Biyombo would score six points as he pulled down four rebounds.  Ross ended up scoring five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line as the Orlando Magic end up winning the game, 116 to 109.  Evan Fournier finished the game with twenty-three points, one rebound, and three assists.  Hassan Whiteside would finish with twenty-six points, twenty-two rebounds and one assist.

The Charlotte Hornets end their season in a huge loss to the Atlanta Hawks

The Charlotte Hornets end their season in a huge loss to the Atlanta Hawks

The 42-38 Atlanta Hawks will look to clinch the number five Playoff seed as they take on the 36-45 Charlotte Hornets.  These two teams have met up three times this season, making this their fourth and final matchup.  The first game was on November 18 in North Carolina as the Hornets would win, 100-96.  In that game, Nicolas Batum would score twenty-four points, grab ten rebounds and dish off four assists.  Paul Millsap would collect twenty-two points, thirteen rebounds and one assist.  The second meeting would take place on December 17 in Georgia as the Hornets would defeat the Hawks, 107 to 99.  Marvin Williams would put up nineteen points, six rebounds and two assists.  Marco Belinelli would put up nineteen points, three rebounds and one assist.  Tim Hardaway Jr. would earn twenty-one points, four rebounds and four assists.  The last matchup would be played on March 20 in Charlotte as the home team would win, 105-90.  Nicolas Batum would chalk up sixteen points, one rebound and six assists.  Kemba Walker would post sixteen points, four rebounds and four assists.  Dennis Schroder would chalk up twenty points, three rebounds and six assists.  The Charlotte Hornets would look to win the regular season series 4-0 in their season finale.

In the first quarter Dwight Howard would start off hot as he scores ten points and grabs three rebounds.  The first round pick in the 2013 draft, Dennis Schroder, would post up six points and dish off four assists.  Kent Bazemore would come off the bench to score six points of his own, including two 3-pointers.  On the other end, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would knock down two of his three buckets, earning himself six points but it would be the home team ending the first quarter with a 38 to 26 lead.  The second quarter would not become easier for the visiting team as Tim Hardaway Jr. goes 75% from the field, taking seven points which would contain one 3-pointer.  Former Thunder player, Jeremy Lamb, would help the Hornets out as he scores eight points, including one 3-pointer but it would be the Georgia team that walks into halftime with a 63-44 advantage.  The Hawks would not show any signs of cooling down in the third period as the former Rockets player, Dwight Howard, would add six more points to his scoring numbers, shooting 75% from the field.  Texas-native Taurean Prince and Louisiana-native Paul Millsap would each put up four points as the home team would end the third quarter with a 84-61 lead.  The Atlanta Hawks would close it out in the last period as Kris Humphries comes off the bench to put up five points, which included one 3-pointer.  Thabo Sefolosha and Malcolm Delaney would come off the bench, as well, to drop four points each as the Hawks seal the deal with a huge 103-76 victory.  Dwight Howard finished with nineteen points, twelve rebounds and one assist.  Jeremy Lamb would finish with twenty-one points, five rebounds and one assist.

Charlotte Hornets are eliminated from the Playoffs after a loss to the Boston Celtics

Charlotte Hornets are eliminated from the Playoffs after a loss to the Boston Celtics

The 36-42 Charlotte Hornets are hoping that things will turn around for the better as they struggle to make the Playoffs for a second consecutive season.  Tonight they will be going up against the 50-29 Boston Celtics are the fourth and final time this season.  The first time these two ball clubs have met up was on October 29 in North Carolina as Boston would take that game 104-98.  In that game, Avery Bradley would end with thirty-one points, eleven rebounds and four assists.  Kemba Walker finished with twenty-nine points, two rebounds and three assists.  In the second game, which took place on December 16 in Massachusetts, the home team would win that game, 96 to 88.  Isaiah Thomas would score twenty-six points, grab three rebounds and earn five assists.  Nicolas Batum would go to score twenty-two points, grab 10 rebounds and dish off five assists.  The last time the Celtics and Hornets met up was on January 16 in TD Garden, where the Celtics won 108 to 98.  Isaiah Thomas would earn thirty-five points, five rebounds and four assists.  Kemba Walker earned twenty-four points, four rebounds and two assists.  The 2-seed Boston Celtics would look to take the regular season, 4-0, against the 10-seed Charlotte Hornets.

In the first quarter, Isaiah Thomas would start off with eight points, including one 3-pointer.  Jae Crowder would also score seven points, as well as one 3-pointer.  Even though Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum would each earn seven points, it would be Boston who leads 32-28 at the end of the first.  The second quarter wouldn’t get easier for the home teams as both Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford would come out hot, each scoring eleven points.  Thomas would knock down three more 3-pointers as Horford goes 1 for 2 beyond the arc.  Kemba Walker would go to score seven points for his team but it would be the Celtics who end the second period with a huge 39-26 run.  With the Celtics holding on to a 71-54, the home team would go on a 32 to 21 run as Nicolas Batum goes off for eleven points which would contain one 3-pointer, as well.  Cody Zeller would help out as he goes to hit six points, along with Walker who scores six of his own.  On the other end, Kelly Olynyk would score six points to help Boston out but the Hornets would still come within seven points as the visiting team leads 92-86 at the end of the third.  The Boston Celtics would close it out in the fourth as Avery Bradley puts up eleven points, including three 3-pointers.  Nicolas Batum would collect eight for Charlotte but the Celtics would win, 121-114, eliminating the Charlotte Hornets from the Playoffs.  Isaiah Thomas would finish the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds and six assists.  Nicolas Batum would end up with thirty-one points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Heat even the regular-season series up with the win over the Hornets

Heat even the regular-season series up with the win over the Hornets

The Miami Heat are struggling to regain a Playoff spot as they are 37-40 at ninth place.  Tonight, they will go to North Carolina to take on the 36-41 Charlotte Hornets.  These two Eastern Conference teams have met up three times this season with Charlotte taking two of the three.  The first matchup was on October 28 in South Beach, where the Hornets won pulled away with a 97-91 win.  In that game, Kemba Walker dropped 24 points while Hassan Whiteside went for 20 points.  The next matchup was on December 29 in Charlotte where the home team beat the Heat, 91 to 82.  In that meeting, Kemba Walker scored 22 points while Josh Richardson dropped 20.  The third meeting was on March 8 in Florida, where Miami won 108-101.  In that matchup, Dion Waiter went for 24 points while Kemba Walker scored 33 points.  The Waiter-less Miami Heat would look to even the series out tonight and hopefully regain a Playoff seed.

The first quarter started off well for Goran Dragic, as he scored eight points and hitting two of his three 3-pointers, along with James Johnson earning six points.  The visiting team would end the quarter with a 27 to 23 lead.  Even though the Hornets would return the favor with a 28-25 run in the second quarter, Goran Dragic wasn’t looking to cool off as he drops an additional eleven points, going 88 percent from the field.  On the other hand, Kemba Walker scored nine points along with a pair of three-pointers but the Heat would still walk into the locker room with a one-point lead at the half.  The third quarter belonged to the Miami Heat as Dragic continued to put on a display, earning himself ten points and hitting another two of three 3-pointers.  Nicolas Batum dropped twelve points for his home team but it was the visiting team that ended the third on a 34 to 22 run.  The fourth quarter would look slightly better for the North Carolina ball team, as Marvin Williams went for ten points but it was the Miami Heat that pulled away with a 112 to 99 win, gaining the eighth-seed back in the Playoff race.  Goran Dragic ended with 33 points and Hassan Whiteside ended with a double-double (13 points and 20 rebounds), claiming Miami Heat’s single-season double-double record.