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The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

Friday, February 14, 2020

 

The New Orleans Pelicans have been playing impressive basketball lately, winning six of their last eight games.  With a win tonight, they will have captured their fourth straight win.  They will hope to do that as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center.

The Thunder, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss tonight.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Thunder came away with a 107-104 victory.  During that game, Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Jrue Holiday had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pelicans and the Thunder have played each other a grand total of 60 times in the past as the Thunder won 35 games while the Pelicans were limited to just 25 victories.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Darius Bazley (knee; 4.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Hamidou Diallo (coach’s decision; 6.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 45.1 FG%, 17.2 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Brandon Ingram (ankle; 24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Kenrich Williams (back; 3.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.9 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 61.1 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, keeping the Pelicans at forty-seven percent shooting.  Danilo Gallinari chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed with 13 points while dishing out three assists.

Center Steven Adams scored seven points while knocking down a rare three-pointer.  He also had seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 2 blocks while Chris Paul had six points on forty-percent shooting.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he threw up 13 points.

As for the home team, Zion Williamson got hot for 15 points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Both Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball scored seven points each while Ball knocked down two three-pointers in the process.  Hart also had a three-pointer while Derrick Favors and Jrue Holiday earned four points each.  J.J. Redick played 13 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Oklahoma team that went into halftime with a 66-58 lead.

The Pelicans would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-57 run.  During that run, Williamson added 17 more points to his scoring total while grabbing three rebounds.  Holiday helped out with 10 points which included a three-pointer.  Redick played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up 17 points.

On the other end of the court, Gallinari scored 15 points while Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 12 points.  Schroder dropped nine points off the bench as the Thunder held on to take a 123-118 win.  Danilo Gallinari finished the game with 29 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Zion Williamson had 32 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Nikola Jokic (20.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 6.9 APG, 51.8 FG%, 32.9 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (38-17) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 14 when the Thunder fell to the Nuggets, 110-102.  Jokic finished that game with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and one steal while Dennis Schroder settled for 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Oregon to fight C.J. McCollum (21.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.6 FG%, 38.3 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (25-31) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these ball clubs will face off this season.  February 11 was the last time they met as the Pelicans handed the Trail Blazers, 138-117.  During that game, Zion Williamson scored 31 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, gave out 5 assists, and committed one steal while McCollum had 20 points, one rebound, and 3 assists.

The Spurs’ losing streak comes to an end as they beat the Thunder, 114-106

The Spurs’ losing streak comes to an end as they beat the Thunder, 114-106

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

The San Antonio Spurs’ eight-game road trip has not been going as planned.  They have yet to win a game and are in danger of being handed their sixth straight loss.  The Texas team would hope to avoid that as they play the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight.

The Thunder, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 112-111 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, hoping to avoid a second consecutive loss.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 2 when the Thunder handed the Spurs a 109-103 loss.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and two blocks while DeMar DeRozan had 30 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Spurs and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 206 times in the past as the Spurs won 114 games while the Thunder were kept to just 92 victories.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-Keldon Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 55.2 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-DeMar DeRozan (back; 23.0 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 5.2 APG, 53.4 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
-DeMarre Carroll (2.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 31.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Darius Bazley (knee; 4.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Thunder shot thirty-five percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge chalked up ten points but only connect on three of his eleven shots attempted.  He did have eight rebounds and two assists while Dejounte Murray had nine points, which included one three-pointer.

Former Denver Nuggets’ power forward Trey Lyles contributed with six points while recording five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 3 blocks.  Bryn Forbes had a three-pointer while Lonnie Walker was kept to just two points.  Derrick White played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped six points.

On the other end of the court, Chris Paul got hot for 15 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers.  He also had two rebounds, six assists, one steal, and a block while both Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams scored six points each.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander helped out with a three-pointer and a free-throw while grabbing two rebounds.  Dennis Schroder played 17 minutes off the bench but only had four points while the Spurs went into halftime with a 49-41 advantage.

The Spurs would close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the Thunder to fifty-five percent.  Murray added 16 points to his scoring total while Aldridge helped out with 15 points.  Patty Mills and Derrick White combined for 21 points off the bench.

As for the home team, Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 29 points while Gallinari had nine points.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points but it was the Spurs who came away with a 114-106 win.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 25 points, a season-high-tying 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Chris Paul had a season-high 31 points, along with 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.3 APG, 45.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (35-18) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these two teams will meet up this season.  January 29 was the last time they fought each other as the Jazz fell to the Spurs, 127-120.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists while Donovan Mitchell settled for 31 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will go to Louisiana to see Brandon Ingram (24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Thunder came away with a 107-104 win.  Danilo Gallinari finished that game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists while Jrue Holiday had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Thunder take down the Mavericks in final minutes, 106-101

The Thunder take down the Mavericks in final minutes, 106-101

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been playing well lately as they have won six of their last seven games.  They will hope to grab a third straight victory as they battle the Dallas Mavericks tonight at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.  The Mavericks, on the other hand, are coming off of a 108-95 loss to the Lakers on Sunday.  Tonight will the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Thunder and the Mavericks have played each other a grand total of 181 times in the past as the Thunder won 96 games while the Mavericks grabbed 85 victories.

INACTIVES:

Dallas Mavericks:

-Ryan Broekhoff (knee; 3.7 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Tim Hardaway (hamstring; 13.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 41.9 FG%, 38.2 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (foot)
-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision; 9.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 46.0 FG%, 56.0 3P%)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.1 FG%, 58.3 3P%)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Kristaps Porzingis (knee; 17.3 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.3 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Mike Muscala (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 29.2 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Luguentz Dort (G-League; 3.3 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 32.0 FG%, 7.1 3P%)
-Justin Patton (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Both the Mavericks and the Thunder would play competitive basketball in the first half as the Thunder shot forty percent from the field while the Mavericks shot thirty-five percent.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points while recording four rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams combined for 12 points while Chris Paul was kept to just two points.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.

On the other end of the floor, Luka Doncic got extremely hot for 23 points on forty-six percent shooting.  He was able to knock down to two three-pointers while grabbing five rebounds, dishing off four assists, and committing a steal.  Former Celtics’ Dwight Powell helped out with seven points while Maxi Kleber had two treys.  Seth Curry played 10 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Mavericks went into halftime a tight 51-50 lead.

The Thunder would slowly take control in the second half as they went on a 56-50 run, shooting forty-five percent.  Paul made up for his poor scoring performance in the first half as he chalked up 15 points which included one three-pointer.  Gallinari contributed with 13 points while drilling three shots from beyond the arc.  Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he had six points.

As for the visitors, Doncic added 12 more points to his scoring total while Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith combined for seven points.  Delon Wright had four points off the bench but it wouldn’t be enough as the Thunder defeated the Mavericks, 106-101.  Dennis Schroder finished the game with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists while Danilo Gallinari also had 20 points.  Luka Doncic had 35 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Dallas Mavericks will host Spencer Dinwiddie (23.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.3 APG, 42.5 FG%, 30.0 3P%) and the Brooklyn Nets (16-16) on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will fight each other this season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will head to Texas to take on DeMar DeRozan (21.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 26.3 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (13-18) on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  The first time they played each other was on November 7 when the Thunder fell to the Spurs, 121-112.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished that game with 39 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Danilo Gallinari had 27 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

The Wizards would escape with a 97-85 victory over the Thunder

The Wizards would escape with a 97-85 victory over the Thunder

Still without one of their star players, John Wall, the Washington Wizards’ chances of making the playoffs are slim to none.  Last year, they finished the season 32-50, placing them 11th in the Eastern Conference.  The Wizards are currently trying to recover from a 108-100 loss they took in the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, their first game of the season.  Going up against the Oklahoma City Thunder, they will hope to grab a win tonight.

The Thunder, on the other hand, have a new point guard in Chris Paul after receiving him from the Houston Rockets in a trade involving Russell Westbrook.  The Oklahoma ball club lost their first game of the season to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, 100-95.  Both teams will try to grab their first victory tonight.

HISTORY:

The Washington Wizards and the Oklahoma City Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 147 times.  Out of those times, the Wizards defeated the Thunder 67 times while the Thunder pulled out 80 victories.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

-Troy Brown (calf)
-Ian Mahinmi (Achilles)
-Jordan McRae (finger; 11.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.4 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-C.J. Miles (foot)
-Isaiah Thomas (thumb)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Justin Robinson (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Justin Patton (coach’s decision)
-Luguentz Dort (G-League)
-Devon Hall (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be somewhat competitive in the first half as the Washington Wizards shot forty-four percent from the field while the Oklahoma City Thunder shot forty-two percent.  Former Los Angeles Lakers’ center Thomas Bryant scored 14 points on sixty percent shooting, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Rui Hachimura helped out with 10 points while grabbing two rebounds and giving out one assist.

Two-time All-Star Bradley Beal was kept to just six points while Ish Smith had two points.  Isaac Bonga was held to two points, as well, but had two rebounds and two assists to go along with it.  Davis Bertans played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points.

As for the home team, both Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 13 points each.  They both had a three-pointer each while Steven Adams recorded five points and nine rebounds.  Chris Paul was held to just two points but gave out three assists.  Dennis Schroder played 13 minutes off of the bench as he had seven points while the D.C. ball club went into halftime with a 52-46 advantage.

Both teams continued to battle it out in the second half as the Wizards shot thirty-five percent from the field while the Oklahoma team shot thirty-seven percent.  Beal added to his scoring total by dropping 11 more points, planting 3 three-pointers in the process.  Hachimura contributed with nine points Bertans gave eight points off of the bench.  As for the Thunder, Gilgeous-Alexander put up 15 more points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards walked away with a 97-85 victory.

Thomas Bryant finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, a career-high-tying 2 steals, and a career-high-tying 3 blocks.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander earned a career-high 28 points, along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards travel to Texas to take on LaMarcus Aldridge (22.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (1-0) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Stephen Curry (23.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (0-1) Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

The Houston Rockets hand the Chicago Bulls a tough loss, 121 to 105

The Houston Rockets hand the Chicago Bulls a tough loss, 121 to 105

The Chicago Bulls are en route to their longest losing streak this season, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they battle the Houston Rockets in Texas.  The Bulls are currently holding onto a 2-9 record on the road.  The Rockets, on the other hand, are still trying to work things out as they look for their second straight victory.  The Houston Rockets have a 4-5 record at home.

The Houston Rockets and the Chicago Bulls have played each other a total of 137 times in the past as the Rockets won 69 games while the Bulls were kept to just 68 wins.  This meeting will mark the second and final time that these two teams will match up this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 3 when the Houston team survived the Bulls, 96-88.  During that game, James Harden scored twenty-five points, grabbed one rebound, dished off seven assists, and committed four steals while Zach LaVine had twenty-one points, four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

-Tyler Ulis (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Bobby Portis (knee; 10.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.5 FG%, 27.3 3P%, 55.6 FT%)
-Rawle Alkins (G-League)
-Kris Dunn (knee; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 30.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (ankle)

Houston Rockets:

-Brandon Knight (knee)
-Carmelo Anthony (13.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.5 FG%, 32.8 3P%, 68.2 FT%)
-Zhou Qi (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Vincent Edwards (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Texas team would have full control in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to thirty-nine percent.  James Harden would be the only player to score double-digits in the half as he got hot for twenty-three points, knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  He shot sixty-four percent from the field while recording three defensive rebounds, three assists, and one steal.  Clint Capela helped out with seven points and eight rebounds while Chris Paul had five points, two rebounds, five assists, and one block.  Paul had a three-pointer late in the beginning period as James Ennis was kept to four points.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench as he scored nine points, including a three-pointer in the second quarter.

As for the Bulls, Zach LaVine chalked up fourteen points on sixty percent shooting.  He also had a trey in the second period while grabbing four rebounds and committing two steals.  Illinois-native Jabari Parker chipped in ten points while jumping up for five boards.  Both Justin Holiday and Wendell Carter earned themselves six points.  Lauri Markkanen played twelve minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer late in the first quarter as the Houston Rockets went into their locker room with a 56 to 46 lead.

The Houston Rockets would finish the job in the second half as they went on a 65 to 61 run, although both teams shot fifty-one percent from the field each.  James Harden would cool down as he only had seven points in the second half, earning six of them from beyond the arc and one from the charity stripe.  Capela would pick up the load as he warmed up with eleven points, shooting a high eighty percent from the field.  P.J. Tucker chalked up eight points while Chris Paul had seven points.  Paul had eight more assists to add to his stat column.  LaVine continued to add to his scoring total, putting up seventeen more points but it was the Houston Rockets who stuck around to hand the Chicago Bulls a 121-105 loss.  James Harden finished the game with thirty points, six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one block while Zach LaVine had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will head to Indianapolis to battle Bojan Bogdanovic (16.0 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44.0 FG%, 34.5 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (13-10) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 2 when the Pacers crept away with a 107-105 win.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored twenty-five points, pulled down fourteen rebounds, dished out five assists, committed two steals, and prevented a shot from going in while Antonio Blakeney had twenty-two points and three rebounds.

The Houston Rockets will travel to the Target Center to clash with Karl-Anthony Towns (20.6 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 48.7 FG%, 39.6 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-12) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of three times that these two teams will battle each other during this season.  The Rockets would sweep the regular season series against the Timberwolves last season, 4-0.

The Houston Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz, 112-102, winning the series, 4-1

The Houston Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz, 112-102, winning the series, 4-1

The Houston Rockets will look to finish off the Utah Jazz as they host them at the Toyota Center for Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.  If that takes place and the Rockets advance to the Western Conference Finals, that will be the first time in Chris Paul’s career that will play in a Conference Finals.

SERIES RECAP:

Game 1 took place in Houston on April 29 as the Rockets handed the Jazz a 110-96 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored forty-one points, pulled down eight rebounds, gave out seven assists, and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds, and five assists.  Jae Crowder also had twenty-one points, along with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.

The Houston Rockets hosted the Utah Jazz again for Game 2 on May 2 but this time, the Jazz snuck away with a 116 to 108 victory.  Joe Ingles had twenty-seven points in that game, along with three rebounds and two assists while James Harden recorded thirty-two points, six rebounds, eleven assists, and two steals.

The series would shift over to Utah as the Jazz hosted the Rockets for Game 3 on May 4.  The Houston Rockets, however, got revenge as they defeated the Utah Jazz with a 113 to 92 score.  During that game, James Harden scored twenty-five points, pulled down four rebounds, gave out twelve assists, committed two steals and blocked one shot.  Eric Gordon also had twenty-five points, along with two rebounds and one steal.  Royce O’Neale had seventeen points, five rebounds, and one assist.

Game 4 would be held on May 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena as the Texas team defeated the Jazz, 100-87.  Chris Paul finished that game with twenty-seven points, along with twelve rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block while Donovan Mitchell recorded twenty-five points, nine rebounds, two assists, and four steals.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
David Stockton (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ricky Rubio (hamstring; 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
Dante Exum (hamstring; 8.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 48.3 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 9.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 43.1 FG%, 38.6 3P%)
Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 59.1 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Aaron Jackson (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.6 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
Zhou Qi (1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 18.8 FG%, 10.5 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would somewhat have control in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Utah Jazz at forty percent.  Chris Paul, desperate for a Conference Finals appearance, would get hot for fifteen points while hitting three three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds and six assists while P.J. Tucker earned himself ten points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting from the field.  James Harden contributed with nine points which held a three-pointer late in the first period.  2016-2017 Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer, which he took in the second quarter.

On the other end of the court, both Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert scored eight points but Ingles earned six of his points from beyond the arc.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while Gobert had five rebounds and two blocks.  Donovan Mitchell surprisingly had only two points but did manage to dish off six assists.  Missouri-native Alec Burks played fourteen minutes off of the bench as he had twelve points but it was the Houston team who went into halftime with a 54 to 46 lead.

The Jazz would make sure to hold it close, though, as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the home team to forty-eight percent.  Mitchell got extremely hot for twenty-two points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He dropped two three-pointers in the third quarter while recording three rebounds and three assists.  Royce O’Neale helped out with eleven points while Rudy Gobert had four rebounds and four points.  Burks collected ten more points off of the bench but it wasn’t enough as Chris Paul responded hugely.  Paul chalked up twenty-six more points, giving the Rockets a 112-102 victory, winning the series 4-1.  Chris Paul finished the game with a playoff career-high forty-one points, along with seven rebounds, ten assists, and one steal.  Donovan Mitchell settled for twenty-four points, four rebounds, nine assists, and one steal.

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

Tonight will mark the second game between the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  The first game was on Sunday when the Rockets handed the Jazz a 110 to 96 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored forty-one points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished off seven assists, and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds, and five assists.  Jae Crowder also had twenty-one points, along with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.  The Houston Rockets will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as they host the Jazz at the Toyota Center.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Ricky Rubio (hamstring; 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jonas Jerebko (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
David Stockton (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 59.1 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Aaron Jackson (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.6 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
Zhou Qi (1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 18.8 FG%, 10.5 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Utah Jazz would have complete control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Houston Rockets to forty percent.  Joe Ingles ended up scoring fourteen points on sixty-three percent shooting while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  Rudy Gobert would help out with thirteen points while grabbing one offensive rebound and eight defensive rebounds.  He also had one block while Alec Burks chalked up eleven points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting from the field.  Donovan Mitchell would be limited to seven points while both Royce O’Neale and Derrick Favors scored six points each.  Jae Crowder played sixteen minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two three-pointers and a free-throw.

On the other end of the court, James Harden would get extremely hot for twenty-one points which included a three-pointer near the end of the second half.  He also had four rebounds, five assists, and one steal while Clint Capela saw to it that he had thirteen points on sixty-seven percent shooting.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Chris Paul contributed with six points and one assist while P.J. Tucker had a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points as the visiting team went into halftime with a 64 to 55 lead.

The Houston Rockets would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 53-52 run in the second half, shooting forty percent from the field.  During that run, Paul would start to warm up with seventeen points, five defensive rebounds, two assists, and two steals while drilling two three-pointers.  Harden continued to put on a scoring display as he had eleven points, which included a three-pointer in the final quarter.  Eric Gordon had ten points off of the bench but it wasn’t enough as the Utah Jazz crept away with a 116-108 win, tying the series up, 1-1.  Joe Ingles finished the game with a playoff career-high twenty-seven points, along with three rebounds and two assists while James Harden settled for thirty-two points, six rebounds, eleven assists, and two steals.

The Los Angeles Clippers hand the Los Angeles Lakers a 108-92 loss, spoiling Ball’s debut

The Los Angeles Clippers hand the Los Angeles Lakers a 108-92 loss, spoiling Ball’s debut

Last night’s matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers would mark the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other.  But this game is special to the Laker Nation as this would be Lonzo Ball’s season debut.  Ball was the second pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft and so much is expected of him due to his father, LaVar Ball.  He would look to start off strong as they hosted the Clippers in the Staples Center.

During the first quarter of the game, the Clippers ended up shooting thirty-three percent from the field as a team while the Lakers shot twenty-seven percent from the field.  Blake Griffin would start off strong as he heats up for thirteen points, shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also grab three defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound in the process of doing so.  Danilo Gallinari would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field, scoring four points but he would manage to grab two rebounds as DeAndre Jordan would grab nine rebounds.

As for the Lakers, Larry Nance would drop six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  Former New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets’ center Brook Lopez would chalk up five points, three coming from behind the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line.  Lonzo Ball would play for ten minutes only to be held scoreless but he did pull down five defensive rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 19 lead.

The Los Angeles Lakers shot forty-six percent from the field in the second period, limiting the Los Angeles Clippers to thirty-eight percent.  Jordan Clarkson would come off of the bench to score seven points while shooting sixty percent.  He would also hit a three-pointer in the process of doing so while Brandon Ingram would score three points but he would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field.  Lonzo Ball would knock down a three-pointer while going up for four defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Patrick Beverley would start to feel it as he chalks up seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Jordan would continue to do work on the boards as he pulls down three offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds.  Griffin scored five additional points while grabbing three defensive rebounds as they close the first half with a 53-42 advantage.

During the third period, the Clippers sparked a large 34 to 21 run as they forty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Lakers to forty-one percent from the field.  Blake Griffin would continue to impress as he drops nine points, three coming from beyond the arc.  He would also collect four rebounds as Gallinari managed to connect for two three-pointers, giving himself six points.  DeAndre Jordan would gather up six more rebounds as Beverley would connect for a three.

As for the Lakers, Lopez would shoot fifty percent from the field as he earned himself eight points.  Clarkson ended up scoring four points as he also shot fifty percent from the field.  Nance also put up four points but he would grab one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds in the process of doing so.  Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in this quarter but he would manage to give out three assists as the Clippers ended the third quarter with an 87-63 lead.

The Lakers would make a 29 to 21 run in the fourth quarter as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to only thirty-six percent.  Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma would come off the bench to put up six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Brook Lopez would contribute with five points, earning three of them from the charity stripe.  He also managed to grab four rebounds as Brandon Ingram would be limited to four points.

Former Miami Heat center Willie Reed would come off the Clippers’ bench to score six points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Montrezl Harrell would earn four points off the bench as he also shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Sindarius Thornwell would knock down a three-pointer as Griffin and Jordan would be limited to two points each but it was still the Los Angeles Clippers escaping with a 108-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Blake Griffin finished the game with twenty-nine points, twelve rebounds, and three assists while Brook Lopez would finish with twenty points, six rebounds, and two assists.  Lonzo Ball would only score three points in his season debut as a Laker.