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The Spurs bring an end to the Jazz’s winning streak, 113-104

The Spurs bring an end to the Jazz’s winning streak, 113-104

Saturday, February 22, 2020

 

The San Antonio Spurs are coming out of the All-Star break, looking to grab a second straight victory tonight against the Utah Jazz.  This will also mark the sixth game of an eight-game road trip for them.  As for the Jazz, they will look to capture a fifth straight win tonight.

Tonight’s game will mark the second of four times that these two teams will match up with each other this season.  The last time they met up was on January 29 when the Spurs handed the Jazz a 127-120 loss.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 31 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz have met up a grand total of 213 times as the Spurs won 118 games while the Jazz were limited to just 95 victories.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-Marco Belinelli (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.1 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-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%)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

Utah Jazz:

-Mike Conley (knee; 13.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, 39.2 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-Ed Davis (back; 1.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.2 FG%)
-Nigel Williams-Goss (quad; 0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would have control of things in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Jazz at thirty-nine percent shooting.  Dejounte Murray scored 15 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also had three rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Bryn Forbes had 13 points.  He collected 12 of those points from beyond the arc and the other point from the charity stripe.

Former Trail Blazers’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge helped out with 12 points which included a three-pointer.  He also had five rebounds and two assists while DeMar DeRozan and Trey Lyles combined for 11 points.  Patty Mills played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points.

On the other end of the floor, Rudy Gobert dropped 10 points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He was also able to collect nine rebounds while both Royce O’Neale and Joe Ingles had seven points each.  They were able to knock down one three-pointer each while Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic chalked up six points each.  Jordan Clarkson played 17 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 65-46 lead.

The Jazz attempted to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-48 run, shooting forty-eight percent.  During that run, Emmanuel Mudiay got hot for 18 points while Bogdanovic and Gobert combined for 17 points.  Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench but only had eight points.

As for the Spurs, DeRozan added 12 more points to his scoring total while Murray had eight points.  Derrick White, who played 12 minutes off the bench, scored 11 points as the San Antonio Spurs were able to come out with a 113-104 win.  Dejounte Murray finished the game with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a season-high-tying 4 steals while Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will go back to Oklahoma to battle Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 46.6 FG%, 35.0 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (33-22) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that these two teams will see each other this season.  February 11 was the last time they played each other as the Thunder fell to the Spurs, 114-106.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 25 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Chris Paul had 31 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Utah Jazz will host James Harden (35.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 7.3 APG, 43.7 FG%, 35.8 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (34-20) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the third and final time that these ball clubs will fight each other this season.  The last time that they met up was on February 9 when the Jazz crept away with a 114-113 win.  During that contest, Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and gave out 2 assists while Russell Westbrook had 39 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

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 Cavaliers escape with a 117 to 109 overtime victory against the Spurs

The Cavaliers escape with a 117 to 109 overtime victory against the Spurs

Friday, December 13, 2019

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to avoid a ninth consecutive loss as they battle the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center tonight.  They are coming fresh off a 116-110 loss they took in the hands of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.  The Spurs, on the other hand, won the last two games in overtime as they try to grab the third win tonight.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Cavaliers and the Spurs have met up a grand total of 99 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 31 games while the Texas team went on to grab 68 victories.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Dylan Windler (stress reaction)
-Brandon Knight (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 35.0 FG%, 32.3 3P%)
-Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 34.0 FG%, 32.0 3P%)
-Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Tyler Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 83.3 FG%)
-Dean Wade (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

San Antonio Spurs:

-DeMarre Carroll (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 28.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 58.3 FG%)
-Keldon Johnson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Spurs shot forty-two percent.  Kevin Love got hot for twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also recorded eight rebounds and two assists while Collin Sexton had ten points.  Cedi Osman and Darius Garland combined for 13 points while Tristan Thompson was held scoreless.  Jordan Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, Derrick White scored 11 points on eighty-three percent shooting.  Former Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan helped out with six points to go along with three defensive rebounds.  LaMarcus Aldridge only had two points while Rudy Gay dropped a three-pointer.  Patty Mills played 12 minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the visiting team who went into the locker room with a 54-43 advantage.

The Spurs would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-50 scoring run, shooting sixty-one percent from the field.  During that run, DeRozan and Aldridge combined for 25 points while White had six points.  Gay scored six points, as well, while Lonnie Walker dropped four points in the 13 minutes he played off the bench.

As for the Ohio team, Sexton chalked up 14 points while missing only four of his ten shots attempted.  Love helped out with eight points while grabbing eight defensive rebounds.  Thompson scored only two points while Osman had five.  Clarkson got hot for 16 points in the 15 minutes he played off the bench.

With fifteen seconds remaining in the game, the Spurs would obtain a 103-100 lead.  After coming out of a timeout with only seven seconds left, Kevin Love caught a pass from Jordan Clarkson to bury a 26-foot three-pointer to tie the game up.  After a timeout called by the Spurs, DeRozan would try to respond as he attempted a step back jumper but it would miss as the game went into overtime.

During the overtime period, Sexton and Clarkson both scored four points each while Osman and Love drilled a three-pointer each.  As for the Spurs, it was only Aldridge who showed up as he had six points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cavaliers escaped with a 117-109 win.  Kevin Love finished the game with a season-high 30 points, as well as 17 rebounds, and 2 assists.  DeMar DeRozan settled for 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Wisconsin to battle Khris Middleton (17.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.4 APG, 49.0 FG%, 39.4 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (22-3) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The last time they met up was on November 29 when the Bucks came away with a 119-110 win.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished that game with 33 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Darius Garland had 21 points, 1 rebound, and 6 assists.

The San Antonio Spurs will meet up with Devin Booker (25.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.7 FG%, 40.6 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (11-13) in Mexico City on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of three times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.

The Grizzlies sneak away from the Spurs with a 113-109 victory

The Grizzlies sneak away from the Spurs with a 113-109 victory

The Memphis Grizzlies have had bad luck away from the FedExForum this season as they are 0-3 on the road.  Tonight, they will look to change that as they battle the San Antonio Spurs in Texas.  If they win this evening, it will also put an end to a two-game losing streak.

The Spurs, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a second consecutive loss tonight.  They are coming fresh off of a 135-115 blowout loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday.  This game will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs have met up a grand total of 119 times in the past as the Spurs won 89 games while the Grizzlies came away with only 30 victories.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Grayson Allen (ankle; 7.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 31.4 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
-Bruno Caboclo (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.4 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
-De’Anthony Melton (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Andre Iguodala (personal)
-Yuta Watanabe (G-League)
-Josh Jackson
-John Konchar (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

San Antonio Spurs:

-DeMarre Carroll (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 37.5 FG%)
-Lonnie Walker (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 18.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Keldon Johnson
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be held close as the Spurs shot forty-five percent from the field while the Grizzlies shot fifty-one percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge chalked up 12 points while grabbing two rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing one steal.  DeMar DeRozan helped out with ten points while shooting sixty-two percent.  He also had six rebounds and four assists.

Former Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles had seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Dejounte Murray scored four points while recording six rebounds, one assist, and one block.  Bryn Forbes had a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Patty Mills played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points.

On the other end of the court, Jaren Jackson scored 15 points which included 3 three-pointers.  Dillon Brooks gave 12 points on seventy-one percent shooting while Jonas Valanciunas also shot seventy-one percent from the field, scoring 10 points.  Both Ja Morant and Jae Crowder were kept to just two points each.  Tyus Jones played 11 minutes off the bench as he had two points, as well, but the Grizzlies still went into the locker room with a 57 to 54 lead.

Both teams would still play it close in the second half as the Grizzlies shot fifty percent from the field while the Spurs shot forty-six percent.  Forbes had 11 more points while hitting 3 three-pointers and grabbing one defensive rebound.  Rudy Gay gave ten points while recording six rebounds and two assists.

Aldridge scored seven more points as he got his hands on two rebounds.  DeMar DeRozan was held to just two points on fourteen percent shooting.  Both Dejounte Murray and Trey Lyles were kept scoreless in the second half while Mills had two points.  Derrick White played the most minutes off the bench as he had twelve points.

As for the visiting team, both Jackson and Brooks earned nine points each.  Jonas Valanciunas contributed with eight points and eight rebounds while Ja Morant scored seven more points.  Tyus Jones played 11 minutes off the bench but only had six points as the Grizzlies held on for a 113-109 win.  Jaren Jackson finished the game with 24 points, 6 rebounds, a career-high five assists, one steal, and one block.  LaMarcus Aldridge settled for 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and two steals.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will travel to North Carolina to battle Devonte’ Graham (17.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 7.6 APG, 40.9 FG%, 42.5 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (4-6) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  The San Antonio Spurs will head to Minnesota to take on Andrew Wiggins (25.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47.3 FG%, 33.8 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (6-4) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

The Spurs are able to hold off the Jazz, 110-97

The Spurs are able to hold off the Jazz, 110-97

The San Antonio Spurs are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 21 years.  The last time they failed to make a postseason appearance was back during the 1996-1997 season, a season before they drafted Tim Duncan.  Since then, they have won five championships, the most recent one against the Miami Heat in the 2014 Playoffs.  Right now, they sit at the 13th seed in the Western Conference with a 12-14 record, hoping to grab a second straight win over the Utah Jazz at home.

The Jazz, on the other hand, are trying to make the playoffs for a third straight time, losing the last two in the Western Conference Semifinals; one against the Golden State Warriors and one against the Houston Rockets.  The Utah Jazz will hope to win for a third straight time.

The San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz have battled each other a grand total of 210 times in the past as the Jazz won 94 games while the Spurs went on to win 116 games.  This meeting will mark the second of three matchups between these two ball clubs.  The last time they saw each other was on December 4 when the Jazz blew the Spurs out of the building, 139-105.  Donovan Mitchell finished that game with 20 points, one rebound, 2 assists, and 2 steals while Jakob Poeltl had 20 points, 7 rebound, one assist, and one block.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-Dante Cunningham (abdomen; 4.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 44.7 FG%, 44.2 3P%, 90.0 FT%)
-Pau Gasol (foot; 6.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 51.2 FG%, 57.1 3P%, 72.2 FT%)
-Dejounte Murray (knee)
-Davis Bertans (personal; 7.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 48.0 FG%, 44.9 3P%, 93.3 FT%)
-Lonnie Walker (G-League)
-Ben Moore (G-League)

Utah Jazz:

-Tony Bradley (G-League)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Georges Niang (3.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.0 FG%, 38.2 3P%, 85.7 FT%)
-Tyler Cavanaugh (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The San Antonio Spurs would show dominance in the first half as they shot 50 percent from the field, limiting the Utah Jazz to 36 percent shooting.  DeMar DeRozan, who averaged 20 points a game in his first 9 years with the Raptors, got hot for 16 points in the first half of this contest.  He also had 5 defensive rebounds and 2 steals while LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in with 14 points on 78 percent shooting.  Aldridge used his 6’11” height to his advantage as he pulled down 5 boards and blocked 2 shots from going in.

Brooklyn-native Rudy Gay was kept to just three points in the half while Bryn Forbes was able to cough up four points.  Derrick White scored only two points in the 16 minutes that he played as he attempted just three shots.  Marco Belinelli, who averaged a career-high 14 points last season, played the most minutes off the bench as he scored 8 points, including two 3-pointers in the first.

On the other end of the court, the Jazz’s leading scorer this season, Donovan Mitchell, was kept completely scoreless in the 18 minutes that he played in the first half.  He did manage to grab 3 defensive rebounds while stealing the ball twice from his opponent.  Thabo Sefolosha came off the bench to carry the load as he had 9 points, shooting a perfect 100 percent from the field.  He also had a trey while Rudy Gobert helped out with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block.  Ricky Rubio also had seven points which held a three-pointer in the first period.  Royce O’Neale played 13 minutes off the bench as he had 5 points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a huge 54 to 36 lead.

Mitchell came out of the locker room hot as he lit the floor up with 27 points to make up for his poor performance in the first half.  He shot 53 percent from the field while hitting 3 three-pointers.  Rubio also scored more in this half as he had 19 points, finishing the game out with a total of 26 points.  Gobert added 5 more points to his scoring total while Derrick Favors had only two points, going scoreless in the first session.  O’Neale played the most minutes off the bench as he didn’t even attempt a shot.

As for the 5-time champions, Gay made up for his first-half performance as he had 20 points on 90 percent shooting.  He also had 10 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block while DeRozan saw to it that he got 12 points.  Forbes was able to get it going as he earned 11 points while LaMarcus Aldridge had just six points.  Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Patty Mills played 14 minutes off the bench as he had just a three-pointer but the Spurs were still able to hand the Jazz a 110-97 defeat.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Donovan Mitchell had 27 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will host Deandre Ayton (15.8 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 59.5 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the struggling Phoenix Suns (4-22) on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four times that these teams will battle each other during this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 14 when the Spurs fell to the Suns, 96-116.  During that game, T.J. Warren scored 27 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, gave out 2 assists, and committed 3 steals while DeMar DeRozan finished with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Utah Jazz will visit Oklahoma to take on Paul George (24.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 42.3 FG%, 35.2 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (16-8) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of four matchups between these teams this season.  Last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder won the regular-season series, 3-1, but ended up losing in the first round of those playoffs to the Jazz, 2-4.

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

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

Toronto Raptors:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, completing a 4-0 series sweep

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, completing a 4-0 series sweep

Tonight marked the fourth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  The defending champions have not lost a game yet during these playoffs.  Game 1 of this series would end with a Cleveland victory, 116 to 105.  In that game, LeBron James would score thirty-five points, pull down ten rebounds and dish off four assists.  Kyle Lowry would put up twenty points, two rebounds and eleven assists.  The second game would be a defeat for the Raptors again, as they are handed a 125-103 loss.  LeBron James ended with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and four assists.  Jonas Valanciunas would settle for twenty-three points and five rebounds.  The Cleveland team would win the last game, as well, pulling away with a 115 to 94 win.  LeBron James would chalk up thirty-five points, eight rebounds and seven assists.  DeMar DeRozan would score thirty-seven points, pull down two rebounds and throw out three assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would look to complete a 4-0 sweep tonight as they face the Raptors in the Air Canada Centre.

The game would start off right for both teams as the Raptors would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Cavaliers would shoot fifty percent.  LeBron James would light the floor up with ten points, including one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds, along with three assists.  Kyrie Irving would shoot forty-three percent from the field, only earning six points.  Channing Frye would come off the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  As for the Canada team, Serge Ibaka would chalk up seven points which would hold one three-pointer.  Former Suns player, P.J. Tucker, would put up five points which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for five rebounds while shooting forty percent from the field.  DeMar DeRozan would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to five points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while dishing off four assists as both teams went into the second quarter with a tied game, 28 to 28.  The Ohio team would go on a 33-21 run in the second quarter as Kyle Korver would get hot for sixteen points, earning twelve of them from beyond the arc.  James would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he is rewarded six points in return.  Deron Williams would come off the bench to put up five points, which would include one three-pointer.  On the other end of the floor, Cory Joseph would throw up seven points but it was the Cavaliers who walk into halftime with a commanding 61-49 advantage.

The Toronto team would return the favor as they go on a 31 to 24 run in the third period, shooting fifty-five percent from the field as a team, limiting the Cavaliers to forty-three percent.  DeRozan would chalk up nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He would also give out two assists while Ibaka would also shoot sixty percent, earning himself seven points in return.  As for the defending champions, James would keep his team in it as he adds ten more points to his scoring total, including two three-pointers.  Irving would contribute with seven points and two assists as the Cavaliers would enter the fourth quarter with a 85-80 lead.  The visiting team would finish things off as four-time All-Star, Kyrie Irving, would heat up for eleven points which would hold one three-pointer.  Tucker would try to keep his Canada team in it as he knocks down two three-pointers but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who defeat the Toronto Raptors with a 109 to 102 score, completing the 4-0 series sweep.  LeBron James finished with thirty-five points, nine rebounds and six assists.  Serge Ibaka would finish with twenty-three points, two rebounds and one assist.

The Cleveland Cavaliers destroy the Toronto Raptors, taking 3-0 lead in series

The Cleveland Cavaliers destroy the Toronto Raptors, taking 3-0 lead in series

Tonight marked the third game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the defending champions as they defeat the Raptors, 116 to 105.  In that game, LeBron James finished with thirty-five points, ten rebounds and four assists.  Kyle Lowry would chalk up twenty points, two rebounds and eleven assists.  The Cavaliers would win the second game, as well, beating the Canada team with a 125-103 score.  LeBron James scored thirty-nine points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off four assists.  Jonas Valanciunas would settle for twenty-three points and five rebounds.  The Raptors would look to avoid dropping to 0-3 in the series as they host the Cavaliers in the Air Canada Centre tonight.

The game would start off right for the visiting team as Kevin Love would put up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also grab three rebounds as point guard Kyrie Irving would contribute with seven points and three defensive rebounds.  LeBron James would shoot fifty percent from the field, earning himself six points while J.R. Smith would knock down a three-pointer.  As for the Raptors, Serge Ibaka would throw up eight points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  The first-round pick in the 2011 draft, Jonas Valanciunas, would drop eight points himself, along with two rebounds.  DeMar DeRozan would also contribute with eight points and two assists but it was the Ohio team that ended the first quarter with a 28-24 lead.  The Raptors would return the favor as they go on a 28 to 21 run in the second quarter, shooting fifty-five percent as a team while limiting the Cavaliers to thirty percent.  During that run, DeMar DeRozan would light the floor up with thirteen points, along with one rebound, one assist and three steals.  Norman Powell would contribute to the run with six points, while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Former Thunder player, Serge Ibaka, would score four points while Cory Joseph, P.J. Tucker and Jonas Valanciunas would each collect three rebounds and three assists.  As for the Cleveland team, LeBron James would chalk up ten points which would include one three-pointer.  J.R. Smith, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver would each knock down one three-pointer but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 52-49 lead.

DeMar DeRozan would come out of the locker room hot as he goes off for fifteen points, shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  Norman Powell would contribute with five points, which would include one three-pointer.  On the other end of the court, LeBron James would collect six more points to add to his scoring total.  Kevin Love would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning six points in the process.  Irving would receive six points, along with Kyle Korver’s two three-pointers as the Cavaliers regain the lead, 79-77, at the end of the third quarter.  The visiting team would close things out in the fourth as LeBron James continues to put on a scoring display, dropping thirteen points, including one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for five defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Valanciunas would try to keep his Canada team in it as he puts up ten points but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that destroy the Toronto Raptors, 115 to 94, taking a 3-0 lead in the series.  LeBron James would finish with thirty-five points, eight rebounds and seven assists.  DeMar DeRozan would settle for thirty-seven points (his new Playoff career-high), two rebounds and three assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, taking 2-0 lead in series

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, taking 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked the second game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  Game 1, which was held in Cleveland, would be a 116 to 105 win for the Cavaliers.  In that game, LeBron James would score thirty-five points, pull down ten rebounds and dish off four assists.  Kyle Lowry would finish with twenty points, two rebounds and eleven assists.  The Raptors looked to even the series up as they faced off in Cleveland again.

The defending champions would start the game off on the right foot as they shoot seventy-one percent from the field, limiting the Canada team to forty-two percent.  Kevin Love would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, dropping seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Channing Frye would come off the bench to put seven points, as well, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points which he would all collect from beyond the arc.  As for the other team, Jonas Valanciunas would come off the bench to shoot eighty-three percent from the field, earning himself ten points.  DeMar DeRozan would play for the entire quarter only to be held scoreless as the Cleveland Cavaliers end the first quarter with a 34 to 22 lead.  Cleveland would continue to dominate as LeBron James gets hot for fifteen points in the second quarter, which would contain two three-pointers.  He would shoot seventy-one percent from the field as Kyrie Irving contributes with a three-pointer.  Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye would both come off the bench to put up one three-pointer each.  They would both shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as Valanciunas would continue to drop points, trying to keep his Raptors team in it.  He would chalk up nine points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but it was the home team that entered halftime with a huge 62-48 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as three-time champion, LeBron James, would continue to put on a scoring display as he puts up seventeen points which would hold two three-pointers.  He would shoot eighty percent from the field as Kyrie Irving would get hot for twelve points, which would hold two three-pointers.  Tristan Thompson would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he throws up five points.  On the other end of the court, Serge Ibaka would shoot eighty-three percent from the field as he would chalk up ten points, along with five rebounds.  California-native, Norman Powell, would contribute with six points but it was the Cavaliers who walk into the last quarter with a large 99-73 lead.  The Canada team would attempt to come back as they go on a 30 to 26 run.  During that run, Cory Joseph would come off the bench to light the floor up with eighteen points, collecting six of those points from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot eighty-eight percent from the field as DeRozan would be limited to four points.  Delon Wright would come off the bench to put up four points but it was the Ohio team that closed things out as Iman Shumpert came off the bench to put up nine points.  Channing Frye would contribute with eight points which would contain two three-pointers as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors with a 125 to 103 score, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  In this game, LeBron James would pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the number two scorer in NBA playoff history.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and four assists.  Jonas Valanciunas would finish with twenty-three points and five rebounds.

The Toronto Raptors hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, winning the series 4-2

The Toronto Raptors hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, winning the series 4-2

Last night marked Game 6 between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks in their playoff series.  For the most part, this series has been going back and forth with the Bucks being the favorites to make it out.  In Game 1, the Bucks would beat the Raptors with a 97 to 83 score.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three.  DeMar DeRozan would put up twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  Game 2 would be a win for the Raptors as they pull away with a 106 to 100 win.  DeMar DeRozan scored twenty-three points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three rebounds.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would chalk up twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists.  In the third game, Milwaukee would bounce back as they hand Toronto a 104-77 blowout loss.  Khris Middleton would end up with twenty points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Kyle Lowry would put up thirteen points, five rebounds and two assists.  Delon Wright would settle for thirteen points as well, along with six rebounds and two assists.  The Canada team would bounce back as they defeat the Bucks with a 87 to 76 score.  DeMar DeRozan scored thirty-three points, grabbed nine rebounds and threw out five assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would settle for fourteen points, nine rebounds and four assists.  Greg Monroe would chalk up fourteen points as well, along with nine rebounds and one assist.  The Raptors would win the last game as well, handing the Wisconsin team a 118 to 93 loss.  In that game, Norman Powell would put up twenty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would end up with thirty points, eight rebounds and three assists.  The Milwaukee Bucks looked to survive for another game as they faced the Toronto Raptors in the BMO Harris Bradley Center last night.

The game would start off right for the Toronto Raptors as DeMar DeRozan drops ten points in the beginning quarter, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  The first-round pick in the 2011 draft, Jonas Valanciunas, would come off the bench to collect six points along with four rebounds.  Kyle Lowry would play for ten minutes only to be held to two points.  On the other end of the court, Giannis Antetokounmpo would get hot for fourteen points, shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He would also crash the boards for three rebounds.  Former Pistons player, Khris Middleton, would contribute with six points which would contain one three-pointer but it was the visiting team that ended the first quarter with a 28 to 24 lead.  Things would not get any brighter for the home team as the Raptors spark a huge 23-14 run in the second period.  During that run, DeRozan would put up six points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Former Rockets player, Patrick Patterson, would come the bench to knock down one three-pointer and two free-throws to earn himself five points.  Serge Ibaka would contribute with six rebounds and four points, as he shot twenty-five percent from the field.  Delon Wright would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only collect four points.  As for the Milwaukee team, Matthew Dellavedova would come off the bench to put up six points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Antetokounmpo would only be limited to four points and three rebounds as the Raptors head into halftime with a commanding 51-38 advantage.

Giannis Antetokounmpo would come into the third quarter to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, as he would chalk up nine points, collecting three of those from beyond the arc.  Middleton would contribute with two assists and five points, which included one three-pointer.  Former Cavaliers player, Matthew Dellavedova, would come off the bench to earn five points of his own which held one three-pointer.  As for the Canada team, DeMar DeRozan would chalk up seven points, along with one rebound and three steals.  Kyle Lowry would continue to struggle as he would only score six points in the ten minutes that he played.  Three of those points would come from behind the three-point line as he shot a perfect one-hundred from the field.  Norman Powell, DeMarre Carroll and Serge Ibaka would all contribute with three points, earning them all from beyond the arc as the Raptors walk into the last quarter with a 74-61 lead.  The Milwaukee Bucks would come back as they go on a large 28 to 18 run in the fourth period.  2011 NBA champion, Jerry Terry, would come off the Bucks bench to drop eight points which would contain two three-pointers.  He would also crash the boards for four rebounds, along with one steal and one block.  Antetokounmpo would collect seven more points to add to his scoring total while Middleton knocks down a three-pointer and three free-throws, earning himself six points.

With only two minutes left in the game, the Bucks would eventually lead, 82 to 80.  After a Patterson dunk and a three-point jumper from Cory Joseph, the Raptors would lead again by three.  Jason Terry would connect for a much-needed three-pointer off of a Khris Middleton assist to cut the deficit to two points.  But after DeMar DeRozan successful knocks down three out of his four free-throws, the Toronto Raptors would hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks with a 92-89 victory, winning the series, 4-2.  DeMar DeRozan would finish with thirty-two points, four rebounds and three assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with thirty-four points (his new Playoff career-high), nine rebounds and three assists.