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The Denver Nuggets prove they’re the best with a 95-86 win over the Toronto Raptors

The Denver Nuggets prove they’re the best with a 95-86 win over the Toronto Raptors

The best team in the Eastern Conference and the best team in the Western Conference will meet up tonight to battle it out in a must-see.  The Toronto Raptors will travel to Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.  Neither team has lost more than ten games this season and have yet to lose five or more in a row.  The Raptors are coming off a 128-122 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers while the Nuggets are looking for their third straight victory.

The Toronto Raptors and the Denver Nuggets have battled each other a grand total of 45 times in the past as the Raptors won 18 games while the Nuggets went on to win 27 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 3 when the Nuggets pulled out with a 106 to 103 victory.  During that game, Nikola Jokic scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished off 15 assists, and committed 2 steals while Kawhi Leonard had 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Kyle Lowry (back; 14.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 10.0 APG, 43.6 FG%, 33.0 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Norman Powell (shoulder; 5.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 47.6 FG%, 40.9 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
-Pascal Siakam (back; 14.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.7 APG, 60.4 FG%, 36.7 3P%, 78.4 FT%)
-Jonas Valanciunas (thumb; 12.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 57.5 FG%, 30.0 3P%, 81.9 FT%)
-Jordan Loyd (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Fred VanVleet (back; 9.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.5 APG, 42.5 FG%, 36.7 3P%, 76.9 FT%)

Denver Nuggets:

-Will Barton (hip/core; 16.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 57.1 FG%, 55.6 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Gary Harris (hip; 16.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 43.8 FG%, 32.4 3P%, 79.1 FT%)
-Paul Millsap (foot; 13.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 49.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%, 72.7 FT%)
-Michael Porter (back)
-Isaiah Thomas (hip)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (foot)
-Brandon Goodwin (coach’s decision)
-Tyler Lydon (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Thomas Welsh (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Toronto Raptors would have the slight upper hand during the first half as they connected for 47 percent of their shots while the Denver Nuggets completed 35 percent.  Kawhi Leonard scored ten points in the beginning half while grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing off two assists.  Serge Ibaka also had ten points as he earned three of them from beyond the arc in the second quarter.  New York-native Danny Green chipped in with 7 points while Delon Wright had eight points.  OG Anunoby played nine minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer early in the second period.

On the other end of the floor, Nikola Jokic chalked up ten points of his own while shooting 40 percent from the field.  Jamal Murray, who is averaging 18 points a game this season, was limited to just a trey in the first quarter.  Mason Plumlee would score six points while Juancho Hernangomez was held scoreless.  Monte Morris played the most minutes off the bench but only dropped five points while the visiting team went into halftime with a 47-39 advantage.

The Colorado team would enter the second half with the mindset of completing a comeback, sparking up a 56 to 39 run.  During that run, Murray made up for his poor first-half performance, lighting the floor up with 16 points, knocking down two treys in the process.  He would finish the contest with a total of nineteen points.  Jokic also had 16 points as he collected six rebounds and gave out two assists.

Torrey Craig earned himself eight points while hitting two three-pointers in the third quarter.  Hernangomez would continue to struggle in the game as he only scored two points, all coming from the free-throw line.  Monte Morris played 22 minutes off the bench as he had seven points, including a three-pointer in the third.

As for the Canada team, Leonard stayed hot as he dropped nineteen more points, hitting a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Wright helped out with seven points but it wouldn’t matter as the Denver Nuggets come back from an eight-point deficit to win the game, 95-86.  Nikola Jokic finished the game with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while Kawhi Leonard had 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will host Victor Oladipo (20.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 5.0 APG, 43.4 FG%, 33.6 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (19-10) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This game will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.  The Raptors would win the regular-season series last season, 3-1.

The Denver Nuggets will host Harrison Barnes (17.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.4 3P%) and the Dallas Mavericks (15-12) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the first of three meetings between these ball clubs during this season.  Last season, both the Nuggets and Mavericks tied the regular-season series up at 2 apiece.

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The Denver Nuggets survive the Toronto Raptors, 106-103

The Denver Nuggets survive the Toronto Raptors, 106-103

The Toronto Raptors not only the hottest team in the East but they are also the best team in the league right now, grasping a 20-4 record.  The only teams they have fallen to were the Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, and Boston Celtics.  They will look grab their ninth straight victory as they host the Denver Nuggets.  If they do so, this will tie their all-time longest winning streak which they set last season.

The Denver Nuggets, on the other hand, are hoping to earn their sixth straight win, coming fresh off of a close 113-112 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Nuggets and the Raptors have seen each other a grand total of 44 times in the past as the Nuggets won 26 games while the Raptors were kept to just 18 games.  This game will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will face each other during this season.  Last season, these teams split the season series at one apiece.  Both teams will look to set the tone tonight.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Will Barton (hip/core; 16.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 57.1 FG%, 55.6 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Michael Porter (back)
-Isaiah Thomas (hip)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (foot)
-Brandon Goodwin (coach’s decision)
-Tyler Lydon (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 30.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Thomas Welsh (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 66.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

-Lorenzo Brown (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 37.8 FG%, 22.7 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Greg Monroe (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 51.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Malachi Richardson (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 27.8 FG%, 26.7 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Jordon Loyd (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Norman Powell (shoulder; 5.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 47.6 FG%, 40.9 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
-Chris Boucher (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 66.7 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Denver Nuggets would have complete control in the first half as they shot fifty percent from the field, limiting the home team to forty-three percent.  Nikola Jokic chalked up fourteen points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing off ten assists.  Jamal Murray helped out with twelve points as he was able to drill two three-pointers in the process.  Juan Hernangomez earned himself seven points which included a trey early in the first period.  Malik Beasley played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points including two three-pointers in the second quarter.

As for the Canada team, former San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard got hot for sixteen points on sixty percent shooting.  He also had four defensive rebounds and two assists while Pascal Siakam chipped in eight points.  Kyle Lowry, who is averaging fifteen points a game this season, was held scoreless in the eighteen minutes that he played.  Danny Green had a three-pointer early in the first quarter while Serge Ibaka collected five points, two rebounds, one assist, and one block.  Jonas Valanciunas played ten minutes off the bench as he scored six points while the Nuggets went into halftime with a commanding 59 to 47 lead.

The best team in the league would bounce back, though, as they sparked a 56 to 47 run, shooting forty-nine percent from the field.  During that run, Leonard added eleven more points to his scoring total, including a three-pointer midway through the third period.  Ibaka earned ten more points, along with three defensive rebounds and one assist.  Lowry would still struggle as he was only able to hit a three-pointer and two free throws, ending the game with five points.  Fred VanVleet played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless.

On the other end of the court, both Murray and Jokic scored nine points each.  Murray would go on to collect three defensive rebounds and three assists while Nikola Jokic had six rebounds, five assists, and two steals.  Paul Millsap would only have two points, ending the game with six total.  Beasley played fourteen minutes off the bench as he had seven points which held a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.

DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE:

With only forty-one seconds left, the Raptors would have a 101-100 lead.  Nikola Jokic knocked down a twelve-foot jump shot with forty seconds left to put the Denver team up by one.  After a missed two-pointer and a missed three-pointer by Danny Green, the Raptors would have no choice but to foul after Juan Hernangomez grabs the defensive rebound.  He would make his second free throw after missing the first one, giving the visiting team a 103-101 lead.

Coming out of a timeout with only seven seconds left in regulation, Kawhi Leonard would drill a jump shot to tie the game up at 103 apiece.  After a timeout called by the Nuggets, Serge Ibaka ended up committing a costly foul away from the ball, sending Jokic to the charity stripe.  He was able to knock down his free-throw, giving them another lead.  Once they got the ball back, Leonard would commit the intentional foul, sending Nikola Jokic right back to the line.  He was able to knock down both of his free throws.  With time running out, Kyle Lowry would be forced to attempt a pull-up three-pointer but would not make it as the Denver Nuggets hold on to be the Toronto Raptors, 106 to 103.

FINAL RESULTS:

Nikola Jokic finished the competition with twenty-three points, eleven rebounds, fifteen assists, and two steals while Malik Beasley had fifteen points, two rebounds, and one assist off the bench.  Kawhi Leonard had twenty-seven points, eight rebounds, and two assists while Delon Wright scored nine points off the bench, as well grabbing three rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing two steals.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will travel down to Florida to take on Nikola Vucevic (21.0 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 55.3 FG%, 40.9 3P%) and the Orlando Magic (11-12) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 23 when the Nuggets handed the Orlando team a 112 to 87 loss.  During that game, Trey Lyles scored twenty-two points, grabbed two rebounds, and dished off one assist while Terrence Ross finished with eighteen points and one assist.

The Toronto Raptors will host Joel Embiid (27.0 PPG, 13.4 RPG, 3.5 APG, 46.8 FG%, 30.1 3P%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (17-8) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  The matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 30 when the Canada team escaped with a 129-112 win.  Kawhi Leonard finished that game with thirty-one points, seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals while Joel Embiid had thirty-one points, eleven rebounds, four assists, and one block.

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 Denver Nuggets hand the Golden State Warriors a 115-108 loss

The Denver Nuggets hand the Golden State Warriors a 115-108 loss

The Golden State Warriors were able to avoid a two-game losing streak as they defeated the Sacramento Kings last night, 119-104.  They will hope to capture their second straight win as they battle the Denver Nuggets, who are also looking for their second straight victory.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season as the Warriors are holding on to a 2-1 regular season record against this team.

The Warriors and the Nuggets have played each other a grand total of 177 times in the past as the Nuggets won 95 games while the Warriors won only 82 games.  The last time they faced each other was on January 8 when the Warriors pulled away with a 124 to 114 win.  During that game, Stephen Curry scored 32 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, dished off 9 assists, and committed 2 steals while Nikola Jokic finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.  Gary Harris also had 22 points, along with 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Jordan Bell (ankle; 5.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 66.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
David West (personal; 6.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 60.2 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Omri Casspi (coach’s decision; 6.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 58.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 44.8 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Denver Nuggets:

Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Mason Plumlee (calf; 7.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 58.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 51.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (knee; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be competitive, despite the fact that the Warriors shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Nuggets shot only thirty-nine percent.  Klay Thompson got hot for 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Kevin Durant poured out 13 points while grabbing four defensive rebounds, dishing off six assists, and blocking one shot.  Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry contributed with 12 points which included two three-pointers in the beginning period.  He also had four rebounds, three assists, and two steals while Zaza Pachulia had eight points, five rebounds, and two assists.  Nick Young played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

As for the Nuggets, Will Barton scored 15 points on sixty percent shooting.  Gary Harris helped out with 12 points which included two three-pointers.  Harris would also record four rebounds and two assists while Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic both had five points each.  Jamal Murray would be limited to just three points in the eleven minutes that he played.  The 2015-2016 All-Rookie player Emmanuel Mudiay played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points while the Warriors went into halftime with a tight 56-55 lead.

The Denver team would make a comeback in the second half of the game as they went on a 60-52 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Jokic got hot for 14 points while hitting two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds and one assist while Murray made up for his performance in the first half with 12 points.  Will Barton continued to add to his scoring total by posting up 10 more points.  Trey Lyles played 14 minutes off of the bench as he also had 10 points, along with seven rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the court, Durant got hot for 18 more points as he shot seventy-eight percent from the field.  Curry helped out with 3 three-pointers and three free-throws while Green had only six points.  Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench as he earned five points but it wouldn’t matter as the Nuggets defeat the Warriors with a 115-108 win.  Will Barton finished the game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Kevin Durant had 31 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Golden State Warriors will host Russell Westbrook (25.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 10.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-23) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting between these two teams will mark the second of four times that they will clash with each other this season.  The Warriors and the Thunder have faced off a total of 261 times as the Warriors 117 games while the Thunder pulled 144 wins.  The last time they saw each other was on November 22 as the Thunder handed the Warriors a 108 to 91 loss.  Russell Westbrook finished that game with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals while Stephen Curry had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

The Denver Nuggets will host Kemba Walker (22.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.9 APG, 43 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (22-29) on Monday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.  They have met up a grand total of 55 times as the Nuggets won 27 games while the Hornets won 28 games.  October 25 was the last time they played each as Hornets defeated the Nuggets, 110-93.  Frank Kaminsky finished that game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block while Gary Harris had 18 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Nikola Jokic also finished with 18 points, along with 12 rebounds.

The Pacers pull away with a 126-116 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Pacers pull away with a 126-116 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Indiana Pacers are coming fresh off of a big win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, ending their 13-game winning streak.  They will look to grab their fourth straight win as they host the Denver Nuggets, who are currently trying to earn their second straight win.  This matchup will mark the first of two games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  The Nuggets and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 86 times with both the Pacers and the Nuggets winning 43 games each.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Damien Wilkins (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 42.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Al Jefferson (coach’s decision; 7.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 54.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Darren Collision (knee; 12.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6.3 APG, 45.9 FG%, 37.8 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%)
Alex Poythress (G-League; 0.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

Denver Nuggets:

Nikola Jokic (ankle; 15.5 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 4.6 APG, 51.0 FG%, 40.6 3P%)
Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Monte Morris (coach’s decision)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 30.8 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 40.4 FG%, 34.4 3P%)
Darrell Arthur (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Torrey Craig (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be played closely as the Pacers shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Nuggets shot fifty-two percent. Victor Oladipo scored 15 points in the first half, along with his two defensive rebounds and three assists. Myles Turner ended up with 11 points while hitting a three-pointer late in the second period. Lance Stephenson played 16 minutes off of the bench as he put eight points.

As for the Denver team, Will Barton chalked up 16 points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He added that to the four assists he earned while Wilson Chandler also had 16 points. Emmanuel Mudiay played the most minutes off of the bench but was just kept to a three-pointer as while Denver went into halftime with a 66-59 advantage.

The game would remain competitive as the Pacers shot forty-six percent from the field in the second half while Nuggets ended up shooting forty-two percent. Oladipo continued to impress as he collected 26 more points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the third quarter. Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to four points.

Gary Harris earned 12 of the Nuggets’ 48 points in the second half as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. Trey Lyles would score 18 points off of the bench but thanks to Thaddeus Young’s two free throws, the game would go into overtime. The Indiana Pacers would, however, pull away in overtime with a 126-116 behind a 12 to 2 run. Victor Oladipo finished the game with a career-high 47 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and one block. Trey Lyles had a career-high 25 points, 5 rebounds, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will host Russell Westbrook (22.8 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 9.9 APG, 39 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-13) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Thunder and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 86 times with the Pacers pulling 37 wins while the Thunder had 49 wins.

The last time they met up was on October 25 when the Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Pacers a 114-96 loss.  In that game, Russell Westbrook had 28 points, 10 rebounds, 16 assists, and 3 steals.  Carmelo Anthony had 28 points, as well, along with 10 rebounds, one assist, and 3 blocks.  Victor Oladipo finished the game with 35 points, 5 rebounds, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The Denver Nuggets will travel to Michigan to take on Tobias Harris (18.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48 FG%) and the Detroit Pistons (14-11) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 85 times with the Nuggets winning 36 games while the Pistons ended up winning 49 of them.  This matchup will mark the first of two games that these two teams will play against each other.

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks are dealing with their own struggles as the Cavaliers are still recovering from a difficult four-game losing streak.  The Hawks, on the other hand, are currently in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, their longest losing streak since the 2013-2014 season.  Obviously, winning this game in Cleveland against the Cavaliers would be a huge deal for them.

For this game, the Cavaliers would still be without Isaiah Thomas (hip), along with Iman Shumpert (knee; 6.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.0 APG), John Holland (G-League), Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.4 APG), London Perrantes (G-League), and Jose Calderon (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.7 APG).  The Atlanta Hawks were without Ersan Ilyasova (knee; 5.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 0.8 APG), Josh Magette (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.6 APG), Miles Plumlee (quadricep), Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist; 6.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.0 APG), Nicolas Brussino (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG), Malcolm Delaney (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.5 APG), and Tyler Dorsey (coach decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG).

The Hawks would start the game off right as they shoot a high seventy-two percent from the field, keeping the Cavaliers at thirty-five percent.  Former Heat forward Luke Babbitt scored eight points in the first quarter with six coming from beyond the three-point line.  Kent Bazemore collected seven points in the twelve minutes that he played, six coming from beyond the arc and the other point from the free-throw line.  He also gathered up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while Dewayne Dedmon shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Dennis Schroder received seven points to go along with the seven assists.

Dwyane Wade would warm up as he scores eight points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. LeBron James contributed with six points, two offensive rebounds, and four assists as he played for the entire quarter. Rose shot only seventeen percent from the field while he received four points in return. J.R. Smith was able to knock down a three-pointer but it was the Atlanta team who went into the second period with a 37-28 advantage.

Both teams held it close in the next quarter as the Cavs shot twenty-five percent from the field and the Hawks shot twenty-four percent. Wade would continue to stay hot as he chalks up eleven more points, three coming from behind the arc and four from the charity stripe. He also collected six rebounds while James was kept scoreless in the seven minutes that he played. Love was held to two points but he would get his hands on three rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Isaiah Taylor came off of the bench to deliver six points while Taurean Prince four points and four defensive rebounds. Babbitt played for ten minutes just to be held to three points and two defensive rebounds. John Collins just limited to two points but he would manage to pull down six rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks went into halftime with a 54-45 lead.

The third quarter would still be kept close as the Cavs shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Georgia team shot fifty-six percent. Dennis Schroder would light the floor up with thirteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field. He knocked down a three-pointer in the process while collecting two defensive rebounds. Prince contributed with eight points with six coming from beyond the arc. Luke Babbitt was limited to just a three-pointer in the ten minutes he played.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James would warm up with ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. He dished off four assists while Channing Frye contributed with seven points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  Frye also collected four defensive rebounds while Jae Crowder shot one-hundred percent from the field, earning four points.  Smith was held scoreless while dishing off three assists but it was still the Hawks who ended the third quarter with a 91 to 78 advantage.

The Cavaliers ended up coming back in the fourth quarter as they went on a 37 to 26 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field while holding the Hawks to forty-five percent.  Kyle Korver got extremely hot as he lit the floor with nineteen points on seventy-eight percent shooting.  He earned fifteen of them from beyond the arc while grabbing two rebounds.  James scored ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He did that while grabbing two defensive rebounds, dishing off five assists, committing one steal and blocking one shot.  Wade would be held to just two points in the twelve minutes he played but did manage to grab four rebounds and give out five assists.

As for the Hawks, Schroder chalked up eight points while Bazemore delivered five points, two rebounds, and two assists.  Rookie John Collins ended up with five points, as well, along with two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  The game would come down to the wire but it was still the Atlanta Hawks who escaped with a 117-115 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Dennis Schroder finished with twenty-eight points, three rebounds, and nine assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-six points, five rebounds, thirteen assists, one steal, and two blocks.

The Memphis Grizzlies hand the Los Angeles Clippers a 113-104 blowout loss

The Memphis Grizzlies hand the Los Angeles Clippers a 113-104 blowout loss

The Memphis Grizzlies would hope to avoid a three-game losing streak as they visited California to take on the Clippers at the Staples Center.  Mike Conley and Marc Gasol decided to suit up for this game while the Grizzlies would be without Wayne Selden (quadricep), Andrew Harrison (coach’s decision), Deyonta Davis (coach’s decision), JaMychal Green (foot/ankle), Kobi Simmons (G-League), Ivan Rabb (G-League), Ben McLemore (G-League), and Vincent Hunter (G-League).  The Clippers were without Jawun Evans (coach’s decision), Sam Dekker (coach’s decision), Milos Teodosic (foot), C.J. Williams (G-League), Brice Johnson (G-League), and Jamil Wilson (G-League).

The first quarter would be held close as the Grizzlies shot forty-four percent while the Clippers would shoot forty percent.  Mike Conley ended up scoring eight points while shooting forty-three percent from the field.  Marc Gasol played for ten minutes but was limited to just six points while he gobbled up three defensive rebounds.  James Ennis shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Chandler Parsons came off of the bench to put up four points while Brandan Wright scored two points off of the bench.

As for the Clippers, Blake Griffin warmed up with ten points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Three of those points came from beyond the arc as he collected two offensive rebounds, one defensive rebound, one assist, and one steal.  Austin Rivers contributed to five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Patrick Beverley chalked up five points to go along with his three rebounds while Danilo Gallinari collected two defensive rebounds.  DeAndre Jordan was held scoreless in the ten minutes that he played but managed to grab four rebounds as the Memphis team ended the first quarter with a tight 27 to 25 lead.

The Los Angeles Clippers would try to respond in the next period as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field while holding the Grizzlies to forty-eight percent.  Gallinari ended up posting up six points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  Beverley would also collect six points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Lakers’ Lou Williams contributed with six points, as well, while Griffin scored five points to go along with the three defensive rebounds he grabbed.

On the other end of the court, Mario Chalmers would come off of the Memphis bench to record nine points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Tyreke Evans also came off the bench to deliver seven points while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Mike Conley would knock down a three-pointer and two free-throws while Gasol was kept scoreless in the six minutes that he played.  Even though the Clippers showed signs of life, the Grizzlies still had a 60-56 lead heading into halftime.

The third quarter was kept close as the Clippers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Memphis Grizzlies shot forty-seven percent.  Evans continued to contribute to the Memphis lead as he chalked up nine points, three from behind the arc and the other six from the free-throw line.  Blake Griffin would also help out as he recorded nine points of his own.  Jordan played nine minutes as he scored six points and pulled down three offensive rebounds.  Gasol ended up scoring six points which would include one three-pointer while Mike Conley was held to five points, including one three-pointer.  Dillon Brooks had three defensive rebounds while Patrick Beverley had two defensive rebounds as the Grizzlies maintained an 87 to 80 lead at the end of the third.

The visiting team closed things out in the last period as they shot forty-seven percent from the field while holding the Clippers to thirty-nine percent.  Patrick Beverley warmed up with ten points on fifty percent shooting from the field.  Griffin had three defensive rebounds and six points while Brandan Wright had two defensive rebounds.  Gasol scored nine more additional points, three coming from beyond the arc and four from the charity stripe.  Conley had four points in the closing quarter as the Memphis Grizzlies escaped with a 113 to 104 victory over the Clippers.  Conley finished with twenty-two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal while Griffin ended up with thirty points, eleven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

The Portland Trail Blazers started the game with shooting a high seventy-one percent in the first quarter while limiting the Los Angeles Lakers to forty-four percent.  Ohio-native C.J. McCollum started off hot as he shoots eighty-three percent from the field to earn himself thirteen points.  He collected nine of those points from beyond the arc while Jusuf Nurkic chalked up ten points.  Nurkic also dished off three assists while Damian Lillard had seven points, three from beyond the three-point line and the other four from the charity stripe.  Lillard also gave out the assists while Evan Turner came off of the bench to record two points, three rebounds, and two assists.

As for the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma played six minutes off of the bench as he dropped seven points, shooting sixty percent from the field.  Brook Lopez would contribute with four points but would earn two of them from the free-throw line.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Julius Randle would both come off the bench to also be limited to four points each while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  He would, however, get off two assists but it was still the Portland team who ended the first quarter with a huge 41 to 25 advantage.

The purple-and-gold would respond in the second period with a 37 to 25 run, shooting sixty-three percent while holding the Blazers to forty-two percent.  Former Nets’ center Brook Lopez would start to warm up as he scores thirteen points off of eighty-three percent shooting.  Jordan Clarkson came off of the bench to help out with six points while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing off two assists.  Kuzma continued to work as he put up four points and two defensive rebounds.  Randle came off of the bench to also put up four points to go along with his three defensive rebounds while Lonzo was kept scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Jusuf Nurkic would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Lillard ended up with six points, along with one offensive rebound and two assists.  Former Lakers’ forward Ed Davis came off of the bench to score three points while pulling down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Maurice Harkless was limited to just two points as the Trail Blazers closed out the first half with a 66-62 lead.

The Lakers continued to impress as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team, holding the Blazers at only thirty percent.  Brandon Ingram would decide to warm up with eight points while gobbling up two defensive rebounds.  Caldwell-Pope ended up scoring five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Larry Nance and Brook Lopez would each be held to just three points, both earn one of them from the free-throw line.  Even though Ball was still scoreless in the third quarter, he managed to grab one defensive rebound while blocking two shots.

As for the Oregon team, Damian Lillard continued to contribute as he dropped ten points but only shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from the free-throw line while grabbing two boards.  McCollum helped out with a three-pointer and one free-throw as he gave out two assists.  Caleb Swanigan came off of the bench to give three points while pulling down two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Evan Turner was scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he did grab two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Nurkic recorded two points and two defensive rebounds while the Trail Blazers went into the third quarter with a tight 87-85 lead.

The Lakers continued to shoot at a high rate as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the fourth period while the Portland team shot forty-three percent.  Kyle Kuzma played for the entire quarter as he chalked up nine points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Brook Lopez scored seven points in the quarter, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Corey Brewer was held at two points while grabbing two defensive rebounds while Ball was scoreless.

As for the other team, Damian Lillard scored nine more additional points with three coming from beyond the arc.  He was able to gobble up one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while Nurkic collected six points.  Harkless was held scoreless but he did manage to get his hands on two defensive rebounds.  The game would be tied with fifteen seconds left but Damian Lillard would connect for a 30-foot three-pointer with one second left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Brook Lopez finished with twenty-seven points, three rebounds, and one assist while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless.  Damian Lillard ended up with thirty-two points, six rebounds, and five assists.

The Warriors overcome a slow start as they hand the Spurs a 112 to 92 blowout loss

The Warriors overcome a slow start as they hand the Spurs a 112 to 92 blowout loss

The San Antonio Spurs were trying to avoid a four-game losing streak as they hosted the somewhat-struggling Golden State Warriors.  The Warriors are, however, coming fresh off of a 141-133 win against their rival, Los Angeles Clippers.  For this game, the Warriors would be without Quinn Cook (G-League), along with Kevon Looney, Damian Jones, and Chris Boucher (G-League).  The Spurs would play without Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Tony Parker (quadriceps), Matt Costello (G-League), Darrun Hilliard (G-League) and Joffrey Lauvergne (ankle).

The Spurs would start the game off right as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Warriors shot forty-one percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge would heat up for eleven points as he shot fifty percent in the twelve minutes that he played.  He would connect for two three-pointers in the process while recording one offensive rebound and one assist.  Manu Ginobili shot sixty-seven percent from the field as he received five points in return, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  Kyle Anderson would chalk up four points to go along with the two offensive rebounds and one assist that he recorded.  Pau Gasol would knock down a three-pointer while gobbling up two defensive rebounds.

As for the Warriors, Klay Thompson shot fifty percent from the field to earn eight points, six coming from behind the three-point line.  Stephen Curry contributed as he also scored eight points with six coming from beyond the arc.  Curry would also pull down two defensive rebounds while Draymond Green shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to score four points.

Green also grabbed two rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Kevin Durant was held to just two free-throws in the eleven minutes that he played but he did manage to get his hands on three defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Andre Iguodala was held scoreless off the bench but would commit two steals as the home team went into the second quarter with a 33 to 24 lead.

The Golden State team would respond in the next quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field while holding the Spurs to just thirty-three percent.  Thompson continued to impress as he recorded nine more points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from behind the arc while crashing the boards for two defensive rebounds.  Curry ended up with seven points as he earned three of them from beyond the arc and two from the charity stripe.  Iguodala drilled a three-pointer while Green collected two points, two defensive rebounds, and four assists.  Durant continued to struggle as he was limited to just a three-pointer but he would get two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Anderson helped out with four points, two coming from the free-throw line.  He also gobbled up one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while giving out two assists.  Aldridge cooled down as he was held to just four points which all came from the free-throw line.  He did, however, get ahold of three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while recording one assist and one steal.  Pau Gasol and Danny Green are also limited to just four points while Rudy Gay came off the bench to chalk up two points.  He also grabbed two offensive rebounds as the Texas team went into halftime with a tight 55-50 lead.

The Warriors went on a 34-23 run in the third as they shot fifty-four percent, holding the San Antonio Spurs to forty-four percent.  Kevin Durant would make up for the past two quarters as he goes off for fifteen points while shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  He also connected for a three-pointer while grabbing three defensive rebounds and dishing off one assist.  Green would contribute as he scores eight points with three coming from behind the arc.  Curry was held to just two points in the twelve minutes that he played but did manage to get his hands on four rebounds while throwing out three assists.

As for the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge chalked up nine more points while pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Two-time champion Pau Gasol contributed with four as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also grabbed three defensive rebounds while Gay collected four of his own points.  Dejounte Murray came off of the bench to post up two points and two rebounds as the Golden State team entered the fourth quarter with an 84-78 advantage.

The defending champions would close things out in the last period as they went on a huge 28 to 14 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field while limiting the home team to a low twenty-five percent.  Patrick McCaw came off of the Golden State bench to record nine points with six coming from the three-point line.  Klay Thompson helped out with seven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Durant would put up four more points on one-hundred percent shooting as Stephen Curry was held to two points.  Iguodala was also kept to two points but he did manage to grab four defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Michigan-native Bryn Forbes would come off of the bench to score seven points off of seventy-five percent shooting from the field.  Kyle Anderson ended up with six points with four coming from the charity stripe.  He also pulled down three defensive rebounds but it was the Golden State Warriors who pull out a 112 to 92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.  Klay Thompson would finish the game with twenty-seven points, three rebounds, and two assists while LaMarcus Aldridge finished with twenty-four points, ten rebounds, and two assists.

The Miami Heat sneak away with a 97 to 91 win over the Chicago Bulls

The Miami Heat sneak away with a 97 to 91 win over the Chicago Bulls

The Miami Heat were looking to avoid a four-game losing streak as they hosted the 1-4 Chicago Bulls at the American Airlines Arena.  The Bulls, on the other hand, were coming off a huge 101-69 blowout loss that was handed to them by Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Bulls were without Kay Felder (coach’s decision) for that game, along with Bobby Portis (suspended), Zach LaVine (knee), Antonio Blakeney (G-League), Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League), Cameron Payne (right foot), and Nikola Mirotic (face).  The Heat played without Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision), James Johnson (coach’s decision), Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision), AJ Hammons (G-League), Matt Williams (G-League), Derrick Walton (G-League), and Rodney McGruder (leg).

The Florida team opened things up well as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first quarter while the Chicago Bulls shot thirty-two percent.  Both Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside would score seven points each while they both shot sixty percent in the first quarter.  Whiteside ended up connecting for his second three-pointer of his career while pulling down one offensive rebound and eight defensive rebounds.  Dragic also knocked down a three-pointer while dishing off two assists.

Dion Waiters would contribute with four points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field, giving out five assists in the process.  Josh Richardson played for eight minutes but was limited to only a three-pointer and one defensive rebound.  Okaro White was also held to just a three-pointer but he did manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds.

As for the Bulls, Lauri Markkanen, Robin Lopez, and Cristiano Felicio would end up being held to just four points each.  Markkanen did, however, crash the boards for five defensive rebounds while committing one steal.  Lopez ended up pulling down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while Felicio grabbed one defensive rebound.  Denzel Valentine came off of the bench to drill a three-pointer as Kris Dunn chalked up two points.  Jerian Grant was held scoreless but he would grab one defensive rebound while dishing off one assist but it was the home team who ended the first quarter with a 27 to 17 lead.

The Illinois team would respond back as they go on a 30 to 22 run in the second period, shooting fifty-two percent from the field while holding the Heat to a low thirty-nine percent.  Markkanen heated up for thirteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process while pulling down one offensive rebound.  Lopez shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he gathered up eight points to go along with the two defensive rebounds that he pulled down.

Valentine would continue to struggle off the bench as he shoots only twenty-five percent from the field while scoring two points.  He did, however, pull down two defensive rebounds while Dunn chalked up five points off the bench.  Dunn also collected one defensive rebound and one assist while Justin Holiday was limited to just a free-throw.  David Nwaba played seven minutes only to be held scoreless but he did record three defensive rebounds.

Former Celtics’ center Kelly Olynyk would come off of the Miami bench to chalk up eight points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  He pulled down two defensive rebounds while Whiteside was held to just four points in the seven minutes that he played.  Hassan Whiteside would collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds in the process.  Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, and Justise Winslow would each be held to just two points and one rebound as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a tight 49-47 lead.

During the third quarter of the game, the Miami Heat shot forty percent from the field as the Bulls ended up shooting thirty-two percent from the field.  Robin Lopez scored eight points in the period as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  Nwaba played for ten minutes only to be held at four points but he would manage to grab one offensive rebound and five defensive rebounds.  Both Lauri Markkanen and Justin Holiday were held at two points each as Grant dished off three assists.

As for the South Beach team, Tyler Johnson would shoot sixty percent from the field to earn seven points with three coming from beyond the arc. Dragic ended up with five points while hitting a three-pointer in the process. Whiteside was held at two points as both he and Dragic collected two defensive rebounds each. Dion Waiters would also be limited to just two points but he did manage to get his hands on five rebounds as the Heat went into the last quarter with a 67-64 lead.

The Bulls would try to respond back in the fourth period as they shot forty-six percent from the field, holding the Miami Heat to thirty-seven percent. Jerian Grant ended up with seven points in the fourth quarter, six coming from beyond the arc and one coming from the free-throw line. He also recorded two rebounds and one assist while Markkanen contributed with six points and two defensive rebounds.

But the Heat would close things out as Johnson continued to get hot for ten points, collecting six of behind the arc and the other four from the charity stripe. Goran Dragic helped out with six points, two rebounds, and four assists while Winslow had four points and three defensive rebounds. Bam Adebayo ended up with four points, three rebounds, and two steals as the Miami Heat pulled away with a 97-91 win over their rival, the Chicago Bulls.  Goran Dragic finished with twenty points, five rebounds, and six assists.  Lauri Markkanen would finish with twenty-five points, eight rebounds, and one assist.