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The Mavericks come back to take a 110-102 victory over the defending champions

The Mavericks come back to take a 110-102 victory over the defending champions

The Dallas Mavericks are currently in a bit of a funk as they hope to avoid a third straight loss tonight.  They are coming fresh off of a crushing 106-103 loss to Kristaps Porginzis’ former team, New York Knicks, on Thursday.  The Mavericks will hope to grab a win as they host the Toronto Raptors at the American Airlines Center this evening.

The Raptors, on the other hand, are coming off of a 114-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.  Tonight’s game will wrap up a five-game road trip for them as they go back home for the next two games.  This battle will mark the first of two meetings between the Raptors and the Mavericks this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Mavericks and the Raptors have played each other a grand total of 45 times in the past as the Mavericks won 25 games while the Raptors ended up winning 20 games.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Serge Ibaka (ankle; 14.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 52.4 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Kyle Lowry (thumb; 21.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.5 APG, 47.8 FG%, 42.6 3P%)
-Patrick McCaw (knee; 4.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Dewan Hernandez (coach’s decision)
-Stanley Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Shamorie Ponds (G-League)
-Oshae Brissett (G-League)

Dallas Mavericks:

-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision; 11.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 7.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 51.7 FG%)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)
-Ryan Broekhoff (1.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Raptors would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from his field, keeping the home team at thirty-nine percent shooting.  Both Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet scored 13 points each, both knocking down three treys.  Powell had five defensive rebounds while VanVleet had two defensive rebounds and four assists.

Pascal Siakam helped out with 11 points but shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  He had two three-pointers while recording 4 assists, one steal, and one block.  Three-time All-Star Marc Gasol was held to just six points but drilled a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Matt Thomas played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points.

On the other end of the court, Luka Doncic warmed up with 15 points, missing only three of his seven shots put up.  He also had four rebounds, four assists, and one steal, but ended turning the ball over five times.  Porzingis contributed with eight points while grabbing eight rebounds.  Seth Curry saw to it that he got six points, all of which he earned from beyond the arc.  Tim Hardaway Jr. played 11 minutes off the bench but only recorded four points as the Canada team went into halftime with a 60-53 advantage.

The Texas ball club would take over in the second half as they went on a huge 57-42 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  The Mavericks’ defense limited the Raptors to thirty-seven percent shooting.  During this run, Porzingis added 12 more points to his scoring total while collecting seven rebounds.  Doncic earned 11 points, getting nine of them from the free-throw line.  Delon Wright played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.

As for the Toronto Raptors, Powell and VanVleet combined for 24 more points while OG Anunoby had eight points.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played 15 minutes off the bench but only had six points as the Mavericks came back to take the game, 110-102.  Luka Doncic finished the game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals while Norman Powell also had 26 points, along with 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will host Devonte’ Graham (18.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 39.6 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (5-7) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of four meetings between these two teams this season.

The Dallas Mavericks will host DeMar DeRozan (20.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.8 APG, 51.9 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (5-7) on Monday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the first of four times that these teams will see each other this season.

 

The Magic creep away with a 111-109 victory over the Spurs, handing them their fourth consecutive loss

The Magic creep away with a 111-109 victory over the Spurs, handing them their fourth consecutive loss

The San Antonio Spurs are currently in a funk as they try to avoid a fourth consecutive loss.  They are coming fresh off of a 129-114 loss they took in the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.  With a 1-3 away record, the Spurs will try their hardest to grab a victory tonight as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

The Magic, on the other hand, just defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, 112-97.  With a 4-3 home record, the Florida team will hope to win their fifth game in the Amway Center.  This game tonight will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Spurs and the Magic have played each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Texas team won 43 games while the Magic were held to just 18 victories.

INACTIVES:

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; 3.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.5 FG%)
-Lonnie Walker (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Keldon Johnson (G-League)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

Orlando Magic:

-Khem Birch (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Melvin Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Jonathan Isaac (ankle; 12.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.5 FG%, 35.9 3P%)
-Josh Magette (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-three percent from the field, keeping the home team to thirty-six percent.  DeMar DeRozan got hot for 15 points, missing only three of his ten shots attempted.  He also had one defensive rebound and two assists while Bryn Forbes helped out with 3 three-pointers.  Washington-native Dejounte Murray had eight points while LaMarcus Aldridge was kept scoreless.  Rudy Gay played 12 minutes off the bench as he scored seven points.

On the other end of the court, both Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier earned nine points each, both hitting a three-pointer.  Former New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Al-Farouq Aminu chalked up eight points, including a trey in the second period.  Markelle Fultz had six points which he earned all from the free-throw line.  D.J. Augustin played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Spurs went into halftime with a 56-47 lead.

The Orlando team would come back and take over in the second half as they went on a 64-53 run, shooting forty-six percent from the field.  During that run, Fournier added 17 more points to his scoring total while Nikola Vucevic earned seven points, finishing with ten points.  Fultz had seven more points Terrence Ross threw up 18 points in the 16 minutes that he played off the bench.

As for the visitors, Aldridge made up for his lack of scoring in the first half as he chalked up 13 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds and two blocks while both Jakob Poeltl and Gay had seven points each off the bench.  DeRozan scored six points while Murray had two points.  Derrick White played the most minutes off the bench as he had a three-pointer but it was the Magic who came away with a 111-109 victory.  Evan Fournier finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while DeMar DeRozan had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will host Damian Lillard (30.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.9 APG, 48.2 FG%, 38.6 3P%) and the Portland Trai Blazers (4-8) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 28 when the Spurs crept away with a 113-110 win.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals while Damian Lillard had 28 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.

The Orlando Magic will host Bradley Beal (28.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43.4 FG%, 32.1 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (2-7) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams 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 hand the Warriors their fourth loss this season, 127-110

The Spurs hand the Warriors their fourth loss this season, 127-110

This is the first time in seven years that the Golden State Warriors would have questions about making it as far as the playoffs.  With Kevin Durant in Brooklyn and Klay Thompson out due to injury, it would help at all that Stephen Curry is going to have to miss time, as well.

Curry ended up breaking his hand in the Wednesday matchup against the Phoenix Suns when Aron Baynes landed on it.  With their star players missing, it will be tough for the Warriors to have success during the majority of this season.  Tonight, they will try to prevent a second straight loss as they host the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center.

The Spurs, on the other hand, saw their three-game win streak come to an end as they were handed their first loss of the season last night.  They were defeated by the Kawhi-led Los Angeles Clippers, 103-97.  The Texas team will hope to avoid a second consecutive loss tonight.  This matchup will be first of four times that these teams will see each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs have met up a grand total of 189 times in the past as the Warriors won 74 games while the Spurs grabbed 115 games.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-Keldon Johnson (G-League)
-Dejounte Murray (knee; 13.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

Golden State Warriors:

-Stephen Curry (hand; 20.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 40.9 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Jacob Evans (abductor; 6.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Kevon Looney (neuropathy; 3.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Alen Smailagic (ankle)
-Klay Thompson (ACL)

GAMETIME:

Both teams played with a competitive spirit in the first half, each dropping 20+ points in the first two quarters.  Patty Mills got hot for 16 points on seventy-one percent shooting as he played 11 minutes off the bench.  Rudy Gay ended up giving 10 points off the bench as he planted two three-pointers in the process.  DeMar DeRozan was kept to just six points while LaMarcus Aldridge had eight points.

As for the home team, D’Angelo Russell chalked up nineteen points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had one rebound, four assists, and one block while Jordan Poole contributed with eight points.  Draymond Green had two three-pointers while both Glenn Robinson and Willie Cauley-Stein had two points each.  Maryland-native Damion Lee played the most minutes off the bench but only earned seven points as the Spurs went into halftime with a 57-55 lead.

The San Antonio Spurs took over in the second half as they went on a 70 to 55 run, completing fifty-five percent of their shots.  Mills continued to add to his scoring total as he put up 15 more points, knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had three rebounds and one steal while Aldridge helped out 14 points.

On the other end of the court, Jordan Poole and D’Angelo Russell combined for 23 points but it wouldn’t mean much as the visiting team came away with a 127-110 victory over the struggling Golden State Warriors.  Patty Mills finished the game with 31 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while D’Angelo Russell had 30 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will host Anthony Davis (28.8 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 43.2 FG%, 27.3 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (3-1) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  The Golden State Warriors will host Devonte Graham (16.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 7.6 APG, 45.5 FG%, 51.5 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (2-3) on Saturday at 8:30 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.