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The Milwaukee Bucks hand the Detroit Pistons a 126-106 loss

The Milwaukee Bucks hand the Detroit Pistons a 126-106 loss

Friday, February 21, 2020

 

Before the All-Star break, the Milwaukee Bucks saw their five-game win streak come to an end as they lost to the Indiana Pacers last Wednesday, 118-111.  Coming off of the break, they will hope to start another winning streak as they battle the Detroit Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena tonight.  The Pistons, on the other hand, will try to avoid a fifth straight loss.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 4 when the Bucks defeated the Pistons, 127-103.  During that game, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and blocked 2 shots while Andre Drummond had 23 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Bucks and the Pistons have played each other a grand total of 268 times as the Bucks won 142 games while the Pistons were kept to 126 victories.

INACTIVES:

Milwaukee Bucks:

-Kyle Korver (back; 6.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 41.8 FG%, 40.7 3P%)
-Frank Mason (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 14.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Thanasis Antetokounmpo (2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.4 APG, 56.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Cameron Reynolds (G-League)

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Markieff Morris (coach’s decision; 11.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 45.0 FG%, 39.7 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.1 FG%, 36.4 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Milwaukee Bucks would have complete control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, keeping the home team to just thirty-six percent shooting.  Khris Middleton posted up 20 points while knocking down all four of his three-pointers attempted.  Giannis Antetokounmpo helped out with 19 points while collecting 12 rebounds, dishing off 3 assists, and committing 3 steals.

Brook Lopez had nine points on just thirty-three percent shooting.  He was able to get a hold of one defensive rebound while Eric Bledsoe earned himself eight points.  Bledsoe’s eight points included a three-pointer while Wesley Matthews was kept scoreless.  Robin Lopez played the most minutes off the bench as he had nine points.

As for the Pistons, Christian Wood scored 10 points off the bench while Thon Maker and Derrick Rose combined for 14 points.  Former Bulls’ player Tony Snell contributed with five points while drilling a trey.  Shooting guard Bruce Brown played 15 minutes off the bench but only had two points while the Bucks went into halftime with a huge 70-41 lead.

The Detroit ball club would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 65-56 run, shooting fifty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Brown scored 14 points off the bench while Langston Galloway had 12.  Three-time All-Star Derrick Rose contributed with six points.

On the other end of the floor, Antetokounmpo added 14 points to his scoring total.  George Hill had four points off the bench as the Bucks were able to hold off the Pistons, 126-106.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the game with 33 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, a season-high-tying 3 steals, and one block.  Christian Wood had 18 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Milwaukee Bucks will host Joel Embiid (22.9 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, 46.6 FG%, 33.6 3P%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (34-21) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on February 6 when the 76ers fell to the Bucks, 112-101.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished that game with 36 points, 20 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Tobias Harris had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Detroit Pistons will head to Oregon to take on C.J. McCollum (21.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.6 FG%, 38.3 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (25-31) on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that they play each other this season.

The New York Knicks escape the Detroit Pistons, 95-92

The New York Knicks escape the Detroit Pistons, 95-92

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The New York Knicks have been playing impressive lately as they are currently on a three-game winning streak.  They will look to extend it to four as they battle the Detroit Pistons in Michigan.  The Pistons, who have traded Andre Drummond three days ago, are trying to avoid a second consecutive loss.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these teams will see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 6 when the Pistons handed the Knicks a 122-102 loss.  During that game, Andre Drummond scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed one steal while Julius Randle had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Knicks and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 397 times in the past as the Knicks won 213 games while the Pistons were kept to just 184 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Damyean Dotson (coach’s decision; 6.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 42.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (illness; 6.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 43.5 FG%, 32.6 3P%)
-Maurice Harkless (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 51.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 27.3 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Kenny Wooten (G-League)

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (hip; 11.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 45.0 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (hip; 8.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 43.3 FG%, 42.5 3P%)
-Derrick Rose (groin; 18.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 49.8 FG%, 31.5 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Louis King (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.1 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Brandon Knight (4.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 32.6 FG%, 29.7 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Pistons shot fifty-five percent from the field while the Knicks shot forty-eight percent.  Both Christian Wood and Reggie Jackson dropped nine points which included a three-pointer each.  Wood recorded six rebounds, as well, along with two assists and one steal while Jackson had two rebounds and six assists.

Former Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker helped out with seven points while Bruce Brown had four points.  Tony Snell was held to just a three-pointer but managed to give out an assist, although he had two turnovers.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Elfrid Payton and Taj Gibson had six points each while Julius Randle contributed with five points.  He had a three-pointer while Reggie Bullock knocked down a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Frank Ntilikina played 13 minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a 50 to 48 lead.

The New York Knicks would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 47-42  run.  During that run, Randle scored 12 more points while grabbing four rebounds, giving out two assists, committing a steal and blocking a shot.  As for the Pistons, Jackson scored 11 more points but it was the Knicks who came away with a win, 95-92.  Julius Randle finished the game with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Reggie Jackson had 20 points, 2 rebounds, a season-high-tying 9 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will head to Georgia to take on John Collins (20.1 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 55.8 FG%, 35.4 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (14-39) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 17 when the Knicks blew the Hawks out, 143-120.  R.J. Barrett finished that game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Trae Young had 42 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The Detroit Pistons will host Terry Rozier (18.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.2 APG, 42.0 FG%, 38.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (16-35) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  November 29 was the last time they battled each other as the Pistons fell to the Hornets, 110-107.  During that game, P.J. Washington scored 26 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, gave out 3 assists, and committed 4 steals while Derrick Rose settled for 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Wizards close things out against the Pistons, 106-100

The Wizards close things out against the Pistons, 106-100

Monday, January 20, 2020

 

The Detroit Pistons will look to grab a third straight win today as they battle the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena.  If they win today, it will mark their first three-game winning streak this season.  The Wizards, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss.

Today’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 26 when the Pistons handed the Wizards a 132-102 blowout loss.  During that game, Christian Wood scored 22 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished out three assists, and blocked one shot while Anzejs Pasencniks had 17 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pistons and the Wizards have faced each other a grand total of 295 times as the Wizards won 133 games while the Pistons went on to grab 162 victories.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Thon Maker (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Washington Wizards:

-Rui Hachimura (groin; 13.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48.2 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
-Garrison Matthews (ankle; 6.2 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 46.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Anzejs Pasecniks (ankle; 8.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Admiral Schofield (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 40.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Moritz Wagner (ankle; 11.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 58.1 FG%, 39.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Wizards shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Pistons shot fifty-two percent.  Derrick Rose scored 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Two-time All-Star Andre Drummond helped out with nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had seven rebounds, one assist, 2 steals, and one block.

Tony Snell drained two three-pointers while Sekou Doumbouya recorded four points.  Doumbouya also had two defensive rebounds while Bruce Brown was limited to just a three-pointer.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only scored four points.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal dropped 16 points which included two three-pointers.  Ian Mahinmi contributed 12 points as he missed only one of his six shots attempted.  Isaiah Thomas and Gary Payton combined for five points while Isaac Bonga was kept scoreless.  Davis Bertans played 15 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Washington Wizards went into halftime with a 60-58 lead.

The home team would start to close things out in the second half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field, keeping the Detroit ball club to thirty-three percent.  Beal added to his scoring total with 13 points on forty-five percent shooting.  Mahinmi dropped nine points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting, including a three-pointer.  Troy Brown played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

As for the Pistons, Tony Snell chalked up ten points which contained two three-pointers in the third period.  Drummond and Rose combined for 17 points.  Svi Mykhailuk played 13 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the Wizards who pulled out a 106-100 victory.  Bradley Beal finished the game with 29 points, one rebound, six assists, and one steal while Derrick Rose had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will host Buddy Hield (20.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.8 FG%, 36.6 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (15-27) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two teams will see each other this season.

The Washington Wizards will head to South Florida to battle Jimmy Butler (20.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 26.5 3P%) and the Miami Heat (29-13) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  It will be the third of four times that these ball clubs will battle it out this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 30 when the Heat fell to the Wizards, 123-105.  Jordan McRae finished that game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Butler had 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Philadelphia 76ers hand the Chicago Bulls a 100-89 loss

The Philadelphia 76ers hand the Chicago Bulls a 100-89 loss

Saturday, January 18, 2020

 

The Philadelphia 76ers are coming fresh off of a 117-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.  Tonight, they will look to grab a second straight win as they host the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center.  This will be the last game the 76ers play at home before going on a three-game road trip.

The Chicago Bulls are looking to grab a second consecutive victory, as well.  They have just recently defeated the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of three times that these two teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls have played each other a grand total of 244 times in the past as the 76ers won 128 games while the Bulls were limited to just 116 victories.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

-Wendall Carter (ankle; 11.7 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Daniel Gafford (finger; 4.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 67.7 FG%)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Max Strus (knee; 2.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Shaquille Harrison (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.6 FG%, 39.2 3P%)
-Adam Mokoka (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Joel Embiid (finger; 23.4 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47.2 FG%, 32.2 3P%)
-Jonah Bolden (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Trey Burke (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 47.9 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
-Shake Milton (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 38.1 FG%, 22.7 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 2.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 60.0 FG%)
-Zhaire Smith (G-League)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Bulls shot forty-five percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-two percent.  Lauri Markkanen scored 12 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  He also had one rebound, two steals, and one block while Zach LaVine helped out with 11 points.

Former New York Knicks’ forward Luke Kornet chalked up five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the charity stripe.  Tomas Satoransky only had two points while Kris Dunn was kept scoreless.  Thaddeus Young played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points.

As for the home team, Ben Simmons chalked up 12 points on fifty-four percent shooting.  He also had seven rebounds and one assist while Al Horford and Tobias Harris combined for 16 points.  Matisse Thybulle had four points and two blocks while Josh Richardson was limited to two points.  Furkan Korkmaz played nine minutes off the bench as he had six points while the Bulls went into halftime with a 47-46 lead.

The Philadelphia 76ers would take control of things in the second half as they went on a 54 to 42 run, shooting fifty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Horford added 11 more points to his scoring total while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Simmons helped out with eight points as he grabbed four boards, dished out six assists, and committed one steal.  Korkmaz played 17 minutes off the bench as he had 18 points.

On the other end of the court, LaVine put up 12 more points but it wasn’t enough as the 76ers came away with a 100-89 win.  Furkan Korkmaz finished the game with a career-high 24 points, along with 4 rebounds and one block while Zach LaVine had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will host Collin Sexton (18.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.4 FG%, 32.6 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-29) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 30 when the Bulls fell to the Cavaliers, 117-111.  During that game, Tristan Thompson scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out two assists, and blocked 5 shots while Zach LaVine had 16 points, 2 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will head to New York to battle Julius Randle (19.0 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.2 FG%, 29.4 3P%) and the New York Knicks (11-31) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they fight each other this season.  November 29 was the last time they played each other as the 76ers handed the Knicks a 101-95 loss.  Joel Embiid finished that game with 27 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks while Julius Randle had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Detroit Pistons get by the Boston Celtics, 116-103

The Detroit Pistons get by the Boston Celtics, 116-103

Thursday, January 16, 2020

 

The Detroit Pistons are looking to avoid a fourth straight loss as they battle the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden tonight.  This will mark the first of a three-game road trip to the Pistons.  The Celtics, on the other hand, will look to grab a third straight victory.  They are coming fresh off of a 113-101 win against the Chicago Bulls.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of three times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 20 when the Celtics handed the Pistons a 114-93 loss.  During that game, Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot while Thon Maker had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pistons and the Celtics have played each other a grand total of 423 times in the past as the Celtics grabbed 266 wins while the Pistons were limited to just 157 victories.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Jordan Bone (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (spine; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Louis King (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)

Boston Celtics:

-Jayson Tatum (knee; 21.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.8 APG, 42.9 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-Carsen Edwards (G-League; 3.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 30.5 FG%, 30.5 3P%)
-Robert Williams (hip; 3.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 67.3 FG%)
-Tremont Waters (G-League; 4.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
-Tacko Fall (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 72.7 FG%)

GAMETIME:

Both teams played with a competitive spirit in the first half as the Pistons shot sixty-two percent from the field while the Celtics shot fifty-two percent.  Markieff Morris got hot for 17 points off the bench as he knocked down 3 three-pointers.  He only missed one of his seven shots attempted while Sekou Doumbouya had 12 points which included a trey.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Derrick Rose contributed with 10 points while giving out 4 assists and blocking one shot.  Andre Drummond had four points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  He also had 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.  Svi Mykhaililuk played the most minutes off the bench but only had seven points.

As for the home team, Jaylen Brown chalked up 17 points while drilling 3 three-pointers.  He also had six rebounds and one assist while Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker combined for 22 points.  Daniel Theis helped out with seven points along with three offensive rebounds and three assists.  Brad Wanamaker played 12 minutes off the bench as he had seven points while the Celtics went into halftime with a tight 59-57 lead.

The Michigan ball club would decide to take over and close things out in the second half as they went on a 59 to 44 run.  During that run, both Rose and Doumbouya scored 12 points each while Drummond earned nine more points.  Drummond had eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block to go along with it.  Mykhailiuk played 16 minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.

On the other end of the court, Hayward scored 13 points while Walker and Tatum combined for 16 points.  Wanamaker dropped two points off the bench but it was the Pistons who came away with a 116-103 win.  Sekou Doumbouya finished with a season-high 24 points, along with two rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Gordon Hayward had 25 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will travel to Georgia to battle Trae Young (29.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 8.5 APG, 44.2 FG%, 36.9 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (9-32) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 22 when the Hawks fell to the Pistons, 128-103.  Blake Griffin finished that game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block while DeAndre Bembry had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals.

The Boston Celtics will go to Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.0 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 5.5 APG, 55.4 FG%, 33.2 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (36-6) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  October 30 was the last time they saw each other as the Celtics came away with a 116-105 win.  During that game, Kemba Walker scored 32 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished off 6 assists while Khris Middleton had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.

The Cavaliers hold the Pistons off in overtime, 115-112

The Cavaliers hold the Pistons off in overtime, 115-112

Friday, January 10, 2020

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently on a five-game losing streak, trying to avoid a sixth consecutive loss tonight.  They will hope to do that as they travel to Michigan to take on the Detroit Pistons.  This will mark the first of a six-game road trip that they will be going on.

The Pistons, on the other hand, are trying to defeat the Cavaliers for a second straight time, giving them a second straight win.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was just two days ago when the Pistons crept away with a 115-113 win.  Derrick Rose finished that game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal while Kevin Love had 30 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Cavaliers and the Pistons have met up a grand total of 241 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 106 games while the Pistons went on to grab 135 victories.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Dante Exum (illness; 5.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 55.2 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Larry Nance (knee; 8.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 49.2 FG%, 33.7 3P%)
-Kevin Porter (knee; 8.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 43.9 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
-Dylan Windler (leg)
-John Henson (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 54.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Dean Wade (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Levi Randolph (G-League)
-Tyler Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 83.3 FG%)

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (foot; 10.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 3.5 APG, 39.3 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Louis King (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%

GAMETIME:

The Detroit Pistons would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Cleveland Cavaliers shot fifty percent.  Two-time All-Star Andre Drummond got hot for 20 points while collecting 13 rebounds.  Tony Snell contributed with nine points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.

Derrick Rose dropped seven points off the bench while recording three rebounds and two assists.  Bruce Brown and Sekou Doumbouya combined for eleven points while Svi Mykhailiuk had just a three-pointer.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.

On the other end of the court, Cedi Osman chalked up eleven points on seventy-one percent shooting.  Tristan Thompson had nine points while grabbing five boards, giving out one assist, and blocking one shot.  Both Collin Sexton and Darius Garland scored eight points each while Kevin Love had just seven points.  Brandon Knight played 12 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Pistons went into halftime with a 61-50 lead.

The visiting team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 52-41 run, shooting fifty-two percent from the field.  During that run, Thompson lit the arena up with 22 points, missing only four of his 14 shots attempted.  He also had nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, and a block while Garland gave 10 points, included two treys.  Sexton and Love scored a combined 14 points while Cedi Osman was held scoreless.

As for the Michigan ball club, Andre Drummond had eight points while Doumbouya scored three points from beyond the arc.  Former Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose played 19 minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.

DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE:

The game would be tied at 100 with one minute and twelve seconds remaining.  Derrick Rose would then make a two-point jumper to give the Pistons a lead.  With 24 seconds left, Andre Drummond would commit a costly foul on Tristan Thompson.  As a result, Thompson went to the free-throw line and knocked both of his free-throws.  With the game tied at 102 apiece and one second remaining, Rose would attempt a step back jump shot but missed as the game went into overtime.

During overtime, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot seventy-one percent from the field, missing just two shots.  The Detroit Pistons, on the other hand, completed forty-five percent of their shots, missing six.

With thirty-nine seconds left in the extra period, the game would be tied at 110 apiece.  After a blocked layup by Thon Maker, the Cavaliers would grab the offensive rebound which led to Kevin Love knocking down a clutch three-pointer to give the visitors a three-point lead.

After a Pistons timeout, Derrick Rose committed a costly turnover which was recovered by Alfonzo McKinnie.  With sixteen seconds left, Tristan Thompson took the ball and dunked it to push the lead to five.  After that, Thon Maker responds with a layup, making the score 115-112.

After a Cavaliers timeout, Cedi Osman made a bad pass which was recovered by Drummond.  With three seconds left, Rose would attempt a three-pointer but missed as the Cavaliers held on to win the game, 115-112.  Tristan Thompson finished the game with a career-high 35 points, along with 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 3 blocks while Andre Drummond had 28 points, 23 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will head to Colorado to take on Nikola Jokic (19.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.8 FG%, 32.7 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (26-11) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Detroit Pistons will host Zach LaVine (23.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.0 APG, 43.1 FG%, 39.2 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-25) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 21 when the Bulls handed the Pistons a 119-107 loss.  LaVine finished that game with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Markieff Morris had 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

Thursday, January 2, 2020

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to start the new year off right as they try to come up with a win against the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Staples Center.  The Lakers are one of the four teams in the league who have managed to stay under 10 losses this season.  With a victory tonight, they will be able to push their regular season record to 27-7.

The Suns, on the other hand, are hoping to achieve their third straight win as they play their fourth and final game on this four-game road trip.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will see one another this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 12 when the Lakers escaped with a 123-115 win.  Anthony Davis finished that game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Devin Booker had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Lakers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 312 times in the past as the Suns won 131 games while Lakers came away with 181 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision; 4.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.3 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 39.3 FG%, 52.6 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Devontae Cacok (G-League)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to just thirty-eight percent.  Anthony Davis got hot for 19 points, missing only one of his nine shots attempted.  He was able to hit a three-pointer in the process while Avery Bradley dropped 14 points.

LeBron James chalked up ten points while recording six rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and a block.  Former Spurs’ shooting guard Danny Green scored seven points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma played 13 minutes off the bench as he had eleven points.

On the other end of the court, Devin Booker scored 17 points on fifty-four percent shooting.  He also had four assists and one rebound while Kelly Oubre helped out with 11 points.  Oubre was able to drill two three-pointers in the second period while Dario Saric and Aron Baynes combined for six points.  Deandre Ayton played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points as the Lakers went into halftime with an incredibly huge 43-17 advantage.

The Suns would not give in as they went on a 66-43 run coming out of the break.  During that run, Kelly Oubre threw up 15 points while grabbing four rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing three steals.  He also had a three-pointer while Booker had 15 points on his own, hitting a three-pointer, as well.  Ayton played the most minutes off the bench as he put up 14 points.

As for the Lakers, James got hot for 21 points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also recorded seven rebounds and two assists while Davis had seven points.  Kuzma scored eight points off the bench as the Lakers were able to hold off the Suns, 117-107.  LeBron James finished the game with 31 points, a season-high-tying 13 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, and one block while Devin Booker settled for 32 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Julius Randle (18.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.7 FG%, 29.1 3P%) and the New York Knicks (9-24) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Brandon Ingram (25.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 49.1 FG%, 40.9 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (11-23) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they see each other this season.  November 27 was the last time they played each other as the Lakers came away with a 114-110 win.  During that game, Anthony Davis scored 41 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block while Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

The Utah Jazz blow the Detroit Pistons out of the building, 104-81

The Utah Jazz blow the Detroit Pistons out of the building, 104-81

The Utah Jazz are looking to grab a third straight victory tonight as they battle the Detroit Pistons at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.  They are coming fresh off a 120-107 win they took over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.  The Pistons, on the other hand, are recovering from a 136-109 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, as well.  Tonight will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Jazz and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 98 times in the past as the Jazz won 63 games while the Pistons were limited to 35 wins.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knees; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (foot; 10.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 41.1 3P%
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Utah Jazz:

-Mike Conley (hamstring; 13.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.6 APG, 36.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%)
-Ed Davis (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.3 FG%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The game would be competitive in the first half as the Jazz shot thirty-three percent from the field while the Pistons shot thirty-seven percent.  Donovan Mitchell scored 11 points but missed seven of his ten shots attempted.  He did have a three-pointer, though, while Rudy Gobert recorded six points and 11 rebounds.  Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale combined for just five points while Bojan Bogdanovic contributed with six points.  Newly-acquired player Jordan Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench as he had nine points.

On the other end of the floor, Derrick Rose chalked up 11 points off the bench on fifty-percent shooting.  Andre Drummond was limited to just six points but managed to record 7 rebounds, one assist, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.  Svi Mykhailiuk also scored six points while Tony Snell had two points.  Christian Wood played 11 minutes off the bench but only had three points as the Pistons went into the locker room with a 40-39 lead.

The Utah Jazz would go on a huge 65 to 41 run to close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field.  During that run, Mitchell collected 12 more points to add to his scoring total while Bogdanovic had 11 points.  Gobert scored seven more points, finishing with 13 for the night.  Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench as he had 11 points.

As for the visiting team, both Mykhailiuk and Drummond scored nine points each while Derrick Rose also had nine points off the bench.  Wood played 16 minutes off the bench but only chalked up eight points as the Jazz handed the Pistons a blowout loss, 104-81.  Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Derrick Rose had 20 points, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will head to California to battle Kawhi Leonard (25.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 5.1 APG, 45.5 FG%, 36.9 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (23-11) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that they will play each other this season.

The Utah Jazz will go to Illinois to take on Zach LaVine (23.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 43.1 FG%, 39.6 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-20) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that these ball clubs will see each other this season.

The Houston Rockets fall to the Detroit Pistons, 115 to 107

The Houston Rockets fall to the Detroit Pistons, 115 to 107

Sunday, December 15, 2019

 

The Houston Rockets are coming off back-to-back victories where James Harden made history:  He became the first player in league history to record back-to-back 50-point games with ten triples.  The Rockets will look to thrive off that as they host the Detroit Pistons tonight at the Toyota Center.

The Pistons, on the other hand, are looking to avoid a second straight loss as they are coming off a 122-111 defeat they took in the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday in Mexico.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will meet up this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Houston Rockets and the Detroit Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 140 times in the past as the Pistons won 72 games while the Rockets were kept to 68 wins.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Andre Drummond (illness; 17.7 PPG, 16.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, 54.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.9 APG, 20.9 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Sekou Doumbouya (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

-Tyson Chandler (illness; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 76.5 FG%)
-Eric Gordon (knee; 10.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.9 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-NeNe (abductor)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 68.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Thabo Sefolosha (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 34.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Russell Westbrook (rest; 22.5 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 7.3 APG, 42.5 FG%, 23.3 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

Both teams would keep the game competitive in the first half as they shot forty-five percent from the field each.  James Harden, who is averaging 39 points per game this season, scored 14 points on forty-two percent shooting.  He was able to bury two shots from beyond the arc while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out seven assists.

Clint Capela helped out with 12 points while missing only one of his seven shots attempted.  He also had ten rebounds and one block while Danuel House and Ben McLemore had four points each.  Former Suns’ player P.J. Tucker drilled a three-pointer in the second period while Austin Rivers had six points off the bench.

As for the visiting team, Luke Kennard got hot for 18 points while hitting four three-pointers.  Tony Snell drilled 3 three-pointers to give himself nine points in the first half.  Both Blake Griffin and Thon Maker scored just two points each while Bruce Brown had five points.  Christian Wood played the most minutes off the bench but only had three points as the Michigan team went into the locker room with a 62-52 advantage.

The Pistons would close things out in the second half as they shot forty-four percent from the field, keeping the Rockets at thirty-five percent.  Derrick Rose, who scored eight points in the first half, added 12 more points in the second half while Brown contributed with 11 points.  Griffin would be held scoreless while Markieff Morris dropped 10 points off the bench.

On the other end of the court, James Harden scored 25 points, which included two three-pointers.  McLemore put up nine points while Rivers had eight points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Pistons came away with a 115-107 victory.  Luke Kennard finished the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying one block while James Harden had 39 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will host Bradley Beal (27.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.0 APG, 44.8 FG%, 33.0 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (7-16) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 4 when the Wizards came away with a 115-99 victory.  During that game, Beal scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and committed a steal while Luke Kennard had 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Houston Rockets will host DeMar DeRozan (21.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.8 APG, 50.6 FG%, 35.7 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (9-15) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  December 3 was the last time they played each other as the Rockets lost in double overtime, 135-133.  James Harden finished the game with 50 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals while Lonnie Walker settled for 28 points, 4 rebounds, three steals, and one block.

The 76ers snuck away with a 97 to 92 victory over the Nuggets

The 76ers snuck away with a 97 to 92 victory over the Nuggets

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Tonight’s matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers will mark the last game of a tough four-game road trip for the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets lost all but one game on this road trip with their only victory coming against the New York Knicks on December 5. They are coming fresh off a 105-102 loss against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

The 76ers, on the other hand, are hoping to grab a third consecutive win tonight, coming off of a 110-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Tonight’s meeting will mark the second and final matchup against these two teams this season. The last time they battled each other was on November 8 when the Nuggets crept away with a 100-97 win. Nikola Jokic finished that game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Joel Embiid had 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The 76ers and the Nuggets have played each other a grand total of 89 times in the past as the Nuggets won 39 games while the 76ers came away with 50 victories.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Vlatko Cancar (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Bol Bol (G-League)
-P.J. Dozier (G-League)

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Zhaire Smith (leg)
-Trey Burke (coach’s decision; 7.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 43.1 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
-Shake Milton (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.3 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
-Kyle O’Quinn (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 53.5 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 66.7 FG%)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)
-Jonah Bolden (1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:
The game would be competitive in the first half as the 76ers shot forty-four percent from the field while the Denver team shot forty percent. Joel Embiid scored 14 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and one block. Tobias Harris helped out with ten points which included a three-pointer early in the second period.

The 2017-2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons chalked up seven points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Both Al Horford and Josh Richardson were held scoreless but Horford was able to record four rebounds. Furkan Korkmaz played the most minutes off the bench but scored only six points.

On the other end of the court, Will Barton put up 15 points while knocking down a three-pointer. He also had three rebounds, three assists, a steal, and 2 blocks while Gary Harris earned himself eight points. Paul Millsap and Jokic Nikola combined for ten points while Jamal Murray was held scoreless. Monte Morris played 14 minutes off the bench but only had five points while 76ers went into halftime with a slim 55-50 lead.

The contest would remain competitive in the second half as both teams scored 42 points each. Both Barton and Jokic had eleven points each while Barton collected four rebounds, four assists, and one steal. Jokic recorded three rebounds and five assists while both of them had a three-pointer each.

Gary Harris helped out with six points and three assists while Paul Millsap had four points. Michigan-native Monte Morris played 16 minutes off the bench but only had two points, which he earned in the third quarter.

As for the Pennsylvania ball club, Horford and Harris combined for 21 points while they had a three-pointer each. Horford was able to grab five rebounds and record an assist and steal while Harris had five rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block. Simmons was kept scoreless but it wouldn’t matter as the 76ers crept away with a 97-92 victory. Joel Embiid finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, a season-high-tying six assists, 2 steals, and a block. Will Barton settled for a season-high 36 points, along with 7 rebounds, 7 assists, a season-high-tying two steals, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will host Damian Lillard (26.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 7.4 APG, 44.3 FG%, 35.0 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (9-15) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on October 23 when the Trail Blazers fell to the Nuggets, 108-100. Nikola Jokic finished that game with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists while Damian Lillard had 32 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will head up north to battle Kemba Walker (21.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.1 APG, 42.0 FG%, 40.3 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (17-5) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second of four times that these see each other this season. October 23 was the last time they played each other as the 76ers handed the Celtics a 107-93 loss. During that game, Ben Simmons scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished out nine assists while Gordon Hayward had 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.