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The Suns hold off the Magic, 98-94

The Suns hold off the Magic, 98-94

Saturday, January 11, 2020

 

The Orlando Magic are looking for their third straight victory as they take on the Phoenix Suns tonight in Arizona.  This will be the first game of their six-game road trip but it will tough, considering the 5-12 road record they are currently holding.  Coming off a huge 123-89 win against the Wizards on Wednesday, they will hope to use that as motivation.

The Suns, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 4 when the Magic came away with a 128-114 win.  During that game, Aaron Gordon scored 32 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal while Frank Kaminsky had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Magic and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 60 times as the Magic won 25 games while the Suns won 35 games.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-D.J. Augustin (knee; 10.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.8 APG, 39.5 FG%, 35.1 3P%)
-Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder; 5.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.6 FG%, 23.3 3P%)
-Aaron Gordon (calf; 13.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 41.0 FG%, 27.1 3P%)
-Jonathan Isaac (knee; 12.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.3 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
-B.J. Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Melvin Frazier (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 35.3 FG%, 57.1 3P%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 36.6 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Suns would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while their defense kept the visiting team to forty-percent shooting.  Devin Booker scored 16 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Former Washington Wizards’ forward Kelly Oubre helped out with 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.

Aron Baynes chalked up six points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He recorded two rebounds and one assist while both Dario Saric and Ricky Rubio earned four points each.  Deandre Ayton played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.

As for the Magic, Evan Fournier had 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Markelle Fultz contributed with 12 points while grabbing two rebounds, dishing out three assists, and committing one steal.  Nikola Vucevic and Khem Birch combined for 11 points while Wes Iwundu was held scoreless.  Terrence Ross played 15 minutes off the bench as he had 12 points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 58-48 lead.

The Florida team would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 46-40 run.  During that run, Fournier and Vucevic combined for 27 points while Fultz had three points.  On the other end of the court, Kelly Oubre had nine more points as the Suns went able to come away with a 98-94 win.  Devin Booker finished the game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a season-high 3 steals while Evan Fournier had 28 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will head to California to take on Buddy Hield (20.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.4 FG%, 37.2 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (15-23) on Monday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.

The Phoenix Suns will host Devonte Graham (18.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 7.8 APG, 37.6 FG%, 38.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (15-25) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other during this season.  December 2 was the last time that they saw each other as the Hornets fell to the Suns, 109-104.  Devin Booker finished that game with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and one block while Marvin Williams settled for 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The Phoenix Suns fall to the Memphis Grizzlies, 121-114

The Phoenix Suns fall to the Memphis Grizzlies, 121-114

Monday, January 6, 2020

 

The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off a huge win against the Los Angeles Clippers last night, 140-114, a season-high in points for the Grizzlies.  They will look to use that victory as the motivation to take down the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Suns, on the other hand, have recently defeated the New York Knicks on Friday.  Tonight’s battle will mark the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 11 when the Suns fell to the Grizzlies, 115-108.  Dillon Brooks finished that game with 27 points, 3 rebounds, one assist and two steals while Frank Kaminsky had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Grizzlies and the Suns have played each other a grand total of 94 times in the past as the Suns won 59 games while the Grizzlies were kept to just 35 victories.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Andre Iguodala (undisclosed)
-Bruno Caboclo (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.0 3P%)
-Marko Guduric (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 37.0 FG%, 28.1 3P%)
-Yuta Watanabe (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Josh Jackson (G-League)
-John Konchar (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 36.6 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision, 4.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 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%)

GAMETIME:

The Grizzlies would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-five percent from the field while the Suns shot fifty-one percent.  Former Raptors’ center Jonas Valanciunas got hot for 20 points while missing only one of his nine shots attempted.  He also had 3 three-pointers while Dillon Brooks scored 13 points which included 3 three-pointers, as well.

Jaren Jackson chalked up seven points but shot only thirty-seven percent from the field.  He was able to knock down a three-pointer in the second quarter while rookie Ja Morant had five points.  Jae Crowder was held scoreless but managed to record three rebounds and one assist.  Tyus Jones played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Devin Booker scored 18 points on seventy-seven percent shooting.  He also had one defensive rebound and three assists while Kelly Oubre and Ricky Rubio combined for 13 points.  Deandre Ayton contributed with eight points while Aron Baynes had four points.  Mikal Bridges played 14 minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Grizzlies went into halftime with a 62-57 advantage.

The visiting team would look to close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Suns to thirty-nine percent shooting.  Valanciunas added 10 more points to his scoring total while grabbing 5 boards and blocking two shots.  Morant helped out with eight points while Brandon Clarke scored four points in the 10 minutes he played off the bench.

As for the home team, Booker got hot for 22 points while Oubre had nine points.  Bridges played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Memphis team that came away with a 121-114 victory.  Jonas Valanciunas finished the game with 30 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks while Devin Booker had 40 points, 2 rebounds, and six assists.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will host Andrew Wiggins (24.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.3 APG, 44.6 FG%, 32.6 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-21) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third and final time that they play each other this season.  December 1 was the last time they saw each other as the Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves, 115-107.  During that game, Dillon Brooks scored 26 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Phoenix Suns will host Buddy Hield (20.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.4 FG%, 36.8 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (13-23) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these teams will fight each other this season.  The last time they met up was on December 28 when the Suns crept away with a 112-110 win.  Devin Booker finished that game with 32 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals while Buddy Hield had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

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 Phoenix Suns spoil the Sacramento Kings’ late comeback attempt, 112-110

The Phoenix Suns spoil the Sacramento Kings’ late comeback attempt, 112-110

Sunday, December 29, 2019

 

The Sacramento Kings are in danger of reaching their longest losing streak this season as they try to avoid a sixth straight loss.  They will hope to do that as they host the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Golden 1 Center.  The Suns, on the other hand, are dealing with struggles of their own as they are trying to end an eight-game losing streak.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings have battled each other a grand total of 251 times in the past as the Kings won 105 games while the Suns went on to achieve 146 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Deandre Ayton (ankle; 18.0 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 54.5 FG%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 38.2 FG%, 31.1 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Sacramento Kings:

-Marvin Bagley (foot; 13.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 45.9 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-De’Aaron Fox (back; 17.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 46.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Trever Ariza (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.4 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
-Dewayne Dedmon (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.9 FG%, 22.9 3P%)
-Harry Giles (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.0 FG%)
-Caleb Swanigan (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Kyle Guy (G-League)
-DaQuan Jeffries (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Suns would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Kings shot forty-four percent.  Kelly Oubre chalked up 15 points while grabbing ten rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and committed 2 steals.  He also had a three-pointer while Devin Booker helped out with 14 points, a rebound, five assists, and one steal.

Former Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio had nine points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Aron Baynes contributed with four points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Mikal Bridges played the most minutes off the bench but only scored nine points.

On the other end of the floor, Cory Joseph had ten points on fifty-five percent shooting.  Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield both had eight points each while Hield recorded two rebounds, two assists, and a block.  Richaun Holmes and Nemanja Bjelica combined for 12 points.  Bogdan Bogdanovic played 13 minutes off the bench but only had eight points while the Phoenix team went into halftime with a 59 to 49 advantage.

The Kings would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 61-53 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  During that run, Hield scored 15 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Barnes helped out with 13 points as he grabbed 5 rebounds and dished off one assist.  Bogdanovic played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped 14 points.

As for the visitors, Booker added 18 more points to his scoring total while Oubre had five points, six rebounds, and three assists.  Mikal Bridges scored two points off the bench but the Suns were still able to come away with a 112-110 victory.  Devin Booker finished the game with 32 points, 3 rebounds, a season-high-tying 10 assists, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Buddy Hield settled for 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will travel to Oregon to take on Damian Lillard (26.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7.5 APG, 44.3 FG%, 35.8 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (14-18) on Monday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 16 when the Trail Blazers pulled away with a 111-110 win.  C.J. McCollum finished that game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and a block while Kelly Oubre had 24 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

The Sacramento Kings will head to Colorado to fight Nikola Jokic (17.6 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.8 APG, 48.5 FG%, 30.6 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (21-9) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  It will be the third of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  November 30 was the last time they saw each other as the Nuggets fell to the Kings, 100-97.  During that game, Harrison Barnes scored 30 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off one assist, and committed 2 steals while Gary Harris settled for 25 points, 3 rebounds, one assist 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

The Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 111-110

The Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 111-110

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 

The Phoenix Suns will look to avoid a third straight loss tonight as they battle the Portland Trail Blazers at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.  The Suns are coming off a 121-119 overtime thriller against the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City in which they lost.  With a 6-9 record at home, the Suns will try to win tonight before heading on the road for a two-game road trip.

The Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to recover from a 114-99 loss they took in the hands of Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of a two-game road trip for the Blazers before they return to the Moda Center for a four-game homestand.  This will be the first time that these teams will see each other this season before playing against each other three more times.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Suns and the Blazers have battled each other a grand total of 257 times in the past as the Suns won 135 games while the Portland team was kept to 122 victories.

INACTIVES:

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (Achilles; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (back; 4.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.8 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Jaylen Hoard (1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Moses Brown (2.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 42.9 FG%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Devin Booker (forearm; 25.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.7 FG%, 40.6 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 69.5 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 25.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (illness; 6.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 37.9 FG%, 31.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Phoenix Suns will have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field, keeping the visiting team to fifty percent.  Both Kelly Oubre and Dario Saric scored 13 points each as they both had a three-pointer, as well.  Oubre was able to record one assist and a block while Saric had three defensive rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

Former Hornets’ center Frank Kaminsky contributed with 12 points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had one defensive rebound and four assists while Ricky Rubio and Mikal Bridges combined for just nine points.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, C.J. McCollum got hot for 18 points while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Both Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard had ten points in the 16 minutes they played.  Anthony was able to drill two three-pointers in the opening quarter to go along with four rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

Hassan Whiteside was kept to just six points but managed to record four defensive rebounds and one block.  North Carolina-native Kent Bazemore had eight points that held two three-pointers.  He also had two defensive rebounds, two steals, and a block.  Anthony Tolliver played 10 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Suns went into halftime with a 67-59 advantage.

The Oregon ball club would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 52-43 run, completing forty-five percent of their shots attempted.  During that run, Lillard chalked up 17 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Anthony helped out with 13 points as he had two treys of his own.

McCollum saw to it that he earned 12 points while grabbing five rebounds, giving out two assists, committing a steal and blocking a shot.  Whiteside and Bazemore combined for seven points while Whiteside had 10 rebounds.  Anfernee Simons played eight minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the Suns, Oubre continued to impress as he had 11 more points which held two three-pointers.  Rubio and Kaminsky both had five points each while Bridges and Saric had four each.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

With only 32 seconds left in the game, the Suns would have a 110-108 lead as a result of a four-point play by Kelly Oubre.  After two timeouts, Lillard would take the ball and make a driving layup in which he was fouled by Aron Baynes.  Lillard ended up making the free-throw to give the Blazers a one-point lead.

With 0.6 seconds remaining, Rubio would pull up and attempt a 25-foot three-pointer to take the win but ended up missing as the Portland Trail Blazers hold on to come away with a 111-110 victory.  C.J. McCollum finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block while Kelly Oubre had 24 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The Portland Trail Blazers will host D’Angelo Russell (21.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.2 APG, 42.5 FG%, 34.3 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (5-23) on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 4 when the Warriors escaped with a 127-118 victory.  Eric Paschall finished that game with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and one block while Damian Lillard had 39 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block.

The Phoenix Suns will head to California to take on Kawhi Leonard (25.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 45.0 FG%, 35.7 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (20-8) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  October 26 was the last time they played each other as the Clippers fell to the Suns, 130-122.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished off 8 assists while Montrezl Harrell had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.

The Mavericks escape with a 120-113 win over the Suns

The Mavericks escape with a 120-113 win over the Suns

The Dallas Mavericks have been playing very well this season as they are sitting at the fifth spot in the Western Conference with an 11-6 record.  They had a five-game win streak that recently came to an end on Tuesday as they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers, 114-99.  They will look to start up another winning streak as they battle the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Suns, on the other hand, will try to avoid a third straight loss.  The Arizona ball club just recently lost to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, 140 to 132.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns have seen each other a grand total of 170 in the past as the Mavericks won 79 games while the Suns ended up coming away with 91 victories.

INACTIVES:

Dallas Mavericks:

-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision; 11.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 70.0 3P%)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 58.8 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
-Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)
-Ryan Broekhoff (3.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 80.0 3P%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Ty Jerome (ankle)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 40.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be competitive as the Suns shot forty-one percent from the field while the Mavericks shot forty-two percent.  Kelly Oubre scored 13 points while burying 3 three-pointers in the second period.  He also had five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block while Aron Baynes helped out with eight points on sixty-percent shooting.

Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward Dario Saric had seven points, five rebounds, and 2 blocks while Ricky Rubio chalked up six points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Devin Booker was held to just five points but was able to record a defensive rebound, five assists, and a steal.  Mikal Bridges played the most minutes off the bench as he had six points.

On the other end of the court, Luka Doncic got hot for 19 points while recording six rebounds and 7 assists.  Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed with nine points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.  Kristaps Porzingis was held scoreless in the 16 minutes that he played while both Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell combined for six points.  Delon Wright played 9 minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points while the Mavericks went into halftime with a slim 53-50 lead.

The competitiveness carried on into the second half as the Dallas team shot forty percent from the field while the Suns shot forty-six percent.  Doncic continued to impress as he scored 23 more points which included 3 treys.  Porzingis was finally able to get on the board but only scored two points.

As for the Phoenix Suns, Rubio and Booker combined for 28 points but it was the visiting team who came away with a 120-113 victory over the Arizona ball club.  Luka Doncic finished the game with a career-high-tying 42 points, along with 9 rebounds, 11 assists, and one steal.  Kelly Oubre had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The Dallas Mavericks will travel to California to take on Anthony Davis (26.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.6 APG, 47.7 FG%, 33.3 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (16-2) on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these teams will play each other this season.  The last time that they saw each other was on November 1 when the Lakers defeated the Mavericks, 119-110.  LeBron James finished that game with 39 points, 12 rebounds, 16 assists, 4 steals, and one block while Luka Doncic had 31 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists, and one block.

The Phoenix Suns will visit North Carolina to fight Devonte’ Graham (18.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 7.5 APG, 40.7 FG%, 40.4 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (7-12) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be first of two meetings between these two teams this season.

The Trail Blazers top the Suns with a 108 to 86 victory

The Trail Blazers top the Suns with a 108 to 86 victory

The Phoenix Suns currently hold the worst record in the league at 4-20 and things haven’t gotten any easier as they are now without their up-and-coming Devin Booker.  They are on their way to tying their longest losing streak of the season at seven games if they don’t win tonight.  Believe it or not, they have not had a winning streak yet this season.

The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a fourth straight loss, which would mark their longest losing streak this season.  The Trail Blazers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 254 times in the past as the Suns won 135 games while the Oregon team was kept to 119 victories.  Tonight will be the first of three times that two ball clubs will go against each other this season.  The Suns got swept last season against the Trail Blazers in the regular-season series, 0-4.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Devin Booker (hamstring; 23.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.7 APG, 43.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%, 84.2 FT%)
-T.J. Warren (ankle; 17.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 51.1 FG%, 45.0 3P%, 84.6 FT%)
-Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 31.7 FG%, 20.6 3P%, 78.6 FT%)
-George King (G-League)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-C.J. McCollum (ankle; 21.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 46.4 FG%, 36.1 3P%, 82.9 FT%)
-Anfernee Simons (2.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 25.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Portland Trail Blazers would set the tone early in this game as they outscored the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter, 34 to 9.  This would not be the first time the Suns were held to just nine points in the first quarter as the Sacramento Kings had the same effect on them during the December 4th matchup.  The Suns would lose that game by seventeen points.  In this game, though, Troy Daniels scored ten points off the bench as he had two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Josh Jackson helped out with eight points on fifty percent shooting.  Overall, the Suns would complete thirty-eight percent of their shots in the first half while the Portland Trail Blazers completed fifty-five percent.

Damian Lillard got hot with twenty-one points for the home team while knocking down three three-pointers in the first quarter.  He also had five rebounds, six assists, and one steal.  Jusuf Nurkic chipped in seven points on only thirty-eight percent shooting.  Seth Curry was kept completely scoreless while Al-Farouq Aminu had five points.  Jake Layman played the most minutes off the bench as he had seventeen points while the Trail Blazers went into halftime with a commanding 62 to 41 advantage.

The Suns would come out of the locker room with a sense of urgency as they scored forty-seven points in the second half, twenty-seven in the fourth quarter.  Rookie Elie Okobo dropped nine points while hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.  De’Anthony Melton scored seven points off the bench while both Josh Jackson and Richaun Holmes had six points each.

The Trail Blazers would make sure to keep fighting as Zach Collins scored ten points in the eighteen minutes he played off the bench.  Evan Turner had six points off the bench while Lillard was limited to four points but his play wasn’t really needed for the rest of the game as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Phoenix Suns a 108-86 loss, tying their longest losing streak this season at seven games.  Damian Lillard finished the contest with twenty-five points, five rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and one block while Troy Daniels had a season-high fifteen points, along with three rebounds, and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Josh Richardson (19.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.3 APG, 41.1 FG%, 39.9 3P%) and the Miami Heat (9-14) tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two teams this season.  Last season, the Miami Heat swept the Suns in their regular-season series, 2-0.

The Portland Trail Blazers will host Karl-Anthony Towns (21.3 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 41.2 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12) on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these two teams will battle each other during this season.  The last time the Trail Blazers and the Timberwolves saw each other was on November 16 when the Timberwolves defeated the Trail Blazers, 112-96.  Andrew Wiggins finished that game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block while C.J. McCollum had eighteen points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal.

The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics would meet for the first time this season, which marked the first of two games that these teams would play against each other.  The Celtics have lost the last eleven matchups to the Spurs but things would be different as the Boston team will have Kyrie Irving.  The Spurs were without Darrun Hilliard, Joffrey Lauvergne (ankle), Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Tony Parker (quadriceps), Matt Costello (coach’s decision), and Manu Ginobili (rest).  The Celtics would be without Kadeem Allen, Jabari Bird, and Marcus Morris (knee).  The Celtics looked to extend their winning streak to five as they hosted the Spurs at the TD Garden.

The Boston Celtics would start the game off impressively as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first quarter as the Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jaylen Brown would chalk up nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also gobbled up three defensive rebounds and dished off one assist.  Kyrie Irving also scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  He dished off two assists, as well, while Al Horford recorded four defensive records and three assists to go along with the six points he put up.

On the other end of the court, Texas-native LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played.  He also pulled down two defensive rebounds as Rudy Gay came off of the bench to chalk up four points with two of them coming from the free-throw line.  Pau Gasol was limited to just a three-pointer as well as Danny Green.  Brandon Paul would come off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer and grab two defensive rebounds but it was the Celtics who ended the first quarter with a 30 to 26 lead.

The Celtics would continue to own the show as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the second quarter, holding the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Former Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving would continue to impress as he drops seven more points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He also managed to grab one defensive rebound and dish off three assists as Marcus Smart collected six points and two defensive rebounds.  Horford and Jayson Tatum would earn three defensive rebounds while rookie Daniel Theis recorded three offensive rebounds.

As for the Texas team, Bryn Forbes came off of the bench to drop two three-pointers while collecting two defensive rebounds.  Gay only scored five points while Danny Green played ten minutes and was held to just a three-pointer.  Patty Mills came off of the bench to put in a three-pointer while Aldridge scored two points and grabbed two offensive rebounds.  Kyle Anderson was held scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he would collect two offensive rebounds as the Celtics headed into halftime with a 54-49 advantage.

The home team would go on a 26 to 18 run in the third period as they shot forty-three percent from the field while the San Antonio team shot thirty-three percent.  Kyrie Irving would continue to contribute as he chalks up eight more points with six coming from behind the arc.  Brown would play for the entire quarter as he put up seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the charity stripe.  Aron Baynes ended up with four points in the period as Al Horford collected two points, two offensive rebounds, and three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul collected six points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Gay would put up five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process as Gasol would be limited to just three points.  Gasol did, however, grab three defensive rebounds while Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills were held to two points each.  Anderson was kept scoreless as he pulled down two defensive rebounds but it was still the Massachusetts team that went into the fourth quarter with a huge 80 to 67 lead.

The Boston Celtics would close things out in the last period as they shot fifty percent from the field while the San Antonio Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jayson Tatum would connect for two three-pointers while he grabbed down two defensive rebounds.  Horford ended up with four points while Terry Rozier got hot for ten points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  Marcus Smart was held scoreless but did manage to dish off five assists.

Brandon Paul would continue to contribute to the Spurs scoring as he puts nine additional points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He took three of those points from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Kyle Anderson would make up for last quarter as he posts up five points including one three-pointer.  Pau Gasol would be limited to three points but would grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Davis Bertans came off the bench to earn three points, two rebounds, and three assists but it was the Boston Celtics who easily pull out a 108 to 94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.  Kyrie Irving would finish the game with twenty-four points, two rebounds, six assists, and three steals.  Brandon Paul finished with eighteen points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

Last night’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves would mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other.  The Heat was trying to avoid a third straight loss as they try to recover from the loss they took in the hands of the Boston Celtics.  The Minnesota team, on the other hand, are trying to get a winning streak going as they come fresh off a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Timberwolves were without Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision) for this game, along with Aaron Brooks (coach’s decision), Marcus Georges-Hunt (coach’s decision), Anthony Brown, and Justin Patton (toe).  The Heat would play without Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision), Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision), A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton, Rodney McGruder (leg), and Hassan Whiteside (knee).  Both teams would try to battle hard as the Heat hosted the Timberwolves at the American Airlines Arena.

The Miami Heat would end up shooting fifty-eight from the field in the first quarter while holding the Timberwolves to forty-one percent. Goran Dragic heated up for ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds as former Thunder guard Dion Waiters scored six points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and one assist that he recorded.

Josh Richardson was limited to just forty percent shooting from the field as he earned five points with three coming from beyond the arc. Bam Adebayo only dropped three points but he did manage to grab three offensive rebounds and one rebound. James Johnson was held to just two free-throws but would collect five defensive rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up seven points which would include one three-pointer. He also pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. Jeff Teague played for ten minutes in the quarter as he scored seven points, collecting three of them from behind the arc. He would also record two defensive rebounds and two assists while Nemanja Bjelica came off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer. Andrew Wiggins was held to two points in the twelve minutes that he played as the Heat walked into the second quarter with a 32-23 advantage.

The Timberwolves would have something to say about that in the second quarter as they shot sixty-four percent from the field while the Florida team shot fifty-nine percent. Wiggins would make up for last quarter as he starts to warm up for seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He ended up knocking down a three-pointer in the process while Towns also shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.

Towns collected five points in the eight minutes that he played while pulling down one offensive and two defensive rebounds. Jimmy Butler played for seven minutes as he chalked up five points along with one rebound and one assist. Teague was held to just two points but did manage to get off three assists.

On the other end of the court, Kelly Olynyk would come off of the bench to drop nine points which included one three-pointer. He also was able to pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists. Dragic shot sixty-seven percent from the field but was only held to six points, three from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.

Justise Winslow shot a perfect one-hundred from the field as he scores six points while collecting two defensive rebounds. Dion Waiters ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was held to only four points. Adebayo would settle for two points and three offensive rebounds as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a close 62-60 lead.

During the third quarter, the Heat ended up shooting forty-four percent from the field as the Timberwolves were held to twenty-nine percent.  Bam Adebayo shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scored seven points and collected two rebounds.  Okaro White would come off of the bench to put up five points as he shot one-hundred percent from the field.  Three of those points came from beyond the arc as Tyler Johnson was limited to four points, two coming from the charity stripe.

On the other end of the court, Taj Gibson warmed up with seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also collected two defensive rebounds while Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up five points, three of which came from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Andrew Wiggins shot only twenty percent while collecting four points and four rebounds but it was the home team who ended the third with an 82-79 lead.

The last quarter would be held closely as the Miami Heat shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota Timberwolves shot forty-one percent.  Dion Waiters would continue to impress as he posts up fourteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  Kelly Olynyk ended up shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning nine points in return.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process of grabbing one defensive rebound.  Winslow would gather up two defensive rebounds and two points while Adebayo took a free-throw and three rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to drop eight points, earning three of them from behind the three-point line.  Jeff Teague chalked up seven points with three of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins collected six points on fifty percent shooting from the field while Butler would be held to just four free-throws.  Towns was held scoreless but he did manage to gobble up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.

With only thirty seconds left in the game, the score would be 110 to 106 in the Timberwolves’ favor.  Dion Waiters would go to the line off of a foul by Jimmy Butler and nail two free-throws to make the score 110 to 108.  With three seconds left in the game, Waiters would make a driving layup to tie the game up at 110, forcing overtime.

The overtime period would be held closely as the Timberwolves shot fifty-seven percent while the Heat shot fifty percent.  Waiters ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field but was able to score seven points in return.  He committed one steal while Olynyk knocked down one three-pointer.  Goran Dragic was held scoreless but did pull down two rebounds.

The Timberwolves would finish things off in overtime, though, as Teague recorded seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins would be held to just three free-throws while Towns knocked down one three-pointer.  Butler was limited to just two points as the Minnesota team pull away with a 125 to 122 win.  Jeff Teague finished the game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, eleven assists, and six steals (tying his career-high).  Dion Waiter would finish with thirty-three points (tying his career-high), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

The Chicago Bulls earned their first win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks, 91-86

The Chicago Bulls earned their first win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks, 91-86

The Chicago Bulls were hoping to avoid a 0-4 slump as they hosted the 1-3 Atlanta Hawks at the United Center.  The Hawks, on the other hand, tried to avoid their fourth straight loss of the season as they took on the Bulls in the first of three matchups.  The Atlanta Hawks would start the game off right as they shot forty percent from the field while holding the Bulls to thirty-six percent.

Robin Lopez would get hot for ten points as he shot fifty percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  He grabbed one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while rookie forward Lauri Markkanen would drill a three-pointer and collect three defensive rebounds.  Denzel Valentine was held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played but did manage to get ahold of one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.

As for the Georgia team, 2014 NBA Champion Marco Belinelli would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers while dishing off one assist.  Taurean Prince ended up being held to just one three-pointer in the nine minutes that he played while Isaiah Taylor came off the bench to drop a three-pointer.  Mike Muscala recorded two points, two offensive rebounds, and four defensive rebounds as the Hawks ended the first quarter with a 20 to 18 lead.

The second quarter would be held closely as the Atlanta Hawks shot forty percent from the field while the Chicago Bulls shot thirty-six percent.  Kent Bazemore shot thirty-three percent in the six minutes he played as he scored five points, three coming from the three-point line.  He also grabbed two defensive rebounds while Muscala scored four points which would include two free-throws.  Belinelli would also be held to four points as Utah-native John Collins came off of the bench to record two points, one offensive rebound, and two defensive rebounds.

On the other of the court, David Nwaba shot fifty percent from the field while putting up five points, one offensive rebound, and three defensive rebounds.  Former Knicks center Robin Lopez ended up with four points and three offensive rebounds while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Jerian Grant would be held to only one free-throw in the ten minutes that he played but he did manage to record two defensive rebounds and two assists as the Hawks went into halftime with a tight 39 to 37 lead.

The Bulls went on a 28 to 20 run in the third period as they shot forty percent from the field but the Hawks still shot forty-one percent from the field.  Markkanen chalked up seven points on seventy-five percent shooting from the field while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Former Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Justin Holiday scored seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also collected two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while Grant recorded five points, two rebounds, and four assists.

As for the visiting team, John Collins would come off of the bench to put up seven points in the eight minutes that he played.  Bazemore would continue to contribute as he chalked up four points on forty percent shooting from the field.  Maryland-native Malcolm Delaney would also end up with four points while Mike Muscala knocked down a three-pointer.  Isaiah Taylor would be scoreless in the five minutes that he played off of the bench but he did manage to grab one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Dewayne Dedmon was also kept scoreless as he grabbed two defensive rebounds but it was the Bulls who gained the lead and ended the third quarter with a 65-59 advantage.

The Hawks attempted to come back in the fourth period as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while keeping the Chicago Bulls to thirty-three percent.  Marco Belinelli would continue to contribute as he gets hot for eleven points, earning nine of those points from beyond the arc.  Muscala chalked up five more points while getting ahold of two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  He also connected for a three-pointer while Delaney recorded two points and three assists.

The Bulls would close things out as Valentine warmed up for seven points while shooting only twenty-nine percent from the field.  He did knock down a three-pointer in the process while Nwaba collected six points and two defensive rebounds.  Grant scored five points while Lauri Markkanen collected one three-pointer, one free-throw, and four defensive rebounds.  Quincy Pondexter came off the bench only to be held scoreless but he would grab three rebounds as the Chicago Bulls pull out a 91-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.  Robin Lopez finished with sixteen points, eight rebounds, and four assists while Marco Belinelli ended up finishing with twenty-three points, two rebounds, and two assists.