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The Utah Jazz get handed a 101-92 loss by the Toronto Raptors

The Utah Jazz get handed a 101-92 loss by the Toronto Raptors

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

 

The Utah Jazz will look to grab a sixth-straight win tonight, marking their longest win streak since January.  They will attempt to do that as they host the Toronto Raptors in Utah.  The Raptors, on the other hand, are hoping to grab a fourth-straight victory tonight.

Tonight’s meeting will mark the second and final time that these two teams will see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on December 1 when the Jazz fell to the Canada team, 130-110.  During that game, Pascal Siakma scored 35 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed 2 steals while Mike Conley had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Toronto Raptors and the Utah Jazz have played each other a grand total of 46 times in the past as the Raptors won 19 games while the Jazz went on to grab 27 victories.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Marc Gasol (hamstring; 7.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.4 APG, 41.9 FG%, 40.2 3P%)
-Dewan Hernandez (ankle; 1.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Fred VanVleet (shoulder; 17.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.6 APG, 40.9 FG%, 38.8 3P%)
-Stanley Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 25.8 FG%, 15.4 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Paul Watson (G-League; 0.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Oshae Brissett (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 36.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)

Utah Jazz:

-Nigel Williams-Goss (quad; 0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Ed Davis (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.2 FG%)
-Juwan Morgan (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 52.9 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Emmanuel Mudiay (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
-Rayjon Tucker (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Raptors would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Jazz at forty-one percent.  Serge Ibaka got hot for 17 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds and one assist while Pascal Siakam contributed with 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists.  Kyle Lowry had 13 points while OG Anunoby scored just two points.  Patrick McCaw played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points.

As for the home team, Mike Conley chalked up 10 points, which included two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while Donovan Mitchell earned himself eight points.  Royce O’Neale and Bojan Bogdanovic combined for 10 points while Rudy Gobert had just two points.  Joe Ingles played 13 minutes off the bench as he had ten points but it was the Canada ball club that went into halftime with a 57-51 lead.

The Raptors would close things out in the second half as they went on a 44-41 run.  During that run, Siakam and Ibaka combined for 23 points but they didn’t shoot the ball well.  Siakam completed twenty-seven percent of his shots while Ibaka shot thirty-three percent from the field.  Lowry scored eight points which held two three-pointers.

On the other end of the floor, Joe Ingles dropped ten points off the bench but it was the Toronto Raptors who handed the Utah Jazz a 101-92 loss.  Pascal Siakam finished the game with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high eight assists while Joe Ingles had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will host Derrick Rose (18.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 5.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 30.6 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (20-45) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these two teams will meet up this season.  January 31 was the last time they played each other as the Raptors handed the Pistons a 105-92 loss.  Pascal Siakam finished that game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block while Derrick Rose had 21 points and 3 assists.

The Utah Jazz will head to Oklahoma to battle Danilo Gallinari (19.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.9 FG%, 40.9 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 9 when the Jazz fell to the Thunder, 104-90.  During that game, Dennis Schroder scored 27 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and gave out 2 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.

The Raptors rally back to hand the Timberwolves a 122-112 loss

The Raptors rally back to hand the Timberwolves a 122-112 loss

Sunday, January 19, 2020

 

Karl-Anthony Towns returned to action last night after missing a month due to a knee injury.  He recorded 27 points on 42% shooting but the Minnesota Timberwolves still fell to Indiana Pacers, 116-114.  Tonight, they will hope to avoid a fifth straight loss as they battle the Toronto Raptors at the Target Center.

The Raptors, on the other hand, just recently defeated the Washington Wizards on Friday, 140-111.  They will try to grab a third straight victory tonight.  This matchup will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors have met up a grand total of 46 times in the past as the Raptors won 31 games while the Timberwolves were kept to just 15 victories.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Dewan Hernandez (ankle; 1.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Oshae Brissett (G-League; 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.7 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 35.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Paul Watson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Minnesota Timberwolves:

-Jack Layman (toe; 10.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 46.2 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
-Noah Vonleh (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 54.7 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Kelan Martin (G-League; 5.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 35.8 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
-Allen Crabbe (illness; 5.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 32.3 3P%)
-Jaylen Nowell (G-League; 4.4 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 35.5 FG%, 11.8 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Raptors shot fifty-one percent from the field while the Timberwolves shot forty-five percent.  Fred VanVleet chalked up 16 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  He also three defensive rebounds, one assist, and two steals while Kyle Lowry had eleven points, including a three-pointer.

The 2018-2019 Most Improved Player Pascal Siakam helped out 10 points while grabbing two rebounds, giving out two assists, and blocking three shots.  Marc Gasol, who returned to action on Wednesday after being out for nearly a month due to a hamstring injury, had four points.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points.

On the other end of the court, Jarrett Culver chalked up 16 points which included four three-pointers.  Andrew Wiggins contributed with 15 points while Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 12 points.  Robert Convington and Shabazz Napier combined for eight points.  Josh Okogie played 15 minutes off the bench but only had four points but the Timberwolves still went into halftime with a 62 to 58 lead.

The Raptors would not give in as they came out of the locker room and sparked a 64-50 second-half run, shooting fifty-two percent.  During that run, Lowry dropped 17 points, earning 12 of them from beyond the arc.  VanVleet helped out with 13 points while Marc Gasol was kept scoreless.  Powell had 13 points as he played the most minutes off the bench.

As for the Minnesota team, Convington scored 16 more points while Towns was kept scoreless.  Okogie played 11 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the Raptors who came up on top, 122-112.  Fred VanVleet finished the game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals while Jarrett Culver settled for 26 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will head down to Georgia to take on Trae Young (29.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 8.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 37.6 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-32) on Monday at 2:30 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 November 23 when the Raptors snuck away with a 119-116 win.  Pascal Siakam finished that game with 34 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks while Young had 30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will host Nikola Jokic (19.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 33.1 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (29-12) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they see each other this season.  December 20 was the last time they battled each other as the Timberwolves fell to the Nuggets, 109-100.  During that game, Jamal Murray scored 28 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished out 5 assists, and stole the ball 3 times while Andrew Wiggins had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Houston Rockets grab a 119-109 victory over the defending champions, Toronto Raptors

The Houston Rockets grab a 119-109 victory over the defending champions, Toronto Raptors

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Toronto Raptors recently saw their seven-game win streak come to an end as they fell to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, 121-110, in overtime.  They will look to start up another streak as they host the Houston Rockets at the Scotiabank Arena tonight.  The Rockets, on the other hand, are coming fresh off a 135-133 loss they took in the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday in double overtime.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Raptors and the Rockets have met up a grand total of 47 times in the past as the Raptors won 20 games while the Rockets went on to win 27 of the matchups.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

-Eric Gordon (knee; 10.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.9 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-NeNe (abductor)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 76.5 FG%)
-Gary Clark (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 36.4 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 73.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)

Toronto Raptors:

-Stanley Johnson (groin; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Patrick McCaw (knee; 4.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Matt Thomas (finger; 4.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 54.1 FG%, 53.8 3P%)
-Oshae Brissett (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Dewan Hernandez (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Shamorie Ponds (2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field, keeping the Toronto Raptors to forty-two percent.  Ben McLemore scored 14 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  P.J. Tucker helped out with 11 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds and two assists.

Russell Westbrook had nine points on just thirty-three percent shooting.  He did, however, record four rebounds and six assists while James Harden was held to just six points.  Danuel House played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up sixteen points.

On the other end of the court, Pascal Siakam, who is averaging 25 points per game this season, got hot for eighteen points.  He had two three-pointers in the first period while Fred VanVleet contributed with nine points.  VanVleet also had two three-pointers while recording three rebounds, five assists, one steal, and a block.

Kyle Lowry had eight points which also held two three-pointers.  OG Anunoby earned himself five points while Marc Gasol was kept scoreless.  Norman Powell played ten minutes off the bench as he had six points while the Rockets went into halftime with a 63-55 lead.

The defending champions attempted to make a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-three percent from the field, keeping the Texas ball club to thirty-four percent shooting.  Kyle Lowry had eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He was able to bury a trey in the third quarter while grabbing three rebounds and dishing off four assists.

VanVleet also had eleven points, knocking down a shot from beyond the arc, as well.  Siakam helped out with six points while Gasol scored five points.  Powell played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

As for the Rockets, Harden and Westbrook combined for 27 points while Harden had three-pointers.  He also recorded five rebounds, two steals, and a block while Westbrook had nine rebounds, five assists, and a steal.  McLemore chalked up 14 points, earning twelve of them from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.

Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Austin Rivers played 18 minutes off the bench but only had six points but the Rockets were still able to pull away with a 119 to 109 victory.  Ben McLemore finished the game with a season-high 28 points, along with 2 rebounds, a season-high-tying 3 assists, and a steal while Pascal Siakam had 24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, a season-high-tying 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will host Devin Booker (24.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 50.4 FG%, 40.7 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (9-11) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.

The Toronto Raptors will head to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (22.4 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 45.4 FG%, 31.3 3P%) and the Philadephia 76ers (15-6) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they battle each other this season.  November 25 was the last time they met up as the Raptors won that game, 101-96.  Pascal Siakam finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and two blocks while Josh Richardson had 25 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and a block.

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

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

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

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

Dallas Mavericks:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

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

Denver Nuggets:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

The Cleveland Cavaliers complete the sweep against the Toronto Raptors as they win, 128-93

The Cleveland Cavaliers complete the sweep against the Toronto Raptors as they win, 128-93

The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of getting swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers as tonight marks the fourth game in their playoff series.  If that happens, it will be the second straight time that the Cavaliers sweep the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.  The odds will be against the Raptors as they have to face the Cavaliers and their fans at the Quicken Loans Arena.

SERIES RECAP:

The first game of this series took place on May 1 when the Cavaliers pulled out a 113-112 overtime victory over the Raptors in Canada.  During that game, LeBron James scored twenty-six points, grabbed eleven rebounds, dished off thirteen assists, committed one steal, and blocked two shots while DeMar DeRozan finished with twenty-two points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three blocks.

The second meeting was held on May 3 as the Toronto Raptors fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-128.  That matchup was also played at the Air Canada Centre as LeBron James recorded forty-three points in that game, along with eight rebounds, fourteen assists, and one steal.  DeMar DeRozan settled for only twenty-four points and three assists.

The series would shift over to Cleveland, Ohio, as the third game was played on May 5.  The home team would sneak away with a 105-103 win, thanks to the buzzer-beating floater made by LeBron James.  During that game, though, LeBron James had thirty-eight points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and one block while Kyle Lowry scored twenty-seven points, grabbed three rebounds, dished off seven assists, and committed two steals.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Rodney Hood (coach’s decision; 14.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 42.9 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Okaro White (3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Kendrick Perkins (3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have complete control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-two percent from the field, limiting the Toronto Raptors to fifty-one percent.  J.R. Smith got hot for fifteen points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also connected for three three-pointers while Kyle Korver contributed with thirteen points.  Korver also had three three-pointers as he shot eighty-three percent from the field.  Kevin Love saw to it that he got eleven points while recording two defensive rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.  LeBron James scored only ten points in the twenty-three minutes that he played but did manage to chalk up six defensive rebounds, seven assists, and one steal.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the home team, Jonas Valanciunas dropped ten points off the bench as he shot a high sixty-three percent from the field.  DeMar DeRozan earned himself nine points and five rebounds while four-time All-Star Kyle Lowry scored five points with a three-pointer early in the first quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds and seven rebounds while C.J. Miles chalked up six points.  Former Oklahoma City Thunder center Serge Ibaka scored eight points which included two three-pointers.  Fred VanVleet played thirteen minutes off the bench as he received five points but it was the Ohio team who went into halftime with a huge 63-47 advantage.

The home team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 65-46 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  During that run, LeBron James would heat up for nineteen points while recording two defensive rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block.  Love earned himself twelve points while drilling two three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Green contributed with eight points off the bench.  Delon Wright scored ten points off the Toronto bench but it was enough as the Cavaliers hold off the Raptors, 128-93, completing a sweep and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.  LeBron James finished the game with twenty-nine points, eight rebounds, eleven assists, two steals, and one block while Jonas Valanciunas had eighteen points, five rebounds, two assists, and three blocks (tying his playoff career-high).

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

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

Toronto Raptors:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Toronto Raptors have been playing with a lot of confidence lately as they currently have the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, holding onto a 39-16 record.  They will hope to grab their sixth straight win as they host the Miami Heat in Canada, who are coming fresh off of a five-game losing streak.  This meeting between these two ball clubs will mark the second of three times that they will play each other this season.

The Raptors and the Heat have battled each other a grand total of 87 times as the Heat won 54 games while the Raptors were limited to just 33 wins.  The last time they met up was on January 9 when the Miami team snuck away with a 90 to 89 victory.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 24 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while DeMar DeRozan finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Kelly Olynyk (shoulder; 11.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.5 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Luke Babbitt (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.6 FG%, 44.1 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 47.8 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Derrick Jones (G-League; 3.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.6 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Derrick Walton (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 41.2 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.0 FG%, 21.4 3P%
Lorenzo Brown (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (G-League; 3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would start very competitve as the Heat shot fifty-five percent from the field while Canada team ended up shooting fifty percent.  Wayne Ellington would knock down 3 three-pointers in the second quarter as he grabbed three rebounds.  The 2016 NBA leader in blocks Hassan Whiteside would contribute with eight points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  He also had 7 rebounds and one steal while Dwyane Wade had six points off of the bench.  Goran Dragic ended up scoring seven points but only shot thirty-eight percent from the field.  James Johnson played 17 minutes off of the bench as he had eleven points.

As for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry poured 13 points on the court while knocking two three-pointers down in the second quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds and six assists while DeMar DeRozan earned himself seven points on thirty-three percent shooting.  Serge Ibaka helped out with seven points, as well, along with four defensive rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas had six points.  Former Utah Jazz player C.J. Miles played the most minutes off of the bench to get hot for ten points as the Raptors went into halftime with a 57 to 55 lead.

The home team would close things out of the second half as they went on a 61 to 57 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, DeRozan lit the floor up with 20 points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the third period.  He also had two rebounds and three assists while Lowry added to his scoring total by chalking up 12 more points.  Lowry earned nine of those points from beyond the arc while Ibaka had 7 points and 6 rebounds.  Dragic, on the other end, got extremely hot for 21 points but it wasn’t enough as the Raptors hold the Heat off, 115 to 112.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 27 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Goran Dragic had 28 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Pennsylvania to battle Joel Embiid (23.7 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (29-25) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second of four times that they will clashed with each other this season.  The 76ers and the Heat have met up a total of 119 times in the past as the 76ers won 57 games while the Heat went on to win 62 games.  February 2 was the last time they saw each other as the 76ers pulled away with a 103-97 victory.  Ben Simmons finished that game with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Kelly Olynyk had 19 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Toronto Raptors will visit the Windy City to take on Zach LaVine (17.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 41 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (20-36) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Raptors and the Bulls have battled each other a grand total of 84 times as the Raptors won 36 games while the Bulls went on to pull out 48 victories.  The last time they played each other was on January 3 when the Raptors handed the Bulls a 124-115 loss.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, and committed 3 steals while Justin Holiday had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Boston Celtics grab their first win of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-92

The Boston Celtics grab their first win of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-92

The Boston Celtics would look bounce back from a 0-2 start as they visited Pennsylvania to take on their division rivals, the Philadelphia 76ers.  This would mark the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other as the 76ers hoped to avoid a 0-2 start in the regular season.  It’s been five years since the 76ers made the playoffs but with the new addition of Markelle Fultz, they have their eyes set on coming out of that drought.

The first quarter would be held closely as the 76ers shot thirty-three percent from the field and the Celtics shot thirty-eight percent from the field.  Jayson Tatum would score six points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He would also pull down two defensive rebounds as Al Horford put up five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field, earning five points.  He collected three of them from behind the arc as he recorded four rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the floor, J.J. Redick would also put up six points as he knocked down a three-pointer in the process.  Jerryd Bayless ended up scoring five points as he nailed a three-pointer, as well.  Joel Embiid would only be limited to two points which he earned all from the free-throw line but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds as the Boston team headed into the second period with a 24 to 21 lead.

During the second quarter, the Boston Celtics would shoot forty-five percent from the field as the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-four percent.  Ben Simmons would shoot fifty percent from the field as he chalks up seven points.  He also grabs five rebounds as Redick would continue to add to his scoring total by knocking down two more three-pointers.  Dario Saric and Markelle Fultz would each be limited to four points off the bench but Saric managed to collect two offensive rebounds as Fultz grabbed one defensive rebound.

As for the Celtics, Brown chalked up seven points as he nailed a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds as Irving scored seven points, as well.  Horford would knock down a three-pointer to give himself three points as he recorded one defensive rebound and one assist.  Terry Rozier would be held scoreless in the ten minutes that he played but did manage to grab four defensive rebounds as the 76ers entered halftime with a slight 50 to 46 advantage.

The Philadelphia team would come out of the locker room shooting thirty-six percent from the field, limiting the Celtics to twenty-six percent from the field.  J.J. Redick chalked up five more points as he knocked down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Embiid would shoot fifty percent from the field as he earns five points along with four defensive rebounds.  Fultz would only be limited to two points in the five minutes that he played.

On the other end of the court, Rozier would shoot sixty percent from the field as he collected seven points.  He earned three of those points from beyond the arc while grabbing one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  2013-2014 NBA champion Aron Baynes would record six points as he pulled down two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Irving would be held to only two points in the eleven minutes that he played but he would manage to get ahold of one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the 76ers closed the third quarter with a 72-69 lead.

The Boston Celtics would look to make a comeback in the last quarter as they sparked up a 33 to 20 run, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field while holding the home team to thirty-nine percent.  Al Horford would start to heat up for nine points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  He would nail a three-pointer while doing so, along with pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Shane Larkin would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting eight points.  He would earn three of them from behind the arc while recording two rebounds and two assists.  Kyrie Irving would only shoot forty percent but would score seven points, earning three of them from the charity stripe.

Robert Covington would help the 76ers out as he puts up six points and pulls down two offensive rebounds.  Bayless would record five points as he drills a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Joel Embiid would drop four points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds.  Redick ended up shooting twenty-five percent while only scoring two points in the twelve minutes that he played.  Simmons would score two points, pull down two rebounds and dish off two assists but it was the Boston Celtics who escape with a 102 to 92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.  Kyrie Irving finished with twenty-one points, six rebounds, and four assists as J.J. Redick would finish with nineteen points and four assists.  Joel Embiid would tie his career-high in rebounds as he pulled down a total of fourteen in this game.

The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

Wednesday’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers would mark the first of three matchups.  Last season, the Wizards finished at fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 49-33 record but they would lose to the Boston Celtics in the Semifinals, 3-4.  The 76ers, on the other hand, finished with a 28-54 record at the fourteenth place in the Conference.  They would look to start the season off right as they visited the Nation’s Capital to take on the Wizards.

During the first quarter of the game, the Wizards shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers would shoot thirty-six percent from the field.  Otto Porter scored eight points in the first quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Four-time All-Star John Wall would contribute with six points while shooting only thirty-eight percent from the field.  Mike Scott would come off of the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would record five points while knocking down one three-pointer.

As for the Pennsylvania team, Joel Embiid would drop six points which would include four free-throws.  He would also do some work on the boards as he pulled down five defensive rebounds.  Ben Simmons would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points while rookie Markelle Fultz would come off the bench to drop four points, along with two offensive rebounds but the Wizards would walk into the second quarter with a 32 to 23 lead.

In the second period, the Philadelphia 76ers would shoot fifty-six percent from the field as the Washington Wizards shot fifty percent.  Robert Covington would score eight points in the quarter, six coming from beyond the arc and the other two coming from the charity stripe.  Simmons would drop six points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard J.J. Redick would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to earn himself six points as Wall would be limited to only four points, all coming from the free-throw line.  Kelly Oubre would come off of the bench to drill a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points.  Jodie Meeks and Ian Mahinmi would also earn four points each but it was the 76ers who ended the first half with a 59-56 lead.

Both teams would shoot thirty-five percent from the field each in the third quarter but it was the home team that sparked up a 34 to 23 run.  Wall would heat up for fourteen points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He also managed to get a hold of three rebounds as Beal would chalk up eleven points.  Meeks would come off of the bench to collect six points while Oubre would contribute with a three-pointer.

As for the 76ers, Covington would put up ten additional points as he drills two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Both Simmons and Fultz would be limited to four points each as Joel Embiid would manage to collect four defensive rebounds and two assists.  He would only be limited to two points in the eight minutes that he played as the Washington team would walk into the last quarter with a 90-82 advantage.

In the last period, the 76ers would shoot fifty-four percent from the field as the Wizards shot forty-six percent.  Arizona-native Jerryd Bayless would collect ten points in this quarter as he drops two three-pointers in the process.  Robert Covington ended up scoring eight points with six of them coming from behind the arc.  He would also grab four rebounds as Embiid dropped six points.

The Wizards would not shy away as Marcin Gortat would heat up for ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Bradley Beal would contribute with six points but would end up earning all of them from the free-throw line.  John Wall scored four points while Kelly Oubre collected two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.

With twenty seconds remaining in the game, the 76ers would only be down by two points.  Beal would go to the line to knock down one of his two free-throws, giving the Wizards a 116 to 113 lead.  Gortat would then be sent to the line as he nails both of his free shots, extending the lead to five points.  Covington would end up tipping a shot into the basket off of an attempted three-pointer by Embiid.  With only two seconds remaining in the game, Bradley Beal would be sent to the line as he knocks down both of his free-throws, giving the Washington Wizards a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

John Wall would finish the game with twenty-eight points, five rebounds, and eight assists.  Robert Covington ended up finishing the game with twenty-nine points, seven rebounds, and one assist.  Markelle Fultz would score ten points, pulled down three rebounds and dishing off one assist in the season debut.