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

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

Monday, January 20, 2020

 

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

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

Washington Wizards:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 16, 2020

 

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

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

Boston Celtics:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 10, 2020

 

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

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

Detroit Pistons:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE:

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

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

Utah Jazz:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 15, 2019

 

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

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

Houston Rockets:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

The Bulls come away with a 120-102 victory over the Knicks

The Bulls come away with a 120-102 victory over the Knicks

The New York Knicks are one of the worst teams in the league as they are sitting with a 2-8 record.  They are coming fresh off of a surprising 108-87 blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Madison Square Garden.  With a 1-5 away record, the Knicks will hope to grab a victory tonight as they battle the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

The Bulls, on the other hand, are dealing with struggles of their own.  They have only won one game at home this season as they hold a 1-3 home record.  Coming off of a 117-94 loss to the Houston Rockets, they will hope to avoid a second consecutive loss.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls have battled each other a grand total of 266 times in the past as the Knicks won 120 games while the Bulls came away with 146 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Wayne Ellington (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 31.1 FG%, 27.5 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League)
-Elfrid Payton (hamstring; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.8 APG, 37.9 FG%, 62.5 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)
-Mitchell Robinson (concussion; 9.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 71.8 FG%)
-Reggie Bullock (cervical disc herniation)

Chicago Bulls:

-Luke Kornet (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 34.9 FG%, 21.7 3P%)
-Cristiano Felicio (wrist)
-Adam Mokoka (G-League)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Max Strus (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they shot fifty-one percent from the field, holding the visiting team to forty-two percent.  Zach LaVine warmed up with 14 points, knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  Power forward Lauri Markkanen contributed with nine points while grabbing three defensive rebounds, dishing off one assist, recording one steal, and a block.

Wendell Carter also had nine points, along with four rebounds.  California-native Chandler Hutchison had five points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Tomas Satoransky chalked up five points, as well.  Thaddeus Young played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just two points.

On the other end of the court, R.J. Barrett earned 14 points on seventy-five percent shooting.  He also had two three-pointers while recording four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.  Both Marcus Morris and Julius Randle had 10 points each, both hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Kevin Knox played 16 minutes off of the bench as he scored five points but it was the Bulls who went into halftime with a 60-54 lead.

The Illinois ball club would take over in the second half as they went on a 60 to 48 run, shooting fifty-percent from the field.  Coby White played the most minutes off of the bench as he got hot for 23 points, hitting seven three-pointers all in the fourth quarter.  LaVine added 11 points to his scoring total while Carter had eight more points.

As for the Knicks, Morris chalked up 12 points, including two three-pointers.  Former Bulls player Taj Gibson gave eight points, along with three rebounds, one assist, and a steal.  Knox played 15 minutes off of the bench as he had five points but it was the Bulls who handed the Knicks a 120-102 loss.  Coby White finished the game with a career-high 27 points, along with 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Marcus Morris had 22 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will host Luka Doncic (28.3 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 9.1 APG, 48.5 FG%, 31.8 3P%) and the Dallas Mavericks (6-4) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 8 when the Knicks escaped with a 106-102.  During that game, Marcus Morris scored 29 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed one steal while Luka Doncic had 38 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists.

The Chicago Bulls will travel to Wisconsin to battle Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.7 PPG, 14.3 RPG, 6.8 APG, 58.5 FG%, 30.8 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (7-3) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four meetings between these two teams this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Chicago Bulls their third straight loss in a 119-112 victory

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Chicago Bulls their third straight loss in a 119-112 victory

The Chicago Bulls would look to avoid a 0-3 start in this season as they visited Ohio to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena.  The Cavaliers, on the other hand, hoped to avoid a second straight loss as LeBron James and the Cavs host the win-less Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls shot fifty-six percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Cavaliers would be limited to forty-eight percent from the field.  Rookie forward Lauri Markkanen ended up getting hot for eleven points as he shot eighty percent from the field, knocking down three 3-pointers in the process.  He would also grab four defensive rebounds as 2015 NBA champion Justin Holiday dropped eight points while shooting only thirty-three percent in the twelve minutes that he played.  Jerian Grant would be limited to only four points as he dished off five assists.

On the other end of the court, LeBron James would go off for twelve points as he shot seventy-one percent from the field in the eleven minutes that he played.  He ended up knocking down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Kevin Love shot fifty percent from the field while scoring five points, hitting a three-pointer while doing so.  Love would pull down two defensive rebounds while Jeff Green came off the bench to collect two defensive rebounds as well, along with four points.  Dwyane Wade would come off the bench to score two points as the Bulls would end the first quarter with a 38 to 28 lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would go on a 37 to 30 run in the second period as they shot sixty-five percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to forty-six percent.  James would continue to impress as he drops eleven more points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Jeff Green shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scores seven points, earning three of those points from behind the arc.  Love would score five points which would include one three-pointer as he gobbles up three rebounds.  Wade played for nine minutes but would be held to only four points but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds and give out three assists.

As for the Bulls, former Cavaliers’ point guard Kay Felder would come off the bench to score nine points, earning six of them from beyond the three-point line.  Markkanen dropped six more points which would all be earned from the three-point line as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Paul Zipser would knock down a three-pointer while collecting two defensive rebounds and three assists.  Denzel Valentine would come off of the bench to drill a three-pointer as the Chicago team walked into halftime with a 68-65 lead.

During the third quarter, the Bulls shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Cavs shot forty-five percent.  Holiday would heat up for ten points as he shot sixty percent from the field.  He ended up drilling two three-pointers in the process of doing so while pulling down one defensive rebound.  Valentine would shot fifty percent from the field as he is rewarded with five points, three coming from behind the arc.

On the other end of the floor, former Boston Celtics’ small forward Jae Crowder connected for two three-pointers to give himself six points in the quarter.  Tristan Thompson would end up recording five points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also managed to get ahold of two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds.  Dwyane Wade would record five points while James chalked up four points and three assists.  Love would play for six minutes, only to be held scoreless but he would grab two defensive rebounds as the Illinois team walked into the fourth quarter with a 92 to 91 lead.

The Cavaliers would close things out in the last period as they spark up a 28 to 20 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field, limiting the Chicago Bulls to thirty-eight percent.  Kevin Love would heat up for ten points as he shot forty-three percent from the field.  He would connect for a three-pointer in the process while gobbling up two offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds.  LeBron James ended up shooting forty percent from the field as he scored seven points, along with one defensive rebound and five assists.  Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers.  Smith would play for ten minutes only to be held scoreless but he did manage to collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.

Jerian Grant would score five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the charity stripe.  He did grab three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists in the process of doing so.  Denzel Valentine ended scoring five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those from beyond the arc as Zipser would play for the entire quarter only to be held to four points.  Brazil-native Cristiana Felicio would come off of the bench to score two points and collect two offensive rebounds but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who come back to hand the Chicago Bulls a 119 to 112 loss.  LeBron James finished with thirty-four points, two rebounds, and thirteen assists.  Justin Holiday would finish with twenty-five points, four rebounds, and one assist.

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks were coming fresh off wins against the Boston Celtics each.  They looked to grab a second win as LeBron James and the Cavaliers visited Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Last season, the Bucks finished at sixth place in the Eastern Conference but would lose to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs, 2-4.

The first quarter of the game would be held tightly as the Bucks shot fifty percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot forty-five percent from the field.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love would light the floor up with eleven points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He would also do some work on the boards as he grabbed three defensive rebounds.  Dwyane Wade shot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only be held to four points but he did record one defensive rebound and two assists.  Derrick Rose would also score four but he earned two of them from the charity stripe as LeBron James and Jae Crowder would be limited to two points each.  J.R. Smith would also be held to two points but he did manage to grab two defensive rebounds.

As for the Bucks, California-native Tony Snell would drill two three-pointers to earn himself six points while Malcolm Brogdon would do the exact same thing.  Antetokounmpo would be limited to five points but he did gobble up two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Greg Monroe would come off the bench to score four and pull down three rebounds as both teams would head into the second quarter tied at 25 points apiece.

During the second period, the Ohio team would shoot sixty percent from the field as they limit the home team to forty-eight percent.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would start to heat up as he chalks up ten points while shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also record one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds, and three assists in the process of doing so.  Brogdon ended up scoring five points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the court, James would put up six points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Rose would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he records six additional points, two of those coming from the free-throw line.  Former Utah Jazz’s shooting guard Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers as Jeff Green would also put up six points.  Kevin Love would play for six minutes as he is held to only two points but he would grab two defensive rebounds as the Cavaliers head into halftime with a 55-49 lead.

In the third quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Milwaukee Bucks shot forty-seven percent from the field.  Antetokounmpo would continue to impress as he chalks up eleven more points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Thon Maker would record five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also collect three rebounds as Snell would connect for three while grabbing two defensive rebounds.

As for the Cavaliers, Korver would continue to add to his scoring total as he rallies in three three-pointers, earning himself nine points.  LeBron James would play for the entire quarter but would only put up eight points but he did grab two rebounds while dishing off three assists.  Crowder would earn eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc as Rose and Wade would be held scoreless.  Love would be held to two points but he managed to pull down two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the visiting team went into the fourth quarter with an 86-73 advantage.

The Cleveland team would close things out in the fourth quarter as they went on a 30 to 24 run, shooting sixty-three percent from the field while limiting the Bucks to only thirty-nine percent.  LeBron James would add eight more points to his scoring total while connecting for two three-pointers.  Tristan Thompson would end up chalking up six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Both him and James would shot seventy-five percent from the field while J.R. Smith would come off the bench to score five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Wade would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played.

As for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo would chalk up eight points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Former Detriot Pistons’ shooting guard Khris Middleton would put up four points as he earned two of them from the free-throw line.  Matthew Dellavedova and Sterling Brown would both come off the bench to hit a three-pointer each but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Milwaukee Bucks a 116-97 loss.  Lebron James finished the game with twenty-four points, five rebounds, and eight assists as Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with thirty-four points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

Last night’s matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics would mark the first of three matchups between each other.  Last season, the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, 4-1.  This season is a little different for both teams:  During the offseason, one of the biggest trades were made which involved Kyrie Irving being traded to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas.  Isaiah Thomas was unable to play last night due to a hip injury but Irving looked forward to playing in front of the Cleveland crowd in a different jersey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  Georgia-native Jaylen Brown shot forty-three percent from the field as he collected seven points.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds as new-point guard Kyrie Irving would shoot sixty percent from the field, earning six points.  Gordon Hayward would only score two points before going up for an alley-oop and landing awkwardly on his leg, breaking his ankle.  He would have to be carted off the court as he only recorded five minutes.

On the other end of the court, J.R. Smith recorded six points which would include one three-pointer.  New-shooting guard Dwyane Wade and Tristan Thompson would score five points each but Thompson would also grab three defensive rebounds.  LeBron James chalked up four points, along with four defensive rebounds and four assists.  New-Cavaliers players Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose would also score four points as the Ohio team ended the first quarter with a 29 to 19 lead.

In the second quarter, the Cavaliers shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Celtics would end up shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  James would start to heat up as he dropped ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He also pulled down three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Crowder would score seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line.  Kevin Love and Derrick Rose would both chalk up three points each but Love would add one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds with it while Rose gave out two assists.

As for the visiting team, Brown chalked up five points with three coming from behind the three-point line as he pulled down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  Former San Antonio Spurs’ center Aron Baynes would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself four points while Kyrie Irving recorded three points, one coming from the free-throw line.  Terry Rozier would knock a shot down from behind the arc to give himself three points but it was the Cavaliers who went into halftime with a huge 54 to 38 lead over the Celtics.

The Boston Celtics would start to pick up in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent.  Marcus Smart would heat up for twelve points while collecting two defensive rebounds and two assists.  Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown ended up with eight points while Irving was limited to one three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Love would drop six points while grabbing one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Former Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose would earn five points, three of them coming from beyond the arc while Wade would settle for three points.  LeBron James would play for nine minutes, only to score two points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds as the Celtics ended the third quarter with a thirty-three to eighteen run.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty-eight percent from the field in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  LeBron James would light the floor up with thirteen points including one three-pointer.  He also grabbed one offensive rebound and five defensive rebounds.  Both Love and Rose would each score five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  They both would each knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.

Irving would heat up for ten points, nine coming from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.  He would also dish off three assists while Brown would score five points including one three-pointer.  Tatum would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only settle for four points.

With one minute and four seconds remaining in the game, the Cavaliers would have a one-point lead.  Out of a Cleveland timeout, James would find Love in the corner for a wide-open three-pointer, giving the home team a four-point lead.  Kyrie Irving would then get fouled, sending him to the free-throw line as he only connects for one of his two free-throws.  Right before the game expires, Irving would attempt a three-pointer to force overtime but would not be successful in doing so as the Cavaliers hold on to win the game, 102 to 99.  LeBron James finished the game with twenty-nine points, sixteen rebounds and nine assists while Jaylen Brown would finish with twenty-five points and six rebounds.