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The Boston Celtics crawl away with a 96-90 victory over the Miami Heat

The Boston Celtics crawl away with a 96-90 victory over the Miami Heat

Last night’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat would mark the first of three games that these two teams play against each other.  This rivalry was somewhat renewed when Kelly Olynyk joined the Heat after being cut by the Celtics.  The Celtics would be without Marcus Morris (knee) and Kadeem Allen as the Heat would play without A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton and Hassan Whiteside (knee).

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami team would shoot forty-eight percent from the field while the Celtics shot forty-three percent from the field.  Goran Dragic chalked up seven points while shooting sixty percent from the field, connecting for one three-pointer in the process.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while dishing off one assist.  Josh Richardson ended up playing for the entire quarter as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He scored five points in return as Dion Waiters collected five points of his own while grabbing three defensive rebounds.  Olynyk would score five points, as well, which included one three-pointer.

Rookie forward Jayson Tatum shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  He ended up receiving seven points in the process which three came from beyond the arc.  Al Horford would collect five points while grabbing three defensive rebounds and giving out one assist.  Kyrie Irving would play for eight minutes but was only held to a three-pointer while pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Marcus Smart was limited to four points as the home team ended the beginning period with a 26 to 21 lead.

The Celtics would respond in the second quarter as they shot forty-one percent from the field while the Heat shot thirty-eight percent.  Smart chalked up eight points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He ended up connecting for two three-pointers in the process while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing out two assists.  Kyrie Irving scored six points while collecting one defensive rebound and one assist in the eight minutes that he played.  Aron Baynes would post four points with two coming from beyond the arc while grabbing two rebounds.

As for the Miami team, Richardson would continue to impress as he chalks up six points on fifty percent shooting from the field.  James Johnson contributed with five points as he pulled down two defensive rebounds in the eight minutes that he played.  Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, and Justise Winslow would be held to two points each.  Kelly Olynyk was also limited to two points but managed to grab four defensive rebounds as the Boston team went into halftime with a tight 47-45 lead.

The Celtics went on a 27 to 18 run in the third quarter as they held the South Beach team to thirty-seven percent shooting from the field while they, on the other hand, shot fifty-three percent.  Tatum continued to impress as he added nine more points to his scoring total, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Irving shot seventy-five percent from the field while receiving six points in return.  Horford played for eleven minutes only to be held to four points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, James Johnson shot fifty percent from the field while scoring five points in return.  He earned three of those points from behind the three-point line Josh Richardson would be held to just a three-pointer.  Former Grizzlies’ guard Wayne Ellington came off of the bench to drill a three-pointer while Dragic was held to two points.  Olynyk would play for four minutes just to be held to one free-throw while the Celtics closed the quarter out with a 74-63 lead.

The Miami Heat would attempt to come back as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Massachusetts team shot thirty-two percent from the field.  Former Houston Rockets’ guard Goran Dragic would heat up for eleven points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  James Johnson collected six points and one assist in the ten minutes that he played while Olynyk would settle for six points and three rebounds.  Winslow was held to two points off the bench but did manage to pull down five defensive rebounds.

As for the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving would chalk up nine points which would include one three-pointer.  He also collected one defensive rebound while Jayson Tatum scored four points with two coming from the free-throw line.  Al Horford was held to three points and two assists in the eight minutes that he played.  Terry Rozier would come off of the bench to earn two points and two defensive rebounds as the Boston Celtics ran away with a 96 to 90 win over the Miami Heat.  Kyrie Irving finished with twenty-four points, four rebounds, and three assists.  Goran Dragic would finish with twenty-two points, three rebounds, and four assists.

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The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a 123-101 loss

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a 123-101 loss

The Cleveland Cavaliers were looking to avoid their second straight loss as they visited Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Cavaliers ended up taking a heartbreaking loss to the Brooklyn Nets, 112 to 107.  The Pelicans, on the other hand, are looking for their second straight win as Anthony Davis would be available to play along.

During the first quarter of the game, the Pelicans shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Cavaliers were held to thirty-five percent.  Anthony Davis would drop ten points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  He ended up pulling down four defensive rebounds while E’Twaun Moore shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he received ten points, as well.  Jrue Holiday recorded eight points, two defensive rebounds, and three assists while DeMarcus Cousins would be held to five points and four assists.

On the other end of the court, LeBron James shot a low thirty-three percent from the field while posting up eight points.  Kevin Love would contribute with two three-pointers and one free-throw while pulling down five defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder would come off of the bench to gobble up three rebounds while Iman Shumpert scored five points with three coming from beyond the arc.  Dwyane Wade would be held scoreless in the four minutes that he played as the home team ended the first quarter with a 35 to 22 lead.

The second period would be held closely as both teams shot fifty-five percent from the field each.  Dwyane Wade heated up for ten points off of the bench while Kevin Love would settle for six points along with two defensive rebounds.  Tristan Thompson ended up with five points and two defensive rebounds while LeBron James would be held to just one free-throw in the seven minutes that he played but he did manage to get off three assists.

As for the New Orleans team, Holiday would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting nine points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Moore scored eight points with six of them coming from behind the three-point line.  Cousins shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points while pulling down four defensive rebounds and dishing out three assists.  Davis ended up with four points on twenty percent shooting from the field but he managed to collect three rebounds.  Ian Clark would play for the entire quarter but would be held to just a three-pointer as the Pelicans went into halftime with a 65 to 52 advantage.

The Ohio team would go on a 31 to 24 run in the third as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while holding the Pelicans to forty percent shooting from the field.  DeMarcus Cousins would get hot for fifteen points while shooting fifty-five percent from the field.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process while gobbling up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Jrue Holiday would be held to five points in the twelve minutes that he played but would knock down a three-pointer in the process.  Davis settled for four points and three rebounds in the ten minutes that he played.

Love would help the Cavs out as he heated up for eleven points, collecting nine of those points from behind the arc.  He also grabbed one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while LeBron James scored nine points on eighty percent shooting from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process to go along with the three defensive rebounds and three assists that he recorded.  J.R. Smith would drill a three-pointer while Kyle Korver and Wade came off the bench to do the same.  Crowder came off of the bench to dish off two assists as the home team went into the fourth quarter with an 89-83 lead.

The Pelicans would finish things off in the last period as they went on a 34 to 18 run, shooting fifty percent from the field while holding the Cleveland Cavaliers to thirty-three percent.  Anthony Davis would heat up for twelve points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He ended up connecting for two three-pointers in the process while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Jrue Holiday would score seven points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Moore would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself six points while DeMarcus Cousins settled for three points but did manage to record four defensive rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the court, former Celtics’ forward Jeff Green would chalk up five points off the bench while shooting fifty percent from the field, collecting two defensive rebounds in the process.  Cedi Osman also came off of the bench as he recorded four points and three defensive rebounds.  Wade would be held to two points while Korver was scoreless in the seven minutes that he played.  Ante Zizic came off of the bench to gobble to two defensive rebounds but it was the New Orleans Pelicans who escaped with a 123 to 101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Anthony Davis finished the game with thirty points, fourteen rebounds, and two assists.  Kevin Love ended up with twenty-six points, eleven rebounds, and one assist.

 

The Timberwolves slip away with a 119 to 116 win over the Thunder

The Timberwolves slip away with a 119 to 116 win over the Thunder

The last time that these two teams met up was on October 22 when the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled out a 115-113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder off of a game-winning three-pointer by Andrew Wiggins.  In that game, both Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns finished with twenty-seven points but Wiggins also ended with seven rebounds and four assists while Towns had twelve rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would finish with thirty-one points, five rebounds, and ten assists.  The Thunder would seek revenge last night as they visited the Target Center to take on the T-Wolves.

During the first quarter of the game, the Thunder shot fifty-five percent from the field while limiting the Wolves to forty-four percent.  Paul George would heat up for twelve points as he shot eighty percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from beyond the arc while gobbling up one defensive rebound.  Steven Adams would contribute with six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Both Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony would be held to two points each as Westbrook recorded one defensive rebound and three assists.

As for the Minnesota team, former Chicago Bulls’ forward Taj Gibson would chalk up six points while pulling down one defensive rebound and one offensive rebound.  Towns shot only thirty-eight percent from the field as he recorded six points to go along with the three rebounds he collected.  Another former Bulls player, Jimmy Butler, only scored six points in the eleven minutes that he played as Wiggins scored five points with three of them coming from behind the arc.  Jeff Teague would dish off four assists and pull down two rebounds but it was the Thunder who ended the first quarter with a 33 to 26 lead.

The Timberwolves would respond in the second quarter as they go on a 33 to 26 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field while holding the Oklahoma team to forty-eight percent.  Karl-Anthony Towns ended up putting up nine points in the sixty-seven percent that he shot from the field.  He also gobbled down four defensive rebounds while Teague would score points, as well, earning three of them from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Butler recorded five points and two assists while Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to contribute with five points, as well, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.

On the other end of the court, Anthony got hot for eleven points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He knocked down a three-pointer in the process while George was held to one three-pointer and two free-throws.  Westbrook only shot thirty-three percent from the field as he scored four points, pulled down four rebounds, and gave out three assists.  Jerami Grant would come off the bench only to be held to two points in the nine minutes that he played as both teams headed to the locker rooms with a tied game, 59 apiece.

The third period of the game would be held closely as the Thunder shot fifty-five percent from the field and the Wolves shot fifty percent from the field.  Towns would heat up for eleven more points while grabbing one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Gibson also contributed as he recorded six points along with three offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Jeff Teague scored six points with three coming from behind the three-point line while Wiggins was limited to just one three-pointer in the time that he played.  Butler would be held to just one free-throw as he dished off two assists.

As for the Thunder, New Zealand-native Steven Adams ended up with ten points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Russell Westbrook would chalk up seven points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and two assists that he recorded.  Paul George shot only forty-three percent from the field but did manage to collect six points, two rebounds, and three assists.  Anthony dropped four points while grabbing two defensive rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves close the third quarter with a slight 90-89 lead.

During the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves ended up shooting fifty percent from the field while the Thunder were held to forty-one percent.  Jimmy Butler would get hot for thirteen points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He ended up grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Karl-Anthony Towns played for the entire quarter as he scored seven points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also managed to gobble up four offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds while Wiggins would be held to just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Westbrook would add fourteen more points to his scoring total as he shot sixty-three percent from the field.  He earned three of those points from beyond the arc while Carmelo Anthony dropped six points in the ten minutes that he played.  Raymond Felton would come off of the bench to post up four points as Paul George was held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  Adams managed to collect four rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to hold on for a 119 to 116 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 2-0 lead in the season series.  Karl-Anthony Towns would finish the game with thirty-three points and nineteen rebounds.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds, and nine assists.

The Pelicans grab a win against the Kings in Cousins’ return, 114 to 106

The Pelicans grab a win against the Kings in Cousins’ return, 114 to 106

Last night’s matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings would mark the first time that DeMarcus Cousins would play in the Golden 1 Center in a different jersey.  Since Cousins’ trade to the Pelicans, these two teams have met up once in New Orleans as the Pelicans defeated the Kings, 117 to 89.  They hoped to do the same as they visited California without Anthony Davis.

The Kings would go on a huge run in the opening quarter as they shot sixty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Pelicans to just forty-four percent.  Willie Cauley-Stein ended up scoring eight points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Justin Jackson would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he puts up seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Zach Randolph would be collect five points, six rebounds, and two assists while hitting a three-pointer in the process.

On the other end of the court, former Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson came off of the bench to heat up for eleven points which hitting a three-pointer in the process.  DeMarcus Cousins would be held to eight points in the ten minutes that he played but did manage to grab four rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Cheick Diallo was limited to four points off the bench but grabbed three rebounds as the Kings end the first quarter with a 40 to 27 advantage.

The second quarter would be held closely as the Kings shot forty-two percent from the field while the New Orleans team shot forty-six percent.  Former Washington Wizards’ guard Garrett Temple came off of the bench to put ten points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  George Hill would contribute with six points while Randolph was held to four points.  Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench to record four points, two rebounds, and two assists as Vince Carter was held to just a three-pointer.

As for the Louisana team, Cousins heated up for twelve points which would include two three-pointers.  He also pulled down five rebounds and gave out three assists while E’Twaun Moore ended up scoring nine points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Dante Cunningham was held to just one three-pointer as he managed to grab three rebounds but it was still the Sacramento Kings who were ahead at halftime, 70 to 56.

The visiting team would respond in the third quarter with a huge 32 to 17 run as they ended up shooting sixty-two percent from the field while the Kings were held to just thirty-two percent.  Jrue Holiday would heat up for eleven points while shooting a high eighty percent from the field.  He collected six of those points from beyond the arc as Cousins shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  DeMarcus Cousins ended up with seven points to along with the six defensive rebounds that he collected.  Nelson would continue to contribute with five points which included one three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Buddy Hield would score five points and grab two defensive rebounds while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  De’Aaron Fox came off of the Kings’ bench to drop five points, as well but would earn three of them from beyond the arc.  Kosta Koufos would play three minutes off of the bench as he chalked up three points along with two defensive rebounds.  Hill was held scoreless in the but did get his hands on two defensive rebounds but it was the Pelicans who gained the lead, 88-87, at the end of the third.

The New Orleans Pelicans would close things out in the last period as they shot forty-one percent from the field, limiting the Sacramento Kings to thirty-seven percent.  Cousins continued to impress as he chalks up fourteen more points on sixty percent shooting from the field.  He would connect for a three-pointer in the process of collecting three offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds.  Moore would help out as he drills a three-pointer, along with the two defensive rebounds that he pulled down.

Cauley-Stein, on the other end, was limited to only four points but did shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Fox played the entire quarter, only to be held to four points, as well.  He did manage to pull down two defensive rebounds while Skal Labissiere came off the bench to score four points.  Koufos recorded three points along with two defensive rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the New Orleans Pelicans escape with a 114 to 106 victory over the Sacramento Kings.  DeMarcus Cousins finished the game with forty-one points, twenty-three rebounds, and six assists.  De’Aaron Fox ended up finishing with fourteen points, two rebounds, and five assists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily coast past the Indiana Pacers, 114 to 96

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily coast past the Indiana Pacers, 114 to 96

Last night’s matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder would mark the first time that Paul George would play against his former team since the trade.  During the seven seasons that he played with Indiana, he averaged eighteen points a game, six rebounds a game and two assists a game.  The Thunder would look to avoid their third straight loss as they hosted the 2-2 Indiana Pacers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Oklahoma City Thunder would shoot a high fifty-two percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Steven Adams scored seven points in the eight minutes that he played as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Russell Westbrook would play ten minutes while recording six points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  He also chalked up three defensive rebounds and six assists while Paul George shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, giving himself four points.  Anthony would record four points while pulling down five defensive rebounds.

As for the Pacers, Victor Oladipo would get hot for fourteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He ended up knocking down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Darren Collison would put up five points which included one three-pointer while Thaddeus Young drilled a three-pointer to go along with fifty percent shooting from the field.  Lance Stephenson came off the bench to score three points and pull down two defensive rebounds as the Thunder headed into the second quarter with a 30 to 27 lead.

During the second quarter, the home team shot forty-one percent from the field while the Pacers were held to twenty-nine percent.  Former Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony got hot for eleven points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field.  He would connect for two three-pointers in the process of it, along with two defensive rebounds.  Westbrook recorded five more points while grabbing two defensive rebounds and giving out four assists.  Paul George would be held to two points while Raymond Felton came off the bench, only to be held to two points as well.

On the other end of the floor, Young ended up shooting sixty percent from the field while dropping eight points.  Oladipo would collect seven more points to add to his stat sheet while hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing it.  Collison was held to only four free-throws but did manage to post up two defensive rebounds and one assist.  Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson would be held scoreless off the bench as the Oklahoma team headed into the locker room with a 54 to 48 advantage.

The Thunder went on a 32 to 26 run in the third as they shot forty-six percent from the field, holding the visiting team to thirty-two percent.  Russell Westbrook would start to heat up as he shot seventy-one percent from the field, scoring eleven points with three coming from behind the arc.  He also recorded one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds, and three assists in the nine minutes that he played.  Anthony shot fifty percent from the field while earning seven points in return, including one three-pointer.  He also collected two defensive rebounds as Steven Adams dropped four points and three offensive rebounds.  Paul George would play for four minutes just to be held to two points.

Darren Collison shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as dropped seven points and committed two steals.  Victor Oladipo played for eleven minutes as he is limited to only six points but he would manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds.  Cory Joseph would score four points coming off of the Pacers’ bench but two of those points came from the charity stripe.  Domantas Sabonis would be held to only two points in the nine minutes that he played but grabbed six offensive rebounds as the third period came to an end with an 86-74 score in the Thunder’s favor.

The Oklahoma City Thunder closed things out in the last quarter as they fifty-five percent from the field, holding the Indiana team to thirty-three percent.  Felton would come off of the Thunder bench to post up seven points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He ended up dropping a three-pointer in the process while Anthony would put up six points.  Westbrook ended up scoring four points as he pulled down two defensive rebounds and dished off three assists.  George would be held to two points in the last quarter while Adams gobbled up five rebounds.

As for the Pacers, Oladipo would continue to contribute with eight more points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  Thaddeus Young chalked up three points while earning one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  Sabonis played for five minutes as he recorded two points and two defensive rebounds but it wouldn’t be enough as the Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the Indiana Pacers a 114 to 96 loss.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-eight points, ten rebounds, and sixteen assists.  Paul George would finish with a career-low ten points against his former team, along with one rebound.  Victor Oladipo ended up finishing with thirty-five points and five rebounds.

The Lakers managed to pull away with a 102 to 99 win over the Wizards

The Lakers managed to pull away with a 102 to 99 win over the Wizards

The Lakers are in the midst of rebuilding their franchise in hopes that Lonzo Ball would bring good things to the city of Los Angeles.  They would hope to avoid a second straight loss as they hosted the 3-0 Washington Wizards at the Staples Center.  During the first quarter of the game, the Lakers a high fifty-two percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to thirty-nine percent.

Larry Nance would score six points and pull down six rebounds while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Brandon Ingram ended up being limited to only four points but did manage to grab two defensive rebounds and dish off two assists.  Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in the seven minutes that he played but did record three defensive rebounds and one assist.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal dropped seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Kelly Oubre scored only four points while shooting forty percent from the field.  Otto Porter, John Wall, and Mike Scott would each be held to just two points while Marcin Gortat was kept to just one free-throw.  Gortat did manage to grab four defensive rebounds but it was the Lakers who ended the first quarter with a 23 to 18 lead.

The Wizards responded with a 31 to 22 run in the second period as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Los Angeles team shot forty-five percent.  Nance would continue to impress as he posts up eight more points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also gobbled up three defensive rebounds while rookie forward Kyle Kuzma came off of the bench to drop four points.  Jordan Clarkson would come off of the bench to record a three-pointer and three assists while Ball was still held scoreless.

As for the Washington Wizards, Jodie Meeks came off of the bench to chalk up eight points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Six of those points would come from behind the three-point line as he pulled down two defensive rebounds.  Porter scored six points while shooting only forty-three percent from the field but he did manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds.  Beal and Wall would each be held to two points as the Wizards went into the locker room with a slight 49-45 lead.

During the third quarter, the Washington Wizards shot a high sixty-one percent from the field while limiting the Los Angeles Lakers to only forty-four percent.  John Wall would start to heat up as he dropped ten points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He connected for a three-pointer while doing so, along with dishing off four assists.  Bradley Beal ended up recording nine points to add to his scoring total, three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Marcin Gortat shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, scoring six points.

Brook Lopez would post up seven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would drill a three-pointer in the process of doing so while Ingram would be held to four points.  Lonzo Ball would pull himself out of the scoring drought he was in as he chalked up two points to add to the three assists that he recorded.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would be held to just one free-throw line but did manage to grab two defensive rebounds as the visiting team went into the last quarter with a 79 to 69 advantage.

The Lakers did pull back, though, in the fourth period as they went on a 23 to 13 run.  They shot thirty-six percent from the field while limiting the Wizards to a low twenty-two percent.  Brandon Ingram would heat up for eleven points and six rebounds while shooting sixty-three percent from the field.  Kuzma would play for the entire quarter but was only held to four points as he grabbed two defensive rebounds.  Lonzo Ball would only score two points, which would all come from the charity stripe as Julius Randle pulled down five defensive rebounds.

For the Nation’s Capital team, Gortat recorded four points while collecting five defensive rebounds in the process.  Beal ended up with the only three points while John Wall was held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  With the Wizards up by two points, Ingram would put in a tip shot with one second left to tie the game at 92, sending it into overtime.  The Lakers would end up pulling it out in the extra quarter as they shot fifty percent from the field, holding the Wizards to thirty-eight percent.

Lonzo Ball ended up scoring two points in the quarter while Randle gobbled up two defensive rebounds.  Bradley Beal dropped five points while John Wall was limited to two.  Oubre, Gortat, and Porter were held scoreless in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away with a 102 to 99 victory over the Washington Wizards, handing them their first loss of the season.  Brandon Ingram finished the game with nineteen points, ten rebounds (which matched his career-high) and three assists.  Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, and two assists.

The Nets hand the Cavaliers their second loss of the season, 112-107

The Nets hand the Cavaliers their second loss of the season, 112-107

The Brooklyn Nets would be without D’Angelo Russell (23.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 5.5 APG) and Sean Kilpatrick (12.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 1.8 APG) for Wednesday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  They would hope to avoid their second straight loss as they hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center.

During the first quarter of the game, the Cavaliers would shoot forty-one percent from the field while the Nets shot forty percent.  LeBron James shot fifty percent from the field while scoring eight points and collecting three defensive rebounds.  Kevin Love would also shoot fifty percent from the field as he dropped five points, collecting three of those points from beyond the arc.  He also pulled down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while Kyle Korver came off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer.

As for the Nets, DeMarre Carroll shot seventy-five percent from the field as he chalked up eight points.  He would knock down two three-pointers in the process of doing so, along with two defensive rebounds.  Former Portland Trail Blazers’ shooting guard Allen Crabbe came off of the bench to chalk up five points as Trevor Booker would come off the bench to record two defensive rebounds and three assists.  Spencer Dinwiddie was limited to four points in the nine minutes that he played as the Brooklyn team ended the first quarter with a 26 to 23 lead.

The Cavaliers would shoot fifty-nine percent from the field in the second period while the Brooklyn Nets were limited to thirty-eight percent.  Jeff Green came off of the Cleveland bench to chalk up nine points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  He would collect six of those points from the three-point line as James scored six points and dished off five assists.  Korver would also chalk up six points, earning three of them from beyond the arc while Love gobbled up three defensive rebounds.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson would put up seven points while shooting only twenty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc and the other four from the free-throw line.  Carroll continued to contribute as he recorded six more points while Dinwiddie knocked down two three-pointers to give himself six points while collecting two defensive rebounds.  Booker would be held to only two points but managed to grab three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the Nets went into halftime with a slight 55-52 lead.

The New York team went on a 29 to 21 run in the third quarter as they shot forty-eight percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to forty-two percent.  Crabbe would come off the bench to drop nine more points which would all be earned from the three-point line.  Hollis-Jefferson would drop nine points, as well, while connecting for a three-pointer in the process.  He also pulled down two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while former Cavs’ guard Joe Harris came off the bench to drop a three-pointer.  Quincy Acy would be held scoreless in the six minutes he played but did manage to get ahold of three rebounds.

LeBron James ended up with only five points in the eleven minutes that he played, three of those coming from behind the arc.  He also collected one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to put up four points.  Jae Crowder would be limited to only a three-pointer while J.R. Smith and Channing Frye would put up two points each.  Tristan Thompson was held scoreless but did manage to grab four defensive rebounds as the Nets went into the fourth period with an 84 to 73 lead.

The Cavaliers would respond with a run of their own in the last quarter, shooting fifty percent from the field while keeping the Nets at forty-seven percent.  LeBron James would continue to contribute with ten more points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field.  He would also grab four defensive rebounds while dishing off five assists in the process.  Korver scored nine points which would all come from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the court, Spencer Dinwiddie ended up dropping ten points to add to his scoring total while recording one defensive rebound and three assists.  Carroll would knock down a three-pointer and a free-throw in the quarter while grabbing three defensive rebounds.  Harris would come off the bench to nail a three-pointer as the Nets escaped with a 112-107 victory over the Cavs.  Spencer Dinwiddie finished with a career-high twenty-two points, along with five rebounds, and six assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-nine points, ten rebounds, and thirteen assists.

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Los Angeles Clippers would seek their third straight win as they hosted the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center, who were looking for their second straight win.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two teams.  The Clippers and Jazz met up in the first round of the playoffs last season as the Jazz defeated the California team, 4-3.  The Clippers, who are now without Chris Paul, would seek revenge last night.

The Utah Jazz shot forty-three percent from the field in the first quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers shot forty percent.  Ricky Rubio would score eight points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds while Joe Ingles connected for a three-pointer.  Alec Burks came off the Utah bench to hit a three-pointer as well but he also pulled down two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Patrick Beverley would also earn eight points with six of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Blake Griffin would contribute with seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Danilo Gallinari ended up with four points and two rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 20 lead.

The Utah team would go on a 21 to 15 run in the second period as they shot thirty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to thirty-five percent.  2009-2010 All-Defensive Player Thabo Sefolosha would come off of the bench to drop points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer while doing so as well as collecting four defensive rebounds.  Joe Johnson would come off the bench to also shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points.  Rudy Gobert was limited to three points in the quarter while Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell were held to two points.

As for the Clippers, Gallinari would shoot only thirty-three percent from the field while collecting four points.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Austin Rivers would drill a three-pointer.  Blake Griffin ended up with two points in the seven minutes that he played while DeAndre Jordan received two points, two offensive rebounds, and five defensive rebounds.  Beverley would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to two points as the home team would go into halftime with a slight 42-41 lead.

The Clippers would respond in the third quarter with a huge 33 to 15 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to twenty-seven percent from the field.  Griffin would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up nine more points, along with five defensive rebounds.  Jordan would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn five points, which would go along with his four rebounds that he collected.  Lou Williams will come off of the bench to earn five points including one three-pointer.

For the Jazz, Gobert would collect nine more points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also pulled down three rebounds while Johnson would collect four more points.  Rubio and Favors would be held scoreless throughout this period while Sefolosha would collect four defensive rebounds off of the bench.  Rubio would manage to get off four assists as the Clippers walk into the last quarter with a huge 75 to 56 lead.

The Jazz would shoot sixty-three percent of the field in the last period while the Clippers shot fifty-nine percent from the field.  Mitchell would get hot for fifteen points on the Utah side, which would include three 3-pointers.  Raul Neto came off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as Derrick Favors shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.

The Clippers would finish things off, though, as Griffin drops five points which would include one three-pointer.  Rivers and Beverley would also collect five points each as they both shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  DeAndre Jordan would receive two points and two rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers easily pull away with a 102 to 84 win over the Utah Jazz.  Blake Griffin would finish the game with twenty-two points, nine rebounds, and six assists while Donovan Mitchell finished with nineteen points, two rebounds, and one assist.

The Brooklyn Nets get handed a 125-121 loss by the Orlando Magic

The Brooklyn Nets get handed a 125-121 loss by the Orlando Magic

The Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic would meet up for the second time this season as the Magic lost the first matchup, 126 to 121.  This time around, the Magic looked for revenge as they hoped to earn their second straight win as the Nets looked for their third straight win.  After this game, there will be two more matchups between these teams as the Magic hosted the Nets at the Amway Center.

The first quarter of the game would be held closely as the Orlando team shot forty-five percent from the field and the Nets shot forty-eight percent.  D’Angelo Russell would heat up for twelve points early, earning all of them from beyond the arc.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he drops four points while Trevor Booker came off the bench to collect three points and two defensive rebounds.  Allen Crabbe would also come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer while collecting one offensive rebound and two assists.

On the other end of the court, Aaron Gordon would heat up for fourteen points as he shot seventy-one percent from the field.  He ended up earning three of those points from beyond the arc while collecting two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  Former Denver Nuggets’ shooting guard Evan Fournier would score four points while gobbling up four rebounds.  D.J. Augustin ended up with four points, which he would earn all them from the charity stripe as the game would be tied at 30 apiece heading into the second quarter.

During the second period, the Magic shot fifty percent from the field, limiting the Brooklyn Nets to thirty-seven percent.  Gordon would continue to impress as he chalks up ten more points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would knock down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  He also pulled down two defensive rebounds while Augustin would drop six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Fournier would be held to only two points in the six minutes that he played but he did manage to grab two defensive rebounds.

As for the New York team, Hollis-Jefferson started to heat up as he scored ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He also earned two offensive rebounds and two assists while Caris LeVert would collect eight points, knocking down a three-pointer while doing so.  Former Toronto Raptors’ forward DeMarre Carroll ended up with four points which would all be earned from the free-throw line.  Timofey Mozgov would hit a rare three-pointer to give himself three points to go along with his two defensive rebounds as both teams head into the locker room with a 61-61 score at the half.

The Brooklyn Nets would spark a 35 to 26 run in the third quarter as they shot fifty-five percent from the field while limiting the Magic to forty percent.  Aaron Gordon would continue to go off as he chalks up twelve more points while collecting three rebounds.  Fournier would shoot eighty percent from the field while putting up ten points.  Nikola Vucevic ended up recording only two points in the ten minutes that he played but he did pull down three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, DeMarre Carroll would heat up for eleven points, hitting two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Mozgov shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting six points and two defensive rebounds.  Spencer Dinwiddie would knock down a jumper along with two free-throws while giving out three assists.  Trevor Booker would collect two points off the bench along with three rebounds as the visiting team ended the third quarter with a 96-87 lead.

The Florida team would respond with a 38 to 25 run in the last quarter as they shot a high sixty percent from the field, limiting the Nets to thirty-two percent.  Evan Fournier ended up dropping twelve points, six coming from beyond the arc and the other six coming from the free-throw line.  Jonathon Simmons would come off of the bench to chalk up seven points while grabbing two defensive rebounds.  Aaron Gordon ended up earning five more points while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.

As for the Nets, Russell scored nine points while shooting a low twenty-nine percent from the field.  He would earn two rebounds while Jarrett Allen chalked up five points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Carroll added four more points to his scoring total while LeVert gobbled up three rebounds to add to his three points and two assists.  Hollis-Jefferson and Booker would each be limited to two points as the Orlando Magic slip away with a 125 to 121 win over the Brooklyn Nets.  Aaron Gordon finished with a career-high forty-one points along with fourteen rebounds, and two assists.  D’Angelo Russell would finish with twenty-nine points, five rebounds, and one assist.