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The Houston Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz, 112-102, winning the series, 4-1

The Houston Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz, 112-102, winning the series, 4-1

The Houston Rockets will look to finish off the Utah Jazz as they host them at the Toyota Center for Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.  If that takes place and the Rockets advance to the Western Conference Finals, that will be the first time in Chris Paul’s career that will play in a Conference Finals.

SERIES RECAP:

Game 1 took place in Houston on April 29 as the Rockets handed the Jazz a 110-96 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored forty-one points, pulled down eight rebounds, gave out seven assists, and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds, and five assists.  Jae Crowder also had twenty-one points, along with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.

The Houston Rockets hosted the Utah Jazz again for Game 2 on May 2 but this time, the Jazz snuck away with a 116 to 108 victory.  Joe Ingles had twenty-seven points in that game, along with three rebounds and two assists while James Harden recorded thirty-two points, six rebounds, eleven assists, and two steals.

The series would shift over to Utah as the Jazz hosted the Rockets for Game 3 on May 4.  The Houston Rockets, however, got revenge as they defeated the Utah Jazz with a 113 to 92 score.  During that game, James Harden scored twenty-five points, pulled down four rebounds, gave out twelve assists, committed two steals and blocked one shot.  Eric Gordon also had twenty-five points, along with two rebounds and one steal.  Royce O’Neale had seventeen points, five rebounds, and one assist.

Game 4 would be held on May 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena as the Texas team defeated the Jazz, 100-87.  Chris Paul finished that game with twenty-seven points, along with twelve rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block while Donovan Mitchell recorded twenty-five points, nine rebounds, two assists, and four steals.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
David Stockton (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ricky Rubio (hamstring; 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
Dante Exum (hamstring; 8.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 48.3 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 9.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 43.1 FG%, 38.6 3P%)
Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 59.1 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Aaron Jackson (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.6 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
Zhou Qi (1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 18.8 FG%, 10.5 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would somewhat have control in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Utah Jazz at forty percent.  Chris Paul, desperate for a Conference Finals appearance, would get hot for fifteen points while hitting three three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds and six assists while P.J. Tucker earned himself ten points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting from the field.  James Harden contributed with nine points which held a three-pointer late in the first period.  2016-2017 Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer, which he took in the second quarter.

On the other end of the court, both Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert scored eight points but Ingles earned six of his points from beyond the arc.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while Gobert had five rebounds and two blocks.  Donovan Mitchell surprisingly had only two points but did manage to dish off six assists.  Missouri-native Alec Burks played fourteen minutes off of the bench as he had twelve points but it was the Houston team who went into halftime with a 54 to 46 lead.

The Jazz would make sure to hold it close, though, as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the home team to forty-eight percent.  Mitchell got extremely hot for twenty-two points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He dropped two three-pointers in the third quarter while recording three rebounds and three assists.  Royce O’Neale helped out with eleven points while Rudy Gobert had four rebounds and four points.  Burks collected ten more points off of the bench but it wasn’t enough as Chris Paul responded hugely.  Paul chalked up twenty-six more points, giving the Rockets a 112-102 victory, winning the series 4-1.  Chris Paul finished the game with a playoff career-high forty-one points, along with seven rebounds, ten assists, and one steal.  Donovan Mitchell settled for twenty-four points, four rebounds, nine assists, and one steal.

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The New Orleans Pelicans hold off the Golden State Warriors, 119-100, making the series 2-1

The New Orleans Pelicans hold off the Golden State Warriors, 119-100, making the series 2-1

The Golden State Warriors looked to take a commanding 3-0 series lead last night as they battled the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.  The first game was held on April 28 when the Warriors handed the Pelicans a 123-101 blowout loss.  During that game, Klay Thompson scored twenty-seven points, grabbed six rebounds, gave out two assists, and blocked two shots while Anthony Davis finished with twenty-one points, ten rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.  The defending champions would also win the second game by creeping away with a 121 to 116 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with twenty-nine points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and three blocks while Anthony Davis had twenty-five points, fifteen rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three blocks.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Patrick McCaw (back; 4.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 40.9 FG%, 23.8 3P%)
Damian Jones (1.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

Jordan Crawford (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 44.4 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
Frank Jackson (foot)
Emeka Okafor (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.5 FG%)
DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles; 25.2 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 47.0 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
Alexis Ajinca (knee)

GAMETIME:

The game would be competitive at the beginning as the New Orleans Pelicans shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Golden State Warriors ending up shooting forty-four percent.  Both Nikola Mirotic and Jrue Holiday scored fourteen points each while Mirotic connected for three three-pointers.  He also had seven defensive rebounds while Holiday had two three-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.  MVP-candidate Anthony Davis contributed with eleven points which held a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also recorded seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Rajon Rondo had ten assists.  Solomon Hill played the most minutes off the bench as he earned nine points from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the court, Klay Thompson got hot for twenty points, which he scored all in the second quarter.  He collected nine of those points from behind the three-point line while pulling down five defensive rebounds.  Kevin Durant helped out with thirteen points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Stephen Curry saw to it that he got nine points which included two three-pointers while Draymond Green had eight points, eight rebounds, and four assists.  He also had two three-pointers as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Andre Iguodala played sixteen minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points as the home team went into halftime with a 62 to 56 lead.

The Pelicans went on to close things out in the second half as they sparked up a 57 to 44 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field.  During that run, Davis got extremely hot for twenty-two points as he shot a high seventy-seven percent from the field.  He also had eleven rebounds and two steals while Ian Clark had fourteen points off the bench.  Rondo was able to dish off eleven more assists while Mirotic had six rebounds and six assists.  Curry chalked up ten points for the Warriors but it wasn’t enough as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Golden State Warriors, 119-100.  Anthony Davis finished the game with thirty-three points, a playoff career-high eighteen rebounds, three assists, and a playoff career-high four steals.  Rajon Rondo also finished with a playoff career-high twenty-one assists.  Klay Thompson settled for twenty-six points, seven rebounds, and one assist.

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

Tonight will mark the second game between the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  The first game was on Sunday when the Rockets handed the Jazz a 110 to 96 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored forty-one points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished off seven assists, and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds, and five assists.  Jae Crowder also had twenty-one points, along with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.  The Houston Rockets will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as they host the Jazz at the Toyota Center.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Ricky Rubio (hamstring; 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jonas Jerebko (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
David Stockton (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 59.1 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Aaron Jackson (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.6 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
Zhou Qi (1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 18.8 FG%, 10.5 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Utah Jazz would have complete control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Houston Rockets to forty percent.  Joe Ingles ended up scoring fourteen points on sixty-three percent shooting while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  Rudy Gobert would help out with thirteen points while grabbing one offensive rebound and eight defensive rebounds.  He also had one block while Alec Burks chalked up eleven points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting from the field.  Donovan Mitchell would be limited to seven points while both Royce O’Neale and Derrick Favors scored six points each.  Jae Crowder played sixteen minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two three-pointers and a free-throw.

On the other end of the court, James Harden would get extremely hot for twenty-one points which included a three-pointer near the end of the second half.  He also had four rebounds, five assists, and one steal while Clint Capela saw to it that he had thirteen points on sixty-seven percent shooting.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Chris Paul contributed with six points and one assist while P.J. Tucker had a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points as the visiting team went into halftime with a 64 to 55 lead.

The Houston Rockets would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 53-52 run in the second half, shooting forty percent from the field.  During that run, Paul would start to warm up with seventeen points, five defensive rebounds, two assists, and two steals while drilling two three-pointers.  Harden continued to put on a scoring display as he had eleven points, which included a three-pointer in the final quarter.  Eric Gordon had ten points off of the bench but it wasn’t enough as the Utah Jazz crept away with a 116-108 win, tying the series up, 1-1.  Joe Ingles finished the game with a playoff career-high twenty-seven points, along with three rebounds and two assists while James Harden settled for thirty-two points, six rebounds, eleven assists, and two steals.

The Golden State Warriors take a 1-0 lead in the series as they rout the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-101

The Golden State Warriors take a 1-0 lead in the series as they rout the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-101

Tonight will mark the first game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors in their playoff series.  The Pelicans recently swept the Portland Trail Blazers, 4-0, to get to the Western Conference Semifinals while the Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 4-1.   This will be the first time since 2008 that the New Orleans Pelicans will get play in the Semifinals as they were defeated by the Spurs, 3-4, last time.  The Warriors and the Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of four times in the regular season as that series ended 3-1 in the Warriors’ favor.  Each team would look to take a 1-0 lead in this playoff series as they play each other at the Oracle Arena.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Alexis Ajinca (knee)
DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles; 25.2 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 47.0 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
Frank Jackson (foot)
DeAndre Liggins (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 37.7 FG%, 35.8 3P%)
Emeka Okafor (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.5 FG%)

Golden State Warriors:

Chris Boucher (ankle; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Patrick McCaw (back; 4.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 40.9 FG%, 23.8 3P%)
Zaza Pachulia (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 56.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Stephen Curry (knee; 26.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.1 APG, 49.5 FG%, 42.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Golden State Warriors would have full control of the game at the beginning as they shot fifty-three percent from the field in the first half, limiting the New Orleans Pelicans to forty-six percent.  In the midst of that, Kevin Durant would score eighteen points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He collected seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks to go along with that while Klay Thompson also had eighteen points.  Thompson had three three-pointers in the second quarter while grabbing four defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.  Draymond Green contributed with twelve points and ten rebounds while Nick Young drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Wisconsin-native Kevon Looney played fourteen minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

As for the New Orleans team, Anthony Davis earned himself twelve points on forty-six percent shooting.  He also had five rebounds, one steal, and one block while E’Twaun Moore scored nine points which held a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Former Philadelphia 76ers’ guard Jrue Holiday also had nine points but shot only thirty-eight percent from the field.  Rajon Rondo saw to it that he got eight points, along with six defensive rebounds, nine assists, and one block.  Former Warriors’ shooting guard Ian Clark played the most minutes off of the bench but only scored two points as the home team went into the locker room with a commanding 76 to 55 lead.

The New Orleans Pelicans would attempt to make a comeback as they limit the Warriors to a 47-46 run, shooting forty-two percent from the field.  Thompson would start to cool off as he scored only nine points which contained a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  Durant would help out with eight points while knocking down two three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had six defensive rebounds while Young drilled another three-pointer near the end of the fourth quarter.  Jordan Crawford chalked up fourteen points off of the Pelicans’ bench but it wouldn’t be enough as the Golden State Warriors defeat the Louisiana team, 123-101, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Klay Thompson finished the game with twenty-seven points, six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks while Anthony Davis settled for twenty-one points, ten rebounds, three steals (tying his playoff career-high) and two blocks.

The Denver Nuggets hand the Golden State Warriors a 115-108 loss

The Denver Nuggets hand the Golden State Warriors a 115-108 loss

The Golden State Warriors were able to avoid a two-game losing streak as they defeated the Sacramento Kings last night, 119-104.  They will hope to capture their second straight win as they battle the Denver Nuggets, who are also looking for their second straight victory.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season as the Warriors are holding on to a 2-1 regular season record against this team.

The Warriors and the Nuggets have played each other a grand total of 177 times in the past as the Nuggets won 95 games while the Warriors won only 82 games.  The last time they faced each other was on January 8 when the Warriors pulled away with a 124 to 114 win.  During that game, Stephen Curry scored 32 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, dished off 9 assists, and committed 2 steals while Nikola Jokic finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.  Gary Harris also had 22 points, along with 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Jordan Bell (ankle; 5.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 66.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
David West (personal; 6.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 60.2 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Omri Casspi (coach’s decision; 6.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 58.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 44.8 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Denver Nuggets:

Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Mason Plumlee (calf; 7.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 58.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 51.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (knee; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be competitive, despite the fact that the Warriors shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Nuggets shot only thirty-nine percent.  Klay Thompson got hot for 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Kevin Durant poured out 13 points while grabbing four defensive rebounds, dishing off six assists, and blocking one shot.  Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry contributed with 12 points which included two three-pointers in the beginning period.  He also had four rebounds, three assists, and two steals while Zaza Pachulia had eight points, five rebounds, and two assists.  Nick Young played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

As for the Nuggets, Will Barton scored 15 points on sixty percent shooting.  Gary Harris helped out with 12 points which included two three-pointers.  Harris would also record four rebounds and two assists while Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic both had five points each.  Jamal Murray would be limited to just three points in the eleven minutes that he played.  The 2015-2016 All-Rookie player Emmanuel Mudiay played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points while the Warriors went into halftime with a tight 56-55 lead.

The Denver team would make a comeback in the second half of the game as they went on a 60-52 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Jokic got hot for 14 points while hitting two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds and one assist while Murray made up for his performance in the first half with 12 points.  Will Barton continued to add to his scoring total by posting up 10 more points.  Trey Lyles played 14 minutes off of the bench as he also had 10 points, along with seven rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the court, Durant got hot for 18 more points as he shot seventy-eight percent from the field.  Curry helped out with 3 three-pointers and three free-throws while Green had only six points.  Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench as he earned five points but it wouldn’t matter as the Nuggets defeat the Warriors with a 115-108 win.  Will Barton finished the game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Kevin Durant had 31 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Golden State Warriors will host Russell Westbrook (25.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 10.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-23) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting between these two teams will mark the second of four times that they will clash with each other this season.  The Warriors and the Thunder have faced off a total of 261 times as the Warriors 117 games while the Thunder pulled 144 wins.  The last time they saw each other was on November 22 as the Thunder handed the Warriors a 108 to 91 loss.  Russell Westbrook finished that game with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals while Stephen Curry had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

The Denver Nuggets will host Kemba Walker (22.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.9 APG, 43 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (22-29) on Monday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.  They have met up a grand total of 55 times as the Nuggets won 27 games while the Hornets won 28 games.  October 25 was the last time they played each as Hornets defeated the Nuggets, 110-93.  Frank Kaminsky finished that game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block while Gary Harris had 18 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Nikola Jokic also finished with 18 points, along with 12 rebounds.

The Oklahoma City Thunder breeze past the Golden State Warriors, 108-91

The Oklahoma City Thunder breeze past the Golden State Warriors, 108-91

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors are not really what you would call “rival” teams but they do have some hard feelings towards each other.  What really ignited those feelings is when superstar Kevin Durant decided to ditch Russell Westbrook and the Thunder only to join the Warriors just one month after losing to them in the Western Conference Finals.  These two teams have met up a total of 260 times with the Thunder winning 143 games and the Warriors winning 117 of them.  Tonight’s game in Oklahoma would mark the first matchup of the season.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Jordan Bell (3.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 70.4 FG%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Damian Jones (G-League)
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG)
Kyle Singler (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
PJ Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Oklahoma City Thunder opened things up well as they shot fifty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the defending champions to forty-two percent.  The Thunder’s Big Three all scored double digits in the first half as Russell Westbrook went off for 20 points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He was able to knock down a three-pointer late in the second period as grabbing seven rebounds and dishing off six assists.  Former Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony had 16 points which included two three-pointers.  Paul George recorded 14 points in the midst of grabbing one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Steven Adams had eight rebounds in the half to put with his eight points.  Jerami Grant played eight minutes off of the bench but only had two points.

As for the Warriors, Kevin Durant scored 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter against his former team.  He also collected four defensive rebounds but had two turnovers.  Stephen Curry ended up with thirteen points while earning three rebounds and four assists.  Klay Thompson had one three-pointer in the opening quarter while Draymond Green gave out four assists.  Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Thunder went into halftime with a huge 65 to 48 advantage.

Curry dropped 11 points in the second half which would include one three-pointer late in the third period.  Former Cavaliers’ forward Omri Casspi had nine points to put with his one offensive rebound and four defensive ones.  Durant scored seven points on forty percent shooting while Green had two points and three defensive rebounds.  Nick Young played the most minutes off of the bench but was held completely scoreless.

The Thunder finished things off in the last half as Westbrook posted up 14 points on thirty-nine percent shooting from the field.  He also had three rebounds, three assists, and four steals while George collected two three-pointers to put with his seven rebounds.  Anthony shot only thirty-three percent from the field as he settled for six points and four defensive rebounds.  Josh Huestis played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a free-throw as the Thunder easily hand the Warriors a 108 to 91 loss.  Russell Westbrook finished with a season-high 34 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals.  Stephen Curry had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Golden State Warriors will host Lauri Markkanen (15.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.6 APG) and the Chicago Bulls (3-12) for the first time this season on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 159 times with the Bulls winning 87 games and the Warriors winning 72 of them.  The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Tobias Harris (18.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.8 APG) and the Detroit Pistons (11-6) for the first time this season on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pistons and the Thunder have met up a total of 136 times in the past as the Pistons won 66 games while the Thunder ended up winning 70 of the games.

Celtics extend their winning streak to 14 games with a 92-88 win over the Warriors

Celtics extend their winning streak to 14 games with a 92-88 win over the Warriors

As of right now, the Boston Celtics have the longest winning streak in the league and they hoped to extend it as they hosted the defending champion, Golden State Warriors, last night.  These two teams have met up a total of 360 times with the Celtics winning 218 games and the Warriors winning 142 games.  With Stephen Curry (24.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.6 APG), the Warriors hoped to snap the Celtics’ winning streak as they meet up for the first time this season.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Patrick McCaw (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Jordan Bell (3.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 70.4 FG%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Damian Jones
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Boston Celtics:

Shane Larkin (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 28.3 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.5 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jabari Bird (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Warriors would play at a top-level at the beginning as they shot forty-one percent from the field in the first half, keeping the home team at thirty percent.  Former Oklahoma City Thunder’s forward Kevin Durant would heat the floor up with 12 points as he collected two defensive rebounds.  Nick Young would knock down two three-pointers in the first quarter while Draymond Green had three points to put with his four rebounds.  Stephen Curry would shoot only thirteen percent from the field while receiving just four points but he did pull down six rebounds.  Andre Iguodala played 16 minutes off of the bench but only scored six points.

Jaylen Brown would keep the Celtics in it as he chalked up eleven points which included one three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had five rebounds as Al Horford helped out with eight points and five defensive rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would be kept to five points as he pulled down two defensive rebounds and dished off three assists.  Marcus Smart played the most minutes off of the bench but he was held scoreless even though he pulled down two rebounds.  The Warriors would head into the locker room with a 47-42 advantage.

The Boston Celtics would respond as they outscored the Golden State team in the second half, 50 to 41.  Brown would keep things going during that run as he recorded eleven more points with two three-pointers in the third period.  He also had two rebounds while Irving started to heat up with eleven points of his own.  Kyrie Irving had three defensive rebounds and three assists to put with his scoring total, as well.  Horford continued to impress with ten points and six rebounds.  Smart played 15 minutes off of the Boston bench but was limited to just a free-throw but he did manage to get ahold of five rebounds and two assists.

Durant tried to keep his team in it as he posted up ten points on sixty-three percent shooting from the field.  Draymond Green helped out with eight points as he drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  He also had four rebounds as Klay Thompson contributed with eight points and four rebounds.  Curry continued to struggle as he was limited to just five points while hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth.  Iguodala played 14 minutes off of the bench only to score two points from the charity stripe as the Celtics pull away with a 92 to 88 win.  Jaylen Brown finished the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and a season-high 2 blocks.  Kevin Durant would finish with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Golden State Warriors will travel to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (23.0 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.5 APG) and the Philadelphia 76ers (8-6) for the second time this season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 348 times with the Warriors winning 162 games while the 76ers/Nationals won 186 of the games.  The last time that these teams met up was on November 11 as the Warriors easily pulled away with a 135-114 victory.  Kevin Durant finished with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while J.J. Redick finished that game with 17 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, and 3 steals.

The Boston Celtics will head down south to Georgia to battle Dennis Schroder (19.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 6.8 APG) and the Atlanta Hawks (3-12) for the second time this season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  The Celtics and the Hawks have met up a total of 440 times with the Celtics winning 269 of the games while the Hawks won 171 of them.  The last time that these teams have met up was on November 6 as the Celtics snuck away with a 110-107 win.  Kyrie Irving would finish the game with 35 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Dennis Schroder ended up finishing with 23 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks are dealing with their own struggles as the Cavaliers are still recovering from a difficult four-game losing streak.  The Hawks, on the other hand, are currently in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, their longest losing streak since the 2013-2014 season.  Obviously, winning this game in Cleveland against the Cavaliers would be a huge deal for them.

For this game, the Cavaliers would still be without Isaiah Thomas (hip), along with Iman Shumpert (knee; 6.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.0 APG), John Holland (G-League), Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.4 APG), London Perrantes (G-League), and Jose Calderon (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.7 APG).  The Atlanta Hawks were without Ersan Ilyasova (knee; 5.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 0.8 APG), Josh Magette (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.6 APG), Miles Plumlee (quadricep), Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist; 6.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.0 APG), Nicolas Brussino (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG), Malcolm Delaney (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.5 APG), and Tyler Dorsey (coach decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG).

The Hawks would start the game off right as they shoot a high seventy-two percent from the field, keeping the Cavaliers at thirty-five percent.  Former Heat forward Luke Babbitt scored eight points in the first quarter with six coming from beyond the three-point line.  Kent Bazemore collected seven points in the twelve minutes that he played, six coming from beyond the arc and the other point from the free-throw line.  He also gathered up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while Dewayne Dedmon shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Dennis Schroder received seven points to go along with the seven assists.

Dwyane Wade would warm up as he scores eight points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. LeBron James contributed with six points, two offensive rebounds, and four assists as he played for the entire quarter. Rose shot only seventeen percent from the field while he received four points in return. J.R. Smith was able to knock down a three-pointer but it was the Atlanta team who went into the second period with a 37-28 advantage.

Both teams held it close in the next quarter as the Cavs shot twenty-five percent from the field and the Hawks shot twenty-four percent. Wade would continue to stay hot as he chalks up eleven more points, three coming from behind the arc and four from the charity stripe. He also collected six rebounds while James was kept scoreless in the seven minutes that he played. Love was held to two points but he would get his hands on three rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Isaiah Taylor came off of the bench to deliver six points while Taurean Prince four points and four defensive rebounds. Babbitt played for ten minutes just to be held to three points and two defensive rebounds. John Collins just limited to two points but he would manage to pull down six rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks went into halftime with a 54-45 lead.

The third quarter would still be kept close as the Cavs shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Georgia team shot fifty-six percent. Dennis Schroder would light the floor up with thirteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field. He knocked down a three-pointer in the process while collecting two defensive rebounds. Prince contributed with eight points with six coming from beyond the arc. Luke Babbitt was limited to just a three-pointer in the ten minutes he played.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James would warm up with ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. He dished off four assists while Channing Frye contributed with seven points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  Frye also collected four defensive rebounds while Jae Crowder shot one-hundred percent from the field, earning four points.  Smith was held scoreless while dishing off three assists but it was still the Hawks who ended the third quarter with a 91 to 78 advantage.

The Cavaliers ended up coming back in the fourth quarter as they went on a 37 to 26 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field while holding the Hawks to forty-five percent.  Kyle Korver got extremely hot as he lit the floor with nineteen points on seventy-eight percent shooting.  He earned fifteen of them from beyond the arc while grabbing two rebounds.  James scored ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He did that while grabbing two defensive rebounds, dishing off five assists, committing one steal and blocking one shot.  Wade would be held to just two points in the twelve minutes he played but did manage to grab four rebounds and give out five assists.

As for the Hawks, Schroder chalked up eight points while Bazemore delivered five points, two rebounds, and two assists.  Rookie John Collins ended up with five points, as well, along with two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  The game would come down to the wire but it was still the Atlanta Hawks who escaped with a 117-115 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Dennis Schroder finished with twenty-eight points, three rebounds, and nine assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-six points, five rebounds, thirteen assists, one steal, and two blocks.

The Memphis Grizzlies hand the Los Angeles Clippers a 113-104 blowout loss

The Memphis Grizzlies hand the Los Angeles Clippers a 113-104 blowout loss

The Memphis Grizzlies would hope to avoid a three-game losing streak as they visited California to take on the Clippers at the Staples Center.  Mike Conley and Marc Gasol decided to suit up for this game while the Grizzlies would be without Wayne Selden (quadricep), Andrew Harrison (coach’s decision), Deyonta Davis (coach’s decision), JaMychal Green (foot/ankle), Kobi Simmons (G-League), Ivan Rabb (G-League), Ben McLemore (G-League), and Vincent Hunter (G-League).  The Clippers were without Jawun Evans (coach’s decision), Sam Dekker (coach’s decision), Milos Teodosic (foot), C.J. Williams (G-League), Brice Johnson (G-League), and Jamil Wilson (G-League).

The first quarter would be held close as the Grizzlies shot forty-four percent while the Clippers would shoot forty percent.  Mike Conley ended up scoring eight points while shooting forty-three percent from the field.  Marc Gasol played for ten minutes but was limited to just six points while he gobbled up three defensive rebounds.  James Ennis shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Chandler Parsons came off of the bench to put up four points while Brandan Wright scored two points off of the bench.

As for the Clippers, Blake Griffin warmed up with ten points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Three of those points came from beyond the arc as he collected two offensive rebounds, one defensive rebound, one assist, and one steal.  Austin Rivers contributed to five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Patrick Beverley chalked up five points to go along with his three rebounds while Danilo Gallinari collected two defensive rebounds.  DeAndre Jordan was held scoreless in the ten minutes that he played but managed to grab four rebounds as the Memphis team ended the first quarter with a tight 27 to 25 lead.

The Los Angeles Clippers would try to respond in the next period as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field while holding the Grizzlies to forty-eight percent.  Gallinari ended up posting up six points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  Beverley would also collect six points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Lakers’ Lou Williams contributed with six points, as well, while Griffin scored five points to go along with the three defensive rebounds he grabbed.

On the other end of the court, Mario Chalmers would come off of the Memphis bench to record nine points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Tyreke Evans also came off the bench to deliver seven points while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Mike Conley would knock down a three-pointer and two free-throws while Gasol was kept scoreless in the six minutes that he played.  Even though the Clippers showed signs of life, the Grizzlies still had a 60-56 lead heading into halftime.

The third quarter was kept close as the Clippers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Memphis Grizzlies shot forty-seven percent.  Evans continued to contribute to the Memphis lead as he chalked up nine points, three from behind the arc and the other six from the free-throw line.  Blake Griffin would also help out as he recorded nine points of his own.  Jordan played nine minutes as he scored six points and pulled down three offensive rebounds.  Gasol ended up scoring six points which would include one three-pointer while Mike Conley was held to five points, including one three-pointer.  Dillon Brooks had three defensive rebounds while Patrick Beverley had two defensive rebounds as the Grizzlies maintained an 87 to 80 lead at the end of the third.

The visiting team closed things out in the last period as they shot forty-seven percent from the field while holding the Clippers to thirty-nine percent.  Patrick Beverley warmed up with ten points on fifty percent shooting from the field.  Griffin had three defensive rebounds and six points while Brandan Wright had two defensive rebounds.  Gasol scored nine more additional points, three coming from beyond the arc and four from the charity stripe.  Conley had four points in the closing quarter as the Memphis Grizzlies escaped with a 113 to 104 victory over the Clippers.  Conley finished with twenty-two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal while Griffin ended up with thirty points, eleven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

The Portland Trail Blazers started the game with shooting a high seventy-one percent in the first quarter while limiting the Los Angeles Lakers to forty-four percent.  Ohio-native C.J. McCollum started off hot as he shoots eighty-three percent from the field to earn himself thirteen points.  He collected nine of those points from beyond the arc while Jusuf Nurkic chalked up ten points.  Nurkic also dished off three assists while Damian Lillard had seven points, three from beyond the three-point line and the other four from the charity stripe.  Lillard also gave out the assists while Evan Turner came off of the bench to record two points, three rebounds, and two assists.

As for the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma played six minutes off of the bench as he dropped seven points, shooting sixty percent from the field.  Brook Lopez would contribute with four points but would earn two of them from the free-throw line.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Julius Randle would both come off the bench to also be limited to four points each while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  He would, however, get off two assists but it was still the Portland team who ended the first quarter with a huge 41 to 25 advantage.

The purple-and-gold would respond in the second period with a 37 to 25 run, shooting sixty-three percent while holding the Blazers to forty-two percent.  Former Nets’ center Brook Lopez would start to warm up as he scores thirteen points off of eighty-three percent shooting.  Jordan Clarkson came off of the bench to help out with six points while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing off two assists.  Kuzma continued to work as he put up four points and two defensive rebounds.  Randle came off of the bench to also put up four points to go along with his three defensive rebounds while Lonzo was kept scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Jusuf Nurkic would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Lillard ended up with six points, along with one offensive rebound and two assists.  Former Lakers’ forward Ed Davis came off of the bench to score three points while pulling down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Maurice Harkless was limited to just two points as the Trail Blazers closed out the first half with a 66-62 lead.

The Lakers continued to impress as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team, holding the Blazers at only thirty percent.  Brandon Ingram would decide to warm up with eight points while gobbling up two defensive rebounds.  Caldwell-Pope ended up scoring five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Larry Nance and Brook Lopez would each be held to just three points, both earn one of them from the free-throw line.  Even though Ball was still scoreless in the third quarter, he managed to grab one defensive rebound while blocking two shots.

As for the Oregon team, Damian Lillard continued to contribute as he dropped ten points but only shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from the free-throw line while grabbing two boards.  McCollum helped out with a three-pointer and one free-throw as he gave out two assists.  Caleb Swanigan came off of the bench to give three points while pulling down two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Evan Turner was scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he did grab two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Nurkic recorded two points and two defensive rebounds while the Trail Blazers went into the third quarter with a tight 87-85 lead.

The Lakers continued to shoot at a high rate as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the fourth period while the Portland team shot forty-three percent.  Kyle Kuzma played for the entire quarter as he chalked up nine points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Brook Lopez scored seven points in the quarter, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Corey Brewer was held at two points while grabbing two defensive rebounds while Ball was scoreless.

As for the other team, Damian Lillard scored nine more additional points with three coming from beyond the arc.  He was able to gobble up one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while Nurkic collected six points.  Harkless was held scoreless but he did manage to get his hands on two defensive rebounds.  The game would be tied with fifteen seconds left but Damian Lillard would connect for a 30-foot three-pointer with one second left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Brook Lopez finished with twenty-seven points, three rebounds, and one assist while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless.  Damian Lillard ended up with thirty-two points, six rebounds, and five assists.