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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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 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.

76ers grabbed their first win of the season against the Pistons, 97-86

76ers grabbed their first win of the season against the Pistons, 97-86

The Philadelphia 76ers would look to avoid a 0-4 start to the season as they took on the 2-1 Detriot Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena.  During the first quarter of the game, the 76ers shot forty-one percent from the field while limiting the Pistons to thirty-eight percent.  Ben Simmons would heat up for ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also collected three rebounds and two assists to go along with it.  Joel Embiid ended up shooting seventy-five percent from the field as he dropped nine points which would include one three-pointer.  Robert Covington played for ten minutes as he was limited to only one three-pointer while Amir Johnson would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer and pull down five rebounds.

As for the home team, Andre Drummond would score seven points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  He also went up to grab three offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds to add to his stat sheet.  Former Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Tobias Harris would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field as he dropped five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Avery Bradley also connected for one three-pointer as the 76ers ended the first quarter with a 31 to 22 lead.

The 76ers shot fifty percent from the field in the second quarter as the Michigan team would shoot forty-three percent from the field.  Dario Saric came off the 76ers’ bench to put up seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Embiid would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he chalked up six points, along with three defensive rebounds.  Jerryd Bayless ended up connecting for two three-pointers as Simmons would record three more points, along with three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Reggie Jackson would come alive as he chalked up seven points and four defensive rebounds while shooting fifty percent.  Langston Galloway came off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Ish Smith would also come off of the bench but he would drop four points as the Philadelphia 76ers went into halftime with a 56-43 advantage.

The Detriot Pistons would respond with a 24 to 19 run in the third period as they shot thirty-seven percent from the field.  Drummond ended up scoring seven more points as he pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds in the eleven minutes he played.  New-guard Avery Bradley would shoot fifty percent from the field but only recorded four points as Harris recorded two points and two defensive rebounds.

The 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent from the field as a team while Joel Embiid shot a perfect one-hundred percent.  Embiid chalked up eight points in the third quarter while Ben Simmons recorded six points, five rebounds, and three assists.  Covington would play for eight minutes as he knocked down a three-pointer and one free-throw.  He also managed to pull down two offensive rebounds as the visiting team closed the third quarter with a 75 to 67 lead.

The Philadelphia team would finish things off in the last quarter as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, limiting the Pistons to thirty-five percent.  Joel Embiid continued to impress as he chalked up seven more additional points, along with three defensive rebounds.  J.J. Redick would only be limited to two points in the eleven minutes that he played while T.J. McConnell came off the 76ers’ bench to drill a three-pointer.  Simmons recorded two more points, as well as one more rebound and two more assists.

On the other end of the court, Missouri-native Anthony Tolliver would come off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  Bradley ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was limited to only four points while Andre Drummond collected two more rebounds but it was the Philadelphia 76ers who escaped with a 97 to 86 win over the Detriot Pistons, giving them their first win of the season.  Joel Embiid finished with thirty points and nine rebounds while Ben Simmons ended his first triple-double of his career.  Simmons scored twenty-one points, pulled down twelve rebounds and dished off ten assists.  Reggie Jackson ended up with sixteen points, six rebounds, and seven assists.

The Los Angeles Clippers hand the Los Angeles Lakers a 108-92 loss, spoiling Ball’s debut

The Los Angeles Clippers hand the Los Angeles Lakers a 108-92 loss, spoiling Ball’s debut

Last night’s matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers would mark the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other.  But this game is special to the Laker Nation as this would be Lonzo Ball’s season debut.  Ball was the second pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft and so much is expected of him due to his father, LaVar Ball.  He would look to start off strong as they hosted the Clippers in the Staples Center.

During the first quarter of the game, the Clippers ended up shooting thirty-three percent from the field as a team while the Lakers shot twenty-seven percent from the field.  Blake Griffin would start off strong as he heats up for thirteen points, shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also grab three defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound in the process of doing so.  Danilo Gallinari would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field, scoring four points but he would manage to grab two rebounds as DeAndre Jordan would grab nine rebounds.

As for the Lakers, Larry Nance would drop six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  Former New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets’ center Brook Lopez would chalk up five points, three coming from behind the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line.  Lonzo Ball would play for ten minutes only to be held scoreless but he did pull down five defensive rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 19 lead.

The Los Angeles Lakers shot forty-six percent from the field in the second period, limiting the Los Angeles Clippers to thirty-eight percent.  Jordan Clarkson would come off of the bench to score seven points while shooting sixty percent.  He would also hit a three-pointer in the process of doing so while Brandon Ingram would score three points but he would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field.  Lonzo Ball would knock down a three-pointer while going up for four defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Patrick Beverley would start to feel it as he chalks up seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Jordan would continue to do work on the boards as he pulls down three offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds.  Griffin scored five additional points while grabbing three defensive rebounds as they close the first half with a 53-42 advantage.

During the third period, the Clippers sparked a large 34 to 21 run as they forty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Lakers to forty-one percent from the field.  Blake Griffin would continue to impress as he drops nine points, three coming from beyond the arc.  He would also collect four rebounds as Gallinari managed to connect for two three-pointers, giving himself six points.  DeAndre Jordan would gather up six more rebounds as Beverley would connect for a three.

As for the Lakers, Lopez would shoot fifty percent from the field as he earned himself eight points.  Clarkson ended up scoring four points as he also shot fifty percent from the field.  Nance also put up four points but he would grab one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds in the process of doing so.  Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in this quarter but he would manage to give out three assists as the Clippers ended the third quarter with an 87-63 lead.

The Lakers would make a 29 to 21 run in the fourth quarter as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to only thirty-six percent.  Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma would come off the bench to put up six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Brook Lopez would contribute with five points, earning three of them from the charity stripe.  He also managed to grab four rebounds as Brandon Ingram would be limited to four points.

Former Miami Heat center Willie Reed would come off the Clippers’ bench to score six points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Montrezl Harrell would earn four points off the bench as he also shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Sindarius Thornwell would knock down a three-pointer as Griffin and Jordan would be limited to two points each but it was still the Los Angeles Clippers escaping with a 108-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Blake Griffin finished the game with twenty-nine points, twelve rebounds, and three assists while Brook Lopez would finish with twenty points, six rebounds, and two assists.  Lonzo Ball would only score three points in his season debut as a Laker.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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