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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Utah Jazz, completing a 4-0 series sweep

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Utah Jazz, completing a 4-0 series sweep

Last night marked the fourth game between the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz in their playoff series.  This series has not been friendly to the Jazz as they lost the first three games, heading into a game that may be their last.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Oakland team as they pull away with a 106 to 94 win.  In that game, Stephen Curry would score twenty-two points, pull down seven rebounds and dish off five assists.  Rudy Gobert would settle for thirteen points, eight rebounds and three assists.  The Warriors would win the second game, as well, handing the Jazz a 115-104 loss.  Kevin Durant would chalk up twenty-five points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  Gordon Hayward would put up thirty-three points, five rebounds and four assists.  The last game would also be a win for the Warriors as they defeat the Jazz, 102 to 91.  In that game, Kevin Durant would put up thirty-eight points, thirteen rebounds and one assist.  Gordon Hayward would score twenty-nine points, pull down two rebounds and give out six assists.  The Warriors looked to complete a 4-0 series sweep last night inside of the Vinint Smart Home Arena.

The Warriors would start the game off smoking hot in the first quarter as they shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team, limiting the Utah Jazz to twenty-four percent.  Stephen Curry would light the floor up with fourteen points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  Klay Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning eight points in return.  Michigan-native, Draymond Green, would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he gathers up seven points.  He would earn three of those seven points from behind the three-point line.  On the other end of the court, Gordon Hayward would knock down two three-pointers to get himself six points.  Rudy Gobert would chalk up four points and two rebounds but it was the Oakland team that ended the first quarter with a 39 to 17 lead.  The Utah team would return the favor with a 35-21 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Dante Exum would come off the bench to put up nine points which included one three-pointer.  Hayward would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, contributing with seven points which would contain one three-pointer.  As for the Warriors, Kevin Durant would come alive for ten points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also jump up to grab three rebounds as he shoots fifty-seven percent from the field.  Stephen Curry would be limited to only four points as Green nails a three-pointer, along with three assists.  Klay Thompson would be limitied to only two points as the Warriors enter halftime with a 60-52 lead.

The Golden State team would come out of the locker room to spark a 33 to 27 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Curry would drop nine points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  He would also collect four rebounds and four assists to go along with it.  Durant would shoot sixty percent from the field to get seven points, including one three-pointer.  JaVale McGee would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, receiving six points as a reward.  On the other end of the floor, Gordon Hayward would try to keep his Jazz team in it as he throws up twelve points, three of them coming from beyond the arc.  Former Hawks player, Shelvin Mack, would light the floor up with eleven points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer while doing so but it the Warriors who go into the last period with a commanding 93-79 lead.  The visiting team would close things out in the fourth quarter as Thompson would heat up for nine points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Former Jazz player, Ian Clark, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he collects six points.  Shelvin Mack, Raul Neto and Dante Exum would try to bring the Jazz back as they each put up four points but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the Utah Jazz with a 121-95 blowout score, completing a 4-0 series sweep.  Stephen Curry finished with thirty points, five rebounds and seven assists.  Gordon Hayward would finish with twenty-five points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Utah Jazz, making series 2-0

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Utah Jazz, making series 2-0

Last night marked the second game between the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz in their playoff series.  The first game was a win for the Oakland team as they defeated the Jazz, 106 to 94.  In that game, Stephen Curry finished with twenty-two points, seven rebounds and five assists.  Rudy Gobert would settle for thirteen points, eight rebounds and three assists.  The Utah Jazz looked to tie the series up last night in the Oracle Arena.

The game would start off right for the Golden State Warriors as they put on a scoring display in the first quarter, shooting sixty-one percent from the field as a team, while limiting the Jazz to twenty-eight percent.  Draymond Green would go off for twelve points, collecting them all from the three-point line.  Klay Thompson would put up six points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Stephen Curry would play for the entire first quarter, only to be held to five points.  On the other end, Gordon Hayward would score four points while Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Shelvin Mack would each knock down a three-pointer but it was the Warriors who end the first quarter with a huge 33 to 15 lead.  The Utah team would look to cut into the deficit as they go on a 32-27 run.  During that run, Hayward would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, collecting eight more points to add to his scoring total.  The first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Rudy Gobert, would contribute with eight points of his own while also shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Gobert would also crash the boards for four rebounds.  2014-2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the Warriors bench to drop six as the home team would walk into halftime with a commanding 60-47 advantage.

The Jazz would not shy away from the challenge as Indiana-native, Gordon Hayward, would come into the third quarter to get hot for twelve points, including one three-pointer.  He would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field while collecting two rebounds and two assists to go along with it.  Rudy Gobert would continue to contribute with six points and four rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Curry would start to come alive for ten points, earning six of those points from behind the arc.  Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would help out with six points and six defensive rebounds as they walk into the last quarter with a 92 to 82 lead.  The home team would finish things off in the fourth period as Durant would light the floor up with eleven more points, shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  Stephen Curry would put up five points, which would contain one three-pointer while Ian Clark would come off the bench to give five points, as well, which included one three-pointer.  Gordon Hayward would try to keep his Jazz team in it as he throws up nine points, which included two three-pointers but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the Utah Jazz with a 115 to 104 score, making the series 2-0.  Kevin Durant finished with twenty-five points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  Gordon Hayward would settle for thirty-three points, five rebounds and four assists.

The Utah Jazz come back to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 3-2 lead in series

The Utah Jazz come back to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers.   This series would contain back and forth wins and a few injuries on each side.  Game 1 would a victory for the Jazz, however, as they escape with a 97-95 win.  Joe Johnson finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds and three assists.  Blake Griffin would score twenty-six points, pull down seven rebounds and dish off three assists.  The Los Angeles team would bounce back in Game 2 as they pull away with a 99 to 91 victory.  In that game, Blake Griffin would score twenty-four points, pull down five rebounds and dish off two assists.  Gordon Hayward finished with twenty points, six rebounds and two assists.  The Clippers would go to win Game 3, as well, handing the Jazz a 111-106 loss.  Chris Paul ended up with thirty-four points, six rebounds and ten assists.  Gordon Hayward would put up forty points, nine rebounds and four assists.  The Utah Jazz would come back to win the last game, pulling away with a 105 to 98 win.  In that game, Joe Johnson scored twenty-eight points, pulled down five rebounds and dished off five assists.  Chris Paul finished with twenty-seven points, nine rebounds and twelve assists.  Each team looked to take a 3-2 lead in series last night as they faced off in California.

The game would start off right for the home team as Paul Pierce comes off the Los Angeles bench to drop six points, all coming from beyond the arc.  DeAndre Jordan would contribute with five points, along with six rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Gordon Hayward would go off for eleven points, collecting three of those from behind the three-point line but it was the Clippers who end the first period with a 21 to 19 lead.  Things would start to look better for the visiting team in the second quarter as Rodney Hood would come off the bench to drop seven points, which would include one three-pointer.  The first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Rudy Gobert, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only earn himself five points.  As for the Los Angeles Clippers, J.J. Redick would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he collects six points.  Chris Paul would chalk up five points which would hold one three-pointer but it was the Utah team that went into halftime with a 46-43 lead.

Former Spurs player, Boris Diaw, would come out of the locker room to put up five points which would contain one three-pointer.  Bench player Joe Johnson would also collect five points, three coming from behind the arc.  Gordon Hayward would play the entire quarter only to be held to a total of four points.  As for the home team, nine-time All-Star Chris Paul would collect four points and two rebounds.  J.J. Redick would knock down one three-pointer but it was the Jazz who went into the last quarter with a 64 to 58 advantage.  The Clippers would come back as Chris Paul lights the floor up with fifteen points, nine coming from beyond the arc.  Redick would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, earning himself fourteen points which would hold one three-pointer.  The Jazz would close things out, though, as Hayward drops nine points which would include one three-pointer.  Hood would also earn nine points, all coming from behind the three-point line as Utah Jazz pull away with a 96-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  Gordon Hayward would finish with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and four assists.  Chris Paul would settle for twenty-eight points, four rebounds and nine assists.