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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 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 Rockets sneak away with a 114-107 win against the Magic behind Harden’s 60-point performance

The Rockets sneak away with a 114-107 win against the Magic behind Harden’s 60-point performance

The Orlando Magic are currently the worst team in the league, sitting with a 14-34 record, and it wouldn’t help that they are on a two-game losing streak.  They will look to break that streak as they take on the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.  As for the Rockets, they are coming fresh off of a 113-102 win against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.  This game between the Magic and the Rockets will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets have played each other a grand total of 62 times in the past as the Magic won 27 games while the Rockets ended up winning 35 games.  January 3 was the last time they met up as the Rockets handed the Magic a 116 to 98 blowout loss.  During that game, Gerald Green scored 27 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, dished off two assists, and blocked one shot while Aaron Gordon finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

Jonathan Issac (ankle; 5.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.5 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Terrence Ross (knee; 9.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 40.7 FG%, 32.9 3P%)
Nikola Vucevic (hand; 17.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Aaron Gordon (hip; 18.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.2 APG, 44.7 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Jamel Artis (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 23.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Trevor Ariza (hamstring; 12.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 42.4 FG%, 38.3 3P%)
Zhou Qi (elbow; 1.2 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 16.7 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 56.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Markel Brown (coach’s decision)
Chris Paul (groin; 19.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 8.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 40.3 3P%)
R.J. Hunter (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG)
Troy Williams (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be competitive as the Orlando Magic shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Houston Rockets ended up shooting forty-seven percent.  Evan Fournier chalked up ten points which included two three-pointers late in the first quarter.  Bismack Biyombo would contribute with four points and five rebounds while Shelvin Mack had nine points off of the bench.  Louisiana-native Elfrid Payton was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting.  D.J. Augustin played 17 minutes off of the bench as he got hot for 13 points.

On the other end of the court, James Harden lit the floor up with 24 points as he collected five defensive rebounds and dished off seven assists.  He also had two steals while Clint Capela scored six points and pulled down eight rebounds.  Eric Gordon was kept scoreless in the 10 minutes that he played but Ryan Anderson would give five points.  Gerald Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he had eight points but it was the Magic who went into halftime with a 55-54 lead.

The Rockets responded in the second half as they went on a 60 to 52 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field.  James Harden went off for 36 points while drilling five three-pointers in the process.  He would also record five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block to add to it.  Nene played eight minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless while Capela helped out with six points.

As for the Florida team, Mario Hezonja posted up 13 points while Jonathon Simmons scored 11 points.  Marreese Speights played the most minutes off of the bench as he contributed with 12 points but that didn’t matter as the Rockets walked away with a 114 to 107 victory.  James Harden finished the game with a career-high 60 points, along with 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals, and one block.  The triple-double that Harden received would mark the first time a player had a 60-point triple-double in NBA history.  Marreese Speights settled for 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Mario Hezonja also had 17 points, as well as 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will host Kyle Kuzma (16.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 46 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (19-30) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these teams will battle each other this season.  The Magic and the Lakers have clashed with each other a total of 61 times as the Lakers won 41 games while the Magic pulled out only 20 wins.

The Houston Rockets will visit Texas to clash with LaMarcus Aldridge (22.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 49 FG%) and the San Antonio Spurs (33-19) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  That game will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will matchup this season.  The Rockets and the Spurs have played each other a grand total of 212 times in the past as the Rockets won 96 games while the Spurs went on to win 116 games.  The last time they faced each other was on December 15 when the Rockets defeated the Spurs, 124 to 109.  James Harden finished that game with 28 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Chris Paul also had 28 points, along with 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 steals, and one block.  LaMarcus Aldridge settled for 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

The Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to hand the Rockets their second straight loss

The Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to hand the Rockets their second straight loss

Two days ago, the Houston Rockets’ fourteen-game winning streak came to an end in the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers.  They would look to get another winning streak started as they host the Los Angeles Clippers at the Toyota Center.  The Clippers, on the other hand, are seeking their second straight win but it will not be easy against the best team in the West.  This matchup will mark the first of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other.  The Rockets and the Clippers have met up a total of 204 times with the Rockets winning 125 games while the Clippers won 79 games.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

Clint Capela (heel; 14.0 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 69.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder; 6.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 37.3 3P%)
Chris Paul (hip; 17.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 9.0 APG, 47.7 FG%, 40.8 3P%)
Troy Williams (knee; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Bobby Brown (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 31.5 FG%, 28.9 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Zhou Qi (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 19.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (wrist)

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 13.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 34.5 FG%, 25.8 3P%)
Blake Griffin (knee; 23.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 42.5 FG%, 35.3 3P%)
Wesley Johnson (foot; 6.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 8.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.6 APG, 32.8 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
Brice Johnson (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 63.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have full control at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-six percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Clippers to forty percent.  James Harden got extremely hot for 30 points which included five three-pointers.  He also had four defensive rebounds, four assists, and two steals.  Eric Gordon would contribute as he scored 13 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second quarter.  Ryan Anderson managed to get his hands on seven rebounds as he chalked up seven points.  Former Suns forward P.J. Tucker played 15 minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless as he grabbed six rebounds.

As for the California team, Lou Williams played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up 12 points on forty percent shooting.  DeAndre Jordon had nine points along with 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.  Austin Rivers contributed with six points with a three-pointer late in the second period but it was the home team that went into halftime with a huge 65-52 advantage.

The Clippers would respond in the second half as they went on a 76-53 run, shooting fifty-six percent from the field while holding the Texas team to forty-eight percent.  Austin Rivers would go off for 30 points as he shot fifty-six percent from the field.  He would earn 15 of those points from beyond the arc as he dished off four assists.  C.J. Williams helped out with seven points while Jordan collected seven rebounds.  Lou Williams played 19 minutes off of the bench as he posted up 20 points which held six three-pointers.

James Harden continued to impress as he had 24 additional points on fifty-four percent shooting from the field.  Tucker played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter as the Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to beat the Rockets, 128-118.  Austin Rivers finished with a career-high 36 points, along with 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.  James Harden had 51 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals.  This would be the second straight game where James Harden has scored 50 or more points, making him the first player in more than a decade to do such.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will visit Oklahoma to take on Russell Westbrook (23.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 9.7 APG, 40 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (16-15) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.  The Thunder and the Rockets have battled each other a total of 255 with the Thunder pulling 132 wins while the Rockets ended up winning 123 games.

The Los Angeles Clippers will visit Tennessee to battle Marc Gasol (18.9 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 4.1 APG, 42 FG%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (9-23) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four meetings between the Grizzlies and the Clippers this season.  They have met up a total of 97 times as the Grizzlies won 48 games while the Clippers pulled 49 wins.  The last time they played each other was on November 4 when the Grizzlies handed the Clippers a 113-104 loss.  In that game, Mike Conley scored 22 points, pulled down one rebound, dished off 3 assists, and committed one steal.  Blake Griffin finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a blowout loss, winning series 4-2

The San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a blowout loss, winning series 4-2

Last night marked the sixth game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Houston Rockets as they hand the Spurs a 126 to 99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza finished with twenty-three points, four rebounds and two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would score twenty-one points, pull down eleven rebounds and dish off six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in the second game as they hand the Rockets a blowout of their own, 121-96.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Spurs would also go on to win Game 3, pulling away with a 103 to 92 score.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up twenty-six points, six rebounds and two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would also put up twenty-six points, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden ended up with forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  The Rockets would come back as they defeat the Spurs in Game 4, 125-104.  James Harden scored twenty-eight points, pulled down five rebounds and threw out twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would finish with seventeen points, four rebounds and one assist.  The San Antonio Spurs would pull away in the last game with an overtime win, 110 to 107.  Kawhi Leonard would put up twenty-two points, fifteen rebounds and four assists.  James Harden would settle for thirty-three points, ten rebounds and ten assists.  The Houston Rockets looked to survive another game as they faced the Spurs last night in the Toyota Center.

The game would start off right for the visiting team as the Spurs shot fifty-four percent from the field as a team, limiting the Rockets to forty-four percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up ten points as he crashed the boards for three defensive rebounds.  Jonathon Simmons would contribute with seven points, three of them coming from beyond the arc.  Danny Green and Pau Gasol would each be limited to four points as both of them shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  As for the Rockets, Clint Capela would chalk up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Sam Dekker would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers, giving him six points.  James Harden would play for ten minutes, only to be held at two points as the Spurs end the first quarter with a 31 to 24 lead.  Things would not get any easier for the home team as the San Antonio team would spark a huge 30-18 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Patty Mills would throw up eight points which would include two three-pointers.  Both Aldridge and Simmons would drop six points as Aldridge would gather up four rebounds to go along with his performance.  Gasol would collect only two points in the quarter but he would jump up to grab three defensive rebounds.  Trevor Ariza would try to bring his Rockets team back in it as he scores six points, all coming from behind the arc.  Capela would shoot fifty percent from the field while collecting four points, along with four rebounds.  Harden would be held to only a three-pointer as the Spurs walk into halftime with a commanding 61-42 advantage.

LaMarcus Aldridge would come out of the locker room to go off for twelve points while collecting four rebounds.  Pau Gasol and bench player, Dejounte Murray, would each shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as both would earn four points in return.  On the other end of the court, Ariza would collect eight more points to add to his scoring total.  He would earn six of those from beyond the arc while collecting the other two from the free-throw line.  James Harden would try to heat up as he knocks down one three-pointer and two free throws.  Former 76ers player, Lou Williams, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.  Patrick Beverley would be held scoreless throughout the quarter as the Spurs walk into the fourth period with a 87-64 lead.  The San Antonio Spurs would close things out in the last twelve minutes as they shoot forty-eight percent from the field as a team, limiting the home team to only fifteen percent.  Rookie Dejounte Murray would gather up seven more points as he shot sixty percent from the field.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds.  Former Trail Blazers player, LaMarcus Aldridge, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he gets rewarded with six points.  As for the Houston team, Eric Gordon would knock down a three-pointer, as well as bench player, Bobby Brown.  James Harden would be held scoreless in the fourth quarter as the San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a 114-75 blowout loss, winning the series, 4-2.  LaMarcus Aldridge would finish with thirty-four points, twelve rebounds and one assist.  Trevor Ariza finished with twenty points, five rebounds and one assist.

The San Antonio Spurs pull away in overtime, taking a 3-2 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs pull away in overtime, taking a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Houston team as they hand the Spurs a 126-99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza scored twenty-three points, pulled down four rebounds and gave out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would settle for twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in the Game 2 as they hand the Rockets a 121 to 96 blowout loss.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would chalk up eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  San Antonio would win the third game, as well, pulling away with a 103-92 score.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge scored twenty-six points, pulled down six rebounds and dished off two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would also put up twenty-six points, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden would chalk up forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  The Houston Rockets would come back as they defeat the Spurs in Game 4 with a 125 to 104 victory.  James Harden finished with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would settle for seventeen points, four rebounds and one assist.  Each team looked to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they faced off last night in the AT&T Center.

The game would start off right for the San Antonio team as Tony Parker’s replacement, Patty Mills, would put up eight points which would include two three-pointers.  Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to chalk up six points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would be limited to five points throughout the entire quarter but he would knock down a three-pointer in the process, while gathering up three rebounds and three assists.  On the other end of the court, James Harden would get hot for fifteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He would knock down three 3-pointers in the process, along with five defensive rebounds and three assists.  Former Magic player, Trevor Ariza, would nail two three-pointers while crashing the boards for two defensive rebounds.  Patrick Beverley would also put up six points, three of them coming from behind the arc but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 32-29 lead.  The Rockets would respond with a 31 to 26 run in the second quarter as they shoot sixty-one percent from the field as a team, limiting the Spurs to forty percent.  Ryan Anderson would come off the bench to chalk up eight points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would collect three of those from behind the arc as he jumped up to grab three defensive rebounds.  Harden would put up eight points as he pulled down three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Clint Capela and Patrick Beverley would each contribute with five points as Beverley would earn three of his from behind the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  On the other end of the court, Leonard would shoot fifty percent from the field to collect seven points while Aldridge would help out with six points but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 60-58 lead.

Kawhi Leonard would come out of the locker room to put up ten points in the third quarter as he pulls down seven rebounds.  Patty Mills would collect five more points to add to his scoring total.  He would shoot fifty percent from the field, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  As for the Houston team, Anderson would throw up seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Beverley would knock down two three-pointers but it was the Spurs who walk into the last period with a 86-85 lead.  Houston would stay in it as former Clippers player, Eric Gordon, would receive seven points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, nailing a three-pointer in the process.  James Harden would also gather up seven points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Aldridge would help his Spurs team out with six points and five offensive rebounds.  With one minute left in the fourth period, both teams would be tied at 99 a piece.  James Harden would knock down two free-throws to give his team a two-point lead.  With thirty-four second left in the game, Manu Ginobili would answer with a two-point jumper to tie the game up.  James Harden would turn the ball over with eleven seconds left in the game as the Spurs call for a timeout.  Out of the timeout, Mills would drill a three-pointer to win the game but would get the shot off right after the buzzer went off, resulting in the game going into overtime.

Both teams would be held scoreless in the first three minutes in overtime until Patrick Beverley knocks down a three-pointer, off of a James Harden assist.  Jonathon Simmons would get sent to the free-throw line as he knocks down both of his foul shots, bringing the Spurs within one.  With fifty-six seconds left in the game, Danny Green would drill a three-pointer, giving the San Antonio Spurs a two-point lead.  The Rockets would quickly regain the lead, thanks to a three-pointer from Ryan Anderson.  Green would get fouled while connecting for two-point shot, sending him to the line to knock down his foul shot.  With that, the San Antonio would hold a two-point lead, forcing Houston to call a timeout.  Gordon would miss a three-point jump shot as Danny Green grabs the rebound.  He would go the free-throw line to knock down one of his two foul shots as Rockets call for a 20-second timeout.  James Harden would come out of the timeout to attempt a three-pointer but is blocked by Ginobili as the Spurs pull away with a 110-107 win.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-two points, fifteen rebounds and four assists.  James Harden would finish with thirty-three points, ten rebounds and ten assists.

The Houston Rockets defeat the San Antonio Spurs, tying the series up 2-2

The Houston Rockets defeat the San Antonio Spurs, tying the series up 2-2

Last night marked the fourth game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Rockets as they handed the Spurs a 126-99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza would score twenty-three points, pull down four rebounds and give out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would put up twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  In the second game, the San Antonio team would bounce back as they beat the Rockets, 121 to 96.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Spurs would win the last game, as well, pulling away with a 103-92 score.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored twenty-six points, grabbed seven rebounds and pushed out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with twenty-six points, as well, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden would chalk up forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  Despite the unfortunate passing of Patrick Beverley’s grandfather, the Rockets looked to tie the series up last night in the Toyota Center.

The game would start off right for the Houston Rockets as they shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Spurs to forty percent.  James Harden would put up eight points, along with two rebounds and five assists.  Trevor Ariza would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points which would include one three-pointer.  He would crash the boards for two rebounds while dishing off three assists.  Eric Gordon and Lou Williams would come off the bench to score five points each, both of them knocking down one three-pointer in the process.  On the other end of the court, LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up six points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would play for eight minutes, only to be held at three points as the home team would enter the second period with a 34-22 lead.  The Spurs would respond with a 31 to 23 run in the second quarter, though.  During that run, Leonard would get hot for eleven points, three of them coming from behind the arc.  Former Portland Trail Blazers player, Patty Mills, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would receive six points in return, all of them coming from beyond the arc.  As for the Rockets, Anderson would knock down two three-pointers to get himself six points while Harden would collect six points, as well.  James Harden would also jump up to grab two rebounds along with two assists.  The 2014-2015 Sixth Man, Lou Williams, would chalk up six points as the Houston team would walk into halftime with a 57-53 lead.

The Rockets would come out of the locker room to spark a 34 to 23 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Harden would throw up eleven points, nine of them coming from beyond the arc while the other two come from the free-throw line.  Former Pelicans player, Eric Gordon, would come off the bench to help out with eight points which would hold two three-pointers.  On the other end of the court, Aldridge would score ten points while shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also grab three rebounds while Pau Gasol would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself four points.  Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer but it was the home team that ended the third period with a commanding 91-76 lead.  The Rockets would finish things off in the last quarter as Bobby Brown would come off the bench to shoot seventy-one percent from the field, collecting eleven points.  He would earn three of them from behind the arc as Gordon would come off the bench to nail two three-pointers.  Simmons would try to bring his Spurs team back as he throws up eight points which would contain a three-pointer but it was the Houston Rockets that defeat the San Antonio Spurs with a 125-104 score, tying the series up at 2-2.  James Harden finished with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would finish with seventeen points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds, and two assists.  He would also record a Playoff career-high two steals to go along with his stat sheet.

The San Antonio pull away with a win against the Houston Rockets, leading the series 2-1

The San Antonio pull away with a win against the Houston Rockets, leading the series 2-1

Last night marked the third game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game was a blowout for the Spurs as the Rockets defeated them, 126 to 99.  In that game, Trevor Ariza scored twenty-three points, pulled down four rebounds and dished off two assists.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in Game 2 as they hand a blowout loss to the Rockets, 121-96.  Kawhi Leonard would chalk up thirty-four, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  Each team looked to take a 2-1 lead in the series last night as they faced each other in the Toyota Center.

In the first quarter, James Harden dropped nine points, collecting three of them from behind the arc.  Former Wizards player, Trevor Ariza, would contribute with two three-pointers, earning himself six points.  He would also collect four rebounds and two assists as he shot fifty percent from the field.  On the other end of the court, LaMarcus Aldridge would put up six points of his own, along with three defensive rebounds.  Former Memphis player, Pau Gasol, would help out with five points which included a three-pointer but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 21 to 19 lead.  The Spurs would return the favor with a 24 to 18 run in the second quarter, shooting forty-six percent from the field while the Rockets would be held to thirty-five percent.  During that run, Kawhi Leonard would drop eight points, along with four rebounds and one assist.  Former Trail Blazers player, Aldridge, would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, receiving six points in return.  As for the Rockets, Ariza would knock down three 3-pointers to add nine more points to his scoring total.  While Harden would be limited to only four points in the quarter, Eric Gordon would come off the bench to contribute with a three pointer but it was the visiting team that walked into halftime with a 43-39 advantage.

In the third quarter, James Harden would get hot as he lights the floor up with fourteen points, which would contain two three-pointers.  Chicago-native, Patrick Beverley, would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to earn himself five points.  Clint Capela and bench player, Eric Gordon, would each be limited to four points.  Trevor Ariza would play for the entire quarter, only to be held scoreless.  As for the visiting team, Leonard would chalk up nine points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Another former PortlTrail Blazers player, Patty Mills, would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer and three free-throws to earn himself six points as his Texas team would walk into the last quarter with a 72-66 lead.  The Spurs would finish things off in the fourth period as Aldridge would put up nine points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would contribute with seven points, which would contain one three-pointer and four free-throws.  James Harden would try to bring his team back in it as he goes off for sixteen points which included two three-pointers but it was the San Antonio Spurs who pull away with a 103-92 win, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-six points, ten rebounds and seven assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge would finish with twenty-six points, as well, along with seven rebounds and two assists.  James Harden would settle for forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1 and advancing to the next round

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1 and advancing to the next round

Tonight marked Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in their playoff series.  This has been one of the most talked about series as this matchup features the top two candidates for this year’s MVP.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Rockets as they hand the Thunder a 118-87 loss.  In that game, James Harden scored thirty-seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and gave out nine assists.  Russell Westbrook would put up twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  Houston would go on to win the second game, as well, pulling away with a 115 to 111 score.  James Harden would finish with thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Russell Westbrook would end up with fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  In Game 3, the Thunder would manage to escape with a 115-113 victory over the Texas team.  Russell Westbrook finished with thirty-two points, twelve rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden would put up forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.  The last game would be a win for the Rockets as they slip away with a 113 to 109 victory.  Nene would end up with twenty-eight points, ten rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would score thirty-five points, pull down fourteen rebounds and dished off fourteen assists.  The Oklahoma City Thunder would look avoid getting bumped out of the Playoffs as they hope pull a win tonight in Houston.

The game would start off right for the Oklahoma team as six-time All-Star, Russell Westbrook, would light the floor up with thirteen points which would include one 3-pointer.  Former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he puts up four points.  On the other end of the court, James Harden would help his team out by putting up four points, grabbing two rebounds and dishing off two assists but it was the Thunder who end the first quarter with a 22 to 16 lead.  The Rockets would spark a 35-22 run in the second period as Patrick Beverley would score seven points, which would include one three-pointer.  The 2011-2012 Sixth Man, James Harden, would also throw up seven points which held one three-pointer.  Lou Williams would come off the bench to chalk up seven points, as well, along with three rebounds.  As for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Victor Oladipo would drop five points, collecting three of those from behind the arc.  MVP candidate, Russell Westbrook, would also drop five points and three assists.  Former 76ers player, Jerami Grant, would come off the bench to contribute with five points of his own, containing one three-pointer but it was the home team who would enter halftime with a 51-44 advantage.

The Thunder would not shy away from the challenge as they go on a 33 to 21 run in the third quarter, shooting fifty-two percent from the field while limiting the Rockets to twenty-three percent from the field.  Russell Westbrook would go off for twenty points, collecting twelve of those from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field, while grabbing five rebounds and giving out three assists.  James Harden would try to keep his Houston team in it as he drops ten points, including one three-pointer.  He would only shoot twenty-two percent from the field, but he would collect three rebounds and give out one assist.  Former Wizards player, Nene, would come off the bench to put up six points but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder that regain the lead and walk into the last quarter with a 77-72 score.  The fourth quarter would look bright for the Rockets as Harden drops thirteen points while Williams comes off the bench to contribute with twelve points, including one three-pointer.  Westbrook would earn nine points, four rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet but it was the Houston Rockets who would bounce back to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1.  James Harden finished with thirty-four points, eight rebounds and four assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with forty-seven points, eleven rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and nine assists.

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 3-1 lead in series

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 3-1 lead in series

Tonight would mark the fourth game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  This series has been the most hyped up series in the Playoffs, as it has been presenting the top-two MVP candidates going head-to-head.  Game 1 was a victory for the Houston Rockets as they serve the Thunder a 118 to 87 blowout.  James Harden scored thirty-seven points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off nine assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  The Rockets would host the Thunder again in Game 2 as they pull away with a 115-111 win.  In that game, James Harden put up thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Russell Westbrook earned fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  The last game came down to the wire as the Thunder would defeat the Rockets in Oklahoma City, 115 to 113.  Russell Westbrook finished with thirty-two points, twelve rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden collected forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.  The Oklahoma City Thunder would look to even the series up in Oklahoma tonight.

The Thunder started the game off on a good foot as they shot fifty percent from the field, limiting the Rockets to thirty percent.  Steven Adams scored six points, along with two rebounds and two blocks.  Russell Westbrook would also drop six points and collect five rebounds and four assists to go along with it.  On the other end, Trevor Ariza would put up eight points, which would include one 3-pointer but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder that ended the first period with a 26 to 22 lead.  In the next quarter, both teams would keep the score close as they each record thirty-two points.  Six-time All-Star, Russell Westbrook, would chalk up eleven points, five rebounds, six assists and one block.  Steven Adams would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself six points.  Eric Gordon would come off the Rockets bench to drop eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Former Wizards player, Nene, would also come off the bench to score eight points, as well.  Bench player, Lou Williams, would also contribute with seven points but it was the Thunder that went into halftime with a 58-54 advantage.  Russell Westbrook would finish the half with seventeen points, ten rebounds and ten assists, the fastest postseason triple-double in the last twenty seasons.

The third period would be no different from the second as both teams would chalk up a total of nineteen points in the quarter.  Maryland-native, Victor Oladipo, would throw up six points while going up for one rebound.  Steven Adams would receive five more points to add to his scoring total, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Westbrook would play for nine minutes, only to be held scoreless after attempting six shots.  As far as the Texas team, Nene would score four points, while gobbling up two rebounds and giving out one assist.  Another former Wizards player, Trevor Ariza, would knock down a 3-pointer and crash the boards for two rebounds but it was the home team that ended the third period with a 77-73 lead.  Houston would go on a 40 to 32 run in the last quarter as Nene would chalk up ten points, shooting one-hundred percent from the field.  The 2014-2015 Sixth Man, Lou Williams, would drop nine points which would include one 3-pointer.  Westbrook would try to keep his team ahead as he goes off for eighteen points, three of those coming from behind the arc.  After a total of six lead changes and five game ties, the Houston Rockets would eventually come back and close the game out with a 113 to 109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Nene would finish with twenty-eight points (his new Playoff career-high), ten rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would end with thirty-five points, fourteen rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and fourteen assists.