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The Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

Last night’s matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks would mark the first of two games that they would play against each other but this game is something special:  This would be the first time that Carmelo Anthony would face the Knicks since being traded and he is hoping to close that chapter out by showing up big.  He would also have new-forward Paul George and Russell Westbrook by his side to help out as the Thunder host the Knicks in Oklahoma.

During the first quarter of the game, the Knicks would shoot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Thunder to thirty-six percent.  Paul George would heat up for thirteen points in the beginning quarter, six of those coming from behind the arc and the other four from the free-throw line.  2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook would score five points while grabbing two rebounds and dishing off one assist.  Anthony would only shoot seventeen percent as he earns four points from knocking down a three-pointer and one free-throw.

As for the New York team, Kristaps Porzingis would chalk up eight points while collecting three defensive rebounds.  Former Houston Rockets’ shooting guard Courtney Lee would score five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  New-center Enes Kanter would be limited to four points while collecting two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Ramon Sessions would knock down a three-pointer to contribute but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 27-24 lead.

The Thunder would shoot thirty-nine percent from the field as a team in the second quarter while the Knicks ended shooting twenty-nine percent from the field.  Porzingis would add eleven more points to his scoring total as he drills a three-pointer in the process.  He would also gather up two offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds while doing so.  Tim Hardaway Jr. ended up dropping five points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Kyle O’Quinn would come off the bench to put up two points while grabbing four rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Carmelo Anthony would start to heat up as he drops eleven points, drilling a three-pointer in the process.  Westbrook scored seven points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also managed to grab three rebounds while giving out four assists.  George would play for twelve minutes only to be limited to four points but he would collect two defensive rebounds.  Steven Adams would also be limited to four points but he would grab three rebounds as the Thunder head into the locker room with a 53 to 42 advantage over the Knicks.

After halftime, the Oklahoma City Thunder would spark a huge 26 to 17 run in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to thirty-seven percent.  Andre Roberson would shoot sixty percent from the field to earn himself six points as he contributes with three rebounds and two assists.  Russell Westbrook continues to add to his performance as he chalks up five points, three defensive rebounds, and six assists.  George and Anthony would each be limited to four points but George would manage to collect two defensive rebounds in the process.

As for the Knicks, Kanter would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he records six points and two defensive rebounds.  Lee would end up play twelve minutes only to be limited to four points and two assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would only shoot twenty percent from the field, collecting two points as the Thunder end the third quarter with a huge 79-59 lead.

The New York Knicks would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the last period as the Thunder shot forty-two percent from the field.  Porzingis would continue his shooting performance as he puts up ten more points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  He would also grab two rebounds as Kansas-native Ron Baker came off the bench to drill a three-pointer and two free-throws.  O’Quinn would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played but he did manage to pull down three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul George ended up chalking up nine points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.  Jerami Grant would come off of the bench to drop five points, drilling a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Anthony would knock down a three-pointer to earn three points while Westbrook would also earn three points, along with two defensive rebounds and four assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder easily pull away with a 105 to 84 victory over the New York Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony finished the game with twenty-two points against his former team, along with one rebound and one assist while Paul George finished with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would post his 89th triple-double of his career as he finishes with twenty-one points, ten rebounds, and sixteen assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would finish with thirty-one points, twelve rebounds, and one assist.

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The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

Yesterday’s game between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat would mark the first of four games that these two would play each other.  Last season, the Miami Heat finished at ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record, nearly making the playoffs.  The Orlando Magic, on the other hand, landed at the thirteenth spot in the Conference with a 29-53 record.

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami Heat shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Orlando Magic would shoot forty-six percent from the field.  Former Boston Celtics’ power forward Kelly Olynyk would put up seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Hassan Whiteside would score six points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also managed to grab two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds as well.  Goran Dragic would also score six points while dishing off four assists.

As for the Orlando team, California-native Aaron Gordon would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also went up to grab three defensive rebounds to add to his performance.  Nikola Vucevic would put up six points, along with one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  D.J. Augustin would come off the bench to contribute with five points but it was the Heat who ended the first quarter with a 37 to 32 lead.

The Magic would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the second quarter while the Heat would end up shooting only thirty-six percent from the field.  Evan Fournier recorded seven points, three coming from behind the three-point line.  Terrence Ross would score five points in the quarter while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Gordon would be limited to only four points but he would grab three rebounds to contribute.

On the other end of the court, former Sacramento Kings’ small forward James Johnson would chalk up four points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Justise Winslow would play for eleven minutes, only to be limited to three points which he earned from behind the arc.  Wayne Ellington would also score three points as the Magic ended the first half with a 26 to 18 run.

During the third quarter of the game, the Heat would continue to struggle as they only shot thirty-eight percent from the field while the Magic shot fifty-six percent.  Elfrid Payton would drop nine points in the third quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process while he grabbed two defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Vucevic ended up scoring eight points while grabbing three defensive rebounds.

As for the South Beach team, Dragic chalked up five points while connecting for a three-pointer in the process.  Both Waiters and Whiteside would put up four points while shooting fifty percent from the field each.  Whiteside would also gobble up four defensive rebounds to add to his performance but the Orlando Magic would go into the last quarter with an 88 to 78 advantage.

In the fourth period, the Magic would shoot forty-eight percent from the field as the Heat shot forty-one percent from the field.  Hassan Whiteside would heat up for fourteen points while pulling down a total of eight rebounds.  He would also connect for his first three-pointer of his career.  Dion Waiter chalked up seven additional points while hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  James Johnson would play for ten minutes only to be limited to four points but he did record three rebounds and six assists.

For the Magic, Fournier would put up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Toronto Raptors’ center Bismack Biyombo would score six points as he pulled down four rebounds.  Ross ended up scoring five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line as the Orlando Magic end up winning the game, 116 to 109.  Evan Fournier finished the game with twenty-three points, one rebound, and three assists.  Hassan Whiteside would finish with twenty-six points, twenty-two rebounds and one assist.

Miami Heat defeats the Washington Wizards to win the regular season series

Miami Heat defeats the Washington Wizards to win the regular season series

The 40-41 Miami Heat will look to clinch the 8th seed as they host the 49-32 Washington Wizards in American Airlines Arena.  These two teams have met three times this season with Miami winning every game.  The first game was played on November 19 in Washington as the Heat won, 114-111.  In that game, Goran Dragic would score twenty-two points, grab four rebounds and give out six assists.  John Wall would take thirty-four points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Bradley Beal would accept thirty-four points, five rebounds and four assists.  The second meeting would be held on December 12 in Miami as the home team would escape with a 112-101 victory.  Goran Dragic would drop thirty-four points, five rebounds and five assists.  John Wall would drop thirty points, six rebounds and eight assists.  The last time these teams battled each other was on April 8 in the Verizon Center as the Miami team would sneak off with a 106 to 103 win.  Hassan Whiteside would drop thirty points, twelve rebounds and two assists.  Markieff Morris would score twenty-one points and grab five rebounds.  The Miami Heat will look to win the regular season series against this team, 4-0, as well as grabbing hold of the number eight spot.

The first quarter would start off right for the Washington Wizards as Marcin Gortat would light up the floor with ten points, shooting 83% from the field.  Missouri-native, Otto Porter Jr., would drop six points, despite dealing with back spasms.  On the other end, Goran Dragic would take eight points which included one 3-pointer but it would be the visiting team that would enter the second quarter with a 27 to 23 lead.  The second period would belong to the home team as they go on a 33-23 run.  Hassan Whiteside would put up eight points and pull down five rebounds.  Former Nets player, Willie Reed, would come off the bench to score six points and grab three rebounds, as well.  Bojan Bogdanovic would score seven points for his Washington team, along with Trey Burke’s six points but it would be the South Beach team that would enter halftime with a 56-50 advantage.  The third quarter would continue to be on Miami’s side as the second-round pick in the 2015 draft, Josh Richardson, would collect eight which included two 3-pointers.  Willie Reed would come back off the bench to add eight more points to his scoring total.  Sheldon McClellan would score nine points to help his D.C. team out but it would still be the Miami Heat who end the third quarter holding on to a large 91-77 lead.  Former Jazz player, Trey Burke, would get hot for fourteen points in the last period, which included four 3-pointers.  Goran Dragic collects nine more points as the Miami Heat pull away with a 110-102 win.  Goran Dragic would finish the game with twenty-eight points, four rebounds and five assists.  Trey Burke finishes with twenty-seven points and four assists.  John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris would not play this game.

Miami Heat keeps their Playoff hopes alive as they escape with a win against the Washington Wizards

Miami Heat keeps their Playoff hopes alive as they escape with a win against the Washington Wizards

The 38-41 Miami Heat are struggling to make it back to the top eight in the Eastern Conference as they head to the Nation’s Capital to take on the 48-31 Washington Wizards.  These two teams have met up twice already this season, with the South Beach team winning each game.  The first matchup took place on November 19 in Washington as the Heat crawl away with a 114 to 111 win.  In that game, Goran Dragic would score twenty-two points, grab four rebounds and dish off six assists.  John Wall and Bradley Beal would each end with thirty-four points.  John Wall would also earn four rebounds and eight assists.  Bradley Beal would take five rebounds and four assists.  The second game was played on December 12 as Miami would win, 112-101.  Goran Dragic finished the game with thirty-four points, five rebounds and five assists.  John Wall ended up with thirty points, six rebounds and eight assists.  Tonight would be the third of four times these two clubs will battle each other.

Bradley Beal would start the game off right as he scores nine points in the first quarter, shooting 75% from the field.  Markieff Morris would also put up seven points, including one 3-pointer.  On the other end, Hassan Whiteside would knock down five of his eight buckets, earning himself ten points but the Wizards would end the quarter with a 29 to 28 lead.  In the second period, Wayne Ellington would come off the bench to put up eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Hassan would shoot 66% from the field in the quarter to add six points to their score.  The four-time All-Star, John Wall, would chalk up four points and one 3-pointer, as both teams head into halftime with a 52 to 52 tie.  The visiting team would go on a 26-22 run in the third quarter as Dragic would put up ten points, along with Whiteside’s five points.  Tyler Johnson would come off the bench to grab three rebounds and score five points, including one 3-pointer.  The first round pick in the 2015 Draft, Kelly Oubre Jr. would go to shoot 83% from the field, earning himself eleven points, which would also include a 3-pointer.  Miami would end the quarter holding onto a 78-74 lead, but things would get tight later in the fourth quarter as Washington creeps back.  Whiteside would put up nine points but Markieff Morris would help his team as he scores twelve points, including two of his three 3-pointers.  With seven minutes left in the game, Morris would hit a jump shot, giving the home team a 1-point lead.  He would hit another jumper to extend the lead by four.  After Whiteside puts up a lay up, Richardson would hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to one.  They would continue to trade baskets until the one-minute mark, where Morris knocks down a three-pointer, tying the game at 100.  Whiteside would return the favor by hitting a jumper but Wall would get sent to the line where he hits one of his two free throws to take the lead again.  But after James Johnson hits a jumper and Richardson nails two free throws, the visiting team would escape with a 106 to 103 win.  Hassan Whiteside ends the game with thirty points, twelve rebounds and two assists.  Markieff Morris ends wit twenty-one points and five rebounds.

Heat even the regular-season series up with the win over the Hornets

Heat even the regular-season series up with the win over the Hornets

The Miami Heat are struggling to regain a Playoff spot as they are 37-40 at ninth place.  Tonight, they will go to North Carolina to take on the 36-41 Charlotte Hornets.  These two Eastern Conference teams have met up three times this season with Charlotte taking two of the three.  The first matchup was on October 28 in South Beach, where the Hornets won pulled away with a 97-91 win.  In that game, Kemba Walker dropped 24 points while Hassan Whiteside went for 20 points.  The next matchup was on December 29 in Charlotte where the home team beat the Heat, 91 to 82.  In that meeting, Kemba Walker scored 22 points while Josh Richardson dropped 20.  The third meeting was on March 8 in Florida, where Miami won 108-101.  In that matchup, Dion Waiter went for 24 points while Kemba Walker scored 33 points.  The Waiter-less Miami Heat would look to even the series out tonight and hopefully regain a Playoff seed.

The first quarter started off well for Goran Dragic, as he scored eight points and hitting two of his three 3-pointers, along with James Johnson earning six points.  The visiting team would end the quarter with a 27 to 23 lead.  Even though the Hornets would return the favor with a 28-25 run in the second quarter, Goran Dragic wasn’t looking to cool off as he drops an additional eleven points, going 88 percent from the field.  On the other hand, Kemba Walker scored nine points along with a pair of three-pointers but the Heat would still walk into the locker room with a one-point lead at the half.  The third quarter belonged to the Miami Heat as Dragic continued to put on a display, earning himself ten points and hitting another two of three 3-pointers.  Nicolas Batum dropped twelve points for his home team but it was the visiting team that ended the third on a 34 to 22 run.  The fourth quarter would look slightly better for the North Carolina ball team, as Marvin Williams went for ten points but it was the Miami Heat that pulled away with a 112 to 99 win, gaining the eighth-seed back in the Playoff race.  Goran Dragic ended with 33 points and Hassan Whiteside ended with a double-double (13 points and 20 rebounds), claiming Miami Heat’s single-season double-double record.