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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.

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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 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.

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.

The Charlotte Hornets end their season in a huge loss to the Atlanta Hawks

The Charlotte Hornets end their season in a huge loss to the Atlanta Hawks

The 42-38 Atlanta Hawks will look to clinch the number five Playoff seed as they take on the 36-45 Charlotte Hornets.  These two teams have met up three times this season, making this their fourth and final matchup.  The first game was on November 18 in North Carolina as the Hornets would win, 100-96.  In that game, Nicolas Batum would score twenty-four points, grab ten rebounds and dish off four assists.  Paul Millsap would collect twenty-two points, thirteen rebounds and one assist.  The second meeting would take place on December 17 in Georgia as the Hornets would defeat the Hawks, 107 to 99.  Marvin Williams would put up nineteen points, six rebounds and two assists.  Marco Belinelli would put up nineteen points, three rebounds and one assist.  Tim Hardaway Jr. would earn twenty-one points, four rebounds and four assists.  The last matchup would be played on March 20 in Charlotte as the home team would win, 105-90.  Nicolas Batum would chalk up sixteen points, one rebound and six assists.  Kemba Walker would post sixteen points, four rebounds and four assists.  Dennis Schroder would chalk up twenty points, three rebounds and six assists.  The Charlotte Hornets would look to win the regular season series 4-0 in their season finale.

In the first quarter Dwight Howard would start off hot as he scores ten points and grabs three rebounds.  The first round pick in the 2013 draft, Dennis Schroder, would post up six points and dish off four assists.  Kent Bazemore would come off the bench to score six points of his own, including two 3-pointers.  On the other end, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would knock down two of his three buckets, earning himself six points but it would be the home team ending the first quarter with a 38 to 26 lead.  The second quarter would not become easier for the visiting team as Tim Hardaway Jr. goes 75% from the field, taking seven points which would contain one 3-pointer.  Former Thunder player, Jeremy Lamb, would help the Hornets out as he scores eight points, including one 3-pointer but it would be the Georgia team that walks into halftime with a 63-44 advantage.  The Hawks would not show any signs of cooling down in the third period as the former Rockets player, Dwight Howard, would add six more points to his scoring numbers, shooting 75% from the field.  Texas-native Taurean Prince and Louisiana-native Paul Millsap would each put up four points as the home team would end the third quarter with a 84-61 lead.  The Atlanta Hawks would close it out in the last period as Kris Humphries comes off the bench to put up five points, which included one 3-pointer.  Thabo Sefolosha and Malcolm Delaney would come off the bench, as well, to drop four points each as the Hawks seal the deal with a huge 103-76 victory.  Dwight Howard finished with nineteen points, twelve rebounds and one assist.  Jeremy Lamb would finish with twenty-one points, five rebounds and one assist.

Charlotte Hornets are eliminated from the Playoffs after a loss to the Boston Celtics

Charlotte Hornets are eliminated from the Playoffs after a loss to the Boston Celtics

The 36-42 Charlotte Hornets are hoping that things will turn around for the better as they struggle to make the Playoffs for a second consecutive season.  Tonight they will be going up against the 50-29 Boston Celtics are the fourth and final time this season.  The first time these two ball clubs have met up was on October 29 in North Carolina as Boston would take that game 104-98.  In that game, Avery Bradley would end with thirty-one points, eleven rebounds and four assists.  Kemba Walker finished with twenty-nine points, two rebounds and three assists.  In the second game, which took place on December 16 in Massachusetts, the home team would win that game, 96 to 88.  Isaiah Thomas would score twenty-six points, grab three rebounds and earn five assists.  Nicolas Batum would go to score twenty-two points, grab 10 rebounds and dish off five assists.  The last time the Celtics and Hornets met up was on January 16 in TD Garden, where the Celtics won 108 to 98.  Isaiah Thomas would earn thirty-five points, five rebounds and four assists.  Kemba Walker earned twenty-four points, four rebounds and two assists.  The 2-seed Boston Celtics would look to take the regular season, 4-0, against the 10-seed Charlotte Hornets.

In the first quarter, Isaiah Thomas would start off with eight points, including one 3-pointer.  Jae Crowder would also score seven points, as well as one 3-pointer.  Even though Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum would each earn seven points, it would be Boston who leads 32-28 at the end of the first.  The second quarter wouldn’t get easier for the home teams as both Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford would come out hot, each scoring eleven points.  Thomas would knock down three more 3-pointers as Horford goes 1 for 2 beyond the arc.  Kemba Walker would go to score seven points for his team but it would be the Celtics who end the second period with a huge 39-26 run.  With the Celtics holding on to a 71-54, the home team would go on a 32 to 21 run as Nicolas Batum goes off for eleven points which would contain one 3-pointer, as well.  Cody Zeller would help out as he goes to hit six points, along with Walker who scores six of his own.  On the other end, Kelly Olynyk would score six points to help Boston out but the Hornets would still come within seven points as the visiting team leads 92-86 at the end of the third.  The Boston Celtics would close it out in the fourth as Avery Bradley puts up eleven points, including three 3-pointers.  Nicolas Batum would collect eight for Charlotte but the Celtics would win, 121-114, eliminating the Charlotte Hornets from the Playoffs.  Isaiah Thomas would finish the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds and six assists.  Nicolas Batum would end up with thirty-one points, eight rebounds and three assists.

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.