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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 Knicks ended up handing the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 114 to 95

The Knicks ended up handing the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 114 to 95

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were hoping to avoid their third straight loss as they hosted the New York Knicks at the Quicken Loans Arena.  The Knicks, on the other hand, looked to capture their second straight win as they came off a 107 to 86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.  The Knicks would be without Luke Kornet, Isaiah Hicks, Joakim Noah (suspension), Ron Baker (ankle), and Mindaugas Kuzminskas.  Michael Beasley (coach’s decision), Damyean Dotson (coach’s decision), Willy Hernangomez (coach’s decision), and Ramon Sessions (coach’s decision) would also be out.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would play without Isaiah Thomas (hip), John Holland, London Perrantes, Ante Zizic, and Iman Shumpert (knee).

The New York Knicks shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first quarter while holding the Cleveland Cavaliers to thirty-five. Both Tim Hardaway and Kristaps Porzingis would score ten points each in the twelve minutes that they played. They both also shot fifty percent from the field each but Hardaway would collect three rebounds while Porzingis earned two rebounds. Courtney Lee chalked up five points and two defensive rebounds while Enes Kanter settled for four points and three defensive rebounds.

As for the Cavaliers, Kevin Love would put up eight points while earning six of them from beyond the arc. He also collected five rebounds as former Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose was able to score four points with two of them coming from the free-throw line. J.R Smith ended up connecting for a three-pointer while LeBron James would settle for two points, three rebounds, and four assists. Jeff Green would come off the bench to contribute with two points but it was the visiting team who ended the first quarter with a demanding 29-19 lead.

The Cleveland team would look to respond in the second period as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field as a team while the Knicks shot fifty-five percent. James would start to warm up with seven points on seventy-five percent shooting. Love ended up with six points with four coming from the charity stripe. Dwyane Wade settled for six points off the bench in the ten minutes that he played.

Hardaway would continue to impress the New York team as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself fourteen points. He ended up connecting for two three-pointers in the process while Kristaps Porzingis chalked up seven points to go along with the three defensive rebounds he collected. Kanter played for eight minutes in the second quarter only to be held to three points but he did manage to grab five rebounds as the Knicks went into halftime with a 62-54 lead.

The New York team would go on a 30-21 run in the third quarter as they shot fifty percent from the field, limiting the home team to just twenty-seven percent. Tim Hardaway shot sixty-seven percent from the field while collecting eight points in the twelve minutes that he played. Porzingis would score seven points while Courtney Lee was limited to just one three-pointer.

LeBron James would play for the entire quarter only to be held to five points but he did drill a three-pointer while gobbling up three rebounds. Rose shot sixty-seven percent from the field as he earned four points in return. He was able to dish off two assists while Smith grabbed two defensive rebounds but it was still the Knicks who ended the third quarter with a huge 92-75 advantage.

The New York Knicks ended up finishing things off in the fourth quarter as they shot thirty-three percent from the field while the Cavs would shoot twenty-nine percent. Porzingis would still have something to say as he chalks up eight more points with six coming from behind the three-point line. Lee ended up shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he posts up five points, hitting a three-pointer in the process while pulling down four defensive rebounds.

Kyle Korver would play for the entire quarter as he puts up nine points, all of them coming from beyond the arc. He also came up with three defensive rebounds while Kevin Love collected five free-throws along with five rebounds. LeBron James played for ten minutes but was only held to two points, three defensive rebounds, and one assist. Wade was held scoreless in the five minutes he played as the New York Knicks easily pull away with a 114-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Tim Hardaway finished the game with thirty-four points, four rebounds, and eight assists (tying his career-high).  Kevin Love would end up finishing with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds, and one assist.

The Boston Celtics crawl away with a 96-90 victory over the Miami Heat

The Boston Celtics crawl away with a 96-90 victory over the Miami Heat

Last night’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat would mark the first of three games that these two teams play against each other.  This rivalry was somewhat renewed when Kelly Olynyk joined the Heat after being cut by the Celtics.  The Celtics would be without Marcus Morris (knee) and Kadeem Allen as the Heat would play without A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton and Hassan Whiteside (knee).

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami team would shoot forty-eight percent from the field while the Celtics shot forty-three percent from the field.  Goran Dragic chalked up seven points while shooting sixty percent from the field, connecting for one three-pointer in the process.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while dishing off one assist.  Josh Richardson ended up playing for the entire quarter as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He scored five points in return as Dion Waiters collected five points of his own while grabbing three defensive rebounds.  Olynyk would score five points, as well, which included one three-pointer.

Rookie forward Jayson Tatum shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  He ended up receiving seven points in the process which three came from beyond the arc.  Al Horford would collect five points while grabbing three defensive rebounds and giving out one assist.  Kyrie Irving would play for eight minutes but was only held to a three-pointer while pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Marcus Smart was limited to four points as the home team ended the beginning period with a 26 to 21 lead.

The Celtics would respond in the second quarter as they shot forty-one percent from the field while the Heat shot thirty-eight percent.  Smart chalked up eight points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He ended up connecting for two three-pointers in the process while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing out two assists.  Kyrie Irving scored six points while collecting one defensive rebound and one assist in the eight minutes that he played.  Aron Baynes would post four points with two coming from beyond the arc while grabbing two rebounds.

As for the Miami team, Richardson would continue to impress as he chalks up six points on fifty percent shooting from the field.  James Johnson contributed with five points as he pulled down two defensive rebounds in the eight minutes that he played.  Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, and Justise Winslow would be held to two points each.  Kelly Olynyk was also limited to two points but managed to grab four defensive rebounds as the Boston team went into halftime with a tight 47-45 lead.

The Celtics went on a 27 to 18 run in the third quarter as they held the South Beach team to thirty-seven percent shooting from the field while they, on the other hand, shot fifty-three percent.  Tatum continued to impress as he added nine more points to his scoring total, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Irving shot seventy-five percent from the field while receiving six points in return.  Horford played for eleven minutes only to be held to four points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, James Johnson shot fifty percent from the field while scoring five points in return.  He earned three of those points from behind the three-point line Josh Richardson would be held to just a three-pointer.  Former Grizzlies’ guard Wayne Ellington came off of the bench to drill a three-pointer while Dragic was held to two points.  Olynyk would play for four minutes just to be held to one free-throw while the Celtics closed the quarter out with a 74-63 lead.

The Miami Heat would attempt to come back as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Massachusetts team shot thirty-two percent from the field.  Former Houston Rockets’ guard Goran Dragic would heat up for eleven points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  James Johnson collected six points and one assist in the ten minutes that he played while Olynyk would settle for six points and three rebounds.  Winslow was held to two points off the bench but did manage to pull down five defensive rebounds.

As for the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving would chalk up nine points which would include one three-pointer.  He also collected one defensive rebound while Jayson Tatum scored four points with two coming from the free-throw line.  Al Horford was held to three points and two assists in the eight minutes that he played.  Terry Rozier would come off of the bench to earn two points and two defensive rebounds as the Boston Celtics ran away with a 96 to 90 win over the Miami Heat.  Kyrie Irving finished with twenty-four points, four rebounds, and three assists.  Goran Dragic would finish with twenty-two points, three rebounds, and four assists.

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a 123-101 loss

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a 123-101 loss

The Cleveland Cavaliers were looking to avoid their second straight loss as they visited Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Cavaliers ended up taking a heartbreaking loss to the Brooklyn Nets, 112 to 107.  The Pelicans, on the other hand, are looking for their second straight win as Anthony Davis would be available to play along.

During the first quarter of the game, the Pelicans shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Cavaliers were held to thirty-five percent.  Anthony Davis would drop ten points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  He ended up pulling down four defensive rebounds while E’Twaun Moore shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he received ten points, as well.  Jrue Holiday recorded eight points, two defensive rebounds, and three assists while DeMarcus Cousins would be held to five points and four assists.

On the other end of the court, LeBron James shot a low thirty-three percent from the field while posting up eight points.  Kevin Love would contribute with two three-pointers and one free-throw while pulling down five defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder would come off of the bench to gobble up three rebounds while Iman Shumpert scored five points with three coming from beyond the arc.  Dwyane Wade would be held scoreless in the four minutes that he played as the home team ended the first quarter with a 35 to 22 lead.

The second period would be held closely as both teams shot fifty-five percent from the field each.  Dwyane Wade heated up for ten points off of the bench while Kevin Love would settle for six points along with two defensive rebounds.  Tristan Thompson ended up with five points and two defensive rebounds while LeBron James would be held to just one free-throw in the seven minutes that he played but he did manage to get off three assists.

As for the New Orleans team, Holiday would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting nine points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Moore scored eight points with six of them coming from behind the three-point line.  Cousins shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points while pulling down four defensive rebounds and dishing out three assists.  Davis ended up with four points on twenty percent shooting from the field but he managed to collect three rebounds.  Ian Clark would play for the entire quarter but would be held to just a three-pointer as the Pelicans went into halftime with a 65 to 52 advantage.

The Ohio team would go on a 31 to 24 run in the third as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while holding the Pelicans to forty percent shooting from the field.  DeMarcus Cousins would get hot for fifteen points while shooting fifty-five percent from the field.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process while gobbling up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Jrue Holiday would be held to five points in the twelve minutes that he played but would knock down a three-pointer in the process.  Davis settled for four points and three rebounds in the ten minutes that he played.

Love would help the Cavs out as he heated up for eleven points, collecting nine of those points from behind the arc.  He also grabbed one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while LeBron James scored nine points on eighty percent shooting from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process to go along with the three defensive rebounds and three assists that he recorded.  J.R. Smith would drill a three-pointer while Kyle Korver and Wade came off the bench to do the same.  Crowder came off of the bench to dish off two assists as the home team went into the fourth quarter with an 89-83 lead.

The Pelicans would finish things off in the last period as they went on a 34 to 18 run, shooting fifty percent from the field while holding the Cleveland Cavaliers to thirty-three percent.  Anthony Davis would heat up for twelve points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He ended up connecting for two three-pointers in the process while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Jrue Holiday would score seven points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Moore would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself six points while DeMarcus Cousins settled for three points but did manage to record four defensive rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the court, former Celtics’ forward Jeff Green would chalk up five points off the bench while shooting fifty percent from the field, collecting two defensive rebounds in the process.  Cedi Osman also came off of the bench as he recorded four points and three defensive rebounds.  Wade would be held to two points while Korver was scoreless in the seven minutes that he played.  Ante Zizic came off of the bench to gobble to two defensive rebounds but it was the New Orleans Pelicans who escaped with a 123 to 101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Anthony Davis finished the game with thirty points, fourteen rebounds, and two assists.  Kevin Love ended up with twenty-six points, eleven rebounds, and one assist.

 

The Timberwolves slip away with a 119 to 116 win over the Thunder

The Timberwolves slip away with a 119 to 116 win over the Thunder

The last time that these two teams met up was on October 22 when the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled out a 115-113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder off of a game-winning three-pointer by Andrew Wiggins.  In that game, both Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns finished with twenty-seven points but Wiggins also ended with seven rebounds and four assists while Towns had twelve rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would finish with thirty-one points, five rebounds, and ten assists.  The Thunder would seek revenge last night as they visited the Target Center to take on the T-Wolves.

During the first quarter of the game, the Thunder shot fifty-five percent from the field while limiting the Wolves to forty-four percent.  Paul George would heat up for twelve points as he shot eighty percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from beyond the arc while gobbling up one defensive rebound.  Steven Adams would contribute with six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Both Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony would be held to two points each as Westbrook recorded one defensive rebound and three assists.

As for the Minnesota team, former Chicago Bulls’ forward Taj Gibson would chalk up six points while pulling down one defensive rebound and one offensive rebound.  Towns shot only thirty-eight percent from the field as he recorded six points to go along with the three rebounds he collected.  Another former Bulls player, Jimmy Butler, only scored six points in the eleven minutes that he played as Wiggins scored five points with three of them coming from behind the arc.  Jeff Teague would dish off four assists and pull down two rebounds but it was the Thunder who ended the first quarter with a 33 to 26 lead.

The Timberwolves would respond in the second quarter as they go on a 33 to 26 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field while holding the Oklahoma team to forty-eight percent.  Karl-Anthony Towns ended up putting up nine points in the sixty-seven percent that he shot from the field.  He also gobbled down four defensive rebounds while Teague would score points, as well, earning three of them from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Butler recorded five points and two assists while Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to contribute with five points, as well, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.

On the other end of the court, Anthony got hot for eleven points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He knocked down a three-pointer in the process while George was held to one three-pointer and two free-throws.  Westbrook only shot thirty-three percent from the field as he scored four points, pulled down four rebounds, and gave out three assists.  Jerami Grant would come off the bench only to be held to two points in the nine minutes that he played as both teams headed to the locker rooms with a tied game, 59 apiece.

The third period of the game would be held closely as the Thunder shot fifty-five percent from the field and the Wolves shot fifty percent from the field.  Towns would heat up for eleven more points while grabbing one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Gibson also contributed as he recorded six points along with three offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Jeff Teague scored six points with three coming from behind the three-point line while Wiggins was limited to just one three-pointer in the time that he played.  Butler would be held to just one free-throw as he dished off two assists.

As for the Thunder, New Zealand-native Steven Adams ended up with ten points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Russell Westbrook would chalk up seven points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and two assists that he recorded.  Paul George shot only forty-three percent from the field but did manage to collect six points, two rebounds, and three assists.  Anthony dropped four points while grabbing two defensive rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves close the third quarter with a slight 90-89 lead.

During the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves ended up shooting fifty percent from the field while the Thunder were held to forty-one percent.  Jimmy Butler would get hot for thirteen points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He ended up grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Karl-Anthony Towns played for the entire quarter as he scored seven points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also managed to gobble up four offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds while Wiggins would be held to just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Westbrook would add fourteen more points to his scoring total as he shot sixty-three percent from the field.  He earned three of those points from beyond the arc while Carmelo Anthony dropped six points in the ten minutes that he played.  Raymond Felton would come off of the bench to post up four points as Paul George was held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  Adams managed to collect four rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to hold on for a 119 to 116 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 2-0 lead in the season series.  Karl-Anthony Towns would finish the game with thirty-three points and nineteen rebounds.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds, and nine assists.

The Pelicans grab a win against the Kings in Cousins’ return, 114 to 106

The Pelicans grab a win against the Kings in Cousins’ return, 114 to 106

Last night’s matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings would mark the first time that DeMarcus Cousins would play in the Golden 1 Center in a different jersey.  Since Cousins’ trade to the Pelicans, these two teams have met up once in New Orleans as the Pelicans defeated the Kings, 117 to 89.  They hoped to do the same as they visited California without Anthony Davis.

The Kings would go on a huge run in the opening quarter as they shot sixty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Pelicans to just forty-four percent.  Willie Cauley-Stein ended up scoring eight points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Justin Jackson would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he puts up seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Zach Randolph would be collect five points, six rebounds, and two assists while hitting a three-pointer in the process.

On the other end of the court, former Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson came off of the bench to heat up for eleven points which hitting a three-pointer in the process.  DeMarcus Cousins would be held to eight points in the ten minutes that he played but did manage to grab four rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Cheick Diallo was limited to four points off the bench but grabbed three rebounds as the Kings end the first quarter with a 40 to 27 advantage.

The second quarter would be held closely as the Kings shot forty-two percent from the field while the New Orleans team shot forty-six percent.  Former Washington Wizards’ guard Garrett Temple came off of the bench to put ten points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  George Hill would contribute with six points while Randolph was held to four points.  Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench to record four points, two rebounds, and two assists as Vince Carter was held to just a three-pointer.

As for the Louisana team, Cousins heated up for twelve points which would include two three-pointers.  He also pulled down five rebounds and gave out three assists while E’Twaun Moore ended up scoring nine points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Dante Cunningham was held to just one three-pointer as he managed to grab three rebounds but it was still the Sacramento Kings who were ahead at halftime, 70 to 56.

The visiting team would respond in the third quarter with a huge 32 to 17 run as they ended up shooting sixty-two percent from the field while the Kings were held to just thirty-two percent.  Jrue Holiday would heat up for eleven points while shooting a high eighty percent from the field.  He collected six of those points from beyond the arc as Cousins shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  DeMarcus Cousins ended up with seven points to along with the six defensive rebounds that he collected.  Nelson would continue to contribute with five points which included one three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Buddy Hield would score five points and grab two defensive rebounds while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  De’Aaron Fox came off of the Kings’ bench to drop five points, as well but would earn three of them from beyond the arc.  Kosta Koufos would play three minutes off of the bench as he chalked up three points along with two defensive rebounds.  Hill was held scoreless in the but did get his hands on two defensive rebounds but it was the Pelicans who gained the lead, 88-87, at the end of the third.

The New Orleans Pelicans would close things out in the last period as they shot forty-one percent from the field, limiting the Sacramento Kings to thirty-seven percent.  Cousins continued to impress as he chalks up fourteen more points on sixty percent shooting from the field.  He would connect for a three-pointer in the process of collecting three offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds.  Moore would help out as he drills a three-pointer, along with the two defensive rebounds that he pulled down.

Cauley-Stein, on the other end, was limited to only four points but did shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Fox played the entire quarter, only to be held to four points, as well.  He did manage to pull down two defensive rebounds while Skal Labissiere came off the bench to score four points.  Koufos recorded three points along with two defensive rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the New Orleans Pelicans escape with a 114 to 106 victory over the Sacramento Kings.  DeMarcus Cousins finished the game with forty-one points, twenty-three rebounds, and six assists.  De’Aaron Fox ended up finishing with fourteen points, two rebounds, and five assists.

The Chicago Bulls earned their first win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks, 91-86

The Chicago Bulls earned their first win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks, 91-86

The Chicago Bulls were hoping to avoid a 0-4 slump as they hosted the 1-3 Atlanta Hawks at the United Center.  The Hawks, on the other hand, tried to avoid their fourth straight loss of the season as they took on the Bulls in the first of three matchups.  The Atlanta Hawks would start the game off right as they shot forty percent from the field while holding the Bulls to thirty-six percent.

Robin Lopez would get hot for ten points as he shot fifty percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  He grabbed one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while rookie forward Lauri Markkanen would drill a three-pointer and collect three defensive rebounds.  Denzel Valentine was held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played but did manage to get ahold of one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.

As for the Georgia team, 2014 NBA Champion Marco Belinelli would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers while dishing off one assist.  Taurean Prince ended up being held to just one three-pointer in the nine minutes that he played while Isaiah Taylor came off the bench to drop a three-pointer.  Mike Muscala recorded two points, two offensive rebounds, and four defensive rebounds as the Hawks ended the first quarter with a 20 to 18 lead.

The second quarter would be held closely as the Atlanta Hawks shot forty percent from the field while the Chicago Bulls shot thirty-six percent.  Kent Bazemore shot thirty-three percent in the six minutes he played as he scored five points, three coming from the three-point line.  He also grabbed two defensive rebounds while Muscala scored four points which would include two free-throws.  Belinelli would also be held to four points as Utah-native John Collins came off of the bench to record two points, one offensive rebound, and two defensive rebounds.

On the other of the court, David Nwaba shot fifty percent from the field while putting up five points, one offensive rebound, and three defensive rebounds.  Former Knicks center Robin Lopez ended up with four points and three offensive rebounds while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Jerian Grant would be held to only one free-throw in the ten minutes that he played but he did manage to record two defensive rebounds and two assists as the Hawks went into halftime with a tight 39 to 37 lead.

The Bulls went on a 28 to 20 run in the third period as they shot forty percent from the field but the Hawks still shot forty-one percent from the field.  Markkanen chalked up seven points on seventy-five percent shooting from the field while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Former Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Justin Holiday scored seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also collected two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while Grant recorded five points, two rebounds, and four assists.

As for the visiting team, John Collins would come off of the bench to put up seven points in the eight minutes that he played.  Bazemore would continue to contribute as he chalked up four points on forty percent shooting from the field.  Maryland-native Malcolm Delaney would also end up with four points while Mike Muscala knocked down a three-pointer.  Isaiah Taylor would be scoreless in the five minutes that he played off of the bench but he did manage to grab one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Dewayne Dedmon was also kept scoreless as he grabbed two defensive rebounds but it was the Bulls who gained the lead and ended the third quarter with a 65-59 advantage.

The Hawks attempted to come back in the fourth period as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while keeping the Chicago Bulls to thirty-three percent.  Marco Belinelli would continue to contribute as he gets hot for eleven points, earning nine of those points from beyond the arc.  Muscala chalked up five more points while getting ahold of two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  He also connected for a three-pointer while Delaney recorded two points and three assists.

The Bulls would close things out as Valentine warmed up for seven points while shooting only twenty-nine percent from the field.  He did knock down a three-pointer in the process while Nwaba collected six points and two defensive rebounds.  Grant scored five points while Lauri Markkanen collected one three-pointer, one free-throw, and four defensive rebounds.  Quincy Pondexter came off the bench only to be held scoreless but he would grab three rebounds as the Chicago Bulls pull out a 91-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.  Robin Lopez finished with sixteen points, eight rebounds, and four assists while Marco Belinelli ended up finishing with twenty-three points, two rebounds, and two assists.

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily coast past the Indiana Pacers, 114 to 96

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily coast past the Indiana Pacers, 114 to 96

Last night’s matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder would mark the first time that Paul George would play against his former team since the trade.  During the seven seasons that he played with Indiana, he averaged eighteen points a game, six rebounds a game and two assists a game.  The Thunder would look to avoid their third straight loss as they hosted the 2-2 Indiana Pacers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Oklahoma City Thunder would shoot a high fifty-two percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Steven Adams scored seven points in the eight minutes that he played as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Russell Westbrook would play ten minutes while recording six points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  He also chalked up three defensive rebounds and six assists while Paul George shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, giving himself four points.  Anthony would record four points while pulling down five defensive rebounds.

As for the Pacers, Victor Oladipo would get hot for fourteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He ended up knocking down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Darren Collison would put up five points which included one three-pointer while Thaddeus Young drilled a three-pointer to go along with fifty percent shooting from the field.  Lance Stephenson came off the bench to score three points and pull down two defensive rebounds as the Thunder headed into the second quarter with a 30 to 27 lead.

During the second quarter, the home team shot forty-one percent from the field while the Pacers were held to twenty-nine percent.  Former Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony got hot for eleven points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field.  He would connect for two three-pointers in the process of it, along with two defensive rebounds.  Westbrook recorded five more points while grabbing two defensive rebounds and giving out four assists.  Paul George would be held to two points while Raymond Felton came off the bench, only to be held to two points as well.

On the other end of the floor, Young ended up shooting sixty percent from the field while dropping eight points.  Oladipo would collect seven more points to add to his stat sheet while hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing it.  Collison was held to only four free-throws but did manage to post up two defensive rebounds and one assist.  Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson would be held scoreless off the bench as the Oklahoma team headed into the locker room with a 54 to 48 advantage.

The Thunder went on a 32 to 26 run in the third as they shot forty-six percent from the field, holding the visiting team to thirty-two percent.  Russell Westbrook would start to heat up as he shot seventy-one percent from the field, scoring eleven points with three coming from behind the arc.  He also recorded one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds, and three assists in the nine minutes that he played.  Anthony shot fifty percent from the field while earning seven points in return, including one three-pointer.  He also collected two defensive rebounds as Steven Adams dropped four points and three offensive rebounds.  Paul George would play for four minutes just to be held to two points.

Darren Collison shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as dropped seven points and committed two steals.  Victor Oladipo played for eleven minutes as he is limited to only six points but he would manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds.  Cory Joseph would score four points coming off of the Pacers’ bench but two of those points came from the charity stripe.  Domantas Sabonis would be held to only two points in the nine minutes that he played but grabbed six offensive rebounds as the third period came to an end with an 86-74 score in the Thunder’s favor.

The Oklahoma City Thunder closed things out in the last quarter as they fifty-five percent from the field, holding the Indiana team to thirty-three percent.  Felton would come off of the Thunder bench to post up seven points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He ended up dropping a three-pointer in the process while Anthony would put up six points.  Westbrook ended up scoring four points as he pulled down two defensive rebounds and dished off three assists.  George would be held to two points in the last quarter while Adams gobbled up five rebounds.

As for the Pacers, Oladipo would continue to contribute with eight more points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  Thaddeus Young chalked up three points while earning one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  Sabonis played for five minutes as he recorded two points and two defensive rebounds but it wouldn’t be enough as the Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the Indiana Pacers a 114 to 96 loss.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-eight points, ten rebounds, and sixteen assists.  Paul George would finish with a career-low ten points against his former team, along with one rebound.  Victor Oladipo ended up finishing with thirty-five points and five rebounds.

The Lakers managed to pull away with a 102 to 99 win over the Wizards

The Lakers managed to pull away with a 102 to 99 win over the Wizards

The Lakers are in the midst of rebuilding their franchise in hopes that Lonzo Ball would bring good things to the city of Los Angeles.  They would hope to avoid a second straight loss as they hosted the 3-0 Washington Wizards at the Staples Center.  During the first quarter of the game, the Lakers a high fifty-two percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to thirty-nine percent.

Larry Nance would score six points and pull down six rebounds while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Brandon Ingram ended up being limited to only four points but did manage to grab two defensive rebounds and dish off two assists.  Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in the seven minutes that he played but did record three defensive rebounds and one assist.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal dropped seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Kelly Oubre scored only four points while shooting forty percent from the field.  Otto Porter, John Wall, and Mike Scott would each be held to just two points while Marcin Gortat was kept to just one free-throw.  Gortat did manage to grab four defensive rebounds but it was the Lakers who ended the first quarter with a 23 to 18 lead.

The Wizards responded with a 31 to 22 run in the second period as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Los Angeles team shot forty-five percent.  Nance would continue to impress as he posts up eight more points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also gobbled up three defensive rebounds while rookie forward Kyle Kuzma came off of the bench to drop four points.  Jordan Clarkson would come off of the bench to record a three-pointer and three assists while Ball was still held scoreless.

As for the Washington Wizards, Jodie Meeks came off of the bench to chalk up eight points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Six of those points would come from behind the three-point line as he pulled down two defensive rebounds.  Porter scored six points while shooting only forty-three percent from the field but he did manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds.  Beal and Wall would each be held to two points as the Wizards went into the locker room with a slight 49-45 lead.

During the third quarter, the Washington Wizards shot a high sixty-one percent from the field while limiting the Los Angeles Lakers to only forty-four percent.  John Wall would start to heat up as he dropped ten points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He connected for a three-pointer while doing so, along with dishing off four assists.  Bradley Beal ended up recording nine points to add to his scoring total, three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Marcin Gortat shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, scoring six points.

Brook Lopez would post up seven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would drill a three-pointer in the process of doing so while Ingram would be held to four points.  Lonzo Ball would pull himself out of the scoring drought he was in as he chalked up two points to add to the three assists that he recorded.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would be held to just one free-throw line but did manage to grab two defensive rebounds as the visiting team went into the last quarter with a 79 to 69 advantage.

The Lakers did pull back, though, in the fourth period as they went on a 23 to 13 run.  They shot thirty-six percent from the field while limiting the Wizards to a low twenty-two percent.  Brandon Ingram would heat up for eleven points and six rebounds while shooting sixty-three percent from the field.  Kuzma would play for the entire quarter but was only held to four points as he grabbed two defensive rebounds.  Lonzo Ball would only score two points, which would all come from the charity stripe as Julius Randle pulled down five defensive rebounds.

For the Nation’s Capital team, Gortat recorded four points while collecting five defensive rebounds in the process.  Beal ended up with the only three points while John Wall was held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  With the Wizards up by two points, Ingram would put in a tip shot with one second left to tie the game at 92, sending it into overtime.  The Lakers would end up pulling it out in the extra quarter as they shot fifty percent from the field, holding the Wizards to thirty-eight percent.

Lonzo Ball ended up scoring two points in the quarter while Randle gobbled up two defensive rebounds.  Bradley Beal dropped five points while John Wall was limited to two.  Oubre, Gortat, and Porter were held scoreless in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away with a 102 to 99 victory over the Washington Wizards, handing them their first loss of the season.  Brandon Ingram finished the game with nineteen points, ten rebounds (which matched his career-high) and three assists.  Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, and two assists.