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The Houston Rockets grab a 119-109 victory over the defending champions, Toronto Raptors

The Houston Rockets grab a 119-109 victory over the defending champions, Toronto Raptors

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Toronto Raptors recently saw their seven-game win streak come to an end as they fell to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, 121-110, in overtime.  They will look to start up another streak as they host the Houston Rockets at the Scotiabank Arena tonight.  The Rockets, on the other hand, are coming fresh off a 135-133 loss they took in the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday in double overtime.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Raptors and the Rockets have met up a grand total of 47 times in the past as the Raptors won 20 games while the Rockets went on to win 27 of the matchups.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

-Eric Gordon (knee; 10.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.9 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-NeNe (abductor)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 76.5 FG%)
-Gary Clark (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 36.4 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 73.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)

Toronto Raptors:

-Stanley Johnson (groin; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Patrick McCaw (knee; 4.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Matt Thomas (finger; 4.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 54.1 FG%, 53.8 3P%)
-Oshae Brissett (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Dewan Hernandez (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Shamorie Ponds (2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field, keeping the Toronto Raptors to forty-two percent.  Ben McLemore scored 14 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  P.J. Tucker helped out with 11 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds and two assists.

Russell Westbrook had nine points on just thirty-three percent shooting.  He did, however, record four rebounds and six assists while James Harden was held to just six points.  Danuel House played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up sixteen points.

On the other end of the court, Pascal Siakam, who is averaging 25 points per game this season, got hot for eighteen points.  He had two three-pointers in the first period while Fred VanVleet contributed with nine points.  VanVleet also had two three-pointers while recording three rebounds, five assists, one steal, and a block.

Kyle Lowry had eight points which also held two three-pointers.  OG Anunoby earned himself five points while Marc Gasol was kept scoreless.  Norman Powell played ten minutes off the bench as he had six points while the Rockets went into halftime with a 63-55 lead.

The defending champions attempted to make a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-three percent from the field, keeping the Texas ball club to thirty-four percent shooting.  Kyle Lowry had eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He was able to bury a trey in the third quarter while grabbing three rebounds and dishing off four assists.

VanVleet also had eleven points, knocking down a shot from beyond the arc, as well.  Siakam helped out with six points while Gasol scored five points.  Powell played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

As for the Rockets, Harden and Westbrook combined for 27 points while Harden had three-pointers.  He also recorded five rebounds, two steals, and a block while Westbrook had nine rebounds, five assists, and a steal.  McLemore chalked up 14 points, earning twelve of them from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.

Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Austin Rivers played 18 minutes off the bench but only had six points but the Rockets were still able to pull away with a 119 to 109 victory.  Ben McLemore finished the game with a season-high 28 points, along with 2 rebounds, a season-high-tying 3 assists, and a steal while Pascal Siakam had 24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, a season-high-tying 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will host Devin Booker (24.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 50.4 FG%, 40.7 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (9-11) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.

The Toronto Raptors will head to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (22.4 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 45.4 FG%, 31.3 3P%) and the Philadephia 76ers (15-6) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they battle each other this season.  November 25 was the last time they met up as the Raptors won that game, 101-96.  Pascal Siakam finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and two blocks while Josh Richardson had 25 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and a block.

The Magic creep away with a 111-109 victory over the Spurs, handing them their fourth consecutive loss

The Magic creep away with a 111-109 victory over the Spurs, handing them their fourth consecutive loss

The San Antonio Spurs are currently in a funk as they try to avoid a fourth consecutive loss.  They are coming fresh off of a 129-114 loss they took in the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.  With a 1-3 away record, the Spurs will try their hardest to grab a victory tonight as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

The Magic, on the other hand, just defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, 112-97.  With a 4-3 home record, the Florida team will hope to win their fifth game in the Amway Center.  This game tonight will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Spurs and the Magic have played each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Texas team won 43 games while the Magic were held to just 18 victories.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-DeMarre Carroll (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.5 FG%)
-Lonnie Walker (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Keldon Johnson (G-League)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

Orlando Magic:

-Khem Birch (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Melvin Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Jonathan Isaac (ankle; 12.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.5 FG%, 35.9 3P%)
-Josh Magette (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-three percent from the field, keeping the home team to thirty-six percent.  DeMar DeRozan got hot for 15 points, missing only three of his ten shots attempted.  He also had one defensive rebound and two assists while Bryn Forbes helped out with 3 three-pointers.  Washington-native Dejounte Murray had eight points while LaMarcus Aldridge was kept scoreless.  Rudy Gay played 12 minutes off the bench as he scored seven points.

On the other end of the court, both Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier earned nine points each, both hitting a three-pointer.  Former New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Al-Farouq Aminu chalked up eight points, including a trey in the second period.  Markelle Fultz had six points which he earned all from the free-throw line.  D.J. Augustin played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Spurs went into halftime with a 56-47 lead.

The Orlando team would come back and take over in the second half as they went on a 64-53 run, shooting forty-six percent from the field.  During that run, Fournier added 17 more points to his scoring total while Nikola Vucevic earned seven points, finishing with ten points.  Fultz had seven more points Terrence Ross threw up 18 points in the 16 minutes that he played off the bench.

As for the visitors, Aldridge made up for his lack of scoring in the first half as he chalked up 13 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds and two blocks while both Jakob Poeltl and Gay had seven points each off the bench.  DeRozan scored six points while Murray had two points.  Derrick White played the most minutes off the bench as he had a three-pointer but it was the Magic who came away with a 111-109 victory.  Evan Fournier finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while DeMar DeRozan had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will host Damian Lillard (30.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.9 APG, 48.2 FG%, 38.6 3P%) and the Portland Trai Blazers (4-8) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 28 when the Spurs crept away with a 113-110 win.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals while Damian Lillard had 28 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.

The Orlando Magic will host Bradley Beal (28.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43.4 FG%, 32.1 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (2-7) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams this season.

The Brooklyn Nets hand the Miami Heat their third straight loss, 104-92

The Brooklyn Nets hand the Miami Heat their third straight loss, 104-92

The Miami Heat are currently off to its second-worst start in the last twelve years as they are holding onto a 6-10 record, hoping to avoid their third straight loss.  They suffered that loss in the hands their former star, LeBron James, and the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Heat will look grab a much-needed win as they host the Brooklyn Nets, who are coming fresh off of a 127-119 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Heat and the Nets have clashed with each other a total of 134 times in the past as the Heat won 83 games, while the Nets were limited to just 51 victories.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will match up this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 14 when the Florida team won, 120-107.  During that game, Tyler Johnson scored twenty-four points, pulled down five rebounds, gave out one assist, and blocked two shots while Spencer Dinwiddle recorded eighteen points, three rebounds, five assists, and one steal.  The New York team will look to even the season series out with a win tonight.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

-Treveon Graham (hamstring; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Caris LeVert (foot; 18.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, 47.5 FG%, 31.1 3P%, 72.1 FT%)
-Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 42.9 FT%)
-Rodions Kurucs (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.1 APG, 51.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Dzanan Musa (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 0.0 FT%)
-Theo Pinson (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Alan Williams (G-League)
Miami Heat:

-Goran Dragic (knee; 16.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.7 APG, 41.6 FG%, 32.3 3P%, 76.0 FT%)
-Dion Waiters (ankle)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Yante Maten (coach’s decision)
-Kelly Olynyk (coach’s decision; 8.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 46.0 FG%, 32.7 3P%, 78.6 FT%)
-Tyler Johnson (hamstring; 11.4 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 43.5 FG%, 32.4 3P%, 71.1 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The first half of this matchup will be held extremely close as both ball clubs shot thirty-three percent from the field.  Oklahoma-native Josh Richardson ended up scoring twelve points while knocking down five of his fourteen shots attempted.  He also recorded four defensive rebounds and two assists while Hassan Whiteside collected seven points for himself.  Whiteside ended up grabbing twelve boards while blocking two shots in the sixteen minutes that he played.  Wayne Ellington knocked down a three-pointer in the second quarter while Derrick Jones Jr. would be held scoreless.  Justise Winslow played the most minutes off the bench as he got hot for ten points.

As for the visiting team, Jarrett Allen chalked up nine points on fifty percent shooting.  He also had nine rebounds, one assist, and two rejections while D’Angelo Russell nailed two three-pointers early in the first quarter.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Joe Harris contributed with six points while Jared Dudley was kept scoreless.  Spencer Dinwiddie played fifteen minutes off of the bench but only scored seven points as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a 42 to 39 lead.

The Nets would come out of the locker room to go on a huge 65 to 50 run, shooting fifty-two percent from the field while the Heat shot thirty-nine percent.  During that run, Russell added to his scoring total as he dropped fourteen more points while grabbing four defensive rebounds.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.  Whiteside, on the other hand, scored fourteen points for the Heat but it wouldn’t matter as the Nets handed the Miami Heat a 104-92 loss.  D’Angelo Russell finished the game with twenty points, a season-high nine rebounds, six assists, a season-high four steals, and one block.  Hassan Whiteside had twenty-one points, twenty-three rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will head over to Texas to battle Luka Doncic (19.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 4.1 APG, 45.3 FG%, 37.5 3P%) and the Dallas Mavericks (7-9) on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.  As for the Miami Heat, they will visit Illinois to take on Zach LaVine (25.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.0 APG, 43.2 FG%, 31.3 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (4-13) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will be the first of three times that these two teams will meet this season.

The Houston Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz, 112-102, winning the series, 4-1

The Houston Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz, 112-102, winning the series, 4-1

The Houston Rockets will look to finish off the Utah Jazz as they host them at the Toyota Center for Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.  If that takes place and the Rockets advance to the Western Conference Finals, that will be the first time in Chris Paul’s career that will play in a Conference Finals.

SERIES RECAP:

Game 1 took place in Houston on April 29 as the Rockets handed the Jazz a 110-96 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored forty-one points, pulled down eight rebounds, gave out seven assists, and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds, and five assists.  Jae Crowder also had twenty-one points, along with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.

The Houston Rockets hosted the Utah Jazz again for Game 2 on May 2 but this time, the Jazz snuck away with a 116 to 108 victory.  Joe Ingles had twenty-seven points in that game, along with three rebounds and two assists while James Harden recorded thirty-two points, six rebounds, eleven assists, and two steals.

The series would shift over to Utah as the Jazz hosted the Rockets for Game 3 on May 4.  The Houston Rockets, however, got revenge as they defeated the Utah Jazz with a 113 to 92 score.  During that game, James Harden scored twenty-five points, pulled down four rebounds, gave out twelve assists, committed two steals and blocked one shot.  Eric Gordon also had twenty-five points, along with two rebounds and one steal.  Royce O’Neale had seventeen points, five rebounds, and one assist.

Game 4 would be held on May 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena as the Texas team defeated the Jazz, 100-87.  Chris Paul finished that game with twenty-seven points, along with twelve rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block while Donovan Mitchell recorded twenty-five points, nine rebounds, two assists, and four steals.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
David Stockton (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ricky Rubio (hamstring; 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
Dante Exum (hamstring; 8.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 48.3 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 9.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 43.1 FG%, 38.6 3P%)
Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 59.1 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Aaron Jackson (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.6 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
Zhou Qi (1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 18.8 FG%, 10.5 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would somewhat have control in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Utah Jazz at forty percent.  Chris Paul, desperate for a Conference Finals appearance, would get hot for fifteen points while hitting three three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds and six assists while P.J. Tucker earned himself ten points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting from the field.  James Harden contributed with nine points which held a three-pointer late in the first period.  2016-2017 Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer, which he took in the second quarter.

On the other end of the court, both Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert scored eight points but Ingles earned six of his points from beyond the arc.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while Gobert had five rebounds and two blocks.  Donovan Mitchell surprisingly had only two points but did manage to dish off six assists.  Missouri-native Alec Burks played fourteen minutes off of the bench as he had twelve points but it was the Houston team who went into halftime with a 54 to 46 lead.

The Jazz would make sure to hold it close, though, as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the home team to forty-eight percent.  Mitchell got extremely hot for twenty-two points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He dropped two three-pointers in the third quarter while recording three rebounds and three assists.  Royce O’Neale helped out with eleven points while Rudy Gobert had four rebounds and four points.  Burks collected ten more points off of the bench but it wasn’t enough as Chris Paul responded hugely.  Paul chalked up twenty-six more points, giving the Rockets a 112-102 victory, winning the series 4-1.  Chris Paul finished the game with a playoff career-high forty-one points, along with seven rebounds, ten assists, and one steal.  Donovan Mitchell settled for twenty-four points, four rebounds, nine assists, and one steal.

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

Tonight will mark the second game between the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  The first game was on Sunday when the Rockets handed the Jazz a 110 to 96 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored forty-one points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished off seven assists, and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds, and five assists.  Jae Crowder also had twenty-one points, along with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.  The Houston Rockets will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as they host the Jazz at the Toyota Center.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Ricky Rubio (hamstring; 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jonas Jerebko (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
David Stockton (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 59.1 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Aaron Jackson (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.6 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
Zhou Qi (1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 18.8 FG%, 10.5 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Utah Jazz would have complete control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Houston Rockets to forty percent.  Joe Ingles ended up scoring fourteen points on sixty-three percent shooting while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  Rudy Gobert would help out with thirteen points while grabbing one offensive rebound and eight defensive rebounds.  He also had one block while Alec Burks chalked up eleven points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting from the field.  Donovan Mitchell would be limited to seven points while both Royce O’Neale and Derrick Favors scored six points each.  Jae Crowder played sixteen minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two three-pointers and a free-throw.

On the other end of the court, James Harden would get extremely hot for twenty-one points which included a three-pointer near the end of the second half.  He also had four rebounds, five assists, and one steal while Clint Capela saw to it that he had thirteen points on sixty-seven percent shooting.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Chris Paul contributed with six points and one assist while P.J. Tucker had a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points as the visiting team went into halftime with a 64 to 55 lead.

The Houston Rockets would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 53-52 run in the second half, shooting forty percent from the field.  During that run, Paul would start to warm up with seventeen points, five defensive rebounds, two assists, and two steals while drilling two three-pointers.  Harden continued to put on a scoring display as he had eleven points, which included a three-pointer in the final quarter.  Eric Gordon had ten points off of the bench but it wasn’t enough as the Utah Jazz crept away with a 116-108 win, tying the series up, 1-1.  Joe Ingles finished the game with a playoff career-high twenty-seven points, along with three rebounds and two assists while James Harden settled for thirty-two points, six rebounds, eleven assists, and two steals.

The Chicago Bulls hand the Miami Heat a 119-111 loss, snapping their 7-game win streak

The Chicago Bulls hand the Miami Heat a 119-111 loss, snapping their 7-game win streak

The Miami Heat have been playing mighty impressive lately as they are currently on a seven-game winning streak, hoping to extend it to eight as they take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.  The Bulls, on the other hand, are looking to grab their third straight win against their rival.  The Heat and the Bulls have battled each other a total of 139 times in the past as the Heat won 64 games while the Bulls pulled 75 wins.

This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season as November 26 was the last time they saw each other.  The Florida team would go on to win that game, 100 to 93.  Goran Dragic scored 24 points in that game while pulling down 2 rebounds and dishing off 3 assists.  Jerian Grant finished the game with 24 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Derrick Jones (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 55.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 47.8 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Derrick Walton (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 45.5 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

Cameron Payne (foot)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 61.9 FG%)
Quincy Pondexter (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 13.6 3P%)
Paul Zipser (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.0 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
Antonio Blakeney (G-League; 7.1 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 36.4 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have a slight upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Heat at forty percent.  Zach LaVine played well in his season debut against the Pistons on Saturday and he would carry it over against the Heat as he dropped 13 points in the first 24 minutes of the game.  He also drained two three-pointers while grabbing two defensive rebounds and giving out four assists.  Justin Holiday helped out with 3 three-pointers while Robin Lopez had five defensive rebounds.  Denzel Valentine played 12 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

As for the South Beach team, Josh Richardson warmed up with 11 points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He also had three defensive rebounds and four assists while Hassan Whiteside collected nine points and seven defensive rebounds.  Kelly Olynyk had three defensive rebounds and three assists while James Johnson was held scoreless.  Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored eight points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 55-48 lead.

The Miami Heat would attempt to pull a comeback as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, holding the Chicago Bulls to forty-eight percent.  Goran Dragic lit the floor up with 18 points while recording five defensive rebounds and eight assists.  Tyler Johnson was only held to two points but James Johnson would warm up with eight points.  Ellington played 20 minutes off of the Miami bench as he added 12 more points to his scoring total.

Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points off of the Bulls’ bench which included 3 three-pointers in the last period.  Lauri Markkanen had 12 points to put along with his five defensive rebounds and three assists.  Valentine played the most minutes off of the bench, though, to earn eight points as the Chicago Bulls snuck away with a 119-111 win.  Justin Holiday finished the game with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Goran Dragic had 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Wisconsin to battle Giannis Antetokoumpo (28.4 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 4.5 APG, 55 FG%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (22-20) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of three times that these ball clubs will battle each other this season.  The Heat and the Bucks have met up a grand total of 110 times as the Heat won 69 games while the Bucks ended up winning 41 games.  January 14 was the last time they played each other as the Heat escaped with a 97 to 79 victory.  Goran Dragic finished that game with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while Giannis Antetokounmpo settled for 22 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Chicago Bulls will host Stephen Curry (30.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 7.2 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (35-9) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two teams will go head-to-head this season.  They have battled each other a total of 160 times in the past as the Bulls ended up winning 87 games while the Warriors won 73 games.  The last time they played each other was on November 24 as the Warriors handed the Bulls a 143-94 blowout loss.  Stephen Curry scored 33 points in that game while pulling down 7 rebounds, dishing off 4 assists, and committing 2 steals.  Jerian Grant finished with 21 points, 3 assists, and 3 assists.

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

Things have been ugly for the Cleveland Cavaliers lately as they are going off back-to-back 20+ point losses, first to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Toronto Raptors.  They will hope to avoid a third straight loss as they visit Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers.  The Pacers, on the other hand, are looking to prevent a second straight loss as they just recently lost to the Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 195 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 96 games while the Indiana team took 99 games.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Pacers won the last matchup, which was on December 8, 106-102.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal.  LeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (rest; 12.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.3 FG%, 26.1 3P%)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 49.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Dwyane Wade (rest; 11.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
John Holland (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Ante Zizic (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 26.4 FG%)

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
Alex Poythress (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Joe Young (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will have full control of the game early as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Indiana Pacers at forty-eight percent.  LeBron James would score 14 points while draining a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, eight assists, and three steals while Kevin Love chalked up eight points.  Jose Calderon would have eight points while J.R. Smith collected a surprising six points.  Jeff Green played 12 minutes off of the Cleveland bench as he earned a strong 13 points.

On the other end of the court, Thaddeus Young scored 10 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second period.  Victor Oladipo also had 10 points of his own while recording one defensive rebound, one steal, and one block.  Domantas Sabonis had 10 rebounds but only score two points in the 16 minutes that he played.  Lance Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points while the Ohio team went into halftime with a 58-44 advantage.

The home team would crawl back as they went on a large 53-37 run, shooting forty-four percent from the field.  During that run, former Mavericks point guard Darren Collison chalked up 14 points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Sabonis had 10 more points to put with his five rebounds and one block.  Stephenson played 18 minutes off of the Indiana bench as he got hot for 12 points.

As for the Cavaliers, LeBron James added 13 more points to his scoring total, along with four rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Kevin Love would also score 10 points while Cedi Osman had six points and four rebounds.  Tristan Thompson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Indiana Pacers pulled an amazing comeback to win the game, 97-95.  Darren Collison finished the game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while LeBron James had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Stephen Curry (27.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (33-9) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  They have met up a grand total of 128 times as the Cavaliers pulled 59 wins while the Warriors won 69 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that they will play each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on Christmas Day as the Warriors escaped with a 99-92 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocks.  Kevin Love would settle for 31 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 steals.

The Indiana Pacers will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (16-26) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pacers and the Suns have played each a total of 85 times in the past as the Suns won 48 games while the Pacers ended up winning 37 games.  This game will mark the first of two games that they will play against each other this season.

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks are dealing with their own struggles as the Cavaliers are still recovering from a difficult four-game losing streak.  The Hawks, on the other hand, are currently in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, their longest losing streak since the 2013-2014 season.  Obviously, winning this game in Cleveland against the Cavaliers would be a huge deal for them.

For this game, the Cavaliers would still be without Isaiah Thomas (hip), along with Iman Shumpert (knee; 6.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.0 APG), John Holland (G-League), Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.4 APG), London Perrantes (G-League), and Jose Calderon (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.7 APG).  The Atlanta Hawks were without Ersan Ilyasova (knee; 5.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 0.8 APG), Josh Magette (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.6 APG), Miles Plumlee (quadricep), Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist; 6.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.0 APG), Nicolas Brussino (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG), Malcolm Delaney (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.5 APG), and Tyler Dorsey (coach decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG).

The Hawks would start the game off right as they shoot a high seventy-two percent from the field, keeping the Cavaliers at thirty-five percent.  Former Heat forward Luke Babbitt scored eight points in the first quarter with six coming from beyond the three-point line.  Kent Bazemore collected seven points in the twelve minutes that he played, six coming from beyond the arc and the other point from the free-throw line.  He also gathered up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while Dewayne Dedmon shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Dennis Schroder received seven points to go along with the seven assists.

Dwyane Wade would warm up as he scores eight points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. LeBron James contributed with six points, two offensive rebounds, and four assists as he played for the entire quarter. Rose shot only seventeen percent from the field while he received four points in return. J.R. Smith was able to knock down a three-pointer but it was the Atlanta team who went into the second period with a 37-28 advantage.

Both teams held it close in the next quarter as the Cavs shot twenty-five percent from the field and the Hawks shot twenty-four percent. Wade would continue to stay hot as he chalks up eleven more points, three coming from behind the arc and four from the charity stripe. He also collected six rebounds while James was kept scoreless in the seven minutes that he played. Love was held to two points but he would get his hands on three rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Isaiah Taylor came off of the bench to deliver six points while Taurean Prince four points and four defensive rebounds. Babbitt played for ten minutes just to be held to three points and two defensive rebounds. John Collins just limited to two points but he would manage to pull down six rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks went into halftime with a 54-45 lead.

The third quarter would still be kept close as the Cavs shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Georgia team shot fifty-six percent. Dennis Schroder would light the floor up with thirteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field. He knocked down a three-pointer in the process while collecting two defensive rebounds. Prince contributed with eight points with six coming from beyond the arc. Luke Babbitt was limited to just a three-pointer in the ten minutes he played.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James would warm up with ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. He dished off four assists while Channing Frye contributed with seven points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  Frye also collected four defensive rebounds while Jae Crowder shot one-hundred percent from the field, earning four points.  Smith was held scoreless while dishing off three assists but it was still the Hawks who ended the third quarter with a 91 to 78 advantage.

The Cavaliers ended up coming back in the fourth quarter as they went on a 37 to 26 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field while holding the Hawks to forty-five percent.  Kyle Korver got extremely hot as he lit the floor with nineteen points on seventy-eight percent shooting.  He earned fifteen of them from beyond the arc while grabbing two rebounds.  James scored ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He did that while grabbing two defensive rebounds, dishing off five assists, committing one steal and blocking one shot.  Wade would be held to just two points in the twelve minutes he played but did manage to grab four rebounds and give out five assists.

As for the Hawks, Schroder chalked up eight points while Bazemore delivered five points, two rebounds, and two assists.  Rookie John Collins ended up with five points, as well, along with two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  The game would come down to the wire but it was still the Atlanta Hawks who escaped with a 117-115 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Dennis Schroder finished with twenty-eight points, three rebounds, and nine assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-six points, five rebounds, thirteen assists, one steal, and two blocks.

The Memphis Grizzlies hand the Los Angeles Clippers a 113-104 blowout loss

The Memphis Grizzlies hand the Los Angeles Clippers a 113-104 blowout loss

The Memphis Grizzlies would hope to avoid a three-game losing streak as they visited California to take on the Clippers at the Staples Center.  Mike Conley and Marc Gasol decided to suit up for this game while the Grizzlies would be without Wayne Selden (quadricep), Andrew Harrison (coach’s decision), Deyonta Davis (coach’s decision), JaMychal Green (foot/ankle), Kobi Simmons (G-League), Ivan Rabb (G-League), Ben McLemore (G-League), and Vincent Hunter (G-League).  The Clippers were without Jawun Evans (coach’s decision), Sam Dekker (coach’s decision), Milos Teodosic (foot), C.J. Williams (G-League), Brice Johnson (G-League), and Jamil Wilson (G-League).

The first quarter would be held close as the Grizzlies shot forty-four percent while the Clippers would shoot forty percent.  Mike Conley ended up scoring eight points while shooting forty-three percent from the field.  Marc Gasol played for ten minutes but was limited to just six points while he gobbled up three defensive rebounds.  James Ennis shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Chandler Parsons came off of the bench to put up four points while Brandan Wright scored two points off of the bench.

As for the Clippers, Blake Griffin warmed up with ten points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Three of those points came from beyond the arc as he collected two offensive rebounds, one defensive rebound, one assist, and one steal.  Austin Rivers contributed to five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Patrick Beverley chalked up five points to go along with his three rebounds while Danilo Gallinari collected two defensive rebounds.  DeAndre Jordan was held scoreless in the ten minutes that he played but managed to grab four rebounds as the Memphis team ended the first quarter with a tight 27 to 25 lead.

The Los Angeles Clippers would try to respond in the next period as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field while holding the Grizzlies to forty-eight percent.  Gallinari ended up posting up six points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  Beverley would also collect six points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Lakers’ Lou Williams contributed with six points, as well, while Griffin scored five points to go along with the three defensive rebounds he grabbed.

On the other end of the court, Mario Chalmers would come off of the Memphis bench to record nine points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Tyreke Evans also came off the bench to deliver seven points while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Mike Conley would knock down a three-pointer and two free-throws while Gasol was kept scoreless in the six minutes that he played.  Even though the Clippers showed signs of life, the Grizzlies still had a 60-56 lead heading into halftime.

The third quarter was kept close as the Clippers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Memphis Grizzlies shot forty-seven percent.  Evans continued to contribute to the Memphis lead as he chalked up nine points, three from behind the arc and the other six from the free-throw line.  Blake Griffin would also help out as he recorded nine points of his own.  Jordan played nine minutes as he scored six points and pulled down three offensive rebounds.  Gasol ended up scoring six points which would include one three-pointer while Mike Conley was held to five points, including one three-pointer.  Dillon Brooks had three defensive rebounds while Patrick Beverley had two defensive rebounds as the Grizzlies maintained an 87 to 80 lead at the end of the third.

The visiting team closed things out in the last period as they shot forty-seven percent from the field while holding the Clippers to thirty-nine percent.  Patrick Beverley warmed up with ten points on fifty percent shooting from the field.  Griffin had three defensive rebounds and six points while Brandan Wright had two defensive rebounds.  Gasol scored nine more additional points, three coming from beyond the arc and four from the charity stripe.  Conley had four points in the closing quarter as the Memphis Grizzlies escaped with a 113 to 104 victory over the Clippers.  Conley finished with twenty-two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal while Griffin ended up with thirty points, eleven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

The Portland Trail Blazers started the game with shooting a high seventy-one percent in the first quarter while limiting the Los Angeles Lakers to forty-four percent.  Ohio-native C.J. McCollum started off hot as he shoots eighty-three percent from the field to earn himself thirteen points.  He collected nine of those points from beyond the arc while Jusuf Nurkic chalked up ten points.  Nurkic also dished off three assists while Damian Lillard had seven points, three from beyond the three-point line and the other four from the charity stripe.  Lillard also gave out the assists while Evan Turner came off of the bench to record two points, three rebounds, and two assists.

As for the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma played six minutes off of the bench as he dropped seven points, shooting sixty percent from the field.  Brook Lopez would contribute with four points but would earn two of them from the free-throw line.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Julius Randle would both come off the bench to also be limited to four points each while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  He would, however, get off two assists but it was still the Portland team who ended the first quarter with a huge 41 to 25 advantage.

The purple-and-gold would respond in the second period with a 37 to 25 run, shooting sixty-three percent while holding the Blazers to forty-two percent.  Former Nets’ center Brook Lopez would start to warm up as he scores thirteen points off of eighty-three percent shooting.  Jordan Clarkson came off of the bench to help out with six points while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing off two assists.  Kuzma continued to work as he put up four points and two defensive rebounds.  Randle came off of the bench to also put up four points to go along with his three defensive rebounds while Lonzo was kept scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Jusuf Nurkic would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Lillard ended up with six points, along with one offensive rebound and two assists.  Former Lakers’ forward Ed Davis came off of the bench to score three points while pulling down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Maurice Harkless was limited to just two points as the Trail Blazers closed out the first half with a 66-62 lead.

The Lakers continued to impress as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team, holding the Blazers at only thirty percent.  Brandon Ingram would decide to warm up with eight points while gobbling up two defensive rebounds.  Caldwell-Pope ended up scoring five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Larry Nance and Brook Lopez would each be held to just three points, both earn one of them from the free-throw line.  Even though Ball was still scoreless in the third quarter, he managed to grab one defensive rebound while blocking two shots.

As for the Oregon team, Damian Lillard continued to contribute as he dropped ten points but only shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from the free-throw line while grabbing two boards.  McCollum helped out with a three-pointer and one free-throw as he gave out two assists.  Caleb Swanigan came off of the bench to give three points while pulling down two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Evan Turner was scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he did grab two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Nurkic recorded two points and two defensive rebounds while the Trail Blazers went into the third quarter with a tight 87-85 lead.

The Lakers continued to shoot at a high rate as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the fourth period while the Portland team shot forty-three percent.  Kyle Kuzma played for the entire quarter as he chalked up nine points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Brook Lopez scored seven points in the quarter, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Corey Brewer was held at two points while grabbing two defensive rebounds while Ball was scoreless.

As for the other team, Damian Lillard scored nine more additional points with three coming from beyond the arc.  He was able to gobble up one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while Nurkic collected six points.  Harkless was held scoreless but he did manage to get his hands on two defensive rebounds.  The game would be tied with fifteen seconds left but Damian Lillard would connect for a 30-foot three-pointer with one second left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Brook Lopez finished with twenty-seven points, three rebounds, and one assist while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless.  Damian Lillard ended up with thirty-two points, six rebounds, and five assists.