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The Warriors knock off the Cavaliers, 129 to 105

The Warriors knock off the Cavaliers, 129 to 105

This would have been one of the most hyped matchups of the season but with LeBron James being gone, it’s just another game for the defending champions.  Tonight, the Golden State Warriors will visit the Quicken Loans Arena to battle the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Warriors are facing difficulties of their own, though.  They are currently trying to recover from their two only losing streaks this season; one being a four-game losing streak and another one being a recent two-game skid.

Even though they are still without Draymond Green, who is missing his ninth straight game due to a toe injury, the Warriors were still able to get past the Atlanta Hawks, all thanks to Stephen Curry, who outscored the Hawks in the first quarter by himself, 18-17.  This meeting between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will mark the first of two games between these teams this season.  The Warriors swept the regular season series against the Cavaliers last season before sweeping them in the NBA Finals.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

-DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles)
-Draymond Green (toe; 6.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Damian Jones (pectoral; 5.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 71.6 FG%, 64.9 FT%)
-Damion Lee (G-League; 5.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 43.4 FG%, 41.4 3P%, 80.0 FT%)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Sam Dekker (ankle; 6.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 38.5 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-Kevin Love (toe; 19.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 32.3 FG%, 29.2 3P%, 81.8 FT%)
-David Nwaba (knee; 6.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 42.4 FG%, 22.7 3P%, 67.6 FT%)
-Ante Zizic (knee; 3.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%, 62.5 FT%)
-J.R. Smith (personal; 6.7 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 34.2 FG%, 30.8 3P%, 80.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held somewhat close in the first half as the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-nine percent from the floor while the Golden State Warriors completed fifty-one percent of their shots.  Former Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood scored fifteen points while hitting two three-pointers early in the first quarter.  Rookie Collin Sexton contributed with twelve points which held three three-pointers while Tristan Thompson chipped in five points, eight rebounds, and one assist.  Larry Nance played sixteen minutes off the bench as he had nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.

As for the Warriors, Stephen Curry got extremely hot as he chalked up twenty-five points while knocking down six three-pointers in the process.  He also had three defensive rebounds, four assists, and one steal while Kevin Durant earned ten points for himself.  Durant was also able to drill a three-pointer in the second quarter while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off five assists, committing one steal, and blocking two shots.  Four-time All-Star Klay Thompson was kept to just six points on twenty-nine percent shooting while recording three defensive rebounds.  Jonas Jerebko played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points while the Cavaliers went into halftime with a 64 to 58 advantage.

The Warriors would hit the Cavaliers with a huge 71 to 43 run in the second half as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, holding the Ohio team to forty percent.  During that run, Curry continued to put up a shooting display as he had seventeen additional points, nine coming from beyond the arc and the other eight from the free-throw line.  He also had six defensive rebounds and three assists while Durant put up fifteen points with three three-pointers in the third period.  Thompson would make up for that tough first half he had as he scored ten points with two three-pointers in the fourth.  Jerebko played twelve minutes off the bench as he had only five points which included a three-pointer late in the third.

On the other end of the court, both Thompson and Sexton had nine points apiece while Tristan Thompson saw to it that he got eleven rebounds.  The second round pick in the 2015 draft Cedi Osman scored seven points while knocking down a three-pointer early in the third quarter.  George Hill would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played.  Jordan Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench as he put up seven points but it wouldn’t matter as the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 129-105 final score.  Stephen Curry finished the game with forty-two points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and one steal while Collin Sexton had twenty-one points, two rebounds, and three assists.

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Buddy Hield (18.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.6 APG, 47.5 FG%, 41.8 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (12-11) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.  Both teams tied the regular season series last season at one apiece.

The Golden State Warriors will visit Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.6 PPG, 13.2 RPG, 6.0 APG, 57.8 FG%, 11.5 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (15-7) on Friday at 9:30 p.m.  This game will be second and last one that the Bucks and Warriors will play against each other this season.  The last time they fought each other was on November 8 when the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Warriors a 134-111 blowout loss.  During that game, Eric Bledsoe scored twenty-six points, grabbed four rebounds, dished off six assists, and committed one steal while Klay Thompson finished with twenty-four points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, and two blocks.

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The Golden State Warriors ended their losing streak with a 125-97 win over the Portland Trail Blazers

The Golden State Warriors ended their losing streak with a 125-97 win over the Portland Trail Blazers

The two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors have been in a slump lately, trying to avoid a fifth straight loss.  This current losing streak is the longest losing streak in the Steve Kerr-era.  They will try to capture their first win since November 13 as they host the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 143-100 blowout loss against the Milwaukee Bucks.

This matchup between the Warriors and the Trail Blazers will mark the first of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up during this season.  They have played each other a grand total of 235 times with the Warriors winning 111 games.  The Trail Blazers will go on to win 124 of those games.

INACTIVES:

Portland Trail Blazers:

Gary Trent (5.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Anfernee Simons (2.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 25.0 FT%)
Golden State Warriors:

DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles)
Draymond Green (toe; 6.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (foot; 6.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 51.3 FG%, 48.4 3P%, 53.8 FT%)
Stephen Curry (groin; 29.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.1 APG, 51.5 FG%, 49.2 3P%, 92.3 FT%)
Marcus Derrickson (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Golden State Warriors would have full control of the game in the first half as they fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Portland Trail Blazers to thirty-nine percent.  The 2007-2008 Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant would get hot for nineteen points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  He also recorded four defensive rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three blocks.

Klay Thompson helped out with fourteen points while knocking down a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Former Dallas Mavericks point guard Quinn Cook nailed two three-pointers while jumping up for three defensive boards.  Kevon Looney played twelve minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

On the other end of the court, three-time All-Star Damian Lillard earned ten points but shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  He did have two three-pointers Al-Farouq Aminu contributed with nine points and six rebounds.  Aminu was able to hit a three-pointer late in the second quarter while C.J. McCollum also had nine points.  McCollum also had a three-pointer.  Evan Turner played the most minutes off of the bench but only managed to get one free-throw as the Warriors headed into the locker room with a huge 59-44 advantage.

The Warriors went on the close things out in the second half as they went on a 66 to 53 run, shooting sixty-two percent from the field.  Thompson threw up seventeen more points which held three three-pointers in the third period.  Durant had thirteen points while shooting a high eighty-three percent from the field.  Nurkic earned fifteen points for the Oregon team but it wouldn’t matter as the Warriors easily come away with a 125-97 victory.  Kevin Durant finished the game with thirty-two points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and three blocks.  Damian Lillard settled for twenty-three points, along with two rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Portland Trail Blazers will stay in California as they visit the Staples Center to take on Tobias Harris (20.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 51.6 FG%, 43.4 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (12-6) on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 8 when the Trail Blazers escaped with a 116 to 105 win.  Damian Lillard finished with twenty-five points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block while Danilo Gallinari had twenty-points and five rebounds.  Lou Williams also had twenty-points, along with three rebounds and seven assists.

The Golden State Warriors will host Buddy Hield (18.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.7 APG, 47.8 FG%, 44.1 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (10-8) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of four times that the Warriors and the Kings will match up with each other during this season.

The New Orleans Pelicans hold off the Golden State Warriors, 119-100, making the series 2-1

The New Orleans Pelicans hold off the Golden State Warriors, 119-100, making the series 2-1

The Golden State Warriors looked to take a commanding 3-0 series lead last night as they battled the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.  The first game was held on April 28 when the Warriors handed the Pelicans a 123-101 blowout loss.  During that game, Klay Thompson scored twenty-seven points, grabbed six rebounds, gave out two assists, and blocked two shots while Anthony Davis finished with twenty-one points, ten rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.  The defending champions would also win the second game by creeping away with a 121 to 116 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with twenty-nine points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and three blocks while Anthony Davis had twenty-five points, fifteen rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three blocks.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Patrick McCaw (back; 4.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 40.9 FG%, 23.8 3P%)
Damian Jones (1.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

Jordan Crawford (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 44.4 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
Frank Jackson (foot)
Emeka Okafor (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.5 FG%)
DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles; 25.2 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 47.0 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
Alexis Ajinca (knee)

GAMETIME:

The game would be competitive at the beginning as the New Orleans Pelicans shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Golden State Warriors ending up shooting forty-four percent.  Both Nikola Mirotic and Jrue Holiday scored fourteen points each while Mirotic connected for three three-pointers.  He also had seven defensive rebounds while Holiday had two three-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.  MVP-candidate Anthony Davis contributed with eleven points which held a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also recorded seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Rajon Rondo had ten assists.  Solomon Hill played the most minutes off the bench as he earned nine points from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the court, Klay Thompson got hot for twenty points, which he scored all in the second quarter.  He collected nine of those points from behind the three-point line while pulling down five defensive rebounds.  Kevin Durant helped out with thirteen points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Stephen Curry saw to it that he got nine points which included two three-pointers while Draymond Green had eight points, eight rebounds, and four assists.  He also had two three-pointers as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Andre Iguodala played sixteen minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points as the home team went into halftime with a 62 to 56 lead.

The Pelicans went on to close things out in the second half as they sparked up a 57 to 44 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field.  During that run, Davis got extremely hot for twenty-two points as he shot a high seventy-seven percent from the field.  He also had eleven rebounds and two steals while Ian Clark had fourteen points off the bench.  Rondo was able to dish off eleven more assists while Mirotic had six rebounds and six assists.  Curry chalked up ten points for the Warriors but it wasn’t enough as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Golden State Warriors, 119-100.  Anthony Davis finished the game with thirty-three points, a playoff career-high eighteen rebounds, three assists, and a playoff career-high four steals.  Rajon Rondo also finished with a playoff career-high twenty-one assists.  Klay Thompson settled for twenty-six points, seven rebounds, and one assist.

The Golden State Warriors take a 1-0 lead in the series as they rout the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-101

The Golden State Warriors take a 1-0 lead in the series as they rout the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-101

Tonight will mark the first game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors in their playoff series.  The Pelicans recently swept the Portland Trail Blazers, 4-0, to get to the Western Conference Semifinals while the Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 4-1.   This will be the first time since 2008 that the New Orleans Pelicans will get play in the Semifinals as they were defeated by the Spurs, 3-4, last time.  The Warriors and the Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of four times in the regular season as that series ended 3-1 in the Warriors’ favor.  Each team would look to take a 1-0 lead in this playoff series as they play each other at the Oracle Arena.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Alexis Ajinca (knee)
DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles; 25.2 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 47.0 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
Frank Jackson (foot)
DeAndre Liggins (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 37.7 FG%, 35.8 3P%)
Emeka Okafor (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.5 FG%)

Golden State Warriors:

Chris Boucher (ankle; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Patrick McCaw (back; 4.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 40.9 FG%, 23.8 3P%)
Zaza Pachulia (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 56.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Stephen Curry (knee; 26.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.1 APG, 49.5 FG%, 42.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Golden State Warriors would have full control of the game at the beginning as they shot fifty-three percent from the field in the first half, limiting the New Orleans Pelicans to forty-six percent.  In the midst of that, Kevin Durant would score eighteen points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He collected seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks to go along with that while Klay Thompson also had eighteen points.  Thompson had three three-pointers in the second quarter while grabbing four defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.  Draymond Green contributed with twelve points and ten rebounds while Nick Young drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Wisconsin-native Kevon Looney played fourteen minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

As for the New Orleans team, Anthony Davis earned himself twelve points on forty-six percent shooting.  He also had five rebounds, one steal, and one block while E’Twaun Moore scored nine points which held a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Former Philadelphia 76ers’ guard Jrue Holiday also had nine points but shot only thirty-eight percent from the field.  Rajon Rondo saw to it that he got eight points, along with six defensive rebounds, nine assists, and one block.  Former Warriors’ shooting guard Ian Clark played the most minutes off of the bench but only scored two points as the home team went into the locker room with a commanding 76 to 55 lead.

The New Orleans Pelicans would attempt to make a comeback as they limit the Warriors to a 47-46 run, shooting forty-two percent from the field.  Thompson would start to cool off as he scored only nine points which contained a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  Durant would help out with eight points while knocking down two three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had six defensive rebounds while Young drilled another three-pointer near the end of the fourth quarter.  Jordan Crawford chalked up fourteen points off of the Pelicans’ bench but it wouldn’t be enough as the Golden State Warriors defeat the Louisiana team, 123-101, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Klay Thompson finished the game with twenty-seven points, six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks while Anthony Davis settled for twenty-one points, ten rebounds, three steals (tying his playoff career-high) and two blocks.

The Denver Nuggets hand the Golden State Warriors a 115-108 loss

The Denver Nuggets hand the Golden State Warriors a 115-108 loss

The Golden State Warriors were able to avoid a two-game losing streak as they defeated the Sacramento Kings last night, 119-104.  They will hope to capture their second straight win as they battle the Denver Nuggets, who are also looking for their second straight victory.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season as the Warriors are holding on to a 2-1 regular season record against this team.

The Warriors and the Nuggets have played each other a grand total of 177 times in the past as the Nuggets won 95 games while the Warriors won only 82 games.  The last time they faced each other was on January 8 when the Warriors pulled away with a 124 to 114 win.  During that game, Stephen Curry scored 32 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, dished off 9 assists, and committed 2 steals while Nikola Jokic finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.  Gary Harris also had 22 points, along with 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Jordan Bell (ankle; 5.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 66.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
David West (personal; 6.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 60.2 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Omri Casspi (coach’s decision; 6.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 58.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 44.8 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Denver Nuggets:

Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Mason Plumlee (calf; 7.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 58.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 51.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (knee; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be competitive, despite the fact that the Warriors shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Nuggets shot only thirty-nine percent.  Klay Thompson got hot for 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Kevin Durant poured out 13 points while grabbing four defensive rebounds, dishing off six assists, and blocking one shot.  Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry contributed with 12 points which included two three-pointers in the beginning period.  He also had four rebounds, three assists, and two steals while Zaza Pachulia had eight points, five rebounds, and two assists.  Nick Young played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

As for the Nuggets, Will Barton scored 15 points on sixty percent shooting.  Gary Harris helped out with 12 points which included two three-pointers.  Harris would also record four rebounds and two assists while Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic both had five points each.  Jamal Murray would be limited to just three points in the eleven minutes that he played.  The 2015-2016 All-Rookie player Emmanuel Mudiay played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points while the Warriors went into halftime with a tight 56-55 lead.

The Denver team would make a comeback in the second half of the game as they went on a 60-52 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Jokic got hot for 14 points while hitting two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds and one assist while Murray made up for his performance in the first half with 12 points.  Will Barton continued to add to his scoring total by posting up 10 more points.  Trey Lyles played 14 minutes off of the bench as he also had 10 points, along with seven rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the court, Durant got hot for 18 more points as he shot seventy-eight percent from the field.  Curry helped out with 3 three-pointers and three free-throws while Green had only six points.  Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench as he earned five points but it wouldn’t matter as the Nuggets defeat the Warriors with a 115-108 win.  Will Barton finished the game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Kevin Durant had 31 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Golden State Warriors will host Russell Westbrook (25.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 10.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-23) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting between these two teams will mark the second of four times that they will clash with each other this season.  The Warriors and the Thunder have faced off a total of 261 times as the Warriors 117 games while the Thunder pulled 144 wins.  The last time they saw each other was on November 22 as the Thunder handed the Warriors a 108 to 91 loss.  Russell Westbrook finished that game with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals while Stephen Curry had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

The Denver Nuggets will host Kemba Walker (22.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.9 APG, 43 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (22-29) on Monday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.  They have met up a grand total of 55 times as the Nuggets won 27 games while the Hornets won 28 games.  October 25 was the last time they played each as Hornets defeated the Nuggets, 110-93.  Frank Kaminsky finished that game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block while Gary Harris had 18 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Nikola Jokic also finished with 18 points, along with 12 rebounds.

The Oklahoma City Thunder breeze past the Golden State Warriors, 108-91

The Oklahoma City Thunder breeze past the Golden State Warriors, 108-91

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors are not really what you would call “rival” teams but they do have some hard feelings towards each other.  What really ignited those feelings is when superstar Kevin Durant decided to ditch Russell Westbrook and the Thunder only to join the Warriors just one month after losing to them in the Western Conference Finals.  These two teams have met up a total of 260 times with the Thunder winning 143 games and the Warriors winning 117 of them.  Tonight’s game in Oklahoma would mark the first matchup of the season.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Jordan Bell (3.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 70.4 FG%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Damian Jones (G-League)
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG)
Kyle Singler (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
PJ Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Oklahoma City Thunder opened things up well as they shot fifty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the defending champions to forty-two percent.  The Thunder’s Big Three all scored double digits in the first half as Russell Westbrook went off for 20 points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He was able to knock down a three-pointer late in the second period as grabbing seven rebounds and dishing off six assists.  Former Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony had 16 points which included two three-pointers.  Paul George recorded 14 points in the midst of grabbing one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Steven Adams had eight rebounds in the half to put with his eight points.  Jerami Grant played eight minutes off of the bench but only had two points.

As for the Warriors, Kevin Durant scored 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter against his former team.  He also collected four defensive rebounds but had two turnovers.  Stephen Curry ended up with thirteen points while earning three rebounds and four assists.  Klay Thompson had one three-pointer in the opening quarter while Draymond Green gave out four assists.  Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Thunder went into halftime with a huge 65 to 48 advantage.

Curry dropped 11 points in the second half which would include one three-pointer late in the third period.  Former Cavaliers’ forward Omri Casspi had nine points to put with his one offensive rebound and four defensive ones.  Durant scored seven points on forty percent shooting while Green had two points and three defensive rebounds.  Nick Young played the most minutes off of the bench but was held completely scoreless.

The Thunder finished things off in the last half as Westbrook posted up 14 points on thirty-nine percent shooting from the field.  He also had three rebounds, three assists, and four steals while George collected two three-pointers to put with his seven rebounds.  Anthony shot only thirty-three percent from the field as he settled for six points and four defensive rebounds.  Josh Huestis played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a free-throw as the Thunder easily hand the Warriors a 108 to 91 loss.  Russell Westbrook finished with a season-high 34 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals.  Stephen Curry had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Golden State Warriors will host Lauri Markkanen (15.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.6 APG) and the Chicago Bulls (3-12) for the first time this season on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 159 times with the Bulls winning 87 games and the Warriors winning 72 of them.  The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Tobias Harris (18.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.8 APG) and the Detroit Pistons (11-6) for the first time this season on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pistons and the Thunder have met up a total of 136 times in the past as the Pistons won 66 games while the Thunder ended up winning 70 of the games.

Celtics extend their winning streak to 14 games with a 92-88 win over the Warriors

Celtics extend their winning streak to 14 games with a 92-88 win over the Warriors

As of right now, the Boston Celtics have the longest winning streak in the league and they hoped to extend it as they hosted the defending champion, Golden State Warriors, last night.  These two teams have met up a total of 360 times with the Celtics winning 218 games and the Warriors winning 142 games.  With Stephen Curry (24.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.6 APG), the Warriors hoped to snap the Celtics’ winning streak as they meet up for the first time this season.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Patrick McCaw (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Jordan Bell (3.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 70.4 FG%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Damian Jones
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Boston Celtics:

Shane Larkin (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 28.3 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.5 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jabari Bird (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Warriors would play at a top-level at the beginning as they shot forty-one percent from the field in the first half, keeping the home team at thirty percent.  Former Oklahoma City Thunder’s forward Kevin Durant would heat the floor up with 12 points as he collected two defensive rebounds.  Nick Young would knock down two three-pointers in the first quarter while Draymond Green had three points to put with his four rebounds.  Stephen Curry would shoot only thirteen percent from the field while receiving just four points but he did pull down six rebounds.  Andre Iguodala played 16 minutes off of the bench but only scored six points.

Jaylen Brown would keep the Celtics in it as he chalked up eleven points which included one three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had five rebounds as Al Horford helped out with eight points and five defensive rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would be kept to five points as he pulled down two defensive rebounds and dished off three assists.  Marcus Smart played the most minutes off of the bench but he was held scoreless even though he pulled down two rebounds.  The Warriors would head into the locker room with a 47-42 advantage.

The Boston Celtics would respond as they outscored the Golden State team in the second half, 50 to 41.  Brown would keep things going during that run as he recorded eleven more points with two three-pointers in the third period.  He also had two rebounds while Irving started to heat up with eleven points of his own.  Kyrie Irving had three defensive rebounds and three assists to put with his scoring total, as well.  Horford continued to impress with ten points and six rebounds.  Smart played 15 minutes off of the Boston bench but was limited to just a free-throw but he did manage to get ahold of five rebounds and two assists.

Durant tried to keep his team in it as he posted up ten points on sixty-three percent shooting from the field.  Draymond Green helped out with eight points as he drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  He also had four rebounds as Klay Thompson contributed with eight points and four rebounds.  Curry continued to struggle as he was limited to just five points while hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth.  Iguodala played 14 minutes off of the bench only to score two points from the charity stripe as the Celtics pull away with a 92 to 88 win.  Jaylen Brown finished the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and a season-high 2 blocks.  Kevin Durant would finish with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Golden State Warriors will travel to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (23.0 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.5 APG) and the Philadelphia 76ers (8-6) for the second time this season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 348 times with the Warriors winning 162 games while the 76ers/Nationals won 186 of the games.  The last time that these teams met up was on November 11 as the Warriors easily pulled away with a 135-114 victory.  Kevin Durant finished with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while J.J. Redick finished that game with 17 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, and 3 steals.

The Boston Celtics will head down south to Georgia to battle Dennis Schroder (19.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 6.8 APG) and the Atlanta Hawks (3-12) for the second time this season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  The Celtics and the Hawks have met up a total of 440 times with the Celtics winning 269 of the games while the Hawks won 171 of them.  The last time that these teams have met up was on November 6 as the Celtics snuck away with a 110-107 win.  Kyrie Irving would finish the game with 35 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Dennis Schroder ended up finishing with 23 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

The Warriors overcome a slow start as they hand the Spurs a 112 to 92 blowout loss

The Warriors overcome a slow start as they hand the Spurs a 112 to 92 blowout loss

The San Antonio Spurs were trying to avoid a four-game losing streak as they hosted the somewhat-struggling Golden State Warriors.  The Warriors are, however, coming fresh off of a 141-133 win against their rival, Los Angeles Clippers.  For this game, the Warriors would be without Quinn Cook (G-League), along with Kevon Looney, Damian Jones, and Chris Boucher (G-League).  The Spurs would play without Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Tony Parker (quadriceps), Matt Costello (G-League), Darrun Hilliard (G-League) and Joffrey Lauvergne (ankle).

The Spurs would start the game off right as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Warriors shot forty-one percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge would heat up for eleven points as he shot fifty percent in the twelve minutes that he played.  He would connect for two three-pointers in the process while recording one offensive rebound and one assist.  Manu Ginobili shot sixty-seven percent from the field as he received five points in return, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  Kyle Anderson would chalk up four points to go along with the two offensive rebounds and one assist that he recorded.  Pau Gasol would knock down a three-pointer while gobbling up two defensive rebounds.

As for the Warriors, Klay Thompson shot fifty percent from the field to earn eight points, six coming from behind the three-point line.  Stephen Curry contributed as he also scored eight points with six coming from beyond the arc.  Curry would also pull down two defensive rebounds while Draymond Green shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to score four points.

Green also grabbed two rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Kevin Durant was held to just two free-throws in the eleven minutes that he played but he did manage to get his hands on three defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Andre Iguodala was held scoreless off the bench but would commit two steals as the home team went into the second quarter with a 33 to 24 lead.

The Golden State team would respond in the next quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field while holding the Spurs to just thirty-three percent.  Thompson continued to impress as he recorded nine more points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from behind the arc while crashing the boards for two defensive rebounds.  Curry ended up with seven points as he earned three of them from beyond the arc and two from the charity stripe.  Iguodala drilled a three-pointer while Green collected two points, two defensive rebounds, and four assists.  Durant continued to struggle as he was limited to just a three-pointer but he would get two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Anderson helped out with four points, two coming from the free-throw line.  He also gobbled up one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while giving out two assists.  Aldridge cooled down as he was held to just four points which all came from the free-throw line.  He did, however, get ahold of three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while recording one assist and one steal.  Pau Gasol and Danny Green are also limited to just four points while Rudy Gay came off the bench to chalk up two points.  He also grabbed two offensive rebounds as the Texas team went into halftime with a tight 55-50 lead.

The Warriors went on a 34-23 run in the third as they shot fifty-four percent, holding the San Antonio Spurs to forty-four percent.  Kevin Durant would make up for the past two quarters as he goes off for fifteen points while shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  He also connected for a three-pointer while grabbing three defensive rebounds and dishing off one assist.  Green would contribute as he scores eight points with three coming from behind the arc.  Curry was held to just two points in the twelve minutes that he played but did manage to get his hands on four rebounds while throwing out three assists.

As for the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge chalked up nine more points while pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Two-time champion Pau Gasol contributed with four as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also grabbed three defensive rebounds while Gay collected four of his own points.  Dejounte Murray came off of the bench to post up two points and two rebounds as the Golden State team entered the fourth quarter with an 84-78 advantage.

The defending champions would close things out in the last period as they went on a huge 28 to 14 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field while limiting the home team to a low twenty-five percent.  Patrick McCaw came off of the Golden State bench to record nine points with six coming from the three-point line.  Klay Thompson helped out with seven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Durant would put up four more points on one-hundred percent shooting as Stephen Curry was held to two points.  Iguodala was also kept to two points but he did manage to grab four defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Michigan-native Bryn Forbes would come off of the bench to score seven points off of seventy-five percent shooting from the field.  Kyle Anderson ended up with six points with four coming from the charity stripe.  He also pulled down three defensive rebounds but it was the Golden State Warriors who pull out a 112 to 92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.  Klay Thompson would finish the game with twenty-seven points, three rebounds, and two assists while LaMarcus Aldridge finished with twenty-four points, ten rebounds, and two assists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Golden State Warriors hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning their fifth NBA title

The Golden State Warriors hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning their fifth NBA title

Monday night marked the fifth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in their Finals series.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists.  The Golden State Warriors would pull away in the third game with a 118-113 win.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-one points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off four assists.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would bounce back in the last game as they hand the Warriors a 137-116 blowout loss.  Kyrie Irving would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Kevin Durant would settle for thirty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.  The Warriors looked to close the series out on Monday night as they hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers would start the game off right as they shoot sixty-three percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-two percent.  LeBron James would score twelve points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also pull down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot fifty-six percent from the field.  Kyrie Irving would also put up twelve points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points.  He would also grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound while dishing off two assists.  J.R. Smith would chalk up five points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also crash the boards to get two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Stephen Curry would earn twelve points, as well, along with two defensive rebounds.  Kevin Durant would shoot sixty percent from the field as he settles for eight points.  Former Clippers player, Shaun Livingston, would come off the bench to drop five points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Draymond Green would play for eleven minutes only to be held to three points, one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the Cleveland Cavaliers end the first quarter with a 37-33 lead.

The Oakland team would respond with a 38 to 23 run in the second quarter as Durant heats up for thirteen points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would earn nine of those points from beyond the arc as he crashes the boards for one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Curry would contribute with eight points as he drills a three-pointer in the process.  Stephen Curry would also collect one offensive rebound, one defensive rebound and four assists.  The 2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the bench to put up eight points of his own, along with one defensive rebound and two assists.  Green would drop five points while grabbing one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds and dishing off three assists.

As for the visiting team, James would add nine more points to his scoring total as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc as pulls down two defensive rebounds and throws out one assist.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he settles for eight points.  He would knock down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Irving would knock down a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points.  He would also grab one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds and give out three assists.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with two points as the Golden State Warriors walk into  halftime with a 71-60 lead.

The Cavaliers would come into the third quarter, sparking a 33 to 27 lead.  During that run, Kyrie Irving would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Canada-native Tristan Thompson would put up seven points while pulling down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  LeBron James would be limited to six points but would grab one offensive rebound, five defensive rebounds and dish off five assists.  J.R. Smith would contribute to the run with six points as he knocks down two three-pointers.

On the other end of the floor, Durant would put up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Klay Thompson would help out as he drills two three-pointers, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Two-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, would be limited to five points, collecting three of them from the free-throw line.  Iguodala would come off the bench to earn five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also pull down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the home team would close the third quarter with a 98-93 lead.

The Warriors would finish things off in the last period as Kevin Durant would throw up eleven points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds while giving out two assists.  Curry would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field to get himself nine points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  He would also take down one defensive rebound while dishing off three assists.  As for the visiting team, James would go off for fourteen points while shooting seventy percent from the field.  He would grab two defensive rebounds and throw out two assists while doing so.  Smith would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Kevin Love would chalk up four points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Kyle Korver would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer but it was the Golden State Warriors who pull away with a 129 to 120 victory, winning the NBA Finals, 4-1.  This would also mark the fifth time the Golden State Warriors would win a NBA title and the first time that Kevin Durant would earn a NBA championship.  Kevin Durant would finish with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and five assists.  He would also be named NBA Finals MVP.  LeBron James finished with forty-one points, thirteen rebounds and eight assists.