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The Cavaliers hold the Pistons off in overtime, 115-112

The Cavaliers hold the Pistons off in overtime, 115-112

Friday, January 10, 2020

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently on a five-game losing streak, trying to avoid a sixth consecutive loss tonight.  They will hope to do that as they travel to Michigan to take on the Detroit Pistons.  This will mark the first of a six-game road trip that they will be going on.

The Pistons, on the other hand, are trying to defeat the Cavaliers for a second straight time, giving them a second straight win.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was just two days ago when the Pistons crept away with a 115-113 win.  Derrick Rose finished that game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal while Kevin Love had 30 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Cavaliers and the Pistons have met up a grand total of 241 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 106 games while the Pistons went on to grab 135 victories.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Dante Exum (illness; 5.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 55.2 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Larry Nance (knee; 8.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 49.2 FG%, 33.7 3P%)
-Kevin Porter (knee; 8.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 43.9 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
-Dylan Windler (leg)
-John Henson (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 54.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Dean Wade (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Levi Randolph (G-League)
-Tyler Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 83.3 FG%)

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (foot; 10.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 3.5 APG, 39.3 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Louis King (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%

GAMETIME:

The Detroit Pistons would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Cleveland Cavaliers shot fifty percent.  Two-time All-Star Andre Drummond got hot for 20 points while collecting 13 rebounds.  Tony Snell contributed with nine points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.

Derrick Rose dropped seven points off the bench while recording three rebounds and two assists.  Bruce Brown and Sekou Doumbouya combined for eleven points while Svi Mykhailiuk had just a three-pointer.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.

On the other end of the court, Cedi Osman chalked up eleven points on seventy-one percent shooting.  Tristan Thompson had nine points while grabbing five boards, giving out one assist, and blocking one shot.  Both Collin Sexton and Darius Garland scored eight points each while Kevin Love had just seven points.  Brandon Knight played 12 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Pistons went into halftime with a 61-50 lead.

The visiting team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 52-41 run, shooting fifty-two percent from the field.  During that run, Thompson lit the arena up with 22 points, missing only four of his 14 shots attempted.  He also had nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, and a block while Garland gave 10 points, included two treys.  Sexton and Love scored a combined 14 points while Cedi Osman was held scoreless.

As for the Michigan ball club, Andre Drummond had eight points while Doumbouya scored three points from beyond the arc.  Former Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose played 19 minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.

DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE:

The game would be tied at 100 with one minute and twelve seconds remaining.  Derrick Rose would then make a two-point jumper to give the Pistons a lead.  With 24 seconds left, Andre Drummond would commit a costly foul on Tristan Thompson.  As a result, Thompson went to the free-throw line and knocked both of his free-throws.  With the game tied at 102 apiece and one second remaining, Rose would attempt a step back jump shot but missed as the game went into overtime.

During overtime, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot seventy-one percent from the field, missing just two shots.  The Detroit Pistons, on the other hand, completed forty-five percent of their shots, missing six.

With thirty-nine seconds left in the extra period, the game would be tied at 110 apiece.  After a blocked layup by Thon Maker, the Cavaliers would grab the offensive rebound which led to Kevin Love knocking down a clutch three-pointer to give the visitors a three-point lead.

After a Pistons timeout, Derrick Rose committed a costly turnover which was recovered by Alfonzo McKinnie.  With sixteen seconds left, Tristan Thompson took the ball and dunked it to push the lead to five.  After that, Thon Maker responds with a layup, making the score 115-112.

After a Cavaliers timeout, Cedi Osman made a bad pass which was recovered by Drummond.  With three seconds left, Rose would attempt a three-pointer but missed as the Cavaliers held on to win the game, 115-112.  Tristan Thompson finished the game with a career-high 35 points, along with 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 3 blocks while Andre Drummond had 28 points, 23 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will head to Colorado to take on Nikola Jokic (19.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.8 FG%, 32.7 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (26-11) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Detroit Pistons will host Zach LaVine (23.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.0 APG, 43.1 FG%, 39.2 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-25) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 21 when the Bulls handed the Pistons a 119-107 loss.  LaVine finished that game with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Markieff Morris had 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

Thursday, January 2, 2020

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to start the new year off right as they try to come up with a win against the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Staples Center.  The Lakers are one of the four teams in the league who have managed to stay under 10 losses this season.  With a victory tonight, they will be able to push their regular season record to 27-7.

The Suns, on the other hand, are hoping to achieve their third straight win as they play their fourth and final game on this four-game road trip.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will see one another this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 12 when the Lakers escaped with a 123-115 win.  Anthony Davis finished that game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Devin Booker had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Lakers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 312 times in the past as the Suns won 131 games while Lakers came away with 181 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision; 4.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.3 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 39.3 FG%, 52.6 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Devontae Cacok (G-League)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to just thirty-eight percent.  Anthony Davis got hot for 19 points, missing only one of his nine shots attempted.  He was able to hit a three-pointer in the process while Avery Bradley dropped 14 points.

LeBron James chalked up ten points while recording six rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and a block.  Former Spurs’ shooting guard Danny Green scored seven points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma played 13 minutes off the bench as he had eleven points.

On the other end of the court, Devin Booker scored 17 points on fifty-four percent shooting.  He also had four assists and one rebound while Kelly Oubre helped out with 11 points.  Oubre was able to drill two three-pointers in the second period while Dario Saric and Aron Baynes combined for six points.  Deandre Ayton played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points as the Lakers went into halftime with an incredibly huge 43-17 advantage.

The Suns would not give in as they went on a 66-43 run coming out of the break.  During that run, Kelly Oubre threw up 15 points while grabbing four rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing three steals.  He also had a three-pointer while Booker had 15 points on his own, hitting a three-pointer, as well.  Ayton played the most minutes off the bench as he put up 14 points.

As for the Lakers, James got hot for 21 points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also recorded seven rebounds and two assists while Davis had seven points.  Kuzma scored eight points off the bench as the Lakers were able to hold off the Suns, 117-107.  LeBron James finished the game with 31 points, a season-high-tying 13 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, and one block while Devin Booker settled for 32 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Julius Randle (18.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.7 FG%, 29.1 3P%) and the New York Knicks (9-24) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Brandon Ingram (25.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 49.1 FG%, 40.9 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (11-23) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they see each other this season.  November 27 was the last time they played each other as the Lakers came away with a 114-110 win.  During that game, Anthony Davis scored 41 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block while Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

The Cavaliers escape with a 117 to 109 overtime victory against the Spurs

The Cavaliers escape with a 117 to 109 overtime victory against the Spurs

Friday, December 13, 2019

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to avoid a ninth consecutive loss as they battle the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center tonight.  They are coming fresh off a 116-110 loss they took in the hands of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.  The Spurs, on the other hand, won the last two games in overtime as they try to grab the third win tonight.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Cavaliers and the Spurs have met up a grand total of 99 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 31 games while the Texas team went on to grab 68 victories.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Dylan Windler (stress reaction)
-Brandon Knight (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 35.0 FG%, 32.3 3P%)
-Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 34.0 FG%, 32.0 3P%)
-Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Tyler Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 83.3 FG%)
-Dean Wade (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

San Antonio Spurs:

-DeMarre Carroll (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 28.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 58.3 FG%)
-Keldon Johnson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Spurs shot forty-two percent.  Kevin Love got hot for twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also recorded eight rebounds and two assists while Collin Sexton had ten points.  Cedi Osman and Darius Garland combined for 13 points while Tristan Thompson was held scoreless.  Jordan Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, Derrick White scored 11 points on eighty-three percent shooting.  Former Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan helped out with six points to go along with three defensive rebounds.  LaMarcus Aldridge only had two points while Rudy Gay dropped a three-pointer.  Patty Mills played 12 minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the visiting team who went into the locker room with a 54-43 advantage.

The Spurs would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-50 scoring run, shooting sixty-one percent from the field.  During that run, DeRozan and Aldridge combined for 25 points while White had six points.  Gay scored six points, as well, while Lonnie Walker dropped four points in the 13 minutes he played off the bench.

As for the Ohio team, Sexton chalked up 14 points while missing only four of his ten shots attempted.  Love helped out with eight points while grabbing eight defensive rebounds.  Thompson scored only two points while Osman had five.  Clarkson got hot for 16 points in the 15 minutes he played off the bench.

With fifteen seconds remaining in the game, the Spurs would obtain a 103-100 lead.  After coming out of a timeout with only seven seconds left, Kevin Love caught a pass from Jordan Clarkson to bury a 26-foot three-pointer to tie the game up.  After a timeout called by the Spurs, DeRozan would try to respond as he attempted a step back jumper but it would miss as the game went into overtime.

During the overtime period, Sexton and Clarkson both scored four points each while Osman and Love drilled a three-pointer each.  As for the Spurs, it was only Aldridge who showed up as he had six points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cavaliers escaped with a 117-109 win.  Kevin Love finished the game with a season-high 30 points, as well as 17 rebounds, and 2 assists.  DeMar DeRozan settled for 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Wisconsin to battle Khris Middleton (17.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.4 APG, 49.0 FG%, 39.4 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (22-3) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The last time they met up was on November 29 when the Bucks came away with a 119-110 win.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished that game with 33 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Darius Garland had 21 points, 1 rebound, and 6 assists.

The San Antonio Spurs will meet up with Devin Booker (25.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.7 FG%, 40.6 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (11-13) in Mexico City on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of three times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.

The Celtics hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 110 to 88

The Celtics hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 110 to 88

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in danger of being on a seven-game losing streak, the longest for them this season.  They are coming fresh off of an incredibly huge 141-94 blowout loss they took in the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.  The Cavaliers will hope to avoid another loss as they battle the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden tonight.

As for the Celtics, they are coming off a 108-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday.  They will try to grab a fourth consecutive win tonight against the struggling Cavaliers.  This matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.

The last time these two ball clubs played each other was on November 5 when the Cavaliers fell to the Celtics, 119-113.  During that contest, Gordon Hayward scored 39 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out eight assists while Collin Sexton had 21 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and a block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Cavaliers and the Celtics have met up a grand total of 256 times in the past as the Cavaliers won104 games while the Celtics went on to grab 152 victories.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

-Dylan Windler (stress reaction)
-Brandon Knight (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 35.0 FG%, 32.3 3P%)
-Tyler Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 83.3 FG%)
-Dean Wade (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

Boston Celtics:

-Romeo Langford (ankle; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Robert Williams (hip; 3.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 67.3 FG%)
-Marcus Smart (eye; 11.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 4.6 APG, 38.7 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Tremont Waters (G-League; 7.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 28.6 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Tacko Fall (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Boston Celtics would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to thirty-eight percent.  Jaylen Brown chalked up 14 points while drilling a three-pointer in the second period.  He also had five rebounds and two assists while Kemba Walker had 11 points on fifty-percent shooting.

Walker was able to bury two three-pointers in the second quarter while grabbing two rebounds, dishing out four assists, and blocking one shot.  Missouri-native Jayson Tatum had eight points to go along with seven rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.  Gordon Hayward had four points while missing just one of his three shots attempted.  Semi Ojeleye played the most minutes off the bench but only had a trey.

On the other end of the court, Tristan Thompson recorded 11 points to go along with seven rebounds.  Kevin Love contributed with five points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Darius Garland and Collin Sexton combined for six points while Cedi Osman had a three-pointer.  Former Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Jordon Clarkson played 10 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 53-40 advantage.

The Massachusetts ball club would close things out in the second half as they went on a 57-48 run, shooting fifty-nine percent from the field.  Both Walker and Tatum earned 11 points each while Hayward had ten points.  Walker was able to connect for 3 three-pointers while Tatum had two.  Brad Wanamaker played the most minutes off the bench but only had one point.

As for the Ohio team, Thomspon and Love combined for eight points while Sexton had six.  Clarkson played 14 minutes off the bench as he chalked up 12 points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Celtics defeated the Cavaliers, 110 to 88.  Kemba Walker finished the game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and one block while Jordon Clarkson had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host James Harden (38.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 7.4 APG, 43.1 FG%, 33.9 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (15-7) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will make the first of two meetings between these two teams this season.

The Boston Celtics will head to Indianapolis to battle Malcolm Brogdon (19.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 7.7 APG, 47.3 FG%, 34.6 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (15-8) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of three matchups between these ball clubs this season.

The Lakers get by the Nuggets with a 105 to 96 victory

The Lakers get by the Nuggets with a 105 to 96 victory

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

 

The Los Angeles Lakers ten-game win streak came to an end on Sunday as they fell to Luka Doncic-led Dallas Mavericks, 114-100.  That game marked the first of many difficult games for the Lakers this December as they will play only four times at the Staples Center this month.  The Lakers will hope to grab a win tonight, though, as they battle the Denver Nuggets in Colorado.

The Nuggets, on the other hand, just recently came off a streak of their own.  On Saturday, they lost to the Sacramento Kings in a 100-97 overtime loss, ending their six-game win streak.  Tonight’s matchup between the Nuggets and Lakers will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Lakers and the Nuggets have battled each other a grand total of 203 times in the past as the Nuggets won 77 games while the Lakers went on to grab 126 victories.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Avery Bradley (leg; 9.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.8 APG, 48.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (G-League)
-Zach Norvell (G-League)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Denver Nuggets:

-Bol Bol (foot)
-Torrey Craig (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 34.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Michael Porter (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Vlatko Cancar (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-PJ Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Denver team shot forty-four percent.  LeBron James scored 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first period.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while Anthony Davis earned himself 10 points and seven rebounds.

Former Wizards’ center JaVale McGee contributed with four points while collecting four rebounds and blocking one shot.  Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined for just four points.  Rajon Rondo played the most minutes off the bench as he scored nine points, hitting two three-pointers in the process.

On the other end of the court, Jamal Murray chalked up 11 points on fifty-percent shooting.  He also had four rebounds, two assists, and a steal while Paul Millsap had nine points.  Gary Harris chalked up four points while Nikola Jokic had three points, one rebound, five assists, and two steals.  Jerami Grant played nine minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Lakers went into the locker room with a 60-49 lead.

The Lakers would continue to impress in the second half as they shot forty-two percent from the field, keeping the Nuggets at thirty-seven percent shooting.  Davis had 15 more points to go along with three rebounds and a block.  He also had a three-pointer while James earned 12 points, three rebounds, and six assists.

As for the home team, Millsap scored 12 more points while Murray and Jokic combined for 21 points.  Gary Harris had five points but it was not enough as the Lakers came away with a 105-96 victory.  LeBron James finished with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists while Jamal Murray had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.6 APG, 43.5 FG%, 36.9 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (12-9) on Wednesday.  This will mark the second of four meetings between these two teams this season.  The last time they played each other was on October 25 when the Lakers beat the Jazz, 95-86.  LeBron James finished that game with 32 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal while Donovan Mitchell had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

The Denver Nuggets will travel to the Big Apple to battle Marcus Morris (18.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 42.4 FG%, 52.4 3P%) and the New York Knicks (4-17) on Thursday.  This will mark the first of two times that they will see each other this season.

The Lakers grab their seventh straight win against the Heat, 95-80

The Lakers grab their seventh straight win against the Heat, 95-80

With a 6-1 record, the Los Angeles Lakers are sitting at the top of the Western Conference and they hope to keep that spot as they battle the Miami Heat tonight at the Staples Center.  They are currently on a six-game win streak, looking to grab a seventh straight victory tonight.  The Heat have been very impressive this season, as well.  They are sitting with a 6-2 record, hoping to grab a second consecutive win tonight.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers have battled each other a grand total of 62 times in the past as the Heat defeated the Lakers 27 times while the Lakers won 35 matchups.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Derrick Jones (hip; 7.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (Achilles; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Dion Waiters (illness)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Justise Winslow (concussion; 13.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 4.8 APG, 38.9 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (coach’s decision)
-Rajon Rondo (calf)
-Zach Norvell (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be held close as the Miami Heat shot thirty-seven percent from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers completed forty-three percent of their shots.  Anthony Davis scored 16 points while missing only one of his eight shots attempted.  He recorded six rebounds, as well, along with two assists, two steals, and two blocks.  Former Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was kept to just five points but nailed a three-pointer in the first quarter.

Avery Bradley, who is coming off an injury, chalked up six points on sixty percent shooting.  He also had four rebounds and two assists while Danny Green had a trey at the beginning of the game.  JaVale McGee was kept to just two points but had three rebounds and one block.  Kyle Kuzma played the most minutes off the bench but had just five points.

As for the visiting team, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler got hot for 11 points but shot only thirty-seven percent from the field.  He also had two rebounds, two assists, and one steal while Kendrick Nunn earned eight points.  Bam Adebayo had five points while Duncan Robinson hit a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Goran Dragic played 15 minutes off the bench as he had 11 points but it was the Lakers who went into halftime with a close 48-46 lead.

The California ball club would take over in the second half as they went on a 47-34 run, shooting forty-six percent from the field, holding the Heat to thirty-two percent shooting.  James got hot for 20 points, burying three shots from beyond the arc in the process.  He also had three rebounds and two assists while Anthony Davis helped out with 10 points on forty-four percent shooting.

McGee contributed with seven points and seven rebounds while Bradley had a three-pointer near the end of the game.  Danny Green had held to just one point, which was earned from the charity stripe.  Virginia-native Troy Daniels played 10 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Butler gave 11 points while Adebayo had six points.  Both Duncan Robinson and Meyers Leonard were held scoreless while Nunn had just two points.  Dragic played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight but it was the home team who came away with a 95-80 victory, earning their seventh straight win.  Anthony Davis finished with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks while Jimmy Butler had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will host Andre Drummond (21.9 PPG, 18.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 58.2 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (4-5) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  The Los Angeles Lakers will host Pascal Siakam (25.6 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 50.0 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (5-2) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

The Heat come back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101

The Heat come back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101

With the new acquisition of Jimmy Butler, who joined the Miami Heat via a sign and trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team trade, the Heat will look to get back into playoff form this season.  Even though the Heat are now without Dwyane Wade, who retired at the end of last season, their hopes to become a championship are still high.  The South Beach team is also without Hassan Whiteside, who was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason.

The Memphis Grizzlies stayed quiet during the offseason.  Their only trade was Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz in return for Grayson Allen, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, and draft rights to Darius Bazley.  With the team in the process of rebuilding, they will hope to grab a win at the American Airlines Arena tonight.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision)
-Andre Iguodala (not with the team)
-Yuta Watanabe (G-League)
-Josh Jackson (not with the team)
-John Konchar (G-League)

Miami Heat:

-Jimmy Butler (not with the team)
-Dion Waiters (team suspension)
-James Johnson (conditioning)
-Udonis Haslem (wrist)

GAMETIME:

The Memphis Grizzlies would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they ended up shooting fifty-one percent from the field while the Miami Heat shot forty-one percent.  Jaren Jackson scored 11 points in the first half while collecting two rebounds.  Rookie guard Ja Morant helped out with ten points on seventy-one percent shooting.  Jae Crowder had eight points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  Serbia-native Marko Guduric played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

As for the South Beach ball club, Justise Winslow chalked up 12 points while shooting forty percent from the field.  He also racked up four assists, one steal, and one block while Bam Adebayo recorded nine points and nine rebounds.  Rookie Kendrick Nunn helped out with eight points on fifty percent shooting.  Goran Dragic played fifteen minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the visiting team who went into the locker room with a 60 to 54 lead.

The Heat would turn it up in the second half as they went on a huge 66-41 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  During that run, Nunn added to his impressive scoring with 16 more points which held a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.  Winslow saw to it that he had 15 more points, along with five rebounds and three assists.  Chris Silva played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.

On the other end of the floor, Jackson chalked up six more points while shooting a very low thirty-three percent.  Jonas Valanciunas was held to two points while Morant had four more points.  Tyus Jones played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just six points as the Heat came back to defeat the Grizzlies, 120-101.  Justise Winslow finished the game with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block while Jaren Jackson had 17 points, 3 rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will host Lauri Markkanen (35.0 PPG, 17.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (0-1) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Miami Heat will travel to Wisconsin to battle the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

The Nets eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs as they defeat them, 111-106

The Nets eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs as they defeat them, 111-106

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the brink of playoff elimination if they happen to get defeated by the Brooklyn Nets tonight in the Staples Center.  It would also mark the first time since 2004 that LeBron James would miss the postseason.  The Lakers on currently on a four-game losing streak, trying to avoid a fifth straight loss, which would tie their longest losing streak on the season.

The Nets, however, are trying to stay alive in the playoff run as they are sitting at the seventh seed with a 37-36 record.  They are seeking their second straight victory as D’Angelo Russell hopes to beat his former team.  It’s been four straight years since the Brooklyn Nets failed to make the playoffs but their confidence is at an all-time high.

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets have met up with each other a grand total of 92 times as the Lakers won 68 games, holding the New York team to just 24 victories.  This event tonight will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  December 18 was the last time they played each other as the Nets escaped with a 115-110 win.  During that game, D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished off 13 assists, and blocked one shot while LeBron James had 36 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

-Allen Crabbe (knee; 9.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 36.7 FG%, 37.8 3P%, 73.2 FT%)
-Shabazz Napier (illness; 9.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.5 APG, 38.9 FG%, 32.9 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Treveon Graham (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 32.9 FG%, 26.2 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (coach’s decision; 8.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.3 FG%, 19.1 3P%, 64.9 FT%)
-Dzanan Musa (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 0.0 FT%)
-Theo Pinson (G-League; 4.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 34.9 FG%, 28.2 3P%, 86.4 FT%)
-Alan Williams (G-League; 3.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Lonzo Ball (ankle; 9.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.4 APG, 40.6 FG%, 32.9 3P%, 41.7 FT%)
-Josh Hart (knee; 7.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 40.7 FG%, 33.6 3P%, 68.8 FT%)
-Brandon Ingram (Deep Venous Thrombosis; 18.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.0 APG, 49.7 FG%, 33.0 3P%, 67.5 FT%)
-Lance Stephenson (coach’s decision; 7.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.0 APG, 43.5 FG%, 37.9 3P%, 67.7 FT%)
-Scott Machado (coach’s decision)
-Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 38.4 FG%, 32.7 3P%, 81.5 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be held close as the Brooklyn Nets shot thirty-six percent from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers completed thirty-two percent of their shots.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ shooting guard Joe Harris ended up scoring thirteen points while drilling three 3-pointers.  The other four points came from the charity stripe.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Jarrett Allen contributed with nine points and nine rebounds.

D’Angelo Russell would drop six points in the first half while finishing the game with 21 points against his former squad.  Rookie Rodions Kurucs was able to knock down a three-pointer early in the first quarter while DeMarre Carroll was held scoreless.  Spencer Dinwiddie played 16 minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, JaVale McGee got hot for fourteen points while shooting seventy-eight percent from the field.  He also had nine rebounds and three blocks while  Kyle Kuzma recorded eleven points while hitting two three-pointers.  LeBron James only had eight points in the first half but managed to get four rebounds and six assists.  Texas-native Alex Caruso played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points while the Nets went into the locker room with a close 44-43 lead.

The Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles would continue to battle it out as the Lakers shot forty-eight percent from the field in the second half while the Nets shot forty-four percent.  Carroll would make up for his scoreless first half as he got hot for 15 points, nailing three 3-pointers in the process.  He also collected five rebounds while Russell also had 15 points.  The former Laker hit four shots from beyond the arc while dishing out eight assists and grabbing a defensive rebound.  Dinwiddie played the most minutes off the bench as he earned 14 points, hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.

As for the California ball club, McGee continued to show out as he poured 19 more points on the Nets while shooting seventy-three percent from the field.  He was able to pull down 11 more rebounds while preventing three of the Nets shots to go in.  James warmed up with 17 points while recording eight more assists and five rebounds to go along with a steal and a block.  Caruso had eight points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Brooklyn Nets crept away with a 111 to 106 win over the Lakers, officially eliminating them from the playoffs.  This would be the sixth straight year that the Lakers would miss the playoffs and the first time over a decade that LeBron James would miss the postseason.

Joe Harris finished the game with twenty-six points, three rebounds, and two assists while D’Angelo had 21 points against his former team, along with two rebounds, thirteen assists, and three steals.  JaVale McGee ended up with a career-high thirty-three points and a career-high twenty rebounds.  He also had one steal and six blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Oregon for their next stop to battle Damian Lillard (26.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.7 APG, 45.2 FG%, 37.3 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (44-27) on Monday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on February 21 when the Trail Blazers handed the Nets a 113-99 loss.  Jusuf Nurkic finished the game with 27 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, and 3 blocks while Allen Crabbe settled for 17 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Buddy Hield (20.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 46.1 FG%, 43.0 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (35-36) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 30 as the Lakers slid away with a 121-114 win.  During that game, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 26 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, gave out one assist and stole the ball twice while De’Aaron Fox recorded 26 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

The Pistons end the Celtics’ eight-game winning streak, 113 to 104

The Pistons end the Celtics’ eight-game winning streak, 113 to 104

The Boston Celtics are currently in the midst of their longest winning streak this season, looking for their ninth straight victory.  They will hope to do that as they battle the Detroit Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena.  The Pistons, however, are facing the complete opposite situation.  They are trying to find a way to put an end to what is now a six-game skid.

The Celtics and the Pistons have played each other an inclusive total of 420 times in the past as Detroit Pistons won 156 games while the Boston team went on to win 264 matchups.  This meeting between the two teams will mark the third of four times that the Celtics and Pistons will battle each other during this season.

The last time they saw each other was on October 30 when the Celtics pulled out a 108-105 victory.  During that game, Kyrie scored 31 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal while Blake Griffin finished with 24 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

-Jabari Bird (personal)
-Al Horford (knee; 12.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 49.1 FG%, 34.1 3P%, 70.0 FT%)
-Guerschon Yabusele (ankle; 1.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 32.0 FG%, 20.0 3P%, 87.5 FT%)
-Semi Ojeleye (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 39.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
-Brad Wanamaker (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 48.1 FG%, 44.4 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-PJ Dozier (G-League; 3.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Detroit Pistons:

-Henry Ellenson (ankle; 6.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Zaza Pachulia (illness; 4.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 38.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 80.3 FT%)
-Glenn Robinson (ankle; 4.8 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 39.0 FG%, 30.6 3P%, 84.6 FT%)
-Ish Smith (groin; 9.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.0 APG, 41.5 FG%, 32.9 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Khyri Thomas (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 33.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Keenan Evans (G-League)
-Zach Lofton (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

With both the Pistons and the Celtics having something to prove, they played hard in the first half, shooting in the low 50-percents.  Kyrie Irving would get hot as he scored 17 of Boston’s 56 first-half points.  He nailed a three-pointer in the middle of the first period while recording 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  Marcus Morris, who is averaging a career-high 15 points per game this season, was kept to just seven points in the 15 minutes that he played in the first half, finishing the game with a sum of nine points.

Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes, and Marcus Smart all chipped in with six points each while Smart earned his from beyond the arc.  Gordon Hayward, who is still trying to bounce back from a nasty injury he endured in last season’s opener, played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points.

On the other end of the floor, Blake Griffin put up 11 points on 36 percent shooting, including a trey in the first period.  Reggie Bullock, who missed the last five games due to an ankle injury, drilled two three-pointers and a free-throw to earn himself seven points.  Andre Drummond had 5 points in the first half but grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked one shot while recording one assist and one steal.  Langston Galloway played 15 minutes off the bench as he chalked up 10 points, helping the home team gain a 57-56 lead at halftime.

The Detroit Pistons would be about business in the second half as they went on a 56 to 48 run, shooting 46 percent from the field.  Griffin added 16 more points to his scoring total while earning four defensive rebounds and two assists.  He did, however, have five turnovers.  Andre Drummond contributed with 14 points while going up for 14 boards and preventing 3 shots from going in.  Jose Calderon, who is averaging a career-low two points a game this season, played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just three points.

As for the Massachusetts team, Marcus Smart lit the floor up with 15 points while hitting three treys.  He also had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals while Tatum helped out with 11 points.  Irving struggled in the last half as he was limited to just nine points on 23 percent shooting.  Hayward had four points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter much as the Pistons held on to end the Celtics’ eight-game winning streak, 113-104.  Blake Griffin finished the game with 27 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while Kyrie Irving had 26 points, a season-high-tying 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will host T.J. Warren (18.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 52.1 FG%, 44.4 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (5-24) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second and final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.  November 8 was the last time they met up as the Celtics escaped with a 116 to 109 victory.  Kyrie Irving finished that game with 39 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and one block while Devin Booker settled for 38 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals.

The Detroit Pistons will host Giannis Antetokounmpo (26.6 PPG, 13.2 RPG, 6.1 APG, 58.2 FG%, 13.1 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (19-9) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  The last time they battled each other was on December 5 when the Pistons fell to the Bucks, 92-115.  During that game, Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and committed 3 steals while Blake Griffin had 31 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block.

The Chicago Bulls push through the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-112

The Chicago Bulls push through the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-112

The Chicago Bulls are currently trying to avoid an 8th straight loss as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the United Center.  The last time the Bulls suffered an 8-game losing streak was last year when they lost a total of 10 straight.  They are tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the worst record in the East at 5-20 and at risk of missing the playoff for a second straight time.

As for the Thunder, they are coming fresh off a 114-112 win against the Brooklyn Nets, all thanks to Paul George, who nailed a clutch 3-pointer to secure the win.  They are looking for their 5th straight victory.  The Thunder and the Bulls have played each other a grand total of 151 times in the past as the Thunder won 74 games while the Chicago team pulled out 77 wins.  This will mark the first of two matchups between these ball clubs this season.  The Thunder swept the Chicago Bulls last season in their season series, 2-0.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.4 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Raymond Felton (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 35.2 FG%, 17.9 3P%, 88.9 FT%)
-Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (2.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Tyler Davis (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

Chicago Bulls:

-Kris Dunn (knee; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 30.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Bobby Portis (knee; 10.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.5 FG%, 27.3 3P%, 55.6 FT%)
-Denzel Valentine (ankle)
-Antonio Blakeney (coach’s decision; 9.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.0 FG%, 44.8 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
-Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 56.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Tyler Ulis (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Rawle Alkins (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have control in the first half as they completed 57 percent of the shots they put up, limiting the Oklahoma City Thunder to 46 percent shooting.  The 2018-2018 All-Rookie selection Lauri Markkanen scored 16 points while knocking down four 3-pointers.  He also had 3 rebounds while Zach LaVine contributed with 13 points, 3 defensive rebounds, and 6 assists.  He was able to drill a trey midway through the first session while Ryan Arcidiacono had a 3-pointer in the first period.  He finished the game with just those three points.  Robin Lopez played the most minutes off the bench as he chipped in with 10 points.

On the other end of the court, Steven Adams put up 17 of Oklahoma City’s 62 points while pulling down 5 rebounds but had three turnovers.  Paul George scored 16 points which included a 3-pointer before the first quarter expired.  He shot 63 percent from the field in the first half but struggled overall as he only made 6 of his 16 shots attempted in the game, ending with 38 percent shooting from the field, lowest of all five Thunder starters.

Russell Westbrook recorded 9 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals while Terrance Ferguson was held scoreless in the 14 minutes that he played, attempting only two shots.  Former Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder played the most minutes of all the reserves in the first half as he gave eleven points but it was the home team who went in the break with a 70 to 62 advantage.

The Thunder would not give up, though, as they came out of the locker room to spark a 50-44 run, including a big 29-17 run in the third period.  During that time, Westbrook added 15 more points to his scoring total while knocking down two 3-pointers.  He also collected 7 more rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals but had 7 turnovers.  George would start to see his shooting decline as he only scored three points, earning them from beyond the arc just one minute into the third.

MARKKANEN SAVES THE DAY:

With 34 seconds left in the game and the score being 109-108 in the Bulls’ favor, Dennis Schroder would complete a driving layup to give the Thunder a one-point lead.  That would force the Chicago team to call a timeout.  Out of the timeout, Justin Holiday would drill a huge three-pointer off of a Lauri Markkanen assist, giving the Bulls a 112-110 lead.  Four seconds out of a Thunder timeout, Russell Westbrook would drive the ball in the paint for a layup, tying the game up at 112 apiece.  But Markkanen respond as he made a driving layup with only four seconds left in the game to allow the home team to regain the lead.  Paul George would attempt a three-pointer after a Thunder timeout but would fail to convert as the Bulls hold off the Thunder, 114-112, bringing an end to their seven-game losing streak.

Zach LaVine finished the game with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals but had a career-tying nine turnovers.  Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, dished off 13 assists, and committed a season-tying 4 steals.  Those stats would complete his triple-double (109th of his career; 5th of the season) but had a season-high 10 turnovers.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Donovan Mitchell (20.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 42.7 FG%, 29.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (13-13) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The Thunder would win the regular-season series against the Jazz, 3-1, before losing to them in the first round of the playoffs, 2-4.

The Chicago Bulls will host Kyrie Irving (22.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.4 APG, 48.5 FG% 39.2 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (14-10) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second time that these two teams will see each other this season as one more game lies ahead of them.  The first time they met up each other was on November 14 when the Celtics handed the Bulls a 111-82 blowout loss.  During that game, Jaylen Brown scored eighteen points, grabbed six rebounds, gave out three assists, and committed one steal while Shaquille Harrison had sixteen points, six rebounds, one assist, and four steals.