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The Pacers pull away with a 126-116 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Pacers pull away with a 126-116 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Indiana Pacers are coming fresh off of a big win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, ending their 13-game winning streak.  They will look to grab their fourth straight win as they host the Denver Nuggets, who are currently trying to earn their second straight win.  This matchup will mark the first of two games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  The Nuggets and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 86 times with both the Pacers and the Nuggets winning 43 games each.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Damien Wilkins (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 42.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Al Jefferson (coach’s decision; 7.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 54.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Darren Collision (knee; 12.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6.3 APG, 45.9 FG%, 37.8 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%)
Alex Poythress (G-League; 0.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

Denver Nuggets:

Nikola Jokic (ankle; 15.5 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 4.6 APG, 51.0 FG%, 40.6 3P%)
Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Monte Morris (coach’s decision)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 30.8 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 40.4 FG%, 34.4 3P%)
Darrell Arthur (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Torrey Craig (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be played closely as the Pacers shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Nuggets shot fifty-two percent. Victor Oladipo scored 15 points in the first half, along with his two defensive rebounds and three assists. Myles Turner ended up with 11 points while hitting a three-pointer late in the second period. Lance Stephenson played 16 minutes off of the bench as he put eight points.

As for the Denver team, Will Barton chalked up 16 points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He added that to the four assists he earned while Wilson Chandler also had 16 points. Emmanuel Mudiay played the most minutes off of the bench but was just kept to a three-pointer as while Denver went into halftime with a 66-59 advantage.

The game would remain competitive as the Pacers shot forty-six percent from the field in the second half while Nuggets ended up shooting forty-two percent. Oladipo continued to impress as he collected 26 more points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the third quarter. Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to four points.

Gary Harris earned 12 of the Nuggets’ 48 points in the second half as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. Trey Lyles would score 18 points off of the bench but thanks to Thaddeus Young’s two free throws, the game would go into overtime. The Indiana Pacers would, however, pull away in overtime with a 126-116 behind a 12 to 2 run. Victor Oladipo finished the game with a career-high 47 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and one block. Trey Lyles had a career-high 25 points, 5 rebounds, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will host Russell Westbrook (22.8 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 9.9 APG, 39 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-13) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Thunder and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 86 times with the Pacers pulling 37 wins while the Thunder had 49 wins.

The last time they met up was on October 25 when the Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Pacers a 114-96 loss.  In that game, Russell Westbrook had 28 points, 10 rebounds, 16 assists, and 3 steals.  Carmelo Anthony had 28 points, as well, along with 10 rebounds, one assist, and 3 blocks.  Victor Oladipo finished the game with 35 points, 5 rebounds, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The Denver Nuggets will travel to Michigan to take on Tobias Harris (18.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48 FG%) and the Detroit Pistons (14-11) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 85 times with the Nuggets winning 36 games while the Pistons ended up winning 49 of them.  This matchup will mark the first of two games that these two teams will play against each other.

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The Cavaliers escape with a 105 to 98 win over the 76ers

The Cavaliers escape with a 105 to 98 win over the 76ers

Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ thirteen-game win streak came to an end in the hands of the Indiana Pacers, who handed them a 106 to 102 loss.  They will look to start up another winning streak as they host the 13-11 Philadelphia 76ers at the Quicken Loans Arena.  The 76ers, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid their third straight loss as this game will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season.

The 76ers and the Cavaliers have battled each other a total of 208 times with the Cavaliers winning 103 games while the 76ers won 105 games.  The last time they met up on a court was on November 27 as the Ohio team handed the 76ers a 113-91 loss.  In that game, LeBron James scored 30 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, and dished off 6 assists.  Joel Embiid finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
John Holland (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Kevin Love (hip; 19.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.8 APG, 46.6 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
London Perrantes (coach’s decision)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Furkan Korkmaz (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
James Michael McAdoo (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Jacob Pullen (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
T.J. McConnell (shoulder; 6.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.2 APG, 51.7 FG%, 56.3 3P%)
Joel Embiid (rest; 23.5 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 48.6 FG%, 26.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would start off very competitive as the Cavaliers shot forty-six percent from the field in the first half while the 76ers shot forty-five percent.  The 12th pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft Dario Saric would chalk up 11 points with one three-pointer late in the second quarter.  Ben Simmons scored eight points while pulling down six defensive rebounds and dishing off five assists.  Robert Covington also had eight points to put with his two rebounds and two assists.  Trevor Booker, who was traded to the 76ers on December 7 in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, played 11 minutes off of the bench as he scored ten points.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James recorded nine points in the first half as he shot only thirty percent from the field.  He also had three rebounds and four assists while J.R. Smith ended up with two three-pointers and one free-throw.  Dwyane Wade scored seven of his own points to add with his four assists while Kyle Korver knocked down two three-pointers.  Jae Crowder settled for four points but he did manage to pull down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he had nine points and five rebounds while the home team went into halftime with a 52-46 lead.

The second half would remain competitive as the Cavaliers shot fifty percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-nine percent.  LeBron James got extremely hot for 21 points which included two three-pointers.  He also managed to get ahold of ten rebounds while giving out nine assists and committing two steals.  Crowder contributed with eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Wade scored six points while Korver drilled two three-pointers and one free-throw off of the bench.  Green played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

J.J. Redick chalked up 17 points which included four three-pointers for the 76ers while Covington had 11 points and four rebounds.  Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away with a 105-98 win.  LeBron James finished the game with 30 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists, and 3 steals.  Robert Covington had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Dennis Schroder (20.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 46 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (5-19) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  They have met up a total of 234 times with the Cavaliers winning 113 games while the Hawks won 121 games.  The last time they battled each other was on November 30 as the Cavaliers handed the Hawks a 121-114 loss.  In that game, Kevin Love had 25 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 assists while Dennis Schroder finished the game with 27 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to Louisiana to take on DeMarcus Cousins (26.3 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 5.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (13-13) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This battle will mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other.  The 76ers and the Pelicans have met up a total of 38 times with both the Pelicans and the 76ers pulling 19 games each.

The Lakers pull away with a 107-104 win over the 76ers

The Lakers pull away with a 107-104 win over the 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have turned things around since last season when they ended up with a 28-54 record.  Now, they are sitting at the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, hoping to stay around that area for the remainder of the season.  The Los Angeles Lakers, on the other hand, are still trying to make adjustments as they are sitting at the tenth spot in the Western Conference with an 8-15 record.

Last night, the 76ers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center as they hoped to avoid a second straight loss.  The Lakers are currently in the midst of a sixth-game losing streak.  These two teams have met up a total of 312 times with the Lakers pulling 164 wins with the 76ers winning 148 games.  Last night’s matchup marked the second and final game between these two clubs as the 76ers handed the Lakers a 115-109 loss on November 15.  During that game, Joel Embiid had 46 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 blocks.  Brandon Ingram finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Jahlil Okafor (personal; 5.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.4 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The game would go well for the Lakers in the first half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Brandon Ingram would score 13 points in the first half with one three-pointer late in the first quarter. He also had five rebounds and two assists to go along with it. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Lonzo Ball chalked up six points to put with his five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. Julius Randle played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had six points.

On the other end of the court, Joel Embiid scored 15 points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He would also record two blocks while Robert Covington had 11 points which included three 3-pointers. Ben Simmons ended up with six points, six defensive rebounds, and eight assists. T.J. McConnell would play the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Lakers went into halftime with a 57-49 lead.

The 76ers would make a comeback as they shot a high fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Lakers at forty percent.  Embiid continued to impress as he put up 18 more points with two three-pointers early in the fourth quarter.  He collected five defensive rebounds while dishing off four assists and blocking three shots.  Illinois-native Richaun Holmes played the most minutes off of the bench as he recorded eleven points.  Simmons had six more points, along with six defensive rebounds, and seven assists.

Randle earned ten more points off of the bench while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  Ingram had eight points which included a game-winning three-pointer as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away with a 107-104 victory.  Brandon Ingram finished the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block.  Lonzo Ball had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 4 blocks.  Joel Embiid would end up finishing with 33 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and 5 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers will head to Ohio to take on LeBron James (28.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 8.6 APG, 59 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-7) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of four games that these two teams would play against each other this season.  The Cavaliers and the 76ers have battled each other a total of 208 times with the Cavaliers winning 103 games while the 76ers won 105 games.  The last time that they met up was on November 27 as the Cavaliers walked away with a 113-91 victory.  LeBron James finished that game with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists while Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds.

The Los Angeles Lakers will go to North Carolina to visit Kemba Walker (22.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.2 APG, 44 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (9-14) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of two matchups between these two teams this season.  They have met up a total of 54 times with the Hornets winning 22 games while the Lakers ended up winning 32 games.

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat, 117-105

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat, 117-105

The Miami Heat are coming fresh off of a 123-95 blowout loss that was handed to them by the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.  They will look to bounce back from that as they take on the San Antonio Spurs in the AT&T Center.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams play each other this season.  The Spurs, who are coming off of a tight 96 to 93 win against the Pistons, defeated the Miami Heat on October 25 with a 117 to 100 score.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 31 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot.  Tyler Johnson finished with 23 points, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Hassan Whiteside (knee; 14.9 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 58.1 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

San Antonio Spurs:

Kyle Anderson (knee; 8.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 51.3 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game was a very competitive one as the Heat shot fifty-eight percent from the field while the Spurs shot fifty-one percent. Tyler Johnson played the most minutes off of the Miami bench as he would score eleven points with one three-pointer in the first quarter. Josh Richardson had ten points to go along with his one offensive rebound and two assists. Dion Waiters contributed with ten points, as well, along with four assists.

As for the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge posted up ten points while grabbing two offensive rebounds. Bryn Forbes helped out with eight points on seventy-five percent shooting from the field. Patty Mills played 13 minutes off of the bench as he recorded five points but it was the Heat who went into halftime with a slight 58-57 advantage.

The home team would start to pull away as the Spurs outscored the Florida team in the second half, 60-47. Rudy Gay chalked up nine points during that run while shooting forty-three percent from the field. Aldridge earned himself eight points with two offensive rebounds. Forbes played 17 minutes off of the bench as he knocked down three 3-pointers to receive nine points.

On the other end of the court, Tyler Johnson would score 14 points off of the bench while grabbing two rebounds and dishing off one assist. Waiters would contribute with 12 points with two three-pointers in the third quarter. Kelly Olynyk had one three-pointer and five rebounds but it was the San Antonio Spurs who escaped with a 117-105 win.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and one block.  Tyler Johnson ended up with a season-high 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will head to New York to take on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48 FG%) and the Brooklyn Nets (9-14) on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams.  They have battled each other a total of 129 times with the Heat winning 81 games while the Nets ended up winning 48 of the games.

The San Antonio Spurs will host Kyrie Irving (23.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 5.0 APG, 49 FG%) and the Boston Celtics (21-4) at the AT&T Center on Friday at 9:30 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams play each other this season.  The Celtics and the Spurs have met up a total of 92 times as the Celtics won 41 games while the Spurs won 51 games.  The last time that they played each other was on October 30 when the Celtics handed the Spurs a 108 to 94 loss.  During that game, Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, gave out 6 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot.  Brandon Paul finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

The Miami Heat get handed a 108-97 loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Miami Heat get handed a 108-97 loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers

The year 2010 to the year 2014 was probably one of the best eras in Miami Heat franchise history as LeBron James teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to deliver two straight championships to Miami.  Fast-forward three years later, Dwyane Wade would now team up with LeBron James in Cleveland in hopes that they can receive their fourth championship each.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the first time that James and Wade would battle Miami together on another team.  The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat have met up a total of 105 times as the Heat won 62 games while the Cavaliers ended up winning 43 of them.  After this game, the Heat and the Cavaliers will meet up two more times this season.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Matt Williams (G-League)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (personal; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have full control right after tip-off as they shot sixty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Miami Heat to forty-one percent.  Kevin Love played very impressively in the first two quarters as he chalked up 32 points on seventy-one percent shooting from the field.  He also collected eight rebounds while LeBron James scored 16 points against his former team.  James also had ten rebounds, six assists, and four steals to add along with it.  Dwyane Wade would post up nine points with a three-pointer early in the second quarter.  Kyle Korver played the most minutes off of the bench as he had eight points with two three-pointers in the second period.

Dion Waiters would chalk up 17 pointers with three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Hassan Whiteside settled for five rebounds to put with his five points while Bam Adebayo had four rebounds. James Johnson played 20 minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 12 points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a large 75-49 advantage.

The Miami team would respond as they go on a 48-33 run in the second half, shooting forty-eight percent while keeping the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent. Josh Richardson ended up with ten points while knocking down two three-pointers. Adebayo also contributed as he chalked up ten points, as well. Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless.

Wade scored eight points in the last half while collecting four defensive rebounds. LeBron James had five points but ended up getting tossed out of the game for the first time in his 15-year career. Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench only to be kept to four points as the Cleveland team still pulled away with a 108-97 win.  Kevin Love finished the game with a season-high 38 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  Dion Waiters would finish with 21 points, one rebound, and 7 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to New York to take on Kristaps Porzingis (27.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 46 FG%) and the New York Knicks (10-10) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  These teams have met up a total of 144 times with the Heat winning 68 games as the Knicks won 76 games.  This game would mark the first of four times that these clubs would compete this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will head down south to take on Dennis Schroder (19.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 6.8 APG, 45 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (4-16) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  The Hawks and the Cavaliers have battled each other a total of 233 times as the Cavaliers pulled 112 wins while the Hawks ended up with 121 wins.  This game would mark the second of four matchups between these two clubs this season.  The Cavaliers fell to the Hawks in the first game, 117-115, which was on November 5.   In that game, Dennis Schroder had 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists.  LeBron James recorded 26 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers

It seems like the Los Angeles Clippers has taken over as the top Los Angeles basketball team as the Lakers would be stuck in a four-year playoff drought, going on five years if they fail once again.  But with Magic Johnson in charge and the new additions of rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, they would hope to break that streak but it won’t be easy as the Western Conference has grown to become more competitive than ever.

Tonight, the Clippers will host their city rivals at the Staples Center as this matchup will mark the second of four meetings this season between these two teams.  The Lakers and the Clippers have met up a total of 213 times with the Lakers winning 145 games and the Clippers winning 68 games.  The last time that they battled each other was on the season’s opener, October 19.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 29 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed 2 steals.  Brook Lopez had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 12.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 35.5 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 5.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Jamil Wilson (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Brice Johnson (G-League; 2.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 71.4 FG%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

Tyler Ennis (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 36.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ivica Zubac (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
Alex Caruso (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Vander Blue (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Thomas Bryant (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Clippers would start things off right for the game as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Lakers to forty-eight percent.  Blake Griffin would end up dropping 15 points with two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had eight rebounds and four assists while former Lakers’ player Lou Williams scored 13 points.  Austin Rivers would collect 12 points while earning four rebounds and three assists.  Rookie guard Sindarius Thornwell played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would help the Lakers out as he heats up for 20 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma ended up with ten points as Larry Nance collected four rebounds to put with his six points.  Jordan Clarkson would play 14 minutes off of the bench to earn six points as the Lakers go into halftime with a tight 62-60 lead.

The Clippers would end up outscoring the Lakers, 60-53, in the second half behind Lou Williams’ amazing 29 points.  Blake Griffin would have 11 points but unfortunately, he would have to leave the game in the fourth quarter due to a knee injury.  Brandon Ingram would put up 15 points for the Lakers, along with Clarkson’s 11 points but it was the Los Angeles Clippers who sneak away with a 120-115 win.  Lou Williams finished the game with a season-high 42 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would end up with a season-high 29 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will host Rodney Hood (17.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 42 FG%) and the Utah Jazz (9-11) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  The Clippers and the Jazz have battled each other a total of 193 times with the Clippers pulling 83 wins while the Jazz had 110 wins.  This game would mark the second of four times they play each other this season as the Clippers defeated the Jazz on October 24, 102 to 84.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 22 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and blocked one shot.  Donovan Mitchell had 19 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Klay Thompson (20.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 50 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (15-5) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 447 times with the Lakers winning 275 games and the Warriors winning 172 of them.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between them this season.

The Miami Heat hand the Chicago Bulls their fifth straight loss, 100-93

The Miami Heat hand the Chicago Bulls their fifth straight loss, 100-93

The Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls rivalry dates all the way back to the 1990s when the Heat became championship contenders and things have been chippy between these clubs ever since.  They have met up a total of 138 times in the past with the Heat winning 63 games while the Bulls won 75 games.  Today’s matchup will mark the second time that these two teams play each other this season as the Heat defeated the Bulls on November 1, 97 to 91.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 20 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and committed one steal.  Lauri Markkanen had 25 points, 8 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.  The Bulls would hope to avoid their fifth straight loss as they host the 9-9 Miami Heat.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Bam Adebayo (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Derrick Walton (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Matt Williams (G-League)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

Zach LaVine (knee)
David Nwaba (ankle; 6.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Cameron Payne (foot)
Kay Felder (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 30.2 FG%, 23.5 3P%)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 56.3 FG%)
Quincy Pondexter (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 31.0 FG%, 15.8 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Nikola Mirotic (face)

GAMETIME:

The first half of this game would be kept close as the Heat shot forty percent from the field while the Bulls shot thirty-five percent. Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the Miami bench as he chalked up ten points, nine coming from beyond the arc and one free-throw. Kelly Olynyk had five defensive rebounds to add to his seven points. Justise Winslow was limited to just two points but would manage to record six rebounds and two assists.

As for the home team, Denzel Valentine scored eight points to put with his six defensive rebounds and four assists. Both Lauri Markkanen and Justin Holiday would also have eight points as they knocked down two three-pointers each. Robin Lopez would have five rebounds as Kris Dunn had three rebounds and three assists. Jerian Grant played 12 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the Florida team went into halftime with a tight 45-42 lead.

The Heat ended up shooting fifty-one percent from the field in the last half, holding the Bulls to forty percent shooting. Goran Dragic scored 16 points while hitting two three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Hassan Whiteside settled for five points as he pulled down four defensive rebounds while Dion Waiters was kept to just two points. Tyler Johnson played 18 minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points with a three-pointer early in the fourth period.

Grant ended up posting an impressive 22 points as he played the most minutes off of the bench. Holiday had seven points while Valentine settled for two three-pointers, seven rebounds, and three assists. Markkanen collected six defensive rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the Miami Heat crawl away with a 100-93 victory.  Goran Dragic finished the game with 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists while Jerian Grant had a career-high 24 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Ohio to take on LeBron James (28.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 8.6 APG, 58 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-7) for the first time this season on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 105 times with the Cavaliers winning 43 games and the Heat winning 62 of them.  The Bulls will host Devin Booker (22.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (7-13) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., which will mark the second and last time that these teams play each other this season.  The Bulls and the Suns have met up a total of 142 times as the Bulls pulled 73 victories while the Suns had 69 wins.  November 19 was the last time that the Suns and Bulls played each other as the Suns pulled away with a 113 to 105 win.  In that game, T.J. Warren scored 27 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 1 assist, committed 1 steal, and blocked 2 shots.  Lauri Markkanen had 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists.

The Houston Rockets hand the New York Knicks a 117-102 loss

The Houston Rockets hand the New York Knicks a 117-102 loss

The Houston Rockets are currently the hottest team in the Western Conference as they are sitting at the number one seed with a 14-4 record.  They will look to earn their fourth straight win as they host the New York Knicks for the second and last time this season.  The Knicks, on the other hand, are doing somewhat better than last season as they are at the seventh seed with a 10-8 record.  These two ball clubs have met up a total of 150 times with the Knicks winning 74 games and the Rockets winning 76 of them.  The last time they met up was November 1 as the Rockets hand the Knicks a 119-97 blowout loss.  In that game, James Harden had 31 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists.  Tim Hardaway finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

Joakim Noah (illness)
Ramon Sessions (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 37.0 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Kristaps Porzinigis (illness; 27.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 46.8 FG%, 40.2 3P%)
Enes Kanter (back; 13.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 63.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luke Kornet (G-League)
Isaiah Hicks (G-League)

Houston Rockets:

Troy Williams (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Briante Weber (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG)
Bobby Brown (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 30.4 FG%, 29.0 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Zhou Qi (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.1 APG, 20.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The New York Knicks would shoot fifty-eight percent from the field in the first half while limiting the Houston Rockets to forty-four percent.  Former Heat player Michael Beasley chalked up 24 points in the beginning half, adding to his four rebounds and two assists.  Courtney Lee had 15 points which would include three 3-pointers in the first quarter.  Jarrett Jack ended up with four points, four defensive rebounds, six assists, and one steal.  Willy Hernangomez played 16 minutes off of the bench as he was limited to just four points himself.

As for the home team, James Harden recorded 15 points which held a three-pointer late in the second quarter.  He also dished off five assists while Ryan Anderson chalked up 14 points while grabbing four defensive rebounds.  Clint Capela had one offensive rebound and seven defensive rebounds while Chris Paul ended up with four points and four assists.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench as he posted up eight points but it was the Knicks who went into halftime with a 61-58 lead.

The Rockets ended up outscoring the Knicks in the second half, 59 to 41. Harden would contribute to that as he dropped 22 points while collecting two defensive rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Former Wizards’ forward Trevor Ariza scored 16 points while former Wizards’ center NeNe grabbed three rebounds. Eric Gordon played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept completely scoreless.

Kyle O’Quinn gave the Knicks 18 points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. Both Michael Beasley and Jarrett Jack had six points but Beasley ended up with five turnovers. Rookie Damyean Dotson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the Rockets escaped with a 117-102 victory. James Harden finished with 37 points, 2 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 steals. Michael Beasley had a season-high 30 points, a season-high 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will host Damian Lillard (25.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.2 APG, 40.9 FG%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (11-8) for the first time this season on Monday at 7:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 109 times with the Trail Blazers winning 62 games and the Knicks pulling out 47 victories.  The Houston Rockets will host Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 49.4 FG%) and the Brooklyn Nets (6-12) for the first time this season on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  The Rockets and Nets have battled each other a total of 90 times in the past with the Rockets coming away with 60 wins while the Nets won 30 games.

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Phoenix Suns a 115-91 loss

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Phoenix Suns a 115-91 loss

The Phoenix Suns are currently in a state of struggle as they are sitting on a 7-13 record, trying to avoid a second straight loss as they host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.  They have been unlucky that their star player, Eric Bledsoe, openly discussed his unhappiness with the organization, resulting in him being traded to Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Greg Monroe and a first and second-round draft pick.  The New Orleans Pelicans, on the other hand, are in search for a third straight win.  This would mark the first matchup between these two teams this season as they met up a total of 53 in the past with the Pelicans winning 25 games while the Suns won 28 of them.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Charles Cooke (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jalen Jones (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Frank Jackson (foot)
Alexis Ajinca (knee)
Solomon Hill (hamstring)

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (ACL)
Alan Williams (knee)
Alec Peters (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Davon Reed (knee)

GAMETIME:

The Pelicans would start the game off right as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field in the first quarter, limiting the Suns to just thirty-four percent.  Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins would both score fifteen points each in the beginning half, while they grabbed eight rebounds each.  Jrue Holiday contributed with 12 points which would include two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Dante Cunningham played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up nine points to put with his four defensive rebounds.

As for the Phoenix team, both T.J. Warren and Tyson Chandler dropped ten points each while Warren blocked two shots and Chandler collected four rebounds.  Tyler Ulis had seven points with a three-pointer late in the second period.  Mike James played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points as the visiting team went into halftime with a huge 72-42 advantage.

The Suns would attempt to come back as rookie Josh Jackson dropped ten points off of the bench while they collected two rebounds and two assists.  Ulis posted up ten points, as well, but it was still the Pelicans who pulled away with a 115 to 91 win.  Anthony Davis finished the game with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block.  T.J. Warren had 18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to California to take on Stephen Curry (25.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 6.3 APG) and the Golden State Warriors (14-5) for the second time this season on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 55 times with the Pelicans winning 19 games and the Warriors winning 36 games.  The last time they battled each other was on October 20 as the Pelicans were handed a 128 to 120 loss.  In that game, Klay Thompson scored 33 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and blocked 1 shot.  Anthony Davis had 35 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block.  DeMarcus Cousins also had 35 points.

The Phoenix Suns will visit Minnesota to battle Karl-Anthony Towns (20.3 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.5 APG) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-8) for the second time this season on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  The Timberwolves and Suns have played each other a total of 106 times as the Timberwolves won 38 games while the Suns ended up winning 68 of them.  The last time they met up was on November 11 as the Timberwolves left with a 118 to 110 victory.  Andrew Wiggins had 27 points in that game, along with one rebound and two steals.  T.J. Warren finished with 35 points, 6 rebounds, one steal, and one block.  Devin Booker had 35 points, as well.

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.