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The Philadelphia 76ers hand the Chicago Bulls a 100-89 loss

The Philadelphia 76ers hand the Chicago Bulls a 100-89 loss

Saturday, January 18, 2020

 

The Philadelphia 76ers are coming fresh off of a 117-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.  Tonight, they will look to grab a second straight win as they host the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center.  This will be the last game the 76ers play at home before going on a three-game road trip.

The Chicago Bulls are looking to grab a second consecutive victory, as well.  They have just recently defeated the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of three times that these two teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls have played each other a grand total of 244 times in the past as the 76ers won 128 games while the Bulls were limited to just 116 victories.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

-Wendall Carter (ankle; 11.7 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Daniel Gafford (finger; 4.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 67.7 FG%)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Max Strus (knee; 2.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Shaquille Harrison (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.6 FG%, 39.2 3P%)
-Adam Mokoka (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Joel Embiid (finger; 23.4 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47.2 FG%, 32.2 3P%)
-Jonah Bolden (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Trey Burke (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 47.9 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
-Shake Milton (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 38.1 FG%, 22.7 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 2.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 60.0 FG%)
-Zhaire Smith (G-League)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Bulls shot forty-five percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-two percent.  Lauri Markkanen scored 12 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  He also had one rebound, two steals, and one block while Zach LaVine helped out with 11 points.

Former New York Knicks’ forward Luke Kornet chalked up five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the charity stripe.  Tomas Satoransky only had two points while Kris Dunn was kept scoreless.  Thaddeus Young played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points.

As for the home team, Ben Simmons chalked up 12 points on fifty-four percent shooting.  He also had seven rebounds and one assist while Al Horford and Tobias Harris combined for 16 points.  Matisse Thybulle had four points and two blocks while Josh Richardson was limited to two points.  Furkan Korkmaz played nine minutes off the bench as he had six points while the Bulls went into halftime with a 47-46 lead.

The Philadelphia 76ers would take control of things in the second half as they went on a 54 to 42 run, shooting fifty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Horford added 11 more points to his scoring total while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Simmons helped out with eight points as he grabbed four boards, dished out six assists, and committed one steal.  Korkmaz played 17 minutes off the bench as he had 18 points.

On the other end of the court, LaVine put up 12 more points but it wasn’t enough as the 76ers came away with a 100-89 win.  Furkan Korkmaz finished the game with a career-high 24 points, along with 4 rebounds and one block while Zach LaVine had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will host Collin Sexton (18.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.4 FG%, 32.6 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-29) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 30 when the Bulls fell to the Cavaliers, 117-111.  During that game, Tristan Thompson scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out two assists, and blocked 5 shots while Zach LaVine had 16 points, 2 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will head to New York to battle Julius Randle (19.0 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.2 FG%, 29.4 3P%) and the New York Knicks (11-31) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they fight each other this season.  November 29 was the last time they played each other as the 76ers handed the Knicks a 101-95 loss.  Joel Embiid finished that game with 27 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks while Julius Randle had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

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 Phoenix Suns spoil the Sacramento Kings’ late comeback attempt, 112-110

The Phoenix Suns spoil the Sacramento Kings’ late comeback attempt, 112-110

Sunday, December 29, 2019

 

The Sacramento Kings are in danger of reaching their longest losing streak this season as they try to avoid a sixth straight loss.  They will hope to do that as they host the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Golden 1 Center.  The Suns, on the other hand, are dealing with struggles of their own as they are trying to end an eight-game losing streak.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings have battled each other a grand total of 251 times in the past as the Kings won 105 games while the Suns went on to achieve 146 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Deandre Ayton (ankle; 18.0 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 54.5 FG%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 38.2 FG%, 31.1 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Sacramento Kings:

-Marvin Bagley (foot; 13.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 45.9 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-De’Aaron Fox (back; 17.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 46.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Trever Ariza (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.4 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
-Dewayne Dedmon (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.9 FG%, 22.9 3P%)
-Harry Giles (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.0 FG%)
-Caleb Swanigan (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Kyle Guy (G-League)
-DaQuan Jeffries (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Suns would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Kings shot forty-four percent.  Kelly Oubre chalked up 15 points while grabbing ten rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and committed 2 steals.  He also had a three-pointer while Devin Booker helped out with 14 points, a rebound, five assists, and one steal.

Former Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio had nine points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Aron Baynes contributed with four points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Mikal Bridges played the most minutes off the bench but only scored nine points.

On the other end of the floor, Cory Joseph had ten points on fifty-five percent shooting.  Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield both had eight points each while Hield recorded two rebounds, two assists, and a block.  Richaun Holmes and Nemanja Bjelica combined for 12 points.  Bogdan Bogdanovic played 13 minutes off the bench but only had eight points while the Phoenix team went into halftime with a 59 to 49 advantage.

The Kings would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 61-53 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  During that run, Hield scored 15 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Barnes helped out with 13 points as he grabbed 5 rebounds and dished off one assist.  Bogdanovic played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped 14 points.

As for the visitors, Booker added 18 more points to his scoring total while Oubre had five points, six rebounds, and three assists.  Mikal Bridges scored two points off the bench but the Suns were still able to come away with a 112-110 victory.  Devin Booker finished the game with 32 points, 3 rebounds, a season-high-tying 10 assists, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Buddy Hield settled for 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will travel to Oregon to take on Damian Lillard (26.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7.5 APG, 44.3 FG%, 35.8 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (14-18) on Monday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 16 when the Trail Blazers pulled away with a 111-110 win.  C.J. McCollum finished that game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and a block while Kelly Oubre had 24 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

The Sacramento Kings will head to Colorado to fight Nikola Jokic (17.6 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.8 APG, 48.5 FG%, 30.6 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (21-9) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  It will be the third of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  November 30 was the last time they saw each other as the Nuggets fell to the Kings, 100-97.  During that game, Harrison Barnes scored 30 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off one assist, and committed 2 steals while Gary Harris settled for 25 points, 3 rebounds, one assist 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

The 76ers snuck away with a 97 to 92 victory over the Nuggets

The 76ers snuck away with a 97 to 92 victory over the Nuggets

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Tonight’s matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers will mark the last game of a tough four-game road trip for the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets lost all but one game on this road trip with their only victory coming against the New York Knicks on December 5. They are coming fresh off a 105-102 loss against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

The 76ers, on the other hand, are hoping to grab a third consecutive win tonight, coming off of a 110-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Tonight’s meeting will mark the second and final matchup against these two teams this season. The last time they battled each other was on November 8 when the Nuggets crept away with a 100-97 win. Nikola Jokic finished that game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Joel Embiid had 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The 76ers and the Nuggets have played each other a grand total of 89 times in the past as the Nuggets won 39 games while the 76ers came away with 50 victories.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Vlatko Cancar (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Bol Bol (G-League)
-P.J. Dozier (G-League)

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Zhaire Smith (leg)
-Trey Burke (coach’s decision; 7.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 43.1 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
-Shake Milton (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.3 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
-Kyle O’Quinn (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 53.5 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 66.7 FG%)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)
-Jonah Bolden (1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:
The game would be competitive in the first half as the 76ers shot forty-four percent from the field while the Denver team shot forty percent. Joel Embiid scored 14 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and one block. Tobias Harris helped out with ten points which included a three-pointer early in the second period.

The 2017-2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons chalked up seven points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Both Al Horford and Josh Richardson were held scoreless but Horford was able to record four rebounds. Furkan Korkmaz played the most minutes off the bench but scored only six points.

On the other end of the court, Will Barton put up 15 points while knocking down a three-pointer. He also had three rebounds, three assists, a steal, and 2 blocks while Gary Harris earned himself eight points. Paul Millsap and Jokic Nikola combined for ten points while Jamal Murray was held scoreless. Monte Morris played 14 minutes off the bench but only had five points while 76ers went into halftime with a slim 55-50 lead.

The contest would remain competitive in the second half as both teams scored 42 points each. Both Barton and Jokic had eleven points each while Barton collected four rebounds, four assists, and one steal. Jokic recorded three rebounds and five assists while both of them had a three-pointer each.

Gary Harris helped out with six points and three assists while Paul Millsap had four points. Michigan-native Monte Morris played 16 minutes off the bench but only had two points, which he earned in the third quarter.

As for the Pennsylvania ball club, Horford and Harris combined for 21 points while they had a three-pointer each. Horford was able to grab five rebounds and record an assist and steal while Harris had five rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block. Simmons was kept scoreless but it wouldn’t matter as the 76ers crept away with a 97-92 victory. Joel Embiid finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, a season-high-tying six assists, 2 steals, and a block. Will Barton settled for a season-high 36 points, along with 7 rebounds, 7 assists, a season-high-tying two steals, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will host Damian Lillard (26.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 7.4 APG, 44.3 FG%, 35.0 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (9-15) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on October 23 when the Trail Blazers fell to the Nuggets, 108-100. Nikola Jokic finished that game with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists while Damian Lillard had 32 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will head up north to battle Kemba Walker (21.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.1 APG, 42.0 FG%, 40.3 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (17-5) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second of four times that these see each other this season. October 23 was the last time they played each other as the 76ers handed the Celtics a 107-93 loss. During that game, Ben Simmons scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished out nine assists while Gordon Hayward had 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

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

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

Friday, December 6, 2019

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

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

Toronto Raptors:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

The Kings hold on to capture a 120-116 victory over the Suns

The Kings hold on to capture a 120-116 victory over the Suns

The Phoenix Suns are doing better this season than what people anticipated as they currently hold a 7-5 record.  They will, however, look to avoid a second straight loss as they fight the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center tonight.  The Suns have only lost one of their three road games this season, which was to the Denver Nuggets on October 25.

The Kings, on the other hand, are hoping to achieve a second consecutive victory as they just recently snapped the Boston Celtics’ ten-game win streak on Sunday, 100-99.  The California team will try to use that as a momentum change as they have a 5-7 record.

Tonight’s game will mark the second of four games between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 23 when the Suns came away with a huge 124-95 win.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 22 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, dished off 10 assists, and committed one steal while Buddy Hield had 28 points, five rebounds, and two assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings have battled each other a grand total of 250 times as the Suns won 146 games while the Kings were kept to just 104 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Ty Jerome (ankle)
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)
-Aron Baynes (hip; 14.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 56.1 FG%, 44.2 3P%)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 38.1 FG%, 40.7 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Sacramento Kings:

-Trevor Ariza (groin; 4.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 35.7 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
-Marvin Bagley (thumb; 14.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
-De’Aaron Fox (ankle; 18.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 43.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Caleb Swanigan (ankle; 0.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Wenyen Gabriel (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 23.1 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Harry Giles (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-DaQuan Jeffries (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Kyle Guy (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Sacramento Kings would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-two percent from the field, limiting the Phoenix Suns to thirty-one percent.  Bogdan Bogdanovic got hot for 18 points in the 18 minutes that he played off the bench.  He also had four three-pointers in the second quarter while recording 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

Former 76ers’ center Richaun Holmes helped out with 12 points and 8 rebounds while Buddy Hield and Nemanja Bjelica both had seven points each.  They both were also able to knock down a three-pointer while Harrison Barnes scored four points.  Cory Joseph had kept scoreless in the 17 minutes that he played.

On the other end of the floor, Devin Booker chalked up 12 points while hitting a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Kelly Oubre gave eight points while collecting four rebounds and coming up with four steals.  Ricky Rubio only had one point while Frank Kaminsky dropped four points.  Tyler Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a commanding 62-45 lead over the Suns.

The Arizona team would respond in the second half as they went on a 71-58 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field.  Booker added to his scoring total during that run as he earned 18 more points, drilling two three-pointers in the process.  Both Mikal Bridges and Frank Kaminsky helped out with 13 points each while Oubre had 12 points.  Elie Okobo played 18 minutes off the bench but only had four points.

As for the Kings, Barnes chalked up 11 more points while Bjelica had 10 more.  Hield didn’t do very well as he only had five points but Holmes helped out with eight points.  Bogdanovic scored 13 points off the bench as the Kings held on to take a 120-116 win.  Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with a career-high 31 points, along with four rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals while Devin Booker had 30 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Jrue Holiday (17.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 7.1 APG, 39.4 FG%, 32.2 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (4-9) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of three meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

The Sacramento Kings will travel to New York to take on Spencer Dinwiddie (18.5 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.8 APG, 41.7 FG%, 30.1 3P%) and the Brooklyn Nets (5-8) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that they see each other this season.

The Kings come back from a first-half deficit to defeat the Grizzlies, 102-99

The Kings come back from a first-half deficit to defeat the Grizzlies, 102-99

It’s been twelve straight years that the Sacramento Kings have missed the playoffs.  The last time they were in the playoffs was in 2006 when Rick Adelman was the head coach.  The Kings ended up losing in the first round to Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs, 2-4.  Since then, they have yet to be above .500 until this season, winning 52 percent of their games.

The Kings are, however, trying to break a two-game losing streak and avoid a third straight loss at home.  They are pretty confident that they can do so as the Memphis Grizzlies will be visiting California to take them on tonight.  The Grizzlies have lost four in a row and if they fail to win tonight, they will suffer their longest losing streak of the season at five.

The Sacramento Kings and the Memphis Grizzlies have met up a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Kings won 47 games while the Grizzlies were kept to 40 victories.  This game tonight will mark the third of four meetings between these two teams this season.  November 16 was the last time they saw each other as the Grizzlies defeated the Kings, 112-104.  Jaren Jackson finished that game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks while De’Aaron Fox had 23 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Dillon Brooks (knee; 6.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.9 FG%, 36.8 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Chandler Parsons (knee; 5.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 41.2 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-D.J. Stephens (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Omri Casspi (illness; 5.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 56.3 FG%, 36.0 3P%, 60.5 FT%)
-Joakim Noah (heel; 4.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 45.5 FG%, 64.3 FT%)
-Ivan Rabb (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 63.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 71.4 FT%)
-Yuta Watanabe (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)

Sacramento Kings:

-Marvin Bagley (knee; 12.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 53.6 FG%, 34.6 3P%, 68.3 FT%)
-Skal Labissiere (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 30.0 3P%, 54.5 FT%)
-Frank Mason (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 39.3 FG%, 19.0 3P%, 71.4 FT%)
-Ben McLemore (coach’s decision; 2.2 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 20.7 FG%, 31.6 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Troy Williams (G-League; 5.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 34.1 3P%, 60.0 FT%)
-Harry Giles (G-League; 5.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 47.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 52.0 FT%)
-Wenyen Gabriel (G-League)
-Zach Randolph

GAMETIME:

The Memphis Grizzlies would have complete control in the first half as they shot 54 percent from the field, keeping the Sacramento Kings at a very low 29 percent completion.  Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. ended up scoring 12 points while recording 4 rebounds, one assist, and 2 blocks.  Jackson Jr. knocked down a trey in the first period while Mike Conley also dropped 12 points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.

New Jersey-native Kyle Anderson chipped in with 8 points on a perfect 100 percent shooting from the floor.  Marc Gasol was kept to just five points in the 18 minutes that he played but was able to hit a three-pointer late in the first quarter.  He was also able to grab 5 rebounds but ended up turning the ball over four times.  Shelvin Mack played the most minutes off the bench as he earned seven points, hitting a trey in the first period.

On the other end of the floor, Iman Shumpert, who has missed the previous three games, scored 11 of the Kings’ 40 first-half points.  He was able to knock down two three-pointers in the second quarter while De’Aaron Fox helped out with nine points on 38 percent shooting.  Fox ended up hitting a trey in the first quarter while dishing off 4 assists and committing 3 steals.

The 2016-2017 All-Rookie selection Buddy Hield contributed with six points but shot a team-low 18 percent from the floor in the first half.  He earned all six points from behind the three-point line while grabbing five rebounds.  Willie Cauley-Stein only had four points in the 19 minutes that he played but did happen to get his hands on 8 boards.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward Nemanja Bjelica played 15 minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless as the Memphis Grizzlies walked into the locker room with a commanding 53-40 advantage.

The home team would make an incredible comeback as they sparked up a huge 62 to 46 run, shooting 48 percent from the field.  During this comeback, Hield added to his scoring total as he lit the floor up with 22 points, hitting four treys in the fourth period.  Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 12 points off the bench while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.

Shumpert quieted down in after an impressive first half, going completely scoreless in the second half.  Cauley-Stein chipped in with eight points while recording five rebounds, two assists, and one steal.  Bjelica played the most minutes off the Kings’ bench as he dropped eleven more points.

As for the visiting team, Garrett Temple tried to keep the Grizzlies in it as he dropped 15 points, shooting 83 percent from the field.  He was able to drill 3 three-pointers while Conley had eleven more points.  JaMychal Green scored four points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Sacramento Kings succeed in the attempted comeback, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-99.  Buddy Hield finished the game with 28 points, 8 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Mike Conley had 23 points, a season-high-tying 7 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will stay in California to take on LeBron James (28.0 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 36.7 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (18-13) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these teams will see each other during this season.  The last time they battled each other was on December 8 when the Lakers handed the Grizzlies a blowout loss, 111-88.  During that game, Kyle Kuzma scored 20 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, committed one steal and blocked one shot.  LeBron James also had 20 points, along with 8 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals while Wayne Selden finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Sacramento Kings will host Anthony Davis (28.0 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 4.7 APG, 50.4 FG%, 33.8 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (15-17) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  October 19 was the last time they played each other as the Pelicans escaped with a huge 149-129 victory.  Nikola Mirotic finished the game with 36 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists while Willie Cauley-Stein settled for 20 points, 7 rebounds, and one assist.

The Kings would hold off the Pacers, 111-110

The Kings would hold off the Pacers, 111-110

The Indiana Pacers are 3-3 since losing Victor Oladipo to a knee injury, losing recently to the Los Angeles Lakers, 104-96.  They will look to get back on track as they battle the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center.  The Kings, on the other hand, are trying to end a three-game losing streak, their largest losing streak this season.

The Pacers and the Kings have clashed with each other a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Pacers won 48 games while the Kings were limited to 39 victories.  This event will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  Last season, the Pacers swept the Kings in the season series, 2-0.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

-Victor Oladipo (knee; 21.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44.0 FG%, 34.5 3P%, 71.2 FT%)
-Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.2 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Kyle O’Quinn (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Edmond Sumner (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%, 0.0 FT%)
-Alize Johnson (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 FT%)
-Davon Reed (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Sacramento Kings:

-Yogi Ferrell (coach’s decision; 5.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.8 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Harry Giles (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 44.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 41.7 FT%)
-Frank Mason III (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.0 APG, 38.5 FG%, 17.6 3P%, 72.7 FT%)
-Ben McLemore (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 30.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%, 0.0 FT%)
-Skal Labissiere (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 46.2 FG%, 20.0 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-Wenyen Gabriel (G-League)
-Marvin Bagley III (back; 13.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 0.9 APG, 51.0 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 64.8 FT%)
-Zach Randolph

GAMETIME:

Despite the Sacramento Kings shooting only forty-seven percent from the field while the Indiana Pacers shot sixty-one percent, the game would be kept extremely close.  Bojan Bogdanovic ended up scoring thirteen points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Both Myles Turner and Tyreke Evans dropped ten points each as Turner pulled down seven defensive rebounds.  As for Evans, he was able to knock down two three-pointers.  2013-2014 NBA Champion Cory Joseph played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer late in the first period.

On the other end of the court, Buddy Hield chalked up eleven points while shooting fifty percent.  He had two three-pointers in the process while recording one rebound and three assists.  Willie Cauley-Stein helped out with ten points while pulling down seven rebounds and giving out two assists.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Nemanja Bjelica had eight points while De’Aaron Fox was limited to just five points.  Bogdan Bogdanovic played thirteen minutes off the bench as he chalked up nine points but the Pacers would go into halftime with a tight 60 to 58 lead.

Both teams would come out of the locker room on fire as the Pacers completed forty-six percent of their shots taken while the Kings shot forty-two percent from the field.  Bojan Bogdanovic continued to add to his scoring total as the put up fourteen more points which included a trey in the fourth quarter.  Thaddeus Young contributed with six points, as well as Darren Collison.  Collison earned all of his points from beyond the arc, though, while Myler Turner had four points.

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored eleven points off the Sacramento bench while recording two defensive rebounds, four assists, and one steal.  Fox helped out with ten points but only shot thirty-three percent from the field.  Cauley-Stein had seven points while pulling down six rebounds, dishing off one assist, and committing one steal.

DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE:

With one minute and thirty-two seconds remaining in the game, the Pacers would be holding onto a 107 to 105 lead.  But Willie Cauley-Stein would finish an alley-oop pass from Bogdanovic to tie the game up at 107 apiece.  The Indiana Pacers would respond as Darren Collison drills a three-pointer to take a commanding 110 to 107 lead.  But with thirty-five seconds left on the clock, Fox would make a running layup off of a fast break to bring the home team within one.  After a couple of possessions, the Kings would call a timeout.  Out of the timeout, Cauley-Stein would take the ball and slam it home to give the Kings a one-point lead.  The Pacers would have a chance to respond but end up committing a jump ball violation turnover, allowing the Kings to secure the win, 111-110.

THE FINAL RESULTS:

Bogdan Bogdanovic finished the game with twenty points, two rebounds, six assists, and a season-high two steals for the Sacramento Kings.  Bojan Bogdanovic settled for a season-high twenty-seven points, along with three rebounds, and two steals for the Indiana Pacers.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will host Zach LaVine (24.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.8 APG, 43.0 FG%, 30.3 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (5-18) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  The game will mark the second of four times that the Pacers and Bulls will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 2 when the Pacers slipped away with a 107 to 105 win.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored twenty-five points, grabbed fourteen rebounds, gave out five assists, committed two steals, and blocked one shot while Antonio Blakeney finished with twenty-two points and three boards.

The Sacramento Kings will head over to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 7.0 APG, 44.0 FG%, 31.7 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (4-18) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  Last season, the Suns won the regular season series, 3-1.

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

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

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

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

Houston Rockets:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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