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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 Mavericks come back to take a 110-102 victory over the defending champions

The Mavericks come back to take a 110-102 victory over the defending champions

The Dallas Mavericks are currently in a bit of a funk as they hope to avoid a third straight loss tonight.  They are coming fresh off of a crushing 106-103 loss to Kristaps Porginzis’ former team, New York Knicks, on Thursday.  The Mavericks will hope to grab a win as they host the Toronto Raptors at the American Airlines Center this evening.

The Raptors, on the other hand, are coming off of a 114-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.  Tonight’s game will wrap up a five-game road trip for them as they go back home for the next two games.  This battle will mark the first of two meetings between the Raptors and the Mavericks this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Mavericks and the Raptors have played each other a grand total of 45 times in the past as the Mavericks won 25 games while the Raptors ended up winning 20 games.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Serge Ibaka (ankle; 14.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 52.4 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Kyle Lowry (thumb; 21.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.5 APG, 47.8 FG%, 42.6 3P%)
-Patrick McCaw (knee; 4.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Dewan Hernandez (coach’s decision)
-Stanley Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Shamorie Ponds (G-League)
-Oshae Brissett (G-League)

Dallas Mavericks:

-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision; 11.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 7.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 51.7 FG%)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)
-Ryan Broekhoff (1.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Raptors would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from his field, keeping the home team at thirty-nine percent shooting.  Both Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet scored 13 points each, both knocking down three treys.  Powell had five defensive rebounds while VanVleet had two defensive rebounds and four assists.

Pascal Siakam helped out with 11 points but shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  He had two three-pointers while recording 4 assists, one steal, and one block.  Three-time All-Star Marc Gasol was held to just six points but drilled a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Matt Thomas played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points.

On the other end of the court, Luka Doncic warmed up with 15 points, missing only three of his seven shots put up.  He also had four rebounds, four assists, and one steal, but ended turning the ball over five times.  Porzingis contributed with eight points while grabbing eight rebounds.  Seth Curry saw to it that he got six points, all of which he earned from beyond the arc.  Tim Hardaway Jr. played 11 minutes off the bench but only recorded four points as the Canada team went into halftime with a 60-53 advantage.

The Texas ball club would take over in the second half as they went on a huge 57-42 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  The Mavericks’ defense limited the Raptors to thirty-seven percent shooting.  During this run, Porzingis added 12 more points to his scoring total while collecting seven rebounds.  Doncic earned 11 points, getting nine of them from the free-throw line.  Delon Wright played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points.

As for the Toronto Raptors, Powell and VanVleet combined for 24 more points while OG Anunoby had eight points.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played 15 minutes off the bench but only had six points as the Mavericks came back to take the game, 110-102.  Luka Doncic finished the game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals while Norman Powell also had 26 points, along with 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will host Devonte’ Graham (18.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 39.6 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (5-7) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of four meetings between these two teams this season.

The Dallas Mavericks will host DeMar DeRozan (20.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.8 APG, 51.9 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (5-7) on Monday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the first of four times that these teams will see each other this season.

 

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

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

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

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

Orlando Magic:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

The Bulls come away with a 120-102 victory over the Knicks

The Bulls come away with a 120-102 victory over the Knicks

The New York Knicks are one of the worst teams in the league as they are sitting with a 2-8 record.  They are coming fresh off of a surprising 108-87 blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Madison Square Garden.  With a 1-5 away record, the Knicks will hope to grab a victory tonight as they battle the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

The Bulls, on the other hand, are dealing with struggles of their own.  They have only won one game at home this season as they hold a 1-3 home record.  Coming off of a 117-94 loss to the Houston Rockets, they will hope to avoid a second consecutive loss.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls have battled each other a grand total of 266 times in the past as the Knicks won 120 games while the Bulls came away with 146 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Wayne Ellington (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 31.1 FG%, 27.5 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League)
-Elfrid Payton (hamstring; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.8 APG, 37.9 FG%, 62.5 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)
-Mitchell Robinson (concussion; 9.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 71.8 FG%)
-Reggie Bullock (cervical disc herniation)

Chicago Bulls:

-Luke Kornet (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 34.9 FG%, 21.7 3P%)
-Cristiano Felicio (wrist)
-Adam Mokoka (G-League)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Max Strus (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they shot fifty-one percent from the field, holding the visiting team to forty-two percent.  Zach LaVine warmed up with 14 points, knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  Power forward Lauri Markkanen contributed with nine points while grabbing three defensive rebounds, dishing off one assist, recording one steal, and a block.

Wendell Carter also had nine points, along with four rebounds.  California-native Chandler Hutchison had five points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Tomas Satoransky chalked up five points, as well.  Thaddeus Young played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just two points.

On the other end of the court, R.J. Barrett earned 14 points on seventy-five percent shooting.  He also had two three-pointers while recording four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.  Both Marcus Morris and Julius Randle had 10 points each, both hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Kevin Knox played 16 minutes off of the bench as he scored five points but it was the Bulls who went into halftime with a 60-54 lead.

The Illinois ball club would take over in the second half as they went on a 60 to 48 run, shooting fifty-percent from the field.  Coby White played the most minutes off of the bench as he got hot for 23 points, hitting seven three-pointers all in the fourth quarter.  LaVine added 11 points to his scoring total while Carter had eight more points.

As for the Knicks, Morris chalked up 12 points, including two three-pointers.  Former Bulls player Taj Gibson gave eight points, along with three rebounds, one assist, and a steal.  Knox played 15 minutes off of the bench as he had five points but it was the Bulls who handed the Knicks a 120-102 loss.  Coby White finished the game with a career-high 27 points, along with 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Marcus Morris had 22 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will host Luka Doncic (28.3 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 9.1 APG, 48.5 FG%, 31.8 3P%) and the Dallas Mavericks (6-4) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 8 when the Knicks escaped with a 106-102.  During that game, Marcus Morris scored 29 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed one steal while Luka Doncic had 38 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists.

The Chicago Bulls will travel to Wisconsin to battle Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.7 PPG, 14.3 RPG, 6.8 APG, 58.5 FG%, 30.8 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (7-3) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four meetings between these two teams this season.

The Houston Rockets hand the Chicago Bulls a 117-94 loss

The Houston Rockets hand the Chicago Bulls a 117-94 loss

The Chicago Bulls haven’t been very impressive this season as they are sitting with a 3-6 record.  They are, however, coming fresh off of a 113-93 win they took over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.  The Bulls will hope to grab a second straight as they host the Houston Rockets tonight at the United Center.  It will be tough, though, as the Bulls won only one game at home this season, sitting with a 1-2 home record.

The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, are in the midst of proving their doubters wrong as they hope to grab a third consecutive victory tonight.  They are coming off of a 129-112 win over the struggling Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.  This matchup between the Bulls and the Rockets tonight will mark the first of two meetings this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets have battled each other a grand total of 138 times in the past as the Bulls won 68 games while the Rockets pulled out 70 victories.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

-Gerald Green (foot)
-Nene (abductor)
-Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 28.6 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 87.5 FG%)
-Thabo Sefolosha (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 27.8 FG%, 27.3 3P%)
-Gary Clark (G-League)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (G-League)

Chicago Bulls:

-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Shaquille Harrison (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 30.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Cristiano Felicio
-Adam Mokoka (G-League)
-Max Strus (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Houston Rockets shot forty-two percent from the field while the Chicago Bulls shot forty percent.  The two-time scoring champion James Harden got hot for 20 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had five rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Danuel House contributed with 3 three-pointers and two points from the charity stripe.

Russell Westbrook was kept to just eight points but had three defensive rebounds and two assists while Clint Capela helped out with four points.  He also had nine rebounds and three blocks while P.J. Tucker had just one point.  Indiana-native Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer in the second quarter.

As for the home team, Zach LaVine scored 11 points, which held a three-pointer in the before halftime.  Lauri Markkanen contributed with eight points but shot only twenty-eight percent from the field.  Wendell Carter had eight points, as well, along with eight rebounds and one block.  Coby White played fourteen minutes off the bench but only had three points while the Rockets went into the locker room with a tight 50-49 advantage.

The Texas team would take over in the second half as they went on a huge 67-45 run, shooting fifty percent from the field.  During that run, Harden earned 22 more points which included six three-pointers.  Westbrook made up for his scoring performance in the first half as he chalked up eighteen points while grabbing four rebounds.  Austin Rivers played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, both Markkanen and Carter had five points each while Tomas Satoransky earned six points.  White had seven points in the 12 minutes he played off the bench but it was the Rockets who came away with a 117-94 victory.  James Harden finished the game with 42 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals while Lauri Markkanen had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.  Both Carter and Thaddeus Young had 13 points each, as well.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will travel to Louisiana to battle Brandon Ingram (25.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.3 APG, 55.2 FG%, 48.6 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (1-6) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 26 when the Rockets walked away with a 126-123 win.  James Harden finished with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Ingram had 35 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Chicago Bulls will host R.J. Barrett (17.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.9 APG, 42.4 FG%, 36.7 3P%) and the New York Knicks (1-7) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  October 28 was the last time they played each other as the Bulls fell to the Knicks, 105-98.  During that game, Bobby Portis scored 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 2 assists, and blocked 2 shots while Zach LaVine earned 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

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

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

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

Los Angeles Lakers:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

The Spurs hand the Warriors their fourth loss this season, 127-110

The Spurs hand the Warriors their fourth loss this season, 127-110

This is the first time in seven years that the Golden State Warriors would have questions about making it as far as the playoffs.  With Kevin Durant in Brooklyn and Klay Thompson out due to injury, it would help at all that Stephen Curry is going to have to miss time, as well.

Curry ended up breaking his hand in the Wednesday matchup against the Phoenix Suns when Aron Baynes landed on it.  With their star players missing, it will be tough for the Warriors to have success during the majority of this season.  Tonight, they will try to prevent a second straight loss as they host the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center.

The Spurs, on the other hand, saw their three-game win streak come to an end as they were handed their first loss of the season last night.  They were defeated by the Kawhi-led Los Angeles Clippers, 103-97.  The Texas team will hope to avoid a second consecutive loss tonight.  This matchup will be first of four times that these teams will see each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs have met up a grand total of 189 times in the past as the Warriors won 74 games while the Spurs grabbed 115 games.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-Keldon Johnson (G-League)
-Dejounte Murray (knee; 13.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

Golden State Warriors:

-Stephen Curry (hand; 20.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 40.9 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Jacob Evans (abductor; 6.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Kevon Looney (neuropathy; 3.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Alen Smailagic (ankle)
-Klay Thompson (ACL)

GAMETIME:

Both teams played with a competitive spirit in the first half, each dropping 20+ points in the first two quarters.  Patty Mills got hot for 16 points on seventy-one percent shooting as he played 11 minutes off the bench.  Rudy Gay ended up giving 10 points off the bench as he planted two three-pointers in the process.  DeMar DeRozan was kept to just six points while LaMarcus Aldridge had eight points.

As for the home team, D’Angelo Russell chalked up nineteen points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had one rebound, four assists, and one block while Jordan Poole contributed with eight points.  Draymond Green had two three-pointers while both Glenn Robinson and Willie Cauley-Stein had two points each.  Maryland-native Damion Lee played the most minutes off the bench but only earned seven points as the Spurs went into halftime with a 57-55 lead.

The San Antonio Spurs took over in the second half as they went on a 70 to 55 run, completing fifty-five percent of their shots.  Mills continued to add to his scoring total as he put up 15 more points, knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had three rebounds and one steal while Aldridge helped out 14 points.

On the other end of the court, Jordan Poole and D’Angelo Russell combined for 23 points but it wouldn’t mean much as the visiting team came away with a 127-110 victory over the struggling Golden State Warriors.  Patty Mills finished the game with 31 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while D’Angelo Russell had 30 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will host Anthony Davis (28.8 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 43.2 FG%, 27.3 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (3-1) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  The Golden State Warriors will host Devonte Graham (16.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 7.6 APG, 45.5 FG%, 51.5 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (2-3) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

 

The Dallas Mavericks sneak away from the Denver Nuggets with a 109-106 win

The Dallas Mavericks sneak away from the Denver Nuggets with a 109-106 win

The Denver Nuggets are one of the four teams who are undefeated at the moment.  Coming fresh off of a 101-94 victory against the Sacramento Kings last night, they will hope to grab a fourth straight win as they host the Dallas Mavericks tonight.  The Mavericks, on the other hand, saw their two-game win streak come to an end on Sunday as they fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 121-119.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Denver Nuggets and the Dallas Mavericks have played each other a grand total of 184 times in the past as the Nuggets won 91 games while the Mavericks grabbed 93 victories.

INACTIVES:

Dallas Mavericks:

-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 42.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)
-Ryan Broekhoff

Denver Nuggets:

-Bol Bol (foot)
-Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision)
-Michael Porter (coach’s decision)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (coach’s decision)
-Vlatko Cancar
-P.J. Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be held close as the Dallas Mavericks shot fifty-two percent from the field while the Nuggets shot fifty percent.  Justin Jackson scored ten points off the bench while hitting two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Former Cavaliers’ guard Seth Curry helped out with eight points which held two three-pointers, as well.

Luka Doncic was kept to just seven points but managed to record four rebounds and one assist while knocking down a trey in the first period.  Kristaps Porzingis was limited to just five points but had five rebounds, one assist, and one block.  Tim Hardaway Jr. played the most minutes off the bench as he had five points.

As for the Denver Nuggets, Paul Millsap warmed up with fourteen points on fifty-percent shooting.  He had 3 three-pointers, as well, along with three rebounds.  Will Barton contributed with 11 points while grabbing four rebounds and committing a steal.  Jamal Murray was held to just four points while Gary Harris chalked up eight points.  Mason Plumlee played nine minutes off the bench but scored only four points as the Nuggets went into halftime with a 61-60 lead.

As the game drifted into the second half, it still remained competitive as the Texas team shot forty-five percent from the field while the Nuggets shot forty-three percent.  Murray would make up for his poor scoring performance in the first half as he went five for nine, scoring 12 more points.  He was unable to knock down the 3 three-pointers he attempted but managed to get his hands on four defensive rebounds.

Millsap had nine more points as he buried a three-pointer late in the fourth.  Both Gary Harris and Will Barton scored eight points each while Jerami Grant was held scoreless in the seven minutes he played off the bench.

On the other end of the court, Hardaway Jr. scored nine points, all coming from beyond the arc.  Both Porzingis and Doncic put up five points each while Curry was held to two points.  Maxi Kleber played the most minutes off the bench to score nine points as the Mavericks pulled away with a 109-106 victory.  Maxi Kleber finished the game with 14 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three blocks.  Tim Hardaway Jr. also had 14 points, along with three rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.  Paul Millsap finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will travel to Louisiana to take on Brandon Ingram (27.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 4.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (0-4) on Thursday at 9:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.  The Dallas Mavericks will host Anthony Davis (25.0 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 43.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2-1) on Friday at 9:30 p.m.  This will be the first of four games between them this season.

The Rockets skate away with a 126-123 win over the Pelicans

The Rockets skate away with a 126-123 win over the Pelicans

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Six years after their tenure in Oklahoma, James Harden and Russell Westbrook have reunited in Houston after Westbrook was traded to the Rockets.  Their first game together, which took place on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks, wasn’t a success as they fell, 117 to 111.  They will hope to grab a victory tonight as they host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Toyota Center.

The Pelicans, on the other hand, are trying to grab their first win of the season as they lost their first two games to the Toronto Raptors in the season opener, 130-122 in overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks, 123-116.

HISTORY:

The Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of 63 times as the Rockets pulled out 36 wins while the Pelicans were kept to 26 victories.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Zion Williamson (knee)
-Zylan Cheatham (coach’s decision)
-Jaxson Hayes (coach’s decision)
-E’Twaun Moore (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 28.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Josh Gray
-Jrue Holiday (knee; 10.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 30.8 FG%, 11.1 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

-Michael Frazier (ankle)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-Nene (abductor)
-Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision)
-Gary Clark (coach’s decision)
-Chris Clemons (coach’s decision)
-Isaiah Hartenstein

GAMETIME:

The game would be very competitive as the Pelicans shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first half while the Rockets shot forty-six percent.  Brandon Ingram chalked up 18 points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also collected six rebounds and two assists while Lonzo Ball helped out with 13 points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He also had 3 three-pointers, along with two rebounds, six assists, and one steal.

Josh Hart had seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period while former Milwaukee Bucks’ guard J.J. Redick had two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Derrick Favors was kept to just two points but had three rebounds.  Kenrich Williams played the most minutes off of the bench but was held completely scoreless.

On the other end of the court, James Harden dropped 13 points on a poor twenty-eight percent shooting.  He had a three-pointer, along with one defensive rebound, four assists, and one steal while Clint Capela gave 11 points.  The 2016-2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook recorded 10 points to go along with five rebounds and seven assists.  Eric Gordon played 16 minutes off of the bench but only had four points as both teams went into halftime tied at 61 apiece.

The game would remain competitive in the second half as the Rockets shot forty-four percent from the field while the visiting team shot forty-three percent.  Westbrook scored 18 of the Houston Rockets’ 65 second-half points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Harden contributed with 16 points and three rebounds while Gordon dropped nine points off of the bench.

As for the Lousiana ball club, Ingram and Hart combined for 33 of the Pelicans’ 62 second-half points while Ball was kept to just five points.  Williams was kept to just two points off of the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Rockets escaped with a 126-123 victory, thanks to Westbrook’s two free-throws near the end of regulation.  James Harden finished the game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Brandon Ingram settled for 35 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, as well as 5 assists.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will host Stephen Curry (23.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (0-1) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  The Houston Rockets will host Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (27.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 50.0 FG%, 45.5 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (0-2) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.

The Atlanta Hawks breeze by the Detroit Pistons, 117-100

The Atlanta Hawks breeze by the Detroit Pistons, 117-100

The Detroit Pistons are hoping to grab a second straight victory this evening as they are coming off of a 119-110 win against the Indiana Pacers.  Tonight, they will be matched up against the Atlanta Hawks in which they’ll try to take them down at the Little Caesars Arena.  The Hawks, on the other hand, will be competing in their first game tonight.

INACTIVES:

Atlanta Hawks:

-Allen Crabbe (knee)
-Brandon Goodwin (coach’s decision)
-Damian Jones (coach’s decision)
-Charles Brown (G-League)
-Tyrone Wallace (not with the team)
-Chandler Parsons (knees)

Detroit Pistons:

-Svi Mykhailiuk (coach’s decision)
-Khyri Thomas (coach’s decision)
-Christian Wood (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Louis King (G-League)
-Jordan Bone (G-League)
-Blake Griffin (knee)
-Sekou Doumbouya (concussion)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the contest would be competitive as the Hawks shot fifty-one percent from the field while the Pistons ended up shooting fifty-four percent.  Trae Young got extremely hot for 26 points on sixty percent shooting.  He also had three rebounds, six assists while knocking down five three-pointers.  Utah-native John Collins helped out with 11 points while hitting a three-pointer early in the first period.

Rookie forward De’Andre Hunter and Alex Len were kept to four points each while Cam Reddish was held scoreless.  Jabari Parker played thirteen minutes off of the bench as he chalked up nine points.  Vince Carter, who made history by becoming the first player to play 22 seasons in the league, was held scoreless in the four minutes that he played off of the bench.

As for the home team, Derrick Rose came off of the bench to drop 15 points on eighty-seven percent shooting.  He also had two assists while Andre Drummond gave 14 points.  Along with that, Drummond recorded five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block while former Bulls player Tony Snell scored six points, all coming from beyond the arc.  Luke Kennard played the most minutes off of the bench, only to score nine points, but it was still the Michigan ball club that went into halftime with a 63-60 lead.

The Georgia team would take complete control in the second half as they went on a huge 57-37 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field.  During that tremendous run, Young collected 12 more points, including a three-pointer in the third quarter.  De’Andre Bembry played the most minutes off of the bench but only had six points.

On the other end of the floor, Derrick Rose continued to impress, scoring 12 more totals.  Kennard played 17 minutes off of the bench but only had four points as the Hawks defeated the Pistons, 117-100.  Trae Young finished with the game with 38 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and one steal while Derrick Rose had 27 points, one rebound, and three assists.

So…what’s next?

The Atlanta Hawks will host Nikola Vucevic (21.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 20.0 3P%) and the Orlando Magic (1-0) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  The Detroit Pistons will host Ben Simmons (24.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 9.0 APG, 68.0 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.