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

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

Friday, December 13, 2019

 

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

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

San Antonio Spurs:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

The Denver Nuggets prove they’re the best with a 95-86 win over the Toronto Raptors

The Denver Nuggets prove they’re the best with a 95-86 win over the Toronto Raptors

The best team in the Eastern Conference and the best team in the Western Conference will meet up tonight to battle it out in a must-see.  The Toronto Raptors will travel to Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.  Neither team has lost more than ten games this season and have yet to lose five or more in a row.  The Raptors are coming off a 128-122 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers while the Nuggets are looking for their third straight victory.

The Toronto Raptors and the Denver Nuggets have battled each other a grand total of 45 times in the past as the Raptors won 18 games while the Nuggets went on to win 27 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 3 when the Nuggets pulled out with a 106 to 103 victory.  During that game, Nikola Jokic scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished off 15 assists, and committed 2 steals while Kawhi Leonard had 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Kyle Lowry (back; 14.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 10.0 APG, 43.6 FG%, 33.0 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Norman Powell (shoulder; 5.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 47.6 FG%, 40.9 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
-Pascal Siakam (back; 14.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.7 APG, 60.4 FG%, 36.7 3P%, 78.4 FT%)
-Jonas Valanciunas (thumb; 12.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 57.5 FG%, 30.0 3P%, 81.9 FT%)
-Jordan Loyd (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Fred VanVleet (back; 9.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.5 APG, 42.5 FG%, 36.7 3P%, 76.9 FT%)

Denver Nuggets:

-Will Barton (hip/core; 16.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 57.1 FG%, 55.6 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Gary Harris (hip; 16.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 43.8 FG%, 32.4 3P%, 79.1 FT%)
-Paul Millsap (foot; 13.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 49.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%, 72.7 FT%)
-Michael Porter (back)
-Isaiah Thomas (hip)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (foot)
-Brandon Goodwin (coach’s decision)
-Tyler Lydon (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Thomas Welsh (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Toronto Raptors would have the slight upper hand during the first half as they connected for 47 percent of their shots while the Denver Nuggets completed 35 percent.  Kawhi Leonard scored ten points in the beginning half while grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing off two assists.  Serge Ibaka also had ten points as he earned three of them from beyond the arc in the second quarter.  New York-native Danny Green chipped in with 7 points while Delon Wright had eight points.  OG Anunoby played nine minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer early in the second period.

On the other end of the floor, Nikola Jokic chalked up ten points of his own while shooting 40 percent from the field.  Jamal Murray, who is averaging 18 points a game this season, was limited to just a trey in the first quarter.  Mason Plumlee would score six points while Juancho Hernangomez was held scoreless.  Monte Morris played the most minutes off the bench but only dropped five points while the visiting team went into halftime with a 47-39 advantage.

The Colorado team would enter the second half with the mindset of completing a comeback, sparking up a 56 to 39 run.  During that run, Murray made up for his poor first-half performance, lighting the floor up with 16 points, knocking down two treys in the process.  He would finish the contest with a total of nineteen points.  Jokic also had 16 points as he collected six rebounds and gave out two assists.

Torrey Craig earned himself eight points while hitting two three-pointers in the third quarter.  Hernangomez would continue to struggle in the game as he only scored two points, all coming from the free-throw line.  Monte Morris played 22 minutes off the bench as he had seven points, including a three-pointer in the third.

As for the Canada team, Leonard stayed hot as he dropped nineteen more points, hitting a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Wright helped out with seven points but it wouldn’t matter as the Denver Nuggets come back from an eight-point deficit to win the game, 95-86.  Nikola Jokic finished the game with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while Kawhi Leonard had 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will host Victor Oladipo (20.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 5.0 APG, 43.4 FG%, 33.6 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (19-10) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This game will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.  The Raptors would win the regular-season series last season, 3-1.

The Denver Nuggets will host Harrison Barnes (17.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.4 3P%) and the Dallas Mavericks (15-12) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the first of three meetings between these ball clubs during this season.  Last season, both the Nuggets and Mavericks tied the regular-season series up at 2 apiece.