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The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics would meet for the first time this season, which marked the first of two games that these teams would play against each other.  The Celtics have lost the last eleven matchups to the Spurs but things would be different as the Boston team will have Kyrie Irving.  The Spurs were without Darrun Hilliard, Joffrey Lauvergne (ankle), Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Tony Parker (quadriceps), Matt Costello (coach’s decision), and Manu Ginobili (rest).  The Celtics would be without Kadeem Allen, Jabari Bird, and Marcus Morris (knee).  The Celtics looked to extend their winning streak to five as they hosted the Spurs at the TD Garden.

The Boston Celtics would start the game off impressively as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first quarter as the Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jaylen Brown would chalk up nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also gobbled up three defensive rebounds and dished off one assist.  Kyrie Irving also scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  He dished off two assists, as well, while Al Horford recorded four defensive records and three assists to go along with the six points he put up.

On the other end of the court, Texas-native LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played.  He also pulled down two defensive rebounds as Rudy Gay came off of the bench to chalk up four points with two of them coming from the free-throw line.  Pau Gasol was limited to just a three-pointer as well as Danny Green.  Brandon Paul would come off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer and grab two defensive rebounds but it was the Celtics who ended the first quarter with a 30 to 26 lead.

The Celtics would continue to own the show as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the second quarter, holding the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Former Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving would continue to impress as he drops seven more points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He also managed to grab one defensive rebound and dish off three assists as Marcus Smart collected six points and two defensive rebounds.  Horford and Jayson Tatum would earn three defensive rebounds while rookie Daniel Theis recorded three offensive rebounds.

As for the Texas team, Bryn Forbes came off of the bench to drop two three-pointers while collecting two defensive rebounds.  Gay only scored five points while Danny Green played ten minutes and was held to just a three-pointer.  Patty Mills came off of the bench to put in a three-pointer while Aldridge scored two points and grabbed two offensive rebounds.  Kyle Anderson was held scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he would collect two offensive rebounds as the Celtics headed into halftime with a 54-49 advantage.

The home team would go on a 26 to 18 run in the third period as they shot forty-three percent from the field while the San Antonio team shot thirty-three percent.  Kyrie Irving would continue to contribute as he chalks up eight more points with six coming from behind the arc.  Brown would play for the entire quarter as he put up seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the charity stripe.  Aron Baynes ended up with four points in the period as Al Horford collected two points, two offensive rebounds, and three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul collected six points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Gay would put up five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process as Gasol would be limited to just three points.  Gasol did, however, grab three defensive rebounds while Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills were held to two points each.  Anderson was kept scoreless as he pulled down two defensive rebounds but it was still the Massachusetts team that went into the fourth quarter with a huge 80 to 67 lead.

The Boston Celtics would close things out in the last period as they shot fifty percent from the field while the San Antonio Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jayson Tatum would connect for two three-pointers while he grabbed down two defensive rebounds.  Horford ended up with four points while Terry Rozier got hot for ten points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  Marcus Smart was held scoreless but did manage to dish off five assists.

Brandon Paul would continue to contribute to the Spurs scoring as he puts nine additional points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He took three of those points from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Kyle Anderson would make up for last quarter as he posts up five points including one three-pointer.  Pau Gasol would be limited to three points but would grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Davis Bertans came off the bench to earn three points, two rebounds, and three assists but it was the Boston Celtics who easily pull out a 108 to 94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.  Kyrie Irving would finish the game with twenty-four points, two rebounds, six assists, and three steals.  Brandon Paul finished with eighteen points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

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The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

Last night’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves would mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other.  The Heat was trying to avoid a third straight loss as they try to recover from the loss they took in the hands of the Boston Celtics.  The Minnesota team, on the other hand, are trying to get a winning streak going as they come fresh off a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Timberwolves were without Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision) for this game, along with Aaron Brooks (coach’s decision), Marcus Georges-Hunt (coach’s decision), Anthony Brown, and Justin Patton (toe).  The Heat would play without Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision), Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision), A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton, Rodney McGruder (leg), and Hassan Whiteside (knee).  Both teams would try to battle hard as the Heat hosted the Timberwolves at the American Airlines Arena.

The Miami Heat would end up shooting fifty-eight from the field in the first quarter while holding the Timberwolves to forty-one percent. Goran Dragic heated up for ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds as former Thunder guard Dion Waiters scored six points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and one assist that he recorded.

Josh Richardson was limited to just forty percent shooting from the field as he earned five points with three coming from beyond the arc. Bam Adebayo only dropped three points but he did manage to grab three offensive rebounds and one rebound. James Johnson was held to just two free-throws but would collect five defensive rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up seven points which would include one three-pointer. He also pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. Jeff Teague played for ten minutes in the quarter as he scored seven points, collecting three of them from behind the arc. He would also record two defensive rebounds and two assists while Nemanja Bjelica came off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer. Andrew Wiggins was held to two points in the twelve minutes that he played as the Heat walked into the second quarter with a 32-23 advantage.

The Timberwolves would have something to say about that in the second quarter as they shot sixty-four percent from the field while the Florida team shot fifty-nine percent. Wiggins would make up for last quarter as he starts to warm up for seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He ended up knocking down a three-pointer in the process while Towns also shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.

Towns collected five points in the eight minutes that he played while pulling down one offensive and two defensive rebounds. Jimmy Butler played for seven minutes as he chalked up five points along with one rebound and one assist. Teague was held to just two points but did manage to get off three assists.

On the other end of the court, Kelly Olynyk would come off of the bench to drop nine points which included one three-pointer. He also was able to pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists. Dragic shot sixty-seven percent from the field but was only held to six points, three from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.

Justise Winslow shot a perfect one-hundred from the field as he scores six points while collecting two defensive rebounds. Dion Waiters ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was held to only four points. Adebayo would settle for two points and three offensive rebounds as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a close 62-60 lead.

During the third quarter, the Heat ended up shooting forty-four percent from the field as the Timberwolves were held to twenty-nine percent.  Bam Adebayo shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scored seven points and collected two rebounds.  Okaro White would come off of the bench to put up five points as he shot one-hundred percent from the field.  Three of those points came from beyond the arc as Tyler Johnson was limited to four points, two coming from the charity stripe.

On the other end of the court, Taj Gibson warmed up with seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also collected two defensive rebounds while Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up five points, three of which came from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Andrew Wiggins shot only twenty percent while collecting four points and four rebounds but it was the home team who ended the third with an 82-79 lead.

The last quarter would be held closely as the Miami Heat shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota Timberwolves shot forty-one percent.  Dion Waiters would continue to impress as he posts up fourteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  Kelly Olynyk ended up shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning nine points in return.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process of grabbing one defensive rebound.  Winslow would gather up two defensive rebounds and two points while Adebayo took a free-throw and three rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to drop eight points, earning three of them from behind the three-point line.  Jeff Teague chalked up seven points with three of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins collected six points on fifty percent shooting from the field while Butler would be held to just four free-throws.  Towns was held scoreless but he did manage to gobble up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.

With only thirty seconds left in the game, the score would be 110 to 106 in the Timberwolves’ favor.  Dion Waiters would go to the line off of a foul by Jimmy Butler and nail two free-throws to make the score 110 to 108.  With three seconds left in the game, Waiters would make a driving layup to tie the game up at 110, forcing overtime.

The overtime period would be held closely as the Timberwolves shot fifty-seven percent while the Heat shot fifty percent.  Waiters ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field but was able to score seven points in return.  He committed one steal while Olynyk knocked down one three-pointer.  Goran Dragic was held scoreless but did pull down two rebounds.

The Timberwolves would finish things off in overtime, though, as Teague recorded seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins would be held to just three free-throws while Towns knocked down one three-pointer.  Butler was limited to just two points as the Minnesota team pull away with a 125 to 122 win.  Jeff Teague finished the game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, eleven assists, and six steals (tying his career-high).  Dion Waiter would finish with thirty-three points (tying his career-high), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Los Angeles Clippers would seek their third straight win as they hosted the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center, who were looking for their second straight win.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two teams.  The Clippers and Jazz met up in the first round of the playoffs last season as the Jazz defeated the California team, 4-3.  The Clippers, who are now without Chris Paul, would seek revenge last night.

The Utah Jazz shot forty-three percent from the field in the first quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers shot forty percent.  Ricky Rubio would score eight points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds while Joe Ingles connected for a three-pointer.  Alec Burks came off the Utah bench to hit a three-pointer as well but he also pulled down two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Patrick Beverley would also earn eight points with six of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Blake Griffin would contribute with seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Danilo Gallinari ended up with four points and two rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 20 lead.

The Utah team would go on a 21 to 15 run in the second period as they shot thirty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to thirty-five percent.  2009-2010 All-Defensive Player Thabo Sefolosha would come off of the bench to drop points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer while doing so as well as collecting four defensive rebounds.  Joe Johnson would come off the bench to also shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points.  Rudy Gobert was limited to three points in the quarter while Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell were held to two points.

As for the Clippers, Gallinari would shoot only thirty-three percent from the field while collecting four points.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Austin Rivers would drill a three-pointer.  Blake Griffin ended up with two points in the seven minutes that he played while DeAndre Jordan received two points, two offensive rebounds, and five defensive rebounds.  Beverley would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to two points as the home team would go into halftime with a slight 42-41 lead.

The Clippers would respond in the third quarter with a huge 33 to 15 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to twenty-seven percent from the field.  Griffin would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up nine more points, along with five defensive rebounds.  Jordan would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn five points, which would go along with his four rebounds that he collected.  Lou Williams will come off of the bench to earn five points including one three-pointer.

For the Jazz, Gobert would collect nine more points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also pulled down three rebounds while Johnson would collect four more points.  Rubio and Favors would be held scoreless throughout this period while Sefolosha would collect four defensive rebounds off of the bench.  Rubio would manage to get off four assists as the Clippers walk into the last quarter with a huge 75 to 56 lead.

The Jazz would shoot sixty-three percent of the field in the last period while the Clippers shot fifty-nine percent from the field.  Mitchell would get hot for fifteen points on the Utah side, which would include three 3-pointers.  Raul Neto came off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as Derrick Favors shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.

The Clippers would finish things off, though, as Griffin drops five points which would include one three-pointer.  Rivers and Beverley would also collect five points each as they both shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  DeAndre Jordan would receive two points and two rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers easily pull away with a 102 to 84 win over the Utah Jazz.  Blake Griffin would finish the game with twenty-two points, nine rebounds, and six assists while Donovan Mitchell finished with nineteen points, two rebounds, and one assist.

76ers grabbed their first win of the season against the Pistons, 97-86

76ers grabbed their first win of the season against the Pistons, 97-86

The Philadelphia 76ers would look to avoid a 0-4 start to the season as they took on the 2-1 Detriot Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena.  During the first quarter of the game, the 76ers shot forty-one percent from the field while limiting the Pistons to thirty-eight percent.  Ben Simmons would heat up for ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also collected three rebounds and two assists to go along with it.  Joel Embiid ended up shooting seventy-five percent from the field as he dropped nine points which would include one three-pointer.  Robert Covington played for ten minutes as he was limited to only one three-pointer while Amir Johnson would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer and pull down five rebounds.

As for the home team, Andre Drummond would score seven points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  He also went up to grab three offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds to add to his stat sheet.  Former Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Tobias Harris would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field as he dropped five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Avery Bradley also connected for one three-pointer as the 76ers ended the first quarter with a 31 to 22 lead.

The 76ers shot fifty percent from the field in the second quarter as the Michigan team would shoot forty-three percent from the field.  Dario Saric came off the 76ers’ bench to put up seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Embiid would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he chalked up six points, along with three defensive rebounds.  Jerryd Bayless ended up connecting for two three-pointers as Simmons would record three more points, along with three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Reggie Jackson would come alive as he chalked up seven points and four defensive rebounds while shooting fifty percent.  Langston Galloway came off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Ish Smith would also come off of the bench but he would drop four points as the Philadelphia 76ers went into halftime with a 56-43 advantage.

The Detriot Pistons would respond with a 24 to 19 run in the third period as they shot thirty-seven percent from the field.  Drummond ended up scoring seven more points as he pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds in the eleven minutes he played.  New-guard Avery Bradley would shoot fifty percent from the field but only recorded four points as Harris recorded two points and two defensive rebounds.

The 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent from the field as a team while Joel Embiid shot a perfect one-hundred percent.  Embiid chalked up eight points in the third quarter while Ben Simmons recorded six points, five rebounds, and three assists.  Covington would play for eight minutes as he knocked down a three-pointer and one free-throw.  He also managed to pull down two offensive rebounds as the visiting team closed the third quarter with a 75 to 67 lead.

The Philadelphia team would finish things off in the last quarter as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, limiting the Pistons to thirty-five percent.  Joel Embiid continued to impress as he chalked up seven more additional points, along with three defensive rebounds.  J.J. Redick would only be limited to two points in the eleven minutes that he played while T.J. McConnell came off the 76ers’ bench to drill a three-pointer.  Simmons recorded two more points, as well as one more rebound and two more assists.

On the other end of the court, Missouri-native Anthony Tolliver would come off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  Bradley ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was limited to only four points while Andre Drummond collected two more rebounds but it was the Philadelphia 76ers who escaped with a 97 to 86 win over the Detriot Pistons, giving them their first win of the season.  Joel Embiid finished with thirty points and nine rebounds while Ben Simmons ended his first triple-double of his career.  Simmons scored twenty-one points, pulled down twelve rebounds and dished off ten assists.  Reggie Jackson ended up with sixteen points, six rebounds, and seven assists.

The Spurs hand the Bulls their second straight loss, 87-77

The Spurs hand the Bulls their second straight loss, 87-77

The San Antonio Spurs are coming fresh off a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves as they visited Illinois to take on the Chicago Bulls, who are hoping to avoid a 0-2 start in the season.  The Spurs are currently without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker while the Bulls are without Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis.  This matchup would mark the first of two games that these two teams will play against each other.

The first quarter would be held closely as the Bulls shot thirty-eight percent from the field while the Spurs would shoot thirty-two percent from the field.  LaMarcus Aldridge ended up scoring eight points as he shot forty-three percent from the field.  He would jump up to grab two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as Pau Gasol would be limited to four points.  Patty Mills chalked up two points as he crashed the boards for two rebounds.

As for the Chicago team, Robin Lopez would also record eight points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also gather up two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds to add to his game.  Former Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Justin Holiday also collect eight points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  Paul Zipser would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds as the Bulls ended the first quarter with a 21 to 19 lead.

The San Antonio Spurs would shoot fifty percent from the field, limiting the Chicago Bulls to only thirty-seven percent.  New York-native Rudy Gay would come off of the Spurs bench to put up six points while collecting two defensive rebounds.  Former Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward LaMarcus Aldridge would put up four points while pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Pau Gasol ended up scoring three points while gobbling up three defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.

On the other end of the court, rookie power forward Lauri Markkanen would shoot thirty-three percent from the field while putting up five points.  He would also grab five defensive rebounds while knocking down a three-pointer.  Paul Zipser would be limited to only three points, which he would earn from the beyond the arc while Denzel Valentine played nine minutes only to score two points.  Jerian Grant was only limited to two points as the visiting team would walk into halftime with a slight 41-38 advantage.

During the third period, the Bulls would shoot forty percent from the field while the Spurs ended up shooting thirty-seven percent from the field.  Aldridge would start to heat up for twelve points as he shot fifty-five percent from the field.  He would gobble up two offensive rebounds while Gasol would grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Danny Green would connect for a three-pointer as Dejounte Murray would collect two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.

As for the Chicago team, Lopez would shoot seventy-five percent from the field while collecting seven points, three coming from behind the arc.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Grant would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself four points.  Justin Holiday would be limited to shooting fourteen percent from the field while earning two points.  Valentine would also score two points but would grab two defensive rebounds but it was the visiting team who went into the fourth quarter with a 65 to 55 lead.

The San Antonio team would shoot forty-six percent from the field as the Illinois team shot thirty-five percent from the field.  LaMarcus Aldridge ended up scoring four more points with two coming from the free-throw line.  Danny Green, Dejounte Murray, and Joffrey Lauvergne would each score four points Murray and Lauvergne would collect two defensive rebounds each.

On the other end of the floor, Markkanen would add five more points to his scoring total with three of them coming from the three-point line.  He would also collect three defensive rebounds while shooting forty percent from the field.  Holiday would connect for a three-pointer and two free-throws to give himself five points while Jerian Grant would be limited to only twenty-nine percent shooting from the field in the ten minutes he played.  California-native David Nwaba would score five points with three coming from the charity but he did manage to grab four defensive rebounds which wouldn’t be enough as the San Antonio Spurs pull away with an 87 to 77 win over the Chicago Bulls.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with twenty-eight points, ten rebounds, and three assists while Robin Lopez would finish with sixteen points, seven rebounds, and three assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, completing a 4-0 sweep in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, completing a 4-0 sweep in series

Last night marked the fourth game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game was a win for the Warriors as they barely escape with a 113-111 victory.  In that game, Stephen Curry scored forty points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge would settle for twenty-eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.  The Warriors would hand the Spurs a 136 to 100 blowout loss in Game 2.  Stephen Curry would put up twenty-nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.  Jonathon Simmons would chalk up twenty-two points, three rebounds and three assists.  The Oakland team would win the last game as they pull away with a 120-108 win.  During that meeting, Kevin Durant scored thirty-three points, grabbed ten rebounds and threw out four assists.  Manu Ginobili would put up twenty-one points, one rebound and two assists.  The Golden State Warriors looked to complete a series sweep last night in the AT&T Center.

The game would start off right for the California team as they shoot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Spurs to twenty-nine percent.  Four-time All-Star, Stephen Curry, would get hot for thirteen points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds as Kevin Durant would shoot seventy-five percent from the field.  Durant would score eight points while knocking down a three-pointer and gobbling up five defensive rebounds in the process of doing so.  Draymond Green would also grab five defensive rebounds while scoring five points.  He would also nail a three-pointer while shooting fifty percent from the field.  On the other end of the court, Manu Ginobili would chalk up four points as he shot thirty-three percent from the field.  New York-native, Kyle Anderson, would come off the bench to put up four points but it was the Warriors who end the first quarter with a 31 to 19 lead.

In the second quarter, Durant would throw up ten more additional points as he shoots eighty percent from the field.  Green would score six points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also dish off four assists while Stephen Curry would be limited to five points which would include one three-pointer.  Ian Clark would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain five points.  He would gather three of those points from beyond the arc.  As for the Spurs team, Danny Green would drop six points which would contain one three-pointer.  Patty Mills would also earn six points by knocking down two three-pointers.  Kyle Anderson and Pau Gasol would both come off the bench to score six points each for themselves but it was the Warriors would walk into halftime with a 65-51 advantage.

The Golden State team would come out of the locker room to spark up a 31 to 27 run.  During that run, Curry would drop ten points which would include two three-pointers.  Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would contribute with seven points as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would drill one three-pointer as he gobbles up six rebounds.  Draymond Green would knock down one three-pointer and two free-throws to earn himself five points while Klay Thompson would score five points.  He would hit a three-pointer while Jonathon Simmons would try to get his Spurs team in it.  Simmons would shoot thirty-eight percent from the field to collect nine points, which would contain one three-pointer.  He would grab three rebounds as Bryn Forbes would come off the bench to receive six points.  LaMarcus Aldridge would drop four points as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field but it was the Warriors who end the third period with a commanding 96-78 lead.

The Spurs would attempt to come back as they go on a 37 to 33 run in the last quarter.  Ginobili would put up nine points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down one three-pointer in the process of doing so while giving out two assists.  Six-time All-Star, Pau Gasol, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself eight points.  Anderson would also come off the bench to drop seven points, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  On the other end of the court, Curry would chalk up eight points which include one three-pointer.  Ian Clark would come off the bench to put up seven points, hitting a three-pointer while doing so.  Durant would only to be limited to one field and two free-throws as the Warriors pull away with a 129-115 win, completing the series sweep and advancing to the NBA Finals for a third straight time.  Stephen Curry would finish with thirty-six points, five rebounds and six assists.  Kyle Anderson finished with twenty points (his new career-high), six rebounds and two assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, taking a 3-0 lead in the series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, taking a 3-0 lead in the series

Last night marked the third game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game was a close win for the Warriors as they pull away with a 113-111 victory.  In that game, Stephen Curry scored forty points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge would settle for twenty-eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.  Game 2 would also be a victory for the Oakland team as they hand the Spurs a 136 to 100 blowout loss.  Stephen Curry finished with twenty-nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.  Jonathon Simmons would end up with twenty-two points, three rebounds and three assists.  The Golden State Warriors looked to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series as they faced the Spurs last night in the AT&T Center.

The game would start off right for the home team as they shoot sixty-two percent from the field as a team, limiting the Warriors to fifty-five percent.  Two-time All-Star, Manu Ginobili, would come off the bench to put up seven points as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would knock down one three-pointer in the process while Patty Mills throws up seven points, as well.  Mills would collect three of those points from beyond the arc while shooting fifty percent from the field.  LaMarcus Aldridge and bench player, David Lee, would each put up four points as they both shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Kyle Anderson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only receive two points as a reward.  He would grab three defensive rebounds while Danny Green puts up two points and four defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the court, JaVale McGee would get hot for eleven points, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Kevin Durant would contribute with six points and three defensive rebounds.  Stephen Curry would knock down two three-pointers but it was the Spurs who end the first quarter with a 33-29 lead.

The Warriors would respond with a 35 to 22 run in the second quarter as they shoot sixty-five percent from the field as team, limiting the Spurs to thirty-nine percent.  2013-2014 MVP, Kevin Durant, would chalk up eight points while collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also pull down three defensive rebounds while Klay Thompson would also score eight points.  Thompson would knock down two three-pointers and grab two defensive rebounds in the process.  Draymond Green would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with seven points.  He would also record two rebounds and three assists to add to his stat sheet total.  McGee would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points.  Stephen Curry would play for eleven minutes, only to be held to four points.  As for the San Antonio team, Jonathon Simmons would put up six points as he shoots thirty-eight percent from the field.  Ginobili would also collect six points as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would knock down one three-pointer while doing so but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 64-55 advantage.

Durant would come out of the locker room, hot, as he lights the floor up with nineteen points.  He would shoot eighty-three percent from the field while knocking down two three-pointers, as well.  Curry would contribute with eight points as he shoots sixty percent from the field.  Rookie Patrick McCaw would come off the bench to chalk up four points as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Thompson would only be limited to one three-pointer and two defensive rebounds.  Green would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only score two points.  As for the Spurs, Aldridge would drop nine points which would include one three-pointer.  Manu Ginobili would continue to add to his scoring total as he puts up eight points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Simmons would contribute with four points but it was the Warriors who end the third period with a 100-88 lead.

The Warriors looked to finish things off in the last quarter while the Spurs attempted to come back.  Ian Clark would come off the Warriors bench to drop five points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would pull down two rebounds while Thompson earned himself four points.  Curry would only to be limited to one three-pointer while David West pulls down two defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the floor, Dewayne Dedmon would come off the bench to throw up seven points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would gobble up four rebounds while Pau Gasol would come off the bench to score four points.  Aldridge would only be limited to three points as the Golden State Warriors pull away with a 120-108 win against the San Antonio Spurs, taking a 3-0 lead in the series.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, ten rebounds and four assists.  Manu Ginobili would finish with twenty-one points, one rebound and two assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, taking 2-0 lead in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, taking 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked the second game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Golden State Warriors as they escape with a 113-111 win.  Stephen Curry scored forty points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.  The Golden State Warriors looked to take a 2-0 lead in the series last night in the Oracle Arena.

The game would start off right for the Golden State Warriors as they shoot sixty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Spurs to twenty-three percent.  Two-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, would get hot as he earns himself fifteen points and three defensive rebounds. He would collect twelve of those points from behind the arc and the other three from the free-throw line.  Draymond Green would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points as he crashed the boards for four defensive rebounds.  He would also give out three assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Zaza Pachulia would shoot fifty percent from the field to collect four points while Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson would be limited to two points.  Bench player, JaVale McGee, would also be held to two points but he would jump up to grab two defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Kawhi’s Leonard’s replacement, Jonathon Simmons, would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field to give himself eight points.  Pau Gasol would only drop two points but would crash the boards to gobble up four rebounds.  Bench players Dewayne Dedmon, Manu Ginobili and David Lee would each be limited to two points in the first quarter.  LaMarcus Aldridge would be held scoreless as the home team ends the first quarter with a commanding 33-16 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Warriors go on a 39 to 28 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Kevin Durant would start to come alive as he drops nine points, collecting three of them from behind the arc.  He would also add two defensive rebounds to his stat sheet total as he shoots eighty percent from the field.  Bench player, Patrick McCaw, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with six points.  He would drill a three-pointer in the process of collecting those six points.  Former Pacers player, David West, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field himself.  He would also collect six points, along with two assists to go with it.  Curry would be limited to one three-pointer and a free-throw as he ends the quarter with four points.  Klay Thompson would only hit a three-pointer to give himself three points in the period.  As for the San Antonio team, Simmons would continue to work as he drops nine points which would hold one three-pointer.  He would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he collects one offensive rebound and two assists to go along with it.  Kyle Anderson would come off the bench to earn four points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Bench player, Bryn Forbes, would knock down a three-pointer to give himself three points.  Danny Green and Patty Mills would each be limited to a three-pointer as Aldridge would only score two points in the twelve minutes that he played.  Dedmon would come off the bench to score two points, along with three rebounds but it was the Warriors who walk into halftime with a large 72-44 lead.

The Warriors would come out of the locker room to shoot forty-six percent from the field as a team while the Spurs would shoot thirty-three percent.  Curry would put on another scoring display as he shoots sixty percent from the field, giving himself ten points which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also earn three defensive rebounds and four assists to put towards his stat sheet total.  McCaw would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, gaining five points as a reward.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process while Green and Durant would each score five points, as well.  Draymond Green would shoot thirty-three percent from the field as he gobbles up four defensive rebounds while Durant would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field.  Draymond would collect two points from the field and the other three from the free-throw line.  Durant would knock down a three-pointer and collect the other two points from the charity stripe.  McGee would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain four points while Thompson would be limited to only one three-pointer.  As for the Texas team, Aldridge would start to come alive as he drops six games while pulling down two rebounds.  Former Warriors player, Dewayne Dedmon, would shoot forty percent from the field to earn himself five points as he pulls down six rebounds.  Gasol would chalk up five points, three of them coming from the free-throw line but it was the Warriors who walk into the last period with a 106 to 75 advantage.

The California team would finish things off in the fourth quarter as the bench starts to come alive.  Virginia-native, James Michael McAdoo, would put up nine points which contained one three-pointer.  He would shoot sixty percent from the field as he crashes the boards for five rebounds to put towards his stat sheet total.  McCaw would contribute with seven points as he shoots fifty percent from the field.  He would nail one three-pointer in the process as he dishes off two assists.  Former Jazz player, Ian Clark, would play for the entire quarter as he puts up five points, knocking down a shot from beyond the arc in the process.  Shaun Livingston would play for three minutes as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, receiving four points as a reward.  On the other end of the court, the Spurs bench would do some work, as well.  Davis Bertans would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain himself eleven points.  He would earn nine of them from behind the three-point line as he pulls down four rebounds.  Former Heat player, Joel Anthony, would score six points as he grabs three rebounds.  Dejounte Murray would earn four points as he grabs two rebounds and throws out two assists.  Kyle Anderson would shoot twenty-five percent from the field as he receives two points but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 136-100, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Stephen Curry would finish with twenty-nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.  Jonathon Simmons finished with twenty-two points (his new career-high), three rebounds and three assists.

The Golden State Warriors come back to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, starting the series with a 1-0 lead

The Golden State Warriors come back to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, starting the series with a 1-0 lead

Today marked the first game between the one-seed Golden State Warriors and the two-seed San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The last time these two teams met up in the postseason was during the 2013 Playoffs, where the Spurs eliminated the Warriors, 4-2, but the Warriors would look to get revenge starting today.  Earlier in these playoffs, Golden State defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, 4-0, and defeated the Utah Jazz in the Semifinals, 4-0.  San Antonio defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round, 4-2, and defeated the Houston Rockets in the Semifinals, 4-2.  Each team looked to start the series off right today in the Oracle Arena.

The game would start off right for the Spurs as they shoot sixty-two percent from the field as a team, limiting the Warriors to twenty-nine percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge would get hot for eleven points, along with three defensive rebounds and three assists.  Former Grizzlies player, Pau Gasol, would contribute with five points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points, as well.  Simmons would collect three of those points from behind the three-point line.  Kawhi Leonard would be limited to only four points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds to put towards his stat sheet total.  On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant would chalk up five points as he shot forty percent from the field.  Stephen Curry would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to four points.  He would crash the boards for two defensive rebounds, though, as Draymond Green shoots fifty percent from the field to gather up only two points.  Andre Iguodala would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with two points as the Spurs end the first quarter with a huge 30-16 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the home team as the Spurs spark a 32 to 26 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Kawhi Leonard would light the floor up with fourteen points as he shot forty-four percent from the field.  He would jump up to pull down five rebounds as bench player, Manu Ginobili, would drop nine points.  He would shoot seventy-five percent the field, knocking down one three-pointer in the process.  Aldridge would shoot fifty percent from the field as he scores six points and one defensive rebound.  Tony Parker replacement, Patty Mills, would play for eleven minutes just to be held scoreless as Danny Green knocks down a three-pointer.  As for the Oakland team, Curry would start to come alive as he throws up ten points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Former Thunder star, Kevin Durant, would contribute with nine points and two rebounds.  Zaza Pachulia would receive four points, with two of them coming from the charity stripe.  Draymond Green would be held scoreless but would manage to grab one offensive rebound and dish off two assists as the Texas team goes into halftime with a commanding 62-42 lead.

The Golden State Warriors would look to come back as they go on a 39-28 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Stephen Curry would get extremely hot as he drops nineteen points, shooting seventy percent from the field.  Curry would earn twelve of those points from beyond the arc as he grabs four rebounds and gives out three assists.  Durant would put up eight more points to add to his scoring total while shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  Pachulia would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, gaining seven points as a reward.  He would also grab four rebounds as Klay Thompson would be limited to one three-pointer.  Kawhi Leonard would try to keep his Spurs team in it as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would chalk up eight points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other five coming from the free-throw line.  Aldridge would throw up five points as he knocks down a three-pointer in the process.  Patty Mills would be held scoreless throughout this quarter but it was still the Spurs ahead at the end of the third period, 90 to 81.

The Warriors would continue to crawl back as they go on a 32-21 run in the last quarter, shooting sixty-five percent from the field as a team, limiting the Spurs to thirty-three percent.  Kevin Durant would go off as he drops twelve points, shooting eighty-three percent from the field.  He would nail two three-pointers in the process while grabbing one defensive rebound and throwing out one assist.  Curry would contribute with seven points, knocking down one three-pointer while doing so.  Draymond Green would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, gaining five points in the process.  Bench players Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, as well.  Livingston would be rewarded with four points while Clark would only knock down a three-pointer, giving himself three points.  Three-time All Star, Klay Thompson, would play for the entire quarter but would be held scoreless.  He would manage to pull down three defensive rebounds, along with dishing off two assists, though.  On the other end of the court, Aldridge would chalk up six points, shooting only twenty-two percent from the field.  He would be able to grab three rebounds to add to his stat sheet total, though.

With only a minute left in the game, the Warriors would happen to have a 109-106 lead against the Spurs.  Curry would drive in the lane to complete a lay up, giving his Warriors team a five point lead.  Out of a San Antonio Spurs timeout, Manu Ginobili would make a driving dunk to bring his team within four points.  After the dunk, Klay Thompson would turnover the ball as Mills steals it from it, drawing a foul from Thompson.  Mills would head to the free-throw line to knock down both of his foul shots.  With nine seconds left in the game, Curry would drive down to the court and successfully connect for a thirteen-foot jump shot, giving his team a three-point lead.  Thompson would end up fouling Mills again as he heads to the charity stripe to shoot two free-throws.  Mills would make one foul shot and intentionally miss the second one but time would expire as the Golden State Warriors come back to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 113-111, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Stephen Curry would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and three assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.

The San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a blowout loss, winning series 4-2

The San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a blowout loss, winning series 4-2

Last night marked the sixth game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Houston Rockets as they hand the Spurs a 126 to 99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza finished with twenty-three points, four rebounds and two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would score twenty-one points, pull down eleven rebounds and dish off six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in the second game as they hand the Rockets a blowout of their own, 121-96.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Spurs would also go on to win Game 3, pulling away with a 103 to 92 score.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up twenty-six points, six rebounds and two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would also put up twenty-six points, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden ended up with forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  The Rockets would come back as they defeat the Spurs in Game 4, 125-104.  James Harden scored twenty-eight points, pulled down five rebounds and threw out twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would finish with seventeen points, four rebounds and one assist.  The San Antonio Spurs would pull away in the last game with an overtime win, 110 to 107.  Kawhi Leonard would put up twenty-two points, fifteen rebounds and four assists.  James Harden would settle for thirty-three points, ten rebounds and ten assists.  The Houston Rockets looked to survive another game as they faced the Spurs last night in the Toyota Center.

The game would start off right for the visiting team as the Spurs shot fifty-four percent from the field as a team, limiting the Rockets to forty-four percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up ten points as he crashed the boards for three defensive rebounds.  Jonathon Simmons would contribute with seven points, three of them coming from beyond the arc.  Danny Green and Pau Gasol would each be limited to four points as both of them shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  As for the Rockets, Clint Capela would chalk up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Sam Dekker would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers, giving him six points.  James Harden would play for ten minutes, only to be held at two points as the Spurs end the first quarter with a 31 to 24 lead.  Things would not get any easier for the home team as the San Antonio team would spark a huge 30-18 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Patty Mills would throw up eight points which would include two three-pointers.  Both Aldridge and Simmons would drop six points as Aldridge would gather up four rebounds to go along with his performance.  Gasol would collect only two points in the quarter but he would jump up to grab three defensive rebounds.  Trevor Ariza would try to bring his Rockets team back in it as he scores six points, all coming from behind the arc.  Capela would shoot fifty percent from the field while collecting four points, along with four rebounds.  Harden would be held to only a three-pointer as the Spurs walk into halftime with a commanding 61-42 advantage.

LaMarcus Aldridge would come out of the locker room to go off for twelve points while collecting four rebounds.  Pau Gasol and bench player, Dejounte Murray, would each shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as both would earn four points in return.  On the other end of the court, Ariza would collect eight more points to add to his scoring total.  He would earn six of those from beyond the arc while collecting the other two from the free-throw line.  James Harden would try to heat up as he knocks down one three-pointer and two free throws.  Former 76ers player, Lou Williams, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.  Patrick Beverley would be held scoreless throughout the quarter as the Spurs walk into the fourth period with a 87-64 lead.  The San Antonio Spurs would close things out in the last twelve minutes as they shoot forty-eight percent from the field as a team, limiting the home team to only fifteen percent.  Rookie Dejounte Murray would gather up seven more points as he shot sixty percent from the field.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds.  Former Trail Blazers player, LaMarcus Aldridge, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he gets rewarded with six points.  As for the Houston team, Eric Gordon would knock down a three-pointer, as well as bench player, Bobby Brown.  James Harden would be held scoreless in the fourth quarter as the San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a 114-75 blowout loss, winning the series, 4-2.  LaMarcus Aldridge would finish with thirty-four points, twelve rebounds and one assist.  Trevor Ariza finished with twenty points, five rebounds and one assist.