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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.

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The Spurs are able to hold off the Jazz, 110-97

The Spurs are able to hold off the Jazz, 110-97

The San Antonio Spurs are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 21 years.  The last time they failed to make a postseason appearance was back during the 1996-1997 season, a season before they drafted Tim Duncan.  Since then, they have won five championships, the most recent one against the Miami Heat in the 2014 Playoffs.  Right now, they sit at the 13th seed in the Western Conference with a 12-14 record, hoping to grab a second straight win over the Utah Jazz at home.

The Jazz, on the other hand, are trying to make the playoffs for a third straight time, losing the last two in the Western Conference Semifinals; one against the Golden State Warriors and one against the Houston Rockets.  The Utah Jazz will hope to win for a third straight time.

The San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz have battled each other a grand total of 210 times in the past as the Jazz won 94 games while the Spurs went on to win 116 games.  This meeting will mark the second of three matchups between these two ball clubs.  The last time they saw each other was on December 4 when the Jazz blew the Spurs out of the building, 139-105.  Donovan Mitchell finished that game with 20 points, one rebound, 2 assists, and 2 steals while Jakob Poeltl had 20 points, 7 rebound, one assist, and one block.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-Dante Cunningham (abdomen; 4.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 44.7 FG%, 44.2 3P%, 90.0 FT%)
-Pau Gasol (foot; 6.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 51.2 FG%, 57.1 3P%, 72.2 FT%)
-Dejounte Murray (knee)
-Davis Bertans (personal; 7.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 48.0 FG%, 44.9 3P%, 93.3 FT%)
-Lonnie Walker (G-League)
-Ben Moore (G-League)

Utah Jazz:

-Tony Bradley (G-League)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Georges Niang (3.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.0 FG%, 38.2 3P%, 85.7 FT%)
-Tyler Cavanaugh (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The San Antonio Spurs would show dominance in the first half as they shot 50 percent from the field, limiting the Utah Jazz to 36 percent shooting.  DeMar DeRozan, who averaged 20 points a game in his first 9 years with the Raptors, got hot for 16 points in the first half of this contest.  He also had 5 defensive rebounds and 2 steals while LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in with 14 points on 78 percent shooting.  Aldridge used his 6’11” height to his advantage as he pulled down 5 boards and blocked 2 shots from going in.

Brooklyn-native Rudy Gay was kept to just three points in the half while Bryn Forbes was able to cough up four points.  Derrick White scored only two points in the 16 minutes that he played as he attempted just three shots.  Marco Belinelli, who averaged a career-high 14 points last season, played the most minutes off the bench as he scored 8 points, including two 3-pointers in the first.

On the other end of the court, the Jazz’s leading scorer this season, Donovan Mitchell, was kept completely scoreless in the 18 minutes that he played in the first half.  He did manage to grab 3 defensive rebounds while stealing the ball twice from his opponent.  Thabo Sefolosha came off the bench to carry the load as he had 9 points, shooting a perfect 100 percent from the field.  He also had a trey while Rudy Gobert helped out with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block.  Ricky Rubio also had seven points which held a three-pointer in the first period.  Royce O’Neale played 13 minutes off the bench as he had 5 points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a huge 54 to 36 lead.

Mitchell came out of the locker room hot as he lit the floor up with 27 points to make up for his poor performance in the first half.  He shot 53 percent from the field while hitting 3 three-pointers.  Rubio also scored more in this half as he had 19 points, finishing the game out with a total of 26 points.  Gobert added 5 more points to his scoring total while Derrick Favors had only two points, going scoreless in the first session.  O’Neale played the most minutes off the bench as he didn’t even attempt a shot.

As for the 5-time champions, Gay made up for his first-half performance as he had 20 points on 90 percent shooting.  He also had 10 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block while DeRozan saw to it that he got 12 points.  Forbes was able to get it going as he earned 11 points while LaMarcus Aldridge had just six points.  Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Patty Mills played 14 minutes off the bench as he had just a three-pointer but the Spurs were still able to hand the Jazz a 110-97 defeat.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Donovan Mitchell had 27 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will host Deandre Ayton (15.8 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 59.5 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the struggling Phoenix Suns (4-22) on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four times that these teams will battle each other during this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 14 when the Spurs fell to the Suns, 96-116.  During that game, T.J. Warren scored 27 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, gave out 2 assists, and committed 3 steals while DeMar DeRozan finished with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Utah Jazz will visit Oklahoma to take on Paul George (24.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 42.3 FG%, 35.2 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (16-8) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of four matchups between these teams this season.  Last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder won the regular-season series, 3-1, but ended up losing in the first round of those playoffs to the Jazz, 2-4.

The Denver Nuggets survive the Toronto Raptors, 106-103

The Denver Nuggets survive the Toronto Raptors, 106-103

The Toronto Raptors not only the hottest team in the East but they are also the best team in the league right now, grasping a 20-4 record.  The only teams they have fallen to were the Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, and Boston Celtics.  They will look grab their ninth straight victory as they host the Denver Nuggets.  If they do so, this will tie their all-time longest winning streak which they set last season.

The Denver Nuggets, on the other hand, are hoping to earn their sixth straight win, coming fresh off of a close 113-112 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Nuggets and the Raptors have seen each other a grand total of 44 times in the past as the Nuggets won 26 games while the Raptors were kept to just 18 games.  This game will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will face each other during this season.  Last season, these teams split the season series at one apiece.  Both teams will look to set the tone tonight.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Will Barton (hip/core; 16.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 57.1 FG%, 55.6 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Michael Porter (back)
-Isaiah Thomas (hip)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (foot)
-Brandon Goodwin (coach’s decision)
-Tyler Lydon (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 30.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Thomas Welsh (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 66.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

-Lorenzo Brown (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 37.8 FG%, 22.7 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Greg Monroe (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 51.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Malachi Richardson (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 27.8 FG%, 26.7 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Jordon Loyd (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Norman Powell (shoulder; 5.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 47.6 FG%, 40.9 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
-Chris Boucher (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 66.7 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Denver Nuggets would have complete control in the first half as they shot fifty percent from the field, limiting the home team to forty-three percent.  Nikola Jokic chalked up fourteen points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing off ten assists.  Jamal Murray helped out with twelve points as he was able to drill two three-pointers in the process.  Juan Hernangomez earned himself seven points which included a trey early in the first period.  Malik Beasley played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points including two three-pointers in the second quarter.

As for the Canada team, former San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard got hot for sixteen points on sixty percent shooting.  He also had four defensive rebounds and two assists while Pascal Siakam chipped in eight points.  Kyle Lowry, who is averaging fifteen points a game this season, was held scoreless in the eighteen minutes that he played.  Danny Green had a three-pointer early in the first quarter while Serge Ibaka collected five points, two rebounds, one assist, and one block.  Jonas Valanciunas played ten minutes off the bench as he scored six points while the Nuggets went into halftime with a commanding 59 to 47 lead.

The best team in the league would bounce back, though, as they sparked a 56 to 47 run, shooting forty-nine percent from the field.  During that run, Leonard added eleven more points to his scoring total, including a three-pointer midway through the third period.  Ibaka earned ten more points, along with three defensive rebounds and one assist.  Lowry would still struggle as he was only able to hit a three-pointer and two free throws, ending the game with five points.  Fred VanVleet played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless.

On the other end of the court, both Murray and Jokic scored nine points each.  Murray would go on to collect three defensive rebounds and three assists while Nikola Jokic had six rebounds, five assists, and two steals.  Paul Millsap would only have two points, ending the game with six total.  Beasley played fourteen minutes off the bench as he had seven points which held a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.

DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE:

With only forty-one seconds left, the Raptors would have a 101-100 lead.  Nikola Jokic knocked down a twelve-foot jump shot with forty seconds left to put the Denver team up by one.  After a missed two-pointer and a missed three-pointer by Danny Green, the Raptors would have no choice but to foul after Juan Hernangomez grabs the defensive rebound.  He would make his second free throw after missing the first one, giving the visiting team a 103-101 lead.

Coming out of a timeout with only seven seconds left in regulation, Kawhi Leonard would drill a jump shot to tie the game up at 103 apiece.  After a timeout called by the Nuggets, Serge Ibaka ended up committing a costly foul away from the ball, sending Jokic to the charity stripe.  He was able to knock down his free-throw, giving them another lead.  Once they got the ball back, Leonard would commit the intentional foul, sending Nikola Jokic right back to the line.  He was able to knock down both of his free throws.  With time running out, Kyle Lowry would be forced to attempt a pull-up three-pointer but would not make it as the Denver Nuggets hold on to be the Toronto Raptors, 106 to 103.

FINAL RESULTS:

Nikola Jokic finished the competition with twenty-three points, eleven rebounds, fifteen assists, and two steals while Malik Beasley had fifteen points, two rebounds, and one assist off the bench.  Kawhi Leonard had twenty-seven points, eight rebounds, and two assists while Delon Wright scored nine points off the bench, as well grabbing three rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing two steals.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will travel down to Florida to take on Nikola Vucevic (21.0 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 55.3 FG%, 40.9 3P%) and the Orlando Magic (11-12) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 23 when the Nuggets handed the Orlando team a 112 to 87 loss.  During that game, Trey Lyles scored twenty-two points, grabbed two rebounds, and dished off one assist while Terrence Ross finished with eighteen points and one assist.

The Toronto Raptors will host Joel Embiid (27.0 PPG, 13.4 RPG, 3.5 APG, 46.8 FG%, 30.1 3P%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (17-8) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  The matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 30 when the Canada team escaped with a 129-112 win.  Kawhi Leonard finished that game with thirty-one points, seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals while Joel Embiid had thirty-one points, eleven rebounds, four assists, and one block.

The Spurs hand the Nuggets a 112-80 blowout loss

The Spurs hand the Nuggets a 112-80 blowout loss

On Thursday, the San Antonio Spurs were handed a surprising 93-81 loss by the Los Angeles Lakers in California.  Tonight, they are back home as they host the Denver Nuggets, who are currently looking for their second straight victory.  This matchup will mark the first of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  The Spurs and the Nuggets have battled each other a grand total of 205 times in the past as the Spurs pulled 134 wins while the Denver team had just 71 wins.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Torrey Craig (G-League; 3.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.5 FG%, 26.1 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

San Antonio Spurs:

Rudy Gay (heel; 11.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 47.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Brandon Paul (3.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 43.4 FG%, 31.8 3P%)
Matt Costello (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Darrun Hilliard (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 11.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would be on their A-game in the first half as they shot fifty-five percent from the field, limiting the Denver team to forty-three percent shooting.  Latvia-native Davis Bertans scored 15 points off of the bench which would all come from beyond the arc.  LaMarcus Aldridge helped out with 8 points while Kawhi Leonard had 8 points of his own, along with six defensive rebounds, three assists, and three steals.  Kyle Anderson played 13 minutes off of the San Antonio bench but was kept to just two points.

On the other end of the court, Nikola Jokic chalked up 16 points while shooting sixty-three percent.  He drained two three-pointers while Mason Plumlee donated seven points and two defensive rebounds.  Gary Harris scored six points while Jamal Murray dished off two assists.  Will Barton played the most minutes off of the bench as he dropped five points but it was the home team who walked in the locker room with a 56-44 benefit.

The Texas team would close things out in the second half as they outscored the visiting team, 56-36.  During that run, Kawhi Leonard threw up 11 points while Aldridge had seven points and three rebounds.  Bryn Forbes played the most minutes off of the bench as he recorded eight points.  Gary Harris scored 12 of the Nuggets’ 36 points but it was the San Antonio Spurs who handed the Denver Nuggets a 112-80 landslide.  Kawhi Leonard finished the game with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and one block.  Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will host Harrison Barnes (18.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (15-28) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This matchup will be the second of four times that they will meet up this season.  In the past, they have battled each other a total of 178 times as the Nuggets won 86 games while the Mavericks ended up winning 92 games.  The last time they saw each other on a court was on December 4 as the Mavericks escaped with a 122-105 win.  During that game, Harrison Barnes scored 22 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and gave out 3 assists while Will Barton finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

The San Antonio Spurs will travel to Georgia to battle Dennis Schroder (20.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.6 APG, 45 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (11-31) on Monday at 3:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season.  The Spurs and the Hawks have met up a grand total of 90 times in the past as the Spurs won 53 games while the Hawks pulled just 37 wins.  November 20 was the last time they played each other as the Spurs snuck away with a 96 to 85 win.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished that game with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block while John Collins had 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

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.

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.