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

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

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

Los Angeles Lakers:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

The Clippers clinch a playoff spot by defeating the Timberwolves, 122-111, earning their 6th straight win

The Clippers clinch a playoff spot by defeating the Timberwolves, 122-111, earning their 6th straight win

The Los Angeles Clippers have been on a hot streak as of late, winning 11 of their last 14 games.  They will look to grab their sixth straight win as they battle the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.  They are in high hopes of staying alive in the playoff race while the Timberwolves are still struggling to get there.  The Timberwolves have recently ended a five-game losing streak by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, 112-99.

The Clippers and the Timberwolves have played each other a grand total of 114 times in the past as the Los Angeles team won 58 games while the Timberwolves defeated them 56 times.  This game will mark the third and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  February 11 was the last time they played each other as the Timberwolves pulled away with a 130-120 win.  Karl-Anthony Towns finished that game with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals while Lou Williams earned himself 45 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

-Luc Mbah a Moute (knee; 5.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.4 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 40.0 FT%)
-Landry Shamet (leg; 9.0 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 43.4 FG%, 42.0 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Justin Bibbs (G-League)
-Angel Delgado (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 FT%)

Minnesota Timberwolves:

-Robert Covington (ankle; 13.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 43.1 FG%, 37.8 3P%, 76.4 FT%)
-Luol Deng (Achilles; 7.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 31.8 3P%, 71.4 FT%)
-Taj Gibson (calf; 10.8 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.2 APG, 56.6 FG%, 32.4 3P%, 75.7 FT%)
-Derrick Rose (elbow; 18.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 4.3 APG, 48.2 FG%, 37.0 3P%, 85.6 FT%)
-Jeff Teague (foot; 12.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 8.2 APG, 42.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 80.4 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Clippers would set the tone in the first half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field, holding the Minnesota Timberwolves to forty-one percent.  Danilo Gallinari chalked up 14 points as he had 3 three-pointers in the first period.  He also recorded five rebounds, two assists, and one steal while Patrick Beverley helped out with 11 points.  As for Beverley, he also drilled 3 three-pointers while dishing out four assists and blocking two shots.  Lou Williams, who is making a case for second straight Sixth Man of the Year Award and third overall, played 11 minutes off the bench but only had nine points.

As for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Andrew Wiggins put up 13 points while shooting forty-five percent from the field.  He earned three of those points from beyond the arc while grabbing one rebound and giving out three assists.  Dario Saric saw to it that he got 11 points while hitting two three-pointers.  Two-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns was limited to just six points, earning them all from the charity stripe, while recording 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  Anthony Tolliver played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the visiting team went into halftime with a huge 75 to 55 advantage.

The Minnesota team would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they sparked up a 56 to 47 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Towns lit the floor up with 18 points, knocking down two three-pointers in the last quarter.  He also had eight rebounds while Wiggins contributed with nine points, hitting a trey in the fourth period, as well.  Both Josh Okogie and Tyus Jones had five points while Dario Saric added seven more points to his scoring total.  Rookie Keita Bates-Diop played the most minutes off the bench as he scored seven points.

The California team would still manage to close the game out as Montrezl Harrell threw up 12 points off the bench.  Danilo Gallinari had eleven points while Temple collected nine more points.  Lou Williams played 18 minutes off the bench, earning eleven extra points as the Los Angeles Clippers escaped with a 122-111 victory.  Danilo Gallinari finished the game with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and a season-tying-high six three-pointers.  Karl-Anthony Towns settled for 24 points, along with 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will head to the Fiserv Forum to battle Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.4 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 6.0 APG, 58.2 FG%, 24.4 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (55-19) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and last time that they see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 10 when the Clippers pulled away with a 128-126 overtime win.  During that game, Montrezl Harrell scored 26 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, dished out one assist, and blocked one shot while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will host Stephen Curry (27.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 43.0 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (50-23) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the fourth and final matchup between these two teams this season.  March 19 was the last time they saw each other as the Timberwolves fell short to the Warriors, 107-117.  Stephen Curry finished that game with 36 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals while Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points, 21 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Nets eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs as they defeat them, 111-106

The Nets eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs as they defeat them, 111-106

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the brink of playoff elimination if they happen to get defeated by the Brooklyn Nets tonight in the Staples Center.  It would also mark the first time since 2004 that LeBron James would miss the postseason.  The Lakers on currently on a four-game losing streak, trying to avoid a fifth straight loss, which would tie their longest losing streak on the season.

The Nets, however, are trying to stay alive in the playoff run as they are sitting at the seventh seed with a 37-36 record.  They are seeking their second straight victory as D’Angelo Russell hopes to beat his former team.  It’s been four straight years since the Brooklyn Nets failed to make the playoffs but their confidence is at an all-time high.

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets have met up with each other a grand total of 92 times as the Lakers won 68 games, holding the New York team to just 24 victories.  This event tonight will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  December 18 was the last time they played each other as the Nets escaped with a 115-110 win.  During that game, D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished off 13 assists, and blocked one shot while LeBron James had 36 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

-Allen Crabbe (knee; 9.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 36.7 FG%, 37.8 3P%, 73.2 FT%)
-Shabazz Napier (illness; 9.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.5 APG, 38.9 FG%, 32.9 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Treveon Graham (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 32.9 FG%, 26.2 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (coach’s decision; 8.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.3 FG%, 19.1 3P%, 64.9 FT%)
-Dzanan Musa (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 0.0 FT%)
-Theo Pinson (G-League; 4.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 34.9 FG%, 28.2 3P%, 86.4 FT%)
-Alan Williams (G-League; 3.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Lonzo Ball (ankle; 9.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.4 APG, 40.6 FG%, 32.9 3P%, 41.7 FT%)
-Josh Hart (knee; 7.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 40.7 FG%, 33.6 3P%, 68.8 FT%)
-Brandon Ingram (Deep Venous Thrombosis; 18.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.0 APG, 49.7 FG%, 33.0 3P%, 67.5 FT%)
-Lance Stephenson (coach’s decision; 7.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.0 APG, 43.5 FG%, 37.9 3P%, 67.7 FT%)
-Scott Machado (coach’s decision)
-Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 38.4 FG%, 32.7 3P%, 81.5 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be held close as the Brooklyn Nets shot thirty-six percent from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers completed thirty-two percent of their shots.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ shooting guard Joe Harris ended up scoring thirteen points while drilling three 3-pointers.  The other four points came from the charity stripe.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Jarrett Allen contributed with nine points and nine rebounds.

D’Angelo Russell would drop six points in the first half while finishing the game with 21 points against his former squad.  Rookie Rodions Kurucs was able to knock down a three-pointer early in the first quarter while DeMarre Carroll was held scoreless.  Spencer Dinwiddie played 16 minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, JaVale McGee got hot for fourteen points while shooting seventy-eight percent from the field.  He also had nine rebounds and three blocks while  Kyle Kuzma recorded eleven points while hitting two three-pointers.  LeBron James only had eight points in the first half but managed to get four rebounds and six assists.  Texas-native Alex Caruso played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points while the Nets went into the locker room with a close 44-43 lead.

The Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles would continue to battle it out as the Lakers shot forty-eight percent from the field in the second half while the Nets shot forty-four percent.  Carroll would make up for his scoreless first half as he got hot for 15 points, nailing three 3-pointers in the process.  He also collected five rebounds while Russell also had 15 points.  The former Laker hit four shots from beyond the arc while dishing out eight assists and grabbing a defensive rebound.  Dinwiddie played the most minutes off the bench as he earned 14 points, hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.

As for the California ball club, McGee continued to show out as he poured 19 more points on the Nets while shooting seventy-three percent from the field.  He was able to pull down 11 more rebounds while preventing three of the Nets shots to go in.  James warmed up with 17 points while recording eight more assists and five rebounds to go along with a steal and a block.  Caruso had eight points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Brooklyn Nets crept away with a 111 to 106 win over the Lakers, officially eliminating them from the playoffs.  This would be the sixth straight year that the Lakers would miss the playoffs and the first time over a decade that LeBron James would miss the postseason.

Joe Harris finished the game with twenty-six points, three rebounds, and two assists while D’Angelo had 21 points against his former team, along with two rebounds, thirteen assists, and three steals.  JaVale McGee ended up with a career-high thirty-three points and a career-high twenty rebounds.  He also had one steal and six blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Oregon for their next stop to battle Damian Lillard (26.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.7 APG, 45.2 FG%, 37.3 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (44-27) on Monday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on February 21 when the Trail Blazers handed the Nets a 113-99 loss.  Jusuf Nurkic finished the game with 27 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, and 3 blocks while Allen Crabbe settled for 17 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Buddy Hield (20.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 46.1 FG%, 43.0 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (35-36) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 30 as the Lakers slid away with a 121-114 win.  During that game, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 26 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, gave out one assist and stole the ball twice while De’Aaron Fox recorded 26 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

The Los Angeles Lakers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 120-96

The Los Angeles Lakers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 120-96

The Phoenix Suns are dead last in the Western Conference, tying the Cleveland Cavaliers for the worst record in the league at 4-18.  They will look to avoid a fifth straight loss as they battle the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.  The Lakers, on the other hand, are looking pretty decent after a 0-3 start to the season, holding onto a 13-9 record.  Their current win-loss percentage is 59.1%, marking the first time they had a fifty-percent win-loss percentage since the 2012-2013 season.

The Suns and the Lakers have battled each other a grand total of 308 in the past as the Suns won 130 times while the Lakers went on to pull out 178 victories.  This game between the Suns and the Lakers will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on October 24 when the Suns fell to the Lakers, 131-113.  Lance Stephenson finished that game with twenty-three points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and two steals while Devin Booker also had twenty-three points, along with seven rebounds and seven assists.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-T.J. Warren (ankle; 17.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 51.1 FG%, 45.0 3P%, 84.6 FT%)
-George King (G-League)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Rajon Rondo (hand; 8.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.5 APG, 45.5 FG%, 42.9 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Alex Caruso (G-League)
-Isaac Bonga (G-League)
-Johnathan Williams (G-League; 3.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 57.9 FG%, 20.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have control most of the first half as they shot fifty percent from the field, keeping the Phoenix Suns to thirty-eight percent.  Kyle Kuzma lit the floor up with eighteen points while hitting two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Brandon Ingram helped out with thirteen points while recording three rebounds and two assists.  He also had a three-pointer, which he drilled early in the second period.  Three-time NBA Champion LeBron James was kept to just twelve points but did have three rebounds, four assists, and one block.  Lonzo Ball was limited to just two points.  Josh Hart played ten minutes off the block but was held completely scoreless as he only attempted three shots.

As for the struggling Suns, former Orlando Magic forward Trevor Ariza scored eleven points on fifty percent shooting.  He also had three treys in the first quarter while earning four defensive rebounds, one assist, and four steals.  Josh Jackson chipped in eight points while Deandre Ayton put up six points.  Devin Booker had six points, as well, but went down with a hamstring injury in the second quarter and would not return.  Elie Okobo played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless as the Lakers went into halftime with a 61 to 46 advantage.

The California team would close things out in the second half as LeBron James scored ten more points while hitting a three-pointer late in the third quarter.  He also had three defensive rebounds and four assists while rookie Moritz Wagner contributed with ten points of his own.  On the other end of the court, both Troy Daniels and Richaun Holmes scored nine points off the bench each but it wouldn’t mean much as the Los Angeles Lakers go on to defeat the Phoenix Suns, 120-96.  Kyle Kuzma finished the game with twenty-three points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block while Richaun Holmes settled for a season-high fifteen points, along with one rebound, a career-high four steals, and a season-high four blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Buddy Hield (18.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 47.3 FG%, 41.1 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (11-11) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of four times that these two teams will clash with one another this season.  Last season, the Suns won the regular season series against the team, 3-1.

The Los Angeles Lakers will stay at home as they host Demar DeRozan (23.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 6.0 APG, 48.2 FG%, 18.2 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (10-12) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these teams will see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on October 27 when the Spurs handed the Lakers a 110-106 loss.  During that game, DeRozan scored thirty points, grabbed twelve boards, gave out eight assists, committed two steals, and blocked one shot while LeBron James finished with thirty-five points, eleven rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

The Timberwolves easily hand the Lakers their seventh straight loss, 114-96

The Timberwolves easily hand the Lakers their seventh straight loss, 114-96

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in a funk, hoping to break a six-game losing streak as they visit Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves.  The Minnesota Timberwolves, on the other hand, are looking to grab their second straight win as they come off a recent victory against the Indiana Pacers.  The matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will meet up with each other this season.

They have battled each other a total of 119 times in the past as the Lakers won 85 games while the Timberwolves ended up winning 34 games.  The last time that they played each other was on Christmas Day when the Timberwolves handed the Lakers a 121-104 loss.  During that game, both Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson scored 23 points each while Butler recorded 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.  Gibson finished with 9 rebounds and one steal.  Kyle Kuzma had 31 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

Lonzo Ball (shoulder; 10.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 7.1 APG, 34.9 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (personal; 13.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
Brook Lopez (ankle; 12.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Thomas Bryant (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Minnesota Timberwolves:

Justin Patton (toe)
Jeff Teague (knee; 13.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 7.3 APG, 44.7 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
Shabazz Muhammad (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
Anthony Brown (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Timberwolves would start the game off right as they shot forty-seven percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Lakers to thirty-eight percent.  Jimmy Butler had 13 points to put with his two rebounds, three assists, and three steals.  Andrew Wiggins would score 11 points while shooting only thirty-eight percent.  He also had five rebounds while Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up seven points and six rebounds.  Gorgui Dieng played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had 13 points.

On the other end of the court, both Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson would score ten points each while Julius Randle got his hands on eight rebounds.  Tyler Ennis committed two steals while knocking down a three-pointer late in the second quarter.  Corey Brewer ended up playing the most minutes off of the Los Angeles bench as he recorded nine points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 60-48 advantage.

The Minnesota team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 54-48 run, shooting fifty percent from the field.  The Lakers would, however, shoot fifty-three percent from the field as a team as Clarkson put up ten more points.  He played the most minutes off of the bench while Julius Randle continued to contribute with eight points and four defensive rebounds.

Butler scored 15 points for the Timberwolves as he shot a huge seventy-one percent from the field.  He also dished off six assists while Wiggins had ten points, four defensive rebounds, and two assists.  Taj Gibson helped out with ten points, as well, while Towns had seven rebounds and nine points.  Jamal Crawford would play nine minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless as the Minnesota Timberwolves easily pull a 114-96 victory over the Lakers, handing them their seventh straight loss.  Jimmy Butler finished with 28 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and one block.  Jordan Clarkson would settle for 20 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Russell Westbrook (24.8 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 10.0 APG, 43 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-17) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  This game will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Lakers and the Thunder have battled each other a total of 283 times as the Thunder won 117 games while the Lakers pulled 166 wins.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will visit New York to take on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (15.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 50 FG%) and the Brooklyn Nets (13-23) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the first time they play each other this season as they will battle each other a total of two times.  They have met up a total of 53 times in the past as the Nets won 23 games while the Timberwolves ended up winning 30 games.

The Lakers pull away with a 107-104 win over the 76ers

The Lakers pull away with a 107-104 win over the 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have turned things around since last season when they ended up with a 28-54 record.  Now, they are sitting at the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, hoping to stay around that area for the remainder of the season.  The Los Angeles Lakers, on the other hand, are still trying to make adjustments as they are sitting at the tenth spot in the Western Conference with an 8-15 record.

Last night, the 76ers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center as they hoped to avoid a second straight loss.  The Lakers are currently in the midst of a sixth-game losing streak.  These two teams have met up a total of 312 times with the Lakers pulling 164 wins with the 76ers winning 148 games.  Last night’s matchup marked the second and final game between these two clubs as the 76ers handed the Lakers a 115-109 loss on November 15.  During that game, Joel Embiid had 46 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 blocks.  Brandon Ingram finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Jahlil Okafor (personal; 5.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.4 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The game would go well for the Lakers in the first half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Brandon Ingram would score 13 points in the first half with one three-pointer late in the first quarter. He also had five rebounds and two assists to go along with it. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Lonzo Ball chalked up six points to put with his five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. Julius Randle played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had six points.

On the other end of the court, Joel Embiid scored 15 points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He would also record two blocks while Robert Covington had 11 points which included three 3-pointers. Ben Simmons ended up with six points, six defensive rebounds, and eight assists. T.J. McConnell would play the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Lakers went into halftime with a 57-49 lead.

The 76ers would make a comeback as they shot a high fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Lakers at forty percent.  Embiid continued to impress as he put up 18 more points with two three-pointers early in the fourth quarter.  He collected five defensive rebounds while dishing off four assists and blocking three shots.  Illinois-native Richaun Holmes played the most minutes off of the bench as he recorded eleven points.  Simmons had six more points, along with six defensive rebounds, and seven assists.

Randle earned ten more points off of the bench while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  Ingram had eight points which included a game-winning three-pointer as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away with a 107-104 victory.  Brandon Ingram finished the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block.  Lonzo Ball had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 4 blocks.  Joel Embiid would end up finishing with 33 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and 5 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers will head to Ohio to take on LeBron James (28.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 8.6 APG, 59 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-7) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of four games that these two teams would play against each other this season.  The Cavaliers and the 76ers have battled each other a total of 208 times with the Cavaliers winning 103 games while the 76ers won 105 games.  The last time that they met up was on November 27 as the Cavaliers walked away with a 113-91 victory.  LeBron James finished that game with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists while Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds.

The Los Angeles Lakers will go to North Carolina to visit Kemba Walker (22.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.2 APG, 44 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (9-14) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of two matchups between these two teams this season.  They have met up a total of 54 times with the Hornets winning 22 games while the Lakers ended up winning 32 games.

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers

It seems like the Los Angeles Clippers has taken over as the top Los Angeles basketball team as the Lakers would be stuck in a four-year playoff drought, going on five years if they fail once again.  But with Magic Johnson in charge and the new additions of rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, they would hope to break that streak but it won’t be easy as the Western Conference has grown to become more competitive than ever.

Tonight, the Clippers will host their city rivals at the Staples Center as this matchup will mark the second of four meetings this season between these two teams.  The Lakers and the Clippers have met up a total of 213 times with the Lakers winning 145 games and the Clippers winning 68 games.  The last time that they battled each other was on the season’s opener, October 19.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 29 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed 2 steals.  Brook Lopez had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 12.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 35.5 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 5.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Jamil Wilson (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Brice Johnson (G-League; 2.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 71.4 FG%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

Tyler Ennis (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 36.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ivica Zubac (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
Alex Caruso (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Vander Blue (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Thomas Bryant (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Clippers would start things off right for the game as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Lakers to forty-eight percent.  Blake Griffin would end up dropping 15 points with two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had eight rebounds and four assists while former Lakers’ player Lou Williams scored 13 points.  Austin Rivers would collect 12 points while earning four rebounds and three assists.  Rookie guard Sindarius Thornwell played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would help the Lakers out as he heats up for 20 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma ended up with ten points as Larry Nance collected four rebounds to put with his six points.  Jordan Clarkson would play 14 minutes off of the bench to earn six points as the Lakers go into halftime with a tight 62-60 lead.

The Clippers would end up outscoring the Lakers, 60-53, in the second half behind Lou Williams’ amazing 29 points.  Blake Griffin would have 11 points but unfortunately, he would have to leave the game in the fourth quarter due to a knee injury.  Brandon Ingram would put up 15 points for the Lakers, along with Clarkson’s 11 points but it was the Los Angeles Clippers who sneak away with a 120-115 win.  Lou Williams finished the game with a season-high 42 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would end up with a season-high 29 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will host Rodney Hood (17.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 42 FG%) and the Utah Jazz (9-11) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  The Clippers and the Jazz have battled each other a total of 193 times with the Clippers pulling 83 wins while the Jazz had 110 wins.  This game would mark the second of four times they play each other this season as the Clippers defeated the Jazz on October 24, 102 to 84.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 22 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and blocked one shot.  Donovan Mitchell had 19 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Klay Thompson (20.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 50 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (15-5) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 447 times with the Lakers winning 275 games and the Warriors winning 172 of them.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between them this season.

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

The Portland Trail Blazers started the game with shooting a high seventy-one percent in the first quarter while limiting the Los Angeles Lakers to forty-four percent.  Ohio-native C.J. McCollum started off hot as he shoots eighty-three percent from the field to earn himself thirteen points.  He collected nine of those points from beyond the arc while Jusuf Nurkic chalked up ten points.  Nurkic also dished off three assists while Damian Lillard had seven points, three from beyond the three-point line and the other four from the charity stripe.  Lillard also gave out the assists while Evan Turner came off of the bench to record two points, three rebounds, and two assists.

As for the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma played six minutes off of the bench as he dropped seven points, shooting sixty percent from the field.  Brook Lopez would contribute with four points but would earn two of them from the free-throw line.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Julius Randle would both come off the bench to also be limited to four points each while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  He would, however, get off two assists but it was still the Portland team who ended the first quarter with a huge 41 to 25 advantage.

The purple-and-gold would respond in the second period with a 37 to 25 run, shooting sixty-three percent while holding the Blazers to forty-two percent.  Former Nets’ center Brook Lopez would start to warm up as he scores thirteen points off of eighty-three percent shooting.  Jordan Clarkson came off of the bench to help out with six points while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing off two assists.  Kuzma continued to work as he put up four points and two defensive rebounds.  Randle came off of the bench to also put up four points to go along with his three defensive rebounds while Lonzo was kept scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Jusuf Nurkic would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Lillard ended up with six points, along with one offensive rebound and two assists.  Former Lakers’ forward Ed Davis came off of the bench to score three points while pulling down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Maurice Harkless was limited to just two points as the Trail Blazers closed out the first half with a 66-62 lead.

The Lakers continued to impress as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team, holding the Blazers at only thirty percent.  Brandon Ingram would decide to warm up with eight points while gobbling up two defensive rebounds.  Caldwell-Pope ended up scoring five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Larry Nance and Brook Lopez would each be held to just three points, both earn one of them from the free-throw line.  Even though Ball was still scoreless in the third quarter, he managed to grab one defensive rebound while blocking two shots.

As for the Oregon team, Damian Lillard continued to contribute as he dropped ten points but only shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from the free-throw line while grabbing two boards.  McCollum helped out with a three-pointer and one free-throw as he gave out two assists.  Caleb Swanigan came off of the bench to give three points while pulling down two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Evan Turner was scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he did grab two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Nurkic recorded two points and two defensive rebounds while the Trail Blazers went into the third quarter with a tight 87-85 lead.

The Lakers continued to shoot at a high rate as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the fourth period while the Portland team shot forty-three percent.  Kyle Kuzma played for the entire quarter as he chalked up nine points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Brook Lopez scored seven points in the quarter, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Corey Brewer was held at two points while grabbing two defensive rebounds while Ball was scoreless.

As for the other team, Damian Lillard scored nine more additional points with three coming from beyond the arc.  He was able to gobble up one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while Nurkic collected six points.  Harkless was held scoreless but he did manage to get his hands on two defensive rebounds.  The game would be tied with fifteen seconds left but Damian Lillard would connect for a 30-foot three-pointer with one second left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Brook Lopez finished with twenty-seven points, three rebounds, and one assist while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless.  Damian Lillard ended up with thirty-two points, six rebounds, and five assists.

The Cavaliers get handed their fourth straight loss by the Pacers, 124-107

The Cavaliers get handed their fourth straight loss by the Pacers, 124-107

Things are not going as planned for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they are dealing with early struggles in the season, trying to avoid a fourth straight loss.  Last night they hosted the Indiana Pacers at the Quicken Loans Arena, who are currently seeking their third straight win.  The Pacers would be without Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision) in this matchup, along with Alex Poythress (coach’s decision), Joe Young (coach’s decision), Edmond Sumner (knee), Myles Turner (neck), and Glenn Robinson III (ankle).  The Cavs were without Isaiah Thomas (hip), Iman Shumpert (knee), John Holland, and London Perrantes.

The first quarter of the game would be held closely as the Pacers shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot fifty percent. LeBron James played for ten minutes while scoring eight points on fifty-seven percent shooting. He ended up collecting one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds, and two assists in the meantime. Derrick Rose chalked up six points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.

Kevin Love would settle for five points which included one three-pointer but he did manage to pull down four rebounds. Tristan Thompson was held to two points while gobbling down three offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds. Dwyane Wade was limited to just two points, one rebound, and one assist in the four minutes that he played.

As for the Indiana team, Bojan Bogdanovic shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he collected ten points, which would include two three-pointers. Thaddeus Young played for ten minutes but was held to only six points but he would commit two steals.

Darren Collison collected six points with two coming from the free-throw line as he shot one-hundred percent from the field. He was able to pull down two defensive rebounds and dish off four assists. Domantas Sabonis collected five defensive rebounds as the Pacers ended the first with a tight 30-28 lead.

The Ohio team would respond in the second period as they shot sixty percent from the field while holding the Pacers to forty-six percent. Former Knicks’ guard J.R. Smith knocked down two three-pointers while Rose scored six points on seventy-five shooting from the field. He also collected two defensive rebounds while giving out one assist.

Jeff Green would come off of the bench to give six points, collecting two of them from the free-throw line. He was also able to collect two defensive rebounds while recording one assist and two steals. Kyle Korver came off the bench, as well, to deliver five points which would hold one three-pointer. James played for seven minutes, only to be held at two points but he would get off four assists.

On the other end of the court, Cory Joseph would come off of the bench to score eight points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He earned six of those points from beyond the arc as he recorded two rebounds and three assists. Young collected six points to go along with the two steals that he committed and the one offensive rebound he grabbed. Sabonis would chalk up six points with two coming from the charity stripe. He also got ahold of three defensive rebounds as the Indiana Pacers went into halftime with a tight 62-61 advantage.

The Pacers went on a 30-24 run in the third quarter as they shot fifty percent from the field as the Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent.  Victor Oladipo would heat up as he chalked up twelve points on fifty percent shooting.  He ended up connecting for two three-pointers while Sabonis collected four rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Collison played for eleven minutes as he shot seventy-five percent from the field to receive eight points, three coming from behind the arc.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James would post up nine points while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  He also did work in other ways as he crashed the boards for two rebounds while giving out five assists.  Love would contribute as he recorded four points to go along with his three rebounds and two assists.  Smith was held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played while Rose delivered seven points.  Both Jae Crowder and Jeff Green came off of the bench to score two points each but it was still the Pacers who had a 92 to 85 advantage heading into the fourth.

The Indiana team finished things off in the last period as they shot sixty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to a low forty-two percent.  Thaddeus Young went off for twelve points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field.  He collected six of those points from behind the three-point line while gobbling up three defensive rebounds.  Joseph played twelve minutes off of the bench only to be held scoreless but he would manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds while giving out two kindly assists.

On the other end of the floor, LeBron James would take over as he goes off for fourteen points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Jae Crowder would contribute with five points and two records but it still wasn’t enough as the Indiana Pacers handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their fourth straight loss, 124 to 107.  Thaddeus Young finished the game with twenty-six points and six rebounds.  LeBron James would finish with thirty-three points, six rebounds, and eleven assists.

The Indiana Pacers deal the Sacramento Kings a 101 to 83 loss

The Indiana Pacers deal the Sacramento Kings a 101 to 83 loss

The Sacramento Kings were hoping to break the three-game losing streak as they took on the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.  The Pacers, on the other hand, are trying to bounce back from a 114 to 96 loss in the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Sacramento Kings would play without Vince Carter (coach’s decision) last night, along with Garrett Temple (rest), Harry Giles (knee), JaKarr Sampson, and Jack Cooley.  The Pacers would be without Edmond Sumner (knee), Myles Turner (neck), and Glenn Robinson III (ankle).

The Pacers would open the game up well as they shot forty-seven percent from the field, limiting the Kings to thirty percent. Thaddeus Young would score six points off of fifty percent shooting from the field. Domantas Sabonis would also put up six points while pulling down nine rebounds and dishing off two assists. Former Thunder’s guard Victor Oladipo played for the entire quarter but was only held to five points while Darren Collison was limited to just three free-throws.

As for the Kings, Bogdan Bogdanovic played for eleven minutes but was held to only four points but he did manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds. He shot fifty percent while De’Aaron Fox would come off the bench to also score four points off of fifty percent shooting. Kosta Koufos came off the bench to chalk up three and two defensive rebounds as the Indiana Pacers went into the second quarter with an early 24-13 advantage.

The home team continued to impress as they go on a large 31-17 run in the second quarter, shooting a high fifty-seven percent from the field while holding the Sacramento team to thirty-five percent. Bojan Bogdanovic would heat up for ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Young ended up with five points in the quarter with three coming from beyond the arc. Oladipo continued to contribute with five points, as well, along with two assists. Sabonis would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself four points to go along with the three rebounds and three assists he collected.

On the other end of the floor, former Spurs guard George Hill would chalk up four points while collecting one defensive rebound.  Bogdanovic would end up connecting for a three-pointer while giving out one assist.  Zach Randolph played for eight minutes only to be held to two points and two turnovers.  Willie Cauley-Stein jumped up to grab one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound to go along with the two free-throws that he made.  The Kings did not give up but it was still the Indiana Pacers who enter halftime with a huge 55 to 30 lead.

The California team would look to respond in the third period as they shot forty-one percent from the field while holding the Indiana Pacers to a very low seventeen percent.  Randolph would make up for his performance last quarter as he posts up eight points while collecting one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Hill contributed with four points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  He did manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds in the eleven minutes that he played.  Cauley-Stein was held to just two points but would do some work on the boards as he grabbed one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.

Thaddeus Young would try to help the Pacers out as he scored four points with three coming from behind the arc and the other one from the free-throw line.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Maryland-native Victor Oladipo knocked down four free-throws at the line to go along with his two defensive rebounds.  Domantas Sabonis and bench player Lance Stephenson would each score two points and pull down two defensive rebounds as the Indiana team still had an advantage at the end of the third, 69-48.

The Kings would take the last attempt at a comeback as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field while keeping the Pacers at only forty-two percent.  Fox played the entire quarter as he got hot for twelve points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He also managed to record one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds, four assists, and one steal.  Skal Labissiere also played the entire quarter but he was held to only six points and two defensive rebounds.  Rookie point guard Frank Mason was also held to just six points while Justin Jackson would score five points with three coming from beyond the arc.

The Pacers would shut down the Kings’ attempt to come back as they finished things off in the last twelve minutes.  Cory Joseph came off of the bench to record eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would earn nine of those points from behind the three-point line as former 76ers’ forward Alex Poythress collected two three-pointers.   Bojan Bogdanovic scored five points with three coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the charity stripe.  T.J. Leaf played for the entire quarter as he recorded four points, two offensive rebounds, and two assists.  Stephenson came off of the bench to chalk up two points, three rebounds, and four assists as the Indiana Pacers easily pull away with a 101 to 83 win over the Sacramento Kings.  Bojan Bogdanovic finished the game with seventeen points, three rebounds, and four assists.  De’Aaron Fox would finish with eighteen points, four rebounds, five assists, and one steal.