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The Utah Jazz get handed a 101-92 loss by the Toronto Raptors

The Utah Jazz get handed a 101-92 loss by the Toronto Raptors

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

 

The Utah Jazz will look to grab a sixth-straight win tonight, marking their longest win streak since January.  They will attempt to do that as they host the Toronto Raptors in Utah.  The Raptors, on the other hand, are hoping to grab a fourth-straight victory tonight.

Tonight’s meeting will mark the second and final time that these two teams will see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on December 1 when the Jazz fell to the Canada team, 130-110.  During that game, Pascal Siakma scored 35 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed 2 steals while Mike Conley had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Toronto Raptors and the Utah Jazz have played each other a grand total of 46 times in the past as the Raptors won 19 games while the Jazz went on to grab 27 victories.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Marc Gasol (hamstring; 7.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.4 APG, 41.9 FG%, 40.2 3P%)
-Dewan Hernandez (ankle; 1.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Fred VanVleet (shoulder; 17.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.6 APG, 40.9 FG%, 38.8 3P%)
-Stanley Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 25.8 FG%, 15.4 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Paul Watson (G-League; 0.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Oshae Brissett (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 36.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)

Utah Jazz:

-Nigel Williams-Goss (quad; 0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Ed Davis (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.2 FG%)
-Juwan Morgan (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 52.9 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Emmanuel Mudiay (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
-Rayjon Tucker (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Raptors would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Jazz at forty-one percent.  Serge Ibaka got hot for 17 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds and one assist while Pascal Siakam contributed with 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists.  Kyle Lowry had 13 points while OG Anunoby scored just two points.  Patrick McCaw played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points.

As for the home team, Mike Conley chalked up 10 points, which included two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while Donovan Mitchell earned himself eight points.  Royce O’Neale and Bojan Bogdanovic combined for 10 points while Rudy Gobert had just two points.  Joe Ingles played 13 minutes off the bench as he had ten points but it was the Canada ball club that went into halftime with a 57-51 lead.

The Raptors would close things out in the second half as they went on a 44-41 run.  During that run, Siakam and Ibaka combined for 23 points but they didn’t shoot the ball well.  Siakam completed twenty-seven percent of his shots while Ibaka shot thirty-three percent from the field.  Lowry scored eight points which held two three-pointers.

On the other end of the floor, Joe Ingles dropped ten points off the bench but it was the Toronto Raptors who handed the Utah Jazz a 101-92 loss.  Pascal Siakam finished the game with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high eight assists while Joe Ingles had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will host Derrick Rose (18.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 5.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 30.6 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (20-45) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these two teams will meet up this season.  January 31 was the last time they played each other as the Raptors handed the Pistons a 105-92 loss.  Pascal Siakam finished that game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block while Derrick Rose had 21 points and 3 assists.

The Utah Jazz will head to Oklahoma to battle Danilo Gallinari (19.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.9 FG%, 40.9 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 9 when the Jazz fell to the Thunder, 104-90.  During that game, Dennis Schroder scored 27 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and gave out 2 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.

The Raptors rally back to hand the Timberwolves a 122-112 loss

The Raptors rally back to hand the Timberwolves a 122-112 loss

Sunday, January 19, 2020

 

Karl-Anthony Towns returned to action last night after missing a month due to a knee injury.  He recorded 27 points on 42% shooting but the Minnesota Timberwolves still fell to Indiana Pacers, 116-114.  Tonight, they will hope to avoid a fifth straight loss as they battle the Toronto Raptors at the Target Center.

The Raptors, on the other hand, just recently defeated the Washington Wizards on Friday, 140-111.  They will try to grab a third straight victory tonight.  This matchup will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors have met up a grand total of 46 times in the past as the Raptors won 31 games while the Timberwolves were kept to just 15 victories.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Dewan Hernandez (ankle; 1.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Oshae Brissett (G-League; 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.7 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 35.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Paul Watson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Minnesota Timberwolves:

-Jack Layman (toe; 10.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 46.2 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
-Noah Vonleh (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 54.7 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Kelan Martin (G-League; 5.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 35.8 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
-Allen Crabbe (illness; 5.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 32.3 3P%)
-Jaylen Nowell (G-League; 4.4 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 35.5 FG%, 11.8 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Raptors shot fifty-one percent from the field while the Timberwolves shot forty-five percent.  Fred VanVleet chalked up 16 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  He also three defensive rebounds, one assist, and two steals while Kyle Lowry had eleven points, including a three-pointer.

The 2018-2019 Most Improved Player Pascal Siakam helped out 10 points while grabbing two rebounds, giving out two assists, and blocking three shots.  Marc Gasol, who returned to action on Wednesday after being out for nearly a month due to a hamstring injury, had four points.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points.

On the other end of the court, Jarrett Culver chalked up 16 points which included four three-pointers.  Andrew Wiggins contributed with 15 points while Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 12 points.  Robert Convington and Shabazz Napier combined for eight points.  Josh Okogie played 15 minutes off the bench but only had four points but the Timberwolves still went into halftime with a 62 to 58 lead.

The Raptors would not give in as they came out of the locker room and sparked a 64-50 second-half run, shooting fifty-two percent.  During that run, Lowry dropped 17 points, earning 12 of them from beyond the arc.  VanVleet helped out with 13 points while Marc Gasol was kept scoreless.  Powell had 13 points as he played the most minutes off the bench.

As for the Minnesota team, Convington scored 16 more points while Towns was kept scoreless.  Okogie played 11 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the Raptors who came up on top, 122-112.  Fred VanVleet finished the game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals while Jarrett Culver settled for 26 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will head down to Georgia to take on Trae Young (29.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 8.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 37.6 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-32) on Monday at 2:30 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 23 when the Raptors snuck away with a 119-116 win.  Pascal Siakam finished that game with 34 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks while Young had 30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will host Nikola Jokic (19.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 33.1 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (29-12) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they see each other this season.  December 20 was the last time they battled each other as the Timberwolves fell to the Nuggets, 109-100.  During that game, Jamal Murray scored 28 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished out 5 assists, and stole the ball 3 times while Andrew Wiggins had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Houston Rockets grab a 119-109 victory over the defending champions, Toronto Raptors

The Houston Rockets grab a 119-109 victory over the defending champions, Toronto Raptors

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Toronto Raptors recently saw their seven-game win streak come to an end as they fell to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, 121-110, in overtime.  They will look to start up another streak as they host the Houston Rockets at the Scotiabank Arena tonight.  The Rockets, on the other hand, are coming fresh off a 135-133 loss they took in the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday in double overtime.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Raptors and the Rockets have met up a grand total of 47 times in the past as the Raptors won 20 games while the Rockets went on to win 27 of the matchups.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

-Eric Gordon (knee; 10.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.9 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-NeNe (abductor)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 76.5 FG%)
-Gary Clark (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 36.4 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 73.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)

Toronto Raptors:

-Stanley Johnson (groin; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Patrick McCaw (knee; 4.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Matt Thomas (finger; 4.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 54.1 FG%, 53.8 3P%)
-Oshae Brissett (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Dewan Hernandez (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Shamorie Ponds (2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field, keeping the Toronto Raptors to forty-two percent.  Ben McLemore scored 14 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  P.J. Tucker helped out with 11 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds and two assists.

Russell Westbrook had nine points on just thirty-three percent shooting.  He did, however, record four rebounds and six assists while James Harden was held to just six points.  Danuel House played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up sixteen points.

On the other end of the court, Pascal Siakam, who is averaging 25 points per game this season, got hot for eighteen points.  He had two three-pointers in the first period while Fred VanVleet contributed with nine points.  VanVleet also had two three-pointers while recording three rebounds, five assists, one steal, and a block.

Kyle Lowry had eight points which also held two three-pointers.  OG Anunoby earned himself five points while Marc Gasol was kept scoreless.  Norman Powell played ten minutes off the bench as he had six points while the Rockets went into halftime with a 63-55 lead.

The defending champions attempted to make a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-three percent from the field, keeping the Texas ball club to thirty-four percent shooting.  Kyle Lowry had eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He was able to bury a trey in the third quarter while grabbing three rebounds and dishing off four assists.

VanVleet also had eleven points, knocking down a shot from beyond the arc, as well.  Siakam helped out with six points while Gasol scored five points.  Powell played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

As for the Rockets, Harden and Westbrook combined for 27 points while Harden had three-pointers.  He also recorded five rebounds, two steals, and a block while Westbrook had nine rebounds, five assists, and a steal.  McLemore chalked up 14 points, earning twelve of them from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.

Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Austin Rivers played 18 minutes off the bench but only had six points but the Rockets were still able to pull away with a 119 to 109 victory.  Ben McLemore finished the game with a season-high 28 points, along with 2 rebounds, a season-high-tying 3 assists, and a steal while Pascal Siakam had 24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, a season-high-tying 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will host Devin Booker (24.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 50.4 FG%, 40.7 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (9-11) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.

The Toronto Raptors will head to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (22.4 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 45.4 FG%, 31.3 3P%) and the Philadephia 76ers (15-6) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they battle each other this season.  November 25 was the last time they met up as the Raptors won that game, 101-96.  Pascal Siakam finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and two blocks while Josh Richardson had 25 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and a block.

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.

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

Tonight’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors will mark the fifth game in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 14 when the Raptors defeated the Wizards with a 114-106 score.  During that game, Serge Ibaka scored twenty-three points, grabbed twelve rebounds, gave out one assist and blocked two shots while John Wall had twenty-three points, three rebounds, fifteen assists, four steals and two blocks.  The Raptors would also take Game 2 as they pulled out a 130-119 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with thirty-seven points, five rebounds, and four assists while John Wall had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, nine assists and one block.

The Washington Wizards would make a desperate comeback as they handed the Raptors a 122-103 blowout loss in Game 3.  During that game, Bradley Beal scored twenty-eight points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out four assists and committed three steals.  John Wall also had twenty-eight points, along with seven rebounds, fourteen assists, four steals and one block while DeRozan finished with twenty-three points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Washington team as they snuck away with a 106 to 98 win.  Beal had thirty-one points in that game, along with five rebounds and two assists while DeRozan had thirty-five points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal.  The Wizards will look to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they travel back to Canada to battle the Raptors for Game 5.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Jodie Meeks (suspension; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.9 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Jason Smith (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.1 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Chris McCullough (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 42.9 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Ramon Sessions (4.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 35.9 FG%, 30.8 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Fred VanVleet (shoulder; 8.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 61.3 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be somewhat competitive as the Toronto Raptors shot forty-five percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot thirty-eight percent.  DeMar DeRozan would get extremely hot as he scored twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two assists while Kyle Lowry contributed with seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period.  Lowry had two defensive rebounds and three assists while Jonas Valanciunas earned himself six points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting while OG Anunoby was held scoreless.  California-native Delon Wright played twelve minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.

As for the visiting team, John Wall saw to it that he got twelve points while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off four assists and committing one steal.  Bradley Beal would help out with eight points which included a three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.  Beal also had three defensive rebounds and three assists while Otto Porter threw up seven points on fifty percent shooting.  Kelly Oubre played the most minutes out of Washington’s reserves but was restricted to five points as the Raptors went into halftime with a tight 48 to 47 lead.

The Canada team would close things out in the second half, though, as they sparked up a 60-51 run while shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  In the course of that run, DeRozan received twelve points which carried a three-pointer near the end of the third quarter.  The 20th pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft Delon Wright assisted with eleven points on a high sixty percent shooting.  On the other end of the court, John Wall chalked up fourteen points but that wouldn’t be enough as the Toronto Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds, and five assists while John Wall had twenty-six points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, completing a 4-0 series sweep

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, completing a 4-0 series sweep

Tonight marked the fourth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  The defending champions have not lost a game yet during these playoffs.  Game 1 of this series would end with a Cleveland victory, 116 to 105.  In that game, LeBron James would score thirty-five points, pull down ten rebounds and dish off four assists.  Kyle Lowry would put up twenty points, two rebounds and eleven assists.  The second game would be a defeat for the Raptors again, as they are handed a 125-103 loss.  LeBron James ended with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and four assists.  Jonas Valanciunas would settle for twenty-three points and five rebounds.  The Cleveland team would win the last game, as well, pulling away with a 115 to 94 win.  LeBron James would chalk up thirty-five points, eight rebounds and seven assists.  DeMar DeRozan would score thirty-seven points, pull down two rebounds and throw out three assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would look to complete a 4-0 sweep tonight as they face the Raptors in the Air Canada Centre.

The game would start off right for both teams as the Raptors would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Cavaliers would shoot fifty percent.  LeBron James would light the floor up with ten points, including one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds, along with three assists.  Kyrie Irving would shoot forty-three percent from the field, only earning six points.  Channing Frye would come off the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  As for the Canada team, Serge Ibaka would chalk up seven points which would hold one three-pointer.  Former Suns player, P.J. Tucker, would put up five points which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for five rebounds while shooting forty percent from the field.  DeMar DeRozan would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to five points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while dishing off four assists as both teams went into the second quarter with a tied game, 28 to 28.  The Ohio team would go on a 33-21 run in the second quarter as Kyle Korver would get hot for sixteen points, earning twelve of them from beyond the arc.  James would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he is rewarded six points in return.  Deron Williams would come off the bench to put up five points, which would include one three-pointer.  On the other end of the floor, Cory Joseph would throw up seven points but it was the Cavaliers who walk into halftime with a commanding 61-49 advantage.

The Toronto team would return the favor as they go on a 31 to 24 run in the third period, shooting fifty-five percent from the field as a team, limiting the Cavaliers to forty-three percent.  DeRozan would chalk up nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He would also give out two assists while Ibaka would also shoot sixty percent, earning himself seven points in return.  As for the defending champions, James would keep his team in it as he adds ten more points to his scoring total, including two three-pointers.  Irving would contribute with seven points and two assists as the Cavaliers would enter the fourth quarter with a 85-80 lead.  The visiting team would finish things off as four-time All-Star, Kyrie Irving, would heat up for eleven points which would hold one three-pointer.  Tucker would try to keep his Canada team in it as he knocks down two three-pointers but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who defeat the Toronto Raptors with a 109 to 102 score, completing the 4-0 series sweep.  LeBron James finished with thirty-five points, nine rebounds and six assists.  Serge Ibaka would finish with twenty-three points, two rebounds and one assist.

The Cleveland Cavaliers destroy the Toronto Raptors, taking 3-0 lead in series

The Cleveland Cavaliers destroy the Toronto Raptors, taking 3-0 lead in series

Tonight marked the third game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the defending champions as they defeat the Raptors, 116 to 105.  In that game, LeBron James finished with thirty-five points, ten rebounds and four assists.  Kyle Lowry would chalk up twenty points, two rebounds and eleven assists.  The Cavaliers would win the second game, as well, beating the Canada team with a 125-103 score.  LeBron James scored thirty-nine points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off four assists.  Jonas Valanciunas would settle for twenty-three points and five rebounds.  The Raptors would look to avoid dropping to 0-3 in the series as they host the Cavaliers in the Air Canada Centre tonight.

The game would start off right for the visiting team as Kevin Love would put up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also grab three rebounds as point guard Kyrie Irving would contribute with seven points and three defensive rebounds.  LeBron James would shoot fifty percent from the field, earning himself six points while J.R. Smith would knock down a three-pointer.  As for the Raptors, Serge Ibaka would throw up eight points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  The first-round pick in the 2011 draft, Jonas Valanciunas, would drop eight points himself, along with two rebounds.  DeMar DeRozan would also contribute with eight points and two assists but it was the Ohio team that ended the first quarter with a 28-24 lead.  The Raptors would return the favor as they go on a 28 to 21 run in the second quarter, shooting fifty-five percent as a team while limiting the Cavaliers to thirty percent.  During that run, DeMar DeRozan would light the floor up with thirteen points, along with one rebound, one assist and three steals.  Norman Powell would contribute to the run with six points, while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Former Thunder player, Serge Ibaka, would score four points while Cory Joseph, P.J. Tucker and Jonas Valanciunas would each collect three rebounds and three assists.  As for the Cleveland team, LeBron James would chalk up ten points which would include one three-pointer.  J.R. Smith, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver would each knock down one three-pointer but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 52-49 lead.

DeMar DeRozan would come out of the locker room hot as he goes off for fifteen points, shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  Norman Powell would contribute with five points, which would include one three-pointer.  On the other end of the court, LeBron James would collect six more points to add to his scoring total.  Kevin Love would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning six points in the process.  Irving would receive six points, along with Kyle Korver’s two three-pointers as the Cavaliers regain the lead, 79-77, at the end of the third quarter.  The visiting team would close things out in the fourth as LeBron James continues to put on a scoring display, dropping thirteen points, including one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for five defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Valanciunas would try to keep his Canada team in it as he puts up ten points but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that destroy the Toronto Raptors, 115 to 94, taking a 3-0 lead in the series.  LeBron James would finish with thirty-five points, eight rebounds and seven assists.  DeMar DeRozan would settle for thirty-seven points (his new Playoff career-high), two rebounds and three assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, taking 2-0 lead in series

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, taking 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked the second game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  Game 1, which was held in Cleveland, would be a 116 to 105 win for the Cavaliers.  In that game, LeBron James would score thirty-five points, pull down ten rebounds and dish off four assists.  Kyle Lowry would finish with twenty points, two rebounds and eleven assists.  The Raptors looked to even the series up as they faced off in Cleveland again.

The defending champions would start the game off on the right foot as they shoot seventy-one percent from the field, limiting the Canada team to forty-two percent.  Kevin Love would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, dropping seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Channing Frye would come off the bench to put seven points, as well, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points which he would all collect from beyond the arc.  As for the other team, Jonas Valanciunas would come off the bench to shoot eighty-three percent from the field, earning himself ten points.  DeMar DeRozan would play for the entire quarter only to be held scoreless as the Cleveland Cavaliers end the first quarter with a 34 to 22 lead.  Cleveland would continue to dominate as LeBron James gets hot for fifteen points in the second quarter, which would contain two three-pointers.  He would shoot seventy-one percent from the field as Kyrie Irving contributes with a three-pointer.  Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye would both come off the bench to put up one three-pointer each.  They would both shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as Valanciunas would continue to drop points, trying to keep his Raptors team in it.  He would chalk up nine points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but it was the home team that entered halftime with a huge 62-48 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as three-time champion, LeBron James, would continue to put on a scoring display as he puts up seventeen points which would hold two three-pointers.  He would shoot eighty percent from the field as Kyrie Irving would get hot for twelve points, which would hold two three-pointers.  Tristan Thompson would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he throws up five points.  On the other end of the court, Serge Ibaka would shoot eighty-three percent from the field as he would chalk up ten points, along with five rebounds.  California-native, Norman Powell, would contribute with six points but it was the Cavaliers who walk into the last quarter with a large 99-73 lead.  The Canada team would attempt to come back as they go on a 30 to 26 run.  During that run, Cory Joseph would come off the bench to light the floor up with eighteen points, collecting six of those points from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot eighty-eight percent from the field as DeRozan would be limited to four points.  Delon Wright would come off the bench to put up four points but it was the Ohio team that closed things out as Iman Shumpert came off the bench to put up nine points.  Channing Frye would contribute with eight points which would contain two three-pointers as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors with a 125 to 103 score, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  In this game, LeBron James would pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the number two scorer in NBA playoff history.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and four assists.  Jonas Valanciunas would finish with twenty-three points and five rebounds.

The Toronto Raptors hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, winning the series 4-2

The Toronto Raptors hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, winning the series 4-2

Last night marked Game 6 between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks in their playoff series.  For the most part, this series has been going back and forth with the Bucks being the favorites to make it out.  In Game 1, the Bucks would beat the Raptors with a 97 to 83 score.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three.  DeMar DeRozan would put up twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  Game 2 would be a win for the Raptors as they pull away with a 106 to 100 win.  DeMar DeRozan scored twenty-three points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three rebounds.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would chalk up twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists.  In the third game, Milwaukee would bounce back as they hand Toronto a 104-77 blowout loss.  Khris Middleton would end up with twenty points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Kyle Lowry would put up thirteen points, five rebounds and two assists.  Delon Wright would settle for thirteen points as well, along with six rebounds and two assists.  The Canada team would bounce back as they defeat the Bucks with a 87 to 76 score.  DeMar DeRozan scored thirty-three points, grabbed nine rebounds and threw out five assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would settle for fourteen points, nine rebounds and four assists.  Greg Monroe would chalk up fourteen points as well, along with nine rebounds and one assist.  The Raptors would win the last game as well, handing the Wisconsin team a 118 to 93 loss.  In that game, Norman Powell would put up twenty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would end up with thirty points, eight rebounds and three assists.  The Milwaukee Bucks looked to survive for another game as they faced the Toronto Raptors in the BMO Harris Bradley Center last night.

The game would start off right for the Toronto Raptors as DeMar DeRozan drops ten points in the beginning quarter, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  The first-round pick in the 2011 draft, Jonas Valanciunas, would come off the bench to collect six points along with four rebounds.  Kyle Lowry would play for ten minutes only to be held to two points.  On the other end of the court, Giannis Antetokounmpo would get hot for fourteen points, shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He would also crash the boards for three rebounds.  Former Pistons player, Khris Middleton, would contribute with six points which would contain one three-pointer but it was the visiting team that ended the first quarter with a 28 to 24 lead.  Things would not get any brighter for the home team as the Raptors spark a huge 23-14 run in the second period.  During that run, DeRozan would put up six points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Former Rockets player, Patrick Patterson, would come the bench to knock down one three-pointer and two free-throws to earn himself five points.  Serge Ibaka would contribute with six rebounds and four points, as he shot twenty-five percent from the field.  Delon Wright would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only collect four points.  As for the Milwaukee team, Matthew Dellavedova would come off the bench to put up six points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Antetokounmpo would only be limited to four points and three rebounds as the Raptors head into halftime with a commanding 51-38 advantage.

Giannis Antetokounmpo would come into the third quarter to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, as he would chalk up nine points, collecting three of those from beyond the arc.  Middleton would contribute with two assists and five points, which included one three-pointer.  Former Cavaliers player, Matthew Dellavedova, would come off the bench to earn five points of his own which held one three-pointer.  As for the Canada team, DeMar DeRozan would chalk up seven points, along with one rebound and three steals.  Kyle Lowry would continue to struggle as he would only score six points in the ten minutes that he played.  Three of those points would come from behind the three-point line as he shot a perfect one-hundred from the field.  Norman Powell, DeMarre Carroll and Serge Ibaka would all contribute with three points, earning them all from beyond the arc as the Raptors walk into the last quarter with a 74-61 lead.  The Milwaukee Bucks would come back as they go on a large 28 to 18 run in the fourth period.  2011 NBA champion, Jerry Terry, would come off the Bucks bench to drop eight points which would contain two three-pointers.  He would also crash the boards for four rebounds, along with one steal and one block.  Antetokounmpo would collect seven more points to add to his scoring total while Middleton knocks down a three-pointer and three free-throws, earning himself six points.

With only two minutes left in the game, the Bucks would eventually lead, 82 to 80.  After a Patterson dunk and a three-point jumper from Cory Joseph, the Raptors would lead again by three.  Jason Terry would connect for a much-needed three-pointer off of a Khris Middleton assist to cut the deficit to two points.  But after DeMar DeRozan successful knocks down three out of his four free-throws, the Toronto Raptors would hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks with a 92-89 victory, winning the series, 4-2.  DeMar DeRozan would finish with thirty-two points, four rebounds and three assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with thirty-four points (his new Playoff career-high), nine rebounds and three assists.

The Toronto Raptors hand the Milwaukee Bucks a blowout loss, taking 3-2 lead in series

The Toronto Raptors hand the Milwaukee Bucks a blowout loss, taking 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked Game 5 between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  This has been going back and forth as the series would be tied at 2-2 after Game 4.  In the first game, the Bucks would defeat the Raptors with a 97 to 83 win.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.  DeMar DeRozan would finish with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  Raptors would bounce back as Game 2 would be a victory for them, 106 to 100.  DeMar DeRozan would score twenty-three points, seven rebounds and three assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would chalk up twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists.  The Bucks wold end up winning Game 3 with a 104-77 score.  Khris Middleton ended up with twenty points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Kyle Lowry would put up thirteen points, five rebounds and two assists.  Delon Wright finished with thirteen points, six rebounds and two assists.  Toronto would defeat Milwaukee in the last game with a 87 to 76 victory.  DeMar DeRozan scored thirty-three points, nine rebounds and five assists.  Tony Snell finished the game with nineteen points and four rebounds.  Each team looked to take a lead in the series last night as they faced off in Toronto.

The game would start off right for the home team as Norman Powell would drop nine points, collecting two of those from behind the 3-point line.  Former Thunder player, Serge Ibaka, would also score nine points which included one 3-pointer.  He would also grab three rebounds and give out two assists.  Kyle Lowry would play for eight minutes, only to be held scoreless but he would get off one assist.  On the other end of the court, rookie Malcolm Brogdon would knock down two 3-pointers, earning himself six points while Greg Monroe would come off the bench to chalk up six points, as well.  Antetokounmpo would play for seven minutes and only score three points but he would pull down three rebounds as the Raptors end the first period with a 31-20 lead.  Things would start to look better for the visiting team as All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo lights the floor up with thirteen points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Thon Maker would shoot fifty percent from the field and score four points off of that.  As for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry would go off for twelve points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Both former Spurs player Cory Joseph and former Rockets player Patrick Patterson would come off the bench to each drop five points.  Patterson would earn three of this points from beyond the arc as the Canada team would enter halftime with a 57-48 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the Wisconsin team as the Raptors go on a 33 to 25 run in the third period.  During that run, Norman Powell would continue to put on a scoring display as he puts up twelve points, collecting two of those from behind the arc.  DeMarre Carroll, Serge Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan would each contribute to the Toronto run with five points of their own.  Kyle Lowry would struggle again as he is held scoreless for nine minutes.  On the other end, Antetokounmpo would score six points but it was the Raptors who enter the last period with a huge 90-73 lead.  The home team would finish things off in the last quarter as bench player Jonas Valanciunas and DeRozan each dropped five points.  DeRozan would receive three of his from behind the 3-point lead as the Raptors hand the Bucks a 118 to 93 blowout, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  Norman Powell would finish with twenty-five points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and four assists (tying his Playoff career-high).  Giannis Antetokounmpo would end up with thirty points (his new Playoff career-high), nine rebounds and three assists.