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The Houston Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz, 112-102, winning the series, 4-1

The Houston Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz, 112-102, winning the series, 4-1

The Houston Rockets will look to finish off the Utah Jazz as they host them at the Toyota Center for Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.  If that takes place and the Rockets advance to the Western Conference Finals, that will be the first time in Chris Paul’s career that will play in a Conference Finals.

SERIES RECAP:

Game 1 took place in Houston on April 29 as the Rockets handed the Jazz a 110-96 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored forty-one points, pulled down eight rebounds, gave out seven assists, and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds, and five assists.  Jae Crowder also had twenty-one points, along with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.

The Houston Rockets hosted the Utah Jazz again for Game 2 on May 2 but this time, the Jazz snuck away with a 116 to 108 victory.  Joe Ingles had twenty-seven points in that game, along with three rebounds and two assists while James Harden recorded thirty-two points, six rebounds, eleven assists, and two steals.

The series would shift over to Utah as the Jazz hosted the Rockets for Game 3 on May 4.  The Houston Rockets, however, got revenge as they defeated the Utah Jazz with a 113 to 92 score.  During that game, James Harden scored twenty-five points, pulled down four rebounds, gave out twelve assists, committed two steals and blocked one shot.  Eric Gordon also had twenty-five points, along with two rebounds and one steal.  Royce O’Neale had seventeen points, five rebounds, and one assist.

Game 4 would be held on May 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena as the Texas team defeated the Jazz, 100-87.  Chris Paul finished that game with twenty-seven points, along with twelve rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block while Donovan Mitchell recorded twenty-five points, nine rebounds, two assists, and four steals.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
David Stockton (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ricky Rubio (hamstring; 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
Dante Exum (hamstring; 8.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 48.3 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 9.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 43.1 FG%, 38.6 3P%)
Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 59.1 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Aaron Jackson (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.6 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
Zhou Qi (1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 18.8 FG%, 10.5 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would somewhat have control in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Utah Jazz at forty percent.  Chris Paul, desperate for a Conference Finals appearance, would get hot for fifteen points while hitting three three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds and six assists while P.J. Tucker earned himself ten points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting from the field.  James Harden contributed with nine points which held a three-pointer late in the first period.  2016-2017 Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer, which he took in the second quarter.

On the other end of the court, both Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert scored eight points but Ingles earned six of his points from beyond the arc.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while Gobert had five rebounds and two blocks.  Donovan Mitchell surprisingly had only two points but did manage to dish off six assists.  Missouri-native Alec Burks played fourteen minutes off of the bench as he had twelve points but it was the Houston team who went into halftime with a 54 to 46 lead.

The Jazz would make sure to hold it close, though, as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the home team to forty-eight percent.  Mitchell got extremely hot for twenty-two points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He dropped two three-pointers in the third quarter while recording three rebounds and three assists.  Royce O’Neale helped out with eleven points while Rudy Gobert had four rebounds and four points.  Burks collected ten more points off of the bench but it wasn’t enough as Chris Paul responded hugely.  Paul chalked up twenty-six more points, giving the Rockets a 112-102 victory, winning the series 4-1.  Chris Paul finished the game with a playoff career-high forty-one points, along with seven rebounds, ten assists, and one steal.  Donovan Mitchell settled for twenty-four points, four rebounds, nine assists, and one steal.

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The Boston Celtics take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as they down the Philadelphia 76ers, 108-103

The Boston Celtics take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as they down the Philadelphia 76ers, 108-103

Last night marked the second game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  The first game took place on Monday as the Celtics handed the 76ers a surprising 117-101 loss.  During that game, Terry Rozier scored twenty-nine points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out six assists, committed two steals, and blocked one shot while Joel Embiid had thirty-one points, thirteen rebounds, five assists, and one steal.  The 76ers will look to bounce back and tie the series up 1-1 as they battle the Celtics in Boston.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (knee; 5.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 37.5 FG%, 33.5 3P%)
Justin Anderson (coach’s decision; 6.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 43.1 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
Jerryd Bayless (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (coach’s decision; 7.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.8 APG, 40.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Richaun Holmes (coach’s decision; 6.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 56.0 FG%, 12.9 3P%)
Furkan Korkmaz (1.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 28.6 FG%, 29.4 3P%)

Boston Celtics:

Jaylen Brown (hamstring; 14.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 46.5 FG%, 39.5 3P%)
Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kyrie Irving (knee; 24.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.1 APG, 49.1 FG%, 40.8 3P%)
Daniel Theis (knee; 5.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 54.1 FG%, 31.0 3P%)
Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.6 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 42.6 FG%, 32.4 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held very close at the beginning as the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-six percent from the field while the Boston Celtics shot forty-three percent.  J.J. Redick ended up lighting the floor up with fifteen points which included three three-pointers in the first quarter.  Former Houston Rockets’ forward Robert Covington would help out with twelve points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He ended up recording two rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two blocks, as well, along with two three-pointers.  Joel Embiid shot only thirty-three percent from the field but earned ten points in return while grabbing ten boards.  Ben Simmons was kept to just a free-throw while collecting three rebounds and three assists.  Marco Belinelli played thirteen minutes off of the bench as he earned six points.

As for the home team, Marcus Smart chalked up thirteen points on eighty percent shooting.  He connected for three three-pointers while putting up three defensive rebounds, two assists, and one steal.  Ohio-native Terry Rozier had himself ten points but shot only thirty-eight percent from the field.  Al Horford posted up seven points and nine rebounds while Jayson Tatum contributed with five points.  Jaylen Brown played the most minutes off of the bench as he received eight points but it was the Philadelphia team who went into halftime with a tight 56 to 51 lead.

The Celtics would come out of the locker room with a different mindset as they went on a 57-47 run in the second half, shooting forty-seven percent from the field.  During that run, Tatum got hot for sixteen points which contained a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Rozier made sure that he got ten more points while collecting five defensive rebounds and six assists.  As for the 76ers, both Covington and Embiid chalked up ten points each but it wouldn’t be enough as the Celtics hold on to win the game, 108-103, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.  Jayson Tatum finished the game with twenty-one points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block while J.J. Redick had twenty-three points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

Tonight will mark the second game between the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  The first game was on Sunday when the Rockets handed the Jazz a 110 to 96 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored forty-one points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished off seven assists, and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds, and five assists.  Jae Crowder also had twenty-one points, along with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.  The Houston Rockets will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as they host the Jazz at the Toyota Center.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Ricky Rubio (hamstring; 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jonas Jerebko (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
David Stockton (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 59.1 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Aaron Jackson (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.6 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
Zhou Qi (1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 18.8 FG%, 10.5 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Utah Jazz would have complete control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Houston Rockets to forty percent.  Joe Ingles ended up scoring fourteen points on sixty-three percent shooting while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  Rudy Gobert would help out with thirteen points while grabbing one offensive rebound and eight defensive rebounds.  He also had one block while Alec Burks chalked up eleven points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting from the field.  Donovan Mitchell would be limited to seven points while both Royce O’Neale and Derrick Favors scored six points each.  Jae Crowder played sixteen minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two three-pointers and a free-throw.

On the other end of the court, James Harden would get extremely hot for twenty-one points which included a three-pointer near the end of the second half.  He also had four rebounds, five assists, and one steal while Clint Capela saw to it that he had thirteen points on sixty-seven percent shooting.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Chris Paul contributed with six points and one assist while P.J. Tucker had a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points as the visiting team went into halftime with a 64 to 55 lead.

The Houston Rockets would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 53-52 run in the second half, shooting forty percent from the field.  During that run, Paul would start to warm up with seventeen points, five defensive rebounds, two assists, and two steals while drilling two three-pointers.  Harden continued to put on a scoring display as he had eleven points, which included a three-pointer in the final quarter.  Eric Gordon had ten points off of the bench but it wasn’t enough as the Utah Jazz crept away with a 116-108 win, tying the series up, 1-1.  Joe Ingles finished the game with a playoff career-high twenty-seven points, along with three rebounds and two assists while James Harden settled for thirty-two points, six rebounds, eleven assists, and two steals.

The Golden State Warriors take a 1-0 lead in the series as they rout the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-101

The Golden State Warriors take a 1-0 lead in the series as they rout the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-101

Tonight will mark the first game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors in their playoff series.  The Pelicans recently swept the Portland Trail Blazers, 4-0, to get to the Western Conference Semifinals while the Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 4-1.   This will be the first time since 2008 that the New Orleans Pelicans will get play in the Semifinals as they were defeated by the Spurs, 3-4, last time.  The Warriors and the Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of four times in the regular season as that series ended 3-1 in the Warriors’ favor.  Each team would look to take a 1-0 lead in this playoff series as they play each other at the Oracle Arena.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Alexis Ajinca (knee)
DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles; 25.2 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 47.0 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
Frank Jackson (foot)
DeAndre Liggins (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 37.7 FG%, 35.8 3P%)
Emeka Okafor (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.5 FG%)

Golden State Warriors:

Chris Boucher (ankle; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Patrick McCaw (back; 4.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 40.9 FG%, 23.8 3P%)
Zaza Pachulia (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 56.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Stephen Curry (knee; 26.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.1 APG, 49.5 FG%, 42.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Golden State Warriors would have full control of the game at the beginning as they shot fifty-three percent from the field in the first half, limiting the New Orleans Pelicans to forty-six percent.  In the midst of that, Kevin Durant would score eighteen points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He collected seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks to go along with that while Klay Thompson also had eighteen points.  Thompson had three three-pointers in the second quarter while grabbing four defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.  Draymond Green contributed with twelve points and ten rebounds while Nick Young drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Wisconsin-native Kevon Looney played fourteen minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

As for the New Orleans team, Anthony Davis earned himself twelve points on forty-six percent shooting.  He also had five rebounds, one steal, and one block while E’Twaun Moore scored nine points which held a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Former Philadelphia 76ers’ guard Jrue Holiday also had nine points but shot only thirty-eight percent from the field.  Rajon Rondo saw to it that he got eight points, along with six defensive rebounds, nine assists, and one block.  Former Warriors’ shooting guard Ian Clark played the most minutes off of the bench but only scored two points as the home team went into the locker room with a commanding 76 to 55 lead.

The New Orleans Pelicans would attempt to make a comeback as they limit the Warriors to a 47-46 run, shooting forty-two percent from the field.  Thompson would start to cool off as he scored only nine points which contained a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  Durant would help out with eight points while knocking down two three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had six defensive rebounds while Young drilled another three-pointer near the end of the fourth quarter.  Jordan Crawford chalked up fourteen points off of the Pelicans’ bench but it wouldn’t be enough as the Golden State Warriors defeat the Louisiana team, 123-101, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Klay Thompson finished the game with twenty-seven points, six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks while Anthony Davis settled for twenty-one points, ten rebounds, three steals (tying his playoff career-high) and two blocks.

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 Philadelphia 76ers hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 132 to 130

The Philadelphia 76ers hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 132 to 130

The Philadelphia 76ers have recently clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2012 when Doug Collins was the head coach.   They will look to put fear in a team that they will potentially meet in the Playoffs as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center.  The Cavaliers are currently looking for their sixth straight victory while the 76ers are on a hot twelve-game winning streak.

This meeting between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  They have battled each other a grand total of 210 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 104 games while the 76ers pulled out 106 victories.  March 1 was the last time they saw each other as the 76ers handed the Cavaliers a 108 to 97 loss.  During that game, J.J. Redick scored 22 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists while LeBron James settled for 30 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

John Holland (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.2 APG, 27.5 FG%, 26.9 3P%)
London Perrantes (coach’s decision; 0.2 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 71.9 FG%)
George Hill (ankle; 10.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.8 APG, 46.0 FG%, 41.6 3P%)
Jose Calderon (hamstring; 4.6 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 51.1 FG%, 47.3 3P%)

Philadelphia 76ers:

Joel Embiid (face; 22.9 PPG, 11.0 PPG, 3.2 APG, 48.3 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (knee; 5.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 37.5 FG%, 33.5 3P%)
Justin Anderson (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 42.1 FG%, 31.5 3P%)
Jerryd Bayless (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
Furkan Korkmaz (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (1.1 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 38.9 FG%, 14.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Philadelphia 76ers will start the game on a high note as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Cleveland Cavaliers at forty-three percent.  Former Milwaukee Bucks guard J.J. Redick scored nineteen points, which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had two defensive rebounds and one assist while Ben Simmons recorded thirteen points on sixty-seven percent shooting.  Simmons was also able to grab eleven rebounds while he gave out eight assists, committed three steals, and blocked one shot.  Robert Covington would help out as he connected for two three-pointers and grabbed two boards.  Marco Belinelli played fourteen minutes off of the bench as he earned himself twelve points.

On the other end of the floor, Jeff Green chalked up seventeen points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had 3 three-pointers while LeBron James contributed with nine points, five rebounds, and nine assists.  Five-time All-Star Kevin Love would see to it that he got seven points with a three-pointer early in the first quarter.  He also had six defensive rebounds and three assists while Rodney Hood was limited to just four points.  J.R. Smith would play the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the 76ers went into halftime with a huge 78-55 advantage.

The Ohio team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on an incredible 75 to 54 run, shooting sixty-three percent from the field.  During that run, LeBron James went off for thirty-five points while hitting two three-pointers in the third quarter and two more three-pointers in the fourth quarter.  He also had six defensive rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block while Green continued to help out with sixteen points.  Kevin Love was able to earn ten points, which held two three-pointers in the third quarter.  The 76ers, however, were able to hold off the Cavaliers as James missed two much-needed free-throws, winning the game 132-130.  J.J. Redick finished with twenty-eight points, two rebounds, and one assist while LeBron James had forty-four points, eleven rebounds, eleven assists, two steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to New York as they battle Tim Hardaway (17.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 42 FG%) and the Knicks (27-51) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that they will play each other this season.  The Cavaliers and the Knicks have battled each other a total of 213 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 95 games while the Knicks went on to win 118 games.  The last time they clashed with each other was on November 13 when the Cavaliers crept away with a 104 to 101 win.  LeBron James finished that game with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 12 assists, and 3 blocks while Tim Hardaway had 28 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Philadelphia 76ers will host Harrison Barnes (18.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (24-55) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams will meet up this season.  They have played each other a grand total of 72 times as the Mavericks won 37 games while the 76ers were kept to 35 wins.  October 28 was the last time that the 76ers and the Mavericks battled each other as the Mavericks fell to the Philadelphia team, 112-110.  During that game, Ben Simmons scored 23 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, gave out 8 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot.  Joel Embiid also had 23 points, along with 9 rebounds, and 4 assists while Harrison Barnes finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds, and one steal.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Detroit Pistons their third straight loss, 112-90

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Detroit Pistons their third straight loss, 112-90

Things have been looking good for the Cleveland Cavaliers since the trades have been made as they have won 5 of their 9 games since the deadline.  But right now, they are hoping to avoid a third straight loss as they host the Detroit Pistons, who are also trying to avoid a third straight loss.  This matchup between the Cavaliers and the Pistons will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Cavaliers and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 234 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 104 games while the Detroit team went on to pull out 130 victories.  The last time they saw each other was on January 30 when the Cavaliers were handed a disappointing 125-114 loss.  During that game, Stanley Johnson scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, gave out 4 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while LeBron James had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jameer Nelson (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 40.2 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Kay Felder (G-League; 3.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 29.4 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
Reggie Hearn (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Jeff Green (back; 10.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 48.5 FG%, 30.9 3P%)
Kevin Love (hand; 17.9 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 46.3 FG%, 40.4 3P%)
Tristan Thompson (ankle; 6.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 58.5 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be somewhat competitive at the beginning as the Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first half while the Pistons ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Larry Nance Jr. got hot for 18 points on seventy-three percent shooting while recording three offensive rebounds and seven defensive rebounds.  LeBron James would help out with 16 points which included two three-pointers.  James also had five rebounds and three assists while Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Ante Zizic earned four points each.  Kyle Korver played nine minutes off of the bench but was limited to just a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.

As for the Michigan team, Blake Griffin lit the floor up with 15 points while connecting for two three-pointers in the first period.  He also had five rebounds, four assists, and one steal while Maryland-native Reggie Bullock earned eight points.  Bullock was able to knock down two three-pointers while Andre Drummond recorded six points, six rebounds, one steal, and one block.  Stanley Johnson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points while the home team went into the locker room with a 54 to 49 lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would close things out in the second half as they went on a 58 to 41 run, shooting fifty percent from the field.  LeBron James added to his scoring total with 15 points while earning 3 three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Cedi Osman had 10 points off of the bench.  Nance would slow down as he had only four points in the second half while Rodney Hood earned nine points.  On the other end of the court, Griffin collected ten more points but it wasn’t enough as the Cavaliers handed the Pistons a 112-90 blowout loss.  LeBron James finished with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal while Blake Griffin had 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will host DeMar DeRozan (23.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.2 APG, 46 FG%) and the Toronto Raptors (45-17) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the third of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  The Raptors and the Pistons have played each other a grand total of 89 times in the past as the Pistons earned 54 wins while the Raptors were kept to just 35 victories.  The last time they saw each other was on February 26 when the Raptors handed the Pistons a huge 123-94 blowout loss.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, grabbed one rebound, gave out 7 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot.  Kyle Lowry also had 20 points, along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Andre Drummond had 18 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Colorado to battle Gary Harris (17.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 3.0 APG, 49 FG%) and the Denver Nuggets (35-28) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that the Nuggets and the Cavaliers will meet up this season.  It was only four days ago when they last saw each other as the Cleveland team fell to the Nuggets, 126-117.  Gary Harris finished that game with 32 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while LeBron James settled for 25 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists, and 2 steals.

The Clippers pull through with a 123-120 victory over the Nets

The Clippers pull through with a 123-120 victory over the Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have recently came off of an eight-game losing streak but, unfortunately, they are in route of losing a third straight time as they visit Los Angeles to take on the Clippers.  The Los Angeles Clippers, on the other hand, are looking for a second straight victory.  This matchup between the Clippers and the Nets will mark the second and final time that these two teams will meet up this season.

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets have battled each other a grand total of 88 times in the past as the Clippers won 40 games while the Nets went on to pull out 48 wins.  The last time that they fought each other was on February 12 when the Nets fell short to the Clippers, 114-101.  During that game, Lou Williams scored 20 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, gave out 4 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while Joe Harris had 16 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  D’Angelo Russell also finished with 16 points, along with 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

Jeremy Lin (knee; 18.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Quincy Acy (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.8 APG, 33.4 FG%, 32.7 3P%)
Timofey Mozgov (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 53.6 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 53.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Nik Stauskas (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.9 APG, 38.5 FG%, 40.5 3P%)
James Webb (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 23.8 FG%, 23.5 3P%)
Milton Doyle (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 28.0 FG%, 15.4 3P%)
Isaiah Whitehead (G-League; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 46.5 FG%, 38.9 3P%)

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Avery Bradley (hernia; 14.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.4 FG%, 36.9 3P%)
Jawun Evans (abdominal; 5.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.5 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (hand; 15.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 40.7 FG%, 32.1 3P%)
Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 53.8 FG%)
C.J. Williams (G-League; 5.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 44.8 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
Tyrone Wallace (G-League; 10.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 46.1 FG%, 30.8 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Clippers would have the upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, limiting the Brooklyn Nets to forty-two percent.  Former Detroit Pistons’ forward Tobias Harris got hot for 18 points while shooting sixty-two percent from the field.  He also had two rebounds, one assist, and two blocks while Milos Teodosic chalked up 12 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the first quarter.  DeAndre Jordan made sure to help out with nine points, eight rebounds, and one assists while Austin Rivers settled for just five points.  Lou Williams played 15 minutes off of the bench as he earned himself 12 points.

On the other end of the court, Caris LeVert chalked up 11 points off of the bench which included one three-pointer late in the first period.  DeMarre Carroll earned himself six points which all came from beyond the arc while collecting four rebounds.  D’Angelo Russell was able to knock down a three-pointer and two free-throws to give himself five points while Spencer Dinwiddie was kept to just two points.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points while the home team went into halftime with a commanding 65 to 53 lead.

The Nets would bounce back in the second half as they sparked up a 67 to 58 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  LeVert continued to add to his scoring total as he collected 16 more points which contained four three-pointers.  He also had four rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block while Carroll connected for four three-pointers and two free-throws, earning 14 points in return.  Hollis-Jefferson had ten points as he played the most minutes off of the bench while Joe Harris earned 11 points off of the bench.  But, behind Rivers’ 22 second-half points and a game-sealing jumper by Lou Williams, the Clippers were able to hold off the Nets, 123-120.  Austin Rivers finished the game with 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists while Caris LeVert had a career-high 27 points, along with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will stay in California as they battle Stephen Curry (26.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (49-14) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.  The Nets and the Warriors have met up a total of 87 times in the past as the Warriors won 51 games while the Brooklyn team was limited to just 36 victories.  November 19 was the last time they saw each other as the Warriors snuck away with a 118 to 111 win.  Stephen Curry finished that game with 39 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals while Allen Crabbe settled for 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists.

The Los Angeles Clippers will host Anthony Davis (28.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.4 APG, 54 FG%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (35-26) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  The Clippers and the Pelicans have matched up a grand total of 52 times as the Pelicans won 27 games while the Clippers earned 25 wins.  The last time they battled each other was on January 28 when the Clippers handed the Pelicans a 112-103 loss.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 27 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and came away with one steal while Anthony Davis finished with 25 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Brooklyn Nets strike the Chicago Bulls with a 104 to 87 loss

The Brooklyn Nets strike the Chicago Bulls with a 104 to 87 loss

The Brooklyn Nets currently hold the record for the longest losing streak in the league, hoping to avoid a ninth straight loss.  They will look to break this streak as they host the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center, who are currently on a three-game losing streak.  The Nets and the Bulls have battled each other a grand total of 173 times in the past as the Bulls won 99 games while the Nets ended up winning just 74 games.  This matchup will mark the first of three times that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

Omer Asik (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.1 APG, 43.8 FG%)
Jerian Grant (coach’s decision; 8.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.9 APG, 42.6 FG%, 34.0 3P%)
Zach LaVine (rest; 17.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.2 FG%, 38.3 3P%)
Antonio Blakeney (G-League; 7.1 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 36.6 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 41.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Paul Zipser (foot; 3.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 36.0 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
Robin Lopez (12.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.0 APG, 52.7 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Brooklyn Nets:

Jeremy Lin (knee; 18.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Timofey Mozgov (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 53.6 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Jahlil Okafor (calf; 6.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 53.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
James Webb (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 23.8 FG%, 23.5 3P%)
Milton Doyle (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 28.0 FG%, 15.4 3P%)
Isaiah Whitehead (G-League; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 46.5 FG%, 38.9 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be somewhat competitive at the beginning as the Chicago Bulls shot forty percent from the field while the Brooklyn Nets ended up shooting thirty-eight percent.  Lauri Markkanen scored 15 points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  He also had three rebounds while Connecticut-native Kris Dunn helped out with 13 points on fifty-six percent shooting.  Dunn added three defensive rebounds and three assists to it while both David Nwaba and Justin Holiday had four points each.  Denzel Valentine played 15 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points.

On the other end of the court, both Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll chalked up 11 points each in the fifteen minutes that they played.  They also had two three-pointers each while Crabbe earned three defensive rebounds and one steal while Carroll collected three rebounds and three assists.  The 2015-2016 All-Rookie player D’Angelo Russell contributed with two three-pointers in the first quarter while Jarrett Allen had four points.  Joe Harris played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points as the visiting team hit the locker room with a tight 51-49 lead.

The New York team would catch the Bulls by surprise in the second half as they sparked up a huge 55-36 run after the break.  During that run, Allen posted up 14 points, 6 rebounds, one assists, and 2 blocks while shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  Crabbe saw to it that he got 10 points with two three-pointers in the third period.   Both Dante Cunningham and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had two points each while Carroll earned himself seven points.  Dunn would score 10 points for the Bulls but it wasn’t enough as the Nets handed the Bulls a 104-87 loss.  Allen Crabbe finished the game with 21 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Kris Dunn had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will visit North Carolina to take on Kemba Walker (22.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.8 APG, 43 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (27-33) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This matchup between the Bulls and the Hornets will mark the third of four times that they will meet up this season.  They have battled each other a grand total of 115 times as the Hornets won 40 games while the Bulls went on to pull out 75 victories.  December 8 was the last time they saw each other as the Chicago team pulled away with a 119-111 overtime win.  Lauri Markkanen finished that game with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Dwight Howard had 25 points, 20 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and 6 blocks.

The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Ohio to clash with LeBron James (26.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 8.9 APG, 55 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (35-24) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Nets and the Cavaliers have battled each other a total of 189 times in the past as the Nets won 80 games while the Cavaliers ended up winning 109 games.  The last time they met up was on November 22 when the Ohio team handed the Nets a 119 to 109 loss.  During that game, LeBron James scored 33 points, pulled 6 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed 2 steals while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists.

The Oklahoma City Thunder hold off the Sacramento Kings, 110 to 107

The Oklahoma City Thunder hold off the Sacramento Kings, 110 to 107

The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to start another winning streak as they hope to grab their second straight win after All-Star break.  They will look to do that against the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center, who are currently on the brink of a two-game losing streak.  The Thunder and the Kings have battled it out a grand total of 238 times in the past as the Thunder won 150 games while the Kings were limited to just 88 wins.

This meeting between these two ball clubs will mark the third of four times that they will play each this season.  The last time they met up was on January 15 when the Thunder slipped away with a 95 to 88 win.  During that game, Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, dished off one assist, and blocked 2 shots while Buddy Hield finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 87.5 FG%)
Dakari Johnson (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 55.3 FG%)
Kyle Singler (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.1 APG, 36.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 45.5 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
PJ Dozier (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

Sacramento Kings:

Harry Giles (knee)
Iman Shumpert (foot; 4.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 37.9 FG%, 26.9 3P%)
Bruno Caboclo (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
De’Aaron Fox (eye; 11.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.3 APG, 41.0 FG%, 32.6 3P%)
JaKarr Sampson (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 64.1 FG%, 60.0 3P%)
Kosta Koufos (illness; 6.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.1 APG, 56.1 FG%)
Jack Cooley (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

Despite the Thunder ending the first quarter with a huge 44 to 21 lead, the first half would be competitive as they shot fifty-five percent from the field while the Kings shot fifty percent.  Paul George scored 15 points as he nailed two three-pointers in the first quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds, seven assists, and one steal while Carmelo Anthony collected 15 points, as well.  Anthony, however, would earn all of those points from beyond the arc while Steven Adams earned himself 12 points and 2 blocks.  Russell Westbrook helped out with 8 points while recording 9 defensive rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.  Raymond Felton played 10 minutes off of the bench but was held to just two points.

On the other end of the court, two-time All-Star Zach Randolph posted up 14 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had 8 rebounds and 2 assists while Buddy Hield scored 12 points off of the bench.  Hield added 6 rebounds and 3 assists to it while Willie Cauley-Stein earned himself seven points.  Former Washington Wizards’ guard Garrett Temple knocked down two three-pointers while Bogdan Bogdanovic had two free-throws.  Vince Carter played the most minutes off of the bench as he had seven points but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder who went into the locker room with a 67 to 60 lead.

The home team would make a comeback, though, as they sparked up a 53 to 43 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Randolph continued to put on a scoring display as he earned 17 more points, which included a three-pointer early in the third quarter.  He also had two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while Vince Carter had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.  Hield played the most minutes off of the bench as he had seven points.

As for the Thunder, George had 11 more points with one three-pointer in the middle of the third period.  He also had five defensive rebounds and one assist while Carmelo Anthony collected eight points with two three-pointers.  Westbrook earned 9 points, 6 defensive rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal but the most important shot was at the end of the game when he nailed a clutch three-pointer to give the Thunder a 110 to 107 win.  Paul George finished the game with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal while Zach Randolph had 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on Stephen Curry (26.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.5 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (44-14) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Warriors and the Thunder have fought each other a total of 262 times in the past as the Thunder pulled out 145 wins while the Warriors were limited to just 117 victories.  February 6 was the last time they met up as the Thunder defeated the Warriors, 125-105. Paul George finished the game with 38 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 6 steals while Kevin Durant had 33 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

The Sacramento Kings will host Brandon Ingram (16.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.7 APG, 46 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (23-34) on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four times that they will play each other this season.  The Kings and the Lakers have saw each other a grand total of 462 times as the Kings won 165 games while the Lakers went on to earn 297 wins.  The last time they met up was on January 9 when the Kings fell short to the Lakers, 99-86.  During that game, Julius Randle scored 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, gave out 6 assists, and committed one steal while Bogdan Bogdanovic had 19 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.