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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 Memphis Grizzlies hand the Brooklyn Nets a 118-79 blowout loss

The Memphis Grizzlies hand the Brooklyn Nets a 118-79 blowout loss

Thursday, March 5, 2020

 

Last night, the Brooklyn Nets saw their four-game losing streak come to an end as they defeated the Boston Celtics in an overtime game, 129-120.  During that game, Caris LeVert scored a career-high 51 points.  They will try to grab a second straight win as they host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at the Barclays Center.

The Grizzlies, on the other hand, will look to grab a third consecutive win as they are coming fresh off of a 127-88 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that they play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on October 27 when the Grizzlies beat the Nets in overtime, 134-133.  Ja Morant finished that game with 30 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, one steal, and one block while Kyrie Irving had 37 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Brooklyn Nets and the Memphis Grizzlies have battled each other a grand total of 46 times in the past as they both won 23 games each.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Grayson Allen (hip; 7.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 44.9 FG%, 36.3 3P%)
-Brandon Clarke (quad; 12.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 62.3 FG%, 40.4 3P%)
-Jaren Jackson (knee; 16.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.8 FG%, 39.7 3P%)
-Justise Winslow (back; 11.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.0 APG, 38.8 FG%, 22.2 3P%)

Brooklyn Nets:

-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (shoulder; 27.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 47.8 FG%, 39.4 3P%)
-Jeremiah Martin (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%)
-Dzanan Musa (G-League; 4.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 36.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Garrett Temple (ankle; 10.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.6 APG, 37.8 FG%, 32.4 3P%)
-Nicolas Claxton (G-League; 4.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 56.3 FG%, 14.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be somewhat competitive in the first half as the Grizzlies shot thirty-six percent from the field while the Nets shot thirty-seven percent.  Ja Morant scored nine points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also had three rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Dillon Brooks helped out with eight points.

Former Toronto Raptors’ center Jonas Valanciunas chalked up seven points while grabbing 10 rebounds.  De’Anthony Melton and Kyle Anderson combined for 11 points.  Tyus Jones played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped 10 points.

On the other end of the floor, Caris LeVert put up 10 points on forty-percent shooting.  He also had three rebounds and five assists while Taurean Prince contributed with eight points.  Joe Harris scored six points which included two three-pointers in the first period.  Spencer Dinwiddie had four points as he shot only fourteen percent from the field.  Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot played 12 minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Grizzlies went into halftime with a 52-45 lead.

The Memphis ball club would close things out in the second half as they went on an incredibly huge 66-34 run, shooting fifty-percent.  During that run, Josh Jackson scored 12 points off the bench as he hit 3 three-pointers.  Anderson and Morant combined for 13 points while Brooks had four.

As for the Brooklyn team, both Harris and Prince scored seven points each but it wasn’t enough as the Memphis Grizzlies handed the Brooklyn Nets an 118-79 blowout loss.  Josh Jackson finished that game with 19 points, one assist, and 2 steals while Taurean Prince had 15 points and 5 rebounds.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will head to Texas to take on Luka Doncic (28.5 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 8.8 APG, 46.1 FG%, 31.5 3P%) and the Dallas Mavericks (37-25) on Friday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that they play each other this season.  February 5 was the last time they saw each other as the Mavericks fell to the Grizzlies, 121-107.  During that game, Ja Morant scored 21 points, grabbed one rebound, and dished off 3 assists while Kristaps Porzingis had 32 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Brooklyn Nets will host DeMar DeRozan (22.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 5.4 APG, 52.7 FG%, 26.7 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (26-34) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  It will be the second and final time that they see each other this season.  The last time they battled each other was on December 19 when the Spurs defeated the Nets, 118-105.  Patty Mills finished that game with 27 points, one rebound, and 2 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 41 points, one rebound, and 5 assists.

The New York Knicks fell to the Houston Rockets, 123-112

The New York Knicks fell to the Houston Rockets, 123-112

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

 

The Houston Rockets are looking to capture a fourth consecutive victory tonight as they host the New York Knicks at the Toyota Center.  They are coming fresh off of a 120-110 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday.  The Knicks, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a fourth straight loss.  This will be the first of two times that these teams will meet up this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Rockets and the Knicks have fought each other a grand total of 153 times as the Rockets won 79 games while the Knicks were kept to just 74 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Elfrid Payton (knee; 9.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.9 APG, 43.0 FG%, 23.7 3P%)
-Wayne Ellington (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 35.8 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Kenny Wooten (G-League)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 27.3 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Frank Ntilikina (groin; 5.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 38.5 FG%, 31.0 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 31.3 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 77.8 FG%)
-Russell Westbrook (thumb; 27.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7.2 APG, 46.6 FG%, 24.6 3P%)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (G-League; 4.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 65.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-William Howard (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 36.4 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Chris Clemons (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.3 FG%, 35.5 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty percent from the field, limiting the New York Knicks to just forty-six percent.  James Harden got hot for 31 points which included four three-pointers.  He also had 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Robert Covington helped out with eight points.  Eric Gordon and Danuel House combined for 10 points while P.J. Tucker was held scoreless.  Ben McLemore played 14 minutes off the bench as he had 11 points.

On the other end of the floor, R.J. Barrett chalked up 16 points while knocking down 2 three-pointers.  Former Lakers’ forward Julius Randle helped out with 12 points on fifty-percent shooting.  Dennis Smith contributed with six points while both Taj Gibson and Maurice Harkless had two points each.  Reggie Bullock played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless as the Texas team went into halftime with a 72-57 lead.

The Knicks would try to make a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-two percent from the field while the home team shot thirty-nine percent.  During that time, Smith added nine more points to his scoring total while recording 5 rebounds and 2 steals.  Barrett, Randle, and Harkless earned five points each while Gibson had four.  Mitchell Robinson played the most minutes off the bench but only had seven points.

As for the Rockets, Austin Rivers dropped 14 points off the bench while House, Gordon, and Harden combined for 22 of the Rockets’ 51 second-half points.  McLemore played 14 minutes off the bench but only had six points as the Rockets came away with a 123-112 win.  James Harden finished the game with 37 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals while R.J. Barrett had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will head to North Carolina to battle Devonte Graham (17.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 7.7 APG, 37.3 FG%, 36.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (19-37) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that they play each other this season.  January 28 was the last time they saw each other as the Knicks fell to the Hornets, 97-92.  Terry Rozier finished that game with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist while Julius Randle scored 24 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and committed one steal.

The Houston Rockets will host Ja Morant (17.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 35.5 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (28-28) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they meet each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 14 when the Grizzlies won, 121-110.  Morant finished that game with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block while James Harden settled for 41 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block.

The Spurs bring an end to the Jazz’s winning streak, 113-104

The Spurs bring an end to the Jazz’s winning streak, 113-104

Saturday, February 22, 2020

 

The San Antonio Spurs are coming out of the All-Star break, looking to grab a second straight victory tonight against the Utah Jazz.  This will also mark the sixth game of an eight-game road trip for them.  As for the Jazz, they will look to capture a fifth straight win tonight.

Tonight’s game will mark the second of four times that these two teams will match up with each other this season.  The last time they met up was on January 29 when the Spurs handed the Jazz a 127-120 loss.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 31 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz have met up a grand total of 213 times as the Spurs won 118 games while the Jazz were limited to just 95 victories.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-Marco Belinelli (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.1 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Keldon Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 55.2 FG%)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

Utah Jazz:

-Mike Conley (knee; 13.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, 39.2 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-Ed Davis (back; 1.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.2 FG%)
-Nigel Williams-Goss (quad; 0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would have control of things in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Jazz at thirty-nine percent shooting.  Dejounte Murray scored 15 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also had three rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Bryn Forbes had 13 points.  He collected 12 of those points from beyond the arc and the other point from the charity stripe.

Former Trail Blazers’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge helped out with 12 points which included a three-pointer.  He also had five rebounds and two assists while DeMar DeRozan and Trey Lyles combined for 11 points.  Patty Mills played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points.

On the other end of the floor, Rudy Gobert dropped 10 points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He was also able to collect nine rebounds while both Royce O’Neale and Joe Ingles had seven points each.  They were able to knock down one three-pointer each while Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic chalked up six points each.  Jordan Clarkson played 17 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 65-46 lead.

The Jazz attempted to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-48 run, shooting forty-eight percent.  During that run, Emmanuel Mudiay got hot for 18 points while Bogdanovic and Gobert combined for 17 points.  Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench but only had eight points.

As for the Spurs, DeRozan added 12 more points to his scoring total while Murray had eight points.  Derrick White, who played 12 minutes off the bench, scored 11 points as the San Antonio Spurs were able to come out with a 113-104 win.  Dejounte Murray finished the game with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a season-high-tying 4 steals while Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will go back to Oklahoma to battle Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 46.6 FG%, 35.0 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (33-22) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that these two teams will see each other this season.  February 11 was the last time they played each other as the Thunder fell to the Spurs, 114-106.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 25 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Chris Paul had 31 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Utah Jazz will host James Harden (35.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 7.3 APG, 43.7 FG%, 35.8 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (34-20) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the third and final time that these ball clubs will fight each other this season.  The last time that they met up was on February 9 when the Jazz crept away with a 114-113 win.  During that contest, Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and gave out 2 assists while Russell Westbrook had 39 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

Friday, February 14, 2020

 

The New Orleans Pelicans have been playing impressive basketball lately, winning six of their last eight games.  With a win tonight, they will have captured their fourth straight win.  They will hope to do that as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center.

The Thunder, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss tonight.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Thunder came away with a 107-104 victory.  During that game, Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Jrue Holiday had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pelicans and the Thunder have played each other a grand total of 60 times in the past as the Thunder won 35 games while the Pelicans were limited to just 25 victories.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Darius Bazley (knee; 4.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Hamidou Diallo (coach’s decision; 6.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 45.1 FG%, 17.2 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Brandon Ingram (ankle; 24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Kenrich Williams (back; 3.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.9 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 61.1 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, keeping the Pelicans at forty-seven percent shooting.  Danilo Gallinari chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed with 13 points while dishing out three assists.

Center Steven Adams scored seven points while knocking down a rare three-pointer.  He also had seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 2 blocks while Chris Paul had six points on forty-percent shooting.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he threw up 13 points.

As for the home team, Zion Williamson got hot for 15 points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Both Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball scored seven points each while Ball knocked down two three-pointers in the process.  Hart also had a three-pointer while Derrick Favors and Jrue Holiday earned four points each.  J.J. Redick played 13 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Oklahoma team that went into halftime with a 66-58 lead.

The Pelicans would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-57 run.  During that run, Williamson added 17 more points to his scoring total while grabbing three rebounds.  Holiday helped out with 10 points which included a three-pointer.  Redick played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up 17 points.

On the other end of the court, Gallinari scored 15 points while Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 12 points.  Schroder dropped nine points off the bench as the Thunder held on to take a 123-118 win.  Danilo Gallinari finished the game with 29 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Zion Williamson had 32 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Nikola Jokic (20.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 6.9 APG, 51.8 FG%, 32.9 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (38-17) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 14 when the Thunder fell to the Nuggets, 110-102.  Jokic finished that game with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and one steal while Dennis Schroder settled for 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Oregon to fight C.J. McCollum (21.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.6 FG%, 38.3 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (25-31) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these ball clubs will face off this season.  February 11 was the last time they met as the Pelicans handed the Trail Blazers, 138-117.  During that game, Zion Williamson scored 31 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, gave out 5 assists, and committed one steal while McCollum had 20 points, one rebound, and 3 assists.

The Brooklyn Nets hold on to take a 106-105 win over the Indiana Pacers

The Brooklyn Nets hold on to take a 106-105 win over the Indiana Pacers

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

The Indiana Pacers are on the longest losing streak of the season as they try to avoid a sixth straight loss tonight.  They will hope to do that as they host the Brooklyn Nets at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  The Nets, on the other hand, are hoping to steer clear from a second consecutive loss.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 18 when the Pacers blew the Nets out, 115-86.  During that game, Aaron Holiday scored 24 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 13 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 28 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pacers and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 192 times in the past as the Pacers won 112 victories while the Nets were limited to 80 wins.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (knee; 27.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 47.8 FG%, 39.4 3P%)
-Chris Chiozza (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 30.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-Nicolas Claxton (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 56.5 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Rodions Kurucs (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.1 FG%, 46.3 3P%)
-Theo Pinson (G-League; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.9 APG, 29.3 FG%, 19.5 3P%)
-Dzanan Musa (G-League; 4.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 36.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Jeremiah Martin (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 3P%)

Indiana Pacers:

-Goga Bitadze (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 48.1 FG%, 16.0 3P%)
-Aaron Holiday (coach’s decision; 9.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 41.5 FG%, 41.3 3P%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.4 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
-JaKarr Sampson (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 59.3 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Edmond Sumner (4.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.4 APG, 43.8 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Alize Johnson (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.2 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (G-League; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 18.2 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be kept close in the first half as the Nets shot thirty-nine percent from the field while the Pacers shot forty-seven percent.  Taurean Prince scored 12 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  Both Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert had eight points each while Spencer Dinwiddie earned six points.  Garrett Temple played the most minutes off the bench but only had eight points himself.

On the other end of the court, Myles Turner chalked up 13 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two rebounds and one steal while T.J. Warren helped out with 11 points on fifty-percent shooting.  Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo combined for 13 points while Malcolm Brogdon was kept scoreless.  Justin Holiday played 14 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Nets went into halftime with a 51 to 48 lead.

The Pacers would attempt to make a comeback as they shot fifty percent from the field in the second half while the Nets shot forty percent.  Sabonis dropped 15 points as he missed only one of his eight shots attempted.  Warren added 8 more points to his scoring total while Oladipo and Brogdon combined for 13 points.

As for the New York team, Dinwiddie scored 15 points but shot only twenty-seven percent.  Former Cavaliers’ player Joe Harris contributed with 14 points which held four three-pointers.  DeAndre Jordan played 16 minutes off the bench as he recorded 9 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks.

DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE:

With fifty seconds left in the game, the Pacers would hold a 103-99 lead.  Harris would then make a driving layup to bring the Nets within two.  Nineteen seconds later, he went and made a 28-foot three-pointer to take the lead.  Sabonis responded with a two-point jump shot to give the Pacers the lead again.

Out of a Nets’ timeout and with five seconds left, Spencer Dinwiddie made a clutch 21-foot step-back jump shot to give the visiting team an one-point lead.  Brogdon attempted to take a game-winning three-point shot with one second left but missed as the Nets held on to take a 106-105 win.  Dinwiddie finished the game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, and one block while Sabonis had 23 points, 10 rebounds, a season-high-tying 11 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will host Pascal Siakam (23.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 45.5 FG%, 35.4 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (39-14) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that they play each other this season.  February 8 was the last time they saw each other as the Raptors crept away with a 119-118 win.  Fred VanVleet finished that game with 29 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists while Caris LeVert had 37 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Indiana Pacers will host Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 54.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (45-7) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 22 when the Pacers fell to the Bucks, 117-89.  During that game, Wesley Matthews scored 19 points, grabbed one rebound, gave out one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while Domantas Sabonis had 19 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

The New York Knicks escape the Detroit Pistons, 95-92

The New York Knicks escape the Detroit Pistons, 95-92

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The New York Knicks have been playing impressive lately as they are currently on a three-game winning streak.  They will look to extend it to four as they battle the Detroit Pistons in Michigan.  The Pistons, who have traded Andre Drummond three days ago, are trying to avoid a second consecutive loss.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these teams will see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 6 when the Pistons handed the Knicks a 122-102 loss.  During that game, Andre Drummond scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed one steal while Julius Randle had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Knicks and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 397 times in the past as the Knicks won 213 games while the Pistons were kept to just 184 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Damyean Dotson (coach’s decision; 6.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 42.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (illness; 6.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 43.5 FG%, 32.6 3P%)
-Maurice Harkless (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 51.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 27.3 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Kenny Wooten (G-League)

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (hip; 11.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 45.0 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (hip; 8.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 43.3 FG%, 42.5 3P%)
-Derrick Rose (groin; 18.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 49.8 FG%, 31.5 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Louis King (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.1 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Brandon Knight (4.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 32.6 FG%, 29.7 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Pistons shot fifty-five percent from the field while the Knicks shot forty-eight percent.  Both Christian Wood and Reggie Jackson dropped nine points which included a three-pointer each.  Wood recorded six rebounds, as well, along with two assists and one steal while Jackson had two rebounds and six assists.

Former Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker helped out with seven points while Bruce Brown had four points.  Tony Snell was held to just a three-pointer but managed to give out an assist, although he had two turnovers.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Elfrid Payton and Taj Gibson had six points each while Julius Randle contributed with five points.  He had a three-pointer while Reggie Bullock knocked down a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Frank Ntilikina played 13 minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a 50 to 48 lead.

The New York Knicks would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 47-42  run.  During that run, Randle scored 12 more points while grabbing four rebounds, giving out two assists, committing a steal and blocking a shot.  As for the Pistons, Jackson scored 11 more points but it was the Knicks who came away with a win, 95-92.  Julius Randle finished the game with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Reggie Jackson had 20 points, 2 rebounds, a season-high-tying 9 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will head to Georgia to take on John Collins (20.1 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 55.8 FG%, 35.4 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (14-39) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 17 when the Knicks blew the Hawks out, 143-120.  R.J. Barrett finished that game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Trae Young had 42 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The Detroit Pistons will host Terry Rozier (18.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.2 APG, 42.0 FG%, 38.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (16-35) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  November 29 was the last time they battled each other as the Pistons fell to the Hornets, 110-107.  During that game, P.J. Washington scored 26 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, gave out 3 assists, and committed 4 steals while Derrick Rose settled for 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Thunder escape the Magic with the 120-114 victory

The Thunder escape the Magic with the 120-114 victory

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking for their third straight victory tonight after defeating the Houston Rockets on Monday, 112-107.  They will hope to do so as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.  As for the Magic, they will try to grab a second consecutive win.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will face off this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 5 when the Magic fell to the Thunder, 102-94.  During that game, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while Aaron Gordon had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Orlando Magic have seen each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Thunder won 38 games while the Magic grabbed 23 games.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-D.J. Augustin (knee; 10.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.7 APG, 39.3 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Jonathan Isaac (knee; 12.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.3 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.5 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 35.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Vic Law (G-League)
-Melvin Frazier (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 35.3 FG%, 57.1 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Steven Adams (ankle; 11.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.6 APG, 60.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Terrance Ferguson (personal; 5.1 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.8 FG%, 32.0 3P%)
-Abdel Nader (ankle; 6.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 47.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 34.7 FG%, 14.7 3P%)
-Justin Patton (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot sixty-three percent from the field, limiting the home team to just thirty-nine percent.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had five rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one block while Nerlens Noel helped out with 10 points.

Both Danilo and Gallinari and Chris Paul chalked up six points each.  Gallinari earned three of his from beyond the arc as he grabbed four rebounds, dished out one assist, and committed one steal while Paul recorded one rebound, five assists, and one steal.  Dennis Schroder played 16 minutes off the bench as he dropped 11 points.

On the other end of the floor, Nikola Vucevic chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.  Wes Iwundu, Evan Fournier, and Markelle Fultz all had five points while Aaron Gordon earned four points.  Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Thunder who went into halftime with a 60-51 advantage.

The Magic will look to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 63-60 run, both teams shooting fifty-seven percent from the field each.  During that run, Vucevic added 10 more points to his scoring total while Gordon also scored 10 points.  Fournier, Fultz, and Iwundu combined for 14 points while Ross dropped 19 off the bench.

As for the Oklahoma team, Chris Paul scored 13 points but shot only thirty-eight percent.  Schroder chalked up 20 points off the bench as the Thunder held on to defeat the Magic, 120-114.  Dennis Schroder finished that game with a season-high-tying 31 points, along with 3 rebounds, and a season-high-tying 9 assists.  Terrence Ross settled for a season-high-tying 26 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will host Kemba Walker (22.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 39.0 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (28-14) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Trae Young (29.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 8.6 APG, 44.7 FG%, 37.3 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-34) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that they see each other during this season.

The Wizards close things out against the Pistons, 106-100

The Wizards close things out against the Pistons, 106-100

Monday, January 20, 2020

 

The Detroit Pistons will look to grab a third straight win today as they battle the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena.  If they win today, it will mark their first three-game winning streak this season.  The Wizards, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss.

Today’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 26 when the Pistons handed the Wizards a 132-102 blowout loss.  During that game, Christian Wood scored 22 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished out three assists, and blocked one shot while Anzejs Pasencniks had 17 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pistons and the Wizards have faced each other a grand total of 295 times as the Wizards won 133 games while the Pistons went on to grab 162 victories.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Thon Maker (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Washington Wizards:

-Rui Hachimura (groin; 13.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48.2 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
-Garrison Matthews (ankle; 6.2 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 46.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Anzejs Pasecniks (ankle; 8.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Admiral Schofield (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 40.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Moritz Wagner (ankle; 11.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 58.1 FG%, 39.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Wizards shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Pistons shot fifty-two percent.  Derrick Rose scored 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Two-time All-Star Andre Drummond helped out with nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had seven rebounds, one assist, 2 steals, and one block.

Tony Snell drained two three-pointers while Sekou Doumbouya recorded four points.  Doumbouya also had two defensive rebounds while Bruce Brown was limited to just a three-pointer.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only scored four points.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal dropped 16 points which included two three-pointers.  Ian Mahinmi contributed 12 points as he missed only one of his six shots attempted.  Isaiah Thomas and Gary Payton combined for five points while Isaac Bonga was kept scoreless.  Davis Bertans played 15 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Washington Wizards went into halftime with a 60-58 lead.

The home team would start to close things out in the second half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field, keeping the Detroit ball club to thirty-three percent.  Beal added to his scoring total with 13 points on forty-five percent shooting.  Mahinmi dropped nine points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting, including a three-pointer.  Troy Brown played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

As for the Pistons, Tony Snell chalked up ten points which contained two three-pointers in the third period.  Drummond and Rose combined for 17 points.  Svi Mykhailuk played 13 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the Wizards who pulled out a 106-100 victory.  Bradley Beal finished the game with 29 points, one rebound, six assists, and one steal while Derrick Rose had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will host Buddy Hield (20.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.8 FG%, 36.6 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (15-27) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two teams will see each other this season.

The Washington Wizards will head to South Florida to battle Jimmy Butler (20.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 26.5 3P%) and the Miami Heat (29-13) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  It will be the third of four times that these ball clubs will battle it out this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 30 when the Heat fell to the Wizards, 123-105.  Jordan McRae finished that game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Butler had 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Philadelphia 76ers hand the Chicago Bulls a 100-89 loss

The Philadelphia 76ers hand the Chicago Bulls a 100-89 loss

Saturday, January 18, 2020

 

The Philadelphia 76ers are coming fresh off of a 117-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.  Tonight, they will look to grab a second straight win as they host the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center.  This will be the last game the 76ers play at home before going on a three-game road trip.

The Chicago Bulls are looking to grab a second consecutive victory, as well.  They have just recently defeated the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of three times that these two teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls have played each other a grand total of 244 times in the past as the 76ers won 128 games while the Bulls were limited to just 116 victories.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

-Wendall Carter (ankle; 11.7 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Daniel Gafford (finger; 4.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 67.7 FG%)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Max Strus (knee; 2.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Shaquille Harrison (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.6 FG%, 39.2 3P%)
-Adam Mokoka (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Joel Embiid (finger; 23.4 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47.2 FG%, 32.2 3P%)
-Jonah Bolden (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Trey Burke (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 47.9 FG%, 44.4 3P%)
-Shake Milton (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 38.1 FG%, 22.7 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 2.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 60.0 FG%)
-Zhaire Smith (G-League)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Bulls shot forty-five percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-two percent.  Lauri Markkanen scored 12 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  He also had one rebound, two steals, and one block while Zach LaVine helped out with 11 points.

Former New York Knicks’ forward Luke Kornet chalked up five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the charity stripe.  Tomas Satoransky only had two points while Kris Dunn was kept scoreless.  Thaddeus Young played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points.

As for the home team, Ben Simmons chalked up 12 points on fifty-four percent shooting.  He also had seven rebounds and one assist while Al Horford and Tobias Harris combined for 16 points.  Matisse Thybulle had four points and two blocks while Josh Richardson was limited to two points.  Furkan Korkmaz played nine minutes off the bench as he had six points while the Bulls went into halftime with a 47-46 lead.

The Philadelphia 76ers would take control of things in the second half as they went on a 54 to 42 run, shooting fifty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Horford added 11 more points to his scoring total while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Simmons helped out with eight points as he grabbed four boards, dished out six assists, and committed one steal.  Korkmaz played 17 minutes off the bench as he had 18 points.

On the other end of the court, LaVine put up 12 more points but it wasn’t enough as the 76ers came away with a 100-89 win.  Furkan Korkmaz finished the game with a career-high 24 points, along with 4 rebounds and one block while Zach LaVine had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will host Collin Sexton (18.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.4 FG%, 32.6 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-29) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 30 when the Bulls fell to the Cavaliers, 117-111.  During that game, Tristan Thompson scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out two assists, and blocked 5 shots while Zach LaVine had 16 points, 2 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will head to New York to battle Julius Randle (19.0 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.2 FG%, 29.4 3P%) and the New York Knicks (11-31) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they fight each other this season.  November 29 was the last time they played each other as the 76ers handed the Knicks a 101-95 loss.  Joel Embiid finished that game with 27 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks while Julius Randle had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.