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The Knicks escape with a 124-122 overtime win over the Warriors

The Knicks escape with a 124-122 overtime win over the Warriors

Thursday, December 12, 2019

 

The New York Knicks currently have the longest losing streak in the league right now, losing for the tenth straight time last night against the Portland Trail Blazers.  They will hope to avoid an eleventh straight loss as they battle the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center.  The Warriors are dealing with problems of their own as they won only one of their past six games played, sitting with a 5-20 record.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors have battled each other a grand total of 343 times in the past as the Knicks won 160 games while the Warriors went on to grab 183 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Reggie Bullock (cervical disc herniation)
-Wayne Ellington (Achilles; 4.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 32.1 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 25.0 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (illness; 5.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 31.8 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 50.9 FG%, 43.8 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 9.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)

Golden State Warriors:

-Stephen Curry (hand; 20.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 40.9 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Klay Thompson (ACL)
-Jordan Poole (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 25.8 FG%, 24.6 3P%)
-Alen Smailagic (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The New York team would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field, holding the Warriors to just thirty-three percent.  Marcus Morris got hot for 18 points while burying two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Rookie shooting guard R.J. Barrett helped out with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal.

Barrett also had two three-pointers in the second period while Julius Randle scored 10 points.  Frank Ntilikina was kept to just two points while Taj Gibson was held scoreless.  Texas-native Damyean Dotson played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless, as well.

On the other end of the court, D’Angelo Russell dropped 15 points while drilling 3 three-pointers in the process.  Glenn Robinson and Draymond Green combined for 15 points while Eric Paschall and Willie Cauley-Stein had two points each.  Former Cavaliers’ Alec Burks played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Knicks went into halftime with a 68-50 advantage.

The home team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 62-44 scoring run.  During that run, Russell scored 13 points while hitting 3 three-pointers.  Green chalked up seven points to go along three rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.  Cauley-Stein and Robinson combined for eight points while Burks had 14 points off the bench.

As for the Knicks, Morris and Randle combined for 28 points while Gibson was still scoreless.  Barrett was able to score four points while Ntilikina was held scoreless.  Elfrid Payton played 16 minutes off the bench as he had six points.

The New York Knicks would have a three-point lead with five seconds left in regulation but their defense allowed Russell to drill a 23-foot three-pointer to tie the game up at 112 apiece.  Payton attempted to answer back with a trey of his own but would end up missing as the game went into overtime.

Both teams would battle it out in overtime as the Knicks shot thirty-six percent while the Warriors shot thirty-three percent.  Julius Randle had a three-pointer Barrett scored two points.  Payton dropped four points off the bench as the Knicks came away with a 124-122 victory.  Marcus Morris finished the game with a season-high 36 points, along with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying 3 steals.  D’Angelo Russell had 32 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will stay on the West coast as they fight Buddy Hield (21.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.7 APG, 42.3 FG%, 37.2 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (10-13) on Friday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final matchup between these two teams this season.  The first meeting was on November 3 when the Knicks fell to the Kings, 113-92.  De’Aaron Fox finished that game with 24 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal, and a block while Marcus Morris had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

The Golden State Warriors will travel to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.6 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (13-11) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they see each other this season.  November 22 was the last time they met up as the Jazz crept away with a 113-109 win.  During that game, Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 4 assists and committed one steal while Alec Burks had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals.

The 76ers snuck away with a 97 to 92 victory over the Nuggets

The 76ers snuck away with a 97 to 92 victory over the Nuggets

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Tonight’s matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers will mark the last game of a tough four-game road trip for the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets lost all but one game on this road trip with their only victory coming against the New York Knicks on December 5. They are coming fresh off a 105-102 loss against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

The 76ers, on the other hand, are hoping to grab a third consecutive win tonight, coming off of a 110-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Tonight’s meeting will mark the second and final matchup against these two teams this season. The last time they battled each other was on November 8 when the Nuggets crept away with a 100-97 win. Nikola Jokic finished that game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Joel Embiid had 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The 76ers and the Nuggets have played each other a grand total of 89 times in the past as the Nuggets won 39 games while the 76ers came away with 50 victories.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Vlatko Cancar (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Bol Bol (G-League)
-P.J. Dozier (G-League)

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Zhaire Smith (leg)
-Trey Burke (coach’s decision; 7.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 43.1 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
-Shake Milton (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.3 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
-Kyle O’Quinn (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 53.5 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Norvel Pelle (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 66.7 FG%)
-Marial Shayok (G-League)
-Jonah Bolden (1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:
The game would be competitive in the first half as the 76ers shot forty-four percent from the field while the Denver team shot forty percent. Joel Embiid scored 14 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and one block. Tobias Harris helped out with ten points which included a three-pointer early in the second period.

The 2017-2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons chalked up seven points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Both Al Horford and Josh Richardson were held scoreless but Horford was able to record four rebounds. Furkan Korkmaz played the most minutes off the bench but scored only six points.

On the other end of the court, Will Barton put up 15 points while knocking down a three-pointer. He also had three rebounds, three assists, a steal, and 2 blocks while Gary Harris earned himself eight points. Paul Millsap and Jokic Nikola combined for ten points while Jamal Murray was held scoreless. Monte Morris played 14 minutes off the bench but only had five points while 76ers went into halftime with a slim 55-50 lead.

The contest would remain competitive in the second half as both teams scored 42 points each. Both Barton and Jokic had eleven points each while Barton collected four rebounds, four assists, and one steal. Jokic recorded three rebounds and five assists while both of them had a three-pointer each.

Gary Harris helped out with six points and three assists while Paul Millsap had four points. Michigan-native Monte Morris played 16 minutes off the bench but only had two points, which he earned in the third quarter.

As for the Pennsylvania ball club, Horford and Harris combined for 21 points while they had a three-pointer each. Horford was able to grab five rebounds and record an assist and steal while Harris had five rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block. Simmons was kept scoreless but it wouldn’t matter as the 76ers crept away with a 97-92 victory. Joel Embiid finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, a season-high-tying six assists, 2 steals, and a block. Will Barton settled for a season-high 36 points, along with 7 rebounds, 7 assists, a season-high-tying two steals, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will host Damian Lillard (26.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 7.4 APG, 44.3 FG%, 35.0 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (9-15) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on October 23 when the Trail Blazers fell to the Nuggets, 108-100. Nikola Jokic finished that game with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists while Damian Lillard had 32 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will head up north to battle Kemba Walker (21.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.1 APG, 42.0 FG%, 40.3 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (17-5) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second of four times that these see each other this season. October 23 was the last time they played each other as the 76ers handed the Celtics a 107-93 loss. During that game, Ben Simmons scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished out nine assists while Gordon Hayward had 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

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

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

Friday, December 6, 2019

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

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

Toronto Raptors:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

The Nuggets slid by the Wizards, 117-104

The Nuggets slid by the Wizards, 117-104

The Denver Nuggets are currently on their longest winning streak of this season, looking to grab a sixth straight victory tonight as they host the Washington Wizards.  The Nuggets are coming fresh off of a 116-104 win against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

The Wizards, on the other hand, are coming off a 113-106 loss against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, looking to avoid a second straight loss.  Tonight’s battle will mark the first of two matchups between these two ball clubs this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Nuggets and the Wizards have played each other a grand total of 90 times in the past as the Nuggets won 52 games, limiting the D.C. team to 38 victories.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

-Ian Mahinmi (Achilles)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Admiral Schofield (G-League; 3.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 70.0 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
-Justin Robinson (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Garrison Matthews (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Denver Nuggets:

-Bol Bol (foot)
-Torrey Craig (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 34.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Michael Porter (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Vlatko Cancar (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-PJ Dozier

GAMETIME:

The Denver Nuggets would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the visitors to thirty-eight percent.  Will Barton scored 11 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Jamal Murray helped out with ten points as he missed only three of his eight shots attempted.

Center Nikola Jokic recorded six points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out four assists.  Indiana-native Gary Harris contributed with four points while Paul Millsap had three points.  Former Philadelphia 76ers’ Jerami Grant played the most minutes off the bench as he got hot for sixteen points.

On the other end of the court, Thomas Bryant put up eight points while recording two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and a block.  Troy Brown chalked up six points on fifty-percent shooting.  Bradley Beal dropped four points while pulling down three rebounds and giving out three assists.  Moritz Wagner played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points while the Colorado team went into halftime with a huge 64-47 lead.

The Washington Wizards would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 57-53 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Jordan McRae scored 17 points off the bench which included 3 three-pointers in the last quarter.  Davis Bertans helped out with 11 points while Beal earned 10 more points.

As for the Nuggets, Mason Plumlee scored 11 points off the bench while recording five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.  Harris was able to get seven points while Murray had six.  Jokic was held to just two points but it was still the Nuggets who were able to get by with a 117-104 victory.  Jerami Grant finished the game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals while Jordan McRae had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So..what’s next?

The Washington Wizards will head to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 51.8 FG%, 42.9 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (8-8) on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.

The Denver Nuggets will go to California to play Buddy Hield (20.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 42.5 FG%, 39.6 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (7-9) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four meetings between these two teams this season.  The last time they played each other was on October 28 when the Kings fell to the Nuggets, 101-94.  Jamal Murray finished that game with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Richaun Holmes had 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

The Milwaukee Bucks hold off the Portland Trail Blazers, 137-129

The Milwaukee Bucks hold off the Portland Trail Blazers, 137-129

Tuesday night marked Carmelo Anthony’s first game as a Portland Trail Blazer.  He was absent from the league for a little over a year after the Houston Rockets released him.  His debut wasn’t very impressive as he shot only twenty-eight percent from the field, scoring just 10 points against the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Blazers ended up losing that game, 115-104.

That loss was the second straight for the Portland team but they will look to grab a victory tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks in their fourth of six road games.  The Bucks, on the other hand, are seeking their sixth straight win.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these teams will see each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Portland Trail Blazers and the Milwaukee Bucks have battled each other a grand total of 125 times as the Trail Blazers won 52 games while the Bucks went on to grab 73 victories.

INACTIVES:

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Damian Lillard (back; 28.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 7.1 APG, 45.2 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Hassan Whiteside (hip; 14.9 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 58.7 FG%)
-Moses Brown (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Jaylen Hoard (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Milwaukee Bucks:

-Khris Middleton (thigh; 18.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.9 APG, 46.8 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-D.J. Wilson (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
-Kyle Korver (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 40.4 3P%)
-Thanasis Antetokounmpo (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Cameron Reynolds (G-League)
-Frank Mason (G-League)
-Dragan Bender

GAMETIME:

The Bucks would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Blazers to forty percent.  Eric Bledsoe chalked up 14 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Last season’s MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo helped out with eleven points, along with nine rebounds, seven assists, and one steal.

Wesley Matthews had nine points which he earned all from beyond the arc while both Brook Lopez and Donte DiVincenzo scored four points each.  Illinois-native Sterling Brown played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

On the other end of the floor, C.J. McCollum dropped fourteen points, hitting two three-pointers in the process.  He also had five rebounds, five assists, and 2 blocks while Carmelo Anthony contributed with ten points, including two three-pointers.  Skal Labissiere played 12 minutes off the bench as he got hot for 14 points but it was the home team who went into the locker room with a huge 72-58 advantage.

The Oregon ball club would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 71-65 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  During that run, McCollum continued to impress as he got hot for 23 points, only missing seven of his seventeen shots attempted.  Anthony made up for his debut as he scored eight more points, finishing with 18 points in total.

As for the Bucks, Bledsoe scored 16 more points while Antetokounmpo helped out with 13.  Pat Connaughton chalked up seven points off the bench as the Milwaukee team spoiled the Portland Trail Blazers late comeback attempt, 137-129.  Eric Bledsoe finished the contest with 30 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal while C.J. McCollum settled for 37 points, 6 rebounds, a career-high-tying 10 assists, and a career-high tying 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Portland Trail Blazers will head to Ohio to take on Kevin Love (18.7 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.8 APG, 45.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-10) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two games between these teams this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks will host Andre Drummond (18.6 PPG, 16.8 RPG, 3.1 APG, 54.0 FG%, 00.0 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (4-10) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the first of four times that they play each other this season.

The Magic creep away with a 111-109 victory over the Spurs, handing them their fourth consecutive loss

The Magic creep away with a 111-109 victory over the Spurs, handing them their fourth consecutive loss

The San Antonio Spurs are currently in a funk as they try to avoid a fourth consecutive loss.  They are coming fresh off of a 129-114 loss they took in the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.  With a 1-3 away record, the Spurs will try their hardest to grab a victory tonight as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

The Magic, on the other hand, just defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, 112-97.  With a 4-3 home record, the Florida team will hope to win their fifth game in the Amway Center.  This game tonight will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Spurs and the Magic have played each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Texas team won 43 games while the Magic were held to just 18 victories.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-DeMarre Carroll (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.5 FG%)
-Lonnie Walker (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Keldon Johnson (G-League)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

Orlando Magic:

-Khem Birch (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Melvin Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Jonathan Isaac (ankle; 12.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.5 FG%, 35.9 3P%)
-Josh Magette (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-three percent from the field, keeping the home team to thirty-six percent.  DeMar DeRozan got hot for 15 points, missing only three of his ten shots attempted.  He also had one defensive rebound and two assists while Bryn Forbes helped out with 3 three-pointers.  Washington-native Dejounte Murray had eight points while LaMarcus Aldridge was kept scoreless.  Rudy Gay played 12 minutes off the bench as he scored seven points.

On the other end of the court, both Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier earned nine points each, both hitting a three-pointer.  Former New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Al-Farouq Aminu chalked up eight points, including a trey in the second period.  Markelle Fultz had six points which he earned all from the free-throw line.  D.J. Augustin played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Spurs went into halftime with a 56-47 lead.

The Orlando team would come back and take over in the second half as they went on a 64-53 run, shooting forty-six percent from the field.  During that run, Fournier added 17 more points to his scoring total while Nikola Vucevic earned seven points, finishing with ten points.  Fultz had seven more points Terrence Ross threw up 18 points in the 16 minutes that he played off the bench.

As for the visitors, Aldridge made up for his lack of scoring in the first half as he chalked up 13 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds and two blocks while both Jakob Poeltl and Gay had seven points each off the bench.  DeRozan scored six points while Murray had two points.  Derrick White played the most minutes off the bench as he had a three-pointer but it was the Magic who came away with a 111-109 victory.  Evan Fournier finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while DeMar DeRozan had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will host Damian Lillard (30.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.9 APG, 48.2 FG%, 38.6 3P%) and the Portland Trai Blazers (4-8) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 28 when the Spurs crept away with a 113-110 win.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals while Damian Lillard had 28 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.

The Orlando Magic will host Bradley Beal (28.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43.4 FG%, 32.1 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (2-7) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams this season.

Davis’ Laker debut is spoiled as the Clippers hand the Lakers a 112-102 loss

Davis’ Laker debut is spoiled as the Clippers hand the Lakers a 112-102 loss

This offseason was one for the books.  With all the trades and team moves that took place this year, none are more exciting than the new additions to the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers.  This offseason, the Clippers signed defending champion and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and traded a record number of draft picks for Paul George.  This move put the Clippers as favorites to win it all as they have two great defenders and scorers at the head with a bunch of other great defensive players behind them.

As for their rival, the Lakers, they hired Frank Vogel as head coach for the team with Jason Kidd as his assistant.  On the court, the Lakers acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to pair with three-time champion LeBron James.  In return, the Pelicans received Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round draft picks.  They also added Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley, DeMarcus Cousins, Jared Dudley, and Danny Green.

As the season starts, the Lakers and the Clippers will battle tonight for the upper hand in this season matchup.  This game will mark the first of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  Last year, they split the season series at two apiece.  Overall, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers met a total of 220 times with the Lakers winning 148 games and the Clippers grabbing 72.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Kostas Antetokounmpo (coach’s decision)
-Alex Caruso (coach’s decision)
-Zach Norvell (coach’s decision)
-Kyle Kuzma (ankle)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (foot)
-Rajon Rondo (calf)
-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)

Los Angeles Clippers:

-Mfiondu Kabengele (coach’s decision)
-Terance Mann (coach’s decision)
-Johnathan Motley (coach’s decision)
-Jerome Robinson (coach’s decision)
-Amir Coffey (ankle)
-Derrick Walton
-Paul George (rehab)
-Rodney McGruder (ankle)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Clippers would have the upper hand in the majority of the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the Los Angeles Lakers at forty-six percent.  Kawhi Leonard got hot for 20 points as he hit eight of his eleven shots attempted.  He had a three-pointer early in the second quarter as he collected three rebounds and gave out three assists.

Former Philadelphia 76ers’ guard Landry Shamet helped out with five points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Patrick Beverley was held to just two points but was able to record seven rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Three-time Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams contributed with 13 points off of the bench.

On the other end of the court, Anthony Davis chalked up eighteen points on forty-five percent shooting.  He also grabbed four rebounds, threw out two assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot.  LeBron James helped out with 14 points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

Washington-native Avery Bradley had five points, missing only one of his three shots attempted.  Two-time NBA champion Danny Green had a three-pointer at the beginning of the game while JaVale McGee had just two points.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was held scoreless as he played the most minutes off the bench while the Clippers went into halftime with a 62 to 54 advantage.

The Clippers would still impress in the second half as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Lakers shot forty-one percent.  Leonard added 10 more points to his scoring total but only shot twenty-five percent from the field.  Leonard also recorded three more rebounds, two more assists, and two steals while Williams helped out with eight points.  Montrezl Harrell played eighteen minutes off of the bench as he had twelve points.

As for the Lakers, Danny Green got extremely hot for twenty-five points as he missed only one shot out of the ten taken.  He also had six three-pointers and four rebounds.  Anthony Davis and LeBron James disappeared in the second half as they went for a combined eleven points.  Caldwell-Pope was still held scoreless off of the bench as the Los Angeles Clippers spoiled Davis’ Laker debut, 112-102.  Kawhi Leonard finished the game with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Danny Green had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will battle Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. at the new Chase Center.  The Los Angeles Lakers will host Mike Conley and the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center on Friday at 10:30 p.m.

The Houston Rockets hand the Chicago Bulls a tough loss, 121 to 105

The Houston Rockets hand the Chicago Bulls a tough loss, 121 to 105

The Chicago Bulls are en route to their longest losing streak this season, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they battle the Houston Rockets in Texas.  The Bulls are currently holding onto a 2-9 record on the road.  The Rockets, on the other hand, are still trying to work things out as they look for their second straight victory.  The Houston Rockets have a 4-5 record at home.

The Houston Rockets and the Chicago Bulls have played each other a total of 137 times in the past as the Rockets won 69 games while the Bulls were kept to just 68 wins.  This meeting will mark the second and final time that these two teams will match up this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 3 when the Houston team survived the Bulls, 96-88.  During that game, James Harden scored twenty-five points, grabbed one rebound, dished off seven assists, and committed four steals while Zach LaVine had twenty-one points, four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

-Tyler Ulis (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Bobby Portis (knee; 10.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.5 FG%, 27.3 3P%, 55.6 FT%)
-Rawle Alkins (G-League)
-Kris Dunn (knee; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 30.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (ankle)

Houston Rockets:

-Brandon Knight (knee)
-Carmelo Anthony (13.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.5 FG%, 32.8 3P%, 68.2 FT%)
-Zhou Qi (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Vincent Edwards (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Texas team would have full control in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to thirty-nine percent.  James Harden would be the only player to score double-digits in the half as he got hot for twenty-three points, knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  He shot sixty-four percent from the field while recording three defensive rebounds, three assists, and one steal.  Clint Capela helped out with seven points and eight rebounds while Chris Paul had five points, two rebounds, five assists, and one block.  Paul had a three-pointer late in the beginning period as James Ennis was kept to four points.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench as he scored nine points, including a three-pointer in the second quarter.

As for the Bulls, Zach LaVine chalked up fourteen points on sixty percent shooting.  He also had a trey in the second period while grabbing four rebounds and committing two steals.  Illinois-native Jabari Parker chipped in ten points while jumping up for five boards.  Both Justin Holiday and Wendell Carter earned themselves six points.  Lauri Markkanen played twelve minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer late in the first quarter as the Houston Rockets went into their locker room with a 56 to 46 lead.

The Houston Rockets would finish the job in the second half as they went on a 65 to 61 run, although both teams shot fifty-one percent from the field each.  James Harden would cool down as he only had seven points in the second half, earning six of them from beyond the arc and one from the charity stripe.  Capela would pick up the load as he warmed up with eleven points, shooting a high eighty percent from the field.  P.J. Tucker chalked up eight points while Chris Paul had seven points.  Paul had eight more assists to add to his stat column.  LaVine continued to add to his scoring total, putting up seventeen more points but it was the Houston Rockets who stuck around to hand the Chicago Bulls a 121-105 loss.  James Harden finished the game with thirty points, six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one block while Zach LaVine had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will head to Indianapolis to battle Bojan Bogdanovic (16.0 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44.0 FG%, 34.5 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (13-10) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 2 when the Pacers crept away with a 107-105 win.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored twenty-five points, pulled down fourteen rebounds, dished out five assists, committed two steals, and prevented a shot from going in while Antonio Blakeney had twenty-two points and three rebounds.

The Houston Rockets will travel to the Target Center to clash with Karl-Anthony Towns (20.6 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 48.7 FG%, 39.6 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-12) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of three times that these two teams will battle each other during this season.  The Rockets would sweep the regular season series against the Timberwolves last season, 4-0.

The Brooklyn Nets hand the Miami Heat their third straight loss, 104-92

The Brooklyn Nets hand the Miami Heat their third straight loss, 104-92

The Miami Heat are currently off to its second-worst start in the last twelve years as they are holding onto a 6-10 record, hoping to avoid their third straight loss.  They suffered that loss in the hands their former star, LeBron James, and the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Heat will look grab a much-needed win as they host the Brooklyn Nets, who are coming fresh off of a 127-119 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Heat and the Nets have clashed with each other a total of 134 times in the past as the Heat won 83 games, while the Nets were limited to just 51 victories.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will match up this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 14 when the Florida team won, 120-107.  During that game, Tyler Johnson scored twenty-four points, pulled down five rebounds, gave out one assist, and blocked two shots while Spencer Dinwiddle recorded eighteen points, three rebounds, five assists, and one steal.  The New York team will look to even the season series out with a win tonight.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

-Treveon Graham (hamstring; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Caris LeVert (foot; 18.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, 47.5 FG%, 31.1 3P%, 72.1 FT%)
-Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 42.9 FT%)
-Rodions Kurucs (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.1 APG, 51.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Dzanan Musa (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 0.0 FT%)
-Theo Pinson (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Alan Williams (G-League)
Miami Heat:

-Goran Dragic (knee; 16.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.7 APG, 41.6 FG%, 32.3 3P%, 76.0 FT%)
-Dion Waiters (ankle)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Yante Maten (coach’s decision)
-Kelly Olynyk (coach’s decision; 8.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 46.0 FG%, 32.7 3P%, 78.6 FT%)
-Tyler Johnson (hamstring; 11.4 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 43.5 FG%, 32.4 3P%, 71.1 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The first half of this matchup will be held extremely close as both ball clubs shot thirty-three percent from the field.  Oklahoma-native Josh Richardson ended up scoring twelve points while knocking down five of his fourteen shots attempted.  He also recorded four defensive rebounds and two assists while Hassan Whiteside collected seven points for himself.  Whiteside ended up grabbing twelve boards while blocking two shots in the sixteen minutes that he played.  Wayne Ellington knocked down a three-pointer in the second quarter while Derrick Jones Jr. would be held scoreless.  Justise Winslow played the most minutes off the bench as he got hot for ten points.

As for the visiting team, Jarrett Allen chalked up nine points on fifty percent shooting.  He also had nine rebounds, one assist, and two rejections while D’Angelo Russell nailed two three-pointers early in the first quarter.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Joe Harris contributed with six points while Jared Dudley was kept scoreless.  Spencer Dinwiddie played fifteen minutes off of the bench but only scored seven points as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a 42 to 39 lead.

The Nets would come out of the locker room to go on a huge 65 to 50 run, shooting fifty-two percent from the field while the Heat shot thirty-nine percent.  During that run, Russell added to his scoring total as he dropped fourteen more points while grabbing four defensive rebounds.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.  Whiteside, on the other hand, scored fourteen points for the Heat but it wouldn’t matter as the Nets handed the Miami Heat a 104-92 loss.  D’Angelo Russell finished the game with twenty points, a season-high nine rebounds, six assists, a season-high four steals, and one block.  Hassan Whiteside had twenty-one points, twenty-three rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will head over to Texas to battle Luka Doncic (19.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 4.1 APG, 45.3 FG%, 37.5 3P%) and the Dallas Mavericks (7-9) on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.  As for the Miami Heat, they will visit Illinois to take on Zach LaVine (25.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.0 APG, 43.2 FG%, 31.3 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (4-13) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will be the first of three times that these two teams will meet this season.

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.