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The Miami Heat sneak by the Brooklyn Nets with a 109-106 win

The Miami Heat sneak by the Brooklyn Nets with a 109-106 win

Monday, December 2, 2019

 

The Miami Heat have been playing like they have a chip on their shoulder this season as they are sitting with a 13-5 record, good for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.  They are coming fresh off of a 122-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday.  The South Beach team will look to grab a second win as they battle the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center tonight.

As for the Nets, they are coming off of a 112-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday.  After tonight’s game, the Brooklyn team will go on a two-game road trip before returning back on Sunday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of three times that these two teams will see each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Heat and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 137 times in the past as the New York team won 53 games while the Miami Heat went on to grab 84 victories.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-KZ Okpala (Achilles; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-James Johnson (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Dion Waiters (suspension)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Brooklyn Nets:

-Nicolas Claxton (hamstring; 3.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 52.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (shoulder; 28.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 34.1 3P%)
-Caris LeVert (thumb; 16.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 42.1 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-Rodions Kurucs (G-League; 2.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 39.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Henry Ellenson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Timothe Luwawu Cabarrot (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Wilson Chandler (suspension)

GAMETIME:

The Brooklyn Nets would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot fifty percent from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to forty-one percent.  Spencer Dinwiddie warmed up with 16 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had two rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Joe Harris helped out with 14 points.

Texas-native Taurean Prince earned himself nine points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  He also had three blocks while Garrett Temple and Jarrett Allen combined for nine points.  DeAndre Jordan played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points, seven rebounds, and an assist.

On the other end of the court, Jimmy Butler scored 12 points but shot only thirty-six percent from the field.  He did have five rebounds and one assist, however.  Bam Adebayo contributed with nine points and seven rebounds.  Kendrick Nunn gave five points while hitting a three-pointer in the second quarter.

Duncan Robinson had a three-pointer in the first period while collecting three rebounds. Former Trail Blazers’ Meyers Leonard was held scoreless but managed to get three defensive rebounds.  Goran Dragic played 15 minutes off the bench as he had nineteen points but it was the New York team who went into halftime with a 65-58 advantage.

The South Beach ball club would make a comeback in the second period as they went on a 51-41 scoring run.  During that run, Leonard made up for his scoring drought as he scored nine points on seventy-five percent shooting.  He earned all those points from beyond the arc while Butler had five free-throws and a three-pointer.  Justise Winslow played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.

As for the Nets, Harris and Dinwiddie combined for 24 more points.  Jordan played 11 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it wouldn’t matter as the Miami Heat came back to defeat the Brooklyn Nets, 109-106.  Goran Dragic finished the game with 24 points, two rebounds, and six assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 29 points, a season-high six rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will up north to fight Pascal Siakam (25.1 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 46.0 FG%, 37.7 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (14-4) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.

The Brooklyn Nets will go to Georgia to take on Trae Young (28.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 8.4 APG, 45.4 FG%, 38.7 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (4-16) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  This game will be the first of four times that they will see 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.

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

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

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

Los Angeles Lakers:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

The Celtics survive against the Heat, pulling away with a 110-105 win

The Celtics survive against the Heat, pulling away with a 110-105 win

With the Tuesday win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics have clinched another playoff spot for the fifth straight time and the tenth in the past eleven years.  Last season in the playoffs, they had to go on without their star player, Kyrie Irving, and lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Cavaliers, 3-4.  The Celtics will look to avoid a second straight loss, though, as they host the Miami Heat.

The Heat, on the other hand, are still trying to stay alive in the playoff hunt as they are sitting at the eighth spot with a 38-38 record.  They will hope to make a second straight postseason appearance and a ninth in the past eleven years.  Last season, they lost in the first round to the Philadelphia 76ers, 1-4.  They will try to grab their third straight victory tonight.

The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat have battled each other a grand total of 135 times in the past as the Heat won 56 games while the Celtics went on to grab 79 wins.  This meeting will mark the third of four times that these teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 21 when the Massachusetts team handed the Heat a 99-107 loss.  During that game, Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished off 10 assists, committed 8 steals, and blocked one shot while Derrick Jones settled for 18 points, 9 rebounds, one steal, and one block.  Dion Waiters also had 18 points.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Rodney McGruder (knee; 7.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 40.7 FG%, 35.6 3P%, 74.3 FT%)
-Josh Richardson (heel; 16.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 41.2 FG%, 35.7 3P%, 86.1 FT%)
-Justise Winslow (thigh; 12.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 43.6 FG%, 38.0 3P%, 62.9 FT%)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Yante Maten (coach’s decision)
-Duncan Robinson (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 34.4 FG%, 26.9 3P%, 66.7 FT%)

Boston Celtics:

-Brad Wanamaker (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%, 90.0 FT%)
-Robert Williams (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 71.7 FG%, 64.3 FT%)
-Jaylen Brown (back; 13.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 46.3 FG%, 34.2 3P%, 66.3 FT%)
-Greg Monroe (4.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 46.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 57.4 FT%)
-R.J. Hunter
-P.J. Dozier (1.4 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 42.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Boston Celtics would have a slight upper hand in the first half as they shot forty-three percent from the field while the Miami Heat shot forty-one percent.  Kyrie Irving got hot for 15 points while knocking down four 3-pointers in the process.  He also had five rebounds, one assist, and two steals while Jayson Tatum helped out with eleven points.  The Missouri-native had two 3-pointers in the first quarter while recording four defensive rebounds and three assists.

Former Atlanta Hawks’ center Al Horford scored nine points while grabbing six boards.  Marcus Smart earned himself eight points in the 13 minutes that he played while drilling two buckets from beyond the arc.  2017 All-Star Gordon Hayward played the most minutes off the bench but was held to just six points on sixty-six percent shooting from the field.

On the other end of the court, Bam Adebayo dropped ten points while getting ahold of ten rebounds and blocking two shots.  Former Houston Rockets’ guard Goran Dragic also had ten points while Dion Waiters had seven points, including a three-pointer late in the second period.  Hassan Whiteside was kept to just three points off the bench while Kelly Olynyk helped out with a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Dwyane Wade played 12 minutes off the bench as he had nine points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 61 to 47 advantage.

The South Beach would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 58 to 49 run in the second half, shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Dragic lit the floor up with 20 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had one rebound, three assists, and four steals while Olynyk added 11 more points to his scoring total.  Adebayo earned himself nine more points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had a trey at the end of the game.

Both Horford and Irving scored ten more points each for the Boston Celtics.  Horford had five rebounds, four assists, and one steal, as well, while Kyrie Irving had three rebounds and two assists.  Tatum and Smart collected eight points each as the Celtics held on to hand the Miami Heat a 105-110 loss.  Kyrie Irving finished the game with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and two steals while Goran Dragic had a season-high 30 points, along with one rebound, 5 assists, and a season-high and career-high-tying 5 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat will play each other again on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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.

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

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

Houston Rockets:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Toronto Raptors have been playing with a lot of confidence lately as they currently have the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, holding onto a 39-16 record.  They will hope to grab their sixth straight win as they host the Miami Heat in Canada, who are coming fresh off of a five-game losing streak.  This meeting between these two ball clubs will mark the second of three times that they will play each other this season.

The Raptors and the Heat have battled each other a grand total of 87 times as the Heat won 54 games while the Raptors were limited to just 33 wins.  The last time they met up was on January 9 when the Miami team snuck away with a 90 to 89 victory.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 24 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while DeMar DeRozan finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Kelly Olynyk (shoulder; 11.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.5 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Luke Babbitt (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.6 FG%, 44.1 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 47.8 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Derrick Jones (G-League; 3.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.6 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Derrick Walton (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 41.2 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.0 FG%, 21.4 3P%
Lorenzo Brown (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (G-League; 3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would start very competitve as the Heat shot fifty-five percent from the field while Canada team ended up shooting fifty percent.  Wayne Ellington would knock down 3 three-pointers in the second quarter as he grabbed three rebounds.  The 2016 NBA leader in blocks Hassan Whiteside would contribute with eight points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  He also had 7 rebounds and one steal while Dwyane Wade had six points off of the bench.  Goran Dragic ended up scoring seven points but only shot thirty-eight percent from the field.  James Johnson played 17 minutes off of the bench as he had eleven points.

As for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry poured 13 points on the court while knocking two three-pointers down in the second quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds and six assists while DeMar DeRozan earned himself seven points on thirty-three percent shooting.  Serge Ibaka helped out with seven points, as well, along with four defensive rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas had six points.  Former Utah Jazz player C.J. Miles played the most minutes off of the bench to get hot for ten points as the Raptors went into halftime with a 57 to 55 lead.

The home team would close things out of the second half as they went on a 61 to 57 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, DeRozan lit the floor up with 20 points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the third period.  He also had two rebounds and three assists while Lowry added to his scoring total by chalking up 12 more points.  Lowry earned nine of those points from beyond the arc while Ibaka had 7 points and 6 rebounds.  Dragic, on the other end, got extremely hot for 21 points but it wasn’t enough as the Raptors hold the Heat off, 115 to 112.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 27 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Goran Dragic had 28 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Pennsylvania to battle Joel Embiid (23.7 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (29-25) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second of four times that they will clashed with each other this season.  The 76ers and the Heat have met up a total of 119 times in the past as the 76ers won 57 games while the Heat went on to win 62 games.  February 2 was the last time they saw each other as the 76ers pulled away with a 103-97 victory.  Ben Simmons finished that game with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Kelly Olynyk had 19 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Toronto Raptors will visit the Windy City to take on Zach LaVine (17.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 41 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (20-36) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Raptors and the Bulls have battled each other a grand total of 84 times as the Raptors won 36 games while the Bulls went on to pull out 48 victories.  The last time they played each other was on January 3 when the Raptors handed the Bulls a 124-115 loss.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, and committed 3 steals while Justin Holiday had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Chicago Bulls hand the Miami Heat a 119-111 loss, snapping their 7-game win streak

The Chicago Bulls hand the Miami Heat a 119-111 loss, snapping their 7-game win streak

The Miami Heat have been playing mighty impressive lately as they are currently on a seven-game winning streak, hoping to extend it to eight as they take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.  The Bulls, on the other hand, are looking to grab their third straight win against their rival.  The Heat and the Bulls have battled each other a total of 139 times in the past as the Heat won 64 games while the Bulls pulled 75 wins.

This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season as November 26 was the last time they saw each other.  The Florida team would go on to win that game, 100 to 93.  Goran Dragic scored 24 points in that game while pulling down 2 rebounds and dishing off 3 assists.  Jerian Grant finished the game with 24 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Derrick Jones (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 55.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 47.8 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Derrick Walton (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 45.5 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

Cameron Payne (foot)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 61.9 FG%)
Quincy Pondexter (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 13.6 3P%)
Paul Zipser (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.0 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
Antonio Blakeney (G-League; 7.1 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 36.4 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have a slight upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Heat at forty percent.  Zach LaVine played well in his season debut against the Pistons on Saturday and he would carry it over against the Heat as he dropped 13 points in the first 24 minutes of the game.  He also drained two three-pointers while grabbing two defensive rebounds and giving out four assists.  Justin Holiday helped out with 3 three-pointers while Robin Lopez had five defensive rebounds.  Denzel Valentine played 12 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

As for the South Beach team, Josh Richardson warmed up with 11 points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He also had three defensive rebounds and four assists while Hassan Whiteside collected nine points and seven defensive rebounds.  Kelly Olynyk had three defensive rebounds and three assists while James Johnson was held scoreless.  Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored eight points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 55-48 lead.

The Miami Heat would attempt to pull a comeback as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, holding the Chicago Bulls to forty-eight percent.  Goran Dragic lit the floor up with 18 points while recording five defensive rebounds and eight assists.  Tyler Johnson was only held to two points but James Johnson would warm up with eight points.  Ellington played 20 minutes off of the Miami bench as he added 12 more points to his scoring total.

Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points off of the Bulls’ bench which included 3 three-pointers in the last period.  Lauri Markkanen had 12 points to put along with his five defensive rebounds and three assists.  Valentine played the most minutes off of the bench, though, to earn eight points as the Chicago Bulls snuck away with a 119-111 win.  Justin Holiday finished the game with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Goran Dragic had 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Wisconsin to battle Giannis Antetokoumpo (28.4 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 4.5 APG, 55 FG%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (22-20) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of three times that these ball clubs will battle each other this season.  The Heat and the Bucks have met up a grand total of 110 times as the Heat won 69 games while the Bucks ended up winning 41 games.  January 14 was the last time they played each other as the Heat escaped with a 97 to 79 victory.  Goran Dragic finished that game with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while Giannis Antetokounmpo settled for 22 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Chicago Bulls will host Stephen Curry (30.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 7.2 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (35-9) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two teams will go head-to-head this season.  They have battled each other a total of 160 times in the past as the Bulls ended up winning 87 games while the Warriors won 73 games.  The last time they played each other was on November 24 as the Warriors handed the Bulls a 143-94 blowout loss.  Stephen Curry scored 33 points in that game while pulling down 7 rebounds, dishing off 4 assists, and committing 2 steals.  Jerian Grant finished with 21 points, 3 assists, and 3 assists.

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

Things have been ugly for the Cleveland Cavaliers lately as they are going off back-to-back 20+ point losses, first to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Toronto Raptors.  They will hope to avoid a third straight loss as they visit Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers.  The Pacers, on the other hand, are looking to prevent a second straight loss as they just recently lost to the Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 195 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 96 games while the Indiana team took 99 games.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Pacers won the last matchup, which was on December 8, 106-102.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal.  LeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (rest; 12.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.3 FG%, 26.1 3P%)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 49.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Dwyane Wade (rest; 11.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
John Holland (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Ante Zizic (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 26.4 FG%)

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
Alex Poythress (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Joe Young (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will have full control of the game early as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Indiana Pacers at forty-eight percent.  LeBron James would score 14 points while draining a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, eight assists, and three steals while Kevin Love chalked up eight points.  Jose Calderon would have eight points while J.R. Smith collected a surprising six points.  Jeff Green played 12 minutes off of the Cleveland bench as he earned a strong 13 points.

On the other end of the court, Thaddeus Young scored 10 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second period.  Victor Oladipo also had 10 points of his own while recording one defensive rebound, one steal, and one block.  Domantas Sabonis had 10 rebounds but only score two points in the 16 minutes that he played.  Lance Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points while the Ohio team went into halftime with a 58-44 advantage.

The home team would crawl back as they went on a large 53-37 run, shooting forty-four percent from the field.  During that run, former Mavericks point guard Darren Collison chalked up 14 points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Sabonis had 10 more points to put with his five rebounds and one block.  Stephenson played 18 minutes off of the Indiana bench as he got hot for 12 points.

As for the Cavaliers, LeBron James added 13 more points to his scoring total, along with four rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Kevin Love would also score 10 points while Cedi Osman had six points and four rebounds.  Tristan Thompson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Indiana Pacers pulled an amazing comeback to win the game, 97-95.  Darren Collison finished the game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while LeBron James had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Stephen Curry (27.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (33-9) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  They have met up a grand total of 128 times as the Cavaliers pulled 59 wins while the Warriors won 69 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that they will play each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on Christmas Day as the Warriors escaped with a 99-92 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocks.  Kevin Love would settle for 31 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 steals.

The Indiana Pacers will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (16-26) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pacers and the Suns have played each a total of 85 times in the past as the Suns won 48 games while the Pacers ended up winning 37 games.  This game will mark the first of two games that they will play against each other this season.