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

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

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

SERIES RECAP:

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

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

Houston Rockets:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

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

Houston Rockets:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

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

Golden State Warriors:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder hand the Memphis Grizzlies a 110-92 loss

The Oklahoma City Thunder hand the Memphis Grizzlies a 110-92 loss

The Memphis Grizzlies have one of the longest losing streaks in the league right now, hoping to avoid a sixth straight loss as they battle the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma.  The Thunder, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 106-81 blowout loss that was handed to them by the Los Angeles Lakers.  This game between the Grizzlies and the Thunder will mark the second of four meetings between these teams this season.

The Grizzlies and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 102 times in the past as the Grizzlies won 36 games while the Thunder went on to pull out 66 victories.  December 9 was the last time they clashed each other as the Thunder snuck away with a 102-101 overtime win.  During that game, Steven Adams scored 21 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and blocked one shot while Carmelo Anthony also had 21 points, along with 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  Tyreke Evans finished the game with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

Mike Conley (Achilles; 17.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 38.1 FG%, 31.2 3P%)
Deyonta Davis (knee; 5.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 62.7 FG%)
Chandler Parsons (knee; 8.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48.6 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
Wayne Selden (knee; 8.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 40.4 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Kobi Simmons (G-League; 3.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.2 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Brice Johnson (1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 63.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 87.5 FG%)
Russell Westbrook (ankle; 25.5 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 10.3 APG, 44.5 FG%, 30.5 3P%)
Carmelo Anthony (ankle; 17.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.2 FG%, 34.7 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Oklahoma City Thunder would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the defense held the Grizzlies to forty-two percent.  Three-time All-Defensive player Paul George got hot for 16 points while nailing 3 three-pointers in the first period.  He also had three assists and one steal while Alex Abrines contributed with two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Steven Adams saw to it that he had four points and four rebounds while Patrick Patterson collected two points and three defensive rebounds.  Jerami Grant played 7 minutes off of the bench as he had four points.

On the other end of the floor, former San Antonio Spurs’ power forward JaMychal Green earned himself six points on seventy-five percent shooting.  Tyreke Evans, Dillon Brooks, and Andrew Harrison all had two points each while Marc Gasol was held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played.  Jarell Martin played the most minutes off of the Memphis Grizzlies’ bench but was kept to just four points as the home team went into the locker room with a huge 74-54 advantage.

The Grizzlies would attempt to make a comeback, though, as they shot thirty-one percent from the field in the second half while the Oklahoma team shot twenty-nine percent.  Chicago-native Myke Henry contributed to that as he earned himself eight points off of the bench.  Gasol would make up for lost time as he scored seven points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Thunder hold on for a 110-92 win behind George’s 11 second-half points.  Paul George finished the game with 27 points, one rebound, 6 assists, and 2 steals while JaMychal Green settled for 10 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.  These two teams will play each other again on Wednesday but this time, it will be in Tennessee and it will mark the third of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

 

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.

The Miami Heat slip away with a 90 to 89 win over the Boston Celtics

The Miami Heat slip away with a 90 to 89 win over the Boston Celtics

It’s been nearly a month since the Miami Heat put an end to the Boston Celtics’ early winning streak.  During that game, Goran Dragic had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Kyrie Irving finished with 23 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 3 steals.  Since then, the Celtics have been 10-4 in the league while the Miami Heat were 7-6.  The Celtics would look to grab their third straight win as they host the Heat, who are hoping to avoid a second straight loss.  The Heat and the Celtics have battled each other a total of 132 times in the past as the Celtics pulled 78 wins while the Heat won 54 games.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Marcus Morris (knee; 12.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.2 FG%, 32.8 3P%)
Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 35.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Jabari Bird (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Miami Heat:

James Johnson (ankle; 10.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 49.4 FG%, 32.4 3P%)
Rodney McGruder (leg)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Hassan Whiteside (knee; 14.9 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 58.1 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Justise Winslow (knee; 6.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 42.6 FG%, 39.0 3P%)
Goran Dragic (elbow; 16.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 44.4 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Matt Williams (coach’s decision)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would begin competitive as the Celtics shot thirty-nine percent from the field in the first half while the Heat shot thirty-eight percent. Jaylen Brown scored 12 points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter. He also had two defensive rebounds as Kyrie Irving earned 12 points of his own with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. Al Horford would settle for five points as he collected five rebounds. Marcus Smart played 17 minutes off of the bench but was just kept to a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter.

Josh Richardson chalked up eight points as he shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  Kelly Olynyk would end up with 7 points as he connected for a three-pointer early in the second quarter.  He also had three defensive rebounds while Dion Waiters gathered up six points and two assists.  Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the home team went into the locker room with a 44-36 advantage.

The South Beach team would respond as they shot fifty percent from the field in the second half, limiting the Boston Celtics to thirty-six percent.  Kelly Olynyk would get extremely hot as he scored 25 points which included five three-pointers.  He also managed to get his hands on four defensive rebounds while Richardson contributed with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Tyler Johnson chalked up only three points in the 21 minutes that he played but he did manage to grab 9 rebounds.  Ellington played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had seven points.

As for the Boston team, Irving collected a huge 21 points on forty-six percent shooting.  Smart played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored 12 points but it was the Miami Heat would manage to pull away with a 90-89 win over the Celtics.  Kelly Olynyk finished the game with a career-high 32 points, along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Kyrie Irving had 33 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will travel to New York to take on Kristaps Porzingis (25.5 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 47 FG%) and the New York Knicks (16-14) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of four games between these two balls clubs this season.  The Celtics and the Knicks have battled each other a total of 535 times as the Knicks won 211 games while the Celtics ended up winning 324 games.  The last time they met up was on October 24 when the Celtics handed the Knicks a 110-89 blowout loss.  In that game, Jaylen Brown scored 23 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, committed one steal, and blocked one shot.  Enes Kanter had 16 points, 19 rebounds, and one block.

The Miami Heat will host Harrison Barnes (18.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (8-23) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The game will mark the first of two matchups between these two teams this season.  The Heat and the Mavericks have played each other a total of 73 times as the Heat won 36 games while the Mavericks took 37 games.

The Chicago Bulls slip away with a 117-115 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers

The Chicago Bulls slip away with a 117-115 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers

It seems like the Chicago Bulls have decided to pick things up as they are currently on a five-game winning streak, hoping to push it to six as they host the 14-14 Philadelphia 76ers.  The 76ers, on the other hand, are coming off of a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game that went through three overtimes.  The Bulls and the 76ers have played each other a total of 237 times in the past with the Bulls winning 114 games while the 76ers won 123 games.  This game will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

Zach LaVine (knee)
Cameron Payne (foot)
Kay Felder (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 30.3 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG,

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Trevor Booker (ankle; 10.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
Joel Embiid (rest; 24.1 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.5 APG, 49.0 FG%, 26.2 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be a competitive one as the Bulls shot fifty-four percent from the field in the first half while the 76ers shot fifty percent. Justin Holiday would score 20 points on fifty-eight percent shooting, which included five three-pointers.  Kris Dunn contributed with 12 points while chalking up two defensive rebounds and three assists. David Nwaba played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

As for the 76ers, Ben Simmons had 13 points on fifty-five percent shooting from the field. He also managed to pull down three offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds while giving out three assists. J.J. Redick ended up with nine points which held two three-pointers early in the first period. T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off of the bench but only scored four points as the Bulls headed into halftime with a 67-59 advantage.

The game would still remain competitive as the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-six percent from the field while the Bulls ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Kris Dunn continued to impress as he recorded 10 additional points while collecting two defensive rebounds and throwing out three assists.  Bobby Portis had seven rebounds and three points off of the bench while Denzel Valentine had four points.  Nikola Mirotic played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for fifteen points.  Dario Saric scored 20 of the 76ers’ 56 points but it was the Chicago Bulls who slipped away with a 117-115 victory.

Nikola Mirotic finished the game with 22 points, a season-high 13 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal and one block.  Kris Dunn also had 22 points, along with 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.  Dario Saric scored a season-high 27 points, collected 8 rebounds, dished off one assist, and committed 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will host Aaron Gordon (18.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 49 FG%) and the Orlando Magic (11-20) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Bulls and the Magic have battled each other a total of 113 times as the Bulls won 61 games while the Magic pulled 52 wins.  The last time they played each other was on November 3 when the Bulls handed the Magic a 105 to 83 blowout loss.  In that game, Justin Holiday had 19 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals while Evan Fournier finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will host Zach Randolph (15.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 51 FG%) and the Sacramento Kings (9-20) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  These ball clubs have met up a total of 307 as the Kings won 134 games while the 76ers pulled out 173 wins.  November 9 was the last time they battled each other as the Kings slipped away with a 109-108 win.  Zach Randolph had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  Robert Covington finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The Hawks earn their largest margin of victory in franchise history against the Kings, 126-80

The Hawks earn their largest margin of victory in franchise history against the Kings, 126-80

The Atlanta Hawks are currently one of the worst teams in the league, standing with a 2-12 record, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they hosted the 3-10 Sacramento Kings.  The Kings are coming fresh off of a 110-92 loss handed to them by the Washington Wizards as they hoped to avoid a third straight loss.  The Hawks and the Kings have met up a total of 313 times with the Hawks winning 159 games while the Kings/Royals have won 154 games.

INACTIVES:

Sacramento Kings:

Vince Carter (kidney stones; 2.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.8 APG, 22.6 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Harry Giles (knee)
JaKarr Sampson (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jack Cooley (G-League)

Atlanta Hawks:

Tyler Dorsey (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 30.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Josh Magette (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Nicolas Brussino (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Miles Plumlee (G-League)
Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 41.2 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist; 6.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

This game was, without a doubt, the Hawks’ best game this season as they had full control, not allowing the Kings to gain one ounce of a lead.  Dennis Schroder showed off with 21 points which included two three-pointers.  Former Warriors’ center Dewayne Dedmon pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds while scoring a career-high 20 points.  Taurean Prince had 14 points to go along with his season-high 8 assists and season-high 4 steals.  John Collins played the most minutes off of the bench as he put up 14 points and eight rebounds.

Zach Randolph would attempt to keep the visiting team alive as he chalks up 16 points to put along with his four rebounds and two assists.  George Hill shot only thirty-six percent from the field as he receives 12 points in return but he would knock down a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Rookie forward Justin Jackson played 26 minutes off of the bench as he records eight points and four defensive rebounds but it was still the Georiga team who easily walk away with a 126-80 win, the largest margin of victory of franchise history.  ”It’s a great feeling,” Dedmon said after the game. ”We have to take this momentum, feed off of it and get ready for the next game.”  ”Losing’s one thing but we’ve got to do a better job of competing,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said.

So…what’s next?

The Atlanta Hawks will host Kyrie Irving (20.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.2 APG) and the Boston Celtics (13-2) for their second matchup of the season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 440 times with the Celtics winning 269 games while the Hawks won 171 of them.  The last time that these two teams met up was on November 6 when the Celtics handed the Hawks a 110 to 107 loss.  Kyrie Irving finished with 35 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists while Dennis Schroder would finish with 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Sacramento Kings will host Damian Lillard (24.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 6.6 APG) and the Portland Trail Blazers (8-6) on Friday at 10:00 p.m.  The Kings and the Trail Blazers have met up a total of 208 times with the Kings/Royals winning 79 of the games and the Trail Blazers winning 129 of them.

The Celtics extend their winning streak to 12 as they pull away from the Raptors, 95-94

The Celtics extend their winning streak to 12 as they pull away from the Raptors, 95-94

The Boston Celtics are, right now, the hottest team in the NBA, currently on an eleven-game winning streak.  They would look to push it to twelve as they hosted Toronto Raptors at the TD Garden, who are looking for their third straight win.  These two teams have met up a total of 85 times with the Celtics winning 50 of those game while the Raptors won 35 of them.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jabari Bird (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.5 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Kyrie Irving (face; 20.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 32.1 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League)

Toronto Raptors:

Lorenzo Brown (G-League)
Bruno Caboclo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League)
Alfonzo McKinnie (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Al Horford would chalk up 21 points in his return to the lineup while hitting a three-pointer in the third quarter.  He shot eighty-nine percent in the thirty-three minutes that he played while Jaylen Brown had 18 points.  Terry Rozier played the most minutes off of the bench as he recorded a season-high 16 points to go along with his six rebounds and three assists that he gathered together.  Aron Baynes had eight rebounds while Marcus Smart had a season-high nine assists.

Three-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan had 24 points in the game which would include one three-pointer in the opening quarter.  He dished off four assists while his buddy, Kyle Lowry, scored nineteen points to put with his seven assists and one defensive rebound.  Serge Ibaka held six defensive rebounds while C.J. Miles committed a season-high two steals.  OG Anunoby played twenty-two minutes off of the Toronto bench as he recorded seven points and four rebounds but despite not having their star, Kyrie Irving, the Celtics still managed to pull away with a 95 to 94 win, extending their winning streak to 12 games.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will travel to New York to take on D’Angelo Russell (20.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.7 APG) and the Brooklyn Nets (5-8).  The Celtics and the Nets have met up a total of 198 times with the Celtics winning 125 of those games as the Nets won 73 games.  The Raptors will go to Texas to battle James Harden (30.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 9.8 APG) and the Houston Rockets (10-3).  These two teams have met up a total of 43 times as the Raptors won 18 games while the Rockets ended up winning 25 games.