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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 Cleveland Cavaliers complete the sweep against the Toronto Raptors as they win, 128-93

The Cleveland Cavaliers complete the sweep against the Toronto Raptors as they win, 128-93

The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of getting swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers as tonight marks the fourth game in their playoff series.  If that happens, it will be the second straight time that the Cavaliers sweep the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.  The odds will be against the Raptors as they have to face the Cavaliers and their fans at the Quicken Loans Arena.

SERIES RECAP:

The first game of this series took place on May 1 when the Cavaliers pulled out a 113-112 overtime victory over the Raptors in Canada.  During that game, LeBron James scored twenty-six points, grabbed eleven rebounds, dished off thirteen assists, committed one steal, and blocked two shots while DeMar DeRozan finished with twenty-two points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three blocks.

The second meeting was held on May 3 as the Toronto Raptors fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-128.  That matchup was also played at the Air Canada Centre as LeBron James recorded forty-three points in that game, along with eight rebounds, fourteen assists, and one steal.  DeMar DeRozan settled for only twenty-four points and three assists.

The series would shift over to Cleveland, Ohio, as the third game was played on May 5.  The home team would sneak away with a 105-103 win, thanks to the buzzer-beating floater made by LeBron James.  During that game, though, LeBron James had thirty-eight points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and one block while Kyle Lowry scored twenty-seven points, grabbed three rebounds, dished off seven assists, and committed two steals.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Rodney Hood (coach’s decision; 14.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 42.9 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Okaro White (3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Kendrick Perkins (3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have complete control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-two percent from the field, limiting the Toronto Raptors to fifty-one percent.  J.R. Smith got hot for fifteen points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also connected for three three-pointers while Kyle Korver contributed with thirteen points.  Korver also had three three-pointers as he shot eighty-three percent from the field.  Kevin Love saw to it that he got eleven points while recording two defensive rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.  LeBron James scored only ten points in the twenty-three minutes that he played but did manage to chalk up six defensive rebounds, seven assists, and one steal.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the home team, Jonas Valanciunas dropped ten points off the bench as he shot a high sixty-three percent from the field.  DeMar DeRozan earned himself nine points and five rebounds while four-time All-Star Kyle Lowry scored five points with a three-pointer early in the first quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds and seven rebounds while C.J. Miles chalked up six points.  Former Oklahoma City Thunder center Serge Ibaka scored eight points which included two three-pointers.  Fred VanVleet played thirteen minutes off the bench as he received five points but it was the Ohio team who went into halftime with a huge 63-47 advantage.

The home team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 65-46 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  During that run, LeBron James would heat up for nineteen points while recording two defensive rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block.  Love earned himself twelve points while drilling two three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Green contributed with eight points off the bench.  Delon Wright scored ten points off the Toronto bench but it was enough as the Cavaliers hold off the Raptors, 128-93, completing a sweep and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.  LeBron James finished the game with twenty-nine points, eight rebounds, eleven assists, two steals, and one block while Jonas Valanciunas had eighteen points, five rebounds, two assists, and three blocks (tying his playoff career-high).

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

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

Boston Celtics:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

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

Golden State Warriors:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

Tonight’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors will mark the fifth game in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 14 when the Raptors defeated the Wizards with a 114-106 score.  During that game, Serge Ibaka scored twenty-three points, grabbed twelve rebounds, gave out one assist and blocked two shots while John Wall had twenty-three points, three rebounds, fifteen assists, four steals and two blocks.  The Raptors would also take Game 2 as they pulled out a 130-119 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with thirty-seven points, five rebounds, and four assists while John Wall had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, nine assists and one block.

The Washington Wizards would make a desperate comeback as they handed the Raptors a 122-103 blowout loss in Game 3.  During that game, Bradley Beal scored twenty-eight points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out four assists and committed three steals.  John Wall also had twenty-eight points, along with seven rebounds, fourteen assists, four steals and one block while DeRozan finished with twenty-three points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Washington team as they snuck away with a 106 to 98 win.  Beal had thirty-one points in that game, along with five rebounds and two assists while DeRozan had thirty-five points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal.  The Wizards will look to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they travel back to Canada to battle the Raptors for Game 5.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Jodie Meeks (suspension; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.9 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Jason Smith (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.1 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Chris McCullough (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 42.9 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Ramon Sessions (4.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 35.9 FG%, 30.8 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Fred VanVleet (shoulder; 8.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 61.3 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be somewhat competitive as the Toronto Raptors shot forty-five percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot thirty-eight percent.  DeMar DeRozan would get extremely hot as he scored twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two assists while Kyle Lowry contributed with seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period.  Lowry had two defensive rebounds and three assists while Jonas Valanciunas earned himself six points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting while OG Anunoby was held scoreless.  California-native Delon Wright played twelve minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.

As for the visiting team, John Wall saw to it that he got twelve points while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off four assists and committing one steal.  Bradley Beal would help out with eight points which included a three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.  Beal also had three defensive rebounds and three assists while Otto Porter threw up seven points on fifty percent shooting.  Kelly Oubre played the most minutes out of Washington’s reserves but was restricted to five points as the Raptors went into halftime with a tight 48 to 47 lead.

The Canada team would close things out in the second half, though, as they sparked up a 60-51 run while shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  In the course of that run, DeRozan received twelve points which carried a three-pointer near the end of the third quarter.  The 20th pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft Delon Wright assisted with eleven points on a high sixty percent shooting.  On the other end of the court, John Wall chalked up fourteen points but that wouldn’t be enough as the Toronto Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds, and five assists while John Wall had twenty-six points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks.

The Phoenix Suns let the Los Angeles Lakers slip away with a 132 to 130 win

The Phoenix Suns let the Los Angeles Lakers slip away with a 132 to 130 win

Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers hoped to bounce back from a harsh loss in the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two rivals as each team tries to avoid a 0-2 start in the regular season.  Ball would hope to make up for his first game as he and the Lakers take on Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

During the first quarter of this matchup, the Lakers would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Suns ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field.  North Carolina-native Brandon Ingram would heat up for ten points as he shot eighty percent from the field.  He would also knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so as Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score nine points.  Clarkson would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he drills two three-pointers in the process.  Lonzo Ball would record six points, earning three of them from behind the arc while collecting four defensive rebounds and dishing out three assists.

As for the Suns, Bledsoe recorded eight points which would include two three-pointers and two free-throws.  Devin Booker would contribute with eight points, as well, along with three defensive rebounds and two assists.  Josh Jackson knocked down two three-pointers and a free-throw to give himself seven points.  Tyson Chandler would be limited to only three points but he would gobble up three defensive rebounds as the first quarter ended with a 40-36 lead in the Lakers’ favor.

The Phoenix team would respond as they go on a 37-30 run in the second quarter, shooting sixty-five percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to forty-six percent.  T.J. Warren would light the floor up with seventeen points while shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  He would collect two defensive rebounds and give out two assists while doing so.  Booker added to his scoring total as he put up nine more points, hitting two three-pointers while doing it.  He would also earn two defensive rebounds and five assists while Dragan Bender came off the bench to hit a three-pointer and grab three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Kyle Kuzma would come off of the Los Angeles bench to record nine points while shooting eighty percent.  Ingram would contribute with seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as he pulled down two defensive rebounds.  Lonzo Ball would be limited to only a three-pointer in the seven minutes that he played.  He would do work in other areas as he recorded one defensive rebound and two assists but it was the Suns who entered halftime with a 73-70 lead.

The Los Angeles Lakers would shoot fifty-two percent from the field as the Phoenix Suns would be limited to forty-seven percent.  Ball would start to heat up as he goes off for twelve points, hitting two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Ingram would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he throws up seven points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Larry Nance would score six points while shooting only forty-three percent from the field but he did manage to grab four rebounds.  Brook Lopez would only score four points but he would pull down five defensive rebounds.

Rookie point guard Mike James came off of the bench to score nine points, four coming from the free-throw line.  T.J. Warren would play for the entire quarter but would be held to five points.  Josh Jackson would only score two points in the seven-minute that he played.  Devin Booker ended up with two points in the quarter but would pull down four defensive rebounds as the Lakers walk into the fourth period with a 106-99 advantage.

In the last period, the California team would shoot forty-six percent from the field while the Arizona team would shoot forty-four percent from the field.  Eric Bledsoe would heat up as he drops sixteen points, shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  Booker would contribute as he puts up six points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Warren would score two points but did manage to grab two defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.

As for the Lakers, Brook Lopez shot sixty percent from the field while chalking up eight points which would include one three-pointer.  Lonzo Ball would add eight more points to his scoring total while pulling down three defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.  Kyle Kuzma would come off of the bench to record two points and three defensive rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers creep away with a 132 to 130 win over the Phoenix Suns.  Lonzo Ball finished with twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds, and nine assists as Eric Bledsoe would finish with twenty-eight points, two rebounds, and two assists.

The Golden State Warriors hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning their fifth NBA title

The Golden State Warriors hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning their fifth NBA title

Monday night marked the fifth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in their Finals series.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists.  The Golden State Warriors would pull away in the third game with a 118-113 win.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-one points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off four assists.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would bounce back in the last game as they hand the Warriors a 137-116 blowout loss.  Kyrie Irving would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Kevin Durant would settle for thirty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.  The Warriors looked to close the series out on Monday night as they hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers would start the game off right as they shoot sixty-three percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-two percent.  LeBron James would score twelve points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also pull down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot fifty-six percent from the field.  Kyrie Irving would also put up twelve points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points.  He would also grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound while dishing off two assists.  J.R. Smith would chalk up five points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also crash the boards to get two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Stephen Curry would earn twelve points, as well, along with two defensive rebounds.  Kevin Durant would shoot sixty percent from the field as he settles for eight points.  Former Clippers player, Shaun Livingston, would come off the bench to drop five points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Draymond Green would play for eleven minutes only to be held to three points, one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the Cleveland Cavaliers end the first quarter with a 37-33 lead.

The Oakland team would respond with a 38 to 23 run in the second quarter as Durant heats up for thirteen points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would earn nine of those points from beyond the arc as he crashes the boards for one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Curry would contribute with eight points as he drills a three-pointer in the process.  Stephen Curry would also collect one offensive rebound, one defensive rebound and four assists.  The 2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the bench to put up eight points of his own, along with one defensive rebound and two assists.  Green would drop five points while grabbing one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds and dishing off three assists.

As for the visiting team, James would add nine more points to his scoring total as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc as pulls down two defensive rebounds and throws out one assist.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he settles for eight points.  He would knock down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Irving would knock down a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points.  He would also grab one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds and give out three assists.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with two points as the Golden State Warriors walk into  halftime with a 71-60 lead.

The Cavaliers would come into the third quarter, sparking a 33 to 27 lead.  During that run, Kyrie Irving would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Canada-native Tristan Thompson would put up seven points while pulling down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  LeBron James would be limited to six points but would grab one offensive rebound, five defensive rebounds and dish off five assists.  J.R. Smith would contribute to the run with six points as he knocks down two three-pointers.

On the other end of the floor, Durant would put up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Klay Thompson would help out as he drills two three-pointers, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Two-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, would be limited to five points, collecting three of them from the free-throw line.  Iguodala would come off the bench to earn five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also pull down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the home team would close the third quarter with a 98-93 lead.

The Warriors would finish things off in the last period as Kevin Durant would throw up eleven points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds while giving out two assists.  Curry would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field to get himself nine points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  He would also take down one defensive rebound while dishing off three assists.  As for the visiting team, James would go off for fourteen points while shooting seventy percent from the field.  He would grab two defensive rebounds and throw out two assists while doing so.  Smith would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Kevin Love would chalk up four points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Kyle Korver would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer but it was the Golden State Warriors who pull away with a 129 to 120 victory, winning the NBA Finals, 4-1.  This would also mark the fifth time the Golden State Warriors would win a NBA title and the first time that Kevin Durant would earn a NBA championship.  Kevin Durant would finish with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and five assists.  He would also be named NBA Finals MVP.  LeBron James finished with forty-one points, thirteen rebounds and eight assists.

The Golden State Warriors hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a lopsided loss in Game 1, taking 1-0 lead

The Golden State Warriors hand the Cleveland Cavaliers a lopsided loss in Game 1, taking 1-0 lead

Last night marked the first matchup between the first-seed Golden State Warriors and the second-seed Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.  This matchup would also mark the third straight time these two teams met up in a NBA Finals.  The first time was back in 2015 where the Warriors would defeat the Cavaliers, 4-2, winning the NBA Finals.  The Ohio team would redeem themselves in 2016 as they come back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors, 4-3, winning a NBA Finals for the first time in history.  Each team hoped to break the tie as they looked to take a 1-0 lead in series last night in the Oracle Arena.

The first quarter would be a close one as the Golden State Warriors shot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-one percent.  LeBron James would put up thirteen points while knocking down a three-pointer in this process.  He would also jump up to grab five rebounds along with three assists.  Kyrie Irving would contribute with nine points as he shot fifty-seven percent from the field.  He would also drill a three-pointer while Kevin Love would record three defensive rebounds and one three-pointer.  Tristan Thompson would play for the entire quarter only to be held to one rebound and one assist.

On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant would throw up ten points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He would also give out five assists while four-time All-Star, Stephen Curry, would also earn ten points while knocking down two three-pointers.  Iguodala would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points, which would include one three-pointer.  JaVale McGee would score four while pulling down five rebounds as the Warriors end the first quarter with a 35-30 lead.

Durant would continue to put on a scoring display as he shoots sixty-three percent from the field in the second quarter to earn himself thirteen more points.  He would also pull down three rebounds as both Andre Iguodala and Ian Clark would come off the bench to put up two points.  Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson would also be limited to two points while Draymond Green would grab three defensive rebounds.

As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving would chalk up eight points which would contain one three-pointer.  James would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to receive six points as he crashes the boards for six rebounds.  Kevin Love would put up a three-pointer while pulling down nine rebounds.  Former Knicks player, Iman Shumpert, would be limited to one three-pointer off the bench as the Golden State Warriors head into halftime with a 60 to 52 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Warriors spark a 33-20 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Stephen Curry would heat up for fourteen points as he knocks down four three-pointers.  He would shoot sixty-three percent from the field while Durant would contribute with seven points, including one three-pointer.  He would grab two defensive rebounds while Green would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn six points.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so while grabbing five defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, LeBron James would score seven points while shooting thirty-eight percent from the field.  He would drill a three-pointer in the process while pulling down four rebounds and dishing out three assists.  Kyrie Irving and bench player, Richard Jefferson, would help out with five points while Irving would collect three of his points from beyond the arc.  Kevin Love would knock down a three-pointer while grabbing three rebounds but it was the Oakland team that ended the third quarter with a commanding 93-72 lead.

The Warriors would finish things off in the last period as Durant puts up eight more points, collecting six of them from the three-point line and the other two from the charity stripe.  He would also grab two defensive rebounds while former Los Angeles Clippers player, Matt Barnes, would knock down a three-pointer.  Draymond Green would also collect three points of his own as he pulls down two defensive rebounds.  As for the Cleveland team, Dahntay Jones would come off the bench to give seven points.  He would collect three of those points from behind the arc and the other four from the free-throw line.  Kevin Love would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with four points.  He would grab six rebounds but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 113-91 victory.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics, taking a 3-1 lead in series

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics, taking a 3-1 lead in series

Last night marked the fourth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Cavaliers as they pull away with a 117 to 104 win.  In that game, LeBron James scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off seven assists.  Jae Crowder would chalk up twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley would also score twenty-one points, along with four rebounds and one assists.  The Cavaliers would hand the Celtics a 130-86 blowout loss in Game 2.  LeBron James would finish with thirty points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jaylen Brown would settle for nineteen points, four rebounds and one assist.  The Celtics would barely escape with a win in Game 3 as they defeat the Cavaliers, 111-108.  Marcus Smart would put up twenty-seven points, five rebounds and seven assists.  Kyrie Irving scored twenty-nine points, two rebounds and seven assists.  The Boston Celtics looked to tie the series up, 2-2, as they face the defending champions in the Quicken Loans Arena.

The game would start off right for the Celtics as they shoot forty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent.  Jae Crowder would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself eleven points.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc while taking the other two from the free-throw line.  Kelly Olynyk would drop six points, along with four rebounds and two assists.  Avery Bradley would shoot thirty-eight percent from the field as he puts up six points.  On the other end of the court, LeBron James would shoot forty-three percent from the field as he collects six points along with two defensive rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field as he earns six points while Kevin Love would knock down a three-pointer and two free-throws.  Tristan Thompson would be limited to two points and three rebounds as the Celtics end the first quarter with a 29-19 lead.

The second period would be a close one as each team scores twenty-eight points total.  Kyrie Irving would get hot as he drops twelve points which would include two three-pointers.  Kevin Love would shoot forty percent from the field as he puts up five points, which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also jump up to pull down five defensive rebounds.  Iman Shumpert would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with five points, including one three-pointer.  As for the Boston team, Bradley would chalk up seven points which would hold one three-pointer.  Rookie Jaylen Brown would come off the bench to score five points while hitting one three-pointer in the process.  Al Horford would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to put up four points as the visiting team walks into halftime with a 57-47 advantage.

The Cavaliers would come back as they spark a huge 40 to 23 run in the third quarter.  Irving would get extremely hot as he goes off for twenty-one points, shooting eighty-two percent from the field.  He would nail two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  LeBron James would put up nine points as he grabs one defensive rebound and two assists.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points.  As for the Celtics team, Olynyk would shoot fifty percent from the field as he earns himself five points.  Bradley would score four points as he connects for a field goal and two free-throws.  Horford would also connect for a field goal and a free-throw as the Cavaliers gain a 87-80 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Ohio team would close things out in the last period as James would light the floor up with fifteen points as he shoots sixty-four percent from the field.  He would hit a three-pointer as he grabs one rebound and dishes off two assists.  Love would knock down a three-pointer while grabbing four rebounds for himself.  On the other end of the floor, Horford would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to receive seven points as a reward.  He would also knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Crowder would also knock down a three-pointer but it would not be enough as the Cavaliers come back to beat the Celtics, 112 to 99, taking a 3-1 lead in the series.  Kyrie Irving finished with forty-two points (his new Playoff career-high), three rebounds and four assists.  Avery Bradley would finish with nineteen points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, completing a 4-0 sweep in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, completing a 4-0 sweep in series

Last night marked the fourth game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game was a win for the Warriors as they barely escape with a 113-111 victory.  In that game, Stephen Curry scored forty points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge would settle for twenty-eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.  The Warriors would hand the Spurs a 136 to 100 blowout loss in Game 2.  Stephen Curry would put up twenty-nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.  Jonathon Simmons would chalk up twenty-two points, three rebounds and three assists.  The Oakland team would win the last game as they pull away with a 120-108 win.  During that meeting, Kevin Durant scored thirty-three points, grabbed ten rebounds and threw out four assists.  Manu Ginobili would put up twenty-one points, one rebound and two assists.  The Golden State Warriors looked to complete a series sweep last night in the AT&T Center.

The game would start off right for the California team as they shoot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Spurs to twenty-nine percent.  Four-time All-Star, Stephen Curry, would get hot for thirteen points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds as Kevin Durant would shoot seventy-five percent from the field.  Durant would score eight points while knocking down a three-pointer and gobbling up five defensive rebounds in the process of doing so.  Draymond Green would also grab five defensive rebounds while scoring five points.  He would also nail a three-pointer while shooting fifty percent from the field.  On the other end of the court, Manu Ginobili would chalk up four points as he shot thirty-three percent from the field.  New York-native, Kyle Anderson, would come off the bench to put up four points but it was the Warriors who end the first quarter with a 31 to 19 lead.

In the second quarter, Durant would throw up ten more additional points as he shoots eighty percent from the field.  Green would score six points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also dish off four assists while Stephen Curry would be limited to five points which would include one three-pointer.  Ian Clark would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain five points.  He would gather three of those points from beyond the arc.  As for the Spurs team, Danny Green would drop six points which would contain one three-pointer.  Patty Mills would also earn six points by knocking down two three-pointers.  Kyle Anderson and Pau Gasol would both come off the bench to score six points each for themselves but it was the Warriors would walk into halftime with a 65-51 advantage.

The Golden State team would come out of the locker room to spark up a 31 to 27 run.  During that run, Curry would drop ten points which would include two three-pointers.  Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would contribute with seven points as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would drill one three-pointer as he gobbles up six rebounds.  Draymond Green would knock down one three-pointer and two free-throws to earn himself five points while Klay Thompson would score five points.  He would hit a three-pointer while Jonathon Simmons would try to get his Spurs team in it.  Simmons would shoot thirty-eight percent from the field to collect nine points, which would contain one three-pointer.  He would grab three rebounds as Bryn Forbes would come off the bench to receive six points.  LaMarcus Aldridge would drop four points as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field but it was the Warriors who end the third period with a commanding 96-78 lead.

The Spurs would attempt to come back as they go on a 37 to 33 run in the last quarter.  Ginobili would put up nine points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down one three-pointer in the process of doing so while giving out two assists.  Six-time All-Star, Pau Gasol, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself eight points.  Anderson would also come off the bench to drop seven points, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  On the other end of the court, Curry would chalk up eight points which include one three-pointer.  Ian Clark would come off the bench to put up seven points, hitting a three-pointer while doing so.  Durant would only to be limited to one field and two free-throws as the Warriors pull away with a 129-115 win, completing the series sweep and advancing to the NBA Finals for a third straight time.  Stephen Curry would finish with thirty-six points, five rebounds and six assists.  Kyle Anderson finished with twenty points (his new career-high), six rebounds and two assists.