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The Phoenix Suns hold off the New York Knicks, 121-98

The Phoenix Suns hold off the New York Knicks, 121-98

Friday, January 17, 2020

 

The New York Knicks are recovering from a 128-102 loss they took in the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.  They will hope to avoid a second straight loss as they host the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Madison Square Garden.  The Suns, on the other hand, are dealing with struggles of their own as they try to avoid a second straight, as well.

Tonight’s matchup between these teams will mark the second and final time that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 3 when the Suns came away with a 120-112 victory.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 38 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and dished off 7 assists while Marcus Morris had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns have battled each other a grand total of 129 times in the past as the Knicks won 64 games while the Suns won 65 games.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Kelly Oubre (concussion; 18.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 34.9 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 37.6 FG%, 27.0 3P%)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Tariq Owens (G-League)

New York Knicks:

-Reggie Bullock (neck; 9.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 39.7 FG%, 32.5 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (oblique; 5.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 32.5 FG%, 29.3 3P%)
-Wayne Ellington (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 32.3 FG%, 30.9 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 6.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 45.1 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 27.3 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Kenny Wooten (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Suns shot forty-six percent from the field while the Knicks shot forty percent.  Deandre Ayton scored 14 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking 2 shots.  Ricky Rubio also had 14 points as he drilled two three-pointers in the process.  Devin Booker helped out with 12 points which knocking down a trey in the first quarter.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, Julius Randle chalked up 12 points which included a three-pointer.  Both Marcus Morris and Elfrid Payton scored six points each while Taj Gibson earned himself five points.  Mitchell Robinson played 13 minutes off the bench but only scored four points as the Arizona team went into halftime with a 58-52 lead.

The Phoenix Suns closed things out in the second half as they sparked up a huge 63-46 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  During that run, Booker recorded 17 more points while grabbing a board and dishing out three assists.  Ayton and Rubio combined for 23 points while Dario Saric contributed with seven points.  Johnson played 12 minutes off the bench but only had five points.

As for the Knicks, both Randle and Morris combined for 25 points.  Robinson recorded eight points off the bench but it was the Suns who came away with a 121 to 98 victory.  Devin Booker finished the game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Julius Randle had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns travel to Massachusetts to take on Kemba Walker (21.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.0 APG, 43.6 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (27-12) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 18 when the Celtics handed the Suns a 99-85 loss.  Jayson Tatum finished that game with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Devin Booker had 20 points, one rebound, and 4 assists.

The New York Knicks will host Tobias Harris (19.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 48.7 FG%, 35.9 3P%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (26-16) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  It will mark the third of four times that that meet up this season.  November 29 was the last time that they saw each other as the Knicks fell to the 76ers, 101-95.  During that game, Joel Embiid scored 27 points, grabbed 17 boards, dished out 2 assists, and blocked 3 shots while Julius Randle had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Utah Jazz cruise past the New York Knicks, 128-104

The Utah Jazz cruise past the New York Knicks, 128-104

Thursday, January 9, 2020

 

The New York Knicks are trying to put their current road trip behind them as they have lost the last three games which were on the road.  If they lose tonight in Utah, it will mark their fourth straight loss.  The Jazz, on the other hand, are on their longest winning streak this season at six games.  Tonight will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Knicks and the Jazz have battled each other a grand total of 98 times in the past as both teams won 49 games apiece.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Marcus Morris (neck; 19.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 43.8 FG%, 46.9 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (oblique; 5.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 32.5 FG%, 29.3 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 6.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 49.3 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)
-Julius Randle (personal; 18.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 44.9 FG%, 28.6 3P%)

Utah Jazz:

-Mike Conley (hamstring; 13.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.6 APG, 36.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Jazz would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-five percent from the field, keeping the Knicks to forty-four percent.  Rudy Gobert scored 14 points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had nine rebounds, one assist, and one block while Bojan Bogdanovic chalked up 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.

Donovan Mitchell helped out with 12 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale combined for just eleven points.  Former Nuggets’ point guard Emmanuel Mudiay played the most minutes off the bench as he had eleven points.

As for the visiting team, Elfrid Payton put up 11 points while shooting fifty-percent.  He had a three-pointer in the first quarter while R.J. Barrett contributed with ten points.  Bobby Portis and Reggie Bullock combined for 15 points while Taj Gibson had two points.  Kevin Knox played 13 minutes off the bench but only had two points while the Jazz went into the locker room with a huge 72-53 advantage.

The Jazz would finish things off in the second half as they went on a 56-51 run.  During that run, the Jazz’s bench would step up.  Georges Niang had 11 points while 3 three-pointers in the process.  Mudiay and Tony Bradley scored a combined 17 points while Jordan Clarkson settled for four points.

On the other end of the floor, Wayne Ellington scored 11 points off the bench but it wouldn’t help much as the Jazz handed the Knicks a 128-104 loss.  Bojan Bogdanovic finished the game with 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying one block while Frank Ntilikina had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will host Brandon Ingram (25.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 48.0 FG%, 40.4 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (12-25) on Friday at 7:15 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs this season.

The Utah Jazz will host Devonte Graham (19.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 7.8 APG, 38.1 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (15-24) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season.  December 21 was the last time they saw each other as the Jazz came away with a 114-107 victory.  During that game, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists while Terry Rozier had 29 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

The New York Knicks stun the Brooklyn Nets, 94 to 82

The New York Knicks stun the Brooklyn Nets, 94 to 82

Friday, December 27, 2019

 

The New York Knicks are currently on a three-game losing streak, trying to avoid a fourth consecutive loss as they battle the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center tonight.  The Knicks are recovering from a 121-115 loss against the Washington Wizards.  As for the Nets, they are coming off of a 122-112 victory they took against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 24 when the Nets crawled away with a 103-101 win.  During that game, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 30 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and dished off 4 assists while Marcus Morris had 26 points, 4 rebounds, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Nets and the Knicks have battled each other a grand total of 207 times in the past as the Knicks won 104 games while the Nets took 103 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Reggie Bullock (cervical disc herniation)
-Wayne Ellington (Achilles; 4.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 32.1 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 7.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 53.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (oblique; 5.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 32.5 FG%, 29.3 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)

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%)
-David Nwaba (Achilles; 5.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 52.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Knicks would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they shot thirty-four percent from the field, limiting the home team to twenty-six percent.  Julius Randle got hot for 20 points while drilling four three-pointers in the process.  Marcus Morris came through with seven points on just thirty-three percent shooting.

Morris also had a three-pointer along with five rebounds while R.J. Barrett and Elfrid Payton combined for just five points.  Former Chicago Bulls’ center Taj Gibson was held scoreless in the seven minutes that he played.  Mitchell Robinson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

As for the Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had seven boards and two assists while Joe Harris contributed with eight points.  Louisiana-native Garrett Temple had a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points while Taurean Prince was kept to just a three-pointer.  Wilson Chandler played 12 minutes off the bench but only had two points while the Knicks went into halftime with a 46-41 lead.

The Knicks ended up closing things out in the second half as they went on a 48-41 run, shooting forty-six percent.  During that run, Morris added 15 points to his scoring total while Randle recorded 13 points, six rebounds, and one assist.  Randle was able to hit a three-pointer in the process while Payton had 11 points.  Damyean Dotson played 15 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Dinwiddie dropped 11 more points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Rodions Kurcus played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Knicks handed the Nets a 94-82 loss.  Julius Randle finished the game with 33 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 25 points, a season-high 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will head to the Nation’s Capital to take on Bradley Beal (28.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 6.8 APG, 43.8 FG%, 32.4 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (9-20) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they see each other this season.  The last time they met up was on December 23 when the Wizards came away with a surprising 121-115 win.  Beal finished that game with 30 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Julius Randle had 35 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Texas to battle James Harden (38.1 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 7.5 APG, 45.2 FG%, 37.2 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (21-10) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two clubs will play each other this season.  November 1 was the last time they saw each other as the Nets escaped with a 123-116 victory.  During that game, Taurean Prince scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished off one assist, committed a steal, and blocked a shot while Harden had 36 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists.

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

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

Thursday, December 12, 2019

 

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

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

Golden State Warriors:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

The Bulls come away with a 120-102 victory over the Knicks

The Bulls come away with a 120-102 victory over the Knicks

The New York Knicks are one of the worst teams in the league as they are sitting with a 2-8 record.  They are coming fresh off of a surprising 108-87 blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Madison Square Garden.  With a 1-5 away record, the Knicks will hope to grab a victory tonight as they battle the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

The Bulls, on the other hand, are dealing with struggles of their own.  They have only won one game at home this season as they hold a 1-3 home record.  Coming off of a 117-94 loss to the Houston Rockets, they will hope to avoid a second consecutive loss.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls have battled each other a grand total of 266 times in the past as the Knicks won 120 games while the Bulls came away with 146 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Wayne Ellington (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 31.1 FG%, 27.5 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League)
-Elfrid Payton (hamstring; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.8 APG, 37.9 FG%, 62.5 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)
-Mitchell Robinson (concussion; 9.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 71.8 FG%)
-Reggie Bullock (cervical disc herniation)

Chicago Bulls:

-Luke Kornet (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 34.9 FG%, 21.7 3P%)
-Cristiano Felicio (wrist)
-Adam Mokoka (G-League)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Max Strus (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they shot fifty-one percent from the field, holding the visiting team to forty-two percent.  Zach LaVine warmed up with 14 points, knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  Power forward Lauri Markkanen contributed with nine points while grabbing three defensive rebounds, dishing off one assist, recording one steal, and a block.

Wendell Carter also had nine points, along with four rebounds.  California-native Chandler Hutchison had five points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Tomas Satoransky chalked up five points, as well.  Thaddeus Young played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just two points.

On the other end of the court, R.J. Barrett earned 14 points on seventy-five percent shooting.  He also had two three-pointers while recording four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.  Both Marcus Morris and Julius Randle had 10 points each, both hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Kevin Knox played 16 minutes off of the bench as he scored five points but it was the Bulls who went into halftime with a 60-54 lead.

The Illinois ball club would take over in the second half as they went on a 60 to 48 run, shooting fifty-percent from the field.  Coby White played the most minutes off of the bench as he got hot for 23 points, hitting seven three-pointers all in the fourth quarter.  LaVine added 11 points to his scoring total while Carter had eight more points.

As for the Knicks, Morris chalked up 12 points, including two three-pointers.  Former Bulls player Taj Gibson gave eight points, along with three rebounds, one assist, and a steal.  Knox played 15 minutes off of the bench as he had five points but it was the Bulls who handed the Knicks a 120-102 loss.  Coby White finished the game with a career-high 27 points, along with 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Marcus Morris had 22 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will host Luka Doncic (28.3 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 9.1 APG, 48.5 FG%, 31.8 3P%) and the Dallas Mavericks (6-4) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 8 when the Knicks escaped with a 106-102.  During that game, Marcus Morris scored 29 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed one steal while Luka Doncic had 38 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists.

The Chicago Bulls will travel to Wisconsin to battle Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.7 PPG, 14.3 RPG, 6.8 APG, 58.5 FG%, 30.8 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (7-3) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four meetings between these two teams this season.

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 Denver Nuggets hand the New York Knicks their third straight loss, 130-118

The Denver Nuggets hand the New York Knicks their third straight loss, 130-118

The New York Knicks have lost seven of their last ten games, hoping to show some improvement as they visit Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets, on the other hand, are coming off of a nail-biting 104-101 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, looking for their second straight win.  This game will mark the second and final time that the Knicks and the Nuggets will battle each other this season.

The Knicks and the Nuggets have clashed with each other a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Knicks won 44 games while the Nuggets won 43 games.  October 30 was the last time these two ball clubs met up as the Knicks snuck away with a 116 to 110 victory.  During that game, Kristaps Porzingis scored 38 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and blocked 3 shots while Nikola Jokic finished with 28 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

Kyle O’Quinn (calf; 6.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 59.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luke Kornet (G-League)
Tim Hardaway (18.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
Isaiah Hicks (G-League)
Joakim Noah (personal; 1.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 50.0 FG%)

Denver Nuggets:

Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 52.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Juan Hernangomez (3.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Denver Nuggets will outshine the New York Knicks in the first half as they shot sixty-four percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to fifty percent.  Indiana-native Gary Harris would get hot for 18 points which included four three-pointers.  Trey Lyles recorded 12 points off of the bench to put along with his four defensive rebounds and two assists.  Both Jamal Murray and Mason Plumlee chalked up eight points each while Will Barton had five points.  He also had three rebounds and four assists while Nikola Jokic earned himself three rebounds and five assists, not to mention his five points, as well.  Wilson Chandler played 14 minutes off of the bench as he had ten points.

As for the New York team, Kristaps Porzingis scored 12 points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Enes Kanter contributed with eight points.  Trey Burke also had eight points, along with six assists off of the bench.  Former Pelicans’ forward Lance Thomas played the most minutes off of the bench as he collected nine points but it was the Nuggets who walked into the locker room with a 73-60 lead.

The Knicks would look to attempt a comeback as they shot sixty percent in the second half while the Nuggets shot fifty-four percent.  Kanter continued to help out as he posted up 12 more points and six rebounds.  Michael Beasley heated up for 17 points off of the bench while Porzingis settled for nine points.  Burke played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 10 points.

Jokic earned 13 of the Nuggets’ 57 second-half points while Jamal Murray scored ten points.  Wilson Chandler was limited to just six points as he played 16 minutes off of the bench but it was still the Nuggets who handed the Knicks a 130-118 loss.  Gary Harris finished the game with 23 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Michael Beasley had 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.  Kristaps Porzingis also finished with 21 points, along with 7 rebounds, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (17-31) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Knicks and the Suns have seen each other a total of 125 times as the Knicks won 63 games while the Suns pulled out 62 wins.  The last time they clashed with each other was on November 3 when the Knicks defeated the Suns with a 120-107 victory.  Kristaps Porzingis finished the game with 37 points, 7 rebounds, one steal, and 3 blocks while Devin Booker had 34 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

The Denver Nuggets will host Harrison Barnes (18.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (16-32) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that the Mavericks and the Nuggets will play each this season.  They have battled each other a grand total of 179 times in the past as the Dallas team ended up winning 92 games while the Nuggets won only 87 times.  January 16 was the last time they met up as the Nuggets pulled away with a 105-102 win.  Nikola Jokic finished that game with 29 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Dennis Smith had 25 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

The Cavaliers bounce back from a 23-point deficit to defeat the Knicks, 104-101

The Cavaliers bounce back from a 23-point deficit to defeat the Knicks, 104-101

On October 29, the Cleveland Cavaliers were handed a surprising 114-95 loss in the hands of the New York Knicks.  Last night, they looked to get revenge as they visited Madison Square Garden (by a Subway train) to play in their second of four matchups with this team.  During the last time they met up, Kevin Love scored 22 points while pulling down eleven rebounds and dishing off one assist.  Tim Hardaway finished with 34 points, four rebounds, and eight assists.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Jose Calderon (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 42.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
John Holland (G-League)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)
London Perrantes (G-League)

New York Knicks:

Michael Beasley (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 48.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Willy Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 61.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ramon Sessions (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 38.1 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Luke Kornet (G-League)
Isaiah Hicks (G-League)
Joakim Noah
Ron Baker (shoulder; 3.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 28.6 FG%, 66.7 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The New York Knicks were pretty impressive this game as they shot forty-five percent from the first half, keeping the Cavaliers at thirty-one percent. Things got a bit chippy in the first quarter as both LeBron James and Enes Kanter got into a shoving match, resulting in a double technical. Even though the Knicks had a strong 51-38 lead heading into halftime, both teams played well in the first half.

Tim Hardaway scored 12 points in the first half as he knocked down two three-pointers in the second quarter. Kristaps Porzingis drilled a three-pointer in the second period but overall, he collected ten points. Former Celtics’ guard Courtney Lee also earned himself ten points while Kanter pulled down seven rebounds.

LeBron James chalked up 13 points in the first half as he recorded three rebounds and three assists. Unfortunately, he committed five costly turnovers while Jae Crowder scored seven points. Dwyane Wade played eleven minutes off of the bench as he four points and four rebounds.

Enes Kanter got hot for 12 points as he shot fifty-six percent in the third quarter, grabbing five rebounds in the process. Hardaway had two three-pointers and two free throws as Crowder connected for two three-pointers for the Cavs. James was kept to just a three-pointer as the Knicks still had a 77-61 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Ohio team would make a huge comeback in the fourth quarter as Kyle Korver went off for 19 points, earning 15 of them from beyond the arc and the other four from the charity stripe. James recorded seven points to go along with four rebounds, eight assists, and two blocks as the Cavaliers came back to win the game, 104-101.  LeBron James finished with 23 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds.  Tim Hardaway ended up finishing with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to North Carolina to take on Kemba Walker (21.7 PPG) and the Charlotte Hornets (5-7).  These two teams have met up a total of 103 times with the Cavaliers winning 62 games and the Hornets/Bobcats winning 41 of them.  The New York Knicks will host Rodney Hood (15.7 PPG) and the Utah Jazz (6-8) at the Madison Square Garden.  The Knicks and Jazz have met up a total of 94 times as the Knicks won 47 of those games while the Jazz also ended up winning 47 of them.

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks are dealing with their own struggles as the Cavaliers are still recovering from a difficult four-game losing streak.  The Hawks, on the other hand, are currently in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, their longest losing streak since the 2013-2014 season.  Obviously, winning this game in Cleveland against the Cavaliers would be a huge deal for them.

For this game, the Cavaliers would still be without Isaiah Thomas (hip), along with Iman Shumpert (knee; 6.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.0 APG), John Holland (G-League), Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.4 APG), London Perrantes (G-League), and Jose Calderon (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.7 APG).  The Atlanta Hawks were without Ersan Ilyasova (knee; 5.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 0.8 APG), Josh Magette (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.6 APG), Miles Plumlee (quadricep), Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist; 6.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.0 APG), Nicolas Brussino (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG), Malcolm Delaney (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.5 APG), and Tyler Dorsey (coach decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG).

The Hawks would start the game off right as they shoot a high seventy-two percent from the field, keeping the Cavaliers at thirty-five percent.  Former Heat forward Luke Babbitt scored eight points in the first quarter with six coming from beyond the three-point line.  Kent Bazemore collected seven points in the twelve minutes that he played, six coming from beyond the arc and the other point from the free-throw line.  He also gathered up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while Dewayne Dedmon shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Dennis Schroder received seven points to go along with the seven assists.

Dwyane Wade would warm up as he scores eight points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. LeBron James contributed with six points, two offensive rebounds, and four assists as he played for the entire quarter. Rose shot only seventeen percent from the field while he received four points in return. J.R. Smith was able to knock down a three-pointer but it was the Atlanta team who went into the second period with a 37-28 advantage.

Both teams held it close in the next quarter as the Cavs shot twenty-five percent from the field and the Hawks shot twenty-four percent. Wade would continue to stay hot as he chalks up eleven more points, three coming from behind the arc and four from the charity stripe. He also collected six rebounds while James was kept scoreless in the seven minutes that he played. Love was held to two points but he would get his hands on three rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Isaiah Taylor came off of the bench to deliver six points while Taurean Prince four points and four defensive rebounds. Babbitt played for ten minutes just to be held to three points and two defensive rebounds. John Collins just limited to two points but he would manage to pull down six rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks went into halftime with a 54-45 lead.

The third quarter would still be kept close as the Cavs shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Georgia team shot fifty-six percent. Dennis Schroder would light the floor up with thirteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field. He knocked down a three-pointer in the process while collecting two defensive rebounds. Prince contributed with eight points with six coming from beyond the arc. Luke Babbitt was limited to just a three-pointer in the ten minutes he played.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James would warm up with ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. He dished off four assists while Channing Frye contributed with seven points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  Frye also collected four defensive rebounds while Jae Crowder shot one-hundred percent from the field, earning four points.  Smith was held scoreless while dishing off three assists but it was still the Hawks who ended the third quarter with a 91 to 78 advantage.

The Cavaliers ended up coming back in the fourth quarter as they went on a 37 to 26 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field while holding the Hawks to forty-five percent.  Kyle Korver got extremely hot as he lit the floor with nineteen points on seventy-eight percent shooting.  He earned fifteen of them from beyond the arc while grabbing two rebounds.  James scored ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He did that while grabbing two defensive rebounds, dishing off five assists, committing one steal and blocking one shot.  Wade would be held to just two points in the twelve minutes he played but did manage to grab four rebounds and give out five assists.

As for the Hawks, Schroder chalked up eight points while Bazemore delivered five points, two rebounds, and two assists.  Rookie John Collins ended up with five points, as well, along with two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  The game would come down to the wire but it was still the Atlanta Hawks who escaped with a 117-115 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Dennis Schroder finished with twenty-eight points, three rebounds, and nine assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-six points, five rebounds, thirteen assists, one steal, and two blocks.

The Memphis Grizzlies hand the Los Angeles Clippers a 113-104 blowout loss

The Memphis Grizzlies hand the Los Angeles Clippers a 113-104 blowout loss

The Memphis Grizzlies would hope to avoid a three-game losing streak as they visited California to take on the Clippers at the Staples Center.  Mike Conley and Marc Gasol decided to suit up for this game while the Grizzlies would be without Wayne Selden (quadricep), Andrew Harrison (coach’s decision), Deyonta Davis (coach’s decision), JaMychal Green (foot/ankle), Kobi Simmons (G-League), Ivan Rabb (G-League), Ben McLemore (G-League), and Vincent Hunter (G-League).  The Clippers were without Jawun Evans (coach’s decision), Sam Dekker (coach’s decision), Milos Teodosic (foot), C.J. Williams (G-League), Brice Johnson (G-League), and Jamil Wilson (G-League).

The first quarter would be held close as the Grizzlies shot forty-four percent while the Clippers would shoot forty percent.  Mike Conley ended up scoring eight points while shooting forty-three percent from the field.  Marc Gasol played for ten minutes but was limited to just six points while he gobbled up three defensive rebounds.  James Ennis shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Chandler Parsons came off of the bench to put up four points while Brandan Wright scored two points off of the bench.

As for the Clippers, Blake Griffin warmed up with ten points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Three of those points came from beyond the arc as he collected two offensive rebounds, one defensive rebound, one assist, and one steal.  Austin Rivers contributed to five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Patrick Beverley chalked up five points to go along with his three rebounds while Danilo Gallinari collected two defensive rebounds.  DeAndre Jordan was held scoreless in the ten minutes that he played but managed to grab four rebounds as the Memphis team ended the first quarter with a tight 27 to 25 lead.

The Los Angeles Clippers would try to respond in the next period as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field while holding the Grizzlies to forty-eight percent.  Gallinari ended up posting up six points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  Beverley would also collect six points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Lakers’ Lou Williams contributed with six points, as well, while Griffin scored five points to go along with the three defensive rebounds he grabbed.

On the other end of the court, Mario Chalmers would come off of the Memphis bench to record nine points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Tyreke Evans also came off the bench to deliver seven points while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Mike Conley would knock down a three-pointer and two free-throws while Gasol was kept scoreless in the six minutes that he played.  Even though the Clippers showed signs of life, the Grizzlies still had a 60-56 lead heading into halftime.

The third quarter was kept close as the Clippers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Memphis Grizzlies shot forty-seven percent.  Evans continued to contribute to the Memphis lead as he chalked up nine points, three from behind the arc and the other six from the free-throw line.  Blake Griffin would also help out as he recorded nine points of his own.  Jordan played nine minutes as he scored six points and pulled down three offensive rebounds.  Gasol ended up scoring six points which would include one three-pointer while Mike Conley was held to five points, including one three-pointer.  Dillon Brooks had three defensive rebounds while Patrick Beverley had two defensive rebounds as the Grizzlies maintained an 87 to 80 lead at the end of the third.

The visiting team closed things out in the last period as they shot forty-seven percent from the field while holding the Clippers to thirty-nine percent.  Patrick Beverley warmed up with ten points on fifty percent shooting from the field.  Griffin had three defensive rebounds and six points while Brandan Wright had two defensive rebounds.  Gasol scored nine more additional points, three coming from beyond the arc and four from the charity stripe.  Conley had four points in the closing quarter as the Memphis Grizzlies escaped with a 113 to 104 victory over the Clippers.  Conley finished with twenty-two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal while Griffin ended up with thirty points, eleven rebounds, two assists and two steals.