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The Lakers pull away with a 107-104 win over the 76ers

The Lakers pull away with a 107-104 win over the 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have turned things around since last season when they ended up with a 28-54 record.  Now, they are sitting at the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, hoping to stay around that area for the remainder of the season.  The Los Angeles Lakers, on the other hand, are still trying to make adjustments as they are sitting at the tenth spot in the Western Conference with an 8-15 record.

Last night, the 76ers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center as they hoped to avoid a second straight loss.  The Lakers are currently in the midst of a sixth-game losing streak.  These two teams have met up a total of 312 times with the Lakers pulling 164 wins with the 76ers winning 148 games.  Last night’s matchup marked the second and final game between these two clubs as the 76ers handed the Lakers a 115-109 loss on November 15.  During that game, Joel Embiid had 46 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 blocks.  Brandon Ingram finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Jahlil Okafor (personal; 5.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.4 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The game would go well for the Lakers in the first half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Brandon Ingram would score 13 points in the first half with one three-pointer late in the first quarter. He also had five rebounds and two assists to go along with it. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Lonzo Ball chalked up six points to put with his five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. Julius Randle played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had six points.

On the other end of the court, Joel Embiid scored 15 points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He would also record two blocks while Robert Covington had 11 points which included three 3-pointers. Ben Simmons ended up with six points, six defensive rebounds, and eight assists. T.J. McConnell would play the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Lakers went into halftime with a 57-49 lead.

The 76ers would make a comeback as they shot a high fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Lakers at forty percent.  Embiid continued to impress as he put up 18 more points with two three-pointers early in the fourth quarter.  He collected five defensive rebounds while dishing off four assists and blocking three shots.  Illinois-native Richaun Holmes played the most minutes off of the bench as he recorded eleven points.  Simmons had six more points, along with six defensive rebounds, and seven assists.

Randle earned ten more points off of the bench while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  Ingram had eight points which included a game-winning three-pointer as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away with a 107-104 victory.  Brandon Ingram finished the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block.  Lonzo Ball had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 4 blocks.  Joel Embiid would end up finishing with 33 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and 5 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers will head to Ohio to take on LeBron James (28.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 8.6 APG, 59 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-7) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of four games that these two teams would play against each other this season.  The Cavaliers and the 76ers have battled each other a total of 208 times with the Cavaliers winning 103 games while the 76ers won 105 games.  The last time that they met up was on November 27 as the Cavaliers walked away with a 113-91 victory.  LeBron James finished that game with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists while Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds.

The Los Angeles Lakers will go to North Carolina to visit Kemba Walker (22.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.2 APG, 44 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (9-14) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of two matchups between these two teams this season.  They have met up a total of 54 times with the Hornets winning 22 games while the Lakers ended up winning 32 games.

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The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat, 117-105

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat, 117-105

The Miami Heat are coming fresh off of a 123-95 blowout loss that was handed to them by the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.  They will look to bounce back from that as they take on the San Antonio Spurs in the AT&T Center.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams play each other this season.  The Spurs, who are coming off of a tight 96 to 93 win against the Pistons, defeated the Miami Heat on October 25 with a 117 to 100 score.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 31 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot.  Tyler Johnson finished with 23 points, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Hassan Whiteside (knee; 14.9 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 58.1 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

San Antonio Spurs:

Kyle Anderson (knee; 8.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 51.3 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game was a very competitive one as the Heat shot fifty-eight percent from the field while the Spurs shot fifty-one percent. Tyler Johnson played the most minutes off of the Miami bench as he would score eleven points with one three-pointer in the first quarter. Josh Richardson had ten points to go along with his one offensive rebound and two assists. Dion Waiters contributed with ten points, as well, along with four assists.

As for the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge posted up ten points while grabbing two offensive rebounds. Bryn Forbes helped out with eight points on seventy-five percent shooting from the field. Patty Mills played 13 minutes off of the bench as he recorded five points but it was the Heat who went into halftime with a slight 58-57 advantage.

The home team would start to pull away as the Spurs outscored the Florida team in the second half, 60-47. Rudy Gay chalked up nine points during that run while shooting forty-three percent from the field. Aldridge earned himself eight points with two offensive rebounds. Forbes played 17 minutes off of the bench as he knocked down three 3-pointers to receive nine points.

On the other end of the court, Tyler Johnson would score 14 points off of the bench while grabbing two rebounds and dishing off one assist. Waiters would contribute with 12 points with two three-pointers in the third quarter. Kelly Olynyk had one three-pointer and five rebounds but it was the San Antonio Spurs who escaped with a 117-105 win.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and one block.  Tyler Johnson ended up with a season-high 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will head to New York to take on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48 FG%) and the Brooklyn Nets (9-14) on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams.  They have battled each other a total of 129 times with the Heat winning 81 games while the Nets ended up winning 48 of the games.

The San Antonio Spurs will host Kyrie Irving (23.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 5.0 APG, 49 FG%) and the Boston Celtics (21-4) at the AT&T Center on Friday at 9:30 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams play each other this season.  The Celtics and the Spurs have met up a total of 92 times as the Celtics won 41 games while the Spurs won 51 games.  The last time that they played each other was on October 30 when the Celtics handed the Spurs a 108 to 94 loss.  During that game, Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, gave out 6 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot.  Brandon Paul finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

The Miami Heat get handed a 108-97 loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Miami Heat get handed a 108-97 loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers

The year 2010 to the year 2014 was probably one of the best eras in Miami Heat franchise history as LeBron James teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to deliver two straight championships to Miami.  Fast-forward three years later, Dwyane Wade would now team up with LeBron James in Cleveland in hopes that they can receive their fourth championship each.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the first time that James and Wade would battle Miami together on another team.  The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat have met up a total of 105 times as the Heat won 62 games while the Cavaliers ended up winning 43 of them.  After this game, the Heat and the Cavaliers will meet up two more times this season.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Matt Williams (G-League)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (personal; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have full control right after tip-off as they shot sixty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Miami Heat to forty-one percent.  Kevin Love played very impressively in the first two quarters as he chalked up 32 points on seventy-one percent shooting from the field.  He also collected eight rebounds while LeBron James scored 16 points against his former team.  James also had ten rebounds, six assists, and four steals to add along with it.  Dwyane Wade would post up nine points with a three-pointer early in the second quarter.  Kyle Korver played the most minutes off of the bench as he had eight points with two three-pointers in the second period.

Dion Waiters would chalk up 17 pointers with three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Hassan Whiteside settled for five rebounds to put with his five points while Bam Adebayo had four rebounds. James Johnson played 20 minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 12 points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a large 75-49 advantage.

The Miami team would respond as they go on a 48-33 run in the second half, shooting forty-eight percent while keeping the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent. Josh Richardson ended up with ten points while knocking down two three-pointers. Adebayo also contributed as he chalked up ten points, as well. Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless.

Wade scored eight points in the last half while collecting four defensive rebounds. LeBron James had five points but ended up getting tossed out of the game for the first time in his 15-year career. Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench only to be kept to four points as the Cleveland team still pulled away with a 108-97 win.  Kevin Love finished the game with a season-high 38 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  Dion Waiters would finish with 21 points, one rebound, and 7 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to New York to take on Kristaps Porzingis (27.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 46 FG%) and the New York Knicks (10-10) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  These teams have met up a total of 144 times with the Heat winning 68 games as the Knicks won 76 games.  This game would mark the first of four times that these clubs would compete this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will head down south to take on Dennis Schroder (19.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 6.8 APG, 45 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (4-16) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  The Hawks and the Cavaliers have battled each other a total of 233 times as the Cavaliers pulled 112 wins while the Hawks ended up with 121 wins.  This game would mark the second of four matchups between these two clubs this season.  The Cavaliers fell to the Hawks in the first game, 117-115, which was on November 5.   In that game, Dennis Schroder had 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists.  LeBron James recorded 26 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers

It seems like the Los Angeles Clippers has taken over as the top Los Angeles basketball team as the Lakers would be stuck in a four-year playoff drought, going on five years if they fail once again.  But with Magic Johnson in charge and the new additions of rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, they would hope to break that streak but it won’t be easy as the Western Conference has grown to become more competitive than ever.

Tonight, the Clippers will host their city rivals at the Staples Center as this matchup will mark the second of four meetings this season between these two teams.  The Lakers and the Clippers have met up a total of 213 times with the Lakers winning 145 games and the Clippers winning 68 games.  The last time that they battled each other was on the season’s opener, October 19.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 29 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed 2 steals.  Brook Lopez had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 12.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 35.5 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 5.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Jamil Wilson (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Brice Johnson (G-League; 2.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 71.4 FG%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

Tyler Ennis (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 36.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ivica Zubac (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
Alex Caruso (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Vander Blue (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Thomas Bryant (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Clippers would start things off right for the game as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Lakers to forty-eight percent.  Blake Griffin would end up dropping 15 points with two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had eight rebounds and four assists while former Lakers’ player Lou Williams scored 13 points.  Austin Rivers would collect 12 points while earning four rebounds and three assists.  Rookie guard Sindarius Thornwell played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would help the Lakers out as he heats up for 20 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma ended up with ten points as Larry Nance collected four rebounds to put with his six points.  Jordan Clarkson would play 14 minutes off of the bench to earn six points as the Lakers go into halftime with a tight 62-60 lead.

The Clippers would end up outscoring the Lakers, 60-53, in the second half behind Lou Williams’ amazing 29 points.  Blake Griffin would have 11 points but unfortunately, he would have to leave the game in the fourth quarter due to a knee injury.  Brandon Ingram would put up 15 points for the Lakers, along with Clarkson’s 11 points but it was the Los Angeles Clippers who sneak away with a 120-115 win.  Lou Williams finished the game with a season-high 42 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would end up with a season-high 29 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Clippers will host Rodney Hood (17.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 42 FG%) and the Utah Jazz (9-11) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  The Clippers and the Jazz have battled each other a total of 193 times with the Clippers pulling 83 wins while the Jazz had 110 wins.  This game would mark the second of four times they play each other this season as the Clippers defeated the Jazz on October 24, 102 to 84.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 22 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and blocked one shot.  Donovan Mitchell had 19 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Klay Thompson (20.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 50 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (15-5) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 447 times with the Lakers winning 275 games and the Warriors winning 172 of them.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between them this season.

The Miami Heat hand the Chicago Bulls their fifth straight loss, 100-93

The Miami Heat hand the Chicago Bulls their fifth straight loss, 100-93

The Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls rivalry dates all the way back to the 1990s when the Heat became championship contenders and things have been chippy between these clubs ever since.  They have met up a total of 138 times in the past with the Heat winning 63 games while the Bulls won 75 games.  Today’s matchup will mark the second time that these two teams play each other this season as the Heat defeated the Bulls on November 1, 97 to 91.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 20 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and committed one steal.  Lauri Markkanen had 25 points, 8 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.  The Bulls would hope to avoid their fifth straight loss as they host the 9-9 Miami Heat.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Bam Adebayo (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Derrick Walton (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Matt Williams (G-League)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

Zach LaVine (knee)
David Nwaba (ankle; 6.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Cameron Payne (foot)
Kay Felder (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 30.2 FG%, 23.5 3P%)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 56.3 FG%)
Quincy Pondexter (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 31.0 FG%, 15.8 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Nikola Mirotic (face)

GAMETIME:

The first half of this game would be kept close as the Heat shot forty percent from the field while the Bulls shot thirty-five percent. Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the Miami bench as he chalked up ten points, nine coming from beyond the arc and one free-throw. Kelly Olynyk had five defensive rebounds to add to his seven points. Justise Winslow was limited to just two points but would manage to record six rebounds and two assists.

As for the home team, Denzel Valentine scored eight points to put with his six defensive rebounds and four assists. Both Lauri Markkanen and Justin Holiday would also have eight points as they knocked down two three-pointers each. Robin Lopez would have five rebounds as Kris Dunn had three rebounds and three assists. Jerian Grant played 12 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the Florida team went into halftime with a tight 45-42 lead.

The Heat ended up shooting fifty-one percent from the field in the last half, holding the Bulls to forty percent shooting. Goran Dragic scored 16 points while hitting two three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Hassan Whiteside settled for five points as he pulled down four defensive rebounds while Dion Waiters was kept to just two points. Tyler Johnson played 18 minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points with a three-pointer early in the fourth period.

Grant ended up posting an impressive 22 points as he played the most minutes off of the bench. Holiday had seven points while Valentine settled for two three-pointers, seven rebounds, and three assists. Markkanen collected six defensive rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the Miami Heat crawl away with a 100-93 victory.  Goran Dragic finished the game with 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists while Jerian Grant had a career-high 24 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Ohio to take on LeBron James (28.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 8.6 APG, 58 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-7) for the first time this season on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 105 times with the Cavaliers winning 43 games and the Heat winning 62 of them.  The Bulls will host Devin Booker (22.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (7-13) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., which will mark the second and last time that these teams play each other this season.  The Bulls and the Suns have met up a total of 142 times as the Bulls pulled 73 victories while the Suns had 69 wins.  November 19 was the last time that the Suns and Bulls played each other as the Suns pulled away with a 113 to 105 win.  In that game, T.J. Warren scored 27 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 1 assist, committed 1 steal, and blocked 2 shots.  Lauri Markkanen had 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 assists.

The Houston Rockets hand the New York Knicks a 117-102 loss

The Houston Rockets hand the New York Knicks a 117-102 loss

The Houston Rockets are currently the hottest team in the Western Conference as they are sitting at the number one seed with a 14-4 record.  They will look to earn their fourth straight win as they host the New York Knicks for the second and last time this season.  The Knicks, on the other hand, are doing somewhat better than last season as they are at the seventh seed with a 10-8 record.  These two ball clubs have met up a total of 150 times with the Knicks winning 74 games and the Rockets winning 76 of them.  The last time they met up was November 1 as the Rockets hand the Knicks a 119-97 blowout loss.  In that game, James Harden had 31 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists.  Tim Hardaway finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

Joakim Noah (illness)
Ramon Sessions (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 37.0 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Kristaps Porzinigis (illness; 27.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 46.8 FG%, 40.2 3P%)
Enes Kanter (back; 13.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 63.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luke Kornet (G-League)
Isaiah Hicks (G-League)

Houston Rockets:

Troy Williams (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Briante Weber (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG)
Bobby Brown (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 30.4 FG%, 29.0 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Zhou Qi (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.1 APG, 20.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The New York Knicks would shoot fifty-eight percent from the field in the first half while limiting the Houston Rockets to forty-four percent.  Former Heat player Michael Beasley chalked up 24 points in the beginning half, adding to his four rebounds and two assists.  Courtney Lee had 15 points which would include three 3-pointers in the first quarter.  Jarrett Jack ended up with four points, four defensive rebounds, six assists, and one steal.  Willy Hernangomez played 16 minutes off of the bench as he was limited to just four points himself.

As for the home team, James Harden recorded 15 points which held a three-pointer late in the second quarter.  He also dished off five assists while Ryan Anderson chalked up 14 points while grabbing four defensive rebounds.  Clint Capela had one offensive rebound and seven defensive rebounds while Chris Paul ended up with four points and four assists.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench as he posted up eight points but it was the Knicks who went into halftime with a 61-58 lead.

The Rockets ended up outscoring the Knicks in the second half, 59 to 41. Harden would contribute to that as he dropped 22 points while collecting two defensive rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Former Wizards’ forward Trevor Ariza scored 16 points while former Wizards’ center NeNe grabbed three rebounds. Eric Gordon played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept completely scoreless.

Kyle O’Quinn gave the Knicks 18 points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. Both Michael Beasley and Jarrett Jack had six points but Beasley ended up with five turnovers. Rookie Damyean Dotson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the Rockets escaped with a 117-102 victory. James Harden finished with 37 points, 2 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 steals. Michael Beasley had a season-high 30 points, a season-high 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will host Damian Lillard (25.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.2 APG, 40.9 FG%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (11-8) for the first time this season on Monday at 7:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 109 times with the Trail Blazers winning 62 games and the Knicks pulling out 47 victories.  The Houston Rockets will host Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 49.4 FG%) and the Brooklyn Nets (6-12) for the first time this season on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  The Rockets and Nets have battled each other a total of 90 times in the past with the Rockets coming away with 60 wins while the Nets won 30 games.

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Phoenix Suns a 115-91 loss

The New Orleans Pelicans hand the Phoenix Suns a 115-91 loss

The Phoenix Suns are currently in a state of struggle as they are sitting on a 7-13 record, trying to avoid a second straight loss as they host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.  They have been unlucky that their star player, Eric Bledsoe, openly discussed his unhappiness with the organization, resulting in him being traded to Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Greg Monroe and a first and second-round draft pick.  The New Orleans Pelicans, on the other hand, are in search for a third straight win.  This would mark the first matchup between these two teams this season as they met up a total of 53 in the past with the Pelicans winning 25 games while the Suns won 28 of them.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Charles Cooke (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jalen Jones (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Frank Jackson (foot)
Alexis Ajinca (knee)
Solomon Hill (hamstring)

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (ACL)
Alan Williams (knee)
Alec Peters (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Davon Reed (knee)

GAMETIME:

The Pelicans would start the game off right as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field in the first quarter, limiting the Suns to just thirty-four percent.  Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins would both score fifteen points each in the beginning half, while they grabbed eight rebounds each.  Jrue Holiday contributed with 12 points which would include two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Dante Cunningham played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up nine points to put with his four defensive rebounds.

As for the Phoenix team, both T.J. Warren and Tyson Chandler dropped ten points each while Warren blocked two shots and Chandler collected four rebounds.  Tyler Ulis had seven points with a three-pointer late in the second period.  Mike James played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points as the visiting team went into halftime with a huge 72-42 advantage.

The Suns would attempt to come back as rookie Josh Jackson dropped ten points off of the bench while they collected two rebounds and two assists.  Ulis posted up ten points, as well, but it was still the Pelicans who pulled away with a 115 to 91 win.  Anthony Davis finished the game with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block.  T.J. Warren had 18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to California to take on Stephen Curry (25.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 6.3 APG) and the Golden State Warriors (14-5) for the second time this season on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 55 times with the Pelicans winning 19 games and the Warriors winning 36 games.  The last time they battled each other was on October 20 as the Pelicans were handed a 128 to 120 loss.  In that game, Klay Thompson scored 33 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and blocked 1 shot.  Anthony Davis had 35 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block.  DeMarcus Cousins also had 35 points.

The Phoenix Suns will visit Minnesota to battle Karl-Anthony Towns (20.3 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.5 APG) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-8) for the second time this season on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  The Timberwolves and Suns have played each other a total of 106 times as the Timberwolves won 38 games while the Suns ended up winning 68 of them.  The last time they met up was on November 11 as the Timberwolves left with a 118 to 110 victory.  Andrew Wiggins had 27 points in that game, along with one rebound and two steals.  T.J. Warren finished with 35 points, 6 rebounds, one steal, and one block.  Devin Booker had 35 points, as well.

The Miami Heat snap the Boston Celtics’ 16-game winning streak, 104 to 98

The Miami Heat snap the Boston Celtics’ 16-game winning streak, 104 to 98

The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics rivalry is one that stems back to the 2010 NBA Playoffs but things have seemed to calm down lately.  The Celtics are currently on a 16-game winning streak and they hope to extend it to seventeen as they take on the Heat for the second time this season in South Beach.  Last time that these two clubs met up, the Celtics pulled away with a 96 to 90 victory.  In that game, Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and one block.  Goran Dragic had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 35.3 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jabari Bird (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League)

Miami Heat:

Bam Adebayo (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Derrick Walton (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
AJ Hammons (G-League)
Matt Williams (G-League)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Rodney McGruder (tibia)

GAMETIME:

The Miami Heat would open things up the right way as they shot fifty-one percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Boston Celtics to thirty-three percent.  Goran Dragic got hot for 20 points as he knocked down two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds and two assists while former Timberwolves guard Wayne Ellington had nine points and four defensive rebounds.  Dion Waiters dished off six assists in the half while Hassan Whiteside gathered up five defensive rebounds.  Tyler Johnson played 13 minutes off of the Miami beach as he recorded seven points with a three-pointer late in the first quarter.

As for the opposing team, Jayson Tatum scored ten points while collecting five rebounds and three assists.  Kyrie Irving settled for nine points on forty-four percent shooting from the field.  Al Horford ended up with two points but he would get his hands on two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds while blocking one shot.  Marcus Smart played the most minutes off of the bench but was just kept at two points as the Heat went into halftime with a huge 54-41 advantage.

The Boston Celtics would hope to come back in the second half as they outscored the home team, 57-50.  Kyrie Irving would heat up for fourteen points while shooting fifty-four percent from the field.  Marcus Morris chalked up eleven points with seven of them coming from the free-throw line.  Horford collected four defensive rebounds while Marcus Smart gave out two kind assists.  Terry Rozier played the most minutes off of the bench as he gave five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the charity stripe.

As for the Florida team, Dion Waiters would score an incredible 18 points while hitting two huge three-pointers late in the fourth quarter.  Former Celtics’ player Kelly Olynyk had four rebounds while Whiteside and Justise Winslow had five rebounds each.  Tyler Johnson played 15 minutes off of the bench while dropping nine points as the Miami Heat end the Celtics’ winning streak with a 104-98 victory.  Goran Dragic finished the game with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal.  Kyrie Irving would finish with 23 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, and 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will visit Minnesota to take on Karl-Anthony Towns (20.4 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.4 APG) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-7) for the last time this season on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Heat and the Timberwolves have met up a total of 55 times with the Heat winning 32 games while the Timberwolves won 23 of them.  The last time that they battled each other was on October 30 as the Timberwolves pulled away with a 125-122 overtime victory.  In that game, Jeff Teague had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists, and 6 steals while Dion Waiters finished with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

The Boston Celtics will host Evan Fournier (19.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.2 APG) and the Orlando Magic (8-10) for the second time this season on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  These two clubs have battled it out a total of 125 times with the Celtics winning 69 games while the Magic won 56 games.  The last time they met up was on November 5 as the Celtics handed the Magic a 104-88 blowout loss.  In that game, Jaylen Brown scored 18 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 1 assist, and committed 2 steals.  Aaron Gordon had 18 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

The Cleveland Cavaliers breeze past the Detroit Pistons, 116 to 88

The Cleveland Cavaliers breeze past the Detroit Pistons, 116 to 88

It seems like the Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten their prior struggles figured out as they are now en route to a five-game winning streak if they pull off a win tonight against the Detroit Pistons.  The Pistons currently have the third seed in the Eastern Conference as they are looking to avoid a second straight loss as they hosted the Cavaliers at the Little Caesars Arena.  These two teams have met up a total of 231 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 102 games while the Pistons ended up winning 129 of them.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 5.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 39.3 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)
London Perrantes (G-League)
Ante Zizic (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

Detroit Pistons:

Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 57.1 FG%)
Dwight Buycks (G-League)
Luis Montero (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cavaliers ran the show for the most part as they shot sixty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Pistons to forty-nine percent. LeBron James got hot as he chalked up 16 points in the first quarter which included three 3-pointers. He also had two rebounds and three assists while Kevin Love held 15 points in the first half, as well as seven rebounds and two assists. Kyle Korver played 14 minutes off of the bench as he had eight points which held two three-pointers.

As for the Pistons, Reggie Jackson ended up scoring ten points with two three-pointers in the second quarter. He also managed to dish off four assists while former Celtics player Avery Bradley had nine points on eighty percent shooting from the field. Anthony Tolliver played the most minutes off of the bench only to be held to a three-pointer as the visiting team had a huge 73-46 lead at halftime.

Jose Calderon scored ten points in the second half with two three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Jae Crowder ended up with nine points and four rebounds.  Both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were held to just two points but James did manage to dish off five assists.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for seven points on thirty-three percent shooting from the field.

The Michigan team would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 26 to 15 in the fourth quarter, keeping the Cavaliers to just thirty-three percent shooting.  Reggie Bullock, Henry Ellenson, and Eric Moreland all scored six points each in the last half.  Luke Kennard played 17 minutes off of the bench only to chalk up just five points as the Cleveland Cavaliers easily pull away with a 116 to 88 victory.  Kevin Love finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Tobias Harris had 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will visit New York to take on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.9 APG) and the Brooklyn Nets (6-10) for the second time this season on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 188 times with the Cavaliers winning 108 games and the Nets winning 80 games.  The last time they battled each other was on October 25 as the Nets handed the Cavaliers an unexpecting 112 to 107 loss.  In that game, LeBron James recorded 29 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, and 4 blocks.  Spencer Dinwiddie had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

The Detroit Pistons will visit Oklahoma to battle Paul George (21.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.7 APG) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-8) for the first time this season on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pistons and the Thunder have met up a total of 136 times as the Pistons won 66 of the games while the Thunder won 70 of them.

The Bulls earn their third win of the season as they defeat the Hornets, 123-120

The Bulls earn their third win of the season as they defeat the Hornets, 123-120

Things have not gone well for the Chicago Bulls ever since Dwyane Wade left as they are sitting with a 2-10 record, hoping to avoid a sixth straight loss.  The Charlotte Hornets are also trying to prevent a sixth straight loss as they visited Chicago to take on the Bulls last night for the first time this season.  These two teams have met up a total of 114 times with the Bulls winning 74 games and the Hornets/Bobcats winning 40 of them.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

Michael Carter-Williams (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 12.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Treveon Graham (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 38.6 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
Johnny O’Bryant (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Marcus Paige (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Mangok Mathiang (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Julyan Stone (hamstring; 3.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

Zach LaVine (ACL)
David Nwaba (ankle; 6.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Cameron Payne (foot)
Nikola Mirotic (face)

GAMETIME:

The Charlotte Hornets and the Chicago Bulls played well at the beginning as the Hornets shot fifty-one percent from the field and the Bulls shot forty-nine. Kemba Walker would get hot for 22 points which would include two three-pointers. He also had five rebounds and three assists to go along with it. Marvin Williams scored five points while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a three-pointer but they both had two defensive rebounds each. Jeremy Lamb played 13 minutes off of the bench as he recorded 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

As for the Bulls, both Lauri Markkanen and Justin Holiday scored 14 points each as Markkanen had five defensive rebounds and Holiday had three steals. Denzel Valentine would chalk up seven points, two rebounds, and three assists while Jerian Grant dropped two three-pointers. Kris Dunn played the most minutes off the bench to record six points as both teams went into halftime with a tied game, 60 apiece.

Walker would continue to impress as he dropped 25 more points in the second half on sixty-four percent shooting from the field.  Williams helped out as he scored eight points with two three-pointers in the third quarter. Dwight Howard had seven points to put with his six rebounds. Dwayne Bacon played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just two points.

As for the Bulls, Justin Holiday would score 13 points in the second half which would hold two three-pointers. Valentine would end up with 11 points as he collected three rebounds and three assists. Kris Dunn played 17 minutes off of the bench as he had 16 points. He also managed to get seven assists as the Chicago Bulls pull away with a 123-120 win over the Charlotte Hornets.  Justin Holiday finished with a season-high 27 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 block.  Kemba Walker ended up finishing with a season-high 47 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will head to Arizona to take on Devin Booker (23.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.3 APG) and the Phoenix Suns (6-11) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. for the first time this season.  These two teams have met up a total of 141 times with the Bulls winning 73 games and the Suns winning 68 of them.  The Charlotte Hornets will host Blake Griffin (23.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.7 APG) and the Los Angeles Clippers (5-9) tonight at 7:00 p.m. for the first time this season.  The Clippers and the Hornets have battled each other a total of 53 times with the Clippers winning 29 of the games while the Hornets won 24 of them.