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The Thunder pull away from the Clippers with a 120 to 111 victory

The Thunder pull away from the Clippers with a 120 to 111 victory

Things have not gone as planned for the Big Three in Oklahoma City as the Thunder are sitting with a 4-7 record to start the season.  With Kevin Durant gone, Russell Westbrook was more than happy when Paul George and Carmelo Anthony joined him during the offseason but things could be better…obviously.  They are currently looking to snap a four-game losing streak as they host the 5-5 Los Angeles Clippers, who are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss.  After a meeting held by the Thunder behind closed doors, they looked to turn things around before getting deep into the season.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 12.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 35.5 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
Brice Johnson (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 71.4 FG%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 5.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Jamil Wilson (G-League)
Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.0 APG, 40.5 FG%, 39.6 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.3 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
Terrance Ferguson (coach’s decision; 0.5 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.5 FG, 0.0 3P%)
Kyle Singler (coach’s decision)
Steven Adams (calf; 12.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 65.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League)
P.J. Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

Paul George lit the floor up with a season-high 42 points while collecting nine rebounds and dishing off seven assists.  He knocked down four three-pointers in the process while Russell Westbrook had 22 points to put along with his three rebounds and eight assists.  Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points which included a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Jerami Grant played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points while Andre Roberson had a season-high 11 rebounds.

Lou Williams played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored a season-high 35 points for the visiting team which would include a season-high six three-pointers.  Both Blake Griffin and the coach’s son, Austin Rivers, would score 17 points each as Griffin collected six defensive rebounds.  Former Miami Heat player Willie Reed came off of the bench to chalk up a season-high 15 points but it was the home team who pulled away with a 120-111 win.

So…what’s next?

The Clippers will head to Louisiana today to take on DeMarcus Cousins (28.2 PPG) and the New Orleans Pelicans (6-6).  These two teams have met a total of 50 times with the Clippers winning 24 of the games and the Pelicans winning 26 of them.  The Thunder will host Harrison Barnes (18.4 PPG) and the Dallas Mavericks (2-10) on Sunday.  These two teams met up a total of 173 times with the Thunder/Supersonics winning 93 of the matchups while the Mavericks won 80 of them.

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The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics would meet for the first time this season, which marked the first of two games that these teams would play against each other.  The Celtics have lost the last eleven matchups to the Spurs but things would be different as the Boston team will have Kyrie Irving.  The Spurs were without Darrun Hilliard, Joffrey Lauvergne (ankle), Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Tony Parker (quadriceps), Matt Costello (coach’s decision), and Manu Ginobili (rest).  The Celtics would be without Kadeem Allen, Jabari Bird, and Marcus Morris (knee).  The Celtics looked to extend their winning streak to five as they hosted the Spurs at the TD Garden.

The Boston Celtics would start the game off impressively as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first quarter as the Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jaylen Brown would chalk up nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also gobbled up three defensive rebounds and dished off one assist.  Kyrie Irving also scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  He dished off two assists, as well, while Al Horford recorded four defensive records and three assists to go along with the six points he put up.

On the other end of the court, Texas-native LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played.  He also pulled down two defensive rebounds as Rudy Gay came off of the bench to chalk up four points with two of them coming from the free-throw line.  Pau Gasol was limited to just a three-pointer as well as Danny Green.  Brandon Paul would come off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer and grab two defensive rebounds but it was the Celtics who ended the first quarter with a 30 to 26 lead.

The Celtics would continue to own the show as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the second quarter, holding the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Former Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving would continue to impress as he drops seven more points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He also managed to grab one defensive rebound and dish off three assists as Marcus Smart collected six points and two defensive rebounds.  Horford and Jayson Tatum would earn three defensive rebounds while rookie Daniel Theis recorded three offensive rebounds.

As for the Texas team, Bryn Forbes came off of the bench to drop two three-pointers while collecting two defensive rebounds.  Gay only scored five points while Danny Green played ten minutes and was held to just a three-pointer.  Patty Mills came off of the bench to put in a three-pointer while Aldridge scored two points and grabbed two offensive rebounds.  Kyle Anderson was held scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he would collect two offensive rebounds as the Celtics headed into halftime with a 54-49 advantage.

The home team would go on a 26 to 18 run in the third period as they shot forty-three percent from the field while the San Antonio team shot thirty-three percent.  Kyrie Irving would continue to contribute as he chalks up eight more points with six coming from behind the arc.  Brown would play for the entire quarter as he put up seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the charity stripe.  Aron Baynes ended up with four points in the period as Al Horford collected two points, two offensive rebounds, and three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul collected six points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Gay would put up five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process as Gasol would be limited to just three points.  Gasol did, however, grab three defensive rebounds while Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills were held to two points each.  Anderson was kept scoreless as he pulled down two defensive rebounds but it was still the Massachusetts team that went into the fourth quarter with a huge 80 to 67 lead.

The Boston Celtics would close things out in the last period as they shot fifty percent from the field while the San Antonio Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jayson Tatum would connect for two three-pointers while he grabbed down two defensive rebounds.  Horford ended up with four points while Terry Rozier got hot for ten points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  Marcus Smart was held scoreless but did manage to dish off five assists.

Brandon Paul would continue to contribute to the Spurs scoring as he puts nine additional points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He took three of those points from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Kyle Anderson would make up for last quarter as he posts up five points including one three-pointer.  Pau Gasol would be limited to three points but would grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Davis Bertans came off the bench to earn three points, two rebounds, and three assists but it was the Boston Celtics who easily pull out a 108 to 94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.  Kyrie Irving would finish the game with twenty-four points, two rebounds, six assists, and three steals.  Brandon Paul finished with eighteen points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

Last night’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves would mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other.  The Heat was trying to avoid a third straight loss as they try to recover from the loss they took in the hands of the Boston Celtics.  The Minnesota team, on the other hand, are trying to get a winning streak going as they come fresh off a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Timberwolves were without Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision) for this game, along with Aaron Brooks (coach’s decision), Marcus Georges-Hunt (coach’s decision), Anthony Brown, and Justin Patton (toe).  The Heat would play without Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision), Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision), A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton, Rodney McGruder (leg), and Hassan Whiteside (knee).  Both teams would try to battle hard as the Heat hosted the Timberwolves at the American Airlines Arena.

The Miami Heat would end up shooting fifty-eight from the field in the first quarter while holding the Timberwolves to forty-one percent. Goran Dragic heated up for ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds as former Thunder guard Dion Waiters scored six points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and one assist that he recorded.

Josh Richardson was limited to just forty percent shooting from the field as he earned five points with three coming from beyond the arc. Bam Adebayo only dropped three points but he did manage to grab three offensive rebounds and one rebound. James Johnson was held to just two free-throws but would collect five defensive rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up seven points which would include one three-pointer. He also pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. Jeff Teague played for ten minutes in the quarter as he scored seven points, collecting three of them from behind the arc. He would also record two defensive rebounds and two assists while Nemanja Bjelica came off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer. Andrew Wiggins was held to two points in the twelve minutes that he played as the Heat walked into the second quarter with a 32-23 advantage.

The Timberwolves would have something to say about that in the second quarter as they shot sixty-four percent from the field while the Florida team shot fifty-nine percent. Wiggins would make up for last quarter as he starts to warm up for seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He ended up knocking down a three-pointer in the process while Towns also shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.

Towns collected five points in the eight minutes that he played while pulling down one offensive and two defensive rebounds. Jimmy Butler played for seven minutes as he chalked up five points along with one rebound and one assist. Teague was held to just two points but did manage to get off three assists.

On the other end of the court, Kelly Olynyk would come off of the bench to drop nine points which included one three-pointer. He also was able to pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists. Dragic shot sixty-seven percent from the field but was only held to six points, three from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.

Justise Winslow shot a perfect one-hundred from the field as he scores six points while collecting two defensive rebounds. Dion Waiters ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was held to only four points. Adebayo would settle for two points and three offensive rebounds as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a close 62-60 lead.

During the third quarter, the Heat ended up shooting forty-four percent from the field as the Timberwolves were held to twenty-nine percent.  Bam Adebayo shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scored seven points and collected two rebounds.  Okaro White would come off of the bench to put up five points as he shot one-hundred percent from the field.  Three of those points came from beyond the arc as Tyler Johnson was limited to four points, two coming from the charity stripe.

On the other end of the court, Taj Gibson warmed up with seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also collected two defensive rebounds while Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up five points, three of which came from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Andrew Wiggins shot only twenty percent while collecting four points and four rebounds but it was the home team who ended the third with an 82-79 lead.

The last quarter would be held closely as the Miami Heat shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota Timberwolves shot forty-one percent.  Dion Waiters would continue to impress as he posts up fourteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  Kelly Olynyk ended up shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning nine points in return.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process of grabbing one defensive rebound.  Winslow would gather up two defensive rebounds and two points while Adebayo took a free-throw and three rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to drop eight points, earning three of them from behind the three-point line.  Jeff Teague chalked up seven points with three of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins collected six points on fifty percent shooting from the field while Butler would be held to just four free-throws.  Towns was held scoreless but he did manage to gobble up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.

With only thirty seconds left in the game, the score would be 110 to 106 in the Timberwolves’ favor.  Dion Waiters would go to the line off of a foul by Jimmy Butler and nail two free-throws to make the score 110 to 108.  With three seconds left in the game, Waiters would make a driving layup to tie the game up at 110, forcing overtime.

The overtime period would be held closely as the Timberwolves shot fifty-seven percent while the Heat shot fifty percent.  Waiters ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field but was able to score seven points in return.  He committed one steal while Olynyk knocked down one three-pointer.  Goran Dragic was held scoreless but did pull down two rebounds.

The Timberwolves would finish things off in overtime, though, as Teague recorded seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins would be held to just three free-throws while Towns knocked down one three-pointer.  Butler was limited to just two points as the Minnesota team pull away with a 125 to 122 win.  Jeff Teague finished the game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, eleven assists, and six steals (tying his career-high).  Dion Waiter would finish with thirty-three points (tying his career-high), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

The Timberwolves slip away with a 119 to 116 win over the Thunder

The Timberwolves slip away with a 119 to 116 win over the Thunder

The last time that these two teams met up was on October 22 when the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled out a 115-113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder off of a game-winning three-pointer by Andrew Wiggins.  In that game, both Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns finished with twenty-seven points but Wiggins also ended with seven rebounds and four assists while Towns had twelve rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would finish with thirty-one points, five rebounds, and ten assists.  The Thunder would seek revenge last night as they visited the Target Center to take on the T-Wolves.

During the first quarter of the game, the Thunder shot fifty-five percent from the field while limiting the Wolves to forty-four percent.  Paul George would heat up for twelve points as he shot eighty percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from beyond the arc while gobbling up one defensive rebound.  Steven Adams would contribute with six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Both Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony would be held to two points each as Westbrook recorded one defensive rebound and three assists.

As for the Minnesota team, former Chicago Bulls’ forward Taj Gibson would chalk up six points while pulling down one defensive rebound and one offensive rebound.  Towns shot only thirty-eight percent from the field as he recorded six points to go along with the three rebounds he collected.  Another former Bulls player, Jimmy Butler, only scored six points in the eleven minutes that he played as Wiggins scored five points with three of them coming from behind the arc.  Jeff Teague would dish off four assists and pull down two rebounds but it was the Thunder who ended the first quarter with a 33 to 26 lead.

The Timberwolves would respond in the second quarter as they go on a 33 to 26 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field while holding the Oklahoma team to forty-eight percent.  Karl-Anthony Towns ended up putting up nine points in the sixty-seven percent that he shot from the field.  He also gobbled down four defensive rebounds while Teague would score points, as well, earning three of them from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Butler recorded five points and two assists while Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to contribute with five points, as well, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.

On the other end of the court, Anthony got hot for eleven points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He knocked down a three-pointer in the process while George was held to one three-pointer and two free-throws.  Westbrook only shot thirty-three percent from the field as he scored four points, pulled down four rebounds, and gave out three assists.  Jerami Grant would come off the bench only to be held to two points in the nine minutes that he played as both teams headed to the locker rooms with a tied game, 59 apiece.

The third period of the game would be held closely as the Thunder shot fifty-five percent from the field and the Wolves shot fifty percent from the field.  Towns would heat up for eleven more points while grabbing one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Gibson also contributed as he recorded six points along with three offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Jeff Teague scored six points with three coming from behind the three-point line while Wiggins was limited to just one three-pointer in the time that he played.  Butler would be held to just one free-throw as he dished off two assists.

As for the Thunder, New Zealand-native Steven Adams ended up with ten points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Russell Westbrook would chalk up seven points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and two assists that he recorded.  Paul George shot only forty-three percent from the field but did manage to collect six points, two rebounds, and three assists.  Anthony dropped four points while grabbing two defensive rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves close the third quarter with a slight 90-89 lead.

During the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves ended up shooting fifty percent from the field while the Thunder were held to forty-one percent.  Jimmy Butler would get hot for thirteen points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He ended up grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Karl-Anthony Towns played for the entire quarter as he scored seven points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also managed to gobble up four offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds while Wiggins would be held to just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Westbrook would add fourteen more points to his scoring total as he shot sixty-three percent from the field.  He earned three of those points from beyond the arc while Carmelo Anthony dropped six points in the ten minutes that he played.  Raymond Felton would come off of the bench to post up four points as Paul George was held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  Adams managed to collect four rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to hold on for a 119 to 116 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 2-0 lead in the season series.  Karl-Anthony Towns would finish the game with thirty-three points and nineteen rebounds.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds, and nine assists.

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Los Angeles Clippers would seek their third straight win as they hosted the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center, who were looking for their second straight win.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two teams.  The Clippers and Jazz met up in the first round of the playoffs last season as the Jazz defeated the California team, 4-3.  The Clippers, who are now without Chris Paul, would seek revenge last night.

The Utah Jazz shot forty-three percent from the field in the first quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers shot forty percent.  Ricky Rubio would score eight points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds while Joe Ingles connected for a three-pointer.  Alec Burks came off the Utah bench to hit a three-pointer as well but he also pulled down two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Patrick Beverley would also earn eight points with six of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Blake Griffin would contribute with seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Danilo Gallinari ended up with four points and two rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 20 lead.

The Utah team would go on a 21 to 15 run in the second period as they shot thirty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to thirty-five percent.  2009-2010 All-Defensive Player Thabo Sefolosha would come off of the bench to drop points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer while doing so as well as collecting four defensive rebounds.  Joe Johnson would come off the bench to also shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points.  Rudy Gobert was limited to three points in the quarter while Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell were held to two points.

As for the Clippers, Gallinari would shoot only thirty-three percent from the field while collecting four points.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Austin Rivers would drill a three-pointer.  Blake Griffin ended up with two points in the seven minutes that he played while DeAndre Jordan received two points, two offensive rebounds, and five defensive rebounds.  Beverley would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to two points as the home team would go into halftime with a slight 42-41 lead.

The Clippers would respond in the third quarter with a huge 33 to 15 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to twenty-seven percent from the field.  Griffin would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up nine more points, along with five defensive rebounds.  Jordan would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn five points, which would go along with his four rebounds that he collected.  Lou Williams will come off of the bench to earn five points including one three-pointer.

For the Jazz, Gobert would collect nine more points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also pulled down three rebounds while Johnson would collect four more points.  Rubio and Favors would be held scoreless throughout this period while Sefolosha would collect four defensive rebounds off of the bench.  Rubio would manage to get off four assists as the Clippers walk into the last quarter with a huge 75 to 56 lead.

The Jazz would shoot sixty-three percent of the field in the last period while the Clippers shot fifty-nine percent from the field.  Mitchell would get hot for fifteen points on the Utah side, which would include three 3-pointers.  Raul Neto came off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as Derrick Favors shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.

The Clippers would finish things off, though, as Griffin drops five points which would include one three-pointer.  Rivers and Beverley would also collect five points each as they both shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  DeAndre Jordan would receive two points and two rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers easily pull away with a 102 to 84 win over the Utah Jazz.  Blake Griffin would finish the game with twenty-two points, nine rebounds, and six assists while Donovan Mitchell finished with nineteen points, two rebounds, and one assist.

76ers grabbed their first win of the season against the Pistons, 97-86

76ers grabbed their first win of the season against the Pistons, 97-86

The Philadelphia 76ers would look to avoid a 0-4 start to the season as they took on the 2-1 Detriot Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena.  During the first quarter of the game, the 76ers shot forty-one percent from the field while limiting the Pistons to thirty-eight percent.  Ben Simmons would heat up for ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also collected three rebounds and two assists to go along with it.  Joel Embiid ended up shooting seventy-five percent from the field as he dropped nine points which would include one three-pointer.  Robert Covington played for ten minutes as he was limited to only one three-pointer while Amir Johnson would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer and pull down five rebounds.

As for the home team, Andre Drummond would score seven points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  He also went up to grab three offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds to add to his stat sheet.  Former Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Tobias Harris would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field as he dropped five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Avery Bradley also connected for one three-pointer as the 76ers ended the first quarter with a 31 to 22 lead.

The 76ers shot fifty percent from the field in the second quarter as the Michigan team would shoot forty-three percent from the field.  Dario Saric came off the 76ers’ bench to put up seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Embiid would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he chalked up six points, along with three defensive rebounds.  Jerryd Bayless ended up connecting for two three-pointers as Simmons would record three more points, along with three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Reggie Jackson would come alive as he chalked up seven points and four defensive rebounds while shooting fifty percent.  Langston Galloway came off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Ish Smith would also come off of the bench but he would drop four points as the Philadelphia 76ers went into halftime with a 56-43 advantage.

The Detriot Pistons would respond with a 24 to 19 run in the third period as they shot thirty-seven percent from the field.  Drummond ended up scoring seven more points as he pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds in the eleven minutes he played.  New-guard Avery Bradley would shoot fifty percent from the field but only recorded four points as Harris recorded two points and two defensive rebounds.

The 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent from the field as a team while Joel Embiid shot a perfect one-hundred percent.  Embiid chalked up eight points in the third quarter while Ben Simmons recorded six points, five rebounds, and three assists.  Covington would play for eight minutes as he knocked down a three-pointer and one free-throw.  He also managed to pull down two offensive rebounds as the visiting team closed the third quarter with a 75 to 67 lead.

The Philadelphia team would finish things off in the last quarter as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, limiting the Pistons to thirty-five percent.  Joel Embiid continued to impress as he chalked up seven more additional points, along with three defensive rebounds.  J.J. Redick would only be limited to two points in the eleven minutes that he played while T.J. McConnell came off the 76ers’ bench to drill a three-pointer.  Simmons recorded two more points, as well as one more rebound and two more assists.

On the other end of the court, Missouri-native Anthony Tolliver would come off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  Bradley ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was limited to only four points while Andre Drummond collected two more rebounds but it was the Philadelphia 76ers who escaped with a 97 to 86 win over the Detriot Pistons, giving them their first win of the season.  Joel Embiid finished with thirty points and nine rebounds while Ben Simmons ended his first triple-double of his career.  Simmons scored twenty-one points, pulled down twelve rebounds and dished off ten assists.  Reggie Jackson ended up with sixteen points, six rebounds, and seven assists.

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1 and advancing to the next round

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1 and advancing to the next round

Tonight marked Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in their playoff series.  This has been one of the most talked about series as this matchup features the top two candidates for this year’s MVP.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Rockets as they hand the Thunder a 118-87 loss.  In that game, James Harden scored thirty-seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and gave out nine assists.  Russell Westbrook would put up twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  Houston would go on to win the second game, as well, pulling away with a 115 to 111 score.  James Harden would finish with thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Russell Westbrook would end up with fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  In Game 3, the Thunder would manage to escape with a 115-113 victory over the Texas team.  Russell Westbrook finished with thirty-two points, twelve rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden would put up forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.  The last game would be a win for the Rockets as they slip away with a 113 to 109 victory.  Nene would end up with twenty-eight points, ten rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would score thirty-five points, pull down fourteen rebounds and dished off fourteen assists.  The Oklahoma City Thunder would look avoid getting bumped out of the Playoffs as they hope pull a win tonight in Houston.

The game would start off right for the Oklahoma team as six-time All-Star, Russell Westbrook, would light the floor up with thirteen points which would include one 3-pointer.  Former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he puts up four points.  On the other end of the court, James Harden would help his team out by putting up four points, grabbing two rebounds and dishing off two assists but it was the Thunder who end the first quarter with a 22 to 16 lead.  The Rockets would spark a 35-22 run in the second period as Patrick Beverley would score seven points, which would include one three-pointer.  The 2011-2012 Sixth Man, James Harden, would also throw up seven points which held one three-pointer.  Lou Williams would come off the bench to chalk up seven points, as well, along with three rebounds.  As for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Victor Oladipo would drop five points, collecting three of those from behind the arc.  MVP candidate, Russell Westbrook, would also drop five points and three assists.  Former 76ers player, Jerami Grant, would come off the bench to contribute with five points of his own, containing one three-pointer but it was the home team who would enter halftime with a 51-44 advantage.

The Thunder would not shy away from the challenge as they go on a 33 to 21 run in the third quarter, shooting fifty-two percent from the field while limiting the Rockets to twenty-three percent from the field.  Russell Westbrook would go off for twenty points, collecting twelve of those from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field, while grabbing five rebounds and giving out three assists.  James Harden would try to keep his Houston team in it as he drops ten points, including one three-pointer.  He would only shoot twenty-two percent from the field, but he would collect three rebounds and give out one assist.  Former Wizards player, Nene, would come off the bench to put up six points but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder that regain the lead and walk into the last quarter with a 77-72 score.  The fourth quarter would look bright for the Rockets as Harden drops thirteen points while Williams comes off the bench to contribute with twelve points, including one three-pointer.  Westbrook would earn nine points, four rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet but it was the Houston Rockets who would bounce back to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1.  James Harden finished with thirty-four points, eight rebounds and four assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with forty-seven points, eleven rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and nine assists.

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 3-1 lead in series

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 3-1 lead in series

Tonight would mark the fourth game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  This series has been the most hyped up series in the Playoffs, as it has been presenting the top-two MVP candidates going head-to-head.  Game 1 was a victory for the Houston Rockets as they serve the Thunder a 118 to 87 blowout.  James Harden scored thirty-seven points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off nine assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  The Rockets would host the Thunder again in Game 2 as they pull away with a 115-111 win.  In that game, James Harden put up thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Russell Westbrook earned fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  The last game came down to the wire as the Thunder would defeat the Rockets in Oklahoma City, 115 to 113.  Russell Westbrook finished with thirty-two points, twelve rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden collected forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.  The Oklahoma City Thunder would look to even the series up in Oklahoma tonight.

The Thunder started the game off on a good foot as they shot fifty percent from the field, limiting the Rockets to thirty percent.  Steven Adams scored six points, along with two rebounds and two blocks.  Russell Westbrook would also drop six points and collect five rebounds and four assists to go along with it.  On the other end, Trevor Ariza would put up eight points, which would include one 3-pointer but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder that ended the first period with a 26 to 22 lead.  In the next quarter, both teams would keep the score close as they each record thirty-two points.  Six-time All-Star, Russell Westbrook, would chalk up eleven points, five rebounds, six assists and one block.  Steven Adams would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself six points.  Eric Gordon would come off the Rockets bench to drop eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Former Wizards player, Nene, would also come off the bench to score eight points, as well.  Bench player, Lou Williams, would also contribute with seven points but it was the Thunder that went into halftime with a 58-54 advantage.  Russell Westbrook would finish the half with seventeen points, ten rebounds and ten assists, the fastest postseason triple-double in the last twenty seasons.

The third period would be no different from the second as both teams would chalk up a total of nineteen points in the quarter.  Maryland-native, Victor Oladipo, would throw up six points while going up for one rebound.  Steven Adams would receive five more points to add to his scoring total, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Westbrook would play for nine minutes, only to be held scoreless after attempting six shots.  As far as the Texas team, Nene would score four points, while gobbling up two rebounds and giving out one assist.  Another former Wizards player, Trevor Ariza, would knock down a 3-pointer and crash the boards for two rebounds but it was the home team that ended the third period with a 77-73 lead.  Houston would go on a 40 to 32 run in the last quarter as Nene would chalk up ten points, shooting one-hundred percent from the field.  The 2014-2015 Sixth Man, Lou Williams, would drop nine points which would include one 3-pointer.  Westbrook would try to keep his team ahead as he goes off for eighteen points, three of those coming from behind the arc.  After a total of six lead changes and five game ties, the Houston Rockets would eventually come back and close the game out with a 113 to 109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Nene would finish with twenty-eight points (his new Playoff career-high), ten rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would end with thirty-five points, fourteen rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and fourteen assists.

The Oklahoma City Thunder slip away with a victory against the Houston Rockets, preventing Houston to take a 3-0 lead in series

The Oklahoma City Thunder slip away with a victory against the Houston Rockets, preventing Houston to take a 3-0 lead in series

Last night marked Game 3 between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder in their playoff series.  The last two games didn’t go as planned for the Thunder as the Rockets defeated them in both Game 1 and Game 2.  Game 1 was a blowout as Houston left with a 118-87 win.  James Harden finished with thirty-seven points, seven rebounds and nine assists.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  The Rockets would barely win Game 2 as they slip away with a 115 to 111 victory.  In that game, James Harden scored thirty-five points, pulled down four rebounds and dished out eight assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  The Rockets looked to take a 3-0 in the series last night as they faced the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

The game would start off right for the Thunder as Taj Gibson lights the floor up with twelve points, shooting 86% from the field.  The first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Andre Roberson, would shoot a perfect 100% from the field, earning himself nine points.  Russell Westbrook would be limited to only six points but would crash the boards for four rebounds and give out four assists.  On the other end, James Harden would chalk up nine points and five assists but it was the home team that ended the first period with a 34 to 25 lead.  Things would start to look good for the visiting team as Lou Williams comes off the bench to drop twelve points, which included three 3-pointers.  James Harden shot 50% from the field, adding eleven points to his scoring total.  Former Magic player, Victor Oladipo, would throw up eight points to help the Thunder out, which would include two 3-pointers.  Westbrook would score eight points, as well, four coming from the free-throw line as Oklahoma City walks into halftime with a 65-58 advantage.

Russell Westbrook would come out of the locker room after halftime to chalk up nine points in the third quarter, along with three rebounds and three assists.  Former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would collect six more additional points to add to his scoring total.  As for the visiting team, James Harden would try to bring the Rockets closer as he drops eleven points, three of those coming from beyond the arc.  Eric Gordon would come off the Houston bench to contribute with five points but it was the Thunder who would end the third period with a 93-83 lead.  The Houston Rockets would try to climb back as they go on a 30 to 22 run in the last quarter.  Within that run, Harden would go off for thirteen points, containing two 3-pointers.  California-native Ryan Anderson, would try to help out with six points and three rebounds, while Lou Williams comes off the bench to earn six points of his own.  With 52 seconds left in the game, James Harden would connect for a three-pointer, tying the game up at 111.  After Westbrook’s pull-up three-pointer failed to go in, Steven Adams would tip the shot into the basket, giving the home team a two-point lead.  After the time out, James Harden would attempt a three-pointer but wouldn’t go in as Westbrook grabs the rebounds and gets intentionally fouled.  Russell Westbrook would miss the first free-throw but would connect for the second one, bumping the score up to 114-111.  After Harden knocks down two free-throws to bring his team within one, Westbrook is fouled again with eight seconds left.  Westbrook would knock down one of the two foul shots, giving the Thunder a two-point advantage.  James Harden would attempt a three-pointer to win the game but would fail to connect as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets, making the series 2-1.  Russell Westbrook would finish with thirty-two points, thirteen rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden ended up with forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.

The Houston Rockets escape with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking 2-0 lead in the series

The Houston Rockets escape with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking 2-0 lead in the series

Tonight marked the second game in the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets Playoff series.  Game 1 would end with a 118-87 blowout victory for the Houston team.  In that game, James Harden scored thirty-seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and threw out nine assists.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  The Thunder would look to tie the series up tonight in Houston.

The first quarter belonged to Russell Westbrook as he goes off for twelve points, shooting 62% from the field.  He would also pull down six rebounds and dish out four assists.  Former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would contribute as he scores eight points and crashes the boards for three rebounds.  On the other end, Lou Williams would chalk up eight points but it was the visiting team that ended the first quarter with a 35 to 26 lead.  Houston would not shy away from the challenge being presented to them as former Thunder player, James Harden, drops nine points, seven of them coming from the free-throw line.  Lou Williams would collect eight more points, shooting 60% from the field.  Russell Westbrook would continue to put on a performance as he would chalk up ten more points, two rebounds and six assists.  Doug McDermott would come off the Oklahoma City bench to collect eight points, which contained two 3-pointers as the Thunder go into halftime with a 68-62 lead.  The Rockets would go on a 24 to 21 run in the third period as Harden throws up twelve points, six coming up beyond the arc.  He would also pull down three rebounds and dish off one assist.  Former Pelicans player Ryan Anderson and bench player Eric Gordon would both score four points each to help the Rockets’ star player out.  As for the Oklahoma City team, Westbrook would continue to show off his scoring skills as he goes for fourteen additional points, including one 3-pointer.  He would only be limited to one assist and one rebound in the third quarter, though, as the Houston team cuts into the lead, trailing 89-86 at the end of the third.  The Texas team would come back and close things out in the last period as Eric Gordon adds eleven more points to his scoring total, shooting 57% from the field.  Westbrook would drop fifteen more points but it was the Houston Rockets who slip away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115 to 111, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Russell Westbrook would finish with fifty-one points (his new Playoff career-high), ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  His triple-double tonight would set the record for highest-scoring playoff triple-double in NBA history.  James Harden would finish with thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.