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The Magic creep away with a 111-109 victory over the Spurs, handing them their fourth consecutive loss

The Magic creep away with a 111-109 victory over the Spurs, handing them their fourth consecutive loss

The San Antonio Spurs are currently in a funk as they try to avoid a fourth consecutive loss.  They are coming fresh off of a 129-114 loss they took in the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.  With a 1-3 away record, the Spurs will try their hardest to grab a victory tonight as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

The Magic, on the other hand, just defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, 112-97.  With a 4-3 home record, the Florida team will hope to win their fifth game in the Amway Center.  This game tonight will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Spurs and the Magic have played each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Texas team won 43 games while the Magic were held to just 18 victories.

INACTIVES:

San Antonio Spurs:

-DeMarre Carroll (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.5 FG%)
-Lonnie Walker (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Keldon Johnson (G-League)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)

Orlando Magic:

-Khem Birch (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Melvin Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Jonathan Isaac (ankle; 12.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.5 FG%, 35.9 3P%)
-Josh Magette (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Spurs would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-three percent from the field, keeping the home team to thirty-six percent.  DeMar DeRozan got hot for 15 points, missing only three of his ten shots attempted.  He also had one defensive rebound and two assists while Bryn Forbes helped out with 3 three-pointers.  Washington-native Dejounte Murray had eight points while LaMarcus Aldridge was kept scoreless.  Rudy Gay played 12 minutes off the bench as he scored seven points.

On the other end of the court, both Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier earned nine points each, both hitting a three-pointer.  Former New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Al-Farouq Aminu chalked up eight points, including a trey in the second period.  Markelle Fultz had six points which he earned all from the free-throw line.  D.J. Augustin played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Spurs went into halftime with a 56-47 lead.

The Orlando team would come back and take over in the second half as they went on a 64-53 run, shooting forty-six percent from the field.  During that run, Fournier added 17 more points to his scoring total while Nikola Vucevic earned seven points, finishing with ten points.  Fultz had seven more points Terrence Ross threw up 18 points in the 16 minutes that he played off the bench.

As for the visitors, Aldridge made up for his lack of scoring in the first half as he chalked up 13 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds and two blocks while both Jakob Poeltl and Gay had seven points each off the bench.  DeRozan scored six points while Murray had two points.  Derrick White played the most minutes off the bench as he had a three-pointer but it was the Magic who came away with a 111-109 victory.  Evan Fournier finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while DeMar DeRozan had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The San Antonio Spurs will host Damian Lillard (30.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.9 APG, 48.2 FG%, 38.6 3P%) and the Portland Trai Blazers (4-8) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these teams will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 28 when the Spurs crept away with a 113-110 win.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals while Damian Lillard had 28 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.

The Orlando Magic will host Bradley Beal (28.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43.4 FG%, 32.1 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (2-7) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams this season.

The Orlando Magic were able to hold off the Chicago Bulls, 97-91

The Orlando Magic were able to hold off the Chicago Bulls, 97-91

The Chicago Bulls have been going through a lot of drama on and off the court lately.  Not only was Fred Hoiberg relieved of his head coaching duties over a week ago, but the Chicago Bulls recently suffered their worst loss in franchise history against the Boston Celtics, 133-77.

Having a new head coach didn’t seem to make matters better as there have been reports that he would have players go through a two-and-a-half hour practice, which most of the players are against.  The Chicago Bulls would look avoid a third straight loss and a ninth straight road defeat as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.  The Magic, on the other hand, are trying to get away from a fourth straight loss.

The Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic have seen each other a total of 116 times in the past as the Bulls won 64 games while the Magic ended up winning only 52 of those matchups.  This game will mark the first of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up during this season.  Last season, the Bulls swept the Magic in their regular-season series, 4-0.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

-Denzel Valentine (ankle)
-Antonio Blakeney (coach’s decision; 9.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 42.6 FG%, 44.8 3P%, 65.7 FT%)
-Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 56.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 73.7 FT%)
-Cameron Payne (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, 40.3 FG%, 27.3 3P%, 88.0 FT%)
-Tyler Ulis (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Chandler Hutchison (illness; 4.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 42.6 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 55.6 FT%)
-Rawle Alkins (G-League)

Orlando Magic:

-Timofey Mozgov (knee)
-Khem Birch (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 58.8 FG%, 100.0 FT%)
-Isaiah Briscoe (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 42.1 FG%, 100.0 3P%, 40.0 FT%)
-Wesley Iwundu (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 37.5 FG%, 31.8 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Jarell Martin (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 35.4 FG%, 21.1 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Troy Caupain (G-League)
-Amile Jefferson (G-League)
-Melvin Frazier (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Both the Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls would put up a good fight in this game as they each shot in the high 40 percents in the first half.  Nikola Vucevic scored 13 points for the Magic while hitting a three-pointer late in the second quarter.  Former Nuggets player Evan Fournier was kept to just 6 points but was able to get off two assists in the 15 minutes that he played.

D.J. Augustin also had six points but he would collect his from beyond the arc.  Aaron Gordon was only able to score three points which came from the charity stripe.  He finished the game with a total of 8 points.  Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench but only scored six points, hitting a trey early in the second quarter.

On the other end of the court, the 2014-2015 All-Rookie selection Zach LaVine got hot for 14 points as he shot 67 percent from the floor.  He earned three of those points from behind the arc while recording 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.  Rookie Wendell Carter helped out with six points while Kris Dunn had five points and three rebounds off the bench.  Lauri Markkanen ended up with four points, three from distance and one from the free-throw line.  Robin Lopez played 15 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the home team that went into the locker room with a 51-46 lead.

Both teams continued to fight in the second half but the Bulls showed more accuracy as they completed 52 percent of their shots, holding the Florida team to 35 percent shooting.  Justin Holiday, who is averaging 13 points a game this season, lit the floor up with 16 points, drilling 4 three-pointers in the process.  LaVine would cool down as he only had nine points and four turnovers.

The Orlando Magic, however, found a way to continue to pull away as Vucevic dropped 13 more points, leading the Magic to a 97 to 91 victory over the Bulls.  This victory would bring a halt to the Magic’s three-game skid.  Nikola Vucevic finished the game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Zach LaVine settled for 23 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will travel over to Texas to meet up with DeMar DeRozan (24.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 6.2 APG, 48.0 FG%, 17.1 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (14-14) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the second and final game between these two teams this season.  Last time they saw each other was on November 26 when the San Antonio Spurs snuck away from the Bulls, 108-107.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists while Zach LaVine had 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists.

The Orlando Magic will host Donovan Mitchell (20.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.8 FG%, 30.3 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (14-15) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the first of two meetings between these ball clubs during this season.  The Magic ended up getting swept in the regular-season series against the Jazz last season, 0-2.

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 Rockets sneak away with a 114-107 win against the Magic behind Harden’s 60-point performance

The Rockets sneak away with a 114-107 win against the Magic behind Harden’s 60-point performance

The Orlando Magic are currently the worst team in the league, sitting with a 14-34 record, and it wouldn’t help that they are on a two-game losing streak.  They will look to break that streak as they take on the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.  As for the Rockets, they are coming fresh off of a 113-102 win against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.  This game between the Magic and the Rockets will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets have played each other a grand total of 62 times in the past as the Magic won 27 games while the Rockets ended up winning 35 games.  January 3 was the last time they met up as the Rockets handed the Magic a 116 to 98 blowout loss.  During that game, Gerald Green scored 27 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, dished off two assists, and blocked one shot while Aaron Gordon finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

Jonathan Issac (ankle; 5.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.5 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Terrence Ross (knee; 9.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 40.7 FG%, 32.9 3P%)
Nikola Vucevic (hand; 17.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Aaron Gordon (hip; 18.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.2 APG, 44.7 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Jamel Artis (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 23.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Trevor Ariza (hamstring; 12.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 42.4 FG%, 38.3 3P%)
Zhou Qi (elbow; 1.2 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 16.7 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 56.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Markel Brown (coach’s decision)
Chris Paul (groin; 19.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 8.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 40.3 3P%)
R.J. Hunter (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG)
Troy Williams (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be competitive as the Orlando Magic shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Houston Rockets ended up shooting forty-seven percent.  Evan Fournier chalked up ten points which included two three-pointers late in the first quarter.  Bismack Biyombo would contribute with four points and five rebounds while Shelvin Mack had nine points off of the bench.  Louisiana-native Elfrid Payton was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting.  D.J. Augustin played 17 minutes off of the bench as he got hot for 13 points.

On the other end of the court, James Harden lit the floor up with 24 points as he collected five defensive rebounds and dished off seven assists.  He also had two steals while Clint Capela scored six points and pulled down eight rebounds.  Eric Gordon was kept scoreless in the 10 minutes that he played but Ryan Anderson would give five points.  Gerald Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he had eight points but it was the Magic who went into halftime with a 55-54 lead.

The Rockets responded in the second half as they went on a 60 to 52 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field.  James Harden went off for 36 points while drilling five three-pointers in the process.  He would also record five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block to add to it.  Nene played eight minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless while Capela helped out with six points.

As for the Florida team, Mario Hezonja posted up 13 points while Jonathon Simmons scored 11 points.  Marreese Speights played the most minutes off of the bench as he contributed with 12 points but that didn’t matter as the Rockets walked away with a 114 to 107 victory.  James Harden finished the game with a career-high 60 points, along with 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals, and one block.  The triple-double that Harden received would mark the first time a player had a 60-point triple-double in NBA history.  Marreese Speights settled for 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Mario Hezonja also had 17 points, as well as 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will host Kyle Kuzma (16.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 46 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (19-30) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these teams will battle each other this season.  The Magic and the Lakers have clashed with each other a total of 61 times as the Lakers won 41 games while the Magic pulled out only 20 wins.

The Houston Rockets will visit Texas to clash with LaMarcus Aldridge (22.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 49 FG%) and the San Antonio Spurs (33-19) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  That game will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will matchup this season.  The Rockets and the Spurs have played each other a grand total of 212 times in the past as the Rockets won 96 games while the Spurs went on to win 116 games.  The last time they faced each other was on December 15 when the Rockets defeated the Spurs, 124 to 109.  James Harden finished that game with 28 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Chris Paul also had 28 points, along with 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 steals, and one block.  LaMarcus Aldridge settled for 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

The Orlando Magic pull away with a 108-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

The Orlando Magic pull away with a 108-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been mighty impressive lately as they are currently on a five-game winning streak, hoping to extend it to six games as they visit Florida to battle the Orlando Magic.  The Magic, on the other hand, are facing the complete opposites as they are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, the longest in the league right now.

This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will face each other this season.  The Timberwolves and the Magic have met up a grand total of 56 times in the past as the Minnesota team won 21 games while the Magic ended up winning 35 games.  November 22 was the last time they played each other as the Timberwolves pulled away with a 124-118 victory.  During that game, Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, and committed 2 steals.  Aaron Gordon finished the game with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Minnesota Timberwolves:

Justin Patton (toe)
Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.9 FG%)
Aaron Brooks (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 42.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Marcus Georges-Hunt (coach’s decision; 1.1 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 52.4 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Shabazz Muhammad (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.6 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
Anthony Brown (G-League)
Amile Jefferson (G-League)

Orlando Magic:

Jonathan Issac (ankle; 5.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.5 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Terrence Ross (knee; 9.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 40.7 FG%, 32.9 3P%)
Nikola Vucevic (hand; 17.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Marreese Speights (personal; 7.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 37.1 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
Jamel Artis (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 23.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be competitive as the Minnesota Timberwolves shot forty-five percent from the field in the first half while the Orlando Magic ended up shooting thirty-six percent.  Karl-Anthony Towns warmed up with 12 points while getting his hands on nine rebounds.  Former Bulls’ forward Taj Gibson scored eight points on fifty percent shooting while Jimmy Butler earned seven points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocks.  Gorgui Dieng played 10 minutes off of the bench as he dropped five points.

As for the home team, Evan Fournier chalked up 12 points with two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Khem Birch scored 10 points off of the bench while grabbing seven rebounds for himself.  Aaron Gordon settled for nine points while Elfrid Payton was kept to just two points.  Mario Hezonja played the most minutes off of the bench but only had five points as Minnesota had a tight 48-47 lead.

The Florida team would have the upper hand in the second half as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, limiting the Timberwolves to forty-three percent.  Fournier continued to add to his scoring total as he collected 20 more points while draining four three-pointers.  Bismack Biyombo chalked up eight points while collecting five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

As for the Minnesota squad, Butler earned 21 more points while shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  Taj Gibson had ten points but it was the Orlando Magic who managed to slip away with a 108-102 victory.  Evan Fournier finished the game with a career-high 32 points, along with two rebounds, and 3 assists.  Jimmy Butler settled for 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Minnesota Timberwolves will head to Texas to fight James Harden (32.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 9.1 APG, 45 FG%) and the Houston Rockets (30-12) on Thursday at 9:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  The Timberwolves and the Rockets have battled each other a total of 115 times in the past as the Rockets won 75 games while the Timberwolves pulled 40 wins.

The Orlando Magic will travel to Ohio to take on LeBron James (27.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 8.8 APG, 56 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (26-17) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the third time that these teams will play each other, leaving just one more matchup after this.  They have played each other a total of 110 times as the Cavaliers won 57 games while the Magic won only 53 games.  The last time they met up was on January 6 when the Cavaliers pulled away with a 131-127 victory.  LeBron James finished that game with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 6 steals, and one block while Aaron Gordon had 30 points, 8 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

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.

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

Damian Lillard’s late three-pointer gives the Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Lakers

The Portland Trail Blazers started the game with shooting a high seventy-one percent in the first quarter while limiting the Los Angeles Lakers to forty-four percent.  Ohio-native C.J. McCollum started off hot as he shoots eighty-three percent from the field to earn himself thirteen points.  He collected nine of those points from beyond the arc while Jusuf Nurkic chalked up ten points.  Nurkic also dished off three assists while Damian Lillard had seven points, three from beyond the three-point line and the other four from the charity stripe.  Lillard also gave out the assists while Evan Turner came off of the bench to record two points, three rebounds, and two assists.

As for the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma played six minutes off of the bench as he dropped seven points, shooting sixty percent from the field.  Brook Lopez would contribute with four points but would earn two of them from the free-throw line.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Julius Randle would both come off the bench to also be limited to four points each while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  He would, however, get off two assists but it was still the Portland team who ended the first quarter with a huge 41 to 25 advantage.

The purple-and-gold would respond in the second period with a 37 to 25 run, shooting sixty-three percent while holding the Blazers to forty-two percent.  Former Nets’ center Brook Lopez would start to warm up as he scores thirteen points off of eighty-three percent shooting.  Jordan Clarkson came off of the bench to help out with six points while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing off two assists.  Kuzma continued to work as he put up four points and two defensive rebounds.  Randle came off of the bench to also put up four points to go along with his three defensive rebounds while Lonzo was kept scoreless.

On the other end of the court, Jusuf Nurkic would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Lillard ended up with six points, along with one offensive rebound and two assists.  Former Lakers’ forward Ed Davis came off of the bench to score three points while pulling down one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Maurice Harkless was limited to just two points as the Trail Blazers closed out the first half with a 66-62 lead.

The Lakers continued to impress as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field as a team, holding the Blazers at only thirty percent.  Brandon Ingram would decide to warm up with eight points while gobbling up two defensive rebounds.  Caldwell-Pope ended up scoring five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Larry Nance and Brook Lopez would each be held to just three points, both earn one of them from the free-throw line.  Even though Ball was still scoreless in the third quarter, he managed to grab one defensive rebound while blocking two shots.

As for the Oregon team, Damian Lillard continued to contribute as he dropped ten points but only shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from the free-throw line while grabbing two boards.  McCollum helped out with a three-pointer and one free-throw as he gave out two assists.  Caleb Swanigan came off of the bench to give three points while pulling down two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Evan Turner was scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he did grab two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Nurkic recorded two points and two defensive rebounds while the Trail Blazers went into the third quarter with a tight 87-85 lead.

The Lakers continued to shoot at a high rate as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the fourth period while the Portland team shot forty-three percent.  Kyle Kuzma played for the entire quarter as he chalked up nine points, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Brook Lopez scored seven points in the quarter, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Corey Brewer was held at two points while grabbing two defensive rebounds while Ball was scoreless.

As for the other team, Damian Lillard scored nine more additional points with three coming from beyond the arc.  He was able to gobble up one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while Nurkic collected six points.  Harkless was held scoreless but he did manage to get his hands on two defensive rebounds.  The game would be tied with fifteen seconds left but Damian Lillard would connect for a 30-foot three-pointer with one second left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 113-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Brook Lopez finished with twenty-seven points, three rebounds, and one assist while Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless.  Damian Lillard ended up with thirty-two points, six rebounds, and five assists.

The Warriors overcome a slow start as they hand the Spurs a 112 to 92 blowout loss

The Warriors overcome a slow start as they hand the Spurs a 112 to 92 blowout loss

The San Antonio Spurs were trying to avoid a four-game losing streak as they hosted the somewhat-struggling Golden State Warriors.  The Warriors are, however, coming fresh off of a 141-133 win against their rival, Los Angeles Clippers.  For this game, the Warriors would be without Quinn Cook (G-League), along with Kevon Looney, Damian Jones, and Chris Boucher (G-League).  The Spurs would play without Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Tony Parker (quadriceps), Matt Costello (G-League), Darrun Hilliard (G-League) and Joffrey Lauvergne (ankle).

The Spurs would start the game off right as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Warriors shot forty-one percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge would heat up for eleven points as he shot fifty percent in the twelve minutes that he played.  He would connect for two three-pointers in the process while recording one offensive rebound and one assist.  Manu Ginobili shot sixty-seven percent from the field as he received five points in return, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  Kyle Anderson would chalk up four points to go along with the two offensive rebounds and one assist that he recorded.  Pau Gasol would knock down a three-pointer while gobbling up two defensive rebounds.

As for the Warriors, Klay Thompson shot fifty percent from the field to earn eight points, six coming from behind the three-point line.  Stephen Curry contributed as he also scored eight points with six coming from beyond the arc.  Curry would also pull down two defensive rebounds while Draymond Green shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to score four points.

Green also grabbed two rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Kevin Durant was held to just two free-throws in the eleven minutes that he played but he did manage to get his hands on three defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Andre Iguodala was held scoreless off the bench but would commit two steals as the home team went into the second quarter with a 33 to 24 lead.

The Golden State team would respond in the next quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field while holding the Spurs to just thirty-three percent.  Thompson continued to impress as he recorded nine more points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from behind the arc while crashing the boards for two defensive rebounds.  Curry ended up with seven points as he earned three of them from beyond the arc and two from the charity stripe.  Iguodala drilled a three-pointer while Green collected two points, two defensive rebounds, and four assists.  Durant continued to struggle as he was limited to just a three-pointer but he would get two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Anderson helped out with four points, two coming from the free-throw line.  He also gobbled up one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while giving out two assists.  Aldridge cooled down as he was held to just four points which all came from the free-throw line.  He did, however, get ahold of three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while recording one assist and one steal.  Pau Gasol and Danny Green are also limited to just four points while Rudy Gay came off the bench to chalk up two points.  He also grabbed two offensive rebounds as the Texas team went into halftime with a tight 55-50 lead.

The Warriors went on a 34-23 run in the third as they shot fifty-four percent, holding the San Antonio Spurs to forty-four percent.  Kevin Durant would make up for the past two quarters as he goes off for fifteen points while shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  He also connected for a three-pointer while grabbing three defensive rebounds and dishing off one assist.  Green would contribute as he scores eight points with three coming from behind the arc.  Curry was held to just two points in the twelve minutes that he played but did manage to get his hands on four rebounds while throwing out three assists.

As for the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge chalked up nine more points while pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Two-time champion Pau Gasol contributed with four as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also grabbed three defensive rebounds while Gay collected four of his own points.  Dejounte Murray came off of the bench to post up two points and two rebounds as the Golden State team entered the fourth quarter with an 84-78 advantage.

The defending champions would close things out in the last period as they went on a huge 28 to 14 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field while limiting the home team to a low twenty-five percent.  Patrick McCaw came off of the Golden State bench to record nine points with six coming from the three-point line.  Klay Thompson helped out with seven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Durant would put up four more points on one-hundred percent shooting as Stephen Curry was held to two points.  Iguodala was also kept to two points but he did manage to grab four defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Michigan-native Bryn Forbes would come off of the bench to score seven points off of seventy-five percent shooting from the field.  Kyle Anderson ended up with six points with four coming from the charity stripe.  He also pulled down three defensive rebounds but it was the Golden State Warriors who pull out a 112 to 92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.  Klay Thompson would finish the game with twenty-seven points, three rebounds, and two assists while LaMarcus Aldridge finished with twenty-four points, ten rebounds, and two assists.

The Miami Heat sneak away with a 97 to 91 win over the Chicago Bulls

The Miami Heat sneak away with a 97 to 91 win over the Chicago Bulls

The Miami Heat were looking to avoid a four-game losing streak as they hosted the 1-4 Chicago Bulls at the American Airlines Arena.  The Bulls, on the other hand, were coming off a huge 101-69 blowout loss that was handed to them by Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Bulls were without Kay Felder (coach’s decision) for that game, along with Bobby Portis (suspended), Zach LaVine (knee), Antonio Blakeney (G-League), Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League), Cameron Payne (right foot), and Nikola Mirotic (face).  The Heat played without Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision), James Johnson (coach’s decision), Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision), AJ Hammons (G-League), Matt Williams (G-League), Derrick Walton (G-League), and Rodney McGruder (leg).

The Florida team opened things up well as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first quarter while the Chicago Bulls shot thirty-two percent.  Both Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside would score seven points each while they both shot sixty percent in the first quarter.  Whiteside ended up connecting for his second three-pointer of his career while pulling down one offensive rebound and eight defensive rebounds.  Dragic also knocked down a three-pointer while dishing off two assists.

Dion Waiters would contribute with four points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field, giving out five assists in the process.  Josh Richardson played for eight minutes but was limited to only a three-pointer and one defensive rebound.  Okaro White was also held to just a three-pointer but he did manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds.

As for the Bulls, Lauri Markkanen, Robin Lopez, and Cristiano Felicio would end up being held to just four points each.  Markkanen did, however, crash the boards for five defensive rebounds while committing one steal.  Lopez ended up pulling down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while Felicio grabbed one defensive rebound.  Denzel Valentine came off of the bench to drill a three-pointer as Kris Dunn chalked up two points.  Jerian Grant was held scoreless but he would grab one defensive rebound while dishing off one assist but it was the home team who ended the first quarter with a 27 to 17 lead.

The Illinois team would respond back as they go on a 30 to 22 run in the second period, shooting fifty-two percent from the field while holding the Heat to a low thirty-nine percent.  Markkanen heated up for thirteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process while pulling down one offensive rebound.  Lopez shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he gathered up eight points to go along with the two defensive rebounds that he pulled down.

Valentine would continue to struggle off the bench as he shoots only twenty-five percent from the field while scoring two points.  He did, however, pull down two defensive rebounds while Dunn chalked up five points off the bench.  Dunn also collected one defensive rebound and one assist while Justin Holiday was limited to just a free-throw.  David Nwaba played seven minutes only to be held scoreless but he did record three defensive rebounds.

Former Celtics’ center Kelly Olynyk would come off of the Miami bench to chalk up eight points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  He pulled down two defensive rebounds while Whiteside was held to just four points in the seven minutes that he played.  Hassan Whiteside would collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds in the process.  Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, and Justise Winslow would each be held to just two points and one rebound as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a tight 49-47 lead.

During the third quarter of the game, the Miami Heat shot forty percent from the field as the Bulls ended up shooting thirty-two percent from the field.  Robin Lopez scored eight points in the period as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  Nwaba played for ten minutes only to be held at four points but he would manage to grab one offensive rebound and five defensive rebounds.  Both Lauri Markkanen and Justin Holiday were held at two points each as Grant dished off three assists.

As for the South Beach team, Tyler Johnson would shoot sixty percent from the field to earn seven points with three coming from beyond the arc. Dragic ended up with five points while hitting a three-pointer in the process. Whiteside was held at two points as both he and Dragic collected two defensive rebounds each. Dion Waiters would also be limited to just two points but he did manage to get his hands on five rebounds as the Heat went into the last quarter with a 67-64 lead.

The Bulls would try to respond back in the fourth period as they shot forty-six percent from the field, holding the Miami Heat to thirty-seven percent. Jerian Grant ended up with seven points in the fourth quarter, six coming from beyond the arc and one coming from the free-throw line. He also recorded two rebounds and one assist while Markkanen contributed with six points and two defensive rebounds.

But the Heat would close things out as Johnson continued to get hot for ten points, collecting six of behind the arc and the other four from the charity stripe. Goran Dragic helped out with six points, two rebounds, and four assists while Winslow had four points and three defensive rebounds. Bam Adebayo ended up with four points, three rebounds, and two steals as the Miami Heat pulled away with a 97-91 win over their rival, the Chicago Bulls.  Goran Dragic finished with twenty points, five rebounds, and six assists.  Lauri Markkanen would finish with twenty-five points, eight rebounds, and one assist.