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The Thunder escape the Magic with the 120-114 victory

The Thunder escape the Magic with the 120-114 victory

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking for their third straight victory tonight after defeating the Houston Rockets on Monday, 112-107.  They will hope to do so as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.  As for the Magic, they will try to grab a second consecutive win.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will face off this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 5 when the Magic fell to the Thunder, 102-94.  During that game, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while Aaron Gordon had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Orlando Magic have seen each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Thunder won 38 games while the Magic grabbed 23 games.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-D.J. Augustin (knee; 10.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.7 APG, 39.3 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Jonathan Isaac (knee; 12.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.3 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.5 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 35.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Vic Law (G-League)
-Melvin Frazier (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 35.3 FG%, 57.1 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Steven Adams (ankle; 11.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.6 APG, 60.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Terrance Ferguson (personal; 5.1 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.8 FG%, 32.0 3P%)
-Abdel Nader (ankle; 6.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 47.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 34.7 FG%, 14.7 3P%)
-Justin Patton (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot sixty-three percent from the field, limiting the home team to just thirty-nine percent.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had five rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one block while Nerlens Noel helped out with 10 points.

Both Danilo and Gallinari and Chris Paul chalked up six points each.  Gallinari earned three of his from beyond the arc as he grabbed four rebounds, dished out one assist, and committed one steal while Paul recorded one rebound, five assists, and one steal.  Dennis Schroder played 16 minutes off the bench as he dropped 11 points.

On the other end of the floor, Nikola Vucevic chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.  Wes Iwundu, Evan Fournier, and Markelle Fultz all had five points while Aaron Gordon earned four points.  Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Thunder who went into halftime with a 60-51 advantage.

The Magic will look to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 63-60 run, both teams shooting fifty-seven percent from the field each.  During that run, Vucevic added 10 more points to his scoring total while Gordon also scored 10 points.  Fournier, Fultz, and Iwundu combined for 14 points while Ross dropped 19 off the bench.

As for the Oklahoma team, Chris Paul scored 13 points but shot only thirty-eight percent.  Schroder chalked up 20 points off the bench as the Thunder held on to defeat the Magic, 120-114.  Dennis Schroder finished that game with a season-high-tying 31 points, along with 3 rebounds, and a season-high-tying 9 assists.  Terrence Ross settled for a season-high-tying 26 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will host Kemba Walker (22.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 39.0 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (28-14) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Trae Young (29.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 8.6 APG, 44.7 FG%, 37.3 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-34) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that they see each other during this season.

The Suns hold off the Magic, 98-94

The Suns hold off the Magic, 98-94

Saturday, January 11, 2020

 

The Orlando Magic are looking for their third straight victory as they take on the Phoenix Suns tonight in Arizona.  This will be the first game of their six-game road trip but it will tough, considering the 5-12 road record they are currently holding.  Coming off a huge 123-89 win against the Wizards on Wednesday, they will hope to use that as motivation.

The Suns, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 4 when the Magic came away with a 128-114 win.  During that game, Aaron Gordon scored 32 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal while Frank Kaminsky had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Magic and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 60 times as the Magic won 25 games while the Suns won 35 games.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-D.J. Augustin (knee; 10.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.8 APG, 39.5 FG%, 35.1 3P%)
-Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder; 5.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.6 FG%, 23.3 3P%)
-Aaron Gordon (calf; 13.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 41.0 FG%, 27.1 3P%)
-Jonathan Isaac (knee; 12.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.3 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
-B.J. Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Melvin Frazier (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 35.3 FG%, 57.1 3P%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 36.6 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Suns would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while their defense kept the visiting team to forty-percent shooting.  Devin Booker scored 16 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Former Washington Wizards’ forward Kelly Oubre helped out with 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.

Aron Baynes chalked up six points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He recorded two rebounds and one assist while both Dario Saric and Ricky Rubio earned four points each.  Deandre Ayton played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.

As for the Magic, Evan Fournier had 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Markelle Fultz contributed with 12 points while grabbing two rebounds, dishing out three assists, and committing one steal.  Nikola Vucevic and Khem Birch combined for 11 points while Wes Iwundu was held scoreless.  Terrence Ross played 15 minutes off the bench as he had 12 points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 58-48 lead.

The Florida team would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 46-40 run.  During that run, Fournier and Vucevic combined for 27 points while Fultz had three points.  On the other end of the court, Kelly Oubre had nine more points as the Suns went able to come away with a 98-94 win.  Devin Booker finished the game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a season-high 3 steals while Evan Fournier had 28 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will head to California to take on Buddy Hield (20.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.4 FG%, 37.2 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (15-23) on Monday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.

The Phoenix Suns will host Devonte Graham (18.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 7.8 APG, 37.6 FG%, 38.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (15-25) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other during this season.  December 2 was the last time that they saw each other as the Hornets fell to the Suns, 109-104.  Devin Booker finished that game with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and one block while Marvin Williams settled for 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The Pelicans’ losing streak extends to 12 as they fall to the Magic, 130-119

The Pelicans’ losing streak extends to 12 as they fall to the Magic, 130-119

Monday, December 16, 2019

 

The New Orleans Pelicans are in danger of setting a new franchise record for longest losing streak at twelve.  They will hope to avoid doing that as they host the Orlando Magic tonight at the Smoothie King Center.  The last time they won a game was nearly a month ago against the Phoenix Suns.

The Magic, on the other hand, are coming off a 130-107 loss against the Houston Rockets.  Tonight’s game will mark the first of a four-game road trip where they will need luck as they won only three of their eleven road games this season.  This will be the first of two times that the Magic and Pelicans will meet up this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pelicans and the Magic have played each other a grand total of 37 times in the past as the Pelicans won 18 games while the Florida team grabbed 19 victories.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Khem Birch (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 49.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Melvin Frazier (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 22.2 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Wes Iwundu (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.8 APG, 31.8 FG%, 8.3 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 75.0 FG%)
-Josh Magette (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 33.3 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Zion Williamson (knee)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 6.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.1 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Nicolo Melli (coach’s decision; 5.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.2 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
-E’Twaun Moore (coach’s decision; 9.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 42.1 FG%, 38.2 3P%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 8.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 61.2 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be slightly competitive in the first half as the Magic shot forty-four percent from the field while the Pelicans shot fifty-five percent.  Former 76ers’ center Nikola Vucevic dropped 11 points which held a three-pointer.  Evan Fournier also had 11 points while burying two three-pointers in the process.

Both Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac contributed with six points in the fifteen minutes they played together.  Fultz was able to record one rebound and three assists while Isaac had seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal.  Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer before the first period ended.

As for the Louisiana ball club, J.J. Redick warmed up with 15 points which included three shots from beyond the arc.  He also had one rebound, two assists, and a block to go along with it while Jrue Holiday came through with 13 points.  Holiday, who was able to drill two three-pointers, also recorded two defensive rebounds, five assists, and one block.

North Carolina-native Brandon Ingram was able to chalk up six points while grabbing three, giving out one assist and committing one steal.  Derrick Favors was limited to just two points while Kenrich Williams was held scoreless.  Josh Hart played 16 minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Florida team went into halftime with a 58-57 lead.

The Orlando Magic would close things out in the second half as they went on a 72-62 scoring run, shooting sixty percent from the field.  During that run, Isaac scored 15 more points while grabbing four defensive rebounds, committing one steal, and blocking one shot.  Both Aaron Gordon and Fournier dropped five points each while D.J. Augustin scored seven points off the bench.

On the other end of the court, Holiday and Ingram combined for 31 points.  Holiday was able to bury two three-pointers while Ingram dropped three of them.  Josh Hart played the most minutes off the bench as he gave 15 more points but it wouldn’t help as the Magic came away with a 130-119 victory.  Jonathan Isaac finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (25.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 44.9 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (15-11) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will meet up during this season.

The New Orleans Pelicans will face Spencer Dinwiddie (20.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.2 APG, 43.0 FG%, 30.7 3P%) and the Brooklyn Nets (13-12) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 4 when the Pelicans fell to the Nets, 135-125.  Kyrie Irving finished that game with 39 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals while Brandon Ingram had 40 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

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 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 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 Chicago Bulls earned their first win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks, 91-86

The Chicago Bulls earned their first win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks, 91-86

The Chicago Bulls were hoping to avoid a 0-4 slump as they hosted the 1-3 Atlanta Hawks at the United Center.  The Hawks, on the other hand, tried to avoid their fourth straight loss of the season as they took on the Bulls in the first of three matchups.  The Atlanta Hawks would start the game off right as they shot forty percent from the field while holding the Bulls to thirty-six percent.

Robin Lopez would get hot for ten points as he shot fifty percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  He grabbed one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound while rookie forward Lauri Markkanen would drill a three-pointer and collect three defensive rebounds.  Denzel Valentine was held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played but did manage to get ahold of one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.

As for the Georgia team, 2014 NBA Champion Marco Belinelli would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers while dishing off one assist.  Taurean Prince ended up being held to just one three-pointer in the nine minutes that he played while Isaiah Taylor came off the bench to drop a three-pointer.  Mike Muscala recorded two points, two offensive rebounds, and four defensive rebounds as the Hawks ended the first quarter with a 20 to 18 lead.

The second quarter would be held closely as the Atlanta Hawks shot forty percent from the field while the Chicago Bulls shot thirty-six percent.  Kent Bazemore shot thirty-three percent in the six minutes he played as he scored five points, three coming from the three-point line.  He also grabbed two defensive rebounds while Muscala scored four points which would include two free-throws.  Belinelli would also be held to four points as Utah-native John Collins came off of the bench to record two points, one offensive rebound, and two defensive rebounds.

On the other of the court, David Nwaba shot fifty percent from the field while putting up five points, one offensive rebound, and three defensive rebounds.  Former Knicks center Robin Lopez ended up with four points and three offensive rebounds while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Jerian Grant would be held to only one free-throw in the ten minutes that he played but he did manage to record two defensive rebounds and two assists as the Hawks went into halftime with a tight 39 to 37 lead.

The Bulls went on a 28 to 20 run in the third period as they shot forty percent from the field but the Hawks still shot forty-one percent from the field.  Markkanen chalked up seven points on seventy-five percent shooting from the field while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Former Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Justin Holiday scored seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also collected two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while Grant recorded five points, two rebounds, and four assists.

As for the visiting team, John Collins would come off of the bench to put up seven points in the eight minutes that he played.  Bazemore would continue to contribute as he chalked up four points on forty percent shooting from the field.  Maryland-native Malcolm Delaney would also end up with four points while Mike Muscala knocked down a three-pointer.  Isaiah Taylor would be scoreless in the five minutes that he played off of the bench but he did manage to grab one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Dewayne Dedmon was also kept scoreless as he grabbed two defensive rebounds but it was the Bulls who gained the lead and ended the third quarter with a 65-59 advantage.

The Hawks attempted to come back in the fourth period as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while keeping the Chicago Bulls to thirty-three percent.  Marco Belinelli would continue to contribute as he gets hot for eleven points, earning nine of those points from beyond the arc.  Muscala chalked up five more points while getting ahold of two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  He also connected for a three-pointer while Delaney recorded two points and three assists.

The Bulls would close things out as Valentine warmed up for seven points while shooting only twenty-nine percent from the field.  He did knock down a three-pointer in the process while Nwaba collected six points and two defensive rebounds.  Grant scored five points while Lauri Markkanen collected one three-pointer, one free-throw, and four defensive rebounds.  Quincy Pondexter came off the bench only to be held scoreless but he would grab three rebounds as the Chicago Bulls pull out a 91-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.  Robin Lopez finished with sixteen points, eight rebounds, and four assists while Marco Belinelli ended up finishing with twenty-three points, two rebounds, and two 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.