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The Trail Blazers hand the Pacers a 100-86 loss

The Trail Blazers hand the Pacers a 100-86 loss

It’s been a week since the Indiana Pacers snapped a five-game losing streak and since then, they’ve won five of their last six games.  They are currently on a three-game winning streak but they will be tested as they go up against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oregon, who are looking for their second straight victory.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.

They have played each other a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Trail Blazers won 53 games while the Pacers won only 34 games.  The last time they saw each other was back on October 20 when the Trail Blazers handed the Pacers a 114 to 96 loss.  C.J. McCollum finished that game with 28 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block while Victor Oladipo had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.  T.J. Leaf also had 17 points, along with 4 rebounds and one assist.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)

Portland Trail Blazers:

C.J. Wilcox (knee)
Maurice Harkless (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jake Layman (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 29.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 60.8 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Noah Vonleh (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Wade Baldwin (G-League)
Caleb Swanigan (G-League; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 35.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

During the first half of the game, things will be held close as the Pacers shot forty-seven percent from the field while the Trail Blazers ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Victor Oladipo scored 11 points as he was able to record four defensive rebounds, one assist, and one block.  Former Kings’ guard Darren Collison chalked up nine points while draining a three-pointer late in the first quarter.  Thaddeus Young earned six points as he collected three rebounds while Bojan Bogdanovic also had six points.  Cory Joseph played 12 minutes off of the bench but only scored two points.

As for the home team, Jusuf Nurkic posted up 12 points while pulling down 12 rebounds and committing two steals.  Al-Farouq Aminu contributed with nine points to put along with his four rebounds, two assists, and one block.  C.J. McCollum had eight points which contained two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Damian Lillard also scored eight points of his own while recording two defensive rebounds, four assists, and one block.  Shabazz Napier played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to five points as the Oregon team held onto a 52-47 lead going into halftime.

The Trail Blazers closed things out in the second half with a 48-39 run, shooting thirty-eight percent from the field.  Lillard got hot for 18 points as he continued to add to his scoring total, drilling two three-pointers in the process.  McCollum helped him out with eight points while Nurkic had seven points and five rebounds.  Aminu contributed with a three-pointer and five defensive rebounds while Evan Turner was held scoreless.  Napier played 14 minutes off of the bench as he scored eight points.

Darren Collison scored 14 points while hitting four three-pointers in the process.  Oladipo helped out with 12 points but it was still the Portland Trail Blazers who snapped the Pacers’ three-game winning streak, 100-86.  Damian Lillard finished the game with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block while Victor Oladipo had 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.  Darren Collison also had 23 points, along with 3 assists and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will visit California to battle Kyle Kuzma (16.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 46 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (15-29) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.  The Pacers and the Lakers have played each other a total of 92 times as the Pacers pulled 30 wins while the Lakers won 62 games.

The Portland Trail Blazers will host Harrison Barnes (18.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  This will be the first of three times that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season.  They have played each other a grand total of 170 times in the past as the Portland team won 91 games while the Mavericks ended up winning 79 games.

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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 Chicago Bulls hand the Miami Heat a 119-111 loss, snapping their 7-game win streak

The Chicago Bulls hand the Miami Heat a 119-111 loss, snapping their 7-game win streak

The Miami Heat have been playing mighty impressive lately as they are currently on a seven-game winning streak, hoping to extend it to eight as they take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.  The Bulls, on the other hand, are looking to grab their third straight win against their rival.  The Heat and the Bulls have battled each other a total of 139 times in the past as the Heat won 64 games while the Bulls pulled 75 wins.

This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season as November 26 was the last time they saw each other.  The Florida team would go on to win that game, 100 to 93.  Goran Dragic scored 24 points in that game while pulling down 2 rebounds and dishing off 3 assists.  Jerian Grant finished the game with 24 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Derrick Jones (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 55.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 47.8 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)
Derrick Walton (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 45.5 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

Cameron Payne (foot)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 61.9 FG%)
Quincy Pondexter (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 13.6 3P%)
Paul Zipser (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.0 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
Antonio Blakeney (G-League; 7.1 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 36.4 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Ryan Arcidiacono (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have a slight upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Heat at forty percent.  Zach LaVine played well in his season debut against the Pistons on Saturday and he would carry it over against the Heat as he dropped 13 points in the first 24 minutes of the game.  He also drained two three-pointers while grabbing two defensive rebounds and giving out four assists.  Justin Holiday helped out with 3 three-pointers while Robin Lopez had five defensive rebounds.  Denzel Valentine played 12 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

As for the South Beach team, Josh Richardson warmed up with 11 points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He also had three defensive rebounds and four assists while Hassan Whiteside collected nine points and seven defensive rebounds.  Kelly Olynyk had three defensive rebounds and three assists while James Johnson was held scoreless.  Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored eight points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a 55-48 lead.

The Miami Heat would attempt to pull a comeback as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, holding the Chicago Bulls to forty-eight percent.  Goran Dragic lit the floor up with 18 points while recording five defensive rebounds and eight assists.  Tyler Johnson was only held to two points but James Johnson would warm up with eight points.  Ellington played 20 minutes off of the Miami bench as he added 12 more points to his scoring total.

Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points off of the Bulls’ bench which included 3 three-pointers in the last period.  Lauri Markkanen had 12 points to put along with his five defensive rebounds and three assists.  Valentine played the most minutes off of the bench, though, to earn eight points as the Chicago Bulls snuck away with a 119-111 win.  Justin Holiday finished the game with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Goran Dragic had 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Wisconsin to battle Giannis Antetokoumpo (28.4 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 4.5 APG, 55 FG%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (22-20) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of three times that these ball clubs will battle each other this season.  The Heat and the Bucks have met up a grand total of 110 times as the Heat won 69 games while the Bucks ended up winning 41 games.  January 14 was the last time they played each other as the Heat escaped with a 97 to 79 victory.  Goran Dragic finished that game with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while Giannis Antetokounmpo settled for 22 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Chicago Bulls will host Stephen Curry (30.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 7.2 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (35-9) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two teams will go head-to-head this season.  They have battled each other a total of 160 times in the past as the Bulls ended up winning 87 games while the Warriors won 73 games.  The last time they played each other was on November 24 as the Warriors handed the Bulls a 143-94 blowout loss.  Stephen Curry scored 33 points in that game while pulling down 7 rebounds, dishing off 4 assists, and committing 2 steals.  Jerian Grant finished with 21 points, 3 assists, and 3 assists.

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

Things have been ugly for the Cleveland Cavaliers lately as they are going off back-to-back 20+ point losses, first to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Toronto Raptors.  They will hope to avoid a third straight loss as they visit Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers.  The Pacers, on the other hand, are looking to prevent a second straight loss as they just recently lost to the Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 195 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 96 games while the Indiana team took 99 games.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Pacers won the last matchup, which was on December 8, 106-102.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal.  LeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (rest; 12.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.3 FG%, 26.1 3P%)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 49.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Dwyane Wade (rest; 11.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
John Holland (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Ante Zizic (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 26.4 FG%)

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
Alex Poythress (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Joe Young (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will have full control of the game early as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Indiana Pacers at forty-eight percent.  LeBron James would score 14 points while draining a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, eight assists, and three steals while Kevin Love chalked up eight points.  Jose Calderon would have eight points while J.R. Smith collected a surprising six points.  Jeff Green played 12 minutes off of the Cleveland bench as he earned a strong 13 points.

On the other end of the court, Thaddeus Young scored 10 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second period.  Victor Oladipo also had 10 points of his own while recording one defensive rebound, one steal, and one block.  Domantas Sabonis had 10 rebounds but only score two points in the 16 minutes that he played.  Lance Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points while the Ohio team went into halftime with a 58-44 advantage.

The home team would crawl back as they went on a large 53-37 run, shooting forty-four percent from the field.  During that run, former Mavericks point guard Darren Collison chalked up 14 points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Sabonis had 10 more points to put with his five rebounds and one block.  Stephenson played 18 minutes off of the Indiana bench as he got hot for 12 points.

As for the Cavaliers, LeBron James added 13 more points to his scoring total, along with four rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Kevin Love would also score 10 points while Cedi Osman had six points and four rebounds.  Tristan Thompson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Indiana Pacers pulled an amazing comeback to win the game, 97-95.  Darren Collison finished the game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while LeBron James had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Stephen Curry (27.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (33-9) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  They have met up a grand total of 128 times as the Cavaliers pulled 59 wins while the Warriors won 69 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that they will play each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on Christmas Day as the Warriors escaped with a 99-92 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocks.  Kevin Love would settle for 31 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 steals.

The Indiana Pacers will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (16-26) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pacers and the Suns have played each a total of 85 times in the past as the Suns won 48 games while the Pacers ended up winning 37 games.  This game will mark the first of two games that they will play against each other this season.

The Brooklyn Nets get handed a 114-80 blowout loss by the Detroit Pistons

The Brooklyn Nets get handed a 114-80 blowout loss by the Detroit Pistons

This season has been rough for the Brooklyn Nets and the recent two-game losing streak would be a prime example of why.  They are coming fresh off of a heart-breaking overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors, 114-113, but they will look to make up for it as they host the Detroit Pistons.  The Pistons, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a two-game losing streak of their own as this matchup will mark the first of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other.  The Pistons and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 185 times in the past as the Pistons won 110 games while the Nets were able to pull out 75 wins.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

Jeremy Lin (knee; 18.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
D’Angelo Russell (knee; 20.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.7 APG, 46.3 FG%, 29.5 3P%)
DeMarre Carroll (knee; 12.4 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, 39.4 FG%, 33.7 3P%)
Isaiah Whitehead (G-League; 7.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 47.6 FG%, 41.7 3P%)
Jacob Wiley (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

Detroit Pistons:

Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luis Montero (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Detroit Pistons will have full control of this game at the beginning as they shot fifty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Brooklyn Nets to thirty-six percent.  Andre Drummond would score 18 points while getting his hands on 13 rebounds and recording 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  Tobias Harris helped out with 16 points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Reggie Bullock would put up five points while collecting three rebounds.  Former Toronto Raptors’ guard Dwight Buycks played 9 minutes off of the bench as he had eight points.

On the other end of the court, Allen Crabbe chalked up 14 points which contained four three-pointers.  Rondae-Hollis Jefferson contributed with 7 points, 5 defensive rebounds, and 3 assists.  Caris LeVert played the most minutes off of the Brooklyn bench as he had five points but it was the Pistons who walked into halftime with a large 63-41 advantage.

The visiting team would close the game out in the second half as they sparked up a huge 51-39 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field.  Avery Bradley scored 9 points while drilling a three-pointer late in the third period.  Buycks played the most minutes off of the bench as he had nine points.  Hollis-Jefferson scored eight of the Nets’ 39 second-half points but it was the Pistons who handed the Nets a 114-80 blowout loss.  Andre Drummond finished the game with 22 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  Tobias Harris also had 22 points, along with 4 rebounds, and one assist.  Allen Crabbe settled for 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Georgia to battle Dennis Schroder (19.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 44 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-30) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the fourth and last time that these teams will play each other season as the Nets have a 2-1 lead in this season series.  They have played each other a total of 180 times as the Nets ended up winning 76 games while the Hawks won 104 games.  December 4 was the last time they met up as the Brooklyn Nets escaped with a 110-90 victory.  In that game, Caris LeVert scored 17 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while Dennis Schroder finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Detroit Pistons will go to the Windy City to take on Nikola Mirotic (17.4 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 49 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (14-27) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will be the first of four that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  They have met up a total of 289 times in the past as the Bulls won 144 games while the Pistons went on to win 145 games.

The Miami Heat slip away with a 90 to 89 win over the Boston Celtics

The Miami Heat slip away with a 90 to 89 win over the Boston Celtics

It’s been nearly a month since the Miami Heat put an end to the Boston Celtics’ early winning streak.  During that game, Goran Dragic had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Kyrie Irving finished with 23 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 3 steals.  Since then, the Celtics have been 10-4 in the league while the Miami Heat were 7-6.  The Celtics would look to grab their third straight win as they host the Heat, who are hoping to avoid a second straight loss.  The Heat and the Celtics have battled each other a total of 132 times in the past as the Celtics pulled 78 wins while the Heat won 54 games.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Marcus Morris (knee; 12.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.2 FG%, 32.8 3P%)
Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 35.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Jabari Bird (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Miami Heat:

James Johnson (ankle; 10.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 49.4 FG%, 32.4 3P%)
Rodney McGruder (leg)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Hassan Whiteside (knee; 14.9 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 58.1 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Justise Winslow (knee; 6.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 42.6 FG%, 39.0 3P%)
Goran Dragic (elbow; 16.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 44.4 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Matt Williams (coach’s decision)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would begin competitive as the Celtics shot thirty-nine percent from the field in the first half while the Heat shot thirty-eight percent. Jaylen Brown scored 12 points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter. He also had two defensive rebounds as Kyrie Irving earned 12 points of his own with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. Al Horford would settle for five points as he collected five rebounds. Marcus Smart played 17 minutes off of the bench but was just kept to a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter.

Josh Richardson chalked up eight points as he shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  Kelly Olynyk would end up with 7 points as he connected for a three-pointer early in the second quarter.  He also had three defensive rebounds while Dion Waiters gathered up six points and two assists.  Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the home team went into the locker room with a 44-36 advantage.

The South Beach team would respond as they shot fifty percent from the field in the second half, limiting the Boston Celtics to thirty-six percent.  Kelly Olynyk would get extremely hot as he scored 25 points which included five three-pointers.  He also managed to get his hands on four defensive rebounds while Richardson contributed with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Tyler Johnson chalked up only three points in the 21 minutes that he played but he did manage to grab 9 rebounds.  Ellington played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had seven points.

As for the Boston team, Irving collected a huge 21 points on forty-six percent shooting.  Smart played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored 12 points but it was the Miami Heat would manage to pull away with a 90-89 win over the Celtics.  Kelly Olynyk finished the game with a career-high 32 points, along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Kyrie Irving had 33 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will travel to New York to take on Kristaps Porzingis (25.5 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 47 FG%) and the New York Knicks (16-14) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of four games between these two balls clubs this season.  The Celtics and the Knicks have battled each other a total of 535 times as the Knicks won 211 games while the Celtics ended up winning 324 games.  The last time they met up was on October 24 when the Celtics handed the Knicks a 110-89 blowout loss.  In that game, Jaylen Brown scored 23 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, committed one steal, and blocked one shot.  Enes Kanter had 16 points, 19 rebounds, and one block.

The Miami Heat will host Harrison Barnes (18.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (8-23) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The game will mark the first of two matchups between these two teams this season.  The Heat and the Mavericks have played each other a total of 73 times as the Heat won 36 games while the Mavericks took 37 games.

The Chicago Bulls slip away with a 117-115 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers

The Chicago Bulls slip away with a 117-115 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers

It seems like the Chicago Bulls have decided to pick things up as they are currently on a five-game winning streak, hoping to push it to six as they host the 14-14 Philadelphia 76ers.  The 76ers, on the other hand, are coming off of a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game that went through three overtimes.  The Bulls and the 76ers have played each other a total of 237 times in the past with the Bulls winning 114 games while the 76ers won 123 games.  This game will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

Zach LaVine (knee)
Cameron Payne (foot)
Kay Felder (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 30.3 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG,

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Trevor Booker (ankle; 10.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
Joel Embiid (rest; 24.1 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.5 APG, 49.0 FG%, 26.2 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be a competitive one as the Bulls shot fifty-four percent from the field in the first half while the 76ers shot fifty percent. Justin Holiday would score 20 points on fifty-eight percent shooting, which included five three-pointers.  Kris Dunn contributed with 12 points while chalking up two defensive rebounds and three assists. David Nwaba played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

As for the 76ers, Ben Simmons had 13 points on fifty-five percent shooting from the field. He also managed to pull down three offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds while giving out three assists. J.J. Redick ended up with nine points which held two three-pointers early in the first period. T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off of the bench but only scored four points as the Bulls headed into halftime with a 67-59 advantage.

The game would still remain competitive as the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-six percent from the field while the Bulls ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Kris Dunn continued to impress as he recorded 10 additional points while collecting two defensive rebounds and throwing out three assists.  Bobby Portis had seven rebounds and three points off of the bench while Denzel Valentine had four points.  Nikola Mirotic played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for fifteen points.  Dario Saric scored 20 of the 76ers’ 56 points but it was the Chicago Bulls who slipped away with a 117-115 victory.

Nikola Mirotic finished the game with 22 points, a season-high 13 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal and one block.  Kris Dunn also had 22 points, along with 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.  Dario Saric scored a season-high 27 points, collected 8 rebounds, dished off one assist, and committed 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will host Aaron Gordon (18.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 49 FG%) and the Orlando Magic (11-20) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Bulls and the Magic have battled each other a total of 113 times as the Bulls won 61 games while the Magic pulled 52 wins.  The last time they played each other was on November 3 when the Bulls handed the Magic a 105 to 83 blowout loss.  In that game, Justin Holiday had 19 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals while Evan Fournier finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will host Zach Randolph (15.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 51 FG%) and the Sacramento Kings (9-20) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  These ball clubs have met up a total of 307 as the Kings won 134 games while the 76ers pulled out 173 wins.  November 9 was the last time they battled each other as the Kings slipped away with a 109-108 win.  Zach Randolph had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  Robert Covington finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds, one steal, and 2 blocks.

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

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

San Antonio Spurs:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

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

Cleveland Cavaliers:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

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

Houston Rockets:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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