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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phoenix Suns let the Los Angeles Lakers slip away with a 132 to 130 win

The Phoenix Suns let the Los Angeles Lakers slip away with a 132 to 130 win

Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers hoped to bounce back from a harsh loss in the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two rivals as each team tries to avoid a 0-2 start in the regular season.  Ball would hope to make up for his first game as he and the Lakers take on Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

During the first quarter of this matchup, the Lakers would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Suns ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field.  North Carolina-native Brandon Ingram would heat up for ten points as he shot eighty percent from the field.  He would also knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so as Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score nine points.  Clarkson would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he drills two three-pointers in the process.  Lonzo Ball would record six points, earning three of them from behind the arc while collecting four defensive rebounds and dishing out three assists.

As for the Suns, Bledsoe recorded eight points which would include two three-pointers and two free-throws.  Devin Booker would contribute with eight points, as well, along with three defensive rebounds and two assists.  Josh Jackson knocked down two three-pointers and a free-throw to give himself seven points.  Tyson Chandler would be limited to only three points but he would gobble up three defensive rebounds as the first quarter ended with a 40-36 lead in the Lakers’ favor.

The Phoenix team would respond as they go on a 37-30 run in the second quarter, shooting sixty-five percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to forty-six percent.  T.J. Warren would light the floor up with seventeen points while shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  He would collect two defensive rebounds and give out two assists while doing so.  Booker added to his scoring total as he put up nine more points, hitting two three-pointers while doing it.  He would also earn two defensive rebounds and five assists while Dragan Bender came off the bench to hit a three-pointer and grab three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Kyle Kuzma would come off of the Los Angeles bench to record nine points while shooting eighty percent.  Ingram would contribute with seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as he pulled down two defensive rebounds.  Lonzo Ball would be limited to only a three-pointer in the seven minutes that he played.  He would do work in other areas as he recorded one defensive rebound and two assists but it was the Suns who entered halftime with a 73-70 lead.

The Los Angeles Lakers would shoot fifty-two percent from the field as the Phoenix Suns would be limited to forty-seven percent.  Ball would start to heat up as he goes off for twelve points, hitting two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Ingram would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he throws up seven points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Larry Nance would score six points while shooting only forty-three percent from the field but he did manage to grab four rebounds.  Brook Lopez would only score four points but he would pull down five defensive rebounds.

Rookie point guard Mike James came off of the bench to score nine points, four coming from the free-throw line.  T.J. Warren would play for the entire quarter but would be held to five points.  Josh Jackson would only score two points in the seven-minute that he played.  Devin Booker ended up with two points in the quarter but would pull down four defensive rebounds as the Lakers walk into the fourth period with a 106-99 advantage.

In the last period, the California team would shoot forty-six percent from the field while the Arizona team would shoot forty-four percent from the field.  Eric Bledsoe would heat up as he drops sixteen points, shooting eighty-six percent from the field.  Booker would contribute as he puts up six points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Warren would score two points but did manage to grab two defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.

As for the Lakers, Brook Lopez shot sixty percent from the field while chalking up eight points which would include one three-pointer.  Lonzo Ball would add eight more points to his scoring total while pulling down three defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.  Kyle Kuzma would come off of the bench to record two points and three defensive rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers creep away with a 132 to 130 win over the Phoenix Suns.  Lonzo Ball finished with twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds, and nine assists as Eric Bledsoe would finish with twenty-eight points, two rebounds, and two assists.

The San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a blowout loss, winning series 4-2

The San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a blowout loss, winning series 4-2

Last night marked the sixth game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Houston Rockets as they hand the Spurs a 126 to 99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza finished with twenty-three points, four rebounds and two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would score twenty-one points, pull down eleven rebounds and dish off six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in the second game as they hand the Rockets a blowout of their own, 121-96.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Spurs would also go on to win Game 3, pulling away with a 103 to 92 score.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up twenty-six points, six rebounds and two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would also put up twenty-six points, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden ended up with forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  The Rockets would come back as they defeat the Spurs in Game 4, 125-104.  James Harden scored twenty-eight points, pulled down five rebounds and threw out twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would finish with seventeen points, four rebounds and one assist.  The San Antonio Spurs would pull away in the last game with an overtime win, 110 to 107.  Kawhi Leonard would put up twenty-two points, fifteen rebounds and four assists.  James Harden would settle for thirty-three points, ten rebounds and ten assists.  The Houston Rockets looked to survive another game as they faced the Spurs last night in the Toyota Center.

The game would start off right for the visiting team as the Spurs shot fifty-four percent from the field as a team, limiting the Rockets to forty-four percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up ten points as he crashed the boards for three defensive rebounds.  Jonathon Simmons would contribute with seven points, three of them coming from beyond the arc.  Danny Green and Pau Gasol would each be limited to four points as both of them shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  As for the Rockets, Clint Capela would chalk up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Sam Dekker would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers, giving him six points.  James Harden would play for ten minutes, only to be held at two points as the Spurs end the first quarter with a 31 to 24 lead.  Things would not get any easier for the home team as the San Antonio team would spark a huge 30-18 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Patty Mills would throw up eight points which would include two three-pointers.  Both Aldridge and Simmons would drop six points as Aldridge would gather up four rebounds to go along with his performance.  Gasol would collect only two points in the quarter but he would jump up to grab three defensive rebounds.  Trevor Ariza would try to bring his Rockets team back in it as he scores six points, all coming from behind the arc.  Capela would shoot fifty percent from the field while collecting four points, along with four rebounds.  Harden would be held to only a three-pointer as the Spurs walk into halftime with a commanding 61-42 advantage.

LaMarcus Aldridge would come out of the locker room to go off for twelve points while collecting four rebounds.  Pau Gasol and bench player, Dejounte Murray, would each shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as both would earn four points in return.  On the other end of the court, Ariza would collect eight more points to add to his scoring total.  He would earn six of those from beyond the arc while collecting the other two from the free-throw line.  James Harden would try to heat up as he knocks down one three-pointer and two free throws.  Former 76ers player, Lou Williams, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.  Patrick Beverley would be held scoreless throughout the quarter as the Spurs walk into the fourth period with a 87-64 lead.  The San Antonio Spurs would close things out in the last twelve minutes as they shoot forty-eight percent from the field as a team, limiting the home team to only fifteen percent.  Rookie Dejounte Murray would gather up seven more points as he shot sixty percent from the field.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds.  Former Trail Blazers player, LaMarcus Aldridge, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he gets rewarded with six points.  As for the Houston team, Eric Gordon would knock down a three-pointer, as well as bench player, Bobby Brown.  James Harden would be held scoreless in the fourth quarter as the San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a 114-75 blowout loss, winning the series, 4-2.  LaMarcus Aldridge would finish with thirty-four points, twelve rebounds and one assist.  Trevor Ariza finished with twenty points, five rebounds and one assist.

The San Antonio Spurs pull away in overtime, taking a 3-2 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs pull away in overtime, taking a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Houston team as they hand the Spurs a 126-99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza scored twenty-three points, pulled down four rebounds and gave out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would settle for twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in the Game 2 as they hand the Rockets a 121 to 96 blowout loss.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would chalk up eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  San Antonio would win the third game, as well, pulling away with a 103-92 score.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge scored twenty-six points, pulled down six rebounds and dished off two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would also put up twenty-six points, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden would chalk up forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  The Houston Rockets would come back as they defeat the Spurs in Game 4 with a 125 to 104 victory.  James Harden finished with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would settle for seventeen points, four rebounds and one assist.  Each team looked to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they faced off last night in the AT&T Center.

The game would start off right for the San Antonio team as Tony Parker’s replacement, Patty Mills, would put up eight points which would include two three-pointers.  Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to chalk up six points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would be limited to five points throughout the entire quarter but he would knock down a three-pointer in the process, while gathering up three rebounds and three assists.  On the other end of the court, James Harden would get hot for fifteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He would knock down three 3-pointers in the process, along with five defensive rebounds and three assists.  Former Magic player, Trevor Ariza, would nail two three-pointers while crashing the boards for two defensive rebounds.  Patrick Beverley would also put up six points, three of them coming from behind the arc but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 32-29 lead.  The Rockets would respond with a 31 to 26 run in the second quarter as they shoot sixty-one percent from the field as a team, limiting the Spurs to forty percent.  Ryan Anderson would come off the bench to chalk up eight points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would collect three of those from behind the arc as he jumped up to grab three defensive rebounds.  Harden would put up eight points as he pulled down three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Clint Capela and Patrick Beverley would each contribute with five points as Beverley would earn three of his from behind the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  On the other end of the court, Leonard would shoot fifty percent from the field to collect seven points while Aldridge would help out with six points but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 60-58 lead.

Kawhi Leonard would come out of the locker room to put up ten points in the third quarter as he pulls down seven rebounds.  Patty Mills would collect five more points to add to his scoring total.  He would shoot fifty percent from the field, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  As for the Houston team, Anderson would throw up seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Beverley would knock down two three-pointers but it was the Spurs who walk into the last period with a 86-85 lead.  Houston would stay in it as former Clippers player, Eric Gordon, would receive seven points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, nailing a three-pointer in the process.  James Harden would also gather up seven points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Aldridge would help his Spurs team out with six points and five offensive rebounds.  With one minute left in the fourth period, both teams would be tied at 99 a piece.  James Harden would knock down two free-throws to give his team a two-point lead.  With thirty-four second left in the game, Manu Ginobili would answer with a two-point jumper to tie the game up.  James Harden would turn the ball over with eleven seconds left in the game as the Spurs call for a timeout.  Out of the timeout, Mills would drill a three-pointer to win the game but would get the shot off right after the buzzer went off, resulting in the game going into overtime.

Both teams would be held scoreless in the first three minutes in overtime until Patrick Beverley knocks down a three-pointer, off of a James Harden assist.  Jonathon Simmons would get sent to the free-throw line as he knocks down both of his foul shots, bringing the Spurs within one.  With fifty-six seconds left in the game, Danny Green would drill a three-pointer, giving the San Antonio Spurs a two-point lead.  The Rockets would quickly regain the lead, thanks to a three-pointer from Ryan Anderson.  Green would get fouled while connecting for two-point shot, sending him to the line to knock down his foul shot.  With that, the San Antonio would hold a two-point lead, forcing Houston to call a timeout.  Gordon would miss a three-point jump shot as Danny Green grabs the rebound.  He would go the free-throw line to knock down one of his two foul shots as Rockets call for a 20-second timeout.  James Harden would come out of the timeout to attempt a three-pointer but is blocked by Ginobili as the Spurs pull away with a 110-107 win.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-two points, fifteen rebounds and four assists.  James Harden would finish with thirty-three points, ten rebounds and ten assists.

The Houston Rockets defeat the San Antonio Spurs, tying the series up 2-2

The Houston Rockets defeat the San Antonio Spurs, tying the series up 2-2

Last night marked the fourth game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Rockets as they handed the Spurs a 126-99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza would score twenty-three points, pull down four rebounds and give out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would put up twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  In the second game, the San Antonio team would bounce back as they beat the Rockets, 121 to 96.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Spurs would win the last game, as well, pulling away with a 103-92 score.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored twenty-six points, grabbed seven rebounds and pushed out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with twenty-six points, as well, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden would chalk up forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  Despite the unfortunate passing of Patrick Beverley’s grandfather, the Rockets looked to tie the series up last night in the Toyota Center.

The game would start off right for the Houston Rockets as they shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Spurs to forty percent.  James Harden would put up eight points, along with two rebounds and five assists.  Trevor Ariza would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points which would include one three-pointer.  He would crash the boards for two rebounds while dishing off three assists.  Eric Gordon and Lou Williams would come off the bench to score five points each, both of them knocking down one three-pointer in the process.  On the other end of the court, LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up six points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would play for eight minutes, only to be held at three points as the home team would enter the second period with a 34-22 lead.  The Spurs would respond with a 31 to 23 run in the second quarter, though.  During that run, Leonard would get hot for eleven points, three of them coming from behind the arc.  Former Portland Trail Blazers player, Patty Mills, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would receive six points in return, all of them coming from beyond the arc.  As for the Rockets, Anderson would knock down two three-pointers to get himself six points while Harden would collect six points, as well.  James Harden would also jump up to grab two rebounds along with two assists.  The 2014-2015 Sixth Man, Lou Williams, would chalk up six points as the Houston team would walk into halftime with a 57-53 lead.

The Rockets would come out of the locker room to spark a 34 to 23 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Harden would throw up eleven points, nine of them coming from beyond the arc while the other two come from the free-throw line.  Former Pelicans player, Eric Gordon, would come off the bench to help out with eight points which would hold two three-pointers.  On the other end of the court, Aldridge would score ten points while shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also grab three rebounds while Pau Gasol would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself four points.  Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer but it was the home team that ended the third period with a commanding 91-76 lead.  The Rockets would finish things off in the last quarter as Bobby Brown would come off the bench to shoot seventy-one percent from the field, collecting eleven points.  He would earn three of them from behind the arc as Gordon would come off the bench to nail two three-pointers.  Simmons would try to bring his Spurs team back as he throws up eight points which would contain a three-pointer but it was the Houston Rockets that defeat the San Antonio Spurs with a 125-104 score, tying the series up at 2-2.  James Harden finished with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would finish with seventeen points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds, and two assists.  He would also record a Playoff career-high two steals to go along with his stat sheet.

The San Antonio pull away with a win against the Houston Rockets, leading the series 2-1

The San Antonio pull away with a win against the Houston Rockets, leading the series 2-1

Last night marked the third game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game was a blowout for the Spurs as the Rockets defeated them, 126 to 99.  In that game, Trevor Ariza scored twenty-three points, pulled down four rebounds and dished off two assists.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in Game 2 as they hand a blowout loss to the Rockets, 121-96.  Kawhi Leonard would chalk up thirty-four, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  Each team looked to take a 2-1 lead in the series last night as they faced each other in the Toyota Center.

In the first quarter, James Harden dropped nine points, collecting three of them from behind the arc.  Former Wizards player, Trevor Ariza, would contribute with two three-pointers, earning himself six points.  He would also collect four rebounds and two assists as he shot fifty percent from the field.  On the other end of the court, LaMarcus Aldridge would put up six points of his own, along with three defensive rebounds.  Former Memphis player, Pau Gasol, would help out with five points which included a three-pointer but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 21 to 19 lead.  The Spurs would return the favor with a 24 to 18 run in the second quarter, shooting forty-six percent from the field while the Rockets would be held to thirty-five percent.  During that run, Kawhi Leonard would drop eight points, along with four rebounds and one assist.  Former Trail Blazers player, Aldridge, would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, receiving six points in return.  As for the Rockets, Ariza would knock down three 3-pointers to add nine more points to his scoring total.  While Harden would be limited to only four points in the quarter, Eric Gordon would come off the bench to contribute with a three pointer but it was the visiting team that walked into halftime with a 43-39 advantage.

In the third quarter, James Harden would get hot as he lights the floor up with fourteen points, which would contain two three-pointers.  Chicago-native, Patrick Beverley, would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to earn himself five points.  Clint Capela and bench player, Eric Gordon, would each be limited to four points.  Trevor Ariza would play for the entire quarter, only to be held scoreless.  As for the visiting team, Leonard would chalk up nine points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Another former PortlTrail Blazers player, Patty Mills, would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer and three free-throws to earn himself six points as his Texas team would walk into the last quarter with a 72-66 lead.  The Spurs would finish things off in the fourth period as Aldridge would put up nine points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would contribute with seven points, which would contain one three-pointer and four free-throws.  James Harden would try to bring his team back in it as he goes off for sixteen points which included two three-pointers but it was the San Antonio Spurs who pull away with a 103-92 win, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-six points, ten rebounds and seven assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge would finish with twenty-six points, as well, along with seven rebounds and two assists.  James Harden would settle for forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.

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

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

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

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

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