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The New York Knicks fell to the Houston Rockets, 123-112

The New York Knicks fell to the Houston Rockets, 123-112

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

 

The Houston Rockets are looking to capture a fourth consecutive victory tonight as they host the New York Knicks at the Toyota Center.  They are coming fresh off of a 120-110 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday.  The Knicks, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a fourth straight loss.  This will be the first of two times that these teams will meet up this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Rockets and the Knicks have fought each other a grand total of 153 times as the Rockets won 79 games while the Knicks were kept to just 74 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Elfrid Payton (knee; 9.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.9 APG, 43.0 FG%, 23.7 3P%)
-Wayne Ellington (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 35.8 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Kenny Wooten (G-League)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 27.3 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Frank Ntilikina (groin; 5.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 38.5 FG%, 31.0 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 31.3 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 77.8 FG%)
-Russell Westbrook (thumb; 27.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7.2 APG, 46.6 FG%, 24.6 3P%)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (G-League; 4.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 65.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-William Howard (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 36.4 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Chris Clemons (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.3 FG%, 35.5 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty percent from the field, limiting the New York Knicks to just forty-six percent.  James Harden got hot for 31 points which included four three-pointers.  He also had 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Robert Covington helped out with eight points.  Eric Gordon and Danuel House combined for 10 points while P.J. Tucker was held scoreless.  Ben McLemore played 14 minutes off the bench as he had 11 points.

On the other end of the floor, R.J. Barrett chalked up 16 points while knocking down 2 three-pointers.  Former Lakers’ forward Julius Randle helped out with 12 points on fifty-percent shooting.  Dennis Smith contributed with six points while both Taj Gibson and Maurice Harkless had two points each.  Reggie Bullock played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless as the Texas team went into halftime with a 72-57 lead.

The Knicks would try to make a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-two percent from the field while the home team shot thirty-nine percent.  During that time, Smith added nine more points to his scoring total while recording 5 rebounds and 2 steals.  Barrett, Randle, and Harkless earned five points each while Gibson had four.  Mitchell Robinson played the most minutes off the bench but only had seven points.

As for the Rockets, Austin Rivers dropped 14 points off the bench while House, Gordon, and Harden combined for 22 of the Rockets’ 51 second-half points.  McLemore played 14 minutes off the bench but only had six points as the Rockets came away with a 123-112 win.  James Harden finished the game with 37 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals while R.J. Barrett had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will head to North Carolina to battle Devonte Graham (17.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 7.7 APG, 37.3 FG%, 36.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (19-37) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the third of four times that they play each other this season.  January 28 was the last time they saw each other as the Knicks fell to the Hornets, 97-92.  Terry Rozier finished that game with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist while Julius Randle scored 24 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and committed one steal.

The Houston Rockets will host Ja Morant (17.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 35.5 3P%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (28-28) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they meet each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 14 when the Grizzlies won, 121-110.  Morant finished that game with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block while James Harden settled for 41 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block.

The Houston Rockets fall to the Detroit Pistons, 115 to 107

The Houston Rockets fall to the Detroit Pistons, 115 to 107

Sunday, December 15, 2019

 

The Houston Rockets are coming off back-to-back victories where James Harden made history:  He became the first player in league history to record back-to-back 50-point games with ten triples.  The Rockets will look to thrive off that as they host the Detroit Pistons tonight at the Toyota Center.

The Pistons, on the other hand, are looking to avoid a second straight loss as they are coming off a 122-111 defeat they took in the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday in Mexico.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will meet up this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Houston Rockets and the Detroit Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 140 times in the past as the Pistons won 72 games while the Rockets were kept to 68 wins.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Andre Drummond (illness; 17.7 PPG, 16.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, 54.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.9 APG, 20.9 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Sekou Doumbouya (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

-Tyson Chandler (illness; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 76.5 FG%)
-Eric Gordon (knee; 10.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.9 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-NeNe (abductor)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 68.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Thabo Sefolosha (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 34.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Russell Westbrook (rest; 22.5 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 7.3 APG, 42.5 FG%, 23.3 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

Both teams would keep the game competitive in the first half as they shot forty-five percent from the field each.  James Harden, who is averaging 39 points per game this season, scored 14 points on forty-two percent shooting.  He was able to bury two shots from beyond the arc while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out seven assists.

Clint Capela helped out with 12 points while missing only one of his seven shots attempted.  He also had ten rebounds and one block while Danuel House and Ben McLemore had four points each.  Former Suns’ player P.J. Tucker drilled a three-pointer in the second period while Austin Rivers had six points off the bench.

As for the visiting team, Luke Kennard got hot for 18 points while hitting four three-pointers.  Tony Snell drilled 3 three-pointers to give himself nine points in the first half.  Both Blake Griffin and Thon Maker scored just two points each while Bruce Brown had five points.  Christian Wood played the most minutes off the bench but only had three points as the Michigan team went into the locker room with a 62-52 advantage.

The Pistons would close things out in the second half as they shot forty-four percent from the field, keeping the Rockets at thirty-five percent.  Derrick Rose, who scored eight points in the first half, added 12 more points in the second half while Brown contributed with 11 points.  Griffin would be held scoreless while Markieff Morris dropped 10 points off the bench.

On the other end of the court, James Harden scored 25 points, which included two three-pointers.  McLemore put up nine points while Rivers had eight points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Pistons came away with a 115-107 victory.  Luke Kennard finished the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying one block while James Harden had 39 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will host Bradley Beal (27.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.0 APG, 44.8 FG%, 33.0 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (7-16) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 4 when the Wizards came away with a 115-99 victory.  During that game, Beal scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, and committed a steal while Luke Kennard had 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Houston Rockets will host DeMar DeRozan (21.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.8 APG, 50.6 FG%, 35.7 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (9-15) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  December 3 was the last time they played each other as the Rockets lost in double overtime, 135-133.  James Harden finished the game with 50 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals while Lonnie Walker settled for 28 points, 4 rebounds, three steals, and one block.

The Knicks escape with a 124-122 overtime win over the Warriors

The Knicks escape with a 124-122 overtime win over the Warriors

Thursday, December 12, 2019

 

The New York Knicks currently have the longest losing streak in the league right now, losing for the tenth straight time last night against the Portland Trail Blazers.  They will hope to avoid an eleventh straight loss as they battle the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center.  The Warriors are dealing with problems of their own as they won only one of their past six games played, sitting with a 5-20 record.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors have battled each other a grand total of 343 times in the past as the Knicks won 160 games while the Warriors went on to grab 183 victories.

INACTIVES:

New York Knicks:

-Reggie Bullock (cervical disc herniation)
-Wayne Ellington (Achilles; 4.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 32.1 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 25.0 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (illness; 5.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 31.8 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 50.9 FG%, 43.8 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 9.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)

Golden State Warriors:

-Stephen Curry (hand; 20.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 40.9 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Klay Thompson (ACL)
-Jordan Poole (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 25.8 FG%, 24.6 3P%)
-Alen Smailagic (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The New York team would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field, holding the Warriors to just thirty-three percent.  Marcus Morris got hot for 18 points while burying two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Rookie shooting guard R.J. Barrett helped out with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal.

Barrett also had two three-pointers in the second period while Julius Randle scored 10 points.  Frank Ntilikina was kept to just two points while Taj Gibson was held scoreless.  Texas-native Damyean Dotson played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless, as well.

On the other end of the court, D’Angelo Russell dropped 15 points while drilling 3 three-pointers in the process.  Glenn Robinson and Draymond Green combined for 15 points while Eric Paschall and Willie Cauley-Stein had two points each.  Former Cavaliers’ Alec Burks played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Knicks went into halftime with a 68-50 advantage.

The home team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 62-44 scoring run.  During that run, Russell scored 13 points while hitting 3 three-pointers.  Green chalked up seven points to go along three rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.  Cauley-Stein and Robinson combined for eight points while Burks had 14 points off the bench.

As for the Knicks, Morris and Randle combined for 28 points while Gibson was still scoreless.  Barrett was able to score four points while Ntilikina was held scoreless.  Elfrid Payton played 16 minutes off the bench as he had six points.

The New York Knicks would have a three-point lead with five seconds left in regulation but their defense allowed Russell to drill a 23-foot three-pointer to tie the game up at 112 apiece.  Payton attempted to answer back with a trey of his own but would end up missing as the game went into overtime.

Both teams would battle it out in overtime as the Knicks shot thirty-six percent while the Warriors shot thirty-three percent.  Julius Randle had a three-pointer Barrett scored two points.  Payton dropped four points off the bench as the Knicks came away with a 124-122 victory.  Marcus Morris finished the game with a season-high 36 points, along with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying 3 steals.  D’Angelo Russell had 32 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The New York Knicks will stay on the West coast as they fight Buddy Hield (21.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.7 APG, 42.3 FG%, 37.2 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (10-13) on Friday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final matchup between these two teams this season.  The first meeting was on November 3 when the Knicks fell to the Kings, 113-92.  De’Aaron Fox finished that game with 24 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal, and a block while Marcus Morris had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

The Golden State Warriors will travel to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.6 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (13-11) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they see each other this season.  November 22 was the last time they met up as the Jazz crept away with a 113-109 win.  During that game, Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 4 assists and committed one steal while Alec Burks had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals.

The Houston Rockets grab a 119-109 victory over the defending champions, Toronto Raptors

The Houston Rockets grab a 119-109 victory over the defending champions, Toronto Raptors

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Toronto Raptors recently saw their seven-game win streak come to an end as they fell to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, 121-110, in overtime.  They will look to start up another streak as they host the Houston Rockets at the Scotiabank Arena tonight.  The Rockets, on the other hand, are coming fresh off a 135-133 loss they took in the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday in double overtime.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Raptors and the Rockets have met up a grand total of 47 times in the past as the Raptors won 20 games while the Rockets went on to win 27 of the matchups.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

-Eric Gordon (knee; 10.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.9 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-NeNe (abductor)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 76.5 FG%)
-Gary Clark (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 36.4 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 73.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)

Toronto Raptors:

-Stanley Johnson (groin; 1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Patrick McCaw (knee; 4.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Matt Thomas (finger; 4.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 54.1 FG%, 53.8 3P%)
-Oshae Brissett (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Dewan Hernandez (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Shamorie Ponds (2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field, keeping the Toronto Raptors to forty-two percent.  Ben McLemore scored 14 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  P.J. Tucker helped out with 11 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds and two assists.

Russell Westbrook had nine points on just thirty-three percent shooting.  He did, however, record four rebounds and six assists while James Harden was held to just six points.  Danuel House played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up sixteen points.

On the other end of the court, Pascal Siakam, who is averaging 25 points per game this season, got hot for eighteen points.  He had two three-pointers in the first period while Fred VanVleet contributed with nine points.  VanVleet also had two three-pointers while recording three rebounds, five assists, one steal, and a block.

Kyle Lowry had eight points which also held two three-pointers.  OG Anunoby earned himself five points while Marc Gasol was kept scoreless.  Norman Powell played ten minutes off the bench as he had six points while the Rockets went into halftime with a 63-55 lead.

The defending champions attempted to make a comeback in the second half as they shot forty-three percent from the field, keeping the Texas ball club to thirty-four percent shooting.  Kyle Lowry had eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He was able to bury a trey in the third quarter while grabbing three rebounds and dishing off four assists.

VanVleet also had eleven points, knocking down a shot from beyond the arc, as well.  Siakam helped out with six points while Gasol scored five points.  Powell played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

As for the Rockets, Harden and Westbrook combined for 27 points while Harden had three-pointers.  He also recorded five rebounds, two steals, and a block while Westbrook had nine rebounds, five assists, and a steal.  McLemore chalked up 14 points, earning twelve of them from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.

Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Austin Rivers played 18 minutes off the bench but only had six points but the Rockets were still able to pull away with a 119 to 109 victory.  Ben McLemore finished the game with a season-high 28 points, along with 2 rebounds, a season-high-tying 3 assists, and a steal while Pascal Siakam had 24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, a season-high-tying 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will host Devin Booker (24.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 50.4 FG%, 40.7 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (9-11) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.

The Toronto Raptors will head to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (22.4 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 45.4 FG%, 31.3 3P%) and the Philadephia 76ers (15-6) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they battle each other this season.  November 25 was the last time they met up as the Raptors won that game, 101-96.  Pascal Siakam finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and two blocks while Josh Richardson had 25 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and a block.

The Houston Rockets hand the Chicago Bulls a 117-94 loss

The Houston Rockets hand the Chicago Bulls a 117-94 loss

The Chicago Bulls haven’t been very impressive this season as they are sitting with a 3-6 record.  They are, however, coming fresh off of a 113-93 win they took over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.  The Bulls will hope to grab a second straight as they host the Houston Rockets tonight at the United Center.  It will be tough, though, as the Bulls won only one game at home this season, sitting with a 1-2 home record.

The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, are in the midst of proving their doubters wrong as they hope to grab a third consecutive victory tonight.  They are coming off of a 129-112 win over the struggling Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.  This matchup between the Bulls and the Rockets tonight will mark the first of two meetings this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets have battled each other a grand total of 138 times in the past as the Bulls won 68 games while the Rockets pulled out 70 victories.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

-Gerald Green (foot)
-Nene (abductor)
-Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 28.6 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 87.5 FG%)
-Thabo Sefolosha (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 27.8 FG%, 27.3 3P%)
-Gary Clark (G-League)
-Michael Frazier (G-League)
-Isaiah Hartenstein (G-League)

Chicago Bulls:

-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Shaquille Harrison (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 30.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Cristiano Felicio
-Adam Mokoka (G-League)
-Max Strus (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Houston Rockets shot forty-two percent from the field while the Chicago Bulls shot forty percent.  The two-time scoring champion James Harden got hot for 20 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had five rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Danuel House contributed with 3 three-pointers and two points from the charity stripe.

Russell Westbrook was kept to just eight points but had three defensive rebounds and two assists while Clint Capela helped out with four points.  He also had nine rebounds and three blocks while P.J. Tucker had just one point.  Indiana-native Eric Gordon played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer in the second quarter.

As for the home team, Zach LaVine scored 11 points, which held a three-pointer in the before halftime.  Lauri Markkanen contributed with eight points but shot only twenty-eight percent from the field.  Wendell Carter had eight points, as well, along with eight rebounds and one block.  Coby White played fourteen minutes off the bench but only had three points while the Rockets went into the locker room with a tight 50-49 advantage.

The Texas team would take over in the second half as they went on a huge 67-45 run, shooting fifty percent from the field.  During that run, Harden earned 22 more points which included six three-pointers.  Westbrook made up for his scoring performance in the first half as he chalked up eighteen points while grabbing four rebounds.  Austin Rivers played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, both Markkanen and Carter had five points each while Tomas Satoransky earned six points.  White had seven points in the 12 minutes he played off the bench but it was the Rockets who came away with a 117-94 victory.  James Harden finished the game with 42 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals while Lauri Markkanen had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.  Both Carter and Thaddeus Young had 13 points each, as well.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will travel to Louisiana to battle Brandon Ingram (25.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.3 APG, 55.2 FG%, 48.6 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (1-6) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 26 when the Rockets walked away with a 126-123 win.  James Harden finished with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Ingram had 35 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Chicago Bulls will host R.J. Barrett (17.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.9 APG, 42.4 FG%, 36.7 3P%) and the New York Knicks (1-7) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  October 28 was the last time they played each other as the Bulls fell to the Knicks, 105-98.  During that game, Bobby Portis scored 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 2 assists, and blocked 2 shots while Zach LaVine earned 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Rockets skate away with a 126-123 win over the Pelicans

The Rockets skate away with a 126-123 win over the Pelicans

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Six years after their tenure in Oklahoma, James Harden and Russell Westbrook have reunited in Houston after Westbrook was traded to the Rockets.  Their first game together, which took place on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks, wasn’t a success as they fell, 117 to 111.  They will hope to grab a victory tonight as they host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Toyota Center.

The Pelicans, on the other hand, are trying to grab their first win of the season as they lost their first two games to the Toronto Raptors in the season opener, 130-122 in overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks, 123-116.

HISTORY:

The Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of 63 times as the Rockets pulled out 36 wins while the Pelicans were kept to 26 victories.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Zion Williamson (knee)
-Zylan Cheatham (coach’s decision)
-Jaxson Hayes (coach’s decision)
-E’Twaun Moore (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 28.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Josh Gray
-Jrue Holiday (knee; 10.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 30.8 FG%, 11.1 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

-Michael Frazier (ankle)
-Gerald Green (foot)
-Nene (abductor)
-Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision)
-Gary Clark (coach’s decision)
-Chris Clemons (coach’s decision)
-Isaiah Hartenstein

GAMETIME:

The game would be very competitive as the Pelicans shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first half while the Rockets shot forty-six percent.  Brandon Ingram chalked up 18 points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also collected six rebounds and two assists while Lonzo Ball helped out with 13 points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He also had 3 three-pointers, along with two rebounds, six assists, and one steal.

Josh Hart had seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period while former Milwaukee Bucks’ guard J.J. Redick had two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Derrick Favors was kept to just two points but had three rebounds.  Kenrich Williams played the most minutes off of the bench but was held completely scoreless.

On the other end of the court, James Harden dropped 13 points on a poor twenty-eight percent shooting.  He had a three-pointer, along with one defensive rebound, four assists, and one steal while Clint Capela gave 11 points.  The 2016-2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook recorded 10 points to go along with five rebounds and seven assists.  Eric Gordon played 16 minutes off of the bench but only had four points as both teams went into halftime tied at 61 apiece.

The game would remain competitive in the second half as the Rockets shot forty-four percent from the field while the visiting team shot forty-three percent.  Westbrook scored 18 of the Houston Rockets’ 65 second-half points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Harden contributed with 16 points and three rebounds while Gordon dropped nine points off of the bench.

As for the Lousiana ball club, Ingram and Hart combined for 33 of the Pelicans’ 62 second-half points while Ball was kept to just five points.  Williams was kept to just two points off of the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Rockets escaped with a 126-123 victory, thanks to Westbrook’s two free-throws near the end of regulation.  James Harden finished the game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Brandon Ingram settled for 35 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, as well as 5 assists.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will host Stephen Curry (23.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (0-1) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  The Houston Rockets will host Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (27.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 50.0 FG%, 45.5 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (0-2) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.

The Chicago Bulls push through the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-112

The Chicago Bulls push through the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-112

The Chicago Bulls are currently trying to avoid an 8th straight loss as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the United Center.  The last time the Bulls suffered an 8-game losing streak was last year when they lost a total of 10 straight.  They are tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the worst record in the East at 5-20 and at risk of missing the playoff for a second straight time.

As for the Thunder, they are coming fresh off a 114-112 win against the Brooklyn Nets, all thanks to Paul George, who nailed a clutch 3-pointer to secure the win.  They are looking for their 5th straight victory.  The Thunder and the Bulls have played each other a grand total of 151 times in the past as the Thunder won 74 games while the Chicago team pulled out 77 wins.  This will mark the first of two matchups between these ball clubs this season.  The Thunder swept the Chicago Bulls last season in their season series, 2-0.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.4 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Raymond Felton (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 35.2 FG%, 17.9 3P%, 88.9 FT%)
-Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (2.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Tyler Davis (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

Chicago Bulls:

-Kris Dunn (knee; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 30.8 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Bobby Portis (knee; 10.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.5 FG%, 27.3 3P%, 55.6 FT%)
-Denzel Valentine (ankle)
-Antonio Blakeney (coach’s decision; 9.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.0 FG%, 44.8 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
-Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 56.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Tyler Ulis (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Rawle Alkins (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have control in the first half as they completed 57 percent of the shots they put up, limiting the Oklahoma City Thunder to 46 percent shooting.  The 2018-2018 All-Rookie selection Lauri Markkanen scored 16 points while knocking down four 3-pointers.  He also had 3 rebounds while Zach LaVine contributed with 13 points, 3 defensive rebounds, and 6 assists.  He was able to drill a trey midway through the first session while Ryan Arcidiacono had a 3-pointer in the first period.  He finished the game with just those three points.  Robin Lopez played the most minutes off the bench as he chipped in with 10 points.

On the other end of the court, Steven Adams put up 17 of Oklahoma City’s 62 points while pulling down 5 rebounds but had three turnovers.  Paul George scored 16 points which included a 3-pointer before the first quarter expired.  He shot 63 percent from the field in the first half but struggled overall as he only made 6 of his 16 shots attempted in the game, ending with 38 percent shooting from the field, lowest of all five Thunder starters.

Russell Westbrook recorded 9 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals while Terrance Ferguson was held scoreless in the 14 minutes that he played, attempting only two shots.  Former Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder played the most minutes of all the reserves in the first half as he gave eleven points but it was the home team who went in the break with a 70 to 62 advantage.

The Thunder would not give up, though, as they came out of the locker room to spark a 50-44 run, including a big 29-17 run in the third period.  During that time, Westbrook added 15 more points to his scoring total while knocking down two 3-pointers.  He also collected 7 more rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals but had 7 turnovers.  George would start to see his shooting decline as he only scored three points, earning them from beyond the arc just one minute into the third.

MARKKANEN SAVES THE DAY:

With 34 seconds left in the game and the score being 109-108 in the Bulls’ favor, Dennis Schroder would complete a driving layup to give the Thunder a one-point lead.  That would force the Chicago team to call a timeout.  Out of the timeout, Justin Holiday would drill a huge three-pointer off of a Lauri Markkanen assist, giving the Bulls a 112-110 lead.  Four seconds out of a Thunder timeout, Russell Westbrook would drive the ball in the paint for a layup, tying the game up at 112 apiece.  But Markkanen respond as he made a driving layup with only four seconds left in the game to allow the home team to regain the lead.  Paul George would attempt a three-pointer after a Thunder timeout but would fail to convert as the Bulls hold off the Thunder, 114-112, bringing an end to their seven-game losing streak.

Zach LaVine finished the game with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals but had a career-tying nine turnovers.  Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, dished off 13 assists, and committed a season-tying 4 steals.  Those stats would complete his triple-double (109th of his career; 5th of the season) but had a season-high 10 turnovers.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Donovan Mitchell (20.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 42.7 FG%, 29.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (13-13) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The Thunder would win the regular-season series against the Jazz, 3-1, before losing to them in the first round of the playoffs, 2-4.

The Chicago Bulls will host Kyrie Irving (22.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.4 APG, 48.5 FG% 39.2 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (14-10) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second time that these two teams will see each other this season as one more game lies ahead of them.  The first time they met up each other was on November 14 when the Celtics handed the Bulls a 111-82 blowout loss.  During that game, Jaylen Brown scored eighteen points, grabbed six rebounds, gave out three assists, and committed one steal while Shaquille Harrison had sixteen points, six rebounds, one assist, and four steals.

The Utah Jazz survive Game 3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-102

The Utah Jazz survive Game 3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-102

Tonight will mark the third game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 15 when the Thunder handed the Jazz a 116-108 loss.  During that game, Paul George scored thirty-six points, grabbed seven rebounds and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell had twenty-seven points, ten rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.  The Jazz would respond in Game 2 as they sneak off with a 102 to 95 victory.  Mitchell finished with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal while Russell Westbrook settled for nineteen points, nine rebounds, thirteen assists and four steals.  Each team would look to take a 2-1 lead as they fight each other in Utah.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 68.4 FG%)
Kyle Singler (1.9 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)

Utah Jazz:

Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game will be competitive at the beginning as both teams shot fifty-three percent in the first half.  Ricky Rubio got hot for nineteen points which included a three-pointer near the end of the second quarter.  He also had seven rebounds, six assists and one steal while Joe Ingles helped out with eight points.  Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell both had seven points each while Rudy Gobert earned six points and six rebounds.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ player Jae Crowder played thirteen minutes off of the bench but was only kept to four points.

On the other end of the court, Russell Westbrook scored ten points while recording four defensive rebounds, six assists and one steal.  Both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony had nine points each which also included one three-pointer each.  Anthony had two defensive rebounds to add while Steven Adams contributed with six points.  Patrick Patterson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had six points while the Utah Jazz went into halftime with a 58 to 53 advantage.

The Jazz would close things out in the second half with a 57 to 49 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field.  Mitchell would drop fifteen points which included three three-pointers.  He also had six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block while Ingles continued to help out with thirteen points.  Ingles also had three three-pointers while Gobert scored twelve points.  Crowder played the most minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the Oklahoma team, Paul George saw to it that he got fourteen points which held two three-pointers.  Anthony would score only five points that contained a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Jerami Grant also had five points off of the bench along with two defensive rebounds.  Westbrook was kept to just a three-pointer and a free-throw but did manage to get ahold of seven rebounds while dishing out three assists.  Raymond Felton played sixteen minutes off of the bench as he earned eight points but it was the Utah Jazz who defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 115-102 score, making the series 2-1.  Ricky Rubio finished the game with twenty-six points, eleven rebounds, ten assists, two steals and one block while Paul George had twenty-three points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Oklahoma City Thunder breeze past the Golden State Warriors, 108-91

The Oklahoma City Thunder breeze past the Golden State Warriors, 108-91

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors are not really what you would call “rival” teams but they do have some hard feelings towards each other.  What really ignited those feelings is when superstar Kevin Durant decided to ditch Russell Westbrook and the Thunder only to join the Warriors just one month after losing to them in the Western Conference Finals.  These two teams have met up a total of 260 times with the Thunder winning 143 games and the Warriors winning 117 of them.  Tonight’s game in Oklahoma would mark the first matchup of the season.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Jordan Bell (3.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 70.4 FG%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Damian Jones (G-League)
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG)
Kyle Singler (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
PJ Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Oklahoma City Thunder opened things up well as they shot fifty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the defending champions to forty-two percent.  The Thunder’s Big Three all scored double digits in the first half as Russell Westbrook went off for 20 points on fifty-seven percent shooting.  He was able to knock down a three-pointer late in the second period as grabbing seven rebounds and dishing off six assists.  Former Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony had 16 points which included two three-pointers.  Paul George recorded 14 points in the midst of grabbing one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Steven Adams had eight rebounds in the half to put with his eight points.  Jerami Grant played eight minutes off of the bench but only had two points.

As for the Warriors, Kevin Durant scored 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter against his former team.  He also collected four defensive rebounds but had two turnovers.  Stephen Curry ended up with thirteen points while earning three rebounds and four assists.  Klay Thompson had one three-pointer in the opening quarter while Draymond Green gave out four assists.  Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Thunder went into halftime with a huge 65 to 48 advantage.

Curry dropped 11 points in the second half which would include one three-pointer late in the third period.  Former Cavaliers’ forward Omri Casspi had nine points to put with his one offensive rebound and four defensive ones.  Durant scored seven points on forty percent shooting while Green had two points and three defensive rebounds.  Nick Young played the most minutes off of the bench but was held completely scoreless.

The Thunder finished things off in the last half as Westbrook posted up 14 points on thirty-nine percent shooting from the field.  He also had three rebounds, three assists, and four steals while George collected two three-pointers to put with his seven rebounds.  Anthony shot only thirty-three percent from the field as he settled for six points and four defensive rebounds.  Josh Huestis played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a free-throw as the Thunder easily hand the Warriors a 108 to 91 loss.  Russell Westbrook finished with a season-high 34 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals.  Stephen Curry had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Golden State Warriors will host Lauri Markkanen (15.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.6 APG) and the Chicago Bulls (3-12) for the first time this season on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 159 times with the Bulls winning 87 games and the Warriors winning 72 of them.  The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Tobias Harris (18.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.8 APG) and the Detroit Pistons (11-6) for the first time this season on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pistons and the Thunder have met up a total of 136 times in the past as the Pistons won 66 games while the Thunder ended up winning 70 of the games.

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

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

Oklahoma City Thunder:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

So…what’s next?

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