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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

Last night’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves would mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other.  The Heat was trying to avoid a third straight loss as they try to recover from the loss they took in the hands of the Boston Celtics.  The Minnesota team, on the other hand, are trying to get a winning streak going as they come fresh off a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Timberwolves were without Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision) for this game, along with Aaron Brooks (coach’s decision), Marcus Georges-Hunt (coach’s decision), Anthony Brown, and Justin Patton (toe).  The Heat would play without Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision), Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision), A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton, Rodney McGruder (leg), and Hassan Whiteside (knee).  Both teams would try to battle hard as the Heat hosted the Timberwolves at the American Airlines Arena.

The Miami Heat would end up shooting fifty-eight from the field in the first quarter while holding the Timberwolves to forty-one percent. Goran Dragic heated up for ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds as former Thunder guard Dion Waiters scored six points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and one assist that he recorded.

Josh Richardson was limited to just forty percent shooting from the field as he earned five points with three coming from beyond the arc. Bam Adebayo only dropped three points but he did manage to grab three offensive rebounds and one rebound. James Johnson was held to just two free-throws but would collect five defensive rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up seven points which would include one three-pointer. He also pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. Jeff Teague played for ten minutes in the quarter as he scored seven points, collecting three of them from behind the arc. He would also record two defensive rebounds and two assists while Nemanja Bjelica came off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer. Andrew Wiggins was held to two points in the twelve minutes that he played as the Heat walked into the second quarter with a 32-23 advantage.

The Timberwolves would have something to say about that in the second quarter as they shot sixty-four percent from the field while the Florida team shot fifty-nine percent. Wiggins would make up for last quarter as he starts to warm up for seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He ended up knocking down a three-pointer in the process while Towns also shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.

Towns collected five points in the eight minutes that he played while pulling down one offensive and two defensive rebounds. Jimmy Butler played for seven minutes as he chalked up five points along with one rebound and one assist. Teague was held to just two points but did manage to get off three assists.

On the other end of the court, Kelly Olynyk would come off of the bench to drop nine points which included one three-pointer. He also was able to pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists. Dragic shot sixty-seven percent from the field but was only held to six points, three from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.

Justise Winslow shot a perfect one-hundred from the field as he scores six points while collecting two defensive rebounds. Dion Waiters ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was held to only four points. Adebayo would settle for two points and three offensive rebounds as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a close 62-60 lead.

During the third quarter, the Heat ended up shooting forty-four percent from the field as the Timberwolves were held to twenty-nine percent.  Bam Adebayo shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scored seven points and collected two rebounds.  Okaro White would come off of the bench to put up five points as he shot one-hundred percent from the field.  Three of those points came from beyond the arc as Tyler Johnson was limited to four points, two coming from the charity stripe.

On the other end of the court, Taj Gibson warmed up with seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also collected two defensive rebounds while Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up five points, three of which came from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Andrew Wiggins shot only twenty percent while collecting four points and four rebounds but it was the home team who ended the third with an 82-79 lead.

The last quarter would be held closely as the Miami Heat shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota Timberwolves shot forty-one percent.  Dion Waiters would continue to impress as he posts up fourteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  Kelly Olynyk ended up shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning nine points in return.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process of grabbing one defensive rebound.  Winslow would gather up two defensive rebounds and two points while Adebayo took a free-throw and three rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to drop eight points, earning three of them from behind the three-point line.  Jeff Teague chalked up seven points with three of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins collected six points on fifty percent shooting from the field while Butler would be held to just four free-throws.  Towns was held scoreless but he did manage to gobble up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.

With only thirty seconds left in the game, the score would be 110 to 106 in the Timberwolves’ favor.  Dion Waiters would go to the line off of a foul by Jimmy Butler and nail two free-throws to make the score 110 to 108.  With three seconds left in the game, Waiters would make a driving layup to tie the game up at 110, forcing overtime.

The overtime period would be held closely as the Timberwolves shot fifty-seven percent while the Heat shot fifty percent.  Waiters ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field but was able to score seven points in return.  He committed one steal while Olynyk knocked down one three-pointer.  Goran Dragic was held scoreless but did pull down two rebounds.

The Timberwolves would finish things off in overtime, though, as Teague recorded seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins would be held to just three free-throws while Towns knocked down one three-pointer.  Butler was limited to just two points as the Minnesota team pull away with a 125 to 122 win.  Jeff Teague finished the game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, eleven assists, and six steals (tying his career-high).  Dion Waiter would finish with thirty-three points (tying his career-high), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

The Timberwolves slip away with a 119 to 116 win over the Thunder

The Timberwolves slip away with a 119 to 116 win over the Thunder

The last time that these two teams met up was on October 22 when the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled out a 115-113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder off of a game-winning three-pointer by Andrew Wiggins.  In that game, both Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns finished with twenty-seven points but Wiggins also ended with seven rebounds and four assists while Towns had twelve rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would finish with thirty-one points, five rebounds, and ten assists.  The Thunder would seek revenge last night as they visited the Target Center to take on the T-Wolves.

During the first quarter of the game, the Thunder shot fifty-five percent from the field while limiting the Wolves to forty-four percent.  Paul George would heat up for twelve points as he shot eighty percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from beyond the arc while gobbling up one defensive rebound.  Steven Adams would contribute with six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Both Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony would be held to two points each as Westbrook recorded one defensive rebound and three assists.

As for the Minnesota team, former Chicago Bulls’ forward Taj Gibson would chalk up six points while pulling down one defensive rebound and one offensive rebound.  Towns shot only thirty-eight percent from the field as he recorded six points to go along with the three rebounds he collected.  Another former Bulls player, Jimmy Butler, only scored six points in the eleven minutes that he played as Wiggins scored five points with three of them coming from behind the arc.  Jeff Teague would dish off four assists and pull down two rebounds but it was the Thunder who ended the first quarter with a 33 to 26 lead.

The Timberwolves would respond in the second quarter as they go on a 33 to 26 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field while holding the Oklahoma team to forty-eight percent.  Karl-Anthony Towns ended up putting up nine points in the sixty-seven percent that he shot from the field.  He also gobbled down four defensive rebounds while Teague would score points, as well, earning three of them from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Butler recorded five points and two assists while Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to contribute with five points, as well, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.

On the other end of the court, Anthony got hot for eleven points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He knocked down a three-pointer in the process while George was held to one three-pointer and two free-throws.  Westbrook only shot thirty-three percent from the field as he scored four points, pulled down four rebounds, and gave out three assists.  Jerami Grant would come off the bench only to be held to two points in the nine minutes that he played as both teams headed to the locker rooms with a tied game, 59 apiece.

The third period of the game would be held closely as the Thunder shot fifty-five percent from the field and the Wolves shot fifty percent from the field.  Towns would heat up for eleven more points while grabbing one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Gibson also contributed as he recorded six points along with three offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Jeff Teague scored six points with three coming from behind the three-point line while Wiggins was limited to just one three-pointer in the time that he played.  Butler would be held to just one free-throw as he dished off two assists.

As for the Thunder, New Zealand-native Steven Adams ended up with ten points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Russell Westbrook would chalk up seven points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and two assists that he recorded.  Paul George shot only forty-three percent from the field but did manage to collect six points, two rebounds, and three assists.  Anthony dropped four points while grabbing two defensive rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves close the third quarter with a slight 90-89 lead.

During the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves ended up shooting fifty percent from the field while the Thunder were held to forty-one percent.  Jimmy Butler would get hot for thirteen points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He ended up grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Karl-Anthony Towns played for the entire quarter as he scored seven points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also managed to gobble up four offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds while Wiggins would be held to just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Westbrook would add fourteen more points to his scoring total as he shot sixty-three percent from the field.  He earned three of those points from beyond the arc while Carmelo Anthony dropped six points in the ten minutes that he played.  Raymond Felton would come off of the bench to post up four points as Paul George was held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  Adams managed to collect four rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to hold on for a 119 to 116 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 2-0 lead in the season series.  Karl-Anthony Towns would finish the game with thirty-three points and nineteen rebounds.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds, and nine assists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

Last night’s matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks would mark the first of two games that they would play against each other but this game is something special:  This would be the first time that Carmelo Anthony would face the Knicks since being traded and he is hoping to close that chapter out by showing up big.  He would also have new-forward Paul George and Russell Westbrook by his side to help out as the Thunder host the Knicks in Oklahoma.

During the first quarter of the game, the Knicks would shoot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Thunder to thirty-six percent.  Paul George would heat up for thirteen points in the beginning quarter, six of those coming from behind the arc and the other four from the free-throw line.  2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook would score five points while grabbing two rebounds and dishing off one assist.  Anthony would only shoot seventeen percent as he earns four points from knocking down a three-pointer and one free-throw.

As for the New York team, Kristaps Porzingis would chalk up eight points while collecting three defensive rebounds.  Former Houston Rockets’ shooting guard Courtney Lee would score five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  New-center Enes Kanter would be limited to four points while collecting two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Ramon Sessions would knock down a three-pointer to contribute but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 27-24 lead.

The Thunder would shoot thirty-nine percent from the field as a team in the second quarter while the Knicks ended shooting twenty-nine percent from the field.  Porzingis would add eleven more points to his scoring total as he drills a three-pointer in the process.  He would also gather up two offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds while doing so.  Tim Hardaway Jr. ended up dropping five points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Kyle O’Quinn would come off the bench to put up two points while grabbing four rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Carmelo Anthony would start to heat up as he drops eleven points, drilling a three-pointer in the process.  Westbrook scored seven points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also managed to grab three rebounds while giving out four assists.  George would play for twelve minutes only to be limited to four points but he would collect two defensive rebounds.  Steven Adams would also be limited to four points but he would grab three rebounds as the Thunder head into the locker room with a 53 to 42 advantage over the Knicks.

After halftime, the Oklahoma City Thunder would spark a huge 26 to 17 run in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to thirty-seven percent.  Andre Roberson would shoot sixty percent from the field to earn himself six points as he contributes with three rebounds and two assists.  Russell Westbrook continues to add to his performance as he chalks up five points, three defensive rebounds, and six assists.  George and Anthony would each be limited to four points but George would manage to collect two defensive rebounds in the process.

As for the Knicks, Kanter would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he records six points and two defensive rebounds.  Lee would end up play twelve minutes only to be limited to four points and two assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would only shoot twenty percent from the field, collecting two points as the Thunder end the third quarter with a huge 79-59 lead.

The New York Knicks would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the last period as the Thunder shot forty-two percent from the field.  Porzingis would continue his shooting performance as he puts up ten more points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  He would also grab two rebounds as Kansas-native Ron Baker came off the bench to drill a three-pointer and two free-throws.  O’Quinn would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played but he did manage to pull down three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul George ended up chalking up nine points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.  Jerami Grant would come off of the bench to drop five points, drilling a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Anthony would knock down a three-pointer to earn three points while Westbrook would also earn three points, along with two defensive rebounds and four assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder easily pull away with a 105 to 84 victory over the New York Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony finished the game with twenty-two points against his former team, along with one rebound and one assist while Paul George finished with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would post his 89th triple-double of his career as he finishes with twenty-one points, ten rebounds, and sixteen assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would finish with thirty-one points, twelve rebounds, and one assist.