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The Timberwolves escape with a 128-125 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Timberwolves escape with a 128-125 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been playing very impressively lately as they are on a four-game winning streak, hoping to extend it to five as they host the Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets, on the other hand, are looking to grab their fourth straight win against the Timberwolves.  This game will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season.

They have battled each other a total of 124 times in the past as the Nuggets won 73 games while the Timberwolves pulled 51 wins.  December 20 was the last time they played each other as the Timberwolves handed the Nuggets a 112-104 loss.  In that game, both Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler scored 25 points each, as Towns had 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.  Butler pulled down 2 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and committed 2 steals.  Jamal Murray finished with 30 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Minnesota Timberwolves:

Justin Patton (toe)
Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision; 0.5 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Shabazz Muhammad (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.5 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
Anthony Brown (G-League)
Aaron Brooks (illness; 2.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 52.2 FG%, 54.5 3P%)

Denver Nuggets:

Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Malik Beasley (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.8 FG%, 31.7 3P%)
Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 55.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.8 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Emmanuel Mudiay (coach’s decision; 9.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3.1 APG, 39.7 FG%, 40.5 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Juan Hernangomez (3.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 37.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Minnesota Timberwolves would have full control at the beginning of the game as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Denver Nuggets to forty-eight percent.  Jimmy Butler scored 14 points on sixty-seven percent shooting, including a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Andrew Wiggins would help out with four three-pointers as he collected three defensive rebounds.  Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up ten points while gobbling up eight rebounds and dishing off five assists.  Gorgui Dieng played 11 minutes off of the bench as he posted up six points with a three-pointer early in the second period.

As for the Denver team, both Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray scored 13 points each while Jokic collected four rebounds and Murray dished off five assists.  Wilson Chandler ended up with eight points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  Will Barton played the most minutes off of the Nuggets’ bench as he recorded eight points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a huge 71-58 advantage.

The Denver Nuggets would respond in the second half as they went on a 56-43, shooting forty-four percent from the field while the Timberwolves shot forty-two percent.  Barton played 17 minutes off of the bench as he scored 20 points, which contained 3 three-pointers.  Trey Lyles came off of the bench, as well, as he earned himself 11 points on seventy-five percent shooting.  On the other end of the court, Butler posted up 13 points while giving out three assists.  Taj Gibson had 11 points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Jamal Crawford played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

Just when the Timberwolves thought they had the game in their hands, Will Barton would hit two free-throws to send it into overtime.  During overtime, the Timberwolves shot seventy-five percent from the field while the Nuggets shot fifty percent.  The Timberwolves eventually closed it out on a 14-11 run, escaping with a 128 to 125 win.  Jimmy Butler finished the game with a season-high 39 points, along with 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.  Will Barton would settle for 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will host Joel Embiid (23.8 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (15-18) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of two matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  They have battled each other a total of 84 times in the past as the Nuggets pulled 37 wins while the 76ers won 47 games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will host Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.5 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 4.6 APG, 55 FG%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (17-15) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will be the first of two games that these teams will play against each other this season.  They have met up a total of 54 times as the Timberwolves won 30 games while the Bucks ended up winning 24 games.

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The Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to hand the Rockets their second straight loss

The Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to hand the Rockets their second straight loss

Two days ago, the Houston Rockets’ fourteen-game winning streak came to an end in the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers.  They would look to get another winning streak started as they host the Los Angeles Clippers at the Toyota Center.  The Clippers, on the other hand, are seeking their second straight win but it will not be easy against the best team in the West.  This matchup will mark the first of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other.  The Rockets and the Clippers have met up a total of 204 times with the Rockets winning 125 games while the Clippers won 79 games.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

Clint Capela (heel; 14.0 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 69.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder; 6.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 37.3 3P%)
Chris Paul (hip; 17.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 9.0 APG, 47.7 FG%, 40.8 3P%)
Troy Williams (knee; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Bobby Brown (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 31.5 FG%, 28.9 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Zhou Qi (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 19.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (wrist)

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 13.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 34.5 FG%, 25.8 3P%)
Blake Griffin (knee; 23.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 42.5 FG%, 35.3 3P%)
Wesley Johnson (foot; 6.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 8.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.6 APG, 32.8 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
Brice Johnson (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 63.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have full control at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-six percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Clippers to forty percent.  James Harden got extremely hot for 30 points which included five three-pointers.  He also had four defensive rebounds, four assists, and two steals.  Eric Gordon would contribute as he scored 13 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second quarter.  Ryan Anderson managed to get his hands on seven rebounds as he chalked up seven points.  Former Suns forward P.J. Tucker played 15 minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless as he grabbed six rebounds.

As for the California team, Lou Williams played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up 12 points on forty percent shooting.  DeAndre Jordon had nine points along with 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.  Austin Rivers contributed with six points with a three-pointer late in the second period but it was the home team that went into halftime with a huge 65-52 advantage.

The Clippers would respond in the second half as they went on a 76-53 run, shooting fifty-six percent from the field while holding the Texas team to forty-eight percent.  Austin Rivers would go off for 30 points as he shot fifty-six percent from the field.  He would earn 15 of those points from beyond the arc as he dished off four assists.  C.J. Williams helped out with seven points while Jordan collected seven rebounds.  Lou Williams played 19 minutes off of the bench as he posted up 20 points which held six three-pointers.

James Harden continued to impress as he had 24 additional points on fifty-four percent shooting from the field.  Tucker played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter as the Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to beat the Rockets, 128-118.  Austin Rivers finished with a career-high 36 points, along with 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.  James Harden had 51 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals.  This would be the second straight game where James Harden has scored 50 or more points, making him the first player in more than a decade to do such.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will visit Oklahoma to take on Russell Westbrook (23.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 9.7 APG, 40 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (16-15) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.  The Thunder and the Rockets have battled each other a total of 255 with the Thunder pulling 132 wins while the Rockets ended up winning 123 games.

The Los Angeles Clippers will visit Tennessee to battle Marc Gasol (18.9 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 4.1 APG, 42 FG%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (9-23) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four meetings between the Grizzlies and the Clippers this season.  They have met up a total of 97 times as the Grizzlies won 48 games while the Clippers pulled 49 wins.  The last time they played each other was on November 4 when the Grizzlies handed the Clippers a 113-104 loss.  In that game, Mike Conley scored 22 points, pulled down one rebound, dished off 3 assists, and committed one steal.  Blake Griffin finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

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

Miami Heat:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

The Milwaukee Bucks stun the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-116

The Milwaukee Bucks stun the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-116

It’s been a week since the Cleveland Cavaliers have lost a game, which was to Victor Oladipo and Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.  They are now looking to pick up where they left off as they are on a five-game winning streak, looking to grab a sixth straight win against the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Bucks, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

This matchup will mark the third of four games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  The Cavaliers and the Bucks have battled each other a total of 209 times as the Cavaliers pulled 92 wins while the Bucks ended up winning 117 games.  The last time they met up was on November 7 when the Cavaliers handed the Bucks a 124-119 loss.  In that game, Kevin Love scored 32 points, pulled down 16 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 40 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 50.0 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 36.4 FG%)
John Holland (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

Milwaukee Bucks:

Matthew Dellavedova (knee; 5.5 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 37.9 FG%, 37.9 3P%)
Mirza Teletovic (knee; 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 43.9 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Jason Terry (calf; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 31.6 FG%, 8.3 3P%)
Sean Kilpatrick (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 29.1 FG%, 26.2 3P%)
Rashad Vaughn (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 41.7 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
D.J. Wilson (0.7 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 44.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jabari Parker (knee)
Joel Bolomboy (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Even though the Bucks had a slow start at the beginning of the first quarter, the first half was fairly competitive as the home team shot fifty-eight percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot fifty-three percent.  Khris Middleton scored 17 points which held a three-pointer in the middle of the second period.  He also had six assists while Eric Bledsoe, who has been playing very well for the Bucks, chalked up 15 points.  Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 points to put along with his four rebounds and three assists.  Malcolm Brogdon played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had 11 points with 3 three-pointers in the second quarter.

As for the Cavaliers, Kevin Love would put up 19 points which held five three-pointers.  He also managed to gobble up six defensive rebounds while LeBron James scored 18 points with two three-pointers in the second period.  Jae Crowder had two defensive rebounds and two points while Jose Calderon was kept to just three free throws.  Dwyane Wade played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for five points while the Milwaukee Bucks headed into the locker room with a 69-58 advantage.

The competitiveness would drift into the second half as the Cavaliers shot forty-seven percent from the field while the Bucks ended up shooting forty-six percent.  Antetokounmpo continued to impress as he scored 16 more points to put with his ten rebounds, five assists, and two steals.  Bledsoe contributed with 11 points as he drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  John Henson would also put up 11 points on seventy-one percent shooting.  Tony Snell played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer.

LeBron James earned 21 points which included two three-pointers in the third quarter and two others in the last quarter.  Wade knocked down 3 three-pointers in the fourth quarter as he grabbed four rebounds.  Kyle Korver played 16 minutes off of the bench but was held to just two points as the Bucks slipped away with a 119-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the game with 27 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.  LeBron James ended up with 39 points, one rebound, 7 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Nikola Mirotic (20.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 52 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (9-20) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  They have met up a total of 243 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 101 games while the Bulls ended up winning 142 games.  December 4 was the last time they played each other as the Cavaliers handed the Bulls a 113-91 blowout loss.  In that game, both Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade had 24 points.  Love also had 13 rebounds and one block while Wade finished with 6 rebounds and 2 assists.  Kris Dunn scored 15 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, gave out 5 assists, and blocked one shot.

The Milwaukee Bucks will host Kemba Walker (21.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.0 APG, 42 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (11-19) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the third of four games between these two teams this season.  The Hornets and Bucks have battled each other a total of 113 times as the Hornets won 56 games while the Bucks won 57 games.  The last time they met up was on November 1 when the Hornets pulled away with a 126 to 121 win.  Kemba Walker finished that game with 26 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block.  Khris Middleton had 43 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists.

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

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

Philadelphia 76ers:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

The Pacers pull away with a 126-116 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Pacers pull away with a 126-116 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Indiana Pacers are coming fresh off of a big win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, ending their 13-game winning streak.  They will look to grab their fourth straight win as they host the Denver Nuggets, who are currently trying to earn their second straight win.  This matchup will mark the first of two games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  The Nuggets and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 86 times with both the Pacers and the Nuggets winning 43 games each.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Damien Wilkins (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 42.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Al Jefferson (coach’s decision; 7.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 54.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Darren Collision (knee; 12.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6.3 APG, 45.9 FG%, 37.8 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%)
Alex Poythress (G-League; 0.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

Denver Nuggets:

Nikola Jokic (ankle; 15.5 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 4.6 APG, 51.0 FG%, 40.6 3P%)
Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Monte Morris (coach’s decision)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 30.8 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 40.4 FG%, 34.4 3P%)
Darrell Arthur (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Torrey Craig (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be played closely as the Pacers shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Nuggets shot fifty-two percent. Victor Oladipo scored 15 points in the first half, along with his two defensive rebounds and three assists. Myles Turner ended up with 11 points while hitting a three-pointer late in the second period. Lance Stephenson played 16 minutes off of the bench as he put eight points.

As for the Denver team, Will Barton chalked up 16 points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He added that to the four assists he earned while Wilson Chandler also had 16 points. Emmanuel Mudiay played the most minutes off of the bench but was just kept to a three-pointer as while Denver went into halftime with a 66-59 advantage.

The game would remain competitive as the Pacers shot forty-six percent from the field in the second half while Nuggets ended up shooting forty-two percent. Oladipo continued to impress as he collected 26 more points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the third quarter. Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to four points.

Gary Harris earned 12 of the Nuggets’ 48 points in the second half as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. Trey Lyles would score 18 points off of the bench but thanks to Thaddeus Young’s two free throws, the game would go into overtime. The Indiana Pacers would, however, pull away in overtime with a 126-116 behind a 12 to 2 run. Victor Oladipo finished the game with a career-high 47 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and one block. Trey Lyles had a career-high 25 points, 5 rebounds, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will host Russell Westbrook (22.8 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 9.9 APG, 39 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-13) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Thunder and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 86 times with the Pacers pulling 37 wins while the Thunder had 49 wins.

The last time they met up was on October 25 when the Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Pacers a 114-96 loss.  In that game, Russell Westbrook had 28 points, 10 rebounds, 16 assists, and 3 steals.  Carmelo Anthony had 28 points, as well, along with 10 rebounds, one assist, and 3 blocks.  Victor Oladipo finished the game with 35 points, 5 rebounds, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The Denver Nuggets will travel to Michigan to take on Tobias Harris (18.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48 FG%) and the Detroit Pistons (14-11) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 85 times with the Nuggets winning 36 games while the Pistons ended up winning 49 of them.  This matchup will mark the first of two games that these two teams will play against each other.

The Cavaliers escape with a 105 to 98 win over the 76ers

The Cavaliers escape with a 105 to 98 win over the 76ers

Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ thirteen-game win streak came to an end in the hands of the Indiana Pacers, who handed them a 106 to 102 loss.  They will look to start up another winning streak as they host the 13-11 Philadelphia 76ers at the Quicken Loans Arena.  The 76ers, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid their third straight loss as this game will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season.

The 76ers and the Cavaliers have battled each other a total of 208 times with the Cavaliers winning 103 games while the 76ers won 105 games.  The last time they met up on a court was on November 27 as the Ohio team handed the 76ers a 113-91 loss.  In that game, LeBron James scored 30 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, and dished off 6 assists.  Joel Embiid finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
John Holland (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Kevin Love (hip; 19.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.8 APG, 46.6 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
London Perrantes (coach’s decision)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Furkan Korkmaz (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
James Michael McAdoo (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Jacob Pullen (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
T.J. McConnell (shoulder; 6.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.2 APG, 51.7 FG%, 56.3 3P%)
Joel Embiid (rest; 23.5 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 48.6 FG%, 26.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would start off very competitive as the Cavaliers shot forty-six percent from the field in the first half while the 76ers shot forty-five percent.  The 12th pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft Dario Saric would chalk up 11 points with one three-pointer late in the second quarter.  Ben Simmons scored eight points while pulling down six defensive rebounds and dishing off five assists.  Robert Covington also had eight points to put with his two rebounds and two assists.  Trevor Booker, who was traded to the 76ers on December 7 in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, played 11 minutes off of the bench as he scored ten points.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James recorded nine points in the first half as he shot only thirty percent from the field.  He also had three rebounds and four assists while J.R. Smith ended up with two three-pointers and one free-throw.  Dwyane Wade scored seven of his own points to add with his four assists while Kyle Korver knocked down two three-pointers.  Jae Crowder settled for four points but he did manage to pull down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he had nine points and five rebounds while the home team went into halftime with a 52-46 lead.

The second half would remain competitive as the Cavaliers shot fifty percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-nine percent.  LeBron James got extremely hot for 21 points which included two three-pointers.  He also managed to get ahold of ten rebounds while giving out nine assists and committing two steals.  Crowder contributed with eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Wade scored six points while Korver drilled two three-pointers and one free-throw off of the bench.  Green played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

J.J. Redick chalked up 17 points which included four three-pointers for the 76ers while Covington had 11 points and four rebounds.  Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away with a 105-98 win.  LeBron James finished the game with 30 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists, and 3 steals.  Robert Covington had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Dennis Schroder (20.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 46 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (5-19) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  They have met up a total of 234 times with the Cavaliers winning 113 games while the Hawks won 121 games.  The last time they battled each other was on November 30 as the Cavaliers handed the Hawks a 121-114 loss.  In that game, Kevin Love had 25 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 assists while Dennis Schroder finished the game with 27 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to Louisiana to take on DeMarcus Cousins (26.3 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 5.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (13-13) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This battle will mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other.  The 76ers and the Pelicans have met up a total of 38 times with both the Pelicans and the 76ers pulling 19 games each.

The Lakers pull away with a 107-104 win over the 76ers

The Lakers pull away with a 107-104 win over the 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have turned things around since last season when they ended up with a 28-54 record.  Now, they are sitting at the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, hoping to stay around that area for the remainder of the season.  The Los Angeles Lakers, on the other hand, are still trying to make adjustments as they are sitting at the tenth spot in the Western Conference with an 8-15 record.

Last night, the 76ers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center as they hoped to avoid a second straight loss.  The Lakers are currently in the midst of a sixth-game losing streak.  These two teams have met up a total of 312 times with the Lakers pulling 164 wins with the 76ers winning 148 games.  Last night’s matchup marked the second and final game between these two clubs as the 76ers handed the Lakers a 115-109 loss on November 15.  During that game, Joel Embiid had 46 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 blocks.  Brandon Ingram finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Jahlil Okafor (personal; 5.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 44.4 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The game would go well for the Lakers in the first half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Brandon Ingram would score 13 points in the first half with one three-pointer late in the first quarter. He also had five rebounds and two assists to go along with it. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field. Lonzo Ball chalked up six points to put with his five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. Julius Randle played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had six points.

On the other end of the court, Joel Embiid scored 15 points while shooting sixty percent from the field. He would also record two blocks while Robert Covington had 11 points which included three 3-pointers. Ben Simmons ended up with six points, six defensive rebounds, and eight assists. T.J. McConnell would play the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Lakers went into halftime with a 57-49 lead.

The 76ers would make a comeback as they shot a high fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Lakers at forty percent.  Embiid continued to impress as he put up 18 more points with two three-pointers early in the fourth quarter.  He collected five defensive rebounds while dishing off four assists and blocking three shots.  Illinois-native Richaun Holmes played the most minutes off of the bench as he recorded eleven points.  Simmons had six more points, along with six defensive rebounds, and seven assists.

Randle earned ten more points off of the bench while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  Ingram had eight points which included a game-winning three-pointer as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away with a 107-104 victory.  Brandon Ingram finished the game with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block.  Lonzo Ball had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 4 blocks.  Joel Embiid would end up finishing with 33 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and 5 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers will head to Ohio to take on LeBron James (28.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 8.6 APG, 59 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-7) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of four games that these two teams would play against each other this season.  The Cavaliers and the 76ers have battled each other a total of 208 times with the Cavaliers winning 103 games while the 76ers won 105 games.  The last time that they met up was on November 27 as the Cavaliers walked away with a 113-91 victory.  LeBron James finished that game with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists while Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds.

The Los Angeles Lakers will go to North Carolina to visit Kemba Walker (22.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.2 APG, 44 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (9-14) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of two matchups between these two teams this season.  They have met up a total of 54 times with the Hornets winning 22 games while the Lakers ended up winning 32 games.

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

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

San Antonio Spurs:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

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

Cleveland Cavaliers:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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