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The Houston Rockets escape with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking 2-0 lead in the series

The Houston Rockets escape with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking 2-0 lead in the series

Tonight marked the second game in the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets Playoff series.  Game 1 would end with a 118-87 blowout victory for the Houston team.  In that game, James Harden scored thirty-seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and threw out nine assists.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  The Thunder would look to tie the series up tonight in Houston.

The first quarter belonged to Russell Westbrook as he goes off for twelve points, shooting 62% from the field.  He would also pull down six rebounds and dish out four assists.  Former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would contribute as he scores eight points and crashes the boards for three rebounds.  On the other end, Lou Williams would chalk up eight points but it was the visiting team that ended the first quarter with a 35 to 26 lead.  Houston would not shy away from the challenge being presented to them as former Thunder player, James Harden, drops nine points, seven of them coming from the free-throw line.  Lou Williams would collect eight more points, shooting 60% from the field.  Russell Westbrook would continue to put on a performance as he would chalk up ten more points, two rebounds and six assists.  Doug McDermott would come off the Oklahoma City bench to collect eight points, which contained two 3-pointers as the Thunder go into halftime with a 68-62 lead.  The Rockets would go on a 24 to 21 run in the third period as Harden throws up twelve points, six coming up beyond the arc.  He would also pull down three rebounds and dish off one assist.  Former Pelicans player Ryan Anderson and bench player Eric Gordon would both score four points each to help the Rockets’ star player out.  As for the Oklahoma City team, Westbrook would continue to show off his scoring skills as he goes for fourteen additional points, including one 3-pointer.  He would only be limited to one assist and one rebound in the third quarter, though, as the Houston team cuts into the lead, trailing 89-86 at the end of the third.  The Texas team would come back and close things out in the last period as Eric Gordon adds eleven more points to his scoring total, shooting 57% from the field.  Westbrook would drop fifteen more points but it was the Houston Rockets who slip away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115 to 111, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Russell Westbrook would finish with fifty-one points (his new Playoff career-high), ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  His triple-double tonight would set the record for highest-scoring playoff triple-double in NBA history.  James Harden would finish with thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.

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The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 2-0 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked Game 2 between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs in their Playoffs series.  Game 1 was a blow out as the Spurs defeated the Grizzlies, 111-82 in San Antonio.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-two points, pulled down three rebounds and dished out five assists.  Marc Gasol scored thirty-two points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out two assists.  The San Antonio Spurs would look to take a 2-0 lead in Texas as they host the Grizzlies again.

The San Antonio Spurs would start the game off right as two-time All-Star, Kawhi Leonard, drops ten points, shooting 75% from the field.  LaMarcus Aldridge would help out as he puts up five points, which would mainly come from the free-throw line.  On the other end, Mike Conley would earn eight points which would contain one 3-pointer but it would be the home team that ended the first quarter with a 29 to 16 lead.  In the second period, Leonard would collect eight more points, only shooting 33% from the field.  The 2003-2004 Most Improved Player, Zach Randolph, would come off the bench to drop eight points for the Tennessee team.  Conley would chalk up six points, which contained one 3-pointer but the Spurs went into halftime with a huge 56-37 advantage.  Memphis would go on a 28 to 19 run in the third quarter as Randolph collects six more points and grabs down two rebounds.  The first-round pick in the 1998 draft, Vince Carter, would shoot 66% on the court, collecting five points which included one 3-pointer.  Mike Conley would score five points himself, which held one 3-pointer.  Former Pelicans player, James Ennis, would score five points, too, but his would all come from the free-throw line.  Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard would drop nine points while Pau Gasol would settle for five points, giving the home team a 75-65 lead at the end of the third.  San Antonio would close things out in the last period, thanks to Kawhi Leonard, who continues to put on a scoring display, dropping ten more points.  The San Antonio Spurs would defeat the Memphis Grizzlies with a 96 to 82 win, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with thirty-seven points (his new Playoff career-high), eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley would end up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.

Houston Rockets blow past the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 1-0 lead in series

Houston Rockets blow past the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 1-0 lead in series

Yesterday would mark the first game in the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets Playoff series.  The last time these two ball clubs met up in the postseason was back in 2013 as the Thunder would defeat the Rockets, 4-2.  This time is different as two MVP candidates will be going head-to-head in a seven-game battle.  Rockets would look for revenge as both teams look to start the series off right in Houston.

Russell Westbrook would start the game off right as he drops nine points, including one 3-pointer but he would only shoot 28% from the field.  He would pull down three rebounds and give out three assists.  Andre Roberson would help Westbrook out as he knocks down two 3-pointers.  On the other end of the floor, Patrick Beverley would chalk up eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers but it was the visiting team that would end the first quarter with a 29 to 27 lead.  The Houston Rockets would go on a 32-25 run in the second period as Westbrook’s former teammate, James Harden, lights the floor up with ten points, shooting 55% from the field.  2011-2012 Most Improved Player, Ryan Anderson, would score four points, as well as Clint Capela and Nene.  Russell Westbrook would collect six more points, three more rebounds and two more assists for the Thunder.  Enes Kanter would come off the bench to earn himself six points but it was the Rockets that would enter halftime with a 59-54 advantage.  James Harden would continue to put on a scoring display in the third quarter as he throws up thirteen additional points, along with two rebounds and five assists.  Chicago-native Patrick Beverley would score eight more points, which included two 3-pointers.  Roberson and Westbrook would each drop seven points for the Oklahoma team but the Rockets would end the third period holding onto a 89-74 lead.  The home team would close things out in the last quarter as they go on a 29 to 13 run.  Former Lakers, Lou Williams, would go for seven points.  Jerami Grant and Domantas Sabonis would both come off the Thunder bench to put up four points each but it would be the Rockets who crush the Thunder with a 118 to 87 victory, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  James Harden would finish with thirty-seven points, seven rebounds and nine assists.  Russell Westbrook would end up with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.

The San Antonio Spurs easily escape with a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 1-0 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs easily escape with a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 1-0 lead in series

Yesterday would mark the first game in the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies playoff series and it would also mark the first time the Gasol brothers meet in the Playoffs.  This would be the second straight time that the Grizzlies would face the Spurs in the Playoffs, as the Spurs defeated them last season, 0-4.  The Memphis team would look for revenge as each team would try to start the series off right in San Antonio.

The first quarter would start off right for the Memphis team as Marc Gasol drops eleven points, which would include one 3-pointer.  Mike Conley would also get hot for ten points, including two 3-pointers.  On the other end, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard, would drop eleven points of his own which contained one 3-pointer.  But it would be the visiting team that ended the first quarter with a 30-25 lead.  The second quarter would start to look bright for the Texas team as they go on a 27 to 19 run.  LaMarcus Aldridge would start to heat up with ten points, shooting 50% from the field.  Tony Parker would also chalk up eight points, which contained two 3-pointers.  On the other end, Marc Gasol continued to put on a scoring display as he drops an additional fourteen points but it would be the Spurs who eventually grab a lead and walk into halftime with a 52-49 advantage.  The third period would belong to the San Antonio Spurs as they go on a large 32 to 15 run.  Leonard would go off for fifteen points, shooting 80% from the field.  Aldridge would also light the floor up with ten points, shooting 50% from the field.  Gasol would not give up on his team as he earns seven points, including one 3-pointer but it was the home team that entered the last period with a huge 84 to 64 lead.  San Antonio would close things out in the fourth quarter as Texas-native Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to collect six points along with rookie Bryn Forbes, who earned five points.  The San Antonio Spurs would defeat the Memphis Grizzlies with a 111-82 victory, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Marc Gasol finished with thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-two points, three rebounds and five assists.  Pau Gasol would be limited to only six points, which were two 3-pointers.

Portland Trail Blazers would defeat the San Antonio Spurs in a close game

Portland Trail Blazers would defeat the San Antonio Spurs in a close game

The 40-40 Portland Trail Blazers will look end the regular season with a winning streak as they host the 61-19 San Antonio Spurs in Oregon.  These two teams have met three times this season, making this matchup the fourth and final one.  The first game was played on December 23 in Portland as the Spurs would win 110-90.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard would score thirty-three points, grab three rebounds and give out two assists.  Damian Lillard would finish with sixteen points, five rebounds and ten assists.  CJ McCollum would finish with sixteen points, six rebounds and three assists.  Meyers Leonard would finish with sixteen points and five rebounds.  The second meeting was held on December 30 in Texas as the home team would pull a 110 to 94 victory.  Jonathon Simmons would end with nineteen points, three rebounds and two assists.  CJ McCollum would put up twenty-nine points, two rebounds and one assist.  The last time these teams played was on March 15 in San Antonio as the visiting team would escape with a 110-106 win.  Damian Lillard finished with thirty-six points, three rebounds and four assists.  Kawhi Leonard would end up with thirty-four points, nine rebounds and six assists.  The Portland Trail Blazers would look to even the regular season series up tonight.

In the first quarter, the home team would start off hot as the first round pick in the 2012 draft, Meyers Leonard, would drop thirteen points, including three 3-pointers.  Kawhi Leonard would score five points, shooting 66% from the field but it would be the Oregon team that ends the quarter with a 31-28 advantage.  In the second period, Noah Vonleh would put up six points, along with Shabazz Napier’s five points.  On the other end, Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge would each shooting 50% from the field, earning four points but it was the Trail Blazers who walked into halftime with a 47 to 43 lead.  The Spurs would return the favor in the third quarter as they go on a 33-24 run.  Kawhi Leonard would start to come alive as he scores nine points, including one 3-pointer.  Point-guard Tony Parker would add to that by earning six points but on the other end, former Celtics, Evan Turner, would go for thirteen points which would contain one 3-pointer.  The Portland Trail Blazers would eventually trail the San Antonio Spurs at the end of the third quarter as Portland walks into the fourth quarter with a 76-71 lead.  In the fourth quarter, Napier would score fifteen more points, including two 3-pointers.  Simmons would chalk up seven points for his Spurs team, shooting 50% from the field.  With less than a minute remaining in the game, the Trail Blazers would trail by only three after Pat Connaughton makes a 23-foot jump shot.  After that, Vonleh would tip a miss shot in the basket to bring his team within one.  Once the Spurs got the ball, Vonleh would intentionally foul Kyle Anderson and he will go to the free-throw to knock down both foul shots.  With the Spurs leading by three, Portland would be forced to call a timeout with only 18 seconds remaining.  Jake Layman would come out of the timeout to force a driving dunk to the rim to bring his team within one again.  After the Spurs called a timeout, Anderson would throw a bad pass and Portland would take advantage of the turnover as Vonleh makes a lay-up, giving his home team a 99-98 victory.  Shabazz Napier would finish with thirty-two points, six rebounds and five assists.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with only eighteen points.

Los Angeles Clippers would defeat the San Antonio Spurs to win the season series

Los Angeles Clippers would defeat the San Antonio Spurs to win the season series

Last night, the 61-18 San Antonio Spurs will face the 48-31 Los Angeles Clippers for the fourth and final time this season.  The first time these two teams met up was on November 5 in San Antonio with the Clippers winning 116-92.  In that game, Blake Griffin would score twenty-eight points, grab five rebounds and dish off three assists.  Lamarcus Aldridge would collect nineteen points and six rebounds.  In the second game, which was played on December 22 in Los Angeles, the home team would pull away with a 106 to 101 win.  Chris Paul would put up nineteen points, six rebounds and six assists.  Kawhi Leonard would put on twenty-seven points, grab nine rebounds and give out five assists.  On February 24, the Spurs would go back to California and grab a 105-97 win.  In that meeting, Kawhi Leonard would end with twenty-one points, three rebounds and six assists.  Blake Griffin finished up with twenty-nine points, nine rebounds and five assists.  The Texas team would look to even the regular season series up tonight in San Antonio.

Lamarcus Aldridge would start off hot in the first quarter, knocking down five of his nine buckets, earning himself ten points.  Chris Paul would put up seven points, including one 3-pointer.  He would also dish off two assists and grab three rebounds but it was the home team that would enter the second quarter with a one-point lead.  The second period would belong to the visiting team as they go on a 30-20 run.  DeAndre Jordan knock hit all four of his buckets, collecting eight points.  The first round pick in the 2005 Draft Raymond Felton, would come off the bench to chalk up six points of his own, as well as one assist.  On the other end, two-time champion Pau Gasol, would come off the bench to put up nine points which included one 3-pointer.  The Clippers would go into halftime, holding one to a comfortable 52-43 lead.  The third quarter will not get easier for the home team as Blake Griffin heats up, scoring ten points, along with Luc Mbah a Moute’s seven points.  Jordan would grab four boards as Paul throws out two assists.  But Kawhi Leonard would get hot on the other end as he shoots 83% from the field, collecting fifteen points for himself, which would contain three 3-pointers.  But it would be the California team that would end the quarter on a 30 to 27 run.  The Texas team would try to crawl back in the last period as two-time All-Star David Lee comes off the bench to collect six points.  Gasol would drop four more points and grab three boards but the visitors would close it out as the three-time Sixth Man Jamal Crawford would put up five points, helping the LA Clippers earn a 98-87 win.  Chris Paul would finish the game with nineteen points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard would end with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and five assists.