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The Philadelphia 76ers take a 2-1 lead in the series as they hand the Miami Heat a 128-108 loss

The Philadelphia 76ers take a 2-1 lead in the series as they hand the Miami Heat a 128-108 loss

Tonight will mark the third game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 14 when the 76ers defeated the Heat with a 130-103 score.  During that game, J.J. Redick scored twenty-eight points, grabbed two rebounds, gave out one assist, and committed one steal while Kelly Olynyk finished with twenty-six points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block.  The 76ers and the Heat met up again on April 16 as the Heat got revenge with a 113 to 103 win.  Dwyane Wade finished that game with twenty-eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals while Ben Simmons had twenty-four points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two blocks.  Each team will look to grab a 2-1 lead as they battle each other in South Beach for their third game.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (knee; 5.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 37.5 FG%, 33.5 3P%)
Richaun Holmes (coach’s decision; 6.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 56.0 FG%, 12.9 3P%)
Jerryd Bayless (7.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
Furkan Korkmaz (1.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 28.6 FG%, 29.4 3P%)

Miami Heat:

Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 20.0 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (4.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 47.6 FG%, 12.5 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be held to a competitive standard as the Miami Heat shot fifty percent from the field while the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-six percent.  Goran Dragic scored twelve points on sixty percent shooting while recording two defensive rebounds and five assists.  Justise Winslow played fifteen minutes off of the bench as he got hot for nineteen points, including four three-pointers.  North Dakota-native Tyler Johnson helped out with eight points while drilling two three-pointers in the first quarter.  Dwayne Wade was kept to just two points off of the bench while Hassan Whiteside had three points.  Kelly Olynyk played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer and a free-throw.

On the other end of the court, Joel Embiid chalked up eleven points but only shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  He did have a three-pointer late in the second quarter while putting up three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.  Dario Saric had nine points which included a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had three rebounds and one assist while Robert Covington scored seven points with a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Ben Simmons also had seven points along with six rebounds, seven assists and one steal.  Former Golden State Warriors guard Marco Belinelli played fourteen minutes off of the bench as he had fourteen points but it was the home team who walked into halftime with a tight 64-63 lead.

The 76ers would respond in the second half with a huge 65 to 44 run as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the Heat to forty-one percent.  During that run, Simmons, Saric and Embiid all had twelve points each.  Ben Simmons also collected six defensive rebounds and three steals while Dario Saric had three three-pointers, four rebounds and three assists.  Joel Embiid earned himself two three-pointers as well as four defensive rebounds, two assists and two blocks.  Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each scored eleven points for the Heat but it wasn’t enough as the Philadelphia 76ers handed the Miami Heat a 128-108 loss, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.  Goran Dragic finished with twenty-three points, two rebounds, eight assists and one steal while Joel Embiid had twenty-three points in his return, along with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and three blocks.

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The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Toronto Raptors have been playing with a lot of confidence lately as they currently have the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, holding onto a 39-16 record.  They will hope to grab their sixth straight win as they host the Miami Heat in Canada, who are coming fresh off of a five-game losing streak.  This meeting between these two ball clubs will mark the second of three times that they will play each other this season.

The Raptors and the Heat have battled each other a grand total of 87 times as the Heat won 54 games while the Raptors were limited to just 33 wins.  The last time they met up was on January 9 when the Miami team snuck away with a 90 to 89 victory.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 24 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while DeMar DeRozan finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Kelly Olynyk (shoulder; 11.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.5 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Luke Babbitt (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.6 FG%, 44.1 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 47.8 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Derrick Jones (G-League; 3.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.6 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Derrick Walton (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 41.2 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.0 FG%, 21.4 3P%
Lorenzo Brown (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (G-League; 3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would start very competitve as the Heat shot fifty-five percent from the field while Canada team ended up shooting fifty percent.  Wayne Ellington would knock down 3 three-pointers in the second quarter as he grabbed three rebounds.  The 2016 NBA leader in blocks Hassan Whiteside would contribute with eight points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  He also had 7 rebounds and one steal while Dwyane Wade had six points off of the bench.  Goran Dragic ended up scoring seven points but only shot thirty-eight percent from the field.  James Johnson played 17 minutes off of the bench as he had eleven points.

As for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry poured 13 points on the court while knocking two three-pointers down in the second quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds and six assists while DeMar DeRozan earned himself seven points on thirty-three percent shooting.  Serge Ibaka helped out with seven points, as well, along with four defensive rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas had six points.  Former Utah Jazz player C.J. Miles played the most minutes off of the bench to get hot for ten points as the Raptors went into halftime with a 57 to 55 lead.

The home team would close things out of the second half as they went on a 61 to 57 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, DeRozan lit the floor up with 20 points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the third period.  He also had two rebounds and three assists while Lowry added to his scoring total by chalking up 12 more points.  Lowry earned nine of those points from beyond the arc while Ibaka had 7 points and 6 rebounds.  Dragic, on the other end, got extremely hot for 21 points but it wasn’t enough as the Raptors hold the Heat off, 115 to 112.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 27 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Goran Dragic had 28 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Pennsylvania to battle Joel Embiid (23.7 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (29-25) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second of four times that they will clashed with each other this season.  The 76ers and the Heat have met up a total of 119 times in the past as the 76ers won 57 games while the Heat went on to win 62 games.  February 2 was the last time they saw each other as the 76ers pulled away with a 103-97 victory.  Ben Simmons finished that game with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Kelly Olynyk had 19 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Toronto Raptors will visit the Windy City to take on Zach LaVine (17.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 41 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (20-36) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Raptors and the Bulls have battled each other a grand total of 84 times as the Raptors won 36 games while the Bulls went on to pull out 48 victories.  The last time they played each other was on January 3 when the Raptors handed the Bulls a 124-115 loss.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, and committed 3 steals while Justin Holiday had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks are dealing with their own struggles as the Cavaliers are still recovering from a difficult four-game losing streak.  The Hawks, on the other hand, are currently in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, their longest losing streak since the 2013-2014 season.  Obviously, winning this game in Cleveland against the Cavaliers would be a huge deal for them.

For this game, the Cavaliers would still be without Isaiah Thomas (hip), along with Iman Shumpert (knee; 6.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.0 APG), John Holland (G-League), Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.4 APG), London Perrantes (G-League), and Jose Calderon (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.7 APG).  The Atlanta Hawks were without Ersan Ilyasova (knee; 5.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 0.8 APG), Josh Magette (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.6 APG), Miles Plumlee (quadricep), Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist; 6.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.0 APG), Nicolas Brussino (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG), Malcolm Delaney (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.5 APG), and Tyler Dorsey (coach decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG).

The Hawks would start the game off right as they shoot a high seventy-two percent from the field, keeping the Cavaliers at thirty-five percent.  Former Heat forward Luke Babbitt scored eight points in the first quarter with six coming from beyond the three-point line.  Kent Bazemore collected seven points in the twelve minutes that he played, six coming from beyond the arc and the other point from the free-throw line.  He also gathered up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while Dewayne Dedmon shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Dennis Schroder received seven points to go along with the seven assists.

Dwyane Wade would warm up as he scores eight points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. LeBron James contributed with six points, two offensive rebounds, and four assists as he played for the entire quarter. Rose shot only seventeen percent from the field while he received four points in return. J.R. Smith was able to knock down a three-pointer but it was the Atlanta team who went into the second period with a 37-28 advantage.

Both teams held it close in the next quarter as the Cavs shot twenty-five percent from the field and the Hawks shot twenty-four percent. Wade would continue to stay hot as he chalks up eleven more points, three coming from behind the arc and four from the charity stripe. He also collected six rebounds while James was kept scoreless in the seven minutes that he played. Love was held to two points but he would get his hands on three rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Isaiah Taylor came off of the bench to deliver six points while Taurean Prince four points and four defensive rebounds. Babbitt played for ten minutes just to be held to three points and two defensive rebounds. John Collins just limited to two points but he would manage to pull down six rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks went into halftime with a 54-45 lead.

The third quarter would still be kept close as the Cavs shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Georgia team shot fifty-six percent. Dennis Schroder would light the floor up with thirteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field. He knocked down a three-pointer in the process while collecting two defensive rebounds. Prince contributed with eight points with six coming from beyond the arc. Luke Babbitt was limited to just a three-pointer in the ten minutes he played.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James would warm up with ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. He dished off four assists while Channing Frye contributed with seven points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  Frye also collected four defensive rebounds while Jae Crowder shot one-hundred percent from the field, earning four points.  Smith was held scoreless while dishing off three assists but it was still the Hawks who ended the third quarter with a 91 to 78 advantage.

The Cavaliers ended up coming back in the fourth quarter as they went on a 37 to 26 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field while holding the Hawks to forty-five percent.  Kyle Korver got extremely hot as he lit the floor with nineteen points on seventy-eight percent shooting.  He earned fifteen of them from beyond the arc while grabbing two rebounds.  James scored ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He did that while grabbing two defensive rebounds, dishing off five assists, committing one steal and blocking one shot.  Wade would be held to just two points in the twelve minutes he played but did manage to grab four rebounds and give out five assists.

As for the Hawks, Schroder chalked up eight points while Bazemore delivered five points, two rebounds, and two assists.  Rookie John Collins ended up with five points, as well, along with two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  The game would come down to the wire but it was still the Atlanta Hawks who escaped with a 117-115 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Dennis Schroder finished with twenty-eight points, three rebounds, and nine assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-six points, five rebounds, thirteen assists, one steal, and two blocks.

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 Boston Celtics crawl away with a 96-90 victory over the Miami Heat

The Boston Celtics crawl away with a 96-90 victory over the Miami Heat

Last night’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat would mark the first of three games that these two teams play against each other.  This rivalry was somewhat renewed when Kelly Olynyk joined the Heat after being cut by the Celtics.  The Celtics would be without Marcus Morris (knee) and Kadeem Allen as the Heat would play without A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton and Hassan Whiteside (knee).

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami team would shoot forty-eight percent from the field while the Celtics shot forty-three percent from the field.  Goran Dragic chalked up seven points while shooting sixty percent from the field, connecting for one three-pointer in the process.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while dishing off one assist.  Josh Richardson ended up playing for the entire quarter as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He scored five points in return as Dion Waiters collected five points of his own while grabbing three defensive rebounds.  Olynyk would score five points, as well, which included one three-pointer.

Rookie forward Jayson Tatum shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  He ended up receiving seven points in the process which three came from beyond the arc.  Al Horford would collect five points while grabbing three defensive rebounds and giving out one assist.  Kyrie Irving would play for eight minutes but was only held to a three-pointer while pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Marcus Smart was limited to four points as the home team ended the beginning period with a 26 to 21 lead.

The Celtics would respond in the second quarter as they shot forty-one percent from the field while the Heat shot thirty-eight percent.  Smart chalked up eight points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He ended up connecting for two three-pointers in the process while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing out two assists.  Kyrie Irving scored six points while collecting one defensive rebound and one assist in the eight minutes that he played.  Aron Baynes would post four points with two coming from beyond the arc while grabbing two rebounds.

As for the Miami team, Richardson would continue to impress as he chalks up six points on fifty percent shooting from the field.  James Johnson contributed with five points as he pulled down two defensive rebounds in the eight minutes that he played.  Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, and Justise Winslow would be held to two points each.  Kelly Olynyk was also limited to two points but managed to grab four defensive rebounds as the Boston team went into halftime with a tight 47-45 lead.

The Celtics went on a 27 to 18 run in the third quarter as they held the South Beach team to thirty-seven percent shooting from the field while they, on the other hand, shot fifty-three percent.  Tatum continued to impress as he added nine more points to his scoring total, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Irving shot seventy-five percent from the field while receiving six points in return.  Horford played for eleven minutes only to be held to four points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, James Johnson shot fifty percent from the field while scoring five points in return.  He earned three of those points from behind the three-point line Josh Richardson would be held to just a three-pointer.  Former Grizzlies’ guard Wayne Ellington came off of the bench to drill a three-pointer while Dragic was held to two points.  Olynyk would play for four minutes just to be held to one free-throw while the Celtics closed the quarter out with a 74-63 lead.

The Miami Heat would attempt to come back as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Massachusetts team shot thirty-two percent from the field.  Former Houston Rockets’ guard Goran Dragic would heat up for eleven points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  James Johnson collected six points and one assist in the ten minutes that he played while Olynyk would settle for six points and three rebounds.  Winslow was held to two points off the bench but did manage to pull down five defensive rebounds.

As for the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving would chalk up nine points which would include one three-pointer.  He also collected one defensive rebound while Jayson Tatum scored four points with two coming from the free-throw line.  Al Horford was held to three points and two assists in the eight minutes that he played.  Terry Rozier would come off of the bench to earn two points and two defensive rebounds as the Boston Celtics ran away with a 96 to 90 win over the Miami Heat.  Kyrie Irving finished with twenty-four points, four rebounds, and three assists.  Goran Dragic would finish with twenty-two points, three rebounds, and four assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Chicago Bulls their third straight loss in a 119-112 victory

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Chicago Bulls their third straight loss in a 119-112 victory

The Chicago Bulls would look to avoid a 0-3 start in this season as they visited Ohio to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena.  The Cavaliers, on the other hand, hoped to avoid a second straight loss as LeBron James and the Cavs host the win-less Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls shot fifty-six percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Cavaliers would be limited to forty-eight percent from the field.  Rookie forward Lauri Markkanen ended up getting hot for eleven points as he shot eighty percent from the field, knocking down three 3-pointers in the process.  He would also grab four defensive rebounds as 2015 NBA champion Justin Holiday dropped eight points while shooting only thirty-three percent in the twelve minutes that he played.  Jerian Grant would be limited to only four points as he dished off five assists.

On the other end of the court, LeBron James would go off for twelve points as he shot seventy-one percent from the field in the eleven minutes that he played.  He ended up knocking down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Kevin Love shot fifty percent from the field while scoring five points, hitting a three-pointer while doing so.  Love would pull down two defensive rebounds while Jeff Green came off the bench to collect two defensive rebounds as well, along with four points.  Dwyane Wade would come off the bench to score two points as the Bulls would end the first quarter with a 38 to 28 lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would go on a 37 to 30 run in the second period as they shot sixty-five percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to forty-six percent.  James would continue to impress as he drops eleven more points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Jeff Green shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scores seven points, earning three of those points from behind the arc.  Love would score five points which would include one three-pointer as he gobbles up three rebounds.  Wade played for nine minutes but would be held to only four points but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds and give out three assists.

As for the Bulls, former Cavaliers’ point guard Kay Felder would come off the bench to score nine points, earning six of them from beyond the three-point line.  Markkanen dropped six more points which would all be earned from the three-point line as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Paul Zipser would knock down a three-pointer while collecting two defensive rebounds and three assists.  Denzel Valentine would come off of the bench to drill a three-pointer as the Chicago team walked into halftime with a 68-65 lead.

During the third quarter, the Bulls shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Cavs shot forty-five percent.  Holiday would heat up for ten points as he shot sixty percent from the field.  He ended up drilling two three-pointers in the process of doing so while pulling down one defensive rebound.  Valentine would shot fifty percent from the field as he is rewarded with five points, three coming from behind the arc.

On the other end of the floor, former Boston Celtics’ small forward Jae Crowder connected for two three-pointers to give himself six points in the quarter.  Tristan Thompson would end up recording five points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also managed to get ahold of two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds.  Dwyane Wade would record five points while James chalked up four points and three assists.  Love would play for six minutes, only to be held scoreless but he would grab two defensive rebounds as the Illinois team walked into the fourth quarter with a 92 to 91 lead.

The Cavaliers would close things out in the last period as they spark up a 28 to 20 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field, limiting the Chicago Bulls to thirty-eight percent.  Kevin Love would heat up for ten points as he shot forty-three percent from the field.  He would connect for a three-pointer in the process while gobbling up two offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds.  LeBron James ended up shooting forty percent from the field as he scored seven points, along with one defensive rebound and five assists.  Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers.  Smith would play for ten minutes only to be held scoreless but he did manage to collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.

Jerian Grant would score five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the charity stripe.  He did grab three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists in the process of doing so.  Denzel Valentine ended scoring five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those from beyond the arc as Zipser would play for the entire quarter only to be held to four points.  Brazil-native Cristiana Felicio would come off of the bench to score two points and collect two offensive rebounds but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who come back to hand the Chicago Bulls a 119 to 112 loss.  LeBron James finished with thirty-four points, two rebounds, and thirteen assists.  Justin Holiday would finish with twenty-five points, four rebounds, and one assist.

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks were coming fresh off wins against the Boston Celtics each.  They looked to grab a second win as LeBron James and the Cavaliers visited Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Last season, the Bucks finished at sixth place in the Eastern Conference but would lose to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs, 2-4.

The first quarter of the game would be held tightly as the Bucks shot fifty percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot forty-five percent from the field.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love would light the floor up with eleven points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He would also do some work on the boards as he grabbed three defensive rebounds.  Dwyane Wade shot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only be held to four points but he did record one defensive rebound and two assists.  Derrick Rose would also score four but he earned two of them from the charity stripe as LeBron James and Jae Crowder would be limited to two points each.  J.R. Smith would also be held to two points but he did manage to grab two defensive rebounds.

As for the Bucks, California-native Tony Snell would drill two three-pointers to earn himself six points while Malcolm Brogdon would do the exact same thing.  Antetokounmpo would be limited to five points but he did gobble up two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Greg Monroe would come off the bench to score four and pull down three rebounds as both teams would head into the second quarter tied at 25 points apiece.

During the second period, the Ohio team would shoot sixty percent from the field as they limit the home team to forty-eight percent.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would start to heat up as he chalks up ten points while shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also record one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds, and three assists in the process of doing so.  Brogdon ended up scoring five points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the court, James would put up six points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Rose would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he records six additional points, two of those coming from the free-throw line.  Former Utah Jazz’s shooting guard Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers as Jeff Green would also put up six points.  Kevin Love would play for six minutes as he is held to only two points but he would grab two defensive rebounds as the Cavaliers head into halftime with a 55-49 lead.

In the third quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Milwaukee Bucks shot forty-seven percent from the field.  Antetokounmpo would continue to impress as he chalks up eleven more points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Thon Maker would record five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also collect three rebounds as Snell would connect for three while grabbing two defensive rebounds.

As for the Cavaliers, Korver would continue to add to his scoring total as he rallies in three three-pointers, earning himself nine points.  LeBron James would play for the entire quarter but would only put up eight points but he did grab two rebounds while dishing off three assists.  Crowder would earn eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc as Rose and Wade would be held scoreless.  Love would be held to two points but he managed to pull down two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the visiting team went into the fourth quarter with an 86-73 advantage.

The Cleveland team would close things out in the fourth quarter as they went on a 30 to 24 run, shooting sixty-three percent from the field while limiting the Bucks to only thirty-nine percent.  LeBron James would add eight more points to his scoring total while connecting for two three-pointers.  Tristan Thompson would end up chalking up six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Both him and James would shot seventy-five percent from the field while J.R. Smith would come off the bench to score five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Wade would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played.

As for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo would chalk up eight points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Former Detriot Pistons’ shooting guard Khris Middleton would put up four points as he earned two of them from the free-throw line.  Matthew Dellavedova and Sterling Brown would both come off the bench to hit a three-pointer each but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Milwaukee Bucks a 116-97 loss.  Lebron James finished the game with twenty-four points, five rebounds, and eight assists as Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with thirty-four points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

Yesterday’s game between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat would mark the first of four games that these two would play each other.  Last season, the Miami Heat finished at ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record, nearly making the playoffs.  The Orlando Magic, on the other hand, landed at the thirteenth spot in the Conference with a 29-53 record.

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami Heat shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Orlando Magic would shoot forty-six percent from the field.  Former Boston Celtics’ power forward Kelly Olynyk would put up seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Hassan Whiteside would score six points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also managed to grab two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds as well.  Goran Dragic would also score six points while dishing off four assists.

As for the Orlando team, California-native Aaron Gordon would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also went up to grab three defensive rebounds to add to his performance.  Nikola Vucevic would put up six points, along with one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  D.J. Augustin would come off the bench to contribute with five points but it was the Heat who ended the first quarter with a 37 to 32 lead.

The Magic would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the second quarter while the Heat would end up shooting only thirty-six percent from the field.  Evan Fournier recorded seven points, three coming from behind the three-point line.  Terrence Ross would score five points in the quarter while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Gordon would be limited to only four points but he would grab three rebounds to contribute.

On the other end of the court, former Sacramento Kings’ small forward James Johnson would chalk up four points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Justise Winslow would play for eleven minutes, only to be limited to three points which he earned from behind the arc.  Wayne Ellington would also score three points as the Magic ended the first half with a 26 to 18 run.

During the third quarter of the game, the Heat would continue to struggle as they only shot thirty-eight percent from the field while the Magic shot fifty-six percent.  Elfrid Payton would drop nine points in the third quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process while he grabbed two defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Vucevic ended up scoring eight points while grabbing three defensive rebounds.

As for the South Beach team, Dragic chalked up five points while connecting for a three-pointer in the process.  Both Waiters and Whiteside would put up four points while shooting fifty percent from the field each.  Whiteside would also gobble up four defensive rebounds to add to his performance but the Orlando Magic would go into the last quarter with an 88 to 78 advantage.

In the fourth period, the Magic would shoot forty-eight percent from the field as the Heat shot forty-one percent from the field.  Hassan Whiteside would heat up for fourteen points while pulling down a total of eight rebounds.  He would also connect for his first three-pointer of his career.  Dion Waiter chalked up seven additional points while hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  James Johnson would play for ten minutes only to be limited to four points but he did record three rebounds and six assists.

For the Magic, Fournier would put up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Toronto Raptors’ center Bismack Biyombo would score six points as he pulled down four rebounds.  Ross ended up scoring five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line as the Orlando Magic end up winning the game, 116 to 109.  Evan Fournier finished the game with twenty-three points, one rebound, and three assists.  Hassan Whiteside would finish with twenty-six points, twenty-two rebounds and one assist.

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

Last night’s matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics would mark the first of three matchups between each other.  Last season, the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, 4-1.  This season is a little different for both teams:  During the offseason, one of the biggest trades were made which involved Kyrie Irving being traded to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas.  Isaiah Thomas was unable to play last night due to a hip injury but Irving looked forward to playing in front of the Cleveland crowd in a different jersey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  Georgia-native Jaylen Brown shot forty-three percent from the field as he collected seven points.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds as new-point guard Kyrie Irving would shoot sixty percent from the field, earning six points.  Gordon Hayward would only score two points before going up for an alley-oop and landing awkwardly on his leg, breaking his ankle.  He would have to be carted off the court as he only recorded five minutes.

On the other end of the court, J.R. Smith recorded six points which would include one three-pointer.  New-shooting guard Dwyane Wade and Tristan Thompson would score five points each but Thompson would also grab three defensive rebounds.  LeBron James chalked up four points, along with four defensive rebounds and four assists.  New-Cavaliers players Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose would also score four points as the Ohio team ended the first quarter with a 29 to 19 lead.

In the second quarter, the Cavaliers shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Celtics would end up shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  James would start to heat up as he dropped ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He also pulled down three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Crowder would score seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line.  Kevin Love and Derrick Rose would both chalk up three points each but Love would add one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds with it while Rose gave out two assists.

As for the visiting team, Brown chalked up five points with three coming from behind the three-point line as he pulled down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  Former San Antonio Spurs’ center Aron Baynes would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself four points while Kyrie Irving recorded three points, one coming from the free-throw line.  Terry Rozier would knock a shot down from behind the arc to give himself three points but it was the Cavaliers who went into halftime with a huge 54 to 38 lead over the Celtics.

The Boston Celtics would start to pick up in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent.  Marcus Smart would heat up for twelve points while collecting two defensive rebounds and two assists.  Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown ended up with eight points while Irving was limited to one three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Love would drop six points while grabbing one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Former Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose would earn five points, three of them coming from beyond the arc while Wade would settle for three points.  LeBron James would play for nine minutes, only to score two points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds as the Celtics ended the third quarter with a thirty-three to eighteen run.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty-eight percent from the field in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  LeBron James would light the floor up with thirteen points including one three-pointer.  He also grabbed one offensive rebound and five defensive rebounds.  Both Love and Rose would each score five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  They both would each knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.

Irving would heat up for ten points, nine coming from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.  He would also dish off three assists while Brown would score five points including one three-pointer.  Tatum would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only settle for four points.

With one minute and four seconds remaining in the game, the Cavaliers would have a one-point lead.  Out of a Cleveland timeout, James would find Love in the corner for a wide-open three-pointer, giving the home team a four-point lead.  Kyrie Irving would then get fouled, sending him to the free-throw line as he only connects for one of his two free-throws.  Right before the game expires, Irving would attempt a three-pointer to force overtime but would not be successful in doing so as the Cavaliers hold on to win the game, 102 to 99.  LeBron James finished the game with twenty-nine points, sixteen rebounds and nine assists while Jaylen Brown would finish with twenty-five points and six rebounds.

The Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, winning the series 4-2

The Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, winning the series 4-2

Last night marked Game 6 between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Chicago Bulls as they hand the Celtics a 106 to 102 loss.  In that game, Jimmy Butler would score thirty points, pull down nine rebounds and dish off three assists.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, six rebounds and six assists.  Game 2 would also be victory for the Chicago team as they defeat the Boston Celtics with a 111-97 score.  Jimmy Butler would finish with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Dwyane Wade would also end up with twenty-two points, along with four rebounds and two assists.  The Celtics would bounce back in the third game as they hand the Illinois team a 104 to 87 blowout loss.  Al Horford scored eighteen points, pulled down eight rebounds and threw out six assists.  Dwyane Wade would settle for eighteen points, one rebound and three assists.  The Boston team would also take Game 4, pulling away with a 104 to 95 win.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jimmy Butler would chalk up thirty-three points, five rebounds and nine assists.  The Celtics would win the last game, as well, escaping with a 108-97 win.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas scored twenty-four points, grabbed five rebounds and dished off four assists.  Avery Bradley would drop twenty-four points, as well, along with six rebounds and one assist.  The Chicago Bulls looked to survive another game as they faced the Boston Celtics in the United Center last night.

The game would start off right for the Celtics as Avery Bradley would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he drops nine points, collecting two of those from behind the three-point lead.  Former Suns player, Gerald Green, would also shoot seventy-five percent from the field, collecting eight points which would include one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would be limited to five points but he would get off three assists.  Al Horford would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but he would only be rewarded with four points.  He would crash the boards for three rebounds, along with four assists, though.  Jimmy Butler would get hot for ten points in the first quarter, along with three rebounds.  Robin Lopez would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to receive six points but it was the visiting team that would end the first quarter with a 30 to 23 lead.  The Celtics would continue to impress as Marcus Smart comes off the bench to knock down two three-pointers while pulling down two rebounds.  Bench player Kelly Olynyk would only put up four points but he would jump up to grab three defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder, Al Horford and bench player, Terry Rozier, would each only hit one three-pointer.  Three-time All-Star, Jimmy Butler, would try to get his Chicago team into it as puts up seven points while he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but it was the Celtics who walk into halftime with a 54-41 advantage.

Things would not get any brighter for the home team as the Celtics go on a huge 34 to 18 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Avery Bradley would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, lighting the floor up with thirteen points which would contain one three-pointer.  Georgia-native, Jae Crowder, would contribute with six points while he collects three of those from beyond the arc.  On the other end of the court, Butler would chalk up six points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Nikola Mirotic would earn five points, which contained one three-pointer but it was the Boston Celtics who would enter the fourth quarter with a huge 88-59 lead.  The home team would try to make a change in the game as Joffrey Lauvergne comes off the bench to put up eight points but it was the Boston Celtics who defeat the Chicago Bulls with a 105 to 83 score, winning the series, 4-2.  Avery Bradley would finish with twenty-three points, five rebounds and three assists.  Jimmy Butler would settle for twenty-three points and seven rebounds.