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

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

Friday, December 6, 2019

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

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

Toronto Raptors:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

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

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

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

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

Chicago Bulls:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 26, 2019

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

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

HISTORY:

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

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

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

Houston Rockets:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

The Wizards would escape with a 97-85 victory over the Thunder

The Wizards would escape with a 97-85 victory over the Thunder

Still without one of their star players, John Wall, the Washington Wizards’ chances of making the playoffs are slim to none.  Last year, they finished the season 32-50, placing them 11th in the Eastern Conference.  The Wizards are currently trying to recover from a 108-100 loss they took in the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, their first game of the season.  Going up against the Oklahoma City Thunder, they will hope to grab a win tonight.

The Thunder, on the other hand, have a new point guard in Chris Paul after receiving him from the Houston Rockets in a trade involving Russell Westbrook.  The Oklahoma ball club lost their first game of the season to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, 100-95.  Both teams will try to grab their first victory tonight.

HISTORY:

The Washington Wizards and the Oklahoma City Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 147 times.  Out of those times, the Wizards defeated the Thunder 67 times while the Thunder pulled out 80 victories.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

-Troy Brown (calf)
-Ian Mahinmi (Achilles)
-Jordan McRae (finger; 11.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.4 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-C.J. Miles (foot)
-Isaiah Thomas (thumb)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Justin Robinson (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Justin Patton (coach’s decision)
-Luguentz Dort (G-League)
-Devon Hall (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be somewhat competitive in the first half as the Washington Wizards shot forty-four percent from the field while the Oklahoma City Thunder shot forty-two percent.  Former Los Angeles Lakers’ center Thomas Bryant scored 14 points on sixty percent shooting, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Rui Hachimura helped out with 10 points while grabbing two rebounds and giving out one assist.

Two-time All-Star Bradley Beal was kept to just six points while Ish Smith had two points.  Isaac Bonga was held to two points, as well, but had two rebounds and two assists to go along with it.  Davis Bertans played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points.

As for the home team, both Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 13 points each.  They both had a three-pointer each while Steven Adams recorded five points and nine rebounds.  Chris Paul was held to just two points but gave out three assists.  Dennis Schroder played 13 minutes off of the bench as he had seven points while the D.C. ball club went into halftime with a 52-46 advantage.

Both teams continued to battle it out in the second half as the Wizards shot thirty-five percent from the field while the Oklahoma team shot thirty-seven percent.  Beal added to his scoring total by dropping 11 more points, planting 3 three-pointers in the process.  Hachimura contributed with nine points Bertans gave eight points off of the bench.  As for the Thunder, Gilgeous-Alexander put up 15 more points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards walked away with a 97-85 victory.

Thomas Bryant finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, a career-high-tying 2 steals, and a career-high-tying 3 blocks.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander earned a career-high 28 points, along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards travel to Texas to take on LaMarcus Aldridge (22.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (1-0) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Stephen Curry (23.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (0-1) Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

The Grizzlies avoid a third straight loss, defeating the Thunder, 115-103

The Grizzlies avoid a third straight loss, defeating the Thunder, 115-103

The Oklahoma City Thunder are hoping to grab their second straight victory as they look to stay alive in the playoff hunt.  They will hope to do that as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum.  The Grizzlies, however, will not be making the playoffs this time around.  This will mark the third straight year that the Memphis team will miss the postseason.  If the Thunder are able to clinch a playoff spot, it will mark their ninth time in ten years that they do so.

The Thunder and the Grizzlies have played each other a grand total of 107 times in the past as the Thunder defeated them 71 times while the Memphis Grizzlies were held to just 36 wins.  This game tonight will mark the third and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on March 3 when the Thunder escaped with a 99-95 victory.  Russell Westbrook finished that contest with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and one block while Avery Bradley had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Hamidou Diallo (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 45.5 FG%, 16.7 3P%, 61.0 FT%)
-Raymond Felton (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 40.5 FG%, 26.7 3P%, 92.3 FT%)
-Patrick Patterson (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 37.6 FG%, 33.8 3P%, 63.3 FT%)
-Jawun Evans (G-League; 0.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 23.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Donte Grantham (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Kyle Anderson (shoulder; 8.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 54.3 FG%, 26.5 3P%, 57.8 FT%)
-Avery Bradley (knee/wrist; 9.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 40.8 FG%, 35.1 3P%, 86.0 FT%)
-Dillon Brooks (toe; 7.5 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.2 FG%, 37.5 3P%, 73.3 FT%)
-Jaren Jackson (quad; 13.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.6 FG%, 35.9 3P%, 76.6 FT%)
-C.J. Miles (foot; 6.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 36.0 FG%, 33.0 3P%, 82.8 FT%)
-Joakim Noah (knee; 7.1 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 51.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 71.6 FT%)
-Mike Conley (thigh; 20.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43.6 FG%, 36.6 3P%, 84.8 FT%)
-Yuta Watanabe (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 33.3 FG%, 20.0 3P%, 70.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be held close as the Oklahoma City Thunder completed thirty-four percent of their shots while the Memphis Grizzlies shot thirty-six percent from the field.  Paul George ended up scoring 14 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had five rebounds and one assist while Terrance Ferguson helped out with seven points in the 16 minutes that he played.  The Oklahoma-native had a three-pointer late in the second period as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.

The 2016-2017 MVP Russell Westbrook was limited to just four points but he did manage to knock down a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also had two rebounds and four assists while Steven Adams had two points, five rebounds, and two steals.  Dennis Schroder played fifteen minutes off the bench as he had ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.

On the other end of the court, Bruno Caboclo chalked up eleven points while completing all four of this shots attempted.  He also had 3 three-pointers while Jonas Valanciunas earned himself nine points and eight rebounds.  Former Toronto Raptors’ point guard Delon Wright had nine points, as well, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  Chandler Parsons played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points while the home team went into halftime with a 54 to 48 lead.

The Memphis ball club would close it out in the second half as they went on a 61 to 55 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  During that run, Tyler Dorsey scored 14 points while drilling two three-pointers.  He also manages to record five rebounds and one assist while Justin Holiday helped out with thirteen points.  Ivan Rabb played nine minutes off the bench but was kept to just a field goal and a free-throw.

As for the visiting team, George continued to put on a scoring display as he added 16 more points to his scoring total while knocking down three shots from behind the arc.  Westbrook helped out with twelve points but it wouldn’t matter much as the Memphis Grizzlies handed the Oklahoma City Thunder a 103-115 loss.  Bruno Caboclo finished the game with a career-high 24 points, along with a career-high-tying 11 rebounds, two assists, a career-high-tying one steal, and one block.  Paul George ended up with 30 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Bojan Bogdanovic (17.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.9 APG, 49.8 FG%, 42.3 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (45-29) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that they will play each other this season.  March 14 was the last time they saw each other as the Pacers pulled away with a 108 to 106 victory.  Domantas Sabonis finished that game with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block while Paul George had 36 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

The Memphis Grizzlies will host Stephen Curry (27.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 43.0 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (50-23) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they met up was on December 17 when the Grizzlies fell to the Warriors, 93-110.  During that game, Kevin Durant scored 23 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, gave out 5 assists, and blocked 2 shots while Omri Casspi settled for 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

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

Utah Jazz:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

The Phoenix Suns get destroyed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-87

The Phoenix Suns get destroyed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-87

The Phoenix Suns cannot wait for this season to end as they are sitting at the fourteenth spot in the Western Conference with a 19-47 record.  They are also on a current three-game losing streak, hoping to break it as they visit Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Thunder, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a third straight loss as they are coming fresh off of a 122-112 defeat to the Houston Rockets.

The Suns and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 259 times in the past as the Suns won 140 games while the Thunder ended up with just 119 victories.  The last time they played each other was on March 2 as the Suns fell to the Thunder, 124 to 116.  During that game, Russell Westbrook scored 43 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, dished off 8 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while Devin Booker finished with 39 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (knee)
Alan Williams (knee)
Tyler Ulis (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 37.6 FG%, 25.7 3P%)
Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 37.3 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
T.J. Warren (back, 19.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 50.0 FG%, 21.6 3P%)
Danuel House (G-League; 4.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 37.3 FG%, 25.8 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Kyle Singler (1.9 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (3.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 45.5 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
PJ Dozier (1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Oklahoma City Thunder would have control at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-six percent from the field while their defense kept the Phoenix Suns to twenty-eight percent.  Seven-time All-Star Russell Westbrook scored 14 points while pulling down five defensive rebounds and dishing off six assists.  Carmelo Anthony helped out with 3 three-pointers while recording four defensive rebounds and one steal.  Both Paul George and Steven Adams had 8 points each while Corey Brewer earned six points, three defensive rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Former Houston Rockets’ forward Patrick Patterson played 8 minutes off of the bench but was held completely scoreless.

On the other end of the floor, Devin Booker lit the floor up with 15 points while drilling two three-pointers in the first quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Josh Jackson contributed with six points on only thirteen percent shooting.  Jackson added two rebounds, two assists, and one steal to that while Elfrid Payton had four points, three rebounds, and three assists.  Troy Daniels played the most minutes off of the Phoenix bench but was kept to just a three-pointer near the end of the first quarter as the Thunder went into halftime with a 49-38 lead.

The Thunder would close things out in the second half as they went on a 66 to 49 run, completing fifty-nine percent of their shots.  Westbrook continued to add to his scoring total as he chalked up 13 more points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while George also had 13 points.  He would earn nine of those points from beyond the arc while Brewer had 11 points.  Carmelo Anthony only scored two points in the 8 minutes that he played while Adams had 8 points.

Devin Booker continued to help the Suns out as he put up 15 more points.  He was able to connect for two three-pointers in the third period but it wasn’t enough as the Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Phoenix Suns a huge 115-87 blowout loss.  Russell Westbrook finished the game with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists while Devin Booker would settle for 30 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will travel to North Carolina to clash with Kemba Walker (23.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.7 APG, 43 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Suns and the Hornets have met up a total of 55 times as the Suns won 34 games while the Hornets were limited to just 21 victories.  February 4 was the last time they saw each other as the Hornets slipped away with a 115-110 win.  Nicolas Batum finished that game with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Josh Jackson earned 23 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host LaMarcus Aldridge (22.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50 FG%) and the San Antonio Spurs (37-27) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  They have saw each other a grand total of 199 times in the past as the Thunder won 89 games while the Texas team went on to pull out 110 victories.  The last time they battled each other was on December 3 when the Thunder handed the Spurs a 90-87 loss.  During that game, Russell Westbrook scored 22 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, gave out 10 assists, and came up with one steal while Dejounte Murray had 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

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

Oklahoma City Thunder:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

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

Oklahoma City Thunder:

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

GAMETIME:

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

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

So…what’s next?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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