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The Jazz slip away from the Pelicans with a 106-104 victory in NBA’s restart

The Jazz slip away from the Pelicans with a 106-104 victory in NBA’s restart

Friday, July 31, 2020

 

It has been 141 days since the NBA season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Before the suspension, the New Orleans Pelicans were on a two-game winning streak.  They are now looking to push it to three as the Utah Jazz are hoping to avoid a second straight loss.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 16 when then Jazz fell to the Pelicans, 138-132.  Brandon Ingram finished that game with 49 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block while Donovan Mitchell settled for 46 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Jazz won 38 games while the Pelicans were kept to just 23 victories.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

-Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist; 20.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44.7 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
-Jarrell Brantley (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG)
-Ed Davis (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.2 FG%)
-Juwan Morgan (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 52.9 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Rayjon Tucker (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Nigel Williams-Goss (0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Nickeli Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.9 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Kenrich Williams (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
-Zylan Cheatham (1.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Sindarius Thornwell
-Jahlil Okafor (7.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 61.1 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The New Orleans Pelicans would have the upper hand in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Utah Jazz at thirty-three percent.  Brandon Ingram scored 15 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Jrue Holiday contributed with 12 points which also included two three-pointers.  Zion Williamson scored nine points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  Josh Hart played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points.

On the other end of the court, Mike Conley put up 14 points while knocking down two three-pointers.  Donovan Mitchell was kept to just seven points while Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale combined for 11 points.  Jordan Clarkson had ten points off the bench but it was the Pelicans who went into halftime with a 60-48 lead.

The Utah team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 58-44 run, shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  During that run, Mitchell chalked up 13 points which included a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Rudy Gobert helped out with ten points while O’Neale had seven points.  Clarkson ended up giving 13 points off the bench.

As for the Pelicans, Holiday and Ingram scored eight points each while Williamson was kept to just four points.  Derrick Favors and Lonzo Ball were both limited to just two points each.  J.J. Redick played 15 minutes off the bench as he recorded 13 points but it was the Jazz who slipped away with a 106-104 win.  Jordan Clarkson finished the game with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Brandon Ingram had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Utah Jazz will battle Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47.3 FG%, 35.1 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.  This will mark the third and final time that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 9 when the Thunder defeated the Jazz, 104-90.  During that game, Dennis Schroder scored 27 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and dished off 2 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.

The New Orleans Pelicans will battle Kawhi Leonard (26.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, 46.9 FG%, 36.6 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (44-20) on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.  It will be the fourth and final time that these teams will see each other this season.  January 18 was the last time they played each other as the Clippers crept away with a 133-130 victory.  Leonard finished that game with 39 points, along with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, and one block while Derrick Favors settled for 22 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

The Thunder hold on to defeat the Pelicans, 123-118

Friday, February 14, 2020

 

The New Orleans Pelicans have been playing impressive basketball lately, winning six of their last eight games.  With a win tonight, they will have captured their fourth straight win.  They will hope to do that as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center.

The Thunder, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss tonight.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 1 when the Thunder came away with a 107-104 victory.  During that game, Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Jrue Holiday had 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pelicans and the Thunder have played each other a grand total of 60 times in the past as the Thunder won 35 games while the Pelicans were limited to just 25 victories.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Darius Bazley (knee; 4.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.6 FG%, 17.9 3P%)
-Hamidou Diallo (coach’s decision; 6.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 45.1 FG%, 17.2 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Brandon Ingram (ankle; 24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Kenrich Williams (back; 3.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.9 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 61.1 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, keeping the Pelicans at forty-seven percent shooting.  Danilo Gallinari chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed with 13 points while dishing out three assists.

Center Steven Adams scored seven points while knocking down a rare three-pointer.  He also had seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 2 blocks while Chris Paul had six points on forty-percent shooting.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he threw up 13 points.

As for the home team, Zion Williamson got hot for 15 points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Both Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball scored seven points each while Ball knocked down two three-pointers in the process.  Hart also had a three-pointer while Derrick Favors and Jrue Holiday earned four points each.  J.J. Redick played 13 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Oklahoma team that went into halftime with a 66-58 lead.

The Pelicans would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-57 run.  During that run, Williamson added 17 more points to his scoring total while grabbing three rebounds.  Holiday helped out with 10 points which included a three-pointer.  Redick played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up 17 points.

On the other end of the court, Gallinari scored 15 points while Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 12 points.  Schroder dropped nine points off the bench as the Thunder held on to take a 123-118 win.  Danilo Gallinari finished the game with 29 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Zion Williamson had 32 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Nikola Jokic (20.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 6.9 APG, 51.8 FG%, 32.9 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (38-17) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 14 when the Thunder fell to the Nuggets, 110-102.  Jokic finished that game with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and one steal while Dennis Schroder settled for 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Oregon to fight C.J. McCollum (21.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.6 FG%, 38.3 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (25-31) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these ball clubs will face off this season.  February 11 was the last time they met as the Pelicans handed the Trail Blazers, 138-117.  During that game, Zion Williamson scored 31 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, gave out 5 assists, and committed one steal while McCollum had 20 points, one rebound, and 3 assists.

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

Thursday, January 2, 2020

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to start the new year off right as they try to come up with a win against the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Staples Center.  The Lakers are one of the four teams in the league who have managed to stay under 10 losses this season.  With a victory tonight, they will be able to push their regular season record to 27-7.

The Suns, on the other hand, are hoping to achieve their third straight win as they play their fourth and final game on this four-game road trip.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will see one another this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 12 when the Lakers escaped with a 123-115 win.  Anthony Davis finished that game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Devin Booker had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Lakers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 312 times in the past as the Suns won 131 games while Lakers came away with 181 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision; 4.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.3 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 39.3 FG%, 52.6 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Devontae Cacok (G-League)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to just thirty-eight percent.  Anthony Davis got hot for 19 points, missing only one of his nine shots attempted.  He was able to hit a three-pointer in the process while Avery Bradley dropped 14 points.

LeBron James chalked up ten points while recording six rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and a block.  Former Spurs’ shooting guard Danny Green scored seven points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma played 13 minutes off the bench as he had eleven points.

On the other end of the court, Devin Booker scored 17 points on fifty-four percent shooting.  He also had four assists and one rebound while Kelly Oubre helped out with 11 points.  Oubre was able to drill two three-pointers in the second period while Dario Saric and Aron Baynes combined for six points.  Deandre Ayton played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points as the Lakers went into halftime with an incredibly huge 43-17 advantage.

The Suns would not give in as they went on a 66-43 run coming out of the break.  During that run, Kelly Oubre threw up 15 points while grabbing four rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing three steals.  He also had a three-pointer while Booker had 15 points on his own, hitting a three-pointer, as well.  Ayton played the most minutes off the bench as he put up 14 points.

As for the Lakers, James got hot for 21 points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also recorded seven rebounds and two assists while Davis had seven points.  Kuzma scored eight points off the bench as the Lakers were able to hold off the Suns, 117-107.  LeBron James finished the game with 31 points, a season-high-tying 13 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, and one block while Devin Booker settled for 32 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Julius Randle (18.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.7 FG%, 29.1 3P%) and the New York Knicks (9-24) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Brandon Ingram (25.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 49.1 FG%, 40.9 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (11-23) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they see each other this season.  November 27 was the last time they played each other as the Lakers came away with a 114-110 win.  During that game, Anthony Davis scored 41 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block while Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

The Pelicans’ losing streak extends to 12 as they fall to the Magic, 130-119

The Pelicans’ losing streak extends to 12 as they fall to the Magic, 130-119

Monday, December 16, 2019

 

The New Orleans Pelicans are in danger of setting a new franchise record for longest losing streak at twelve.  They will hope to avoid doing that as they host the Orlando Magic tonight at the Smoothie King Center.  The last time they won a game was nearly a month ago against the Phoenix Suns.

The Magic, on the other hand, are coming off a 130-107 loss against the Houston Rockets.  Tonight’s game will mark the first of a four-game road trip where they will need luck as they won only three of their eleven road games this season.  This will be the first of two times that the Magic and Pelicans will meet up this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pelicans and the Magic have played each other a grand total of 37 times in the past as the Pelicans won 18 games while the Florida team grabbed 19 victories.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Khem Birch (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 49.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Melvin Frazier (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 22.2 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Wes Iwundu (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.8 APG, 31.8 FG%, 8.3 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 75.0 FG%)
-Josh Magette (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 33.3 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Zion Williamson (knee)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 6.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.1 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Nicolo Melli (coach’s decision; 5.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.2 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
-E’Twaun Moore (coach’s decision; 9.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 42.1 FG%, 38.2 3P%)
-Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 8.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 61.2 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Zylan Cheatham (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be slightly competitive in the first half as the Magic shot forty-four percent from the field while the Pelicans shot fifty-five percent.  Former 76ers’ center Nikola Vucevic dropped 11 points which held a three-pointer.  Evan Fournier also had 11 points while burying two three-pointers in the process.

Both Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac contributed with six points in the fifteen minutes they played together.  Fultz was able to record one rebound and three assists while Isaac had seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal.  Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer before the first period ended.

As for the Louisiana ball club, J.J. Redick warmed up with 15 points which included three shots from beyond the arc.  He also had one rebound, two assists, and a block to go along with it while Jrue Holiday came through with 13 points.  Holiday, who was able to drill two three-pointers, also recorded two defensive rebounds, five assists, and one block.

North Carolina-native Brandon Ingram was able to chalk up six points while grabbing three, giving out one assist and committing one steal.  Derrick Favors was limited to just two points while Kenrich Williams was held scoreless.  Josh Hart played 16 minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Florida team went into halftime with a 58-57 lead.

The Orlando Magic would close things out in the second half as they went on a 72-62 scoring run, shooting sixty percent from the field.  During that run, Isaac scored 15 more points while grabbing four defensive rebounds, committing one steal, and blocking one shot.  Both Aaron Gordon and Fournier dropped five points each while D.J. Augustin scored seven points off the bench.

On the other end of the court, Holiday and Ingram combined for 31 points.  Holiday was able to bury two three-pointers while Ingram dropped three of them.  Josh Hart played the most minutes off the bench as he gave 15 more points but it wouldn’t help as the Magic came away with a 130-119 victory.  Jonathan Isaac finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (25.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 44.9 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (15-11) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will meet up during this season.

The New Orleans Pelicans will face Spencer Dinwiddie (20.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.2 APG, 43.0 FG%, 30.7 3P%) and the Brooklyn Nets (13-12) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 4 when the Pelicans fell to the Nets, 135-125.  Kyrie Irving finished that game with 39 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals while Brandon Ingram had 40 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

The Jazz were able to get by the Pelicans with a 128 to 120 victory

The Jazz were able to get by the Pelicans with a 128 to 120 victory

The New Orleans Pelicans have been playing well lately as they are looking to grab a fourth straight victory tonight.  They are coming fresh off a 124-121 win against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.  Tonight’s matchup against the Utah Jazz will mark the second of three straight road games for the Pelicans before they return back home.

The Jazz, on the other hand, are seeking their third straight win as they are coming off a 113-109 victory against the Golden State Warriors.  This will be the last game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena before the Jazz go on a five-game road trip.  Tonight’s game will mark the first of four meetings between these two teams this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz have battled each other a grand total of 58 times in the past as the Jazz won 36 games, keeping the Pelicans at 22 victories.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Derrick Favors (back; 8.3 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 62.1 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Josh Hart (ankle; 12.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.2 FG%, 38.6 3P%)
-Darius Miller (Achilles)
-Jahlil Okafor (ankle; 9.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 64.8 FG%)
-Zion Williamson (knee)
-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 6.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 32.7 FG%, 35.6 3P%)
-Josh Gray (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

Utah Jazz:

-Ed Davis (leg; 1.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-Rudy Gobert (ankle; 13.3 PPG, 14.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 66.1 FG%)
-Juwan Morgan (coach’s decision)
-Miye Oni (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Nigel Williams-Goss (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Utah Jazz would take full control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-five percent from the field while their defense kept the visiting team to thirty-five percent.  Donovan Mitchell got hot for 23 points which included four three-pointers.  He also had five rebounds and three assists while Bojan Bogdanovic earned himself 20 on eighty percent shooting.  Bogdanovic was able to drill 3 three-pointers in the process.

The 28th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft Tony Bradley contributed with 10 points while grabbing seven rebounds.  Mike Conley had just four points but recorded two rebounds and two assists.  Former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jeff Green played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just four points.

As for the Pelicans, Jaxson Hayes chalked up 13 points while recording three rebounds.  J.J. Redick gave 12 points, earning six of them from the beyond the arc and the other six from the charity stripe.  Jrue Holiday scored nine rebounds which included a trey in the second period.  Lonzo Ball played 11 minutes off the bench but only had two points while the home team went into halftime with a 74-54 lead.

The Louisiana ball club would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 66-54 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  During that run, Brandon Ingram, who scored just eight points in the first half, got hot for 25 points.  He only missed four of his 13 shots attempted as he drilled 3 three-pointers.

Jrue Holiday recorded 19 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  He also had three defensive rebounds, three steals, and two blocks while Redick helped out with two three-pointers and two free-throws.  Ball played the most minutes off the bench as he scored 11 points.

On the other end of the court, Mitchell gave 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Bogdanovic and Conley combined for 15 points while Royce O’Neale was held scoreless.  Joe Ingles played 13 minutes off the bench but only had a trey while the Jazz were able to escape with a 128-120 victory.  Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 37 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists while Brandon Ingram settled for 33 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will head to California to take on Paul George (26.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 5.2 APG, 48.1 FG%, 43.2 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (11-5) on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these ball clubs will matchup this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 14 when the Clippers fell to the Pelicans, 132-127.  Jrue Holiday finished that game with 36 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals, and one block while Paul George had 33 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Utah Jazz will visit Wisconsin to fight Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.1 PPG, 14.1 RPG, 6.6 APG, 56.6 FG%, 29.0 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (12-3) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season.  November 8 was the last time they saw each other as the Jazz pulled away with a 103-100 win.  During that game, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 33 points and grabbed 5 rebounds while Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

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.