March 3,2019 at 7:00 PM
3/26/2019 7:00 PM
Celtics Defeat Cavaliers, 116-106
The Boston Celtics defeated the host Cleveland Cavaliers, 116-106, at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday. Boston came into this game as a sizable favorite, as they led for all but a few minutes. In fact, they won all four individual quarters, despite the fact that each one was decided by five points or fewer. Rebounding was the difference in the game, with the Celtics out-rebounding the Cavaliers, 46-36. Their defense was key as well, as they doubled up Cleveland in steals, 8-4 and tripled them up in blocks, 3-1, while winning the turnover differential, 15-10. The Celtics (44-31) were led by Jayson Tatum, as he tallied 21 points, five rebounds and four assists. Marcus Smart matched those 21 points, adding six rebounds, four assists and three steals to his tally. Al Horford accrued 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Gordon Hayward led the bench with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. The Cavaliers (19-56) were led by Collin Sexton, as he amassed 24 points, two rebounds and three assists. Cedi Osman accumulated 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists, Kevin Love finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and four assists while Jordan Clarkson led the bench with 18 points, two rebounds and five assists. On deck for the Cavaliers is a road matchup versus the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. As for the Celtics, they return to action on Friday when they play host to the Indiana Pacers.
March 3,2019 at 7:00 PM
3/26/2019 7:00 PM
Hornets Come Through In OT, Defeat Spurs
The Charlotte Hornets defeated the San Antonio Spurs at Spectrum Center on Tuesday evening. In a game that required overtime to find a winner, the Hornets (35-39) and the Spurs (43-32) played a back-and-forth encounter that did show an interesting pattern: the Spurs were always coming from behind on the score. Charlotte won the first quarter 29-23, but the Spurs turned things around and secured a 36-26 win in the second, going up by four at the break. The Hornets would get the lead back after the third (27-21) but the differential was only two points, and the Spurs erased in the fourth (26-24) so both teams needed to play five extra minutes to decide which team will take home the win. The Hornets looked impressive in OT and a 19-10 lead was enough to secure the victory. Undoubtedly, Kemba Walker was the biggest star of the game since he came just one rebound short of a triple-double thanks to a 38-points, 11-assist, nine-rebound performance. Dwayne Bacon contributed 24 points in 36 minutes, and Miles Bridges filled the stat sheet thanks to 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. Frank Kaminsky chipped in with a double-double off the bench (15 points, 10 rebounds). LaMarcus Aldridge was the best player for the Spurs since he finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds, but the top scorer was DeMar DeRozan, who had 30 points, eight boards and four assists. Bryn Forbes chipped in with 16 points, while two bench players eclipsed the 15-point mark: Rudy Gay had 16 points with nine rebounds, and Marco Belinelli had 17 points and 10 boards.
March 3,2019 at 7:30 PM
3/26/2019 7:30 PM
Magic Come From Behind, Top Heat
The Orlando Magic defeated the Miami Heat, 104-99, at American Airlines Arena on Tuesday. The Heat (36-38) and the Magic (37-38) knew this game would be big thanks to its play-off implications, and there's no question it lived up to the hype. In a night that was marked by Chris Bosh's jersey-retirement ceremony, the Heat looked motivated and jumped ahead in the first quarter thanks to a 32-18 lead that made fans think this would be an easy contest. However, Orlando came from behind and won the subsequent two quarters by five and fifteen points each while limiting the Heat to less than 20 points in both of them (24-19 and 34-19, respectively). Miami won the final quarter 29-28, but it was too late to mount a comeback and Orlando stole a huge win on the road. One that now puts them in the driver seat for a playoff berth with only seven games left on their schedule. As it has been the trend all season long, Nikola Vucevic carried the Magic's offense since he finished with an impressive performance of 24 points, 16 rebounds and five assists. D.J. Augustin had 17 points with seven assists, and Jonathan Isaac contributed 19 points with six boards. Aaron Gordon had a double-double of 14 points with 10 boards, and Evan Fournier chipped in with 11 points. Terrence Ross had 10 points off the bench. Dion Waiters was the best player for the Heat since he finished with 26 points, and he was well flanked by Dwyane Wade who contributed with 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Josh Richardson had 17 points with six assists, and Hassan Whiteside contributed 10 points and "only" two rebounds off the bench. No other Heat player scored in double figures in this match.
March 3,2019 at 7:30 PM
3/26/2019 7:30 PM
Raptors Defeat Bulls, 112-103
The Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Chicago Bulls, 112-103, at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. Toronto came into this game as a sizable favorite and a wire-to-wire win justifies that notion. In fact, Toronto got out to a 15-point lead at the half, as they led by at least nine points for the entirety of the second half. Ball movement was the difference for the Raptors, as they out-assisted the Bulls, 28-20. Transition offense was huge as well, with Toronto doubling up Chicago in fastbreak points, 24-12. The Raptors also won the points off turnover differential, 25-14. The Bulls (21-54) were led by Wayne Selden Jr. as he tallied 20 points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals. Shaquille Harrison accrued 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Ryan Arcidiacono totaled 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Antonio Blakeney led the bench with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. The Raptors (52-23) were led by Norman Powell, as he provided 20 points, three rebounds and three assists off the bench. Serge Ibaka also played well off the bench, amassing 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Kyle Lowry led the starters with 14 points, two rebounds and six assists. Kawhi Leonard accrued 14 points, four rebounds, five assists and six steals. The Bulls have to play again on Wednesday, as they host the Portland Trail Blazers. As for the Raptors, they return to action on Thursday when they travel to face the New York Knicks,
March 3,2019 at 8:00 PM
3/26/2019 8:00 PM
Hawks Outlast Pelicans, 130-120
The Atlanta Hawks defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 130-120, at Smoothie King Center on Tuesday evening. The Hawks (27-48) have been coming on during the latter stages of the campaign, and their high-powered offense has been key. Such was the case again Tuesday, with Atlanta racking up 42 first-quarter points and compiling 70 by intermission. While they didn't quite keep up the same pace the rest of the way, the visitors scored the final four points after the Pelicans (31-45) had closed to 126-120 with 39.6 seconds remaining. Ball security especially a problem for New Orleans, as they committed 24 turnovers. Trae Young paced the Hawks with a 33-point, 12-assist double-double that also included one rebound and one steal. Dewayne Dedmon and DeAndre' Bembry generated matching 18-point efforts while hauling in nine and six rebounds, respectively. Alex Len turned in 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal. John Collins and Vince Carter contributed 12 points apiece, with Collins also posting seven boards. Taurean Prince finished with nine points, five assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block. Julius Randle led the Pelicans with 24 points and added nine rebounds, five assists and one steal. Christian Wood supplied 23 points, nine rebounds, one assist, six blocks and three steals. Frank Jackson posted 20 points, two rebounds and one steal before exiting with a concussion. Ian Clark managed 12 points, while Elfrid Payton collected 11 points, nine assists, six rebounds and two steals. The Hawks return home and face the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, while the Pelicans remain home and tangle with the Sacramento Kings on Thursday evening as well.
March 3,2019 at 8:00 PM
3/26/2019 8:00 PM
Bucks defeat Rockets, 108-94
The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the visiting Houston Rockets, 108-94, at Fiserv Forum on Tuesday. While Houston led for the first 16 minutes of this game, Milwaukee dominated from there. The Bucks did most of their damage in the middle quarters, outscoring the Rockets, 70-46. That allowed them to lead by at least 12 points for the entirety of the fourth quarter. Milwaukee's defense was critical, as they held Houston to 36 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range while winning the defensive rebounding battle, 50-38. The Bucks also out-assisted the Rockets, 24-17. The Raptors (47-28) were led by James Harden, as he accumulated 23 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. Chris Paul finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Clint Capela totaled 17 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Danuel House led the bench with 15 points and four boards. The Bucks (56-19) were led by Eric Bledsoe, as he tallied 23 points, three rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. Giannis Antetokounmpo collected 19 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. Brook Lopez amassed 13 points and eight boards while Pat Connaughton led the bench with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Both teams return to action on Thursday, with Milwaukee playing host to the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston welcoming the Denver Nuggets to Toyota Center.
March 3,2019 at 8:00 PM
3/26/2019 8:00 PM
Clippers Topple Timberwolves, 122-111
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 122-111, at Target Center on Tuesday evening. The Clippers (45-30) deployed one of the best strategies for winning on the road -- they got out to a sizable lead early. Los Angeles forged a 42-23 lead through the first 12 minutes and held a 75-55 halftime advantage. The Timberwolves (33-41) did manage to put a nine-point dent in their deficit overall during the second half, but that wasn't nearly enough to overtake Los Angeles. As their final point tally implies, the visitors shot extremely well, draining 54.1 percent of their attempts, including 50.0 percent from three-point range. Danilo Gallinari paced the Clippers with a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double that also included four assists and one steal. Lou Williams followed with 20 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Montrezl Harrell delivered 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Garrett Temple supplied 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Patrick Beverley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with a 24-point, 13-rebound double-double that also included three assists and two steals. Andrew Wiggins poured in 22 points and added three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Dario Saric furnished 18 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Tyus Jones managed 13 points, eight assists and two rebounds. Josh Okogie and Jerryd Bayless managed nine points apiece. The Clippers remain on the road and next visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday evening, while the Timberwolves remain home to tangle with the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
March 3,2019 at 8:30 PM
3/26/2019 8:30 PM
Kings Get Past Mavericks, 125-121
The Sacramento Kings defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 125-121, at AT & T Center on Tuesday evening. The Kings (37-37) encountered quite the challenge against the Mavericks (29-45), which have been a markedly better team at home. The game was a see-saw affair for the most part, and Sacramento found itself down by a 112-107 margin with 3:46 remaining. However, the visitors went on an 18-9 run over the final 3:04, sealing the win with a pair of Buddy Hield free throws. Each team found plenty of offensive success, shooting 50.6 percent apiece. De'Aaron Fox led the way for the Kings with 23 points, adding eight assists and hauling in five rebounds. Harrison Barnes posted 18 points, three rebounds and one assist. Hield finished with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Willie Cauley-Stein managed 16 points, seven boards, two assists and one steal. Marvin Bagley and Bogdan Bogdanovic mustered 14 points each off the bench. Luka Doncic paced the Mavericks with a 28-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist triple double. Dwight Powell generated a 21-point, 13-rebound double-double that also included three assists and four blocks. Maxi Kleber furnished 17 points, four rebounds, one steal and one block. Jalen Brunson managed 15 points and three assists. Ryan Broekhoff poured in 11 points. The Kings next visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday evening, while the Mavericks visit the Miami Heat on Thursday night as well.
March 3,2019 at 9:00 PM
3/26/2019 9:00 PM
Nuggets Beat Pistons, 95-92
The Denver Nuggets took down the Detroit Pistons, 95-92, at Pepsi Center on Tuesday evening. The Pistons (37-37) fought back from a double-digit deficit and trailed by just two late in the fourth quarter on Tuesday. However, Denver (50-23) closed out the game in style with a clutch step-back two from Jamal Murray. The jumper capped off a 31-point night from Murray, whose performance helped Denver move back into a tie for first in the Western Conference. Nikola Jokic also had a big night in what proved to be an exciting big man duel. Jokic scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds while squaring off against Detroit's own All-Star bigs. Paul Millsap grabbed another 13 boards for the Nuggets, though he shot only 2-of-10 from the floor. As a whole, it was a less-than-stellar offensive night for the Nuggets, who shot just 42.5 percent overall. However, their defense got the job done, holding Detroit to just 35 percent shooting. Blake Griffin led the way for the Pistons with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Griffin attempted a game-high 31 shots, making 12. His strong performance was complemented by Andre Drummond, who added 18 rebounds and 13 points. Detroit will host the Orlando Magic on Thursday evening, while the Nuggets will visit OKC.
March 3,2019 at 10:30 PM
3/26/2019 10:30 PM
Lakers Thrash Wizards, 124-106
The Los Angeles Lakers blew out the Washington Wizards, 124-106, at Staples Center on Tuesday evening. The Lakers (33-41) earned a second straight win for the first time since the All-Star Break on Tuesday. The team distanced itself from its recent struggles with a strong offensive night, shooting 53.9 percent from the floor in the win. LA led from the first quarter onwards, capitalizing on a weak shooting night by the Wizards (30-45). Washington could not get anything to fall on Tuesday, shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 6-of-32 from beyond the arc. LeBron James scored 23 points for the Lakers while dishing out a team-high 14 assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the scoring charge for LA, pouring in 29 points in the blowout win. JaVale McGee also continued his career-best tear, scoring 20 points while grabbing 15 rebounds and blocking four shots. For the Wizards, Bradley Beal scored a game-high 32 points. The rest of Washington's starting five combined for just 27 points, though, as the team struggled to find reliable offense. Off the bench, Jabari Parker contributed 18 points. Both teams will face the second half of a back-to-back on Wednesday, with the Lakers visiting Utah and the Wizards traveling to Phoenix.