Denver Nuggets VS Indiana Pacers
Anderson Out For Season, knee. Warriors - No injuries to report. Kyrie Irving knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer in Game 7 of the Finals last spring and hit the winning jumper with 3. Irving battled a shooting slump in two losses last week - going a combined 9-of from the field in the two contests - and started to pick up the pace by pouring in 26 points on of shooting in Sacramento.
Irving was able to hoist up that many shots against the Kings because LeBron James decided to show off his skills as a passer while racking up 15 assists. Kevin Durant got his first taste of the rivalry in that Christmas meeting and collected 36 points and 15 rebounds but tripped on his way up the court on the final play and could not get off a shot at the buzzer.
Durant scored at least 25 points in each of the last five games and is 8-of from 3-point range in the last three contests. Someone securing a victory with a buzzer-beater would surely be better than that.
It would also be more entertaining if this game could stay close throughout. The Warriors led by double-digits 20 minutes in and were up 14 with 10 left. It was then that the Cavs turned it on, got a monster scoring flurry from Irving and strong play out of LeBron James and Kevin Love and turned the result around. In all, Cleveland led 42 seconds.
The Warriors, as you might expect, are looking forward to this one. Oracle Arena, site of Golden State losses in Games 5 and 7, will be amped up and sold out. Considering that the last two times Cleveland set foot in the building, it thwarted full-on celebrations, the stakes are nowhere near as high here. Still, you know LeBron and friends would love to sweep the season series to hold a psychological edge in the case they run into Golden State again come June. The Warriors last played on Thursday, beating Detroit Golden State is with at least two days between games, so maybe we will see the best from both teams here and get an even better show than we got on Dec.
Stephen Curry struggled, shooting just 4-for and missing five of his seven 3-point looks. Cleveland is a 7. The Cavs were a 3. At , this is the second-largest total set in a Cavs game this season, trailing only the That game went 'under. The first two meetings came down to the wire. The most recent, a OKC win on Dec.
He won the first game in Los Angeles with a jumper with Paul fell one assist shy of a triple-double in an game that produced the second-lowest scoring output of the season for both teams.
If not for Westbrook missing a 3-pointer at the buzzer in that Nov. Westbrook notched his 20th triple-double and scored 36, his second-highest output since Dec. Playing their third road game in four nights, it remains to be seen how much juice the Thunder have left in their legs.
Jordan is averaging Oklahoma City has won five of the last seven against the Clippers, so this one is going to be important to both teams. Westbrook would love to win his final regular-season game in his hometown this season since there are no more stops at Staples scheduled. Paul will be the driving force in keeping the Thunder from winning the season series for the second straight time. ET, but they're headed in opposite directions and coming off drastically different results.
Before heading to Manhattan, the Hawks handled Milwaukee at home on Sunday afternoon, getting an unexpected boost from Kent Bazemore and the newly acquired Mike Dunleavy, who combined for 44 points in a win over Milwaukee. At precisely the same time on Sunday, New York was finishing up a loss in Toronto where it was outscored in the third quarter. Starters sat the fourth to rest for today's game, but head coach Jeff Hornacek hinted that lineup changes may be on the hornizon.
The 'under' has prevailed in six of seven Hawks games and four straight Knicks games. The Trail Blazers swept the Wizards last week and have won four of five meetings in this series. The Wizards have a seven-game winning streak at the Verizon Center. After resting on Saturday in a road loss at Washington, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid should be back in the lineup at Milwaukee to continue his All-Star campaign.
The 76ers are in the last six games he's played in despite a restriction topping him out at 30 minutes. The Bucks are playing their first back-to-back of and are on the second night thus far this season. New Orleans had lost 10 consecutive meetings against the Pacers prior to a Dec. Rookie Buddy Hield pitched in with 21 points, a figure that remains his career-high.
Indiana has been off since having its five-game winning streak snapped in London by Denver. The Knicks, who are since a Christmas Day loss to Boston, fell at Toronto on Sunday - the second game in a row Kristaps Porzingis has missed with a sore left Achilles.
The Knicks, who trailed by 34 points in the second half Sunday, are hopeful Porzingis - second on the team in scoring Atlanta and New York have split their first two meetings this season, each winning on their home court. Portland Trail Blazers at Washington Wizards The Wizards will try to push their home winning streak to 12 in a row when they host the Portland Trail Blazers in the second of a three-game homestand on Monday.
Washington's home winning streak looked like it was in danger when the Wizards trailed by 13 points early against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, but they caught fire through the second and third quarters and ended up cruising to a win. Washington allowed the Boston Celtics to shoot The Trail Blazers are going the other way on the defensive end and suffered a loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday after holding their previous two opponents under 90 points.
Portland, which is on the road and against Eastern Conference opponents, is embarking on a four-game east coast trip. Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks -7, The Bucks have claimed nine straight meetings between the two squads, who have yet to face one another this season.
Milwaukee had won two straight before Sunday's setback at Atlanta and is in the second half of back-to-backs. The 76ers had a rare three-game winning streak of their own - their first in three years - come to an end in a loss at Washington on Saturday, although budding star Joel Embiid did not play in that one.
Embiid has scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive contests, five of which came on the road. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo - who had 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists Sunday - averaged New Orleans Pelicans at Indiana Pacers The Pelicans, who were hoping to make a move into the playoff race in the Western Conference in the first half of this month, dropped a decision at Chicago on Saturday to fall to in January.
New Orleans got star forward Anthony Davis back from a one-game absence due to a hip injury on Saturday but was still outrebounded while giving up 21 offensive boards to the Bulls. If we do that and put bodies on players, it makes rebounding a lot easier.
Really getting after it. Orlando Magic at Denver Nuggets They will try to carry that momentum across several time zones when they return home to host the Orlando Magic on Monday. The Nuggets lost five in a row while allowing an average of Orlando, which is playing the fifth of a six-game road trip at Denver, earned a win at Portland on Friday but might have been even more impressive in a loss on Saturday, when it scored points against a Utah Jazz squad that leads the NBA in scoring defense.
With four straight losses and six in their last seven games, the Hornets are in danger of falling below. Meanwhile, the Celtics have won six of seven and 12 of 15 behind the stellar play of point guard Isaiah Thomas, who hit the game-winner with two seconds left in Friday's win at Atlanta and is on a roll that has pushed him into the fringe of some MVP discussions at the season's midpoint.
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