Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Here is a recap of yesterday’s games.
Pelicans versus Heat
As the Heat went into the 4th quarter with an 11 point lead, Anthony Davis and the squad cut that lead enough to tie the game up and force overtime. However, it didn’t quite work out for them, as the Heat finished the job late, sustaining a 94-88 victory. The high man for the Heat was Chris Bosh, who put up 30 points and 10 boards on 11 of 25 shooting from the field. Hassan Whiteside helped out with a whopping 17 rebounds, as well as D-Wade who dropped 19. On the opposite side of the ball, superstar Anthony Davis put up an outstanding double-double with 29 points, 15 boards, 4 steals and 3 blocks. However, Ryan Anderson’s 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting was not enough help to lift the Pelicans over the extremely talented Heat team. The Pelicans depleted roster continues to be covered by Anthony Davis’ immaculate performances, but they can’t hide their 3-14 road record for much longer. The Heat continues to show its depth, as the team has a healthy mix of veterans and young players and continues to hold onto championship aspirations regardless of not having LeBron James.
Bulls versus Thunder
After demolishing the Lakers a few days ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder probably kicked back and relaxed, getting ready for Santa to put a finals trophy under their tree—because that’s how they played. While Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put up a combined 55 points, 16 rebounds, 15 assists and 7 steals, their supporting players were completely out of it, as the team shot 25% from the 3 point arc, leading to their demise. Even though the Bulls lost Joakim Noah, they got their Christmas wish, as they received a healthy Pau Gasol, someone they really missed this past week, as he put up 21 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks on the day. Unlike Westbrook and Durant, he received help from his teammates such as Jimmy Butler, who put up 23 points. The Bulls handily won this game 105-96, as they have the depth in size to replace Noah’s absence. As for the Thunder, they need better production from their role players.
Cavaliers versus Warriors
I was fortunate to watch this game live (see image above) and the finals rematch was thrilling! We could finally see the Cavs and Warriors go at it fully healthy, or at least mostly healthy (the Warriors were missing Harrison Barnes). But that didn’t seem to bother them. All eyes were on LeBron James and Steph Curry, though they weren’t the highlight of this matchup. Curry finished strong late, but struggled early when going up against the tough Matthew Dellavedova and his aching calf, totaling only 19 points and 7 assists on 6 of 15 shooting. As for James, he really struggled late in the 4th, missing 3 out of 4 free throws, awakening the ghosts of his anti-clutch gene, totaling 25 points, 9 rebounds with just 2 assists. Draymond Green was the man for Golden State, tallying 22 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks. The still recovering Kyrie Irving also struggled, shooting just 4 of 15 from the field and grabbing 13 points. Kevin Love had a double double with 10 points and 18 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough, as the Warriors toughened this one out and won by a score of 89-83. This game was certainly an ugly one, as this matchup is a challenge for both teams.
Spurs versus Rockets
This was a Texas matchup that many wanted to see. While the Rockets have been a disappointment this year, having a .500 record, they certainly showed up tonight against the high powered Spurs team. James Harden struggled in the first half, scoring just 2 points. However, he turned it around and finished with 20 points and 9 assists, getting some help from Terrance Jones and Jason Terry. The Spurs, sitting in 2nd place in the West, really showed their age and attrition tonight, as they did not play like a team with a 25-5 record. Tim Duncan had 13 points and 11 boards, Kawhi Leonard had 20 points, and 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks and Lamarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 9 rebounds—so how did they lose? Well, considering Tony Parker had a total of 2 points and 3 assists, the Spurs had nobody to initiate their offense, as they struggled down the stretch. A 4th quarter comeback wasn’t enough to take down the average Houston Rockets. The Rockets won this ugly game by a score of 88-84, hopping to 1 game over .500.
Clippers versus Lakers
An LA showdown to finish the night on Christmas Day! The Lakers have been an utter disappointment in Kobe Bryant’s final year, recording only 5 wins almost 2 months into the season—not such a good mark. As for the Clippers, they continue to crumble late in games, as they did in this one as well, allowing the Lakers to make a surge though it fell short due to their lack of talent. Chris Paul showed up as he usually does, getting 23 points and 6 assists on 11 of 19 shooting on the night. Blake Griffin had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and Jamal Crawford dropped 13 in the bucket off the bench, all leading to the Clippers inevitable victory. As for the deficient Lakers, their 2nd overall pick point guard D’Angelo Russell had a game high 16 points, along with 7 boards on 7 of 13 shooting from the field off the bench. While he has not yet lived up to his #2 overall status, he can’t be labeled BUST just yet, regardless of the Lakers horrid 5-25 record. Kobe Bryant struggled again, tallying 12 points on 4 of 10 shooting. Julius Randle’s presence certainly helped them, as he was out multiple games before returning on Christmas Day. He came off the bench and had a solid 11 points and 8 rebounds, outperforming a disappointing and pathetic 7’2” Roy Hibbert, who got 8 points and 3 rebounds. The Lakers talent is pathetic, as the Clippers snatched a victory, winning by a score of 94-84.
Did you enjoy the games?
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