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118
Charlotte Hornets  at  Detroit Pistons
Final  – January 15, 2018
107

Hornets Pull Upset, Beat Pistons On The Road

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Detroit Pistons, 118-107, at Little Ceasars Arena on Monday afternoon. The Hornets (17-25) had to come from behind in this game and managed to pull quite an upset against a Pistons (22-20) team that has looked quite solid at home during the current season. Both teams looked evenly matched after the first quarter ended 27-27, and Detroit jumped ahead in the second with a six-point advantage. Everyone thought Detroit would cruise their way in the second half, but Charlotte came out of nowhere to turn things around. A 34-24 pushed Charlotte on top by four, and they closed things out in the fourth quarter with a 34-27 win over the final 12 minutes. Charlotte's reaction was impressive, and they were rewarded for their efforts with a comfortable win. Dwight Howard was the absolute star of this game for Charlotte, as he finished with a strong double-double of 21 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks. Kemba Walker contributed with 20 points and nine assists, and Marvin Williams also chipped in with 21 points of his own. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed with 11 points, and Nicolas Batum filled the stat sheet thanks to 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Tobias Harris and Reggie Bullock each contributed with 20 points to lead the Pistons' offense. Ish Smith had a strong performance leading the offense, as the veteran point guard had a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists. Avery Bradley contributed with 15 points, and Anthony Tolliver had 17 points coming off the bench. Andre Drummond struggled, however, and only had three points.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 4:33 PM ET

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

Dwight Howard was the absolute star of this game for Charlotte, as he finished with a strong double-double of 21 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks. Kemba Walker contributed with 20 points and nine assists, and Marvin Williams also chipped in with 21 points of his own. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed with 11 points, and Nicolas Batum filled the stat sheet thanks to 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Tobias Harris and Reggie Bullock each contributed with 20 points to lead the Pistons' offense. Ish Smith had a strong performance leading the offense, as the veteran point guard had a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists. Avery Bradley contributed with 15 points, and Anthony Tolliver had 17 points coming off the bench. Andre Drummond struggled, however, and scored three points with 10 rebounds.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 4:34 PM ET

111
Toronto Raptors  at  Philadelphia 76ers
Final  – January 15, 2018
117

Sixers Come From Behind, Defeat Raptors

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Toronto Raptors, 117-111, at Wells Fargo Center on Monday afternoon. The Sixers (20-20) delivered one of the their best performances of the entire season, and they looked in absolute control of the game after the first quarter, and they never looked back. Philadelphia jumped to a 32-23 lead in the first quarter, extended it one more point at half time, and added eight more points to their cushion after three, putting the Sixers up 94-75 with only 12 minutes left. The game was decided by that stage and Toronto won the final 12 minutes by eight points, but it was just too late for them to had any reaction, and Philadelphia cruised their way to an easy win at home. Joel Embiid had an impressive performance on both ends of the court, as the talented big man contributed with 34 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and one block. Ben Simmons had 12 points with four assists and two steals, and Robert Covington chipped in with 11 points and eight boards. J.J. Redick had 15 points with five rebounds and three assists, and T.J. McConnell had 18 points, eight assists, and six boards off the bench. DeMar DeRozan led the offense for Toronto after scoring 24 points while 8-for-18 from the field. Kyle Lowry had 13 points with seven rebounds and four assists and three steals. Serge Ibaka had 10 points. Delon Wright had 20 points in 20 minutes off the bench, and Pascal Siakam had a strong performance of 11 points and six rebounds.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 4:45 PM ET

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

Joel Embiid had an impressive performance on both ends of the court, as the talented big man contributed with 34 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and one block. Ben Simmons had 12 points with four assists and two steals, and Robert Covington chipped in with 11 points and eight boards. J.J. Redick had 15 points with five rebounds and three assists, and T.J. McConnell had 18 points, eight assists, and six boards off the bench. DeMar DeRozan led the offense for Toronto after scoring 24 points while 8-for-18 from the field. Kyle Lowry had 13 points with seven rebounds and four assists and three steals. Serge Ibaka contributed with 10 points. Delon Wright had 20 points in 20 minutes off the bench, and also Pascal Siakam had a strong performance of 11 points and six rebounds.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 4:46 PM ET

104
Milwaukee Bucks  at  Washington Wizards
Final  – January 15, 2018
95

Bucks Come From Behind, Destroy Wizards

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Washington Wizards, 104-95, at Capital One Arena on Monday afternoon. The Wizards (25-19) and the Bucks (23-20) played a game that seemed to be going down to the wire, but Milwaukee looked in absolute control after the second half and they simply didn't allow Washington to come back into the game. Washington actually jumped on top by two after the first quarter, but Milwaukee answered with a four-point lead in the second quarter, so they built a two-point advantage, 53-51, heading into halftime. The Bucks continued to streamroll their way through this game, and won the third quarter by four points, and the fourth by three more, so they ended cruising their way to a rather comfortable nine-point win on the road. The Bucks had a strong effort offensively, and Giannis Antetokounmpo was the biggest star of the game as he finished with 27 points, 19 rebounds, and six rebounds. Eric Bledsoe chipped in with 23 points, five rebounds, and four blocks. Khris Middleton chipped in with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Malcolm Brodgon contributed with 16 points and four assists. John Wall was the top player for the Wizards with 27 points and nine assists, while Bradley Beal had 19 points as well. The rest of the starting lineup struggled, however. Otto Porter Jr., Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris combined for 18 points while going 8-for-19 from the field between all three. Kelly Oubre Jr. offered a strong effort off the bench, however, as he contributed with 19 points and five boards.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 5:06 PM ET

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Bucks had a strong effort offensively, and Giannis Antetokounmpo was the biggest star of the game as he finished with 27 points, 19 rebounds, and six rebounds. Eric Bledsoe chipped in with 23 points, five rebounds, and four blocks. Khris Middleton chipped in with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Malcolm Brodgon contributed with 16 points and four assists. John Wall was the top player for the Wizards with 27 points and nine assists, while Bradley Beal had 19 points as well. The rest of the starting lineup struggled, however. Otto Porter Jr., Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris combined for 18 points while going 8-for-19 from the field between all three. Kelly Oubre Jr. offered a strong effort off the bench, however, as he contributed with 19 points and also added five boards.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 5:06 PM ET

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San Antonio Spurs  at  Atlanta Hawks
Final  – January 15, 2018
102

Hawks Upset Spurs, 102-99

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Atlanta Hawks defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 102-99, at Philips Arena on Monday afternoon. The Hawks (12-31) found out shortly before tip-off that they'd be spared from having to face Kawhi Leonard, who was getting a day off to rest his still-recuperating quadriceps. However, given their depth and demonstrated ability to play well at times without Leonard in the lineup this season, Atlanta undoubtedly still expected a tough game out of the visiting Spurs (29-16). That indeed came to fruition, as San Antonio actually jumped out to a 48-44 halftime lead. The home squad battled back to forge a 73-73 tie heading into the final 12 minutes, and fittingly, the hard-fought contest wasn't decided until the final minute. Kyle Anderson got the Spurs to within 100-99 after hitting a pair of free throws with less than eight seconds remaining, but Dennis Schroder helped sealed the victory with a pair of buckets of his own from the charity stripe with under seven ticks on the clock. Danny Green put up a desperation 26-foot three-point attempt for the possible tie at the two-second mark that couldn't find the net, allowing the Hawks to escape despite having committed 15 turnovers overall. LaMarcus Aldridge once again led the Spurs in Leonard's absence, posting a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double that also included three assists, one steal and one block. Anderson managed 13 points, six rebounds, one assist and three steals. Patty Mills matched his scoring total to lead the bench and added three boards, two assists and one steal. Green poured in 11 points and also supplied three assists, two rebounds, two steals and one block. Davis Bertans registered 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and one block. Dejounte Murray totaled eight points, four rebounds and one steal, while Tony Parker and Pau Gasol turned in matching six-point tallies. Schroder paced the Hawks with 26 points and also contributed six assists, five rebounds and one steal. Ersan Ilyasova accounted for 20 points, six boards and one assist. John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon co-led the bench with 12-point efforts, with the former adding eight rebounds, one assist and one steal and the latter totaling 10 boards, three assists and one steal. Marco Belinelli pitched in 10 points, two boards and one steal. The Spurs remain on the road and head to the Big Apple, where they'll do battle with the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday evening. The Hawks remain home and face off with the New Orleans Pelicans on that same night.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 5:50 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

Despite once again playing without Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), San Antonio jumped out to a 48-44 halftime lead. The home squad battled back to forge a 73-73 tie heading into the final 12 minutes. Kyle Anderson got the Spurs to within 100-99 after hitting a pair of free throws with less than eight seconds remaining, but Dennis Schroder helped sealed the victory with a pair of buckets of his own from the charity stripe with under seven ticks on the clock. Danny Green's desperation 26-foot three-point attempt at the two-second mark couldn't find the net, allowing the Hawks to escape despite 15 turnovers. LaMarcus Aldridge's 25-point, 11-rebound double-double led the Spurs. Anderson's contributions included 13 points and six rebounds. Patty Mills notched 13 of his own and added three boards, two assists and one steal. Green poured in 11 points and counted three assists and two rebounds among his other contributions. Davis Bertans registered 10 points, while Dejounte Murray totaled eight points and four rebounds. Tony Parker and Pau Gasol turned in matching six-point tallies. Schroder's 26 points paced the Hawks. He also contributed six assists, five rebounds and one steal. Ersan Ilyasova accounted for 20 points, and John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon co-led the bench with 12-point efforts. The former added eight rebounds, one assist and one steal and the latter totaled 10 boards, three assists and one steal. Marco Belinelli pitched in 10 points off the bench.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 6:19 PM ET

119
New York Knicks  at  Brooklyn Nets
Final  – January 15, 2018
104

Knicks Handle Nets, 119-104

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The New York Knicks defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 119-104, at Barclays Center on Monday afternoon. Both teams came into the contest looking to end multi-game skids that were progressively endangering any Eastern Conference postseason aspirations each may have had. Each squad looked ready to play in a tightly-contested first quarter, but the Knicks (20-24) gained some separation in the second to establish a 52-42 halftime edge. The respective defenses failed to answer the call coming out of intermission, however, as a combined 70 points were scored in the third period. The Nets (16-28) accounted for 39 of those to close their deficit to 83-81 heading into the final quarter. New York promptly squashed any designs of a comeback with an 11-0 run to open the period, setting the foundation for the comfortable double-digit win. The Knicks outperformed their hosts in most categories on the stat sheet and shot a blistering 51.2 percent, including 56.3 percent from three-point range. They also won the battle on the glass, outrebounding Brooklyn by a 51-45 margin. Kristaps Porzingis led the way for the Knicks with 26 points, a total he supplemented with nine rebounds and two blocks. Michael Beasley followed with a bench-leading 23 points and added 10 boards, two assists and two blocks. Doug McDermott managed 13 points, four boards and one assist in 29 minutes off the bench. Kyle O'Quinn turned in a productive effort on the second unit as well, registering 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Courtney Lee and rookie Frank Ntilikina generated matching 10-point tallies, with the former adding two assists, one rebound and one block, and the latter dishing out 10 assists, hauling in seven rebounds, recording two blocks and notching one steal. DeMarre Carroll paced the Nets with 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal. Caris LeVert was next with a 20-point haul that led the bench. He also contributed seven rebounds, one assist and one steal. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson accounted for 16 points, six boards, one assist and one steal. Quincy Acy supplied 13 points, four rebounds and one block. Joe Harris was the third Brooklyn reserve with double-digit scoring, as he posted 10 points and also registered five rebounds, one assist and one steal. The starting backcourt had a quiet afternoon, as Spencer Dinwiddie (eight points, five assists and four rebounds) and Allen Crabbe (six points, three rebounds, three assists and one block) both turned in underwhelming efforts. The Knicks remain on the road and head to the Volunteer State, where they'll take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday evening. The Nets remain home to tangle with the San Antonio Spurs that same night.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 6:11 PM ET      Updated on January 15, 2018 at 6:28 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

After a tightly-contested first quarter, the Knicks' strong second quarter enabled them to build a 52-42 halftime edge. A combined 70 points were scored in the third period, with the Nets accounting for 39 of those to close their deficit to 83-81 heading into the final quarter. New York's 11-0 run to open the period then set the foundation for the comfortable double-digit win. The Knicks shot a blistering 51.2 percent, including 56.3 percent from three-point range, while also holding a 51-45 advantage on the glass. Kristaps Porzingis' 26 points, a total he supplemented with nine rebounds and two blocks, led the Knicks. Michael Beasley followed with a bench-leading 23 points and added 10 boards. Doug McDermott managed 13 points, while Kyle O'Quinn registered 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Courtney Lee and rookie Frank Ntilikina generated matching 10-point tallies. The latter also dished out 10 assists and hauled in seven rebounds. DeMarre Carroll's 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal led the Nets. Caris LeVert was next with a 20-point haul that led the bench. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's line included 16 points and six boards. Quincy Acy supplied 13 points and four rebounds. Joe Harris posted 10 points and also registered five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Starters Spencer Dinwiddie (eight points, five assists and four rebounds) and Allen Crabbe (six points, three rebounds, three assists and one block) turned in underwhelming efforts.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 6:27 PM ET

111
Miami Heat  at  Chicago Bulls
Final  – January 15, 2018
119

Bulls Defeat Heat, 119-111

By Joel Bartilotta

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Miami Heat, 119-111, at United Center on Monday. Miami had a seven-game winning streak snapped in this game, as they trailed for the entirety of the second half. The first and third quarters were decisive, with the Bulls outscoring the Heat, 61-49. The turnover differential really killed the Heat, as they committed 14 of them while forcing just nine from the Bulls. Three-point shooting was also huge for Chicago, as they went 16-of-39 from long range, while Miami hit 12-of-36. The Heat (25-18) were led by Goran Dragic, as he tallied 22 points, five rebounds and nine assists before fouling out. Josh Richardson collected 11 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. Kelly Olynyk led the bench with 21 points, three rebounds and eight assists. Wayne Ellington dropped 20 points off the bench as well. The Bulls (17-27) Lauri Markkanen became the fastest player in NBA history to reach 100 three-pointers, as he finished this game with 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Justin Holiday led the team with 25 points, four rebounds and two assists. Zach LaVine played 19 minutes and accrued 18 points, five rebounds and five assists. Nikola Mirotic led the bench with 18 points and five rebounds. Both teams return to action on Wednesday, with Chicago hosting the Golden State Warriors and Miami traveling to face the Milwaukee Bucks.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 6:04 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

Miami carried a seven-game winning streak into this matchup, but Chicago ended that in dominating fashion. In fact, the Bulls held the lead for the entirety of the second half, as it never got within a five-point margin after the first minute of the third quarter. Turnovers were the difference in the game, with Miami committing 14 of them, while forcing just nine from Chicago. Goran Dragic was Miami's best player, as he accrued 22 points, five rebounds and nine assists. Josh Richardson collected 11 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. Kelly Olynyk led the bench with 21 points, three rebounds and eight assists. Justin Holiday led the Bulls with 25 points, four rebounds and two assists. Lauri Markkanen amassed 17 points and nine rebounds. Zach Lavine played just 19 minutes, but still accumulated 18 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 6:08 PM ET

114
Los Angeles Lakers  at  Memphis Grizzlies
Final  – January 15, 2018
123

Grizzlies Roll Lakers, 123-114

By Joel Bartilotta

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 123-114, at FedEx Forum on Monday. Despite the fact that the Lakers got the first lead of the game, that was the only time they led as Memphis were in control from there. In fact, the Grizzlies led by seven points at the end of the first quarter, by 10 at the half and by 20 heading into the fourth quarter. Los Angeles did respond with a 37-26 fourth quarter, but the closest they ever got the game was an eight-point margin. Defensive rebounding was a huge factor, with Memphis winning that battle, 42-32. The shooting disparity was vast as well, with the Grizzlies hitting 51 percent from the field and 46 percent from three, while the Lakers shot under 40 percent from the field and 34 percent from long range. The Lakers (15-28) had to play this game without Lonzo Ball (knee) and Brandon Ingram (ankle), as they simply didn't have enough to compete with the Grizzlies. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did all he could though, as he led them with 27 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Kyle Kuzma led the bench with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Larry Nance Jr. also played well off the bench, totaling 15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three blocks. The Grizzlies (14-28) got a near triple-double out of Tyreke Evans, as he collected 15 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists. Marc Gasol amassed 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Dillon Brooks led the team in scoring, accruing 19 points, four rebounds and two assists. Both teams return to action on Wednesday, with Memphis playing host to the New York Knicks and Los Angeles traveling to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 8:26 PM ET      Updated on January 15, 2018 at 8:56 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

This was a dominating victory for the Grizzlies, as the Lakers trailed for the final 45 minutes of action. In fact, Memphis led by 10 at the half and carried a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies ended up shooting 51 percent from the field and 46 percent from three-point range, while the Lakers shot under 40 percent from the field and 34 percent from long range. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope carried the Lakers, as he tallied 27 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Kyle Kuzma led the bench with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Larry Nance Jr. provided 15 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three blocks off the bench as well. Tyreke Evans was the player of the game, as he accumulated 15 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists. Marc Gasol totaled 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Dillon Brooks accrued 19 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 8:59 PM ET

118
Golden State Warriors  at  Cleveland Cavaliers
Final  – January 15, 2018
108

Warriors Come Back To Crush Cavs 118-108

By Nick Brazzoni  

The Golden State Warriors defeated Cleveland Cavaliers 118-108 on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena. It was a strong start for the Cavaliers (26-17), as they managed to open up a seven-point lead heading into halftime, and even with a strong third-quarter performance from the Warriors (36-9), Cleveland still only found itself down just two with 12 minutes to play. At that point, however, Golden State elected to kick it into another gear, especially on defense, as they held the Cavaliers to just 17 points in the fourth quarter and built a lead as large as 14. Kevin Durant had a great all-around performance for the Warriors, scoring 32 points to go along with five rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 35 minutes. Steph Curry added 23 points of his own, while Klay Thompson finished with 17 points after scoring 13 in the first four minutes of the opening quarter. The real difference for the Warriors in Monday's contest was at the free throw line, as they made more freebies (24) than Cleveland attempted (22). As for those Cavaliers, LeBron James put together a great all-around performance, posting 32 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and four blocks, but he did turn the ball over eight times. Kevin Love added 17 points and seven rebounds, while Isaiah Thomas added 19 points of his own while shooting just 8-of-21 from the field. What really hurt Cleveland on Monday night was their inability to shoot from distance, as the team hit just 25 percent of its three-point shots, with the starting backcourt of Thomas and J.R. Smith going 1-of-8 from long range.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 11:17 PM ET

By Nick Brazzoni  

Since returning from a hip injury and making his Cavaliers debut, Isaiah Thomas has struggled mightily with his efficiency. After shooting 13-of-25 from the field in his first two games in a Cleveland uniform, Thomas' shooting numbers dropped severely. After shooting a pedestrian 8-of-21 from the field in Monday's loss to the Warriors, Thomas is shooting just 13-of-47 (27.7) percent from the field. Meanwhile, Stephen Curry, since returning from an injury of his own, is shooting the ball as well as he has in his career. Curry shot 4-of-8 from behind the arc and 8-of-15 from the field overall in Monday's win and has shot at least 50 percent from the field in each of the seven games he's played in since returning from that ankle injury. Those efficient shooting numbers have turned into effective scoring, as Curry is averaging 31.9 points per game in those seven contests.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 11:43 PM ET

88
Sacramento Kings  at  Oklahoma City Thunder
Final  – January 15, 2018
95

Thunder Hold Off Kings 95-88

By Nick Brazzoni  

The Oklahoma City Thunder (24-20) defeated the Sacramento Kings (13-30) 95-88 on Monday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Kings started the game strong, opening up a lead as large as 15 points in the first half, but a late run by the Thunder in the second quarter carried over into the third, and from that point on, there was no looking back for Oklahoma City. The Thunder ended up winning the third quarter by 15 points and then never allowed Sacramento to get back into the game. Carmelo Anthony led the way scoring for Oklahoma City on Monday, posting a team-high 20 points, while Russell Westbrook fell an assist shy of a triple-double with 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists, but he also recorded 10 turnovers. Paul George added 18 points, while Steven Adams recorded a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. As for the Kings, five players managed to score in double figures with Buddy Hield's 16 points leading the way. As a team, however, Sacramento had a miserable shooting night. The Kings hit just 24.1 percent of their shots from behind the arc and shot just 39.8 from the field overall. On top of that, they hit just 15 of their 25 shots from the free throw line. In the end, what really hurt Sacramento was how the team got dominated on the glass, as the Thunder managed to grab 18 offensive rebounds and out-rebounded the Kings 58-37. Up next, the Thunder will take on the Lakers at home on Wednesday, while the Kings will look to put an end to their current five-game losing streak Wednesday against the Jazz.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 10:56 PM ET

By Nick Brazzoni  

Russell Westbrook fell just one assist shy of recording his 13th triple-double of the season Monday night, posting 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists across 33 minutes in Monday's win over the Kings. The most glaring number, however, is the 10 turnovers that Westbrook committed in the victory. It was the first time this season that Westbrook hit double-digit turnovers in a single game, but it was the 11th time this season that the point guard has committed at least seven of them. In those 11 games, however, the Thunder are still 7-4, and they have won each of the last five games where Westbrook has committed at least seven turnovers. Last season, Westbrook had 25 regular season games where he recorded at least seven turnovers and reached the double-digit mark five times.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 11:26 PM ET

109
Indiana Pacers  at  Utah Jazz
Final  – January 15, 2018
94

Pacers Run Jazz For Fourth Straight Win

By Dan Bruno  

The Indiana Pacers defeated the host Utah Jazz, 109-94, at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Pacers got out to a great start on the road, taking control in the first quarter, and with a 31-21 lead heading into the second. The Jazz picked it up a bit in the second but the Pacers still managed to increase their lead to 11 by halftime, ahead 58-47. The Pacers carried the momentum into the third quarter, where they quickly pushed their lead to 20, and maintained that cushion heading into the final frame. The Pacers were able to cruise to the finish, keeping the lead in double digits the rest of the way. This marks the third straight win for Indiana. Victor Oladipo led the way for the Pacers with 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting, six rebounds, six assists and two steals, in 34 minutes. Thaddeus Young followed up with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks, while Domantas Sabonis added 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists, in 29 minutes. The Pacers shot 54 percent from the field, including 14-of-26 from long range. Meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell led the way for Utah with 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting, in 32 minutes. Derrick Favors finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks, in 29 minutes, while Rodney Hood added 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting, in 21 minutes off the bench. The Jazz shot 44 percent from the field, including 9-of-33 from long range. The Jazz (17-26) will look to bounce back as they take on the Kings in Sacramento on Wednesday. The Pacers (24-20) head to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 11:38 PM ET      Updated on January 15, 2018 at 11:45 PM ET

By Dan Bruno  

Victor Oladipo led the way for the Pacers with 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting, six rebounds, six assists and two steals, in 34 minutes. Thaddeus Young followed up with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks, in 35 minutes, while Domantas Sabonis added 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists, in 29 minutes. Cory Joseph chipped in 15 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals, in 29 minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell led the way for Utah with 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and two steals, in 32 minutes. Derrick Favors finished with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks, in 29 minutes, while Rodney Hood added 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting, in 21 minutes off the bench. Ricky Rubio was very quiet with two points, five rebounds and two steals, in 22 minutes of action.

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 11:45 PM ET

102
Houston Rockets  at  Los Angeles Clippers
Final  – January 15, 2018
113

Sweet Lou Leads Clippers To Fifth Straight Win

By Dan Bruno  

The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the visiting Houston Rockets, 113-102, at Staples Center on Monday evening. The Rockets got out to a quick start, leading 11-4 just a couple minutes into the game. The Clippers responded and cut the deficit to one, down 31-30, heading into the second. The Rockets started the second quarter well, quickly pulling ahead by nine. However, the Clippers battled back once again and this time took the lead, up 59-56, heading into the half. The Clippers carried the momentum out into the second half, where kicked things off by pushing their lead to 10, just four minutes into the quarter and held on to lead 92-84 heading into the fourth. The Clippers did not waiver, holding the lead throughout the fourth en route to their fifth straight win. Lou Williams led the way for the Clippers once again, this time with 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting, nine assists, three rebounds and one block, in 39 minutes. Blake Griffin followed up with 29 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and one steal, in 34 minutes, while Milo Teodosic added 12 points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal, in 29 minutes. The Clippers shot 56 percent from the field, including 10-of-25 from long range. Meanwhile, Chris Paul tallied 19 points, seven assists, six rebounds and one block, while Eric Gordon finished with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. Trevor Ariza chipped in 17 points, five rebounds and three steals, in 33 minutes. The Rockets shot 40 percent from the field, including 13-of-44 from long range. The Rockets (30-12) will look to bounce back as they play host to the Timberwolves on Thursday. The Clippers (22-21) play host to the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Posted on January 16, 2018 at 1:24 AM ET

By Dan Bruno  

Lou Williams led the Clippers with 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting, nine assists, three rebounds and one block, in 39 minutes. Blake Griffin followed up with 29 points on 11-of-22 shooting, 10 rebounds, six assists and one steal, in 34 minutes, while Milo Teodosic added 12 points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal, in 29 minutes. Tyrone Wallace finished with 12 points, three steals, two rebounds, two assists and a block, in 33 minutes. Meanwhile, Chris Paul tallied 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting, seven assists, six rebounds and one block, while Eric Gordon finished with 19 points on 7-of-21 shooting, four rebounds and three assists. Trevor Ariza chipped in 17 points, five rebounds and three steals, in 33 minutes. Clint Capela tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, while Gerald Green added 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block, off the bench.

Posted on January 16, 2018 at 2:45 AM ET