Bucks Rally Against Rockets

The Milwaukee Bucks trailed by as many as 16 points on the road against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. Milwaukee trailed 87-78 entering the fourth-quarter.

Giannis Antetokoumnpo fouled out in the fourth-quarter, but other players stepped up for the Bucks. They outscored Houston 39-24 in the fourth-quarter and Milwaukee was able to win by a score of 117-111.

Antetokoumnpo finished the game with 30 points on 64.7 percent shooting. He also grabbed 13 rebounds, recorded 11 assists, one block, and one steal.

Wesley Matthews scored 14 points on 50 percent shooting. He grabbed four rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, and Eric Bledsoe each scored 11 points.

The Milwaukee Bucks bench scored 40 points. Ersan Ilyasova scored 13 points on 75 percent shooting. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked one shot.

Pat Connaughton scored 10 points on 50 percent shooting. He grabbed four rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked one shot.

This was also the debut of the James Harden-Russell Westbrook era in Houston. Westbrook scored 24 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 16 rebounds, recorded seven assists, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Harden scored 19 points, but he shot only 15.4 percent from the field. James Harden also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded 14 assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

P.J. Tucker scored 17 points on 60 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked one shot.

Clint Capela recorded another double-double in his career with 13 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 50 percent from the field. Capela blocked three shots and recorded one steal.

The Houston Rockets bench scored 30 points. Eric Gordon scored 11 points on 21.1 percent shooting, He also grabbed one rebound.

Tyson Chandler scored 10 points on 83.3 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds.

This was the first game in a long time that Houston Head Coach Mike D’Antoni used 10 players in one game.

These two teams will play each other one more time this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks next game will be at home on Saturday afternoon against the Miami Heat. The Houston Rockets next game will be at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

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Lightning Edge Penguins Late

After Victor Hedman scored the go-ahead goal on the power-play with 56 seconds remaining in regulation for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Pittsburgh Penguins gave them one last gasp.

In the final seconds, Andrei Vasilevskiy made a glove save and he finished with 37 saves.

However, that glove save had to be reviewed because there was a possibility the glove and the puck both crossed the line. There is one angle that showed both of that for a glimpse second, but most of the angles did not show that what so ever and Tampa Bay hanged on to beat Pittsburgh 3-2.

This review took around eight minutes. For the most part, the NHL officiating did a very good job officiating that play and also reviewing it.

Alex Killorn scored 9:46 into the game for the Lightning.

The Penguins struck twice in the second-period. Brandon Tanev scored a back-handed goal 5:06 into the second-period. Jake Guentzel scored with 59 seconds remaining in the second-period.

Dominik Simon did a tremendous job of keeping the puck in the zone on the second goal and Sidney Crosby did a great job finding Guentzel open.

Cedric Paquette tied the game at two for Tampa Bay 7:07 into the third-period.

Tristan Jarry finished the game with 45 saves for Pittsburgh.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season.

This was a big win for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Injuries are starting to catch up to the Pittsburgh Penguins. You know it is getting bad for them when defenseman Jusso Riikola has to play forward on the fourth-line.

This team is currently on a three-game losing streak. They started the season 6-2 and are now 6-5.

Pittsburgh’s next game will be on the road on Saturday night against the Dallas Stars. Tampa Bay’s next game will be at home on Saturday night against the Nashville Predators.

 

Nationals Bust Game Open in Game 2 Win over Astros

Game 2 between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros was very competitive until the seventh-inning.

With the game tied at two, Kurt Suzuki hit the go-ahead solo home run in the seventh-inning off of Justin Verlander.

Washington scored a combined nine runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth-innings in a 12-3 win over Houston.

Howie Kendrick had an RBI single in the seventh-inning, Asdrubal Cabrera had a two-run single in the seventh-inning, and Ryan Zimmerman had a two-run single in the seventh-inning.

Adam Eaton hit a two-run homer for the Nationals in the eighth-inning off of Josh James. Asdrubal Cabrera also had an RBI single in that inning.

Michael Taylor hit a solo homer off of Chris Devenski in the ninth-inning for Washington.

Martin Maldonado hit a solo homer off of Jay Guerra in the ninth-inning for the Astros.

The other runs that were scored in this game was on a two-run double by Anthony Rendon in the first-inning for the Washington Nationals.

Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer in the first-inning off of Stephen Strasburg for the Houston Astros.

Strasburg (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Washington. He pitched six innings and gave up seven hits and two runs. Stephen Strasburg also walked one batter and struck out seven.

Justin Verlander (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched six innings and gave up four hits and three runs. Verlander also walked three batters and struck out six.

Washington leads this series 2-0 and this is a major shock to the baseball world. There has only been three teams in MLB history that have came back from an 0-2 deficit after losing the first two games of the World Series at home.

The projected starting pitchers for Game 3 on Friday night at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. will be Zack Greinke (18-5, 2.93 ERA) for the Houston Astros and Anibal Sanchez (11-8, 3.85 ERA) for the Washington Nationals.

 

 

 

Nationals Take Down Astros in Game 1 of the World Series

The Washington Nationals have not played in a week after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. They would be on the road for Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Washington’s bullpen bended late in the game, but they did not break as they survived in Game 1 over Houston by a score of 5-4. They haveĀ  won their last seven games.

Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run double for the Astros in the first-inning.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo home run for the Nationals in the second-inning off of Gerrit Cole.

Juan Soto also hit a solo homer for Washington in the fourth-inning off of Gerrit Cole.

The Washington Nationals scored three runs in the fifth-inning on a Adam Eaton RBI single and a Juan Soto two-run double.

George Springer hit a solo homer in the seventh-inning for Houston off of Tanner Rainey. He also hit an RBI double in the eighth-inning. If Springer had ran out the ball, he could have had a triple and Jose Altuve could of had a sacrifice fly on the next at bat.

Sean Doolittle recorded his first save of the World Series for Washington. He pitched 1.1 innings and struck out one batter.

Max Scherzer (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Nationals. He pitched five innings and gave up five hits and two runs. Scherzer walked three batters and struck out seven.

Gerrit Cole (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Houston Astros. He pitched seven innings and gave up eight hits and five runs. Cole walked one batter and struck out six.

This was his worst start since August 28 against the Tampa Bay Rays at home. In that game, he pitched 6.2 innings and gave up six hits and four runs. Gerrit Cole walked one batter and struck out 14.

The projected pitching match up for Game 2 on Wednesday night will be Stephen Strasburg (18-6, 3.32 ERA) for Washington and Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for Houston.

Clippers Take Down Lakers in Battle of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Lakers would take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Battle of Los Angeles on opening night.

This game lived up to the hype. At one point in this game, the Clippers led by as many as 14 points in the third-quarter.

The Lakers went on a run in that third-quarter and Danny Green was unconscious. He finished with 28 points on 71.4 percent shooting along with seven rebounds, one block, and two steals. The game was tied at 85 after three quarters, but the Los Angeles Clippers prevailed in a 112-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Clippers with 30 points on 52.6 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

The rest of the starters combined for 22 points.

The Los Angeles Clippers bench went off for 60 points. Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points on 63.6 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded four assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

Lou Williams scored 21 points on 57.1 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds and recorded seven assists. Williams also recorded one steal.

Anthony Davis and Lebron James played together for the first time in an NBA regular season game in this contest. They played great through the first three quarters, but they both combined for only two points in the fourth-quarter.

Davis scored 25 points on 38.1 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal.

James scored 18 points on 36.8 percent shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds, recorded eight assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

The Lakers bench only scored 19 points. Troy Daniels and Jared Dudley each scored six points.

The Los Angeles Lakers led by as many as 11 points in the first-half.

Both of these teams had at least one key injury in this game. Kyle Kuzma was out for this game for the Los Angeles Lakers with a back injury.

Paul George was out for this game for the Los Angeles Clippers because of a shoulder injury and he is still recovering from offseason surgery and George’s projected return month is November.

These two teams will play each other three more times this season. The Lakers next game will be against the Utah Jazz at home on Friday night. The Clippers next game will be against the Golden State Warriors on the road on Thursday night.

Toronto Raptors Prevail in Overtime against the New Orleans Pelicans

It was opening night in the NBA. The Toronto Raptors would receive their championship rings before the game and the 2019 NBA Championship Banner was also raised.

There would be no more Kawhi Leonard for Toronto because he left for the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency in the offseason.

Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors with 34 points on 42.3 percent shooting along with 18 rebounds, five assists, and one block in a 130-122 win in overtime over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Fred VanVleet also scored 34 points on 66.7 percent shooting for Toronto. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded seven assists, and recorded two steals.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, but he only shot 26.7 percent from the field. He was 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Lowry tied the game at 117 with two made free throws with 29.2 seconds remaining in regulation. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded six assists, and recorded two steals.

O.G. Anunoby scored 11 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds for the Raptors. Toronto had 23 bench points and Ibaka scored 10 of them,

New Orleans had a much different look to this team entering the game. They don’t have Anthony Davis anymore.

Brandon Ingram led the way for the Pelicans with 22 points on 42.1 percent shooting. He grabbed five rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal.

J.J. Redick scored 16 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed two rebounds and recorded one assist.

Jrue Holday scored 13 pints on 40 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded six assists, and blocked two shots.

Lonzo Ball struggled with eight points on 28.6 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds and recorded five assists.

This team scored 65 bench points. Nicolo Melli and Josh Hart each had 15 points off the bench.

The biggest lead in this game for the New Orleans Pelicans was 11 points. The biggest lead in this game for the Toronto Raptors was eight points.

Zion Williamson did not play in this game for New Orleans because of a knee injury and he will be sidelined for the next several weeks.

NBA fans and Pelicans fans are going to have to wait to see him make his NBA debut.

These two teams will play each other one more time this season.

New Orleans will host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night in their next game.

Toronto will be on the road against the Boston Celtics on Friday night in their next game.

 

The Houston Astros are heading to the World Series for the second time in three Seasons

With the New York Yankees tying the game at four in the top of the ninth-inning on a two-run homer by D.J. LeMahieu off of Roberto Osuna, the Houston Astros needed to find some heroics themselves.

New York’s closer Aroldis Chapman retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth-inning and he walked George Springer with two outs.

Jose Altuve was the next batter up and he saw a curveball and crushed it to left-center and it was a walk-off two-run homer that sends Houston to the World Series for the second time in three seasons, in a 6-4 Game 6 win over the Yankees.

Altuve was the ALCS MVP in this series and it would not be surprising to see him win the World Series MVP if the Astros were able to find a way to beat the Washington Nationals in the World Series.

Houston struck first in Game 6 in the first-inning on a three-run homer by Yuli Gurriel off of Chad Greene.

Gary Sanchez had an RBI single for New York in the second-inning.

Gio Urshela hit a solo homer for the New York Yankees in the fourth-inning off of Jose Urquidy.

Alex Bregman had an RBI groundout in the sixth-inning for the Houston Astros and it allowed Jose Altuve to score from first base.

Roberto Ozuna (1-1) was the winning pitcher in this game for Houston and he also blew a save in this game. Ozuna pitched one inning and gave up two hits and two runs. He also struck out two batters.

Aroldis Chapman (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this gamr for New York. He pitched 0.2 innings and Chapman gave up one hit and two runs. He walked one batter and struck out one.

Chad Green was the starting pitcher in this game for the Yankees. He pitched one inning and gave up two hits and three runs. Green walked one batter and struck out one.

Brad Peacock was the starting pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up two hits and one run. Peacock walked one batter and struck out two.

The New York Yankees season ends in disappointment. This team won 104 games during the regular season and their expectations of winning the World Series fell short.

General Manager Brian Cashman needs to find a way to acquire or sign some starting pitching in the offseason.

The Houston Astros are in the World Series for the third time in franchise history. They will look for their second World Series title in franchise history. Houston won it all in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.

The Astros beat them in a Game 7 on the road by a score of 5-1.

Game 1 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros will be on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The projected starting pitchers for this game is unknown.

Devils Win First Game of the Season against the New York Rangers

There was a lot of heat on New Jersey Devils Head Coach John Hynes heading into this game at home against the New York Rangers.

New Jersey has started the season 0-4-2 entering this game with two points. Assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald would join him on the bench for this game. He also joined them for practice on Wednesday to see what was going on behind the scenes because this team has not played well so far this season.

The Devils won this game over New York by a score of 5-2 and John Hynes will keep his job for now.

Tony DeAngelo scored 6:02 into the game for the Rangers.

Blake Coleman tied the game at one for New Jersey with 7:02 remaining in the first-period.

The New Jersey Devils scored twice in the second-period on a power-play goal by Kyle Palmieri 2:18 into the second-period and Miles Wood scored with 7:35 remaining in the second-period.

New York cut the lead to one with a goal by Jesper Fast 2:22 into the third-period.

Nikita Gusev scored with 7:39 remaining in regulation for New Jersey.

P.K. Subban scored an empty-net goal for the Devils with 48 seconds remaining in regulation.

This match up featured the first of many between number one overall pick Jack Hughes for New Jersey and number two overall pick Kaapo Kakko for the New York Rangers.

Hughes recorded an assist in this game for the Devils on the third goal.

Kakko has only recorded four shots on net so far this season. Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson has more shots on net with five than he does so far this season.

MacKenzie Blackwood made 29 saves in this game for New Jersey.

Alexander Georgiev made 33 saves in this game for New York.

Both of these teams will play each other three more times this season.

This win for the New Jersey Devils hopefully will open up the flood gates for them.

As for the New York Rangers, they will continue to go through some growing pains throughout the regular season and beyond. New York is in a rebuilding stage.

The next match up between these two teams will be on Saturday November 30 at 1 p.m. at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

The Rangers next game will be against the Washington Capitals on Friday night on the road. The Devils next game will be against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday afternoon at home.

 

Astros Are 1 win away from Heading Back to the World Series

Game 4 of the ALCS between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees was supposed to be played on Wednesday night but because of the rain, it was moved to Thursday night.

With Houston trailing 1-0 in the third-inning, George Springer hit a three-run homer off of Masahiro Tanaka and the Astros never looked back. They won Game 4 over the New Yoek by a score of 8-3.

Houston delivered the official blow to the Yankees in the sixth-inning when Carlos Correa hit a three-run homer off of Chad Green.

Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York was dead silent.

Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer for New York in the sixth-inning off of Josh James.

Yordan Alavarez reached base on a fielding-error by Gleyber Torres and it allowed Alex Bregman to score from third base in the eighth-inning.

Michael Brantley hit an RBI single in the ninth-inning for the Houston Astros.

Ryan Pressly (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched 0.2 innings and Pressly walked one batter and he struck out two.

Mashario Tanaka (1-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Yankees. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Tanaka walked two batters and struck out one batter.

Zack Greinke was the starting pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched 4.1 innings and Greinke gave up three hits and one run. He walked one batter and struck out five batters.

Houston is one win away from the World Series. If they win Game 5 on Friday night, this would be the second time in three seasons that the Houston Astros would be heading to the World Series.

They won it all in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston won the series in seven games on the road.

One of the biggest problems in this series for the New York Yankees has been trying to score with runners on base. Dating back to Game 2, they are 0-for-14.

They also committed three errors in Game 4.

The projected pitchers in this game will be Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for Houston and James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) for New York.

 

 

Oilers Top Flyers

The Edmonton Oilers have been one of the best teams in the NHL to start the 2019-2020 season under new Head Coach Dave Tippett. The Philadelphia Flyers were looking to slow them down on the road, but Edmonton topped Philadelphia by a score of 6-3.

Leon Draisaitl scored 1:13 into the game for the Oilers.

Jakub Voracek tied the game at one on the power play for the Flyers 7:36 into the first-period.

Ethan Bear scored later in the first-period for Edmonton.

The Edmonton Oilers lit the lamp three times in the second-period with goals scored by Connor McDavid with 7:26 remaining in the second-period, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the power-play with 5:28 remaining in the second-period, and Leon Draisaitl on the power play with 3:34 remaining in the second-period.

Edmonton was able to chase Philadelphia’s netminder Carter Hart from the game. Hart only made 10 saves in the game. Brian Elliott came in for him and he only made six saves.

Brandon Manning made it 6-1 Edmonton 3:40 into the third-period.

The Philadelphia Flyers scored two goals late in the game by Oskar Lindblom with 4:40 remaining in regulation and by Jakub Voracek on the power play with 2:18 remaining in regulation.

Mikko Koskinen made a career-high 49 saves for the Oilers.

Edmonton currently has the best record in the NHL right now at 6-1-0 with 12 points. Connor McDavid currently has 17 points so far this season. He scored one goal and recorded four assists in this game.

These two teams will play each other one more time this season in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday March 15, 2020 at the Wells Fargo Center at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Philadelphia’s next game will be against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Edmonton’s next game will be against the Detroit Red Wings at home on Friday night.