Month: April 2017

The Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, winning the series 4-2

The Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, winning the series 4-2

Last night marked Game 6 between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Chicago Bulls as they hand the Celtics a 106 to 102 loss.  In that game, Jimmy Butler would score thirty points, pull down nine rebounds and dish off three assists.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, six rebounds and six assists.  Game 2 would also be victory for the Chicago team as they defeat the Boston Celtics with a 111-97 score.  Jimmy Butler would finish with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Dwyane Wade would also end up with twenty-two points, along with four rebounds and two assists.  The Celtics would bounce back in the third game as they hand the Illinois team a 104 to 87 blowout loss.  Al Horford scored eighteen points, pulled down eight rebounds and threw out six assists.  Dwyane Wade would settle for eighteen points, one rebound and three assists.  The Boston team would also take Game 4, pulling away with a 104 to 95 win.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jimmy Butler would chalk up thirty-three points, five rebounds and nine assists.  The Celtics would win the last game, as well, escaping with a 108-97 win.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas scored twenty-four points, grabbed five rebounds and dished off four assists.  Avery Bradley would drop twenty-four points, as well, along with six rebounds and one assist.  The Chicago Bulls looked to survive another game as they faced the Boston Celtics in the United Center last night.

The game would start off right for the Celtics as Avery Bradley would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he drops nine points, collecting two of those from behind the three-point lead.  Former Suns player, Gerald Green, would also shoot seventy-five percent from the field, collecting eight points which would include one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would be limited to five points but he would get off three assists.  Al Horford would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but he would only be rewarded with four points.  He would crash the boards for three rebounds, along with four assists, though.  Jimmy Butler would get hot for ten points in the first quarter, along with three rebounds.  Robin Lopez would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to receive six points but it was the visiting team that would end the first quarter with a 30 to 23 lead.  The Celtics would continue to impress as Marcus Smart comes off the bench to knock down two three-pointers while pulling down two rebounds.  Bench player Kelly Olynyk would only put up four points but he would jump up to grab three defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder, Al Horford and bench player, Terry Rozier, would each only hit one three-pointer.  Three-time All-Star, Jimmy Butler, would try to get his Chicago team into it as puts up seven points while he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but it was the Celtics who walk into halftime with a 54-41 advantage.

Things would not get any brighter for the home team as the Celtics go on a huge 34 to 18 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Avery Bradley would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, lighting the floor up with thirteen points which would contain one three-pointer.  Georgia-native, Jae Crowder, would contribute with six points while he collects three of those from beyond the arc.  On the other end of the court, Butler would chalk up six points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Nikola Mirotic would earn five points, which contained one three-pointer but it was the Boston Celtics who would enter the fourth quarter with a huge 88-59 lead.  The home team would try to make a change in the game as Joffrey Lauvergne comes off the bench to put up eight points but it was the Boston Celtics who defeat the Chicago Bulls with a 105 to 83 score, winning the series, 4-2.  Avery Bradley would finish with twenty-three points, five rebounds and three assists.  Jimmy Butler would settle for twenty-three points and seven rebounds.

Advertisements
The Washington Wizards defeat the Atlanta Hawks, winning the series 4-2

The Washington Wizards defeat the Atlanta Hawks, winning the series 4-2

Tonight marked the sixth game between the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks in their playoff series.  With the series winding down, these two ball clubs can’t wait to advance to the next round as this series has been a very personal one.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Wizards as they pull away with a 114 to 107 win.  In that game, John Wall would score thirty-two points, pull down four rebounds and dish off fourteen assists.  Dennis Schroder would finish with twenty-five points, three rebounds and nine assists.  The Wizards would go on to win the second game, as well, escaping with a 109-101 score.  John Wall would end up with thirty-two points, five rebounds and nine assists.  Paul Millsap would settle for twenty-seven points, ten rebounds and four assists.  Atlanta would bounce back in Game 3 as they hand the Wizards a 116 to 98 loss.  Paul Millsap would score twenty-nine points, pull down fourteen rebounds and give out five assists.  John Wall would chalk up twenty-nine points, three rebounds and seven assists.  The Hawks would also take Game 4 as they defeat the Wizards with a 111 to 101 score.  Paul Millsap would finish with nineteen points, nine rebounds and seven assists.  Bradley Beal would settle for thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  Washington would defeat the Georgia team in the last game as they sneak away with a 103-99 win.  Bradley Beal would end up with twenty-seven points, five rebounds and one assist.  Dennis Schroder would score twenty-nine points, pull down one rebound and throw out eleven assists.  The Hawks would look to survive another game as they face the Washington Wizards tonight in the Philips Arena.

The Washington Wizards would start the game off on the right foot as Bradley Beal would drop nine points, collecting three of those points from beyond the arc.  Former Suns player, Markieff Morris, would shoot sixty percent from the field, earning himself eight points which would contain two three-pointers.  John Wall would also earn himself eight points, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  On the other end, Dwight Howard would put up nine points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He would also crash the boards for five rebounds as Dennis Schroder collects five points which would hold one three-pointer.  Paul Millsap would contribute as he scores four points but it was the Nation’s Capital’s team that ended the first period with a 30-23 lead.  Things would not get any easier for the home team as John Wall would light the floor up with twelve points, along with one rebound and two assists.  Missouri-native Bradley Beal would contribute with eight points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Morris would also help out as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, receiving five points.  As for the Hawks, Millsap would shoot eighty-three percent from the field, dropping ten points in the process.  He would also go up to grab two rebounds but it was the visitors who walk into halftime with a 65-46 advantage.

Things would start to look bright for the Hawks as they go on a 36 to 24 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Schroder would get hot for fourteen points, which would include one three-pointer.  He would shoot sixty percent from the field while he dishes out four assists.  Paul Millsap would also shoot sixty percent from the field, collecting eleven points which would hold one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for six rebounds while collecting two assists.  Former Knicks player, Tim Hardaway Jr., would also collect eleven points which would include two three-pointers.  As for the Washington team, Bradley Beal would chalk up nine points, collecting three of those from beyond the arc as the Wizards walk into the last period with a 89-82 lead.  The D.C. team would close things out in the fourth quarter as John Wall would go off for nineteen points, shooting seventy percent from the field.  Millsap would try to bring his team back as he dropped six points but it wasn’t enough as the Washington Wizards defeat the Atlanta Hawks with a 115 to 99 score, winning the series, 4-2.  John Wall would finish with forty-two points (his new Playoff career-high), one rebound and eight assists.  Paul Millsap would settle for thirty-one points, ten rebounds and seven assists.

The San Antonio Spurs pull away with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, winning the series 4-2

The San Antonio Spurs pull away with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, winning the series 4-2

Last night marked the sixth game between San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the San Antonio Spurs as they hand the Grizzlies a 111 to 82 blowout loss.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-two points, pulled down three rebounds and dished off five assists.  Marc Gasol would finish with thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  The Spurs would also go on to win the second game with a 96-82 score.  Kawhi Leonard would put up thirty-seven points, eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley would settle for twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  The Grizzlies would bounce back with a Game 3 win over the Texas team, handing the Spurs a 105 to 94 loss.  In that game, Mike Conley would put up twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard would score eighteen points, four rebounds and three assists.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Memphis team as they pull away with a 110-108 win in overtime.  Mike Conley would chalk up thirty-five points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard would end up with forty-three points, eight rebounds and three assists.  San Antonio would go on to win the last game, though, as they escape with a 116 to 103 victory.  Kawhi Leonard would put up twenty-eight points, one rebound and six assists.  Mike Conley would settle for twenty-six points, two rebounds and six assists.  The Memphis Grizzlies looked to survive another game last night as they faced the San Antonio Spurs in the FedEx Forum.

The game would start off right for the Spurs as point guard Tony Parker got hot for eleven points, including one three-pointer.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field in the quarter.  Kawhi Leonard would contribute with six points, along with two rebounds.  Danny Green would knock down a three-pointer as LaMarcus Aldridge would shoot twenty-five percent from the field, collecting only two points but he would work for three defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the court, eight-time All-Star, Vince Carter, would chalk up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Andrew Harrison would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers but it was the Spurs who ended the first period with a 24 to 22 lead.  Memphis would go on a 28-21 run in the second quarter as Marc Gasol throws up nine points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Gasol would earn three of those points from behind the three-point line.  Mike Conley would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points which would contain one three-pointer.  Zach Randolph would contribute with only four points, but he would crash the boards for four defensive rebounds.  As for the San Antonio team, the 2013-2014 NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, would try to keep his team back in it as he drops nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Aldridge and Parker would each put up four points but it was the home team that walked into halftime with a 50-45 lead.

The Spurs would return the favor with a 30 to 24 run in the third period as former Trail Blazers player, LaMarcus Aldridge, would chalk up nine points, along with a total of four rebounds.  Tony Parker would pitch in with six points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Leonard would only to be held to four points, which he would all get from the free-throw line, but he managed to grab four rebounds to add to his stat sheet.  Mike Conley would try to keep the home team in it as he puts up seven points, collecting three of them from behind the arc.  James Ennis would knock down two three-pointers, as he receives six points but it was the visitors who went into the last quarter with a 75 to 74 lead.  The Texas team would close things out in the fourth period as they go on a 28-22 run.  Kawhi Leonard would heat up for ten points, taking three of them from beyond the arc.  Parker would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, earning himself six points.  As for the Memphis team, Conley would put up eleven points but it wasn’t enough as the San Antonio Spurs pull away with a 103 to 96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies and winning the series, 4-2.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-nine points, nine rebounds and four assists.  Mike Conley would end up with twenty-six points, two rebounds and five assists.

The Toronto Raptors hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, winning the series 4-2

The Toronto Raptors hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, winning the series 4-2

Last night marked Game 6 between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks in their playoff series.  For the most part, this series has been going back and forth with the Bucks being the favorites to make it out.  In Game 1, the Bucks would beat the Raptors with a 97 to 83 score.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three.  DeMar DeRozan would put up twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  Game 2 would be a win for the Raptors as they pull away with a 106 to 100 win.  DeMar DeRozan scored twenty-three points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three rebounds.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would chalk up twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists.  In the third game, Milwaukee would bounce back as they hand Toronto a 104-77 blowout loss.  Khris Middleton would end up with twenty points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Kyle Lowry would put up thirteen points, five rebounds and two assists.  Delon Wright would settle for thirteen points as well, along with six rebounds and two assists.  The Canada team would bounce back as they defeat the Bucks with a 87 to 76 score.  DeMar DeRozan scored thirty-three points, grabbed nine rebounds and threw out five assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would settle for fourteen points, nine rebounds and four assists.  Greg Monroe would chalk up fourteen points as well, along with nine rebounds and one assist.  The Raptors would win the last game as well, handing the Wisconsin team a 118 to 93 loss.  In that game, Norman Powell would put up twenty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would end up with thirty points, eight rebounds and three assists.  The Milwaukee Bucks looked to survive for another game as they faced the Toronto Raptors in the BMO Harris Bradley Center last night.

The game would start off right for the Toronto Raptors as DeMar DeRozan drops ten points in the beginning quarter, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  The first-round pick in the 2011 draft, Jonas Valanciunas, would come off the bench to collect six points along with four rebounds.  Kyle Lowry would play for ten minutes only to be held to two points.  On the other end of the court, Giannis Antetokounmpo would get hot for fourteen points, shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He would also crash the boards for three rebounds.  Former Pistons player, Khris Middleton, would contribute with six points which would contain one three-pointer but it was the visiting team that ended the first quarter with a 28 to 24 lead.  Things would not get any brighter for the home team as the Raptors spark a huge 23-14 run in the second period.  During that run, DeRozan would put up six points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Former Rockets player, Patrick Patterson, would come the bench to knock down one three-pointer and two free-throws to earn himself five points.  Serge Ibaka would contribute with six rebounds and four points, as he shot twenty-five percent from the field.  Delon Wright would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only collect four points.  As for the Milwaukee team, Matthew Dellavedova would come off the bench to put up six points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Antetokounmpo would only be limited to four points and three rebounds as the Raptors head into halftime with a commanding 51-38 advantage.

Giannis Antetokounmpo would come into the third quarter to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, as he would chalk up nine points, collecting three of those from beyond the arc.  Middleton would contribute with two assists and five points, which included one three-pointer.  Former Cavaliers player, Matthew Dellavedova, would come off the bench to earn five points of his own which held one three-pointer.  As for the Canada team, DeMar DeRozan would chalk up seven points, along with one rebound and three steals.  Kyle Lowry would continue to struggle as he would only score six points in the ten minutes that he played.  Three of those points would come from behind the three-point line as he shot a perfect one-hundred from the field.  Norman Powell, DeMarre Carroll and Serge Ibaka would all contribute with three points, earning them all from beyond the arc as the Raptors walk into the last quarter with a 74-61 lead.  The Milwaukee Bucks would come back as they go on a large 28 to 18 run in the fourth period.  2011 NBA champion, Jerry Terry, would come off the Bucks bench to drop eight points which would contain two three-pointers.  He would also crash the boards for four rebounds, along with one steal and one block.  Antetokounmpo would collect seven more points to add to his scoring total while Middleton knocks down a three-pointer and three free-throws, earning himself six points.

With only two minutes left in the game, the Bucks would eventually lead, 82 to 80.  After a Patterson dunk and a three-point jumper from Cory Joseph, the Raptors would lead again by three.  Jason Terry would connect for a much-needed three-pointer off of a Khris Middleton assist to cut the deficit to two points.  But after DeMar DeRozan successful knocks down three out of his four free-throws, the Toronto Raptors would hold on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks with a 92-89 victory, winning the series, 4-2.  DeMar DeRozan would finish with thirty-two points, four rebounds and three assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with thirty-four points (his new Playoff career-high), nine rebounds and three assists.

The Boston Celtics pull away with a win against the Chicago Bulls, gaining a 3-2 lead in series

The Boston Celtics pull away with a win against the Chicago Bulls, gaining a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series.  The beginning of the series would be a rocky start for the top-seed Celtics but they would manage to find themselves in Games 3 and 4.  In the first game, though, the Chicago Bulls would pull away with a 106 to 102 win.  Jimmy Butler would score thirty points, pull down nine rebounds and dish off three assists.  Isaiah Thomas would put up thirty-three points, six rebounds and six assists.  Game 2 would be a victory for the Chicago Bulls, as well, as they hand the Celtics a 111-97 loss.  In that game, Jimmy Butler finished with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Dwyane Wade would also finish with twenty-two points, four rebounds and two assists.  Isaiah Thomas would settle for twenty points, four rebounds and two assists.  The Celtics would bounce back in Game 3 as they would win, 104 to 87.  Al Horford would score eighteen points, pull down eight rebounds and give out six assists.  Dwyane Wade ended up with eighteen points, one rebound and three assists.  Boston would also go on to win the last game, as Chicago falls short, 104-95.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jimmy Butler ended up with thirty-three points, five rebounds and nine assists.  Each team looked to take a 3-2 lead in the series last night as they faced off inside of the TD Garden.

The Celtics would start the game off on the right foot as shooting guard Avery Bradley drops nine points, which would include one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would struggle in the first, though, as he is only held to four points which would all come from the free-throw line.  On the other end, former Heat star, Dwyane Wade would drop seven points which included one three-pointer.  Jimmy Butler would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field, settling for just four points.  He would crash the boards to get four defensive rebounds, along with two assists, though.  Cristiano Felicio would come off the Chicago bench to receive four points himself but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 23 to 20 lead.  In the second period, former Thunder player, Anthony Morrow, would come off the Bulls bench to drop eight points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Isaiah Canaan would earn himself six points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Butler would shoot a perfect one-hundred from the field but would only be rewarded with four points.  Wade would chalk up four points, as well, along with two rebounds and three assists.  As for the Boston team, Bradley would add eight more points to his scoring total, along with two rebounds.  Kelly Olynyk would come off the bench to contribute with eight points, as well, shooting sixty percent from the field as the home team would enter the halftime with a 52-50 lead.

Chicago would go on a 31 to 27 run in the third quarter as Robin Lopez gets hot for ten points and three rebounds.  He would shoot a high eighty-three percent from the field while do so.  Wade would contribute with four rebounds, two assists and seven points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Jimmy Butler would knock down two three-pointers, earning himself six points along with two rebounds and three assists.  Al Horford will try to keep his Boston team in it as he drops eight points, six of those coming from behind the three-point line.  Avery Bradley would shoot sixty percent as he earns seven points, including one three-pointer but it was the Chicago Bulls that enter the last quarter with a 81-79 lead.  The fourth quarter would belong to the home team, though, as Al Horford shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, collecting eleven points.  Two-time All-Star, Isaiah Thomas, would also chalk up eleven points, along with three rebounds and one assist.  Wade would try to bring his team back into it as he puts up eight points but it was the Boston Celtics who pull away with a 108 to 97 win against the Chicago Bulls, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  This entire game has been consisted of eighteen lead changes and thirteen ties.  Avery Bradley finished with twenty-four points (his new Playoff career-high), six rebounds and one assist.  Isaiah Thomas ended up with also twenty-four points, five rebounds and four assists.  Dwyane Wade would finish with twenty-six points, eleven rebounds and eight assists.

The Washington Wizards pull away with a win against the Atlanta Hawks, taking 3-2 lead in series

The Washington Wizards pull away with a win against the Atlanta Hawks, taking 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards as both teams can’t wait for this series to be over, considering the fact that it has been a very personal one.  The Nation’s Capital’s team ended up winning the first game, pulling away with a 114 to 107 score.  In that game, John Wall put up thirty-two points, four rebounds and fourteen assists.  Dennis Schroder finished with twenty-five points, three rebounds and nine assists.  The Wizards would take Game 2, as well, handing the Hawks a 109-101 loss.  John Wall scored thirty-points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out nine assists.  Paul Millsap ended up with twenty-seven points, ten rebounds and four assists.  The Georgia team bounced back as they handed the Washington Wizards a 116-98 blowout loss.  In that game, Paul Millsap put up twenty-nine points, fourteen rebounds and five assists.  John Wall would settle for twenty-nine points, three rebounds and seven assists.  The Hawks would win the last game, as well, pulling away with a 111 to 101 score.  Paul Millsap scored nineteen points, pulled down nine rebounds and threw out seven assists.  Bradley Beal would chalk up a total of thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  Each team looked to take a lead in series last night as they faced off the Verizon Center.

The visiting team would start the game off right as Dennis Schroder dropped nine points, which he would earn all behind the three-point line.  Paul Millsap would shoot sixty percent from the field, earning himself six points along with three defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the floor, Bradley Beal would get hot for eleven points, including one three-pointer but it was the Atlanta team that ended the first period with a 25 to 23 lead.  The home team would go on a 27 to 24 run as North Carolina-native John Wall dropped nine points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also pull down three rebounds as Otto Porter Jr. would contribute to the run with seven points.  Bojan Bogdanovic would come off the bench to put up six points, shooting fifty percent from the field.  As for the Hawks, Schroder would chalk up seven points, collecting three of those from the behind the arc but it was the D.C. team that went into halftime with a 50-49 lead.

Otto Porter Jr. would come out of the locker room to go off for ten points, six coming from beyond the arc and the other four coming from the free-throw line.  Wall would earn nine more additional points, which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for three rebounds and threw out six assists.  Bradley Beal would help out with eight points, shooting forty-three percent from the field.  Tim Hardaway Jr. would try to keep the Hawks in it as he puts up ten points of his own but it was the Washington team that would walk into the last quarter with a 83-70 advantage.  The Hawks would cut into the lead as Dennis Schroder puts up eight points, which would hold one three-pointer.  Millsap would put up six more points but it was the Wizards who close things out as former Suns player, Marcin Gortat, and Bradley Beal put up five points.  The Washington Wizards would go on to win the game, 103-99, grabbing a 3-2 lead in the series.  Bradley Beal finished with twenty-seven points, five rebounds and one assist.  Dennis Schroder ended up with twenty-nine points (his new Playoff career-high), one rebound and eleven assists (his new Playoff career-high).

The Utah Jazz come back to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 3-2 lead in series

The Utah Jazz come back to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers.   This series would contain back and forth wins and a few injuries on each side.  Game 1 would a victory for the Jazz, however, as they escape with a 97-95 win.  Joe Johnson finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds and three assists.  Blake Griffin would score twenty-six points, pull down seven rebounds and dish off three assists.  The Los Angeles team would bounce back in Game 2 as they pull away with a 99 to 91 victory.  In that game, Blake Griffin would score twenty-four points, pull down five rebounds and dish off two assists.  Gordon Hayward finished with twenty points, six rebounds and two assists.  The Clippers would go to win Game 3, as well, handing the Jazz a 111-106 loss.  Chris Paul ended up with thirty-four points, six rebounds and ten assists.  Gordon Hayward would put up forty points, nine rebounds and four assists.  The Utah Jazz would come back to win the last game, pulling away with a 105 to 98 win.  In that game, Joe Johnson scored twenty-eight points, pulled down five rebounds and dished off five assists.  Chris Paul finished with twenty-seven points, nine rebounds and twelve assists.  Each team looked to take a 3-2 lead in series last night as they faced off in California.

The game would start off right for the home team as Paul Pierce comes off the Los Angeles bench to drop six points, all coming from beyond the arc.  DeAndre Jordan would contribute with five points, along with six rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Gordon Hayward would go off for eleven points, collecting three of those from behind the three-point line but it was the Clippers who end the first period with a 21 to 19 lead.  Things would start to look better for the visiting team in the second quarter as Rodney Hood would come off the bench to drop seven points, which would include one three-pointer.  The first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Rudy Gobert, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only earn himself five points.  As for the Los Angeles Clippers, J.J. Redick would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he collects six points.  Chris Paul would chalk up five points which would hold one three-pointer but it was the Utah team that went into halftime with a 46-43 lead.

Former Spurs player, Boris Diaw, would come out of the locker room to put up five points which would contain one three-pointer.  Bench player Joe Johnson would also collect five points, three coming from behind the arc.  Gordon Hayward would play the entire quarter only to be held to a total of four points.  As for the home team, nine-time All-Star Chris Paul would collect four points and two rebounds.  J.J. Redick would knock down one three-pointer but it was the Jazz who went into the last quarter with a 64 to 58 advantage.  The Clippers would come back as Chris Paul lights the floor up with fifteen points, nine coming from beyond the arc.  Redick would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, earning himself fourteen points which would hold one three-pointer.  The Jazz would close things out, though, as Hayward drops nine points which would include one three-pointer.  Hood would also earn nine points, all coming from behind the three-point line as Utah Jazz pull away with a 96-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  Gordon Hayward would finish with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and four assists.  Chris Paul would settle for twenty-eight points, four rebounds and nine assists.

The San Antonio Spurs easily coast past the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 3-2 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs easily coast past the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 was a victory for the Spurs as they hand Memphis a 111 to 82 blowout loss.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-two points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out five assists.  Marc Gasol would put up thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  The Spurs would win the second game, as well, pulling away with a 96 to 82 score.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-seven points, eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley ended up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  The Memphis Grizzlies would bounce back in Game 3 as they defeat the San Antonio Spurs with a 105-94 victory.  In that game, Mike Conley scored twenty-four points, pulled down one rebound and got off eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard ended up with eighteen points, four rebounds and three assists.  Memphis would pull off an 110-108 overtime win in Game 4 against the Texas team.  Mike Conley would put up thirty-five points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard finished with forty-three points, eight rebounds and three assists.  Each team looked to grab a 3-2 lead in series as they faced off in San Antonio last night.

The score would be held close in the first quarter of the game as both teams would put up twenty-three points in the period.  Two-time All-Star, Manu Ginobili, would come off the bench to drop eight points for the San Antonio Spurs.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, knocking down one three-pointer to go along with it.  Kawhi Leonard would contribute with five points, but would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field.  On the other end of the floor, Marc Gasol would put up seven points, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Former Heat player, James Ennis, would contribute with five points, which would include one three-pointer.  Mike Conley would also drop five points, collecting three of those from beyond the arc as both teams end the first quarter with a 23-23 tied game.  The home team would go on a 32 to 26 run in the second quarter as two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard, puts up seven points which would hold one three-pointer.  LaMarcus Aldridge would shoot fifty percent from the field, earning himself six points, along with three rebounds.  Point guard Tony Parker would shoot a perfect one-hundred from the field, collecting six points which would all come from behind the three-point line.  As for the Memphis Grizzlies, Vince Carter would chalk up eight points, three coming from behind the arc and the other five coming from the free-throw line.  Ennis would collect six more points, which would contain one three-pointer.  Zach Randolph would shoot forty-three percent from the field, also receiving six points but it was the Texas team that went into halftime with a 55-49 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Spurs go on a 32 to 27 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Leonard would chalk up eight points, collecting six of those from behind the three-point line.  Tony Parker would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, but would only receive six points.  Aldridge would earn four points, along with bench player Pau Gasol, both shooting fifty percent from the field.  On the other end, Indiana-native Mike Conley would get hot for seventeen points, containing one three-pointer but it was the Texas team that ended the third period with a commanding 87-76 lead.  The Spurs would easily close things out in the last quarter as former Trail Blazers, Patty Mills, would light the floor up with twelve points which all from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 116 to 103, taking a 3-2 lead in series.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with twenty-eight points, one rebound and six assists (his new Playoff career-high).  Mike Conley would end up with twenty-six points, two rebounds and six assists.

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1 and advancing to the next round

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1 and advancing to the next round

Tonight marked Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in their playoff series.  This has been one of the most talked about series as this matchup features the top two candidates for this year’s MVP.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Rockets as they hand the Thunder a 118-87 loss.  In that game, James Harden scored thirty-seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and gave out nine assists.  Russell Westbrook would put up twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  Houston would go on to win the second game, as well, pulling away with a 115 to 111 score.  James Harden would finish with thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Russell Westbrook would end up with fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  In Game 3, the Thunder would manage to escape with a 115-113 victory over the Texas team.  Russell Westbrook finished with thirty-two points, twelve rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden would put up forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.  The last game would be a win for the Rockets as they slip away with a 113 to 109 victory.  Nene would end up with twenty-eight points, ten rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would score thirty-five points, pull down fourteen rebounds and dished off fourteen assists.  The Oklahoma City Thunder would look avoid getting bumped out of the Playoffs as they hope pull a win tonight in Houston.

The game would start off right for the Oklahoma team as six-time All-Star, Russell Westbrook, would light the floor up with thirteen points which would include one 3-pointer.  Former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he puts up four points.  On the other end of the court, James Harden would help his team out by putting up four points, grabbing two rebounds and dishing off two assists but it was the Thunder who end the first quarter with a 22 to 16 lead.  The Rockets would spark a 35-22 run in the second period as Patrick Beverley would score seven points, which would include one three-pointer.  The 2011-2012 Sixth Man, James Harden, would also throw up seven points which held one three-pointer.  Lou Williams would come off the bench to chalk up seven points, as well, along with three rebounds.  As for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Victor Oladipo would drop five points, collecting three of those from behind the arc.  MVP candidate, Russell Westbrook, would also drop five points and three assists.  Former 76ers player, Jerami Grant, would come off the bench to contribute with five points of his own, containing one three-pointer but it was the home team who would enter halftime with a 51-44 advantage.

The Thunder would not shy away from the challenge as they go on a 33 to 21 run in the third quarter, shooting fifty-two percent from the field while limiting the Rockets to twenty-three percent from the field.  Russell Westbrook would go off for twenty points, collecting twelve of those from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field, while grabbing five rebounds and giving out three assists.  James Harden would try to keep his Houston team in it as he drops ten points, including one three-pointer.  He would only shoot twenty-two percent from the field, but he would collect three rebounds and give out one assist.  Former Wizards player, Nene, would come off the bench to put up six points but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder that regain the lead and walk into the last quarter with a 77-72 score.  The fourth quarter would look bright for the Rockets as Harden drops thirteen points while Williams comes off the bench to contribute with twelve points, including one three-pointer.  Westbrook would earn nine points, four rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet but it was the Houston Rockets who would bounce back to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1.  James Harden finished with thirty-four points, eight rebounds and four assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with forty-seven points, eleven rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and nine assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, sweeping the series and advancing to the next round

The Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, sweeping the series and advancing to the next round

Things have not come easy for the Portland Trail Blazers in the series against the Golden State Warriors, as they lost the first three games.  Last night, they looked to avoid a sweep in Portland, Oregon.  The first game was a victory for the Oakland team as they won, 121-109.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-two points, pulled down eleven rebounds and dished off two assists.  C.J. McCollum would finish with forty-one points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Warriors would go on to defeat the Trail Blazers in Game 2, as well, handing Portland a 110-81 blowout.  Stephen Curry would end up with nineteen points, five rebounds and six assists.  Maurice Harkless put up fifteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Portland Trail Blazers would also lose Game 3 as the Warriors escape with a 119 to 113 win.  During that game, Stephen Curry would score thirty-four points, pull down four rebounds and give out eight assists.  C.J. McCollum would settle for thirty-two points and six rebounds.  The Golden State Warriors looked to end the series with a sweep last night in Portland.

The visiting team would put on a huge scoring display in the first quarter as they shot sixty-three percent from the field, limiting the home team to thirty percent from the field.  Stephen Curry would score twelve points, nine coming from behind the arc and three coming from the free-throw line.  He would also crash the boards for four rebounds and dish out five assists.  Klay Thompson would contribute to the score as he puts up nine points, collecting six of those from behind the 3-point line.  Coming back fresh off a calf injury, Kevin Durant would earn seven points for himself, including one 3-pointer.  On the other end, Evan Turner would put up five points which would include one 3-pointer but it was the Warriors who ended the quarter with a huge 45-22 lead.  The Trail Blazers would try to come back as two-time All-Star, Damian Lillard, would get hot for sixteen points, which would contain one 3-pointer.  Al-Farouq Aminu would come off the bench to pull down three rebounds and chalk up six points, which would hold one 3-pointer.  As for the Warriors, Curry would earn nine more points, including two 3-pointers.  Thompson would score seven points, containing one 3-pointer as the visiting team walk into halftime, holding onto a commanding 72-48 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the Oregon team as Ohio-native, Stephen Curry, lights the floor up with sixteen points in the third quarter.  He would collect six of those points from behind the three-point line as he jumps up to get three rebounds and throws out two assists.  Former Bucks player, Zaza Pachulia, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, receiving six points for himself.  Draymond Green would knock down one 3-pointer and two free-throws to earn himself five points, along with three rebounds.  As for the Portland team, Lillard would get hot for thirteen points, which would hold one 3-pointer.  Bench player, Al-Farouq Aminu, would knock down two 3-pointers and five free-throws, collecting eleven points for himself but it was Golden State that went into the fourth quarter with a 106 to 80 lead.  Shabazz Napier would come off the Portland bench in the fourth quarter to drop eight points, including one 3-pointer.  McCollum would score four more points but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, 128-103, sweeping the series and advancing to the next round.  Stephen Curry finished with thirty-seven points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Damian Lillard would settle for thirty-four points, one rebound and six assists.