Month: April 2017

The Atlanta Hawks pull off a victory against the Washington Wizards, tying the series 2-2

The Atlanta Hawks pull off a victory against the Washington Wizards, tying the series 2-2

The Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks series has been a very personal one for both teams as they faced off in Atlanta for Game 4.  The first game was a victory for the Nation’s Capital’s team as the Wizards defeated the Hawks, 114-107.  In that game, John Wall scored thirty-two points, pulled down four rebounds and threw out fourteen assists.  Dennis Schroder finished with twenty-five points, three rebounds and nine assists.  Washington would also win Game 2 as they hand the Hawks a 109 to 101 loss.  John Wall ended up with thirty-two points, five rebounds and nine assists.  Paul Millsap would chalk up twenty-seven points, ten rebounds and four assists.  Atlanta would bounce back in Game 3 as they hand Washington a 116-98 loss.  In that game, Paul Millsap would score twenty-nine points, pull down fourteen rebounds and give out five assists.  John Wall would settle for twenty-nine points, four rebounds and seven assists.  The Hawks looked to tie the series up last night in Game 4.

The Washington Wizards would put a scoring display in the first quarter, shooting fifty-eight percent from the field, limiting the Georgia team to thirty-eight percent.  Bradley Beal would begin with nine points, collecting three of those from beyond the arc.  Four-time All-Star, John Wall would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself eight points.  Otto Porter Jr. would contribute to the score as he drops five points, including one 3-pointer.  On the other end, Paul Millsap would chalk up seven points, which would contain one 3-pointer but it was the visiting team that ended the first quarter with a 35 to 28 lead.  Atlanta would spark a large 31 to 15 run in the second period as former Rockets player, Dwight Howard, would get hot for ten points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Jose Calderon would come off the Hawks bench to score eight points, six of those coming from behind the three-point line.  Rookie Taurean Prince would also contribute with five points, shooting a perfect one-hundred from the field.  As for the Wizards, Beal would chalk up six points which would hold one 3-pointer as John Wall would knock down a 3-pointer to finish the quarter with three points.  Former Nets player, Bojan Bogdanovic, would come off the bench to put up three points but it was the Georgia team that walked into halftime with a 59 to 50 lead.

The Washington Wizards would return the favor as they go on a 27-18 run in the third quarter, shooting forty-one percent from the field.  During that run, Bradley Beal would go off for twelve points, collecting six of those from beyond the arc.  Porter Jr. would drop seven points while Bogdanovic would come off the bench to contribute with four points.  John Wall would play for ten minutes, only to be limited to three points which he collected from the free-throw line.  Dennis Schroder would help the Hawks out as he puts up eight points and grabs two rebounds.  Former Knicks player, Tim Hardaway Jr., would contribute by knocking down a three-pointer, while Kent Bazemore would come off the bench to score three points and pull down two rebounds.  Paul Millsap would play seven minutes to be limited to only two points as both teams end the third quarter with a tied game at 77.  The Atlanta team would play strong and close things out in the last period as Schroder puts up ten points, including two 3-pointers.  Millsap would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, earning himself ten points, as well.  Hardaway Jr. would chalk up seven which held one 3-pointer as the Atlanta Hawks defeat the Washington Wizards, 111 to 101, tying the series up at 2-2.  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.

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The Toronto Raptors hand the Milwaukee Bucks a blowout loss, taking 3-2 lead in series

The Toronto Raptors hand the Milwaukee Bucks a blowout loss, taking 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked Game 5 between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  This has been going back and forth as the series would be tied at 2-2 after Game 4.  In the first game, the Bucks would defeat the Raptors with a 97 to 83 win.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.  DeMar DeRozan would finish with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  Raptors would bounce back as Game 2 would be a victory for them, 106 to 100.  DeMar DeRozan would score twenty-three points, seven rebounds and three assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would chalk up twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists.  The Bucks wold end up winning Game 3 with a 104-77 score.  Khris Middleton ended up with twenty points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Kyle Lowry would put up thirteen points, five rebounds and two assists.  Delon Wright finished with thirteen points, six rebounds and two assists.  Toronto would defeat Milwaukee in the last game with a 87 to 76 victory.  DeMar DeRozan scored thirty-three points, nine rebounds and five assists.  Tony Snell finished the game with nineteen points and four rebounds.  Each team looked to take a lead in the series last night as they faced off in Toronto.

The game would start off right for the home team as Norman Powell would drop nine points, collecting two of those from behind the 3-point line.  Former Thunder player, Serge Ibaka, would also score nine points which included one 3-pointer.  He would also grab three rebounds and give out two assists.  Kyle Lowry would play for eight minutes, only to be held scoreless but he would get off one assist.  On the other end of the court, rookie Malcolm Brogdon would knock down two 3-pointers, earning himself six points while Greg Monroe would come off the bench to chalk up six points, as well.  Antetokounmpo would play for seven minutes and only score three points but he would pull down three rebounds as the Raptors end the first period with a 31-20 lead.  Things would start to look better for the visiting team as All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo lights the floor up with thirteen points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Thon Maker would shoot fifty percent from the field and score four points off of that.  As for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry would go off for twelve points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Both former Spurs player Cory Joseph and former Rockets player Patrick Patterson would come off the bench to each drop five points.  Patterson would earn three of this points from beyond the arc as the Canada team would enter halftime with a 57-48 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the Wisconsin team as the Raptors go on a 33 to 25 run in the third period.  During that run, Norman Powell would continue to put on a scoring display as he puts up twelve points, collecting two of those from behind the arc.  DeMarre Carroll, Serge Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan would each contribute to the Toronto run with five points of their own.  Kyle Lowry would struggle again as he is held scoreless for nine minutes.  On the other end, Antetokounmpo would score six points but it was the Raptors who enter the last period with a huge 90-73 lead.  The home team would finish things off in the last quarter as bench player Jonas Valanciunas and DeRozan each dropped five points.  DeRozan would receive three of his from behind the 3-point lead as the Raptors hand the Bucks a 118 to 93 blowout, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  Norman Powell would finish with twenty-five points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and four assists (tying his Playoff career-high).  Giannis Antetokounmpo would end up with thirty points (his new Playoff career-high), nine rebounds and three assists.

The Utah Jazz come back to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, tying the series 2-2

The Utah Jazz come back to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, tying the series 2-2

Last night marked Game 4 between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz in their playoff series.  Injuries have played a role in this series on both teams from Rudy Gobert going down in the first minute of Game 1 with a knee injury to Blake Griffin injuring his toe in Game 3.  In that first game, though, Utah would pull away with a 97-95 win against the Clippers.  Joe Johnson scored twenty-one points in that game, along with three rebounds and three assists.  Blake Griffin finished with twenty-six points, seven rebounds and three assists.  The California team would bounce back in Game 2 as they defeat the Jazz with a 99-91 win.  In that game, Blake Griffin put up twenty-four points, five rebounds and two assists.  Gordon Hayward finished with twenty points, six rebounds and two assists.  Clippers would take Game 3, too, as the Jazz get handed a 111-106 loss.  Chris Paul scored thirty-four points, pulled down six rebounds and dished off ten assists.  Gordon Hayward would settle for forty points, nine rebounds and four assists.  The Jazz looked to tie the series up last night in Utah.

The score would be held close in the first quarter as Jamal Crawford comes off the Clippers bench to drop eight points, two coming from behind the 3-point line and the other two coming from the charity stripe.  Former Magic player, J.J. Redick, would chalk up seven points, including one 3-pointer.  Derrick Favors would come off the Utah bench to score eight points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Joe Johnson would also come off the bench to contribute with four points but it was the Los Angeles team that ended the first quarter with a 26 to 24 lead.  The Jazz would go on a 31-26 run in the second period as the first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Rudy Gobert, would put up eight points as he shoots at a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  George Hill would drop seven points, collecting three of those points from beyond the arc.  Rodney Hood would come off the Utah bench to drop seven points, as well, including one 3-pointer.  Raymond Felton would come off the Los Angeles bench to put up eight points which would contain one 3-pointer.  Crawford would collect seven more additional points, which would hold one 3-pointer but it was the Utah Jazz who walk into the locker rooms at halftime with a 55-52 advantage.

The Los Angeles Clippers would go on a 28-22 run in the third period as Chris Paul starts to heat up for nine points, which would include one 3-pointer.  He would also grab six rebounds and four assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Former Knicks player, Jamal Crawford, would continue to put on a scoring display as he collects seven more points which held one 3-pointer.  On the other end, bench player Joe Johnson would drop seven points, collecting three of those points from beyond the arc but it was still the Clippers who left the Jazz trailing at the end of the third, 80-77.  The home team would go on a huge 28 to 18 run as Johnson would shoot seventy-one percent from the field, earning himself thirteen more points which would hold one 3-pointer.  With five minutes left in the game, he would connect for a jump shot, tying the game up at 87.  After that, the two teams would go back and forth, trading buckets but thanks to Joe Johnson’s two free throws, the Utah Jazz would be able to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers with a 105 to 98 win, tying the series up at 2-2.  Joe Johnson finished with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and five assists.  Chris Paul finished with twenty-seven points, nine rebounds and twelve assists.

The Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, tying the series 2-2

The Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, tying the series 2-2

Things haven’t started off right for the number-one seed Boston Celtics but once Rondo went down with a thumb injury, luck started to be on their side.  Last night marked the fourth game between them and the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series.  The eight-seed Chicago Bulls would pull away with a 106 to 102 win in Game 1.  In that game, Jimmy Butler put up thirty points, nine rebounds and three assists.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, six rebounds and six assists.  Game 2 would be another victory for Chicago as they defeat Boston, 111-97.  Dwyane Wade ended up with twenty-two points, four rebounds and two assists.  Jimmy Butler finished with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Isaiah Thomas would chalk up twenty points, four rebounds and two assists.  The last game these two played would turn out to be a 104 to 87 defeat for the Celtics.  Al Horford finished with eighteen points, eight rebounds and six assists.  Dwyane Wade would score eighteen points, pull down one rebound and dish off three assists.  The Boston Celtics looked to even the series up last night in Illinois against the Chicago Bulls.

The Boston Celtics would put on a huge scoring display in the first quarter, shooting fifty-three percent from the field, limiting the Chicago Bulls to twenty-five percent.  Point guard Isaiah Thomas would drop ten points, which would include one 3-pointer.  He would also share the ball around as he dishes off two assists.  Former Heat player, Gerald Green, would crash the boards for five rebounds and collect eight points, six coming from behind the arc.  On the other end of the court, Jimmy Butler would chalk up eleven points while grabbing three rebounds.  Dwyane Wade would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only earn four points.  Robin Lopez would play for nine points in the quarter only to be held scoreless, but he did manage to grab four rebounds.  Unfortunately for the home team, it was the Celtics who ended the first period with a huge 30 to 18 lead.  The Bulls would look to cut into the deficit as Nikola Mirotic drops eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Three-time All-Star, Jimmy Butler, would contribute with six points but he would collect all of those at the free-throw line.  Isaiah Canaan would come off the Chicago bench to drop five points, collecting three of those from behind the 3-point line.  As for the visiting team, Gerald Green would chalk up eight points, containing two 3-pointers as the Boston team walks into halftime, holding onto a 57-46 advantage.

Isaiah Thomas would come out of halftime to drop ten points, shooting sixty percent from the field.  Former Hawks player, Al Horford, would score four points and collect four rebounds as Kelly Olynyk would come off the bench to put up four points of his own.  As for the home team, Butler would chalk up nine points and throw out four assists.  Robin Lopez would eventually heat up for eight points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would also gobble up three rebounds but it was the Boston Celtics who enter the last quarter with a 79 to 70 lead.  Despite Jimmy Butler’s seven points in the fourth, the Boston Celtics would manage to close things out as Horford puts up nine points, which included one 3-pointer.  Thomas would go for seven points as the Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, 104 to 95, tying the series up at 2-2.  Isaiah Thomas would finish with thirty-three points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jimmy Butler would end up with thirty-three points (tying his Playoff career-high), five rebounds and nine assists (his new Playoff career-high).

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 3-1 lead in series

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 3-1 lead in series

Tonight would mark the fourth game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  This series has been the most hyped up series in the Playoffs, as it has been presenting the top-two MVP candidates going head-to-head.  Game 1 was a victory for the Houston Rockets as they serve the Thunder a 118 to 87 blowout.  James Harden scored thirty-seven points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off nine assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  The Rockets would host the Thunder again in Game 2 as they pull away with a 115-111 win.  In that game, James Harden put up thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Russell Westbrook earned fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  The last game came down to the wire as the Thunder would defeat the Rockets in Oklahoma City, 115 to 113.  Russell Westbrook finished with thirty-two points, twelve rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden collected forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.  The Oklahoma City Thunder would look to even the series up in Oklahoma tonight.

The Thunder started the game off on a good foot as they shot fifty percent from the field, limiting the Rockets to thirty percent.  Steven Adams scored six points, along with two rebounds and two blocks.  Russell Westbrook would also drop six points and collect five rebounds and four assists to go along with it.  On the other end, Trevor Ariza would put up eight points, which would include one 3-pointer but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder that ended the first period with a 26 to 22 lead.  In the next quarter, both teams would keep the score close as they each record thirty-two points.  Six-time All-Star, Russell Westbrook, would chalk up eleven points, five rebounds, six assists and one block.  Steven Adams would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself six points.  Eric Gordon would come off the Rockets bench to drop eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Former Wizards player, Nene, would also come off the bench to score eight points, as well.  Bench player, Lou Williams, would also contribute with seven points but it was the Thunder that went into halftime with a 58-54 advantage.  Russell Westbrook would finish the half with seventeen points, ten rebounds and ten assists, the fastest postseason triple-double in the last twenty seasons.

The third period would be no different from the second as both teams would chalk up a total of nineteen points in the quarter.  Maryland-native, Victor Oladipo, would throw up six points while going up for one rebound.  Steven Adams would receive five more points to add to his scoring total, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Westbrook would play for nine minutes, only to be held scoreless after attempting six shots.  As far as the Texas team, Nene would score four points, while gobbling up two rebounds and giving out one assist.  Another former Wizards player, Trevor Ariza, would knock down a 3-pointer and crash the boards for two rebounds but it was the home team that ended the third period with a 77-73 lead.  Houston would go on a 40 to 32 run in the last quarter as Nene would chalk up ten points, shooting one-hundred percent from the field.  The 2014-2015 Sixth Man, Lou Williams, would drop nine points which would include one 3-pointer.  Westbrook would try to keep his team ahead as he goes off for eighteen points, three of those coming from behind the arc.  After a total of six lead changes and five game ties, the Houston Rockets would eventually come back and close the game out with a 113 to 109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Nene would finish with twenty-eight points (his new Playoff career-high), ten rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would end with thirty-five points, fourteen rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and fourteen assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Indiana Pacers as it came down to the wire, sweeping the series 4-0

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Indiana Pacers as it came down to the wire, sweeping the series 4-0

Today marked the fourth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers in their playoff series.  The last three games would be victories for the Cleveland team as they looked to sweep the series today.  Game 1 was in Ohio as the Cavaliers would pull away with a 109-108 win.  LeBron James scored thirty-two points, pulled down six rebounds and dished off thirteen assists.  Paul George would put up twenty-nine points, five rebounds and seven assists.  Cleveland would host the Pacers in Game 2, as well, as the home team would defeat the Pacers with a 117 to 111 score.  In that game, Kyrie Irving finished with thirty-seven points, two rebounds and two assists.  Paul George would end up with thirty-two points, eight rebounds and seven assists.  The last game was a historic win for Cleveland as they came back from a huge halftime deficit to beat the Pacers in Indiana, 119-114.  LeBron James ended up with forty-one points, thirteen rebounds and twelve assists.  Paul George finished with thirty-six points, fifteen rebounds and nine assists.  The Pacers would look to avoid a series sweep as they host the defending champions today.

Kyrie Irving would start the game off by dropping ten points in the first quarter, shooting fifty percent from the field.  LeBron James would chalk up eight points and two rebounds.  As for the Indiana team, Jeff Teague would put up six points, along with one rebound and two assists.  Four-time All-Star, Paul George, would earn himself five points, which would include one 3-pointer.  Lance Stephenson would come off the bench to collect five points, as well, which would also hold one 3-pointer.  C.J. Miles would contribute with a 3-pointer as the Pacers end the first period with a 24 to 22 lead.  The visiting team would spark a 36-28 run in the second quarter as three-time champion, LeBron James, went off for twelve points as he shot fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also gather four rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet.  The newest addition to the Cavaliers team, Deron Williams, would come off the bench to drop twelve points, as well, which contained two 3-pointers.  He would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while grabbing two rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Stephenson would bury three 3-pointers, while Myles Turner would drop seven points.  Teague would contribute with four points but it was the visiting team that would go into halftime with a 58-52 advantage.

Things would not get easier for the Indiana Pacers as Irving comes out of the locker room to light the floor up with sixteen points, which would include one 3-pointer.  LeBron James would collect six points, one rebound and two assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Paul George would try to help his Pacers team out as he collects six points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Thaddeus Young would also chalk up six points, along with two rebounds but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that enter the last quarter with a 88 to 77 lead.  The Pacers would come back, though, as Turner earns himself six points, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Indiana would eventually trail by only two points but with two minutes and thirty-nine seconds left in the game, Thaddeus Young would bury a jumper, tying the game up at 100.  After George misses an eight-foot jumper, Young would tip the ball in the basket to give the Pacers a two-point lead.  But with only one minute and seven seconds in the game, LeBron James would knock down a three-pointer to give his team the lead again.  The Indiana Pacers would fail to score in the last minute of the game as Kyle Korver and LeBron James would secure the victory at the free-throw line as Korver hits two and LeBron hits one.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would win the game, 106-102, as they sweep the playoff series with a 4-0 record.  LeBron James finished with thirty-three points, ten rebounds and four assists.  Lance Stephenson would end up with twenty-two points, six rebounds and three assists.

Atlanta Hawks cruise past the Washington Wizards, preventing a 3-0 lead

Atlanta Hawks cruise past the Washington Wizards, preventing a 3-0 lead

The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks series has been a very personal one for both teams from John Wall’s constant stare downs on the Hawks’ player to Markieff Morris and Paul Millsap getting into heated arguments on the court.  Last night would mark the third game between these two ball clubs as the Hawks looked to take a win in Atlanta.  Game 1 was a victory for the Washington team as they would defeat the Hawks, 114-107.  John Wall finished with thirty-two points, four rebounds and fourteen assists.  Dennis Schroder ended up with twenty-five points, three rebounds and nine assists.  The second game was also a victory for the Wizards as they pull away with a 109-101 win.  In that game, John Wall scored thirty-two points, grabbed five rebounds and gave out nine assists.  Paul Millsap put up twenty-seven points, ten rebounds and four assists.  The Wizards looked to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series last night in the Philips Arena.

The Atlanta Hawks would start off on the right foot as they put on a scoring display in the first period, shooting 65% from the field, limiting the visiting team to 30%.  Dennis Schroder lit the floor up with fifteen points, including two 3-pointers.  Taurean Prince, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard would each score five points.  Prince would score three of those from behind the 3-point line while Millsap pulls down six rebounds. On the other end, John Wall would put up fourteen points, which would contain one 3-pointer but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a huge 38-20 lead.  The Wizards would look to cut into the lead as both Markieff Morris and John Wall go for seven points.  Morris would collect three of those from beyond the arc while John Wall would crash the boards for one rebound and dish off two assists.  But the Hawks wouldn’t ease up as former Jazz player, Paul Millsap, drops ten points and grabs three rebounds.  Dennis Schroder would add five more points to his scoring total as the Georgia team walks into halftime with a large 64 to 46 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the D.C. team as Millsap comes out of the locker room to score nine points, shooting 67% from the field.  Rookie Taurean Prince would shoot a perfect 100% from the field, scoring seven points.  Dwight Howard would be held scoreless in the third quarter but he would go to grab four rebounds.  North Carolina-native John Wall would try to bring his Washington team back in it as he drops eight points, grabs two rebounds and dishes off two assists but it was the Atlanta Hawks that ended the third with a powerful 90-67 lead.  The Wizards would go on a 31 to 26 run in the last quarter as Kelly Oubre Jr. comes off the bench to knock down three 3-pointers and grab three rebounds.  Brandon Jennings would also come off the bench to give out three assists and drop seven points, which contained one 3-pointer.  On the other end of the court, Baltimore-native Malcolm Delaney would come off the bench to chalk up eight points, which would hold one 3-pointer as the Altanta Hawks defeat the Washington Wizards with a 116-98 win, making the series 2-1.  Paul Millsap would finish the game with twenty-nine points, fourteen rebounds and five assists.  John Wall woud ended up with twenty-nine points, four rebounds and seven assists.

The Raptors defeat the Bucks, tying the series up 2-2

The Raptors defeat the Bucks, tying the series up 2-2

Last night marked the fourth game between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks in their playoff series.  Game 1 was a victory for the Bucks as they defeat the Raptors, 97-83.  In that game, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored twenty-eight points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off three assists.  DeMar DeRozan would go for twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Raptors would bounce back in the second game as they pull off a 106 to 100 victory.  DeMar DeRozan earned himself twenty-three points, seven rebounds and three assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo collected twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists.  The last game was a blowout as the Bucks soared past the Raptors, 104-77.  Khris Middleton finished with twenty points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Kyle Lowry ended up with thirteen points, five rebounds and two assists.  Delon Wright also ended up with thirteen points, six rebounds and two assists.  The Raptors looked to tie the series up last night in Milwaukee.

Each team would start the game off right as they both scored 19 points in the first quarter.  Khris Middleton dropped seven points and took down four rebounds.  Former Bulls player, Tony Snell, would earn six points which would all come from beyond the arc.  On the other side, DeMar DeRozan would throw up six points of his own, shooting 75% from the field.  The next quarter would be no different as each team goes for 22 points in the second period.  DeRozan would light the floor up with fifteen points, along with four rebounds.  Serge Ibaka would shoot 50% from the field but would only collect four points.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would get hot for ten points, shooting 83% from the field.  He would also gobble down three rebounds as each team went into halftime with a score of 41.

The Raptors would go on a 23-17 run in the third quarter as three-time All-Star, Kyle Lowry, would score eight points, six of those coming from behind the 3-point line.  DeRozan would drop six points, crash the boards for two rebounds and give out three assists.  Snell would help his Milwaukee team out as he puts up eight points, including two 3-pointers.  Middleton would collect three points and four rebounds but it was the visiting team that led, 64-58, at the end of the third.  The first-round pick in the 2010 draft, Greg Monroe, would come off the Bucks bench to light up the floor with ten points and four rebounds but it would be the Raptors who close things out as Lowry and DeRozan each drop six points, along with bench player, Jonas Valanciunas’ six points.  The Toronto Raptors would go on to win the game, 87 to 76, tying the series up, 2-2.  DeMar DeRozan finished with thirty-three points, nine rebounds and five assists.  Tony Snell ended up with nineteen points (his new Playoff career-high) and four rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high).

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a victory against the Utah Jazz, taking a 2-1 lead in series

The Los Angeles Clippers pull away with a victory against the Utah Jazz, taking a 2-1 lead in series

Last night marked Game 3 between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz in their playoff series.  So far, the series has been split even as the Jazz won Game 1 and Clippers won Game 2.  Utah would barely pull away with a 97-95 victory over the Clippers in Game 1.  In that game, Joe Johnson scored twenty-one points, pulled down three rebounds and dished off three assists.  Blake Griffin finished with twenty-six points, seven rebounds and three assists.  Game 2 was a nine-point victory for Los Angeles as they defeated the Jazz, 99-91.  Blake Griffin ended up with twenty-four points, five rebounds and two assists.  Gordon Hayward finished with twenty points, six rebounds and two assists.  Each team looked to take a 2-1 lead in the series as they faced off in Utah last night.

The Utah Jazz would hit the ground running in the first quarter as Gordon Hayward dropped twenty-one points, setting a record for most points in a quarter in Jazz playoff history.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc.  He would work on the defensive end as well, he gobbling up five rebounds to add to his stat sheet.  On the other end, Blake Griffin would score nine points, including one 3-pointer.  DeAndre Jordan would drop six points and grab four rebounds but it was the home team that ended the first period with a 34 to 21 lead.  The first-round pick in the 2005 draft, Raymond Felton, would come off the Los Angeles bench to chalk up seven points in the second quarter, which contained one 3-pointer.  Former Warriors player, Marreese Speights, would come off the bench, as well, to score five points which would hold one 3-pointer.  As for the Utah team, Joe Ingles would shoot two 3-pointers, earning himself six points as the Jazz walked into halftime with a 58-49 lead.

The Clippers would go on a 33 to 26 run in the third period as nine-time All-Star, Chris Paul, would light the floor up with eleven points, including one 3-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for five rebounds and work the ball around for three assists.  Luc Mbah a Moute would contribute to the run as he drops nine points, containing one 3-pointer.  Texas-native DeAndre Jordan would go off for eight points, shooting a perfect 100% from the field.  On the other end, former Pacers point guard, George Hill, would get hot for thirteen points, including three 3-pointers.  Hayward would put on another scoring display as he lights the floor up with eleven points, which will hold one 3-pointer.  He shot 57% from the field in the third as the Clippers would go into the fourth quarter trailing, 84-82.  The Clippers would go on a 29 to 22 run in the last period as Chris Paul collects thirteen more points which would contain one 3-pointer.  Three-time Sixth-Man, Jamal Crawford, would come off the bench to help out with six points, shooting 60% from the field.  Joe Johnson would come off the Utah bench to drop six points but it would be the Los Angeles Clippers that regains the lead and pulls away with a 111-106, taking a 2-1 in the series.  Chris Paul finished with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and ten assists.  Gordon Hayward would ended up with forty points (his new Playoff career-high), eight rebounds and four assists.

The Oklahoma City Thunder slip away with a victory against the Houston Rockets, preventing Houston to take a 3-0 lead in series

The Oklahoma City Thunder slip away with a victory against the Houston Rockets, preventing Houston to take a 3-0 lead in series

Last night marked Game 3 between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder in their playoff series.  The last two games didn’t go as planned for the Thunder as the Rockets defeated them in both Game 1 and Game 2.  Game 1 was a blowout as Houston left with a 118-87 win.  James Harden finished with thirty-seven points, seven rebounds and nine assists.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  The Rockets would barely win Game 2 as they slip away with a 115 to 111 victory.  In that game, James Harden scored thirty-five points, pulled down four rebounds and dished out eight assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  The Rockets looked to take a 3-0 in the series last night as they faced the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

The game would start off right for the Thunder as Taj Gibson lights the floor up with twelve points, shooting 86% from the field.  The first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Andre Roberson, would shoot a perfect 100% from the field, earning himself nine points.  Russell Westbrook would be limited to only six points but would crash the boards for four rebounds and give out four assists.  On the other end, James Harden would chalk up nine points and five assists but it was the home team that ended the first period with a 34 to 25 lead.  Things would start to look good for the visiting team as Lou Williams comes off the bench to drop twelve points, which included three 3-pointers.  James Harden shot 50% from the field, adding eleven points to his scoring total.  Former Magic player, Victor Oladipo, would throw up eight points to help the Thunder out, which would include two 3-pointers.  Westbrook would score eight points, as well, four coming from the free-throw line as Oklahoma City walks into halftime with a 65-58 advantage.

Russell Westbrook would come out of the locker room after halftime to chalk up nine points in the third quarter, along with three rebounds and three assists.  Former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would collect six more additional points to add to his scoring total.  As for the visiting team, James Harden would try to bring the Rockets closer as he drops eleven points, three of those coming from beyond the arc.  Eric Gordon would come off the Houston bench to contribute with five points but it was the Thunder who would end the third period with a 93-83 lead.  The Houston Rockets would try to climb back as they go on a 30 to 22 run in the last quarter.  Within that run, Harden would go off for thirteen points, containing two 3-pointers.  California-native Ryan Anderson, would try to help out with six points and three rebounds, while Lou Williams comes off the bench to earn six points of his own.  With 52 seconds left in the game, James Harden would connect for a three-pointer, tying the game up at 111.  After Westbrook’s pull-up three-pointer failed to go in, Steven Adams would tip the shot into the basket, giving the home team a two-point lead.  After the time out, James Harden would attempt a three-pointer but wouldn’t go in as Westbrook grabs the rebounds and gets intentionally fouled.  Russell Westbrook would miss the first free-throw but would connect for the second one, bumping the score up to 114-111.  After Harden knocks down two free-throws to bring his team within one, Westbrook is fouled again with eight seconds left.  Westbrook would knock down one of the two foul shots, giving the Thunder a two-point advantage.  James Harden would attempt a three-pointer to win the game but would fail to connect as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets, making the series 2-1.  Russell Westbrook would finish with thirty-two points, thirteen rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden ended up with forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.