Month: May 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics in a blowout, advancing to the NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics in a blowout, advancing to the NBA Finals

Last night marked the fifth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Cavaliers as they pull away with a 117 to 104 win.  In that game, LeBron James scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off seven assists.  Jae Crowder would chalk up twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley would also score twenty-one points, along with four rebounds and one assists.  The Cavaliers would hand the Celtics a 130-86 blowout loss in Game 2.  LeBron James would finish with thirty points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jaylen Brown would settle for nineteen points, four rebounds and one assist.  The Celtics would barely escape with a win in Game 3 as they defeat the Cavaliers, 111-108.  Marcus Smart would put up twenty-seven points, five rebounds and seven assists.  Kyrie Irving scored twenty-nine points, two rebounds and seven assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would bounce back as they win the last game, 112-99.  Kyrie Irving would chalk up forty-two points, three rebounds and four assists.  Avery Bradley would settle for nineteen points, five rebounds and three assists.  The Boston Celtics looked to stay alive for one more game as they hosted the Cavaliers in the TD Garden.

The game would start off right for the defending champions as they shoot sixty-four percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Celtics to thirty-nine percent.  LeBron James would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scores eleven points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also record four rebounds and six assists to go along with that.  Former Timberwolves player, Kevin Love, would chalk up ten points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  He would also grab five rebounds as Kyrie Irving would contribute with nine points.  Irving would accomplish that by shooting sixty percent from the field.  He would also knock down a three-pointer while doing so.  Kyle Korver would come off the bench to drill two three-pointers as he receives six points.  On the other end of the court, Marcus Smart would hit two three-pointers himself while Jae Crowder earns five points.  Crowder would shoot fifty percent from the field while pulling down three rebounds.  Avery Bradley would chalk up five points, as well, but it was the Cavaliers who end the first quarter with a huge 43-27 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the home team as former Mavericks player, Deron Williams, comes off the bench to light the floor up with fourteen points in the second quarter.  He would collect six of those points from behind the arc as he shoots eighty-three percent from the field.  James would add nine more points to his scoring total as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would jump up to pull down three defensive rebounds, as well.  Love would only be limited to two free-throws while Tristan Thompson gobbles up two defensive rebounds.  As for the Boston team, Avery Bradley would attempt to bring his team back as he drops fourteen points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  He would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as Crowder would put up six points but it was the Ohio team that walked into halftime with a commanding 75-57 advantage.

Cleveland would come out of the locker room to spark a huge 34 to 17 run in the third quarter.  During that run, LeBron James would put on another scoring display as he drops fifteen more points.  He would shoot sixty percent from the field as he drills 3 three-pointers in the process.  Four-time All-Star, Kyrie Irving, would help out with thirteen points as he shoots seventy-one percent from the field.  He would gather up nine of those points from beyond the arc.  Kevin Love would be limited to one three-pointer but he would gobble up four defensive rebounds as J.R. Smith knocks down a three-pointer.  On the other end of the floor, Kelly Olynyk would chalk up seven points, which would contain one three-pointer.  Bradley would contribute with four points as he only shoots twenty-nine percent from the field.  He would grab three rebounds but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that end the third quarter with a 109-74 lead.

The Cavaliers bench would finish things off in the last period as Richard Jefferson scores nine points, knocking down one three-pointer in the process.  Channing Frye would contribute with two three-pointers, two defensive rebounds and two assists.  As for the Celtics, Gerald Green would come off the bench to throw up fourteen points.  He would drill 3 three-pointers in the process but it would not be enough as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics to win the series, 4-1, advancing to the NBA Finals for a third straight time to take on the Golden State Warriors.  LeBron James finished with thirty-five points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Avery Bradley would finish with twenty-three points, four rebounds and one assist.  LeBron James would also pass Michael Jordan for the number-one spot for all-time Playoff scoring leaders.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics, taking a 3-1 lead in series

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics, taking a 3-1 lead in series

Last night marked the fourth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Cavaliers as they pull away with a 117 to 104 win.  In that game, LeBron James scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off seven assists.  Jae Crowder would chalk up twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley would also score twenty-one points, along with four rebounds and one assists.  The Cavaliers would hand the Celtics a 130-86 blowout loss in Game 2.  LeBron James would finish with thirty points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jaylen Brown would settle for nineteen points, four rebounds and one assist.  The Celtics would barely escape with a win in Game 3 as they defeat the Cavaliers, 111-108.  Marcus Smart would put up twenty-seven points, five rebounds and seven assists.  Kyrie Irving scored twenty-nine points, two rebounds and seven assists.  The Boston Celtics looked to tie the series up, 2-2, as they face the defending champions in the Quicken Loans Arena.

The game would start off right for the Celtics as they shoot forty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent.  Jae Crowder would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself eleven points.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc while taking the other two from the free-throw line.  Kelly Olynyk would drop six points, along with four rebounds and two assists.  Avery Bradley would shoot thirty-eight percent from the field as he puts up six points.  On the other end of the court, LeBron James would shoot forty-three percent from the field as he collects six points along with two defensive rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field as he earns six points while Kevin Love would knock down a three-pointer and two free-throws.  Tristan Thompson would be limited to two points and three rebounds as the Celtics end the first quarter with a 29-19 lead.

The second period would be a close one as each team scores twenty-eight points total.  Kyrie Irving would get hot as he drops twelve points which would include two three-pointers.  Kevin Love would shoot forty percent from the field as he puts up five points, which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also jump up to pull down five defensive rebounds.  Iman Shumpert would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with five points, including one three-pointer.  As for the Boston team, Bradley would chalk up seven points which would hold one three-pointer.  Rookie Jaylen Brown would come off the bench to score five points while hitting one three-pointer in the process.  Al Horford would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to put up four points as the visiting team walks into halftime with a 57-47 advantage.

The Cavaliers would come back as they spark a huge 40 to 23 run in the third quarter.  Irving would get extremely hot as he goes off for twenty-one points, shooting eighty-two percent from the field.  He would nail two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  LeBron James would put up nine points as he grabs one defensive rebound and two assists.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points.  As for the Celtics team, Olynyk would shoot fifty percent from the field as he earns himself five points.  Bradley would score four points as he connects for a field goal and two free-throws.  Horford would also connect for a field goal and a free-throw as the Cavaliers gain a 87-80 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Ohio team would close things out in the last period as James would light the floor up with fifteen points as he shoots sixty-four percent from the field.  He would hit a three-pointer as he grabs one rebound and dishes off two assists.  Love would knock down a three-pointer while grabbing four rebounds for himself.  On the other end of the floor, Horford would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to receive seven points as a reward.  He would also knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Crowder would also knock down a three-pointer but it would not be enough as the Cavaliers come back to beat the Celtics, 112 to 99, taking a 3-1 lead in the series.  Kyrie Irving finished with forty-two points (his new Playoff career-high), three rebounds and four assists.  Avery Bradley would finish with nineteen points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, completing a 4-0 sweep in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, completing a 4-0 sweep in series

Last night marked the fourth game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game was a win for the Warriors as they barely escape with a 113-111 victory.  In that game, Stephen Curry scored forty points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge would settle for twenty-eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.  The Warriors would hand the Spurs a 136 to 100 blowout loss in Game 2.  Stephen Curry would put up twenty-nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.  Jonathon Simmons would chalk up twenty-two points, three rebounds and three assists.  The Oakland team would win the last game as they pull away with a 120-108 win.  During that meeting, Kevin Durant scored thirty-three points, grabbed ten rebounds and threw out four assists.  Manu Ginobili would put up twenty-one points, one rebound and two assists.  The Golden State Warriors looked to complete a series sweep last night in the AT&T Center.

The game would start off right for the California team as they shoot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Spurs to twenty-nine percent.  Four-time All-Star, Stephen Curry, would get hot for thirteen points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds as Kevin Durant would shoot seventy-five percent from the field.  Durant would score eight points while knocking down a three-pointer and gobbling up five defensive rebounds in the process of doing so.  Draymond Green would also grab five defensive rebounds while scoring five points.  He would also nail a three-pointer while shooting fifty percent from the field.  On the other end of the court, Manu Ginobili would chalk up four points as he shot thirty-three percent from the field.  New York-native, Kyle Anderson, would come off the bench to put up four points but it was the Warriors who end the first quarter with a 31 to 19 lead.

In the second quarter, Durant would throw up ten more additional points as he shoots eighty percent from the field.  Green would score six points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also dish off four assists while Stephen Curry would be limited to five points which would include one three-pointer.  Ian Clark would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain five points.  He would gather three of those points from beyond the arc.  As for the Spurs team, Danny Green would drop six points which would contain one three-pointer.  Patty Mills would also earn six points by knocking down two three-pointers.  Kyle Anderson and Pau Gasol would both come off the bench to score six points each for themselves but it was the Warriors would walk into halftime with a 65-51 advantage.

The Golden State team would come out of the locker room to spark up a 31 to 27 run.  During that run, Curry would drop ten points which would include two three-pointers.  Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would contribute with seven points as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would drill one three-pointer as he gobbles up six rebounds.  Draymond Green would knock down one three-pointer and two free-throws to earn himself five points while Klay Thompson would score five points.  He would hit a three-pointer while Jonathon Simmons would try to get his Spurs team in it.  Simmons would shoot thirty-eight percent from the field to collect nine points, which would contain one three-pointer.  He would grab three rebounds as Bryn Forbes would come off the bench to receive six points.  LaMarcus Aldridge would drop four points as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field but it was the Warriors who end the third period with a commanding 96-78 lead.

The Spurs would attempt to come back as they go on a 37 to 33 run in the last quarter.  Ginobili would put up nine points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down one three-pointer in the process of doing so while giving out two assists.  Six-time All-Star, Pau Gasol, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself eight points.  Anderson would also come off the bench to drop seven points, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  On the other end of the court, Curry would chalk up eight points which include one three-pointer.  Ian Clark would come off the bench to put up seven points, hitting a three-pointer while doing so.  Durant would only to be limited to one field and two free-throws as the Warriors pull away with a 129-115 win, completing the series sweep and advancing to the NBA Finals for a third straight time.  Stephen Curry would finish with thirty-six points, five rebounds and six assists.  Kyle Anderson finished with twenty points (his new career-high), six rebounds and two assists.

The Boston Celtics come back to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a close win, making series 2-1

The Boston Celtics come back to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a close win, making series 2-1

Last night marked the third game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the defending champions as they pull away with a 117 to 104 win.  In that game, LeBron James scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off seven assists.  Jae Crowder finished with twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley would also end up with twenty-one points, along with four rebounds and one assist.  The Cavaliers would hand the Celtics a 130-86 blowout loss in Game 2.  LeBron James would chalk up thirty points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jaylen Brown would settle for nineteen points, four rebounds and one assist.  The Cleveland Cavaliers looked to take a 3-0 lead in the series as they faced the Celtics in the Quicken Loans Arenas last night.

The Cavaliers would start the game off right as they shoot sixty-five percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the visiting team to forty percent.  California-native, Kevin Love, would light the floor up with fifteen points, collecting all of them from beyond the arc.  Kyrie Irving would contribute with twelve points, earning nine of them from behind the three-point line and the other three from the charity stripe.  Irving would also pull down two defensive rebounds and give out four assists.  LeBron James would play for eleven points, only to be held to three points.  J.R. Smith would knock down a three-pointer while Tristan Thompson collects two points.  On the other end of the court, Avery Bradley would throw up ten points as he shoots fifty percent from the field.  He would nail a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Former Hawks player, Al Horford, would collect five points which would include one three-pointer.  Marcus Smart would knock down a three-pointer but it was the Cavaliers who end the first quarter with a 35-24 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the Boston team as the Cavaliers go on a 31 to 26 run in the second period.  Love would knock down two three-pointers and a free-throw to add seven more points to his scoring total.  He would gobble up two defensive rebounds while James would contribute with five points.  LeBron James would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he receives three defensive rebounds and four assists to along with it.  Irving would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain five points for himself.  Thompson would only be held to four free-throws while Smith is held to one three-pointer.  As for the Celtics, Jae Crowder would chalk up seven points, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  He would shoot seventy-five percent from the field while earning one defensive rebound and one assist.  Smart would contribute with five points which would contain one three-pointer.  Kelly Olynyk would also score five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line.  Horford would be limited to only two points as the Cleveland team walks into halftime with a commanding 66-50 advantage.

The Celtics would not give up, though, as they respond by sparking a 32 to 21 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Marcus Smart would heat up for eleven points, three of them coming from behind the arc and the other two coming from the charity stripe.  He would also pull down three defensive rebounds as Olynyk shoots sixty-seven percent from the field to earn himself six points.  On the other end of the court, Tristan Thompson would work for seven points as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Irving would try to help out as he puts up six points while Kevin Love is limited to four free-throws and six defensive rebounds.  James would be limited to three points in the quarter as the defending champions walk into the last period with a 87-82 lead.

The Boston Celtics would come back as they go on a 29 to 21 run in the last quarter.  During that run, Marcus Smart would receive eight points, six coming from behind the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line.  Al Horford would shoot fifty percent from the field as he is rewarded with five points, which would include one three-pointer.  As for the Ohio team, Smith would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Thompson would score five points as he gobbles up four offensive rebounds to go along with it.  LeBron James would play for the entire quarter but would be held scoreless as Iman Shumpert grabs two defensive rebounds.

With only a minute remaining in the game, the Celtics would have gained a one-point lead over the Cavaliers.  Horford would connect for a jump shot to give his team a 106-103 lead over the Cavaliers.  But J.R. Smith would respond with a 25-foot three-pointer to tie the game back up at 106 a piece.  Former Pistons player, Jonas Jerebko, would connect for a 22-foot jumper to give his team a 108-106 lead.  Out of a Cleveland timeout, Irving would drive through the lanes to successfully connect for a lay up to tie the game back up.  But if only half of a second left, Avery Bradley would knock down a 26-foot three-pointer to take a three-point lead over the defending champions.  Time would eventually expire as the Boston Celtics hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 111 to 108, making the series 2-1.  Marcus Smart would finish with twenty-seven points (his new career-high), five rebounds and seven assists.  Kyrie Irving finished with twenty-nine points, two rebounds and seven assists.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, taking a 3-0 lead in the series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, taking a 3-0 lead in the series

Last night marked the third game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game was a close win for the Warriors as they pull away with a 113-111 victory.  In that game, Stephen Curry scored forty points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge would settle for twenty-eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.  Game 2 would also be a victory for the Oakland team as they hand the Spurs a 136 to 100 blowout loss.  Stephen Curry finished with twenty-nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.  Jonathon Simmons would end up with twenty-two points, three rebounds and three assists.  The Golden State Warriors looked to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series as they faced the Spurs last night in the AT&T Center.

The game would start off right for the home team as they shoot sixty-two percent from the field as a team, limiting the Warriors to fifty-five percent.  Two-time All-Star, Manu Ginobili, would come off the bench to put up seven points as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would knock down one three-pointer in the process while Patty Mills throws up seven points, as well.  Mills would collect three of those points from beyond the arc while shooting fifty percent from the field.  LaMarcus Aldridge and bench player, David Lee, would each put up four points as they both shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Kyle Anderson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only receive two points as a reward.  He would grab three defensive rebounds while Danny Green puts up two points and four defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the court, JaVale McGee would get hot for eleven points, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Kevin Durant would contribute with six points and three defensive rebounds.  Stephen Curry would knock down two three-pointers but it was the Spurs who end the first quarter with a 33-29 lead.

The Warriors would respond with a 35 to 22 run in the second quarter as they shoot sixty-five percent from the field as team, limiting the Spurs to thirty-nine percent.  2013-2014 MVP, Kevin Durant, would chalk up eight points while collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also pull down three defensive rebounds while Klay Thompson would also score eight points.  Thompson would knock down two three-pointers and grab two defensive rebounds in the process.  Draymond Green would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with seven points.  He would also record two rebounds and three assists to add to his stat sheet total.  McGee would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points.  Stephen Curry would play for eleven minutes, only to be held to four points.  As for the San Antonio team, Jonathon Simmons would put up six points as he shoots thirty-eight percent from the field.  Ginobili would also collect six points as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would knock down one three-pointer while doing so but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 64-55 advantage.

Durant would come out of the locker room, hot, as he lights the floor up with nineteen points.  He would shoot eighty-three percent from the field while knocking down two three-pointers, as well.  Curry would contribute with eight points as he shoots sixty percent from the field.  Rookie Patrick McCaw would come off the bench to chalk up four points as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Thompson would only be limited to one three-pointer and two defensive rebounds.  Green would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only score two points.  As for the Spurs, Aldridge would drop nine points which would include one three-pointer.  Manu Ginobili would continue to add to his scoring total as he puts up eight points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Simmons would contribute with four points but it was the Warriors who end the third period with a 100-88 lead.

The Warriors looked to finish things off in the last quarter while the Spurs attempted to come back.  Ian Clark would come off the Warriors bench to drop five points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would pull down two rebounds while Thompson earned himself four points.  Curry would only to be limited to one three-pointer while David West pulls down two defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the floor, Dewayne Dedmon would come off the bench to throw up seven points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would gobble up four rebounds while Pau Gasol would come off the bench to score four points.  Aldridge would only be limited to three points as the Golden State Warriors pull away with a 120-108 win against the San Antonio Spurs, taking a 3-0 lead in the series.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, ten rebounds and four assists.  Manu Ginobili would finish with twenty-one points, one rebound and two assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers destroy the Boston Celtics, taking 2-0 lead in series

The Cleveland Cavaliers destroy the Boston Celtics, taking 2-0 lead in series

Tonight marked the second game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Cavaliers as they pull away with a 117-104 win.  In that game, LeBron James scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off seven assists.  Jae Crowder finished with twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley would also finish with twenty-one points, along with four rebounds and one assist.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would look to improve to a 2-0 lead as they face the Celtics in the TD Garden tonight.

The game would start off right for the defending champions as they shoot sixty percent from the field as a team during the first quarter, limiting the Celtics to twenty-nine percent.  Kyrie Irving would put up nine points as he shoots fifty-seven percent from the field.  Kevin Love would knock down two three-pointers and two free-throws as he earns himself eight points.  He would also gobble up five rebounds as LeBron James picks up five points and five assists.  J.R. Smith would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, collecting five points which included one three-pointer.  He would also crash the boards for five defensive rebounds while Kyle Korver comes off the bench to drill a three-pointer.  On the other end of the court, Gerald Green, who is replacing Amir Johnson, would chalk up six points.  He would earn all of them from behind the arc as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Avery Bradley would play for the entire quarter, only to be limited to four points.  The second-round pick in the 2012 draft, Jae Crowder, would put up two points as he shoots twenty-five percent from the field.  Isaiah Thomas would be held scoreless from the field but would knock down two free-throws as the Cleveland Cavaliers end the first period with a 32-18 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the home team as the Ohio team sparks a huge 40 to 13 lead in the second quarter.  Four-team league MVP, LeBron James, would get extremely hot for seventeen points which would contain two three-pointers.  He would shoot seventy percent from the field as he pulls down two defensive rebounds.  Kevin Love would contribute with ten points, earning six of them from behind the three-point line.  He would add three defensive rebounds to his stat sheet total as he dishes off one assist.  Kyrie Irving would be limited to five points, collecting three of them from behind the arc and the other two from the charity stripe.  Iman Shumpert would come off the bench to drill a three-pointer while taking down four rebounds and giving out two assists.  Korver would be held to two points while Deron Williams dishes off four assists and grabs two defensive rebounds.  As for the Boston Celtics, Bradley would chalk up five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Crowder and bench player, Jaylen Brown, would each be limited four points as the defending champions walk into halftime with a huge 72-31 advantage.  This would mark the largest halftime lead in history during a postseason game.

The Cavaliers would come out of the locker room to shoot fifty-eight percent from the field as a team, limiting the Celtics to thirty-nine percent.  Kyrie Irving would score nine points as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would knock down two three-pointers in the process of doing so while James would put up eight points.  James would collect six of those points from beyond the arc as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field.  Tristan Thompson would contribute with five points while Kevin Love puts up three points.  Love would pull down four rebounds while Kyle Korver would come off the bench to drop one three-pointer.  On the other end of the court, Al Horford would light the floor up with eleven points which would contain two three-pointers.  Rookie Jaylen Brown would come off the bench to contribute with four points while Avery Bradley would score four points, as well.  Jae Crowder would hit one three-pointer but it was the Cavaliers who walk into the last period with a 103-57 advantage.

The Cavaliers would finish things off in the fourth quarter as their bench would come alive.  Former Mavericks player, Richard Jefferson, would drop nine points as he shoots sixty percent from the field.  He would collect six of those points from behind the three-point line.  Channing Frye would also shoot sixty percent from the field while receiving seven points as a reward.  He would drill a three-pointer and dish off three assists while doing so.  Deron and Derrick Williams would each score four points while Shumpert would knock down one three-pointer.  On the other end of the court, the Celtics bench would also work.  Jaylen Brown would put up nine points while shooting forty-three percent from the field.  He would also gobble up three defensive rebounds while former Cavaliers player, Tyler Zeller, would contribute with eight points.  Terry Rozier would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who hand the Boston Celtics a 130-86 blowout loss, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  LeBron James finished with thirty points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jaylen Brown would finish with nineteen points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds and one assist.

The Cleveland Cavaliers steal home-court advantage as they defeat the Boston Celtics, starting the series 1-0

The Cleveland Cavaliers steal home-court advantage as they defeat the Boston Celtics, starting the series 1-0

Tonight marked the first game between the two-seed Cleveland Cavaliers and the one-seed Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  The last time these two teams met up in the postseason was during the 2015 Playoffs, where the Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated the Boston Celtics, 4-0, but the Celtics would look to get their revenge starting tonight.  Earlier this season, the Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls in the first round, 4-2, and defeated the Washington Wizards in the Semifinals, 4-3.  The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers in the first-round, 4-0, and defeated the Toronto Raptors in the Semifinals, 4-0.  Each team looked to start the series off right tonight in the TD Garden.

The game would start off right for the defending champions as they shoot fifty-nine percent from the field as a team in the opening quarter, limiting the home team to forty percent.  Three-time champion, LeBron James, would get hot for fifteen points, shooting eighty-eight percent from the field.  He would also chalk up three rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with six points.  He would knock down two free-throws as he pulls down five rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would play for the entire quarter, only to be held at five points.  Kevin Love and J.R. Smith would each be limited to two points but Love would manage to grab four defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Avery Bradley would throw up nine points, nailing one three-pointer in the process.  Rookie Jaylen Brown would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, contributing with four points.  Jae Crowder would only drop two points but would gobble up three rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would play for ten minutes, only to score two points but it was the Cavaliers who ended the first quarter with a 30-19 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the home team as the Cavaliers go on a 31 to 20 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Kevin Love would come alive for eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would drain a three-pointer in the process.  He would also crash the boards for five defensive rebounds and he would do all of this while playing ten minutes.  James would shoot forty-three percent from the field as he throws up eight points.  He would also work for two defensive rebounds, along with two assists.  Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he helps out with five points.  He would jump up to pull down one offensive and one defensive rebound.  Smith would be held scoreless but would manage to collect two defensive rebounds.  As for the Boston team, Thomas would still struggle as he would only chalk up six points, hitting one three-pointer while doing so.  Marcus Smart would come off the bench to drop four points while shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  Brown would come off the bench, as well, to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would only score four points, as well.  Al Horford, Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley would each be limited to two points as the Ohio team walk into halftime with a comfortable 61-39 advantage.

The Celtics looked to cut into the deficit as they go on a 36 to 30 run in the third period.  They would shoot sixty-four percent from the field as a team while limiting the Cavaliers to forty-eight percent.  During that run, Crowder would heat up for ten points which would include two three-pointers.  He would also crash the boards for two offensive rebounds while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Bradley would play for the entire quarter as he puts up eight points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also grab four defensive rebounds and Horford would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would hit a three-pointer while collecting seven points in the quarter.  Thomas would score seven points, as well, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  The Cavaliers would not stop competing as former Timberwolves player, Kevin Love, would continue to put on a shooting display as he puts up eighteen more points to add to his scoring total.  He would earn fifteen of those points from behind the arc while collecting the other three from the free-throw line.  Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he receives seven points in return.  LeBron James would only to limited to two points but would manage to pull down one defensive rebound and dish off three assists.  J.R. Smith would be held scoreless in this quarter, as well, but it was the Cleveland team that still went into the last quarter with a 92-75 lead.

The Cavaliers would finish things off in the fourth period as LeBron James starts to heat up again with thirteen points, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  He would shoot sixty percent from the field as he pulls down three rebounds.  Kyle Korver, Channing Frye and Derrick Williams would each come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer to contribute to the lead.  On the other end of the court, Gerald Green would drop eleven points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc.  Jae Crowder would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to collect seven points but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who defeat the Boston Celtics, 117-104, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  LeBron James finished with thirty-eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists.  Tristan Thompson also recorded a new Playoff career-high twenty points.  Jae Crowder would finish with twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley would also finish with twenty-one points, four rebounds and one assist.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, taking 2-0 lead in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, taking 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked the second game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Golden State Warriors as they escape with a 113-111 win.  Stephen Curry scored forty points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.  The Golden State Warriors looked to take a 2-0 lead in the series last night in the Oracle Arena.

The game would start off right for the Golden State Warriors as they shoot sixty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Spurs to twenty-three percent.  Two-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, would get hot as he earns himself fifteen points and three defensive rebounds. He would collect twelve of those points from behind the arc and the other three from the free-throw line.  Draymond Green would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points as he crashed the boards for four defensive rebounds.  He would also give out three assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Zaza Pachulia would shoot fifty percent from the field to collect four points while Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson would be limited to two points.  Bench player, JaVale McGee, would also be held to two points but he would jump up to grab two defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Kawhi’s Leonard’s replacement, Jonathon Simmons, would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field to give himself eight points.  Pau Gasol would only drop two points but would crash the boards to gobble up four rebounds.  Bench players Dewayne Dedmon, Manu Ginobili and David Lee would each be limited to two points in the first quarter.  LaMarcus Aldridge would be held scoreless as the home team ends the first quarter with a commanding 33-16 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Warriors go on a 39 to 28 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Kevin Durant would start to come alive as he drops nine points, collecting three of them from behind the arc.  He would also add two defensive rebounds to his stat sheet total as he shoots eighty percent from the field.  Bench player, Patrick McCaw, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with six points.  He would drill a three-pointer in the process of collecting those six points.  Former Pacers player, David West, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field himself.  He would also collect six points, along with two assists to go with it.  Curry would be limited to one three-pointer and a free-throw as he ends the quarter with four points.  Klay Thompson would only hit a three-pointer to give himself three points in the period.  As for the San Antonio team, Simmons would continue to work as he drops nine points which would hold one three-pointer.  He would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he collects one offensive rebound and two assists to go along with it.  Kyle Anderson would come off the bench to earn four points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Bench player, Bryn Forbes, would knock down a three-pointer to give himself three points.  Danny Green and Patty Mills would each be limited to a three-pointer as Aldridge would only score two points in the twelve minutes that he played.  Dedmon would come off the bench to score two points, along with three rebounds but it was the Warriors who walk into halftime with a large 72-44 lead.

The Warriors would come out of the locker room to shoot forty-six percent from the field as a team while the Spurs would shoot thirty-three percent.  Curry would put on another scoring display as he shoots sixty percent from the field, giving himself ten points which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also earn three defensive rebounds and four assists to put towards his stat sheet total.  McCaw would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, gaining five points as a reward.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process while Green and Durant would each score five points, as well.  Draymond Green would shoot thirty-three percent from the field as he gobbles up four defensive rebounds while Durant would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field.  Draymond would collect two points from the field and the other three from the free-throw line.  Durant would knock down a three-pointer and collect the other two points from the charity stripe.  McGee would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain four points while Thompson would be limited to only one three-pointer.  As for the Texas team, Aldridge would start to come alive as he drops six games while pulling down two rebounds.  Former Warriors player, Dewayne Dedmon, would shoot forty percent from the field to earn himself five points as he pulls down six rebounds.  Gasol would chalk up five points, three of them coming from the free-throw line but it was the Warriors who walk into the last period with a 106 to 75 advantage.

The California team would finish things off in the fourth quarter as the bench starts to come alive.  Virginia-native, James Michael McAdoo, would put up nine points which contained one three-pointer.  He would shoot sixty percent from the field as he crashes the boards for five rebounds to put towards his stat sheet total.  McCaw would contribute with seven points as he shoots fifty percent from the field.  He would nail one three-pointer in the process as he dishes off two assists.  Former Jazz player, Ian Clark, would play for the entire quarter as he puts up five points, knocking down a shot from beyond the arc in the process.  Shaun Livingston would play for three minutes as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, receiving four points as a reward.  On the other end of the court, the Spurs bench would do some work, as well.  Davis Bertans would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain himself eleven points.  He would earn nine of them from behind the three-point line as he pulls down four rebounds.  Former Heat player, Joel Anthony, would score six points as he grabs three rebounds.  Dejounte Murray would earn four points as he grabs two rebounds and throws out two assists.  Kyle Anderson would shoot twenty-five percent from the field as he receives two points but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 136-100, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Stephen Curry would finish with twenty-nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.  Jonathon Simmons finished with twenty-two points (his new career-high), three rebounds and three assists.

The Boston Celtics defeat the Washington Wizards as they advance to the next round

The Boston Celtics defeat the Washington Wizards as they advance to the next round

Last night marked the seventh and final game between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  This would be a physical and challenging series for both team as they try to make it through to the next round, where the Cavaliers await for them.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Celtics as they pull away with a 123-111 win.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas scored thirty-three points, pulled down one rebound and dished off nine assists.  Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.  The Celtics would win the second game, as well, escaping with a 129 to 119 overtime win.  Isaiah Thomas would chalk up a career-high fifty-three points, along with four rebounds and four assists.  John Wall would settle for forty points, three rebounds and three assists.  The Washington team would bounce back in Game 3 as they hand the Celtics a 116-89 blowout loss.  In that game, John Wall scored twenty-four points, pulled down one rebound and dished off eight assists.  Al Horford ended up with sixteen points, two rebounds and three assists.  The Wizards would also win the next game, as they defeat the Celtics with 121 to 102 score.  Bradley Beal finished with twenty-nine points and four rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would put up nineteen points, one rebound and five assists.  Boston would bounce back as they won Game 5, pulling away with a 123-101 win.  Avery Bradley ended up with a Playoff career-high twenty-nine points, six rebounds and three assists.  John Wall scored twenty-one points, grabbed down four rebounds and threw out for assists.  The last game would be a tight victory for the Wizards as they pull away with a 92-91 win.  Bradley Beal finished with thirty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  Isaiah Thomas chalked up twenty-seven points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Avery Bradley ended up with twenty-seven points, as well, along with three rebounds and one assist.  Each team would look to win last night in the TD Garden and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Al Horford, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas would each drop five points in the first quarter while bench players, Jaylen Brown and Kelly Olynyk would do the same.  Horford, Bradley and Brown would each knock down a three-pointer while collecting their five points.  Thomas would connect for jumper to earn two points while collecting the other three at the free-throw line.  Olynyk would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field while gathering up one defensive rebound and one assist in the process.  As for the Washington team, Markieff Morris would chalk up seven points, knocking down one three-pointer while doing so.  He would also gobble up four defensive rebounds while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Bradley Beal would shoot twenty-five percent from the field while gathering up five points.  He would knock down a jumper to give himself two points while earning the other three from the charity stripe.  John Wall would shoot forty percent from the field to give himself five points, as well.  He would also grab one defensive rebound while dishing off two assists.  The second-round pick in the 2005 draft, Marcin Gortat, would be held scoreless throughout the first quarter but he would jump up to pull down three rebounds.  Bench player, Bojan Bogdanovic, would come off the bench to knock down two free-throws but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 27-23 lead.

The Wizards would return the favor with a 32 to 26 run in the second quarter as they shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Celtics to forty-seven percent.  During that run, Beal would add nine more points to his scoring total, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  Otto Porter Jr. would contribute with eight points, along with six rebounds.  He would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  Wall would also put up eight points as he shoots eighty percent from the field, dishing off two assists in the process.  Morris would be limited to only one three-pointer and one free-throw but he would manage to pull down two defensive rebounds.  Gortat would still be held scoreless but would crash the boards for three rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Thomas would keep his Boston team in it as he puts up seven points, along with three assists.  Olynyk would also chalk up seven points as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field.  Jae Crowder would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, as well, collecting six points as a reward.  Horford, Bradley and bench player, Marcus Smart, would each be limited to two points as the Wizards enter halftime with a 55-53 lead.

Isaiah Thomas would come out of the locker room to drop twelve points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  He would give out two assists while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Horford would contribute with eight points, which would include one three-pointer.  He would also grab two rebounds and throw out two assists, as well.  Texas-native, Marcus Smart, would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers, giving himself six points.  He would also crash the boards for three defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and bench player, Jaylen Brown, would each be limited to two points in the quarter.  On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal would put up twelve points of his own which would include two three-pointers.  He would shoot seventy-one percent from the field as he pulls down two rebounds.  Porter Jr. would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to earn himself six points while he jumped up to grab one defensive rebound.  John Wall would play the entire quarter, only to shoot twenty-two percent from the field.  He would receive five points in return, though, which would hold one three-pointer.  He would also do some work on the glass as he gobbles up five rebounds.  Gortat would only knock down a free-throw to give himself one point but he would get two rebounds.  Morris would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played as the Celtics team would end the fourth quarter with a 85-79 advantage.

The home team would finish things off in the last period as Kelly Olynyk comes off the bench to light the floor with fourteen points, collecting six of them from behind the arc.  He would shoot eighty-three percent from the field as he grabbed two rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Thomas would shoot thirty-three percent from the field as he scores five points.  He would knock down one three-pointer while throwing out four assists in the process.  Both Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder would each shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Smart would be rewarded with five points as he grabs two defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder would only be rewarded with four as Jaylen Brown comes off the bench to earn two points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  As for the Nation’s Capital’s team, Bradley Beal would continue to put up numbers as he drops twelve points, containing two three-pointers.  He would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as Markieff Morris goes to chalk up seven points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he nails a three-pointer in the process.  Marcin Gortat would start to warm up as he puts up five points and three rebounds.  John Wall would be held scoreless in the twelve minutes that he played, but he would manage to give out six assists.  Porter Jr. would only knock down two free-throws but it was the Boston Celtics who defeat the Washington Wizards to win the series, 4-3, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Isaiah Thomas would finish with twenty-nine points, two rebounds and twelve assists (his new Playoff career-high).  Kelly Olynyk would also record a new Playoff career-high with twenty-six points.  Bradley Beal finished with thirty-eight points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds and two assists.

The Golden State Warriors come back to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, starting the series with a 1-0 lead

The Golden State Warriors come back to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, starting the series with a 1-0 lead

Today marked the first game between the one-seed Golden State Warriors and the two-seed San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The last time these two teams met up in the postseason was during the 2013 Playoffs, where the Spurs eliminated the Warriors, 4-2, but the Warriors would look to get revenge starting today.  Earlier in these playoffs, Golden State defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, 4-0, and defeated the Utah Jazz in the Semifinals, 4-0.  San Antonio defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round, 4-2, and defeated the Houston Rockets in the Semifinals, 4-2.  Each team looked to start the series off right today in the Oracle Arena.

The game would start off right for the Spurs as they shoot sixty-two percent from the field as a team, limiting the Warriors to twenty-nine percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge would get hot for eleven points, along with three defensive rebounds and three assists.  Former Grizzlies player, Pau Gasol, would contribute with five points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points, as well.  Simmons would collect three of those points from behind the three-point line.  Kawhi Leonard would be limited to only four points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds to put towards his stat sheet total.  On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant would chalk up five points as he shot forty percent from the field.  Stephen Curry would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to four points.  He would crash the boards for two defensive rebounds, though, as Draymond Green shoots fifty percent from the field to gather up only two points.  Andre Iguodala would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with two points as the Spurs end the first quarter with a huge 30-16 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the home team as the Spurs spark a 32 to 26 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Kawhi Leonard would light the floor up with fourteen points as he shot forty-four percent from the field.  He would jump up to pull down five rebounds as bench player, Manu Ginobili, would drop nine points.  He would shoot seventy-five percent the field, knocking down one three-pointer in the process.  Aldridge would shoot fifty percent from the field as he scores six points and one defensive rebound.  Tony Parker replacement, Patty Mills, would play for eleven minutes just to be held scoreless as Danny Green knocks down a three-pointer.  As for the Oakland team, Curry would start to come alive as he throws up ten points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Former Thunder star, Kevin Durant, would contribute with nine points and two rebounds.  Zaza Pachulia would receive four points, with two of them coming from the charity stripe.  Draymond Green would be held scoreless but would manage to grab one offensive rebound and dish off two assists as the Texas team goes into halftime with a commanding 62-42 lead.

The Golden State Warriors would look to come back as they go on a 39-28 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Stephen Curry would get extremely hot as he drops nineteen points, shooting seventy percent from the field.  Curry would earn twelve of those points from beyond the arc as he grabs four rebounds and gives out three assists.  Durant would put up eight more points to add to his scoring total while shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  Pachulia would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, gaining seven points as a reward.  He would also grab four rebounds as Klay Thompson would be limited to one three-pointer.  Kawhi Leonard would try to keep his Spurs team in it as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would chalk up eight points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other five coming from the free-throw line.  Aldridge would throw up five points as he knocks down a three-pointer in the process.  Patty Mills would be held scoreless throughout this quarter but it was still the Spurs ahead at the end of the third period, 90 to 81.

The Warriors would continue to crawl back as they go on a 32-21 run in the last quarter, shooting sixty-five percent from the field as a team, limiting the Spurs to thirty-three percent.  Kevin Durant would go off as he drops twelve points, shooting eighty-three percent from the field.  He would nail two three-pointers in the process while grabbing one defensive rebound and throwing out one assist.  Curry would contribute with seven points, knocking down one three-pointer while doing so.  Draymond Green would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, gaining five points in the process.  Bench players Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, as well.  Livingston would be rewarded with four points while Clark would only knock down a three-pointer, giving himself three points.  Three-time All Star, Klay Thompson, would play for the entire quarter but would be held scoreless.  He would manage to pull down three defensive rebounds, along with dishing off two assists, though.  On the other end of the court, Aldridge would chalk up six points, shooting only twenty-two percent from the field.  He would be able to grab three rebounds to add to his stat sheet total, though.

With only a minute left in the game, the Warriors would happen to have a 109-106 lead against the Spurs.  Curry would drive in the lane to complete a lay up, giving his Warriors team a five point lead.  Out of a San Antonio Spurs timeout, Manu Ginobili would make a driving dunk to bring his team within four points.  After the dunk, Klay Thompson would turnover the ball as Mills steals it from it, drawing a foul from Thompson.  Mills would head to the free-throw line to knock down both of his foul shots.  With nine seconds left in the game, Curry would drive down to the court and successfully connect for a thirteen-foot jump shot, giving his team a three-point lead.  Thompson would end up fouling Mills again as he heads to the charity stripe to shoot two free-throws.  Mills would make one foul shot and intentionally miss the second one but time would expire as the Golden State Warriors come back to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 113-111, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Stephen Curry would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and three assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.