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The San Antonio pull away with a win against the Houston Rockets, leading the series 2-1

The San Antonio pull away with a win against the Houston Rockets, leading the series 2-1

Last night marked the third game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game was a blowout for the Spurs as the Rockets defeated them, 126 to 99.  In that game, Trevor Ariza scored twenty-three points, pulled down four rebounds and dished off two assists.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in Game 2 as they hand a blowout loss to the Rockets, 121-96.  Kawhi Leonard would chalk up thirty-four, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  Each team looked to take a 2-1 lead in the series last night as they faced each other in the Toyota Center.

In the first quarter, James Harden dropped nine points, collecting three of them from behind the arc.  Former Wizards player, Trevor Ariza, would contribute with two three-pointers, earning himself six points.  He would also collect four rebounds and two assists as he shot fifty percent from the field.  On the other end of the court, LaMarcus Aldridge would put up six points of his own, along with three defensive rebounds.  Former Memphis player, Pau Gasol, would help out with five points which included a three-pointer but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 21 to 19 lead.  The Spurs would return the favor with a 24 to 18 run in the second quarter, shooting forty-six percent from the field while the Rockets would be held to thirty-five percent.  During that run, Kawhi Leonard would drop eight points, along with four rebounds and one assist.  Former Trail Blazers player, Aldridge, would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, receiving six points in return.  As for the Rockets, Ariza would knock down three 3-pointers to add nine more points to his scoring total.  While Harden would be limited to only four points in the quarter, Eric Gordon would come off the bench to contribute with a three pointer but it was the visiting team that walked into halftime with a 43-39 advantage.

In the third quarter, James Harden would get hot as he lights the floor up with fourteen points, which would contain two three-pointers.  Chicago-native, Patrick Beverley, would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to earn himself five points.  Clint Capela and bench player, Eric Gordon, would each be limited to four points.  Trevor Ariza would play for the entire quarter, only to be held scoreless.  As for the visiting team, Leonard would chalk up nine points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Another former PortlTrail Blazers player, Patty Mills, would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer and three free-throws to earn himself six points as his Texas team would walk into the last quarter with a 72-66 lead.  The Spurs would finish things off in the fourth period as Aldridge would put up nine points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would contribute with seven points, which would contain one three-pointer and four free-throws.  James Harden would try to bring his team back in it as he goes off for sixteen points which included two three-pointers but it was the San Antonio Spurs who pull away with a 103-92 win, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-six points, ten rebounds and seven assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge would finish with twenty-six points, as well, along with seven rebounds and two assists.  James Harden would settle for forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.

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

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

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

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

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

The 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 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.

Cleveland Cavaliers escape with a win against the Indiana Pacers, taking a 1-0 series lead

Cleveland Cavaliers escape with a win against the Indiana Pacers, taking a 1-0 series lead

Today will mark the first matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers in their Playoffs series.  Each team is looking to start the series off right as they go against each other in the Quicken Loans Arena.  This will also mark the first time since 1998 that the Cavaliers and the Pacers will battle in a Playoff series.  The Cavaliers would lose to the Indiana Pacers in the first round, 1-3, back in that 1998 series.  With that being done, the Cleveland Cavaliers will look to get their revenge against this Indiana team.

In the first quarter, Kevin Love would start off hot as shoots 100% from the field, putting up ten points, including two 3-pointers.  Kyrie Irving would also come through with eight points and four assists.  Even though LeBron James was limited to four points, the home team would end the first quarter with a 34-29 lead.  In the first quarter, Paul George would only score six points but he would heat up in the second quarter as he earns himself ten more points, including two 3-pointers.  LeBron James would match it with ten points of his own, but would not attempt a three-pointer.  Former Bulls player, Aaron Brooks, would come off the bench and score five points as he looks to help his current team cut into the lead.  Kyrie Irving would help LeBron out as he puts up seven points, including one 3-pointer.  Kevin Love and Channing Frye would score five points as the defending champions would enter the halftime with a 66-59 advantage.  The Cavaliers showed no signs of cooling down as LeBron James scores ten points in the third quarter, which would include two 3-pointers.  He would shoot 71% from the field as Irving contributes by adding six points to the team’s total.  The first-round pick in the 2005 draft, Channing Frye, would come off the bench to knock down a 3-pointer.  On the other end, four-time All-Star Paul George would collect nine points, which would contain one 3-pointer but it would be the Cleveland Cavaliers who enter the fourth quarter with a 92 to 84 lead.  The Indiana Pacers would go on a 24-17 run in the fourth quarter as Lance Stephenson would come off the bench to collect eight points and grab four rebounds. Former Atlanta Hawks player, Jeff Teague, would chalk up six points, including two 3-pointers.  With only a minute left in the last period, the Pacers would trail the Cavaliers by only five points.  Paul George would successfully knock down a 28-foot 3-pointer with only forty seconds left.  LeBron would try to match it with a 3-pointer of his own but misses as Stephenson gets the rebound.  After a Pacers timeout, CJ Miles would attempt a jumper to win the game but misses as the Cavaliers would sneak away with a 109 to 108 win, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  LeBron James would finish with thirty-two points, six rebounds and thirteen assists.  Paul George would finish with twenty-nine points, five rebounds and seven assists.