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The Philadelphia 76ers top the New Orleans Pelicans, 121-120

The Philadelphia 76ers top the New Orleans Pelicans, 121-120

Both the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans are on track to capture their fourth straight victory at the Wells Fargo Center so this game will hold some type of meaning to them.  The 76ers are coming fresh off of a 119-114 win over the struggling Phoenix Suns while the Pelicans handed the San Antonio Spurs a 140 to 126 loss.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler had no problem fitting right into the system ran by the 76ers as he averaged 18.3 PPG in his first four games with the team.

This meeting between the 76ers and the Pelicans will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will battle each other this season.  They have clashed a grand total of 41 times in the past as the 76ers grabbed 21 wins.  The New Orleans Pelicans ended up winning 20 of those games.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 55.6 FG%, 77.8 FT%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 29.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 33.3 FT%)
Solomon Hill (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 27.6 FG%, 21.4 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
Elfrid Payton (finger; 9.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 47.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%, 63.6 FT%)
Trevon Bluiett (G-League)
Kenrich Williams (1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Philadelphia 76ers:

Demetrius Jackson (coach’s decision)
Shake Milton (coach’s decision)
Justin Patton (foot)
Zhaire Smith (foot)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 8.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.9 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 56.8 FT%)
Jonah Bolden (leg; 1.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.4 FG%, 14.3 3P%, 50.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The 76ers would somewhat have control at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-four percent from the field in the first half while the Pelicans shot forty percent.  Joel Embiid dropped eighteen points while grabbing nine boards, dishing out two assists, and blocking one shot.  Three of his points would come from beyond the arc in the first quarter.  Ben Simmons helped out with seventeen points, four defensive rebounds, one assist, and two blocks while Butler had nine points.  Pennsylvania-native T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer late in the first quarter.

On the other end of the court, Jrue Holiday chalked up thirteen points on forty-six percent shooting from the field.  He also had six assists and two steals while knocking down a three-pointer early in the second period.  Former Chicago Bulls power forward Nikola Mirotic saw to it that he got ten points, which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Julius Randle played fifteen minutes off of the bench as he dropped thirteen points but it was the home team who went into the locker room with a 67 to 57 advantage.

The Pelicans would respond as they went on a 63 to 54 run in the second half, shooting forty-six percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-seven percent.  During that run, E’Twaun Moore got hot for twenty-four points on fifty-six percent shooting.  He was able to drill three three-pointers while Holiday collected seventeen more points.  Five-time All-Star Anthony Davis would continue to have a quiet night as he was held to just six points.  He finished the game with twelve points.  Randle played thirteen minutes off the bench in the second half as he had nine points which included two three-pointers in the third period.

As for the Philadelphia club, Embiid chalked up thirteen more points on fifty percent shooting.  He also had ten more rebounds while hitting a shot beyond the arc late in the fourth quarter.  Former New York Knicks player Wilson Chandler helped out with nine points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Landry Shamet played the most minutes off the bench as he hit two three-pointers and a free-throw to give himself nine points.

With 2.5 seconds left on the clock and the 76ers up, 121-118, Joel Embiid would commit a shooting foul on Anthony Davis, who ended up missing the three-pointer.  Anthony Davis would go to the charity stripe to shoot three free-throws.  He made the first two free-throws to bring the Pelicans within one but ended up missing the last one as the Philadelphia 76ers survived the game, 121-120.  Joel Embiid finished the game with thirty-one points, nineteen rebounds, two assists, and two blocks while Jrue Holiday settled for a season-high thirty points, along with four rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and one block.  E’Twaun Moore also had thirty points, as well as two rebounds and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers will host Jordan Clarkson (15.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 45.7 FG%, 31.4 3P%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-14) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will mark the first of three times that these two ball clubs will meet with each other this season.  The New Orleans Pelicans will over to the Madison Square Garden as they take on Tim Hardaway (24.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.9 APG, 42.3 FG%, 37.9 3P%) and the New York Knicks (5-14) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the last time that these two teams will play each other this season.  They met up November 16 when the Pelicans pulled away with a 129-124 victory.  During that game, Anthony Davis recorded forty-three points, seventeen rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block while Tim Hardaway had thirty points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

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The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

Last night’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves would mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other.  The Heat was trying to avoid a third straight loss as they try to recover from the loss they took in the hands of the Boston Celtics.  The Minnesota team, on the other hand, are trying to get a winning streak going as they come fresh off a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Timberwolves were without Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision) for this game, along with Aaron Brooks (coach’s decision), Marcus Georges-Hunt (coach’s decision), Anthony Brown, and Justin Patton (toe).  The Heat would play without Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision), Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision), A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton, Rodney McGruder (leg), and Hassan Whiteside (knee).  Both teams would try to battle hard as the Heat hosted the Timberwolves at the American Airlines Arena.

The Miami Heat would end up shooting fifty-eight from the field in the first quarter while holding the Timberwolves to forty-one percent. Goran Dragic heated up for ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds as former Thunder guard Dion Waiters scored six points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and one assist that he recorded.

Josh Richardson was limited to just forty percent shooting from the field as he earned five points with three coming from beyond the arc. Bam Adebayo only dropped three points but he did manage to grab three offensive rebounds and one rebound. James Johnson was held to just two free-throws but would collect five defensive rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up seven points which would include one three-pointer. He also pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. Jeff Teague played for ten minutes in the quarter as he scored seven points, collecting three of them from behind the arc. He would also record two defensive rebounds and two assists while Nemanja Bjelica came off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer. Andrew Wiggins was held to two points in the twelve minutes that he played as the Heat walked into the second quarter with a 32-23 advantage.

The Timberwolves would have something to say about that in the second quarter as they shot sixty-four percent from the field while the Florida team shot fifty-nine percent. Wiggins would make up for last quarter as he starts to warm up for seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He ended up knocking down a three-pointer in the process while Towns also shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.

Towns collected five points in the eight minutes that he played while pulling down one offensive and two defensive rebounds. Jimmy Butler played for seven minutes as he chalked up five points along with one rebound and one assist. Teague was held to just two points but did manage to get off three assists.

On the other end of the court, Kelly Olynyk would come off of the bench to drop nine points which included one three-pointer. He also was able to pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists. Dragic shot sixty-seven percent from the field but was only held to six points, three from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.

Justise Winslow shot a perfect one-hundred from the field as he scores six points while collecting two defensive rebounds. Dion Waiters ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was held to only four points. Adebayo would settle for two points and three offensive rebounds as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a close 62-60 lead.

During the third quarter, the Heat ended up shooting forty-four percent from the field as the Timberwolves were held to twenty-nine percent.  Bam Adebayo shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scored seven points and collected two rebounds.  Okaro White would come off of the bench to put up five points as he shot one-hundred percent from the field.  Three of those points came from beyond the arc as Tyler Johnson was limited to four points, two coming from the charity stripe.

On the other end of the court, Taj Gibson warmed up with seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also collected two defensive rebounds while Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up five points, three of which came from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Andrew Wiggins shot only twenty percent while collecting four points and four rebounds but it was the home team who ended the third with an 82-79 lead.

The last quarter would be held closely as the Miami Heat shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota Timberwolves shot forty-one percent.  Dion Waiters would continue to impress as he posts up fourteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  Kelly Olynyk ended up shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning nine points in return.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process of grabbing one defensive rebound.  Winslow would gather up two defensive rebounds and two points while Adebayo took a free-throw and three rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to drop eight points, earning three of them from behind the three-point line.  Jeff Teague chalked up seven points with three of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins collected six points on fifty percent shooting from the field while Butler would be held to just four free-throws.  Towns was held scoreless but he did manage to gobble up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.

With only thirty seconds left in the game, the score would be 110 to 106 in the Timberwolves’ favor.  Dion Waiters would go to the line off of a foul by Jimmy Butler and nail two free-throws to make the score 110 to 108.  With three seconds left in the game, Waiters would make a driving layup to tie the game up at 110, forcing overtime.

The overtime period would be held closely as the Timberwolves shot fifty-seven percent while the Heat shot fifty percent.  Waiters ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field but was able to score seven points in return.  He committed one steal while Olynyk knocked down one three-pointer.  Goran Dragic was held scoreless but did pull down two rebounds.

The Timberwolves would finish things off in overtime, though, as Teague recorded seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins would be held to just three free-throws while Towns knocked down one three-pointer.  Butler was limited to just two points as the Minnesota team pull away with a 125 to 122 win.  Jeff Teague finished the game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, eleven assists, and six steals (tying his career-high).  Dion Waiter would finish with thirty-three points (tying his career-high), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 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 Chicago Bulls defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 2, taking a 2-0 lead in series

The Chicago Bulls defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 2, taking a 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked the second game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their Playoff series.  The first game was a victory for the Chicago team as they won, 106-102.  In that game, Jimmy Butler would score thirty points, grab nine rebounds and dish out three assists.  Isaiah Thomas would finish with thirty-three points, five rebounds and six assists.  Celtics looked to tie the series last night in Boston.

The game started off right for the visiting team as Nikola Mirotic dropped ten points, which included two 3-pointers.  He also crashed the boards to get four rebounds, which would help the team out.  Former Celtics player, Rajon Rondo, would chalk up six points and dish out six assists.  Jimmy Butler was limited to five points in that quarter, shooting only 25% from the field.  On the other end, Isaiah Thomas dropped seven points, including one 3-pointer.  Avery Bradley would chalk up five points which contained one 3-pointer but it was the Chicago team that ended the first period with a 31-26 lead.  In the second quarter, Robin Lopez would shoot 75% from the field, earning himself six points.  The second-round pick in the 2016 draft, Paul Zipser, would come off the Bulls bench to shoot 75% from the field and collect six points, as well.  Jae Crowder would drop seven points for the Boston team, which included one 3-pointer.  Thomas would only be limited to four points, which all came from the free-throw line.  Marcus Smart would come off the bench to drop four points but it was the visitors would went into halftime holding onto a 54-46 advantage.  Things would not get easier for the home team as Butler comes out of the locker room to score ten points in the third quarter, which would contain one 3-pointer.  Lopez would knock down three of his four shots and hit two free-throws to earn himself eight points.  Isaiah Thomas would try to keep his team in the game as he throws up seven points but the Chicago Bulls would walk into the fourth quarter with a 86 to 75 lead.  The Illnois team would close things out in the last period as former Heat star, Dwyane Wade, lights the floor up with eleven points, containing two 3-pointers.  Toronto-native Kelly Olynyk would come off the Celtics bench to drop six points but it was the Chicago Bulls who defeat the Boston Celtics with a 111-97 win, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Jimmy Butler finished with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists (his new Playoff career-high).  Dwyane Wade would score twenty-two points, pull down four rebounds and throw out two assists.  Isaiah Thomas ended up with twenty points, four rebounds and two assists.

The Chicago Bulls take a 1-0 series lead as they beat the Boston Celtics

The Chicago Bulls take a 1-0 series lead as they beat the Boston Celtics

Today would mark the first game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their Playoffs series.  This will be Dwyane Wade’s first Playoff game as a Bulls player.  But this will be a very emotional game for Isaiah Thomas, who’s younger sister died in a car accident a day ago.  The last time these two teams met up in the postseason was in 2009, resulting in the Bulls getting defeated by the Celtics, 4-3.  The Chicago team is looking to get revenge on the Celtics as each team looks to start the series off right in Boston.

Isaiah Thomas would start off hot in the first quarter as he scores thirteen points, including two 3-pointer.  Avery Bradley would help out his fellow teammate as he would chalk up eight points, including two 3-pointers as well.  On the other end, Robin Lopez would drop ten points, shooting 71% from the field but it was the home team that would enter the second quarter with a 28 to 23 lead.  The visiting team would go on a 25-18 run as three-time champion, Dwyane Wade, earns five points which would contain one 3-pointer.  Arkansas-native Bobby Portis would collect five points, containing one 3-pointer as well.  Former Hawks player, Al Horford, would drop nine points which would hold one 3-pointer but it was the Bulls who went into halftime with a 48-46 lead.  In the third period, Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart would each score six points. Crowder would shoot 60% from the field while doing so.  Thomas would shoot 66% from the field while pulling down four rebounds.  Smart’s six points would all come from 3-pointers, shooting a perfect 100% from the field.  As for the Illnois team, Jimmy Butler would drop eight points, which included two 3-pointers.  Rajon Rondo would collect six points, three rebounds and three assists as both teams enter the fourth quarter with a 74-74 tied game.  The Chicago Bulls would close things out in the last period as the 2014-2015 Most Improved Player, Jimmy Butler, would light the floor up with fifteen points, including one 3-pointer.  Down the other end of the floor, Isaiah Thomas would drop twelve points but it was the Chicago Bulls that would escape with a 106 to 102 win, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Jimmy Butler would finish with thirty points, nine rebounds and three assists.  Isaiah Thomas would end with thirty-three points, five rebounds and six assists.  Dwyane Wade, on the other hand, would end up eleven points, five rebounds and six assists.

Dywane Wade’s return is spoiled as Nets sneak away with a victory against the Bulls

Dywane Wade’s return is spoiled as Nets sneak away with a victory against the Bulls

With Dywane Wade (18.6 PPG) returning back to the lineup after missing the last eleven games due to a sprain in his right elbow, the 39-40 Chicago Bulls would look to defeat the 19-60 Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn tonight.  This matchup would mark the third of four times that these two teams will meet up.  The first time was on October 31 in New York where the visiting team would win huge, 118-88.  In that game, Jimmy Butler scored twenty-two points, grabbed six rebounds and earned two assists.  On the other end, Bojan Bogdanovic scored fifteen points, pulled down three rebounds and dished off one assist.  In the second game, which took place on December 28 in Chicago, the Bulls would pull away with a 101 to 99 win.  Jimmy Butler would end that game with forty points, ten rebounds and four assists.  Brook Lopez ended with thirty-three points, three rebounds and four assists.  The Chicago Bulls would look to take a 3-0 lead in this regular season series tonight.

In the first quarter, Jimmy Butler would start off hot by scoring ten points, including two 3-pointers.  Robin Lopez would also put up four points but that wouldn’t help much when his brother, Brook Lopez, scored six points of his own and giving the Nets a 32-25 lead in the first.  During the second period, former Knicks player, Jerian Grant, would knock down three of his four buckets to earn himself seven points.  On the other end, another former Knicks player, Jeremy Lin went for five points, as well as Archie Goodwin.  The home team would head into the locker room with a 51 to 45 advantage.  The third quarter belonged to the Bulls with the help from Butler going off for eleven points, along with Lopez’s and Grant’s eight points as the visitors would end the third period on a 82-75 run.  Wade would come alive though, as he scores six points, along with Butler collecting an additional nine points.  Things would come close late in the fourth as former Pistons player, Spencer Dinwiddie, scores a three-pointer to tie the score at 101 with 1 minute and 23 seconds to play.  After Rondae Hollis-Jefferson knocked down two free throws, Butler would score on a jump shot to tie the game again at 103.  But the Nets would seal the deal after Wade fouls Hollis-Jefferson, who would make all two of his free throws.  Jimmy Butler ended the game with thirty-three points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Caris LeVert would finish with nineteen points, five rebounds and one assist.  Dwyane Wade would score fourteen points, grab seven rebounds and dish off two assists in his return back to the basketball court.  The fourth and final game will be played on April 12 in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Bulls blow past the 76ers as they win the regular season series

Chicago Bulls blow past the 76ers as they win the regular season series

The 38-40 Chicago Bulls are still without their shooting guard, Dwyane Wade, as they struggle to stay above the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoff race.  Tonight, they would go to Pennsylvania to take on the 28-50 Philadelphia 76ers.  These two teams have already met up three times this season with Chicago taking two of those three games.  The first game, which was played on November 25 in Philadelphia, the Bulls would win 105-89.  In that game, both Jimmy Butler and Wade would go for twenty-six points, while Ersan Ilyasova went for fourteen points.  In the second game, which was played on January 29 in the Windy City of Chicago, the home team would win as well, 121 to 108.  Butler would end that game with twenty-eight points and Ilyasova would end up with thirty-one points.  The last game they played was in Illinois on March 24, as the visitors would pull away this time with a 117-107 win.  In that game, Dario Saric would go off for thirty-two points while Butler would go for thirty-six points.  This game tonight would mark the fourth and final meeting between these two groups.

In the first quarter, Jimmy Butler would start off well as he knocks down three buckets, earning himself eight points and grabbing five rebounds while 76ers’ Justin Anderson would collect seven points but it was the visiting team that ended the period with a 27 to 17 lead.  The home team would get hot in the second quarter as Anderson collects seven more points, including one 3-pointer.  On the other end, Joffery Lauvergne would come off the bench to score seven points, along with Bobby Portis, who scored six points.  But it was the Chicago Bulls who would go into halftime with a 53-47 lead.  The third quarter would not get any better for Philadephia as former Knicks player, Jerian Grant, would put up eight points with the help of Jimmy Butler scoring six points.  The Bulls would enter the last period with a huge 80 to 67 lead.  The 76ers would try to come back though as Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scores eleven points, shooting 75 percent from the field, but it was the Bulls who would pull away with a 102 to 90 win.  Nikola Mirotic would finish the game with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and two assists, while Jimmy Butler would earn his second triple-double of the season (19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists).  The Chicago Bulls would improve to 39-40, staying in 7th place, right above the Indiana Pacers.