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The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

Wednesday’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers would mark the first of three matchups.  Last season, the Wizards finished at fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 49-33 record but they would lose to the Boston Celtics in the Semifinals, 3-4.  The 76ers, on the other hand, finished with a 28-54 record at the fourteenth place in the Conference.  They would look to start the season off right as they visited the Nation’s Capital to take on the Wizards.

During the first quarter of the game, the Wizards shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers would shoot thirty-six percent from the field.  Otto Porter scored eight points in the first quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Four-time All-Star John Wall would contribute with six points while shooting only thirty-eight percent from the field.  Mike Scott would come off of the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would record five points while knocking down one three-pointer.

As for the Pennsylvania team, Joel Embiid would drop six points which would include four free-throws.  He would also do some work on the boards as he pulled down five defensive rebounds.  Ben Simmons would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points while rookie Markelle Fultz would come off the bench to drop four points, along with two offensive rebounds but the Wizards would walk into the second quarter with a 32 to 23 lead.

In the second period, the Philadelphia 76ers would shoot fifty-six percent from the field as the Washington Wizards shot fifty percent.  Robert Covington would score eight points in the quarter, six coming from beyond the arc and the other two coming from the charity stripe.  Simmons would drop six points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard J.J. Redick would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to earn himself six points as Wall would be limited to only four points, all coming from the free-throw line.  Kelly Oubre would come off of the bench to drill a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points.  Jodie Meeks and Ian Mahinmi would also earn four points each but it was the 76ers who ended the first half with a 59-56 lead.

Both teams would shoot thirty-five percent from the field each in the third quarter but it was the home team that sparked up a 34 to 23 run.  Wall would heat up for fourteen points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He also managed to get a hold of three rebounds as Beal would chalk up eleven points.  Meeks would come off of the bench to collect six points while Oubre would contribute with a three-pointer.

As for the 76ers, Covington would put up ten additional points as he drills two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Both Simmons and Fultz would be limited to four points each as Joel Embiid would manage to collect four defensive rebounds and two assists.  He would only be limited to two points in the eight minutes that he played as the Washington team would walk into the last quarter with a 90-82 advantage.

In the last period, the 76ers would shoot fifty-four percent from the field as the Wizards shot forty-six percent.  Arizona-native Jerryd Bayless would collect ten points in this quarter as he drops two three-pointers in the process.  Robert Covington ended up scoring eight points with six of them coming from behind the arc.  He would also grab four rebounds as Embiid dropped six points.

The Wizards would not shy away as Marcin Gortat would heat up for ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Bradley Beal would contribute with six points but would end up earning all of them from the free-throw line.  John Wall scored four points while Kelly Oubre collected two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.

With twenty seconds remaining in the game, the 76ers would only be down by two points.  Beal would go to the line to knock down one of his two free-throws, giving the Wizards a 116 to 113 lead.  Gortat would then be sent to the line as he nails both of his free shots, extending the lead to five points.  Covington would end up tipping a shot into the basket off of an attempted three-pointer by Embiid.  With only two seconds remaining in the game, Bradley Beal would be sent to the line as he knocks down both of his free-throws, giving the Washington Wizards a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

John Wall would finish the game with twenty-eight points, five rebounds, and eight assists.  Robert Covington ended up finishing the game with twenty-nine points, seven rebounds, and one assist.  Markelle Fultz would score ten points, pulled down three rebounds and dishing off one assist in the season debut.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

Last night’s matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics would mark the first of three matchups between each other.  Last season, the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, 4-1.  This season is a little different for both teams:  During the offseason, one of the biggest trades were made which involved Kyrie Irving being traded to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas.  Isaiah Thomas was unable to play last night due to a hip injury but Irving looked forward to playing in front of the Cleveland crowd in a different jersey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  Georgia-native Jaylen Brown shot forty-three percent from the field as he collected seven points.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds as new-point guard Kyrie Irving would shoot sixty percent from the field, earning six points.  Gordon Hayward would only score two points before going up for an alley-oop and landing awkwardly on his leg, breaking his ankle.  He would have to be carted off the court as he only recorded five minutes.

On the other end of the court, J.R. Smith recorded six points which would include one three-pointer.  New-shooting guard Dwyane Wade and Tristan Thompson would score five points each but Thompson would also grab three defensive rebounds.  LeBron James chalked up four points, along with four defensive rebounds and four assists.  New-Cavaliers players Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose would also score four points as the Ohio team ended the first quarter with a 29 to 19 lead.

In the second quarter, the Cavaliers shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Celtics would end up shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  James would start to heat up as he dropped ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He also pulled down three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Crowder would score seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line.  Kevin Love and Derrick Rose would both chalk up three points each but Love would add one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds with it while Rose gave out two assists.

As for the visiting team, Brown chalked up five points with three coming from behind the three-point line as he pulled down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  Former San Antonio Spurs’ center Aron Baynes would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself four points while Kyrie Irving recorded three points, one coming from the free-throw line.  Terry Rozier would knock a shot down from behind the arc to give himself three points but it was the Cavaliers who went into halftime with a huge 54 to 38 lead over the Celtics.

The Boston Celtics would start to pick up in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent.  Marcus Smart would heat up for twelve points while collecting two defensive rebounds and two assists.  Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown ended up with eight points while Irving was limited to one three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Love would drop six points while grabbing one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Former Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose would earn five points, three of them coming from beyond the arc while Wade would settle for three points.  LeBron James would play for nine minutes, only to score two points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds as the Celtics ended the third quarter with a thirty-three to eighteen run.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty-eight percent from the field in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  LeBron James would light the floor up with thirteen points including one three-pointer.  He also grabbed one offensive rebound and five defensive rebounds.  Both Love and Rose would each score five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  They both would each knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.

Irving would heat up for ten points, nine coming from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.  He would also dish off three assists while Brown would score five points including one three-pointer.  Tatum would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only settle for four points.

With one minute and four seconds remaining in the game, the Cavaliers would have a one-point lead.  Out of a Cleveland timeout, James would find Love in the corner for a wide-open three-pointer, giving the home team a four-point lead.  Kyrie Irving would then get fouled, sending him to the free-throw line as he only connects for one of his two free-throws.  Right before the game expires, Irving would attempt a three-pointer to force overtime but would not be successful in doing so as the Cavaliers hold on to win the game, 102 to 99.  LeBron James finished the game with twenty-nine points, sixteen rebounds and nine assists while Jaylen Brown would finish with twenty-five points and six rebounds.

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.

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 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 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 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 Washington Wizards pull away with a win, forcing a Game 7

The Washington Wizards pull away with a win, forcing a Game 7

Last night marked the sixth game between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  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 the last game, 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 Washington Wizards looked to stay alive for one more game as they faced the Boston Celtics last night in the Verizon Center.

The game would start off right for the home team as they shoot forty-four percent from the field as a team, limiting the Celtics to twenty-four percent.  Bradley Beal would chalk up six points as he shot sixty percent from the field.  Former Suns player, Marcin Gortat, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself four points.  John Wall would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to three points.  On the other end of the court, Isaiah Thomas would throw up seven points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc and the other four from the charity stripe.  Jae Crowder would knock down a three-pointer and a free-throw to earn himself four points but it was the Wizards who end the first quarter with a 22-17 lead.  Boston would respond with a 25 to 19 run in the second quarter as Avery Bradley gets hot for eleven points, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would collect three of those from behind the arc as Al Horford shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself seven points which included one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would be held to only a three-pointer as Kelly Olynyk comes off the bench to chalk up two points and four defensive rebounds.  As for the Wizards, Beal would score eight points as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field.  Markieff Morris would contribute with four points and four rebounds.  Former Indiana Pacers player, Ian Mahinmi, would come off the bench to gather up four points, as well.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 42-41 lead.

Things would start to look slightly better for the Celtics as Bradley comes out of the locker room to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would be rewarded with nine points, which would contain one three-pointer.  Horford would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he collects seven points, which would hold one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field but would manage to earn himself seven points.  Crowder would throw up two points, along with three defensive rebounds.  John Wall would keep his Washington team in it as he lights the floor up with thirteen points, collecting three of those points from behind the arc.  Both Morris and Beal would be limited to six points each as Marcin Gortat would be held scoreless.  He would jump up to grab six rebounds, though, but it was the Celtics who went into the last quarter with a 69-66 lead.  The Nation’s Capital’s team would bounce back in the fourth quarter as Beal and Wall put on a scoring display, shooting sixty percent from the from the field.  Beal would chalk up thirteen points knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  John Wall would put up ten points, which would hold one three-pointer, as well.  Markieff Morris would nail a three-pointer himself, along with three defensive rebounds.

With only forty-one seconds left in the game, both teams would be tied at 87 a piece.  Avery Bradley would connect for a fifteen-foot jumper, giving the Celtics a two-point lead but Beal would tie it back it up as he responds with a jumper of his own.  Al Horford would come out of a Boston timeout to knock down a sixteen-foot jumper, forcing the Wizards to call a timeout.  After the timeout, John Wall would nail a much-needed three-pointer to give his team an one-point lead with only three seconds left.  With less than a second left, Isaiah Thomas would attempt a three-point shot but would miss as the Washington Wizards hold on to win, 92-91, forcing a Game 7.  Bradley Beal would finished with thirty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley finished with twenty-seven points, three rebounds and one assist.  Isaiah Thomas would also finish with twenty-seven points, three rebounds and seven assists.

The Boston Celtics destroy the Washington Wizards, taking 3-2 lead in series

The Boston Celtics destroy the Washington Wizards, taking 3-2 lead in series

Tonight marked the fifth game between the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards in their playoff series.  These two teams cannot wait for this series to be done and over with as it has been quite personal on both sides, including ejections, suspensions and fines.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Boston Celtics as they defeat the Wizards with a 123-111 score.  Isaiah Thomas would score thirty-three points, pull down one rebound and dish off nine assists.  Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.  The Celtics would also hand the Wizards an overtime loss as they pull away with a 129 to 119 score in Game 2.  In that game, 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 thirteen assists.  The Wizards would bounce back in Game 3 as they hand the Boston team a 116-89 blowout loss.  John Wall would end up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  Al Horford would score sixteen points, pull down two rebounds and give out three assists.  Washington would also win the last game as they defeat the Celtics, 121 to 102.  In that game, Bradley Beal finished with twenty-nine points and four rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would settle for nineteen points, one rebound and five assists.  Each team would look to take a 3-2 lead in the series tonight as they face off in the TD Garden.

The game would start off right for the home team as the Celtics shot sixty-five percent from the field as a team, limiting the Wizards to thirty-five percent.  Avery Bradley would get hot for fourteen points, collecting six of them from behind the arc.  He would shoot seventy-five percent while pulling down three rebounds in the process.  Four-time All-Star, Al Horford, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he gets rewarded with five points.  He would also knock down a three-pointer while doing so.  Jae Crowder would only to be limited to four points but he would jump up to pull down four defensive rebounds.  As for the Nation’s Capital’s team, Bradley Beal would shoot thirty-three percent from the field, earning himself six points.  Otto Porter Jr. would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to four points.  Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat and John Wall would each be limited to two points as the Boston Celtics ended the first quarter with a 33-21 lead.  Things would not get easier for the Wizards as Bradley would continue to put on a scoring display, shooting eighty percent from the field while collecting eleven points in return.  He would knock down two three-pointers in the process while Crowder would earn himself ten points, gathering six of them from beyond the arc.  Horford would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, putting up six points as a result.  On the other end of the court, Wall would try to keep his Wizards team in it as he throws up twelve points, hitting a three-pointer while doing so.  He would also pull down three rebounds but it was the home team that walked into halftime with a commanding 67-51 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the Wizards as Horford would come out of the locker room to put up eight points, six of them coming from behind the three-point line.  Isaiah Thomas would contribute with five points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process as Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson and Avery Bradley would each be limited to four points in the quarter.  Markieff Morris would try to bring his Wizards team back in it as he throws up seven points including one three-pointer.  Porter Jr. and Beal would each be limited to six points as they both would shoot fifty percent from the field.  Former Pacers player, Ian Mahinmi, would come off the bench to knock down three free-throws as John Wall would be held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played.  Gortat would collect two points, along with three rebounds but it was the Boston team that would walk into the last quarter with a 93-76 lead.  The Celtics would finish things off in the last period as Marcus Smart would come off the bench to chalk up eight points which would contain two three-pointers.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds as Thomas himself would earn eight points, including one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would gather up three rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet total, as well.  On the other end of the court, Wall would try his best to bring the Wizards back as he would chalk up seven points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc as Kelly Oubre Jr. would come off the bench to shoot forty-three percent from the field.  He would also earn seven points, which would hold one three-pointer, but it was the Boston Celtics that defeated the Washington Wizards with a 123-101 blowout, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  Avery Bradley would finish with twenty-nine points (his new Playoff career-high), six rebounds and three assists.  John Wall finished with twenty-one points, four rebounds and four assists.