Monday, April 28, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 4.28.14

-The Chicago Bulls were in Washington taking on the Wizards. This game was about making runs and turnovers. The Wizards started the game with a 14-0 run and at a point were up 20-4. Even without their center Nene, Washington was too strong for the Bulls winning 98-89 giving them a 3-1 series advantage. Trevor Ariza was a problem for Chicago ending the game with 30 points. John Wall added 15 points and 10 assists. Chicago's Taj Gibson was their only bright spot in scoring, with 32 points. Joakim Noah had a double-double, scoring 10 points with 15 boards. Game 5 is in Chicago on Tuesday as Washington tries to win their first playoff series since 2005.

-The LA Clippers wore their shooting shirts inside out and black arm bands, sleeves and socks in protest of the disturbing racial comments made by owner Donald Sterling. Unfortunately for the Clippers, it didn't motivate them to a win. The Warriors dominated the Clippers winning 118-97. Steph Curry had a game high of 33 points and 7 rebounds. He also added on 7 assists while shooting 7-14 from beyond the arc. Andre Iguodala had 22 points and a game high of 9 assists. For the Clippers, Jamal Crawford had 26 points coming off the bench. Blake Griffin contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Golden State ties the series 2-2. Game 5 is in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Owner Donald Silver will NOT be in attendance.

-Toronto Raptors defeated the Brooklyn Nets 87-79 and tied the series 2-2. The Raptors were led in scoring by Demar DeRozan with 24 points, Kyle Lowery had 22 points. Guard play was too much for Brooklyn to handle last night. Paul Peirce was the Nets only glimmer of hope scoring 22 points.

-In another overtime game in these 2014 NBA Playoffs, the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Houston Rockets 123-120. It was another very exciting, fast paced game that included what seemed to be a jump shooting contest between Nicholas Batum and James Harden. The Portland starters lit up the baskets. LaMarcus Aldridge led with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Batum had 25, while Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews had 23 and 21 points, respectively. The Rockets also had four players in double digits, with Dwight Howard leading the charge with 25 and 14 boards. James Harden had 28, Chandler Parsons had 26 and rookie 3-point hot hand, Troy Daniels knocked down 17 points of his own. But in the end of overtime, it was Wesley Matthews who sealed the game with a steal of the ball off James Harden as the buzzer sounded. Portland leads 3-1 and can close out the series Wednesday in Houston.

-The brooms were out in San Francisco, as the Giants swept the Tribe with a 4-1 victory on Sunday. With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Brandon Hicks hit a 3 run walk-off home run for the Giants. The Indians only scored 5 runs in 3 games. The Indians hit 2-20 with runners in scoring position with a .167 batting average for the series. The Tribe's next game will be tonight at 10 PM, as they take on the Angels in Anaheim.

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