Bulls Dump Celtics, NBA Roundup
Published on April 1 2014 10:15 am
Last Updated on April 1 2014 10:15 am
Written by Millie Lange
Bulls Dump Celtics
(Chicago, IL) -- Joakim Noah filled up the stat sheet with 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks as the Bulls clipped the Celtics, 94-80, at the United Center. Mike Dunleavy posted a team-high 22 points, while Jimmy Butler chipped in 18 along with four dimes and four boards. Chicago swept the home-and-home with Boston and have taken four of five. Brandon Bass and Jerryd Bayless each tallied 18 points in the loss. The Celtics have lost five in-a-row.
Spurs Rock Pacers
(Indianapolis, IN) -- The Spurs made easy work of the Pacers with a 103-77 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as two of the top teams in the NBA continued to head in opposite directions. Tony Parker connected on 10-of-18 shots on his way to 22 points for San Antonio, which has won 18 in-a-row and is 3 1/2 games ahead of the Thunder for the top-seed in the West. Kawhi Leonard posted 13 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Indiana shot just under 38-percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times to 14 assists. Paul George had a team-high 16 points, while Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert each added 15 points. The Pacers have dropped three straight and five of six to fall percentage points behind the Heat for the top-seed in the East.
Bobcats Beat Wizards With Huge Fourth Quarter
(Charlotte, NC) -- Kemba Walker led a balanced effort with 21 points, 10 assists and five rebounds as the Bobcats used a huge fourth quarter to beat the Wizards 100-94 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Charlotte outscored Washington 30-14 in the fourth. Al Jefferson posted 19 points and 11 boards, while Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 18 points off the bench for the 'Cats, who have alternated wins and losses over their last six games. Cody Zeller added 15 points and eight boards in the victory. Bradley Beal netted 20 points and Martell Webster had 14 for the Wiz, who had won their previous two. Drew Gooden donated 12 points and eight rebounds in defeat.
Pistons Sneak By Bucks
(Detroit, MI) -- The Pistons outscored the Bucks by 14 points in the second half to pull out a 116-111 victory at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Greg Monroe led the way with 28 points and 14 rebounds, while Andre Drummond had a double-double of his own with 10 points and 16 boards. Josh Smith collected 26 points and Brandon Jennings had 20 and 13 assists. Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak. All five Milwaukee starters were in double figures led by Brandon Knight with 25 points, nine boards and seven helpers. His backcourt mate Ramon Sessions piled up 20 points and 11 assists. The Bucks became the first team in the league to reach 60 losses this season.
Hawks Sink 76ers
(Atlanta, GA -- After a slow start, the Hawks rebounded to pick up a 103-95 win against the 76ers at Philips Arena behind 28 points and 17 rebounds from Paul Milsap. Louis Williams contributed 22 points with five boards and five assists off the bench for Atlanta, which remains one game ahead of the Knicks for the eighth-seed in the East. The Hawks ended a six-game losing streak. Thaddeus Young tallied 23 points, while James Anderson added 19 in the loss. Philadelphia wasn't able to string together consecutive wins after ending a 26-game losing streak on Saturday.
Clippers Wreck T'wolves
(Minneapolis, MN) -- DeAndre Jordan's 11 points, 24 rebounds and four blocks helped the Clippers cruise to a 114-104 win against the Timberwolves at the Target Center. Darren Collison had a game-high 28 points with seven assists, while Chris Paul posted 22 points, nine dimes and seven boards. Los Angeles is two games behind the Thunder for the second-seed in the West. Kevin Love put up 20 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in the loss. Nikola Pekovic left after only seven minutes of action with an ankle injury. With a second straight loss, Minnesota fell back under .500 at 36-37.
Kings Trip Up Pelicans
(New Orleans, LA) -- DeMarcus Cousins went off for 35 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Kings past the Pelicans, 102-97, at the Smoothie King Center. Rudy Gay and Ray McCallum each added 22 points. McCallum also had 10 assists for Sacramento, which ended a three-game losing streak. Anthony Davis tallied 22 points, eight boards, four helpers and four blocks as New Orleans has followed winning five in-a-row with two consecutive losses. Anthony Morrow knocked down four from behind the arc on his way to 23 points in defeat.
Melo Leads Knicks Over Jazz
(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and grabbed eight rebounds en route to the Knicks beating the Jazz 92-83 at EnergySolutions Arena. Tyson Chandler added 15 points and nine rebounds for New York, which has won three of their last four. The win ties the Atlanta Hawks in the win column for the eighth seed in the East, but New York still remains two games back in the loss column. Gordon Hayward led the way for Utah with 18 points. Derrick Favors added a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 boards for the Jazz, who have lost five straight.
Grizzlies Edge Nuggets
(Denver, CO) -- Zach Randolph scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies past the Nuggets 94-92 at the Pepsi Center. Mike Conley and Courtney Lee each chipped in 19 points for Memphis, which snapped a two-game losing streak. The Grizz improved to 44-30 on the season and currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Timofey Mozgov led the way for the Nuggets with 23 points and 10 boards. Kenneth Faried added 17 points for Denver, which has lost four straight.
Monday, March 31 Scoreboard
San Antonio Spurs 103, Indiana Pacers 77
Charlotte Bobcats 100, Washington Wizards 94
Detroit Pistons 116, Milwaukee Bucks 111
Atlanta Hawks 103, Philadelphia 76ers 95
Miami Heat 93, Toronto Raptors 83
Chicago Bulls 94, Boston Celtics 80
Los Angeles Clippers 114, Minnesota Timberwolves 104
Sacramento Kings 102, New Orleans Pelicans 97
New York Knicks 92, Utah Jazz 83
Memphis Grizzlies 94, Denver Nuggets
Tuesday, April 1 Schedule (All Times Central)
7:00 p.m. - Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets
7:30 p.m. - Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks
9:30 p.m. - Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers