Bulls Blast Timberwolves, NBA Roundup
Published on April 10 2014 10:28 am
Last Updated on April 10 2014 10:28 am
Written by Millie Lange
Bulls Blast Timberwolves
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Joakim Noah recorded his fourth triple-double of the season with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the Bulls blasted the Timberwolves 102-87 at the Target Center. D.J. Augustin led six players in double figures with 21 points off the bench for Chicago, which won its sixth straight. Kirk Hinrich had 16 points and Mike Dunleavy donated 15 in the victory. Kevin Love posted 17 points and 10 boards to pace the T'wolves, who have dropped two-of-three. Ricky Rubio added 15 points and six assists in defeat.
Cavaliers Rock Pistons
(Cleveland, OH) -- Dion Waiters tallied 22 points and eight assists to lead the Cavaliers to a 122-100 stomping of the Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena. Tyler Zeller added 18 off the bench, while Spencer Hawks chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds. At 32-47, Cleveland was eliminated from playoff contention with Atlanta's win over the Celtics. Brandon Jennings and Jonas Jerebko each had a team-high 17 points in the loss. Andre Drummond put up a double-double with 11 points and 14 boards for Detroit, which fell to 29-50.
Magic Nip Nets
(Orlando, FL) -- Arron Afflalo totaled 25 points and five assists as the Magic topped the Nets 115-111 in Orlando. Tobias Harris added 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench while E'Twaun Moore had 17 points off the pine. Jameer Nelson scored 14 points with seven assists for Orlando, which has won two in-a-row. Joe Johnson exploded for 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting for Brooklyn, which is three games up on Charlotte and Washington for the fifth seed in the East. Mirza Teletovic chipped in with 17 points and nine boards in defeat.
Raptors Roll 76ers
(Toronto, Ontario) -- Jonas Valanciunas posted 26 points and 12 rebounds to carry the Raptors to a 125-114 win over the 76ers at the Air Canada Centre. Kyle Lowry added 29 points and eight assists for Toronto, which is tied with Chicago for the three seed in the East. Patrick Patterson and DeMar DeRozan both scored 17 points in the win. Michael Carter-Williams tallied 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers, who have lost two in-a-row. Henry Sims registered 22 points and eight boards in the loss.
Bobcats Sink Wizards In OT
(Washington, DC) -- The Bobcats held the Wizards to one-point in overtime to pull out a 95-88 win at the Verizon Center. The Charlotte win gives both teams a 40-38 record with the 'Cats holding the six-seed due to taking three of four in the season series. Al Jefferson led the way in the victory with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Kemba Walker grabbed a double-double with 17 points and 12 assists for Charlotte, which has won five straight. Marcin Gortat contributed a game-high 27 points and 14 boards in the loss. John Wall compiled a triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 helpers. Washington has lost two straight.
Hawks Sink Celtics
(Atlanta, GA) -- The Hawks used a late 19-3 run to grab a 105-97 win against the Celtics and pull closer to clinching a playoff spot at Philips Arena. Atlanta's magic number to clinch the eight-seed is down to two. All five Hawks starters were in double figures with Jeff Teague at the top tallying 19 points and eight assists. Paul Milsap and Elton Brand each had double-doubles for Atlanta, which is 35-43. After missing the three previous games, Avery Bradley put up 24 points in the loss. Rajon Rondo added 19 points and 12 assists for the Celtics, who have lost nine straight.
Resting Pacers Defeat Bucks
(Milwaukee, WI) -- With Pacers head coach Frank Vogel giving all five of his starter the night off, Chris Copeland hit the game-winner with under two seconds to play to lift Indiana to a 104-102 win against the Bucks in Milwaukee. Copeland finished with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while Luis Scola just missed a double-double with 24 points and nine rebounds. Evan Turner filled up the stat sheet with 23 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, helping the Pacers move a half-game in front of the Heat for the No. 1 seed in the East. Brandon Knight compiled 25 points and 10 helpers in the loss. Ramon Sessions chipped in 20 points and four assists for Milwaukee, which has a league-worst 64 losses.
Suns Sneak By Pelicans
(New Orleans, LA) -- The Suns avoided a devastating loss to the banged up Pelicans and pulled out a 94-88 victory at the Smoothie King Center. Gerald Green scored 21 points off the bench, while Goran Dragic dropped in 20 with nine assists. After a poor first half, Eric Bledsoe woke up in the second and posted all 16 of his points. Phoenix sits a game ahead of the Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the West and a half-game behind Dallas for the seven-seed. New Orleans was without Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon along with Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Jason Smith, who have been out for extended periods. Jeff Withey had a team-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the loss. The Pelicans have lost six straight.
Grizzlies Crash Heat
(Memphis, TN) -- The Grizzlies kept pace in the playoff race after grabbing a 107-102 win over the Heat behind big performances from Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Memphis stayed a game behind the Suns for the eight-seed in the East as Phoenix beat the Pelicans. Randolph totaled 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Conley went off for 26 points. Marc Gasol also had a double-double with 20 points and 14 boards. LeBron James' 37 points, six rebounds and five dimes wasn't enough for Miami. Miami was without Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and Chris Anderson. The Heat fell a half-game behind the Pacers for the top seed in the East.
Nuggets Surge Past Rockets
(Denver, CO) -- Randy Foye poured in 30 points and dished out 15 assists as the Nuggets bounced the Rockets 123-116 at the Pepsi Center. Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov combined for 45 points in the victory while Evan Fournier added 14 off the bench as the Nuggets snapped a two-game skid. The Rockets had eight players in double-figures with Jeremy Lin leading the team with 18 points. Omer Asik recorded a double-double with 12 points and as many rebounds while Chandler Parsons added 16 points. The Rockets had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Blazers Nip Kings
(Portland, OR) -- Dorell Wright hit a three-pointer with under 10 seconds to play to lift the Trail Blazers to a 100-99 win over the Kings at the Moda Center. Damian Lillard had 19 points and 10 assists for Portland, which is a game and a half back of Houston for the four seed in the West. Wesley Matthews also scored 19 points while LaMarcus Aldridge tallied 22 with eight rebounds in the win. DeMarcus Cousins posted 30 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento, which has lost four in-a-row. Ray McCallum registered 23 points and eight assists in defeat.
Thunder Hold Off Clippers
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Thunder moved a step closer to locking up the second-seed in the West with a 107-101 win over the Clippers at STAPLES Center behind 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists from Russell Westbrook. Oklahoma City moved to 56-and-21, two games ahead of Los Angeles. Kevin Durant shot 8-of-26 from the field, but still managed 27 points. Blake Griffin piled up 30 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Chris Paul chipped in 25 points, eight helpers and five boards for Los Angeles, which is 55-23.
Wednesday, April 9 Scoreboard
Cleveland Cavaliers 122, Detroit Pistons 100
Orlando Magic 115, Brooklyn Nets 111
Toronto Raptors 125, Philadelphia 76ers 114
Charlotte Bobcats 94, Washington Wizards 88 (OT)
Atlanta Hawks 105, Boston Celtics 97
Chicago Bulls 102, Minnesota Timberwolves 87
Indiana Pacers 104, Milwaukee Bucks 102
Phoenix Suns 94, New Orleans Pelicans 88
Memphis Grizzlies 107, Miami Heat 102
Denver Nuggets 123, Houston Rockets 116
Portland Trail Blazers 100, Sacramento Kings 99
Oklahoma City Thunder 107, Los Angeles Clippers 101
Thursday, April 10 Schedule (All Times Central)
7:00 p.m.- San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks
9:30 p.m. - Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors