Bulls Blast Magic, NBA Roundup
Published on April 15 2014 10:20 am
Last Updated on April 15 2014 10:20 am
Written by Millie Lange
Bulls Blast Magic
(Chicago, IL) -- Joakim Noah just missed another triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as the Bulls blasted the Magic 108-95 at the United Center. Mike Dunleavy dropped in a game-high 22 points, while Carlos Boozer added 13 points, 12 boards and five helpers for the Bulls, who have won eight-of-nine. Jimmer Fredette chipped in with 17 points off the bench in the victory. Kyle O'Quinn recorded 20 points and seven boards to lead Orlando, which lost its third straight. Andrew Nicholson netted 19 points off the pine in defeat.
76ers Clip Celtics
(Philadelphia, PA) -- Michael Carter-Williams filled up the stat sheet with 21 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks in the 76ers' 113-108 win against the Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center. It ended a four-game losing streak for Philly and put the Sixers at 18-63. The Bucks clinched the highest-percentage shot at the number-one overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Kelly Olynyk posted 28 points and nine boards in the loss. Jeff Green added 27 points, while Avery Bradley chipped in 23. Boston is 25-56.
Raptors Earn Most Wins In Franchise History
(Toronto, Ontario) -- The Raptors grabbed the most wins in franchise history with a 110-110 victory against the Bucks at the Air Canada Centre behind 25 points and seven assists from Greivis Vasquez. Toronto is 48-and-33 after winning 47 games twice in 2006-07 and 2000-01. Kyle Lowry added 24 points, five rebounds and four helpers. With the loss Milwaukee clinched the highest odds at the number-one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft with the league-worst 15-65 record. They have a 25-percent chance at the top slot. Ramon Sessions tallied 21 points and five assists in the defeat.
Wizards Handle Shorthanded Heat
(Washington, DC) -- Trevor Ariza [scored 25 points as the Wizards downed the shorthanded Heat 114-93 at Verizon Center. Marcin Gortat posted a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds while John Wall dished 13 assists for Washington. The Wizards lead the Bobcats by one game for the sixth seed in the East and each team has one game to play. Miami was without LeBron James and Chris Bosh, who each sat out to rest for the playoffs. Michael Beasley led the charge with 18 points while Toney Douglas netted 14 points in defeat. The Heat's loss locks them into the second seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Pacers take the top spot.
Bobcats Edge Hawks In Atlanta
(Atlanta, GA) -- Chris Douglas-Roberts made a go-ahead jumper at the buzzer to lift the Bobcats past the Hawks 95-93 at Philips Arena. Al Jefferson racked up 27 points and 15 rebounds for Charlotte, which has won seven of its last eight games and currently sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference at 42-39. Gary Neal added 17 points and Luke Ridnour had 10 in the victory. Mike Scott scored 20 points to pace the Hawks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Atlanta is eighth in the East at 37-44. The Pacers clinched the one-seed in the East setting up a first-round matchup with Atlanta for the second straight season. The Hawks were eliminated by Indiana in six games during the opening round of the 2013 postseason. Louis Williams dropped 13 points, six assists and five boards in defeat.
Rockets Knock Down Spurs
(Houston, TX) -- The Rockets locked up the fourth seed and home court advantage in the first round with their 104-98 win against the Spurs at the Toyota Center. Houston will face the Trail Blazers in their opening playoff series. Dwight Howard posted 20 points and 17 rebounds, while Terrence Jones matched the 20 points along with 11 boards. Houston is 54-27. Marco Belinelli had a team-high 17 points in the loss. Tim Duncan added 12 points and nine boards for the Spurs, who are 62-19.
Pelicans Plunk Thunder
(New Orleans, LA) -- Tyreke Evans exploded for 41 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Pelicans to a 101-89 win against the Thunder at the Smoothie King Center. Luke Babbitt added 12 points off the bench for New Orleans, which ended an eight-game losing streak and put them at 33-48. Kevin Durant tallied 25 points, seven boards and six helpers in the loss. Serge Ibaka had a double-double with 22 points and 16 boards for the Thunder, who at 58-23 hold the second-seed in the Western Conference.
Lakers Bury Jazz
(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Nick Young led all scorers with 41 points off the bench to lead the Lakers to a 119-104 victory over the Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena. Jodie Meeks added 23 points while Jordan Hill chipped in 21 and six rebounds. The win snaps a seven-game losing streak for Los Angeles. Alec Burks paced the Jazz with 22 points while Gordon Hayward trailed right behind him with 21. Enes Kanter tallied 19 points and 12 boards for Utah, which dropped its fifth straight.
Grizzlies Clinch Playoff Spot With Win Over Suns
(Phoenix, AZ) -- The Grizzlies locked up the final available playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 97-91 win over the Suns at US Airways Center. Zach Randolph had a monster performance with 32 points and nine rebounds as Memphis swept its four games with Phoenix. Mike Conley added 14 points and seven assists, while Marc Gasol contributed 18 points and eight rebounds. Mike Miller hit five three off the bench on his way to 21 points. Memphis will face Dallas to decide who gets the seven and who gets the eighth-seed on Wednesday with both teams being 49-32. Goran Dragic struggled through a second straight game with a bum ankle putting up 14 points and six rebounds. Markieff Morris tallied 21 off the bench for the Suns, who fell to 47-34.
Warriors Down Wolves In Shootout
(Oakland, CA) -- Stephen Curry led the Warriors attack with 32 points and 15 assists en route to a 130-120 win over the Timberwolves at Oracle Arena. Draymond Green put up a double-double off the bench tallying 20 points and 12 boards while David Lee added 25 points. The win clinches the first 50-win season for the Warriors since 1994. Kevin Love led all scorers with 40 points and added 14 rebounds and nine assists. Corey Brewer chipped in 22 points for Minnesota, which has dropped three of its last four.
Bulls Waive Shengelia, Add Smith
(Chicago, IL) -- The Bulls parted ways with forward Tornike Shengelia yesterday and added forward Greg Smith prior to the playoffs. Shengelia was acquired January 21st from the Nets in exchange for Marquis Teague. Smith has played in 11 games with the Rockets this season.
Monday, April 14 Scoreboard
Philadelphia 76ers 113, Boston Celtics 108
Toronto Raptors 110, Milwaukee Bucks 100
Washington Wizards 114, Miami Heat 93
Charlotte Bobcats 95, Atlanta Hawks 93
Houston Rockets 104, San Antonio Spurs 98
New Orleans Pelicans 101, Oklahoma City Thunder 89
Chicago Bulls 108, Orlando Magic 95
Los Angeles Lakers 119, Utah Jazz 104
Memphis Grizzlies 97, Phoenix Suns 91
Golden State Warriors 130, Minnesota Timberwolves 120
Tuesday, April 15 Schedule (All Times Central)
7:00 p.m. - New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets
9:30 p.m. - Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers