Bulls Season Comes To End, NBA Playoffs
Published on April 30 2014 10:21 am
Last Updated on April 30 2014 10:21 am
Written by Millie Lange
Wizards Advance To Second Round Knocking Out Bulls
(Chicago, IL) -- The Wizards are advancing past the first round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2005 after a 75-69 win over the Bulls at United Center. John Wall scored 24 points with seven rebounds and four assists. The Wiz will play either the Pacers or Hawks in the next round. Atlanta currently leads that series 3-2. Nene [[ nuh-NAY ]] returned from his one-game suspension to post 20 points, seven boards and four assists for Washington. Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich paced Chicago with 16 points apiece in the defeat. The Bulls have been eliminated in the opening round in four out of the last six years.
Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and president Michael Reinsdorf are supporting NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who issued a lifetime ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The ban follows racially charged remarks Sterling made. Owners are being urged to vote for Sterling to sell the team.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is weighing in on the NBA's lifetime ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Thibodeau says NBA Adam Silver handled the situation "great" and the right move was made. Sterling was also fined two-point-five-million dollars.
Former Bulls guard Steve Kerr could land in New York as head coach of the Knicks. ESPN reports that the Knicks want a deal done soon. He would join former Bulls head coach Phil Jackson, who is now the president of basketball operations. Kerr is currently an analyst for TNT.
Grizzlies Sink Thunder In Fourth Consecutive OT Game
(Oklahoma City, OK) -- The Thunder are on the verge of elimination after Serge Ibaka's tip-in was ruled to have come after the buzzer in Oklahoma City's 100-99 overtime loss to the Grizzlies in Game Five from Chesapeake Energy Arena. Kevin Durant missed a game-winning three point prayer before Ibaka's attempt, and a free throw that would have tied the game with 27 seconds left. Mike Miller led the way for Memphis knocking down five from behind the arc on his way to 21 points. Zach Randolph tallied 20 points and 10 boards to help Memphis take a 3-2 lead with a chance to close out the series on Thursday from the FedExForum. Russell Westbrook compiled a triple-double with 30 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds including a steal and dunk in the closing moments of regulation that forced the extra session. Durant tallied 26 points, but he and Westbrook combined to shoot 20-of-55 from the field.
Clippers Get Back On Track In Game Five
(Los Angeles, CA) -- After a long day filled with controversy and distractions, the attention was finally back on the court Tuesday night at STAPLES Center. Behind 25 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks from DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers defeated the Warriors 113-103 in Game Five of their Western Conference quarterfinal series to take a 3-2 lead. Earlier in the day, Clippers owner Donald Sterling was suspended for life and fined 2.5-million-dollars for racist comments revealed over the weekend. Chris Paul added 20 points, seven assists, six boards and five steals, while Blake Griffin tallied 19 points. Los Angeles can close out the series in Game Six in Oakland on Thursday. Steph Curry scored 17 points on 10 shot attempts, but turned the ball over eight times. Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with 21 points.
Tuesday, April 29 Scoreboard
Washington Wizards 75, Chicago Bulls 69
(Wizards win best-of-seven Eastern quarterfinal, 4-1)
Memphis Grizzlies 100, Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (OT)
(Grizzlies lead best-of-seven Western quarterfinal, 3-2)
Los Angeles Clippers 113, Golden State Warriors 103
(Clippers lead best-of-seven Western quarterfinal, 3-2)
Wednesday, April 30 Schedule (All Times Central)
6:00 p.m. - Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs
(Best-of-seven Western quarterfinal tied, 2-2)
7:00 p.m. - Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors
(Best-of-seven Eastern quarterfinal tied, 2-2)
8:30 p.m. - Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets
(Trail Blazers lead best-of-seven Western quarterfinal, 3-1)