The first round of the NBA playoffs roars on as three more games were played on Monday, April 30th. The Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets fought to extend their season by at least one more game while the Atlanta Hawks found a way to bring their series even.
Brooklyn Nets defeat Chicago Bulls 110-91 (Bulls lead 3-2)
In what has been one of the more exciting series this post season, the Brooklyn Nets dominated much of this game to take another victory at home over the Bulls.
The Nets took control of this game from the very start and never looked back. Brooklyn was lead by Deron Williams as he brought in his second night of at least 20 points and 10 assists. Along with him, five other players scored in double figures.
The Chicago Bulls also made it a team effort as all of their starters earned double figures on the night. Nate Robinson once again took over for Chicago as his 20 points were the most for any player on the team. However, only 20 points by the bench left the Bulls struggling to recover late in the game.
Game 6 will be played in Chicago on Thursday.
Atlanta Hawks defeat Indiana Pacers 102-91 (series tied 2-2)
Josh Smith played like a superstar in helping the Hawks maintain serve on their home court. Under his 29 points and 11 rebounds the Hawks were able to tie their series up against the Pacers.
In what has been a tough defensive style series the Pacers were held to 38.1 percent shooting and committed 13 turnovers by the end of the night. Paul George’s 21 points and 12 rebounds lead the way for the Pacers but the bench scoring left the team with much to be desired. Atlanta didn’t have the same struggles as Kyle Korver’s 19 points, including going 5-8 from beyond the arc, gave the Hawks a strong life off the bench.
Game 5 is set for Wednesday from Indiana.
Houston Rockets defeat Oklahoma City Thunder 105-103 (Thunder lead 3-1)
By just two points the Houston Rockets were able to keep their season alive for at least one more game.
Chandler Parsons 27 points and 10 rebounds lead the way, but there were four other Rockets players in double figures by the end of the evening. Everything wasn’t pretty for Houston as they had to overcome 22 total rebounds, including 10 alone from James Harden.
Kevin Durant once again found himself leading all scorers with 38 points in the game. Reggie Jackson, Derek Fisher, and Kevin Martin also contributed but their efforts still were not enough to bring this series to a close.
Game 5 will be played in Oklahoma on Wednesday.