Cavaliers in a 'bad spot' as Bulls complete sweep
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 15:13
LeBron James scored 26 points to surpass Shaquille O'Neal's career points total and move into seventh position on the all-time scorers list, but Mirotic's season-high proved pivotal.
Since the National Basketball Association created in 2004 the current divisions, James has won division titles in nine of those 13 seasons; James' Cavaliers won the Central five times and his Heat won the Southeast each of the four seasons he played there. Rajon Rondo finished with 15 assists, while Robin Lopez added 10 points and 11 rebounds to help the Bulls get within one game of Miami and IN for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Nikola Mirotic played his best game of the season by exploding for 28 points and ten rebounds to lead the Bulls in the 99-93 win, per NBA.com.
He also had 10 rebounds, finishing a strong month. Not only did the Bulls just sweep their biggest divisional rival for the season and preserve their ridiculous TNT streak, but the win also puts the team back within a game of the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for the final seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
3-Point Goals-Philadelphia 11-33 (Holmes 2-2, Long 2-3, Anderson 2-4, Splitter 1-1, Henderson 1-3, Stauskas 1-5, Saric 1-7, Luwawu-Cabarrot 1-8), Cleveland 13-29 (Smith 4-7, James 3-7, Frye 2-2, Love 2-5, Irving 1-1, Derr.Williams 1-2, Liggins 0-1, Shumpert 0-2, Dero.Williams 0-2).
Get prep sports breaking news alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. The Timberwolves had 30 assists and only 11 turnovers. "Our camaraderie didn't. At the end of the day, we have to fix it (on the court)".
"Just in a way that a team should take a step forward when we're in a rut".
On the night, the four-time MVP led both squads with 34 points - going 14-for-22 from the floor, adding nine boards and six assists in the win. The Cavaliers ran out to a 10-point lead early in the second quarter and led by nine at the break as Chicago tossed up a bevy of bricks.
James didn't seem to phased about the feat as he just carried on after yet another loss.
Houston's James Harden finished with 30 points and eight rebounds. "We had a lot of energy". He wants to see results before calling the get-together in Chicago the session that saved the season. James played 89 seconds and Love and Irving not at all in the fourth quarter of the blowout.
Los Angeles' Brandon Ingram missed his third straight game with patellar tendinitis in his right knee.
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is sixth with 30,181 points.
Booker, three games removed from his 70-point outburst in Boston, missed Tuesday's game in Atlanta with a sore right ankle. He hit 12 of 19 shots and added seven assists. Detroit trailed by 18 in the first quarter, then led by 10 in the fourth quarter before the Bucks finished with a flourish.