Bulls sweep Cavs with 99-93 win, James tops Shaq
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 20:42
The hobbled Sixers - all nine of them - found themselves in the throngs of a playoff-hungry force. The team has been plagued with injuries and were without key players like Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, and Kyle Korver for many games, in addition to signing Andrew Bogut, only to see his season end after less than a minute of play in a Cavs uniform. "They were able to take their frustrations out on us, and were able to score too freely in the second quarter".
The Cavaliers snapped their skid in a 122-105 domination (see Instant Replay).
Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and D'Angelo Russell had 14 points and seven assists for the Lakers (21-54), who have lost 17 of their last 19 games.
The Sixers had no answer.
Sean Kilpatrick led the Nets with 15 points off the bench. The Cavaliers kept the game out of reach until the buzzer sounded. "I've been healthy enough and I've had some great teammates that allowed me to get to that point". "That's what they did today. We need to go out every night and win these next seven to put ourselves in a position to get in". "They didn't feel us today". The Cavaliers won 135-130 in double overtime. "We can talk all we want, but until we perform it means nothing", Lue said. Half a team who is playing now is injured.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Cavaliers are now 11-point home favorites versus the 76ers, who opened as 10.5-point underdogs.
Andrew Wiggins added 27 points for the Timberwolves while Senegalese center Gorgui Dieng had 11 points and a season-high 15 rebounds.
Blake Griffin scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points and 10 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers held on to hand the Phoenix Suns their 10th loss in a row. "He's a big time player". Tomorrow's another day. It's another opportunity, but we've got some work to do. March is the month that many teams are preparing for the playoffs, but for the Cavs, they were looking for a way to bounce back, game after game.
The Cavs didn't back down, from start to finish.
LeBron James gave the Cavaliers a brief cushion, drilling a 3-pointer to go up by four, but George fired right back, hitting his sixth three of the night. His teammates, perhaps intimidated by his stature (pun intended) would just fall in line. Sitting in a almost empty and quiet locker room, Love admitted the Cavs were at a low point and acknowledged that the timing of their recent spell was the biggest issue. He noted that it was wrong of him to do it and he is taking full responsibility for what happened.
IN took what seemed like much more than five seconds to get the ball inbounds and George missed a fadeaway jumper with his foot on the 3-point line, but was fouled by Thompson with 1.4 seconds to go. It was nothing to argue about. "It wasn't a dirty play on my end and I don't think it was dirty on his". "I kind of saw Justin kind of lower his shoulder and knock down Bron". "Get a lot of around-the-clock treatment tomorrow and I'll be ready for Tuesday".
After going 7-10 in March, the Cavs began their postseason push with a solid win.