LeBron James and Derrick Rose played like the MVPs they both are, while Stephen Curry showed why he has received strong MVP consideration this season. James was calculated and efficient, scoring 31 points, grabbing 11
LeBron James and Derrick Rose played like the MVPs they both are, while Stephen Curry showed why he has received strong MVP consideration this season.
James was calculated and efficient, scoring 31 points, grabbing 11
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But the unquestioned star of the night was Curry. The Warriors guard scored 40 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer, to help bring his team within one win of sweeping the Pelicans after being down big in the fourth quarter.
He Really Made This To Send It To OT, Stephen Curry Is Amazing 🔥🔥! (Vine by @BattlesNBA ) https://t.co/7lzbowsNy7
— Ashley. (@adubb4christ) April 24, 2015
Cavs 103, Celtics 95 (Cleveland leads series 3-0)
Takeaway: Early in the game, Boston challenged Cleveland's physicality, playing a hard-nosed style reminiscent of its 1980s predecessors. But, as they say, Bird, McHale and Parish weren't walking through that door. James and Kevin Love (23 points, nine rebounds) did, however, and the Cavs are a win away from the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Highlight: LeBron was a star at both ends of the court Thursday.
Yo, #youtried Turner 😂😂😂 Lebron said no! 👑🏆🏀 #kingjames #NBAonTNT #Playoffs #NBA #basketball #lebronjames https://t.co/B3koA2D9dt
— Jason Donnar (@jason_donnar_03) April 24, 2015
Quotable: "It's definitely been working," Celtics guard Evan Turner sarcastically replied to a question about what his team was doing to stop James.
Next up: Sunday at Boston, 1 p.m. ET, ABC
Bulls 113, Bucks 106, 2 OTs (Chicago leads series 3-0)
Takeaways: Down 94-84 late in the fourth quarter, the Bucks went on an 11-0 run to take a one-point lead with just over 10 seconds remaining. Rose forced overtime by hitting the second of two free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining to tie the game 95-95.
In the second overtime, Rose played like the MVP he was in 2011, putting the Bulls on his back as they outscored the Bucks 12-2 in the period.
Highlight: Rose, taking over that second overtime period.
Derrick Rose Cross, Drive And Offhand Layup https://t.co/iKdMm7qNiy
— Ant Lewis (@AntLewBeats) April 24, 2015
Quotable: "Thank God they let us back in the game," Rose said of the Bulls rallying from an 18-point deficit in the second quarter.
Next up: Saturday at Milwaukee, 5:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Warriors 123, Pelicans 119, OT (Golden State leads 3-0)
Takeaways: The Pelicans had been close to pulling off an upset of the heavily favored Warriors in the series' first two games, and they got even closer on Thursday, leading by 20 points entering the fourth quarter.
But the Warriors outscored the Pelicans 39-19 in the next 12 minutes, tying the game on Curry's 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Warriors became the third team to rally from 20 down entering the fourth quarter of a playoff game (2002 Celtics, 2012 Clippers). According to ESPN, the Warriors had never won while trailing by 20 entering the fourth quarter in the shot clock era. They were 0-358 in such situations until Thursday night.
Curry also had nine assists in the victory.
Highlight: Anthony Davis is scary good.
This will get #Pelicans fans on their feet! @AntDavis23 throwdown! #PlayOn (Vine by @PelicansNBA ) https://t.co/rdX7BrQG5G
— Stønęř (@alex52speed) April 24, 2015
Quotable: "I'm just as startled as everyone else," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of his team's comeback win.
Next Up: Saturday at New Orleans, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
(All times Eastern)
Rockets at Mavericks, 7 p.m., ESPN
Raptors at Wizards, 8 p.m., ESPN 2
Clippers at Spurs, 9:30 p.m., ESPN