NBA Game Recaps for April 24, 2017
Raptors Defeat Bucks, 118-93, To Take 3-2 Series Lead
By Joel Bartilotta
The Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 118-93, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs at Air Canada Center on Monday.
This series has been competitive throughout, but this was a lopsided result in Toronto's favor. In fact, the Raptors led by 11 after the first quarter and the game never got within seven points from there. In addition, Toronto held a double-digit lead for the final 21 minutes. This was the Raptors best offensive performance of the series, as they shot 58 percent from the field, 44 percent from three-point range and 92 percent from the free-throw line. They also dominated the rebounding, winning that battle, 40-23.
The Bucks (2-3) simply dug themselves too big of a hole in this game, as they'll now have to win out to advance to the second-round. Giannis Antetokounmpo was a bright spot for Milwaukee, as he collected 30 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. Malcolm Brogdon was the only other starter in double figures, totaling 19 points, two rebounds and three assists. Khris Middleton accumulated eight points, three rebounds, six assists and five steals. Greg Monroe led the bench with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists.
The Raptors (3-2) are now just one win away from a berth in the second-round, as this was one of their best performances of the postseason thus far. Norman Powell got another start and provided 25 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals on 8-of-11 shooting. DeMar DeRozan amassed 18 points, three rebounds and six assists. Serge Ibaka finished with 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Kyle Lowry recorded a double-double, accruing 16 points, three rebounds, 10 assists and three steals.
Game 6 will be in Milwaukee on Thursday,
Posted on April 24, 2017 at 9:38 PM ET
Updated on April 24, 2017 at 9:40 PM ET
By Joel Bartilotta
This was a convincing win for Toronto, as it was a near wire-to-wire victory. In fact, the Raptors led by 11 after the first quarter and held a double-digit lead for the final 21 minutes. Shooting was key, with Toronto hitting 58 percent from the field, 44 percent from three-point range and 92 percent from the charity stripe. Rebounding also boosted the Raptors, as they outrebounded the Bucks, 40-23.
Giannis Antetokounmpo carried Milwaukee, as he tallied 30 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. Malcolm Brogdon finished second on the team, totaling 19 points, two rebounds and three assists. No other starter scored in double figures.
Norman Powell was the player of the game, as he collected 25 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Kyle Lowry amassed 16 points, four rebounds, 10 assists and three steals. DeMar DeRozan accrued 18 points, three rebounds and six assists, while Serge Ibaka provided 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
Posted on April 24, 2017 at 9:48 PM ET
Hawks Beat Wizards, 111-101, in Game 4
By Oscar Heanue
The host Atlanta Hawks took down the Washington Wizards, 111-101, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs at Philips Arena on Monday.
The Hawks (2-2) have bounced back from a two-game hole, evening up the series with Monday's win. It was a solid team effort to earn the win, as seven players scored in double figures. Atlanta was the first team to achieve that feat in the 2017 playoffs. The team was primarily led by veteran center Dwight Howard, who had a whopping 16-point, 15-rebound double-double. Howard connected on a number of alley-oops, helping to swing momentum in Atlanta's favor. All-Star forward Paul Millsap, who led the team to victory in Game 3, added a team-high 19 points along with nine rebounds and seven assists. The Hawks will hope to keep momentum from their win as they leave their home court for Game 5.
Washington (2-2), meanwhile, has lost some of its momentum after dropping both games in Atlanta. Many pegged Game 3's loss on a sub-par performance from star shooting guard Bradley Beal, but Beal bounced back nicely on Monday. He led the team with 32 points, including five of the team's 11 three-pointers. All-Star point guard John Wall also made a stellar contribution, scoring 22 point while dishing out a team-high 10 assists. Wall did, however, have six turnovers, including two down the stretch as the Wizards attempted to come back.
Game 5 will be in Washington on Wednesday.
Posted on April 24, 2017 at 11:07 PM ET
By Oscar Heanue
Seven Hawks scored in double figures on Monday, making Atlanta the first team to achieve said feat in this season's playoffs. The team's scoring leader was Game 3 hero Paul Millsap, who had 19 points to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists. Veteran center Dwight Howard, meanwhile, scored 16 points to go along with a team-high 15 rebounds. The team as a whole had a stellar outing, shooting around 45 percent and hitting 12 three-pointers.
For Washington, shooting guard Bradley Beal bounced back from a poor Game 3 with a team-high 32 points on 11-of-23 shooting. All-Star point guard John Wall, meanwhile, had a 22-point, 10-assist double-double. However, he did commit six turnovers on the night. Big man Marcin Gortat also had a hit-and-miss game, pulling down a whopping 18 rebounds but ending with only two points.
Posted on April 24, 2017 at 11:16 PM ET
Warriors Crush Blazers in Game 4, Win Series 4-0
By Nick Brazzoni
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 128-103 in Monday's Game 4 of their first-round playoff series at Moda Center.
It didn't take long for Monday's contest to get out of hand, as just three and a half minutes into the game, the Warriors (4-0) had opened up a 14-0 lead and ultimately jumped out to a 28-5 lead over the first six minutes of the first quarter. From there, the Trail Blazers (0-4) struggled to get much closer, with Golden State set on ending this series on Monday night. Despite playing in just three quarters, Steph Curry was sensational, scoring a game-high 37 points in just 30 minutes while shooting 7-of-11 from behind the arc. Draymond Green was the only Warriors player who played more than 30 minutes, and in that time, he shot 7-of-11 from the field, scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and blocked three shots. In the end, six different Golden State players scored in double figures as the team shot a scorching 53.5 percent from the field 58.6 percent from behind the arc.
As for Portland, the same could not be said, as they shot a miserable 38.3 percent from the field overall in the 25-point loss. Despite the ugly game, Damian Lillard was still terrific, scoring a team-high 34 points on 12-of-24 shooting from the field in 41 minutes. His partner in the backcourt, C.J. McCollum, however, was not so terrific. McCollum capped off the first-round series with a 2-of-12 shooting performance from the field that led to him scoring just six points, and through three quarters, the shooting guard had been 0-of-9 from the field. Al-Farouq Aminu wound up putting together a solid performance, scoring 25 points in 35 minutes off the bench to go along with seven rebounds and two steals.
Posted on April 25, 2017 at 1:29 AM ET
By Nick Brazzoni
C.J. McCollum picked the wrong night to have his worst performance of the 2016-17 season. With the Trail Blazers down 3-0, McCollum put on a forgettable performance in what ended up being the last game of the season for Portland. Entering the game's fourth and final quarter, McCollum had been 0-of-9 from the field and had just two points thanks to a pair of free throws. He ended up shooting 2-of-12 from the field overall and had just six points in 31 minutes. And while it was his worst performance of the season, from both a shooting and scoring perspective, it was the the fifth time this season McCollum failed to score at least 10 points. Monday's performance marked the second time in the last five games that the shooting guard failed to score double-digits, as he scored just nine points on 4-of-20 shooting from the field in their regular season finale against the Jazz.
Posted on April 25, 2017 at 1:39 AM ET