Here’s what happened on day four of the 2017 NBA Playoffs:
TOR 106 – MIL 100, series tied at 1-1
Toronto managed to tie their first-round series up, with some clutch outings from their star backcourt.
The Raptors led by as much as 13, en route to the win, but things turned dicey late. Up by three late, Giannis Antetokounmpo tied things up with a pull-up triple, 100-all, 2:03 still to play. In response, DeMar DeRozan nailed a tough pull-up jumper. Toronto forced a pair of missed triples, but they sandwiched two missed charities from PJ Tucker. Kyle Lowry was there however off a timeout to nail a step-back J that turned out to be the dagger, with Patrick Patterson sealing the win at the stripe.
DeRozan led his side with 23 points on 50 percent shooting. Lowry bounced back from a frigid game one, also converting half his tries for 22 markers. Serge Ibaka also came up huge with 16 markers, seven boards, six dimes, and two rejections.
Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 24 points but needed 24 shots to get there. He did also contribute 15 boards, and seven dimes though.
CHI 111 – BOS 97, CHI leads series 2-0
The Chicago Bulls leaned on their “three alphas” to upset the Boston Celtics anew.
This time, rebounding wasn’t a problem (CHI won that stat, by just a slim margin, 43-38, and they won second-chance points by just two markers), but effort on the Celtics’ part certainly was. The East’s #1 seed looked out of sorts on both ends of the court, and allowed Chicago to lead by as much as 19.
Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler each scored 22. Rajon Rondo had a double-double of 11 points and 14 assists.
Isaiah Thomas top-scored for Boston with 20 markers, but he was just 6-of-15 from the field, 7-of-13 from the stripe.
LAC 99 – UTA 91, series tied at 1-1
The Clippers fully exploited the Jazz’s lack of an interior presence, to tie up their series.
With Rudy Gobert still sidelined, LA adjusted their strategy, and made sure to get into the paint for scores. LA led all the way, though Utah, to their credit, stayed in striking range for majority of the game.
Blake Griffin went off for 24 points, Chris Paul put up 21 points and 10 dimes, and DeAndre Jordan had a double-double of 18 markers and 15 boards.
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