Baseline to Baseline: Hoops Headlines – 4/30/14

A random, sporadic column spitting out opinions, reactions and news surrounding the NBA.

Photo Credit: USA TODAY Sports (Matt Marton)
Photo Credit: USA TODAY Sports (Matt Marton)
Wizards advance to Eastern Conference semifinals
  • Not many people expected this. The way it happened may have been more impressive. The Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls in five games, culminated with last night’s ugly 75-69 victory in Game 5. Even against a veteran Bulls squad that had home court advantage, the youth and athleticism for the Wizards was too much. The duo in Washington’s backcourt, Bradley Beal (99 points) and John Wall (94 points), were the top scorers of the series. The Bulls’ offense has been a concern all year and it showed throughout the series; they averaged 90 points per game on a mere 42% from the field.
Grizz head back to Memphis with 3-2 lead
  • The Memphis Grizzlies held a 20-point lead with a little less than four minutes to play in the third quarter of Game 5 last night. The Oklahoma City Thunder, however, rallied and Russell Westbrook’s dunk with four seconds to play tied it to force OT. It was the fourth-straight OT game of the series, and like two of the previous three, the Grizzlies found a way to come out on top. Mike Miller led Memphis with 21 points and hit two treys in the extra session to lift the Grizzlies to a 100-99 victory.
Clippers top Warriors in Game 5
  • The Los Angeles Clippers, in wake of Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban, defeated the Warriors on their home floor, 113-103. DeAndre Jordan recorded a monster game of 25 points and 18 rebounds, and Chris Paul tallied 20 points and seven dimes. Game 6 will swing back to Golden State on Thursday; expect Steph Curry to rally his Warrior squad to force a Game 7.
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