LaMarcus Aldridge’s 46-Point Performance in Game 1

Hitting three’s from the corner and nabbing a whopping 18 boards; Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge made franchise history when he charted 46 points against the Rockets yesterday. In case you missed out last night, here’s a vid that captures all of LaMarcus’ glory against Houston’s loaded front court that’s led by Dwight Howard.

The Blazers ultimately took Game 1 in Houston’s hostile homecourt, winning in overtime 122-120. Aldridge hit two clutch three-pointers in the win despite only making three total 3-pointers during the regular season. The series continues Wednesday night as the Rockets will look to bounce back in a highly entertaining series.

Bulls’ Joakim Noah Earns Defensive Player of the Year Award

 

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Chicago prides itself over their hard-nosed defense. This year their big center has something to show for his efforts after winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Noah put up career highs this year in scoring, assists and rebounds, averaging 12.6 points and 11.3 boards. With the absence of Derrick Rose, the 6’11” center for the Bulls took the team under his wing the past two years. Watching Noah play is nothing but a pleasure for any basketball fan that loves hustle and defense. Joakim leaves it all out on the hardwood with each game and was righteously chosen for this award after a hard-fought season that has landed Chicago in the postseason once again.

Spurs Take Over in Fourth to Down Mavs

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It may have taken three quarters, but the championship pedigree of the San Antonio Spurs and its veteran staff rose to the occasion when it mattered most. Down by as much as 10 points in the fourth quarter (81-71 with 7:45 to play), the Spurs scored the next 15 points to eliminate the Mavs. Tim Duncan (27 points) and Tony Parker (21 points) were both big in the fourth, leading the Spurs to their 90-85 victory. Devin Harris led the Mavs with 19. Game 2 is set for Wednesday.

 

A Brief Look at the NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference

Photo Credit: Associated Press (Doug McSchooler)

Photo Credit: Associated Press (Doug McSchooler)

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Indiana Pacers vs. No. 8 Atlanta Hawks – Indiana’s downward spiral has caused concerns for Pacers fan across the world. If they hope to meet Miami in the conference finals (presumably), they’ll have to get through the Hawks first. It won’t be easy, but Indiana gets it done. Pacers win in six.

No. 2 Miami Heat vs. No. 7 Charlotte Bobcats – A rested Dwyane Wade, the best player on the planet, and a defense that buckles down come playoff time doesn’t spell good news for the Bobcats. Heat win in five.

No. 3 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 6 Brooklyn Nets – A lot of people like the Nets here. I do, too, just by a hair because of their experience. But it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Toronto takes this series. DeMar DeRozan is a real pro, but Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson have been here regularly. Nets win in seven.

No. 4 Chicago Bulls vs. No. 5 Washington Wizards – No Derrick Rose, no problem. Well, that’s not entirely true, but Joakim Noah has more than kept this team afloat. He’s become an MVP candidate, leading the Bulls’ stingy defense in the middle. He’ll be too much for the Wizards to handle, but we could see Wall with a couple 30-plus point games in this series. Bulls win in five.

Jeff Teague Crosses Evan Turner; Hawks Cruise through Game 1

 

Atlanta was able to win the first game of the series against Indiana behind a collective effort on both sides of court tonight. Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 28 points, while Paul Millsap added 23 points of his own. The Pacers were never in sync in this game, despite Paul George’s 24 points and 10 boards.

Clippers Lose Game 1, Blake Griffin Showers a Fan with Water

The Warriors committed 21 turnovers but the Clippers couldn’t take advantage; going down 109-105 in their homecourt. Blake Griffin entered early foul trouble and ultimately fouled out, closing the night with 16 points and 3 boards. The Warriors take an early lead on the series after the win tonight, with Klay Thompson leading the crew behind his 22 points and 7 rebounds.