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Friday was another wild night in the NBA playoffs. Chicago and Houston both avoided going down 3 games to 0, a fate which no NBA team has ever returned from. But we will start with the first game of the night:

Brooklyn Nets 102 - Toronto Raptors 98

The Nets let a 15 point 4th quarter lead dwindle, and nearly let the Raptors catch up. DeMar DeRozen was Toronto's leading scorer, and reached 30 points for the second game in a row.

The Nets were led by Joe Johnson (29 points) and Deron Williams (22 points), but Paul Pierce chipped in 18 (including a sweet cross-over and dunk on Tyler Hansbrough) and a gritty, emotional Kevin Garnett got the Brooklyn crowd fired up late in the 2nd quarter (highlight videos below courtesy of The Brooklyn Game). KG also did a bit of coaching, giving Mason Plumlee a few pointers on the sideline.

Click here for full Nets-Raptors game highlights and recap.





Chicago Bulls 100 - Washington Wizards 97

The Chicago Bulls finally got on the board with a win against the Wizards behind Mike Dunleavy's 35 points (shooting 8 of 10 from 3 point range - video below), but the game came down to the wire. Jimmy Butler hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter (including a go-ahead 3 with 24 seconds left in the game), but perhaps the most memorable moment from the game was his scuffle with Washington's Nene.

Nene was ejected at 8:28 in the 4th quarter after he headbutted Butler and grabbed his neck (Muay Thai clinch style, minus the knees). Video of the altercation below by G4NBAVideosHD. After the incident, Chicago scored the next 5 points, but Washington rallied and nearly made a comeback in the final minutes. Bradley Beal played a huge role for Washington, and scored 13 of his 25 points in the 4th quarter. John Wall scored 23 points and had 7 assists.

Click here for full Bulls-Wizards game highlights and recap.





Houston Rockets 121 - Portland Trailblazers 116

Like Chicago, Houston also avoided going down 0-3, but they needed some overtime heroics from rookie Troy Daniels to do so. With 11 seconds remaining in overtime, Daniels (who spent most of this season in the D-League, playing only 5 games for the Rockets) made a 3-point shot to give  Houston the lead. Game-winner highlight clip below from G4NBAVideosHD.

James Harden broke out of his slump with 37 points for the Rockets, a career playoff high. Leading Portland in scoring was Damian Lillard with 30 points, including a crazy circus shot and-1 (video below). Nick Batum contributed 26 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 23 (after scoring over 40 in each of the two previous playoff games).

Click here for full Rockets-Trailblazers highlights and recap.





Danielle Hobeika 4/26/2014 03:15:00 AM Edit
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