NBA Playoffs Roundup: April 24, 2015

This day put to rest any doubt about whether the 2015 NBA Playoffs carried any excitement excitement. Boston put up a helluva fight, and two OT games? Yes, this is why we all love the NBA postseason. 

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

April 24, 2015:
Cleveland 103, Boston 95
Boston, MA ( - LeBron James and the Cavaliers finally shook the Celtics, building a series lead no NBA team has ever squandered. Kevin Love helped them do it, hitting a couple of late 3-pointers in his best game of the series so far. James had 31 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2-seeded Cleveland beat Boston 103-95 on Thursday night for a 3-0 lead in their first- round set. Love, playing in the postseason for the first time, added 23 points and nine rebounds. He made six 3-pointers, including two in the final 2 1/2 minutes as the Celtics tried to scrape their way back into it. He had 12 points in the first half after scoring 13 in all of Game 2, which the Cavs won 99-91 on Tuesday. J.R. Smith chipped in 15 points, Kyrie Irving scored 13 and Tristan Thompson had 12 for the Cavs. The Celtics will also host Game 4 on Sunday, but no NBA team has ever won a seven-game series after trailing 3-0. Evan Turner led them with 19 points, Avery Bradley scored 18 and Jae Crowder added 16 off the bench.

Chicago 113, Milwaukee 106 (2-OT)
Milwaukee, WI ( - The Chicago Bulls were resilient on Thursday night and no one more so than former MVP Derrick Rose. Rose bounced back from a subpar performance to score 34 points with eight assists and five rebounds and help the Bulls take a 3-0 series lead with a 113-106 double- overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks. Rose, who was held scoreless in the first half of Game 2 and finished with 15 points, spearheaded a 12-0 run to open the second overtime period. Jimmy Butler deposited 24 points and Pau Gasol chipped in 17 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for Chicago, which squandered a 10-point lead in the final three minutes of regulation before battling for the win. Giannis Antetokounmpo had the best playoff game of his young career, pouring in 25 points with 12 rebounds in for Milwaukee. Michael Carter-Williams went for 19 points and nine assists.

Golden State 123, New Orleans 119 (OT)
New Orleans, LA ( - They'll talk about Stephen Curry's shot for a long time -- a 3-pointer from the corner with two players charging right at him. But this Warriors comeback started closer to the rim. Curry knocked down a game-tying 3 in the final seconds of regulation and No. 1-seeded Golden State beat New Orleans 123-119 in overtime on Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Curry's shot brought the Warriors all the way back from a 20-point deficit at the end of the third quarter and came after the team's 10th offensive rebound of the fourth, on a Curry miss. Golden State, which was pestered by the eighth-seeded Pelicans while winning Games 1 and 2 at home, will have a chance to close out the series on Saturday. The Pelicans will play host again, but are facing historically bad odds. No NBA team has ever won a postseason series down 3-0, and trying to do it after a letdown as big as this might put them in an even steeper hole. The Warriors were only the third team in NBA history to win a playoff game after trailing by 20 points entering the fourth quarter. Curry was 7-of-18 from long distance and had 40 points, including seven in overtime, which he opened with a 3 to give the Warriors the lead for the first time since there were two minutes left in the first quarter. Klay Thompson added 28 points and Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston each scored 12, but made even bigger contributions on the offensive glass. Anthony Davis had 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead New Orleans. Ryan Anderson contributed off the bench, scoring 26, and Tyreke Evans added 19 points.

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