#NBAPlayoffs Roundup: May 11, 2015

Another game-winner, but no backboard involved this time. LeBron James hit a baseline jumper to beat the buzzer and tie the Cavs’ series with the Bulls, while the Clippers continued their mastery of the Houston Rockets in Game 4. Still think these 2015 NBA Playoffs aren’t as exciting as usual?

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

May 11, 2015:
Cleveland 86, Chicago 84
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James answered Derrick Rose's buzzer- beater with one of his own in Game 4. James, after being whistled for a costly offensive foul on the previous possession, caught an inbounds pass with 1.5 seconds remaining and hit a tough fadeaway from the left corner with Jimmy Butler in his face. The clutch shot gave the Cavaliers a thrilling 86-84 win and tied their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Bulls at two games apiece. The whirlwind finish mirrored the roller-coaster swings throughout the pivotal showdown, with Cleveland falling behind by as many as 11 after missing 13 straight shots at one point in the third quarter. J.R. Smith sparked the turnaround, scoring 11 of his 13 points during a 23-5 stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters. Timofey Mozgov also came up with several big buckets and finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. James took on an even bigger role with Kyrie Irving clearly limited with a foot injury. The former MVP played 43 minutes and totaled 25 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists while committing a game-high eight turnovers. Rose, two days after banking in a 3-pointer to steal Game 3, poured in 31 points for the Bulls and pulled them even with a scintillating drive to the basket with 9.1 seconds remaining.

LA Clippers 128, Houston 95
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeAndre Jordan was hacked early and often, setting a Los Angeles Clippers franchise playoff free-throw attempts record by halftime. But he didn't have to worry about his struggles from 15 feet away after the break. Another Clippers' third-quarter surge let Jordan off the hook. Jordan had 26 points and 17 rebounds, and the Clippers routed the Houston Rockets 128-95 to grab a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal. The opening 24 minutes were sloppy and slow, with Jordan visiting the charity stripe on seemingly every possession. He sunk just 10-of-28 free throws and the Clippers were a paltry 24-of-44 on their bonus shots as a team. LA, however, still led 60-54 at halftime and pulled away using a 21-4 run to begin the third quarter. Austin Rivers carried the Clippers during a third-quarter surge in Friday's Game 3 win. LA outscored Houston by 18 points in the third quarter on Sunday. Jordan finished 6-of-7 from the field and 14-of-34 from the foul line for the Clippers, who can wrap up the series Tuesday in Houston.


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