Thursday 22 March 2018 / 09:01 PM

Cavs, Bulls & Warriors take 3-0 leads

Golden State Warriors 123 – 119 New Orleans Pelicans

Down 20 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Warriors rallied back to send the game into overtime. Golden State outscored New Orleans 39-19 in that fourth quarter, grabbing 10 offensive rebounds to fuel the spectacular comeback, topped off with a Curry three in the corner to tie the game 104-104 with just two seconds on the game clock.

The Pelicans used an impressive 19-0 run in the second quarter to take a double-digit lead, which lasted until deep into the fourth quarter. Anthony Davis (29 points and 15 rebounds) and the rest of the Pelicans were not able to keep the Warriors off the offensive glass in the fourth, fueling the Warriors’ comeback with 16 second-chance points in the final period.

Curry led his team with 40 points and 9 assists, 15 points coming in the fourth quarter and overtime. He drained a three at the start of the extra period and the Warriors never looked back, beating New Orleans 123-119 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

Chicago Bulls 113 – 106 Milwaukee Bucks

Trailing the series 2-0, the Milwaukee Bucks got out of the gates in furious fashion, grabbing an 18-point with five minutes to play in the second quarter. GiannisAntetokounmpo was hot, scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half.

The Bulls did not give in, and tied the game halfway the third quarter on an athletic drive to the basket by Rose. Chicago appeared to have things wrapped up, leading by 10 with less than three minutes to go in regulation. The Bucks responded, however, in the form of forward Middleton, who scored 8 points in the final 100 seconds of the game, including a bucket that gave Milwaukee a 95-94 lead, with just 10 seconds to go.

Derrick Rose missed a free-throw at the end of regulation that would have handed Chicago the victory, but he atoned for the miss, outscoring the Bucks single-handedly 6-5 in the second overtime. The Bulls scored the first 8 points in the second overtime to take home the victory and a 3-0 series lead. Rose looked like the Rose of old, scoring 34 points (5-of-9 from downtown) and adding 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in 48 minutes of play, the most he played in a single game since 2011.

Cleveland Cavaliers 103 – 95 Boston Celtics

The Bulls aren’t the only side leading their series 3-0. Their likely second round match-up, the Cleveland Cavaliers, took control of their series last night, holding off a well-coached Celtics team, and are looking to wrap up the series in Boston on Sunday night (3AM AEST).

Lebron James was aggressive throughout the entire game, scoring 31 points and pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds, and Kevin Love had his best playoff performance of his career, adding 23 points while shooting 6-of-10 from beyond the arc.

The game went back and forth, as no team was able to take a double-digit lead until the fourth quarter, when the Cavaliers jumped out to an 11-point lead, with James scoring his team’s first 7 points of the quarter. Cleveland controlled the game the rest of the way.

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