The Chicago Bulls completed a 4-0 sweep of the defending NBA Champions Sunday night. The Bulls erased a four point halftime deficit and just destroyed the Miami Heat in the second half by the score of 48-31. Not only was this sweep historic for the NBA, but it also became the first series win for the Bulls since Michael Jordan was winning championships in the Windy City. The Bulls became only the sixth team in NBA history to sweep the defending NBA Champions and oddly enough, three of the six teams to be swept, were all coached by Pat Riley. Hmm, how bout that.
Ben Gordon was once again, led the Bulls in scoring with 24 points, he also had 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 rebounds. Luol Deng contributed with double-double, he had 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals and an assist. For the Heat, Dwayne Wade led the team in points and assists on his way to a double-double. Wade had 24 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds and 1 block. Besides Wade, the rest of the Heat team did nothing to help him and that was one of the main factors on why they were so outmatched this series, that and they were way too old to keep up with the speedy, young stars of the Buls.
Chicago will advance to the 2nd round to face the top overall seed in the East, the Detroit Pistons, who cruised past the Orlando Magic in 4 games as well.
The New Jersey Net's jumped all over the Toronto Raptors early and often. From the start of the game, the were running and scoring at will. Just two nights after never trailing and leading by as much as 21, New Jersey was behind for all of 15 seconds in this one and was ahead by 33 at one point. New Jersey has taken a different approach this post season. They are running, making smart shot selections and pouring it on in the beginning of the game. It also doesn't hurt when Vince Carter is scoring damn near 30 points every night and Jason Kidd is flirting with a triple-double.
Vince Carter led all scorers with 27 points, he also added 7 assists, 7 rebounds and a block. After struggling in the first two games of the series, Carter has been averaging 32 points per game over the last two contests. Jason Kidd was very close to back-to-back triple-doubles, he scored 17 points, 13 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. And with Richard Jefferson having a big game, the Nets looked unstoppable. Jefferson scored 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Nets next game is in Toronto tonight, so you can expect plenty of "VC sucks" chants. But we'll win this one and send the Raptors back home. Just let it slide that I said we're going to "send the home" even though it's a home game for the Raptors. The game is on TNT.
Here's a great alley-hoop from Jason Kidd to Vinsanity in game 4 of the playoffs. Enjoy.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007