The Bulls win 89-78. Gasol scores a double-double (16 points and 15 rebounds), Aaron Brooks scores 14 points and Rose scores 12 points. For the Heat, Whiteside scores a double-double (19 points and 16 rebounds), Dragic scores 15 points and Beasley scores 13 points. Gasol:
Once we started getting into them, getting rebounds, containing them to one shot, things turned around.
Noah on Chicago’s first half:
It was embarrassing.
We’re all frustrated. We’re all embarrassed when you’re in those situations and you can’t stop an avalanche like that.
You just keep coming back until they tell you your season is over. This team has been through a lot. A loss, a bad 24 minutes, that’s not going to deter us from coming back and doing our job.
The Heat wins 105-100. Dragic scores 28 points, Deng scores 21 points, and Wade scores 19 points. Henderson scores 29 points, Walker scores 17 points and Williams scores 15 points for the Hornets. Coach Spoelstra:
That’s how tough it is to win in this league. You’ve got to make a lot of plays and play all the way to the end.
We were talking before the game, this was a playoff game…Tonight was a must-win for us.
Tonight was a big game. We’ve played all the teams that are in the mix there with us, and we lost to them all. It’s never good.
The Pistons win 89-88. Jackson scores 29 points, Drummond scores a double-double (11 points and 17 rebounds). Wade scores 24 points, Dragic scores 21 points and Whiteside scores a double-double (13 points and 12 rebounds) for the Heat. Coach Van Gundy:
Reggie really stepped up. We had a talk about him wanting to have the opportunity to be ‘the guy.’ Well, ‘the guy’ can’t be tired. I thought he…was not the least bit afraid to take the game on his shoulders tonight.
You gotta go. There’s no excuses, This is something I have been asking for my entire life, something I have always wanted. I want to be the man, and you have to go be special…Everything is kind of on my shoulders. We go as I go, so just continue to be aggressive, attack and make the right plays. You have to go chase it.
I really don’t remember a defensive stop other than the second-to-last play in the last five minutes. (Jackson) made every big play and we just couldn’t get a relief stop or a relief bucket down the stretch.
The Spurs wins 95-81 over Heat. Leonard scores 22 points, nine rebounds and four steals, Parker scores 16 points and plays his 1,000 the NBA game, Duncan has a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds). Dragic scores 19 points, Wade scores 15 points. Coach Popovich:
We played good D.
When you see all of the names and obviously all of the history in the NBA, that’s pretty cool.
He has a way of knocking it all sideways.