Cavaliers 99-94 Bulls
The Cavaliers win 99-94. James scores a triple-double (20 points, 12 assists, ten rebounds), Irving scores 27 points. Dunvealy scores 24 points and Brooks scores 17 for the Bulls. Coach Blatt:
I’ve been doing this a long time, I’ve never seen three like that in one game.
The basketball gods were on their side today.
James on Irving’s three-point shoots:
I told him to just throw it up there and see what happens, and it went in. I told him to just cast it, and it definitely was the difference in the game.
Some I thought were defended well, some weren’t. They had three heaves that went in.
Bulls 89-78 Heat
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.
Bulls 120-66 Bucks Game 5
The Bulls win 120-66. Dunleavy scores 20 points, Gasol scores 19 points and Butler scores 16 points. Pachulia scores 8 points for the Bucks. Chicago wins series 4-2.
Dunleavy on Bucks:
They had some momentum in the series, won a couple in a row. We came out on their court and put it on them. That’s frustrating. If anybody’s been there before, that’s frustrating, and I understand that.
Coach Thibodeau on Bulls victory:
It looks a lot better when the ball goes in. The thing that you want to make sure of is, sometimes you don’t have control over when the ball goes in or doesn’t go in. If they are the right shots, you want to shoot them. You do have control over your intensity, your concentration.
It was definitely a tough battle all series. To just win like that is exactly what you needed. You go into the next series with a lot of confidence. We had to do a lot of soul searching this series.
Bulls 99-96 Cavaliers Game 3
The Bulls win 99-96. Rose scores 30 points, Butler scores 20 points. James scores 27 points and 14 assists for the Cavaliers. Chicago leads East Semifinals 2-1. Rose on Game 3 performance:
I’m just thankful and grateful that my teammates gave me the ball. They believed in me down the stretch. They kept getting me the ball, kept encouraging me to play the way that I usually play. And no, I did not call glass.
Butler on Game 3 win:
It was huge. We needed that. That’s what he does.
James on Game 3:
You follow the game plan, they make a shot – you live with it. It’s when you make mistakes during the game plan, those would be the ones that are hard to live with. I know it’s easy for me to say that. The shot was not made on me. The guy took a tough shot. Tip your hat to him.
On Noah hard foul:
I’m a father with three kids. It got very disrespectful. I’m OK with competing against Jo. I love the competitive nature, but we should leave it there. The disrespectful words that he said to me were uncalled for.