NBA News 4/1/16: Bulls Stun Rockets, Pull to Within One Game of Final Playoff Spot
NBA Player Updates 4/1: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 1, 2016
Today’s April Fool’s Day, but the NBA lineup coming this evening is no joke. We have 10 matchups to look forward to, but before we get to those let’s take our daily look at some of the notable players and stats in the news.
Cavaliers-Nets: Last night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the Cavs took care of business against the visiting Nets, grabbing a 107-87 victory. LeBron James scored 24 here, and he’s now 12th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, just ahead of Dominique Wilkins. Cleveland is now 53-22 overall, leading the Eastern Conference by 2 ½ games over Toronto.
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Bulls-Rockets: The Bulls were down by nine points during the fourth quarter in Houston last night, but overcame the deficit to edge the Rockets 103-100 and inch closer to a playoff berth. Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points here, while Jimmy Butler added 21. Chicago outscored Houston 32-20 in that final frame to win their second straight, which followed a four-game skid. The Bulls are one game back of the Pacers for that last slot in the East, and hold the tiebreaker there.
Clippers-Thunder: The Clippers were nailing loads of 3-point shots here, but with the Thunder controlling the boards, something had to give. That came on Steven Adams’ late tip-in which carried the Thunder to a 119-117 victory. Kevin Durant put up 31 points here, while Russell Westbrook had 26 points and 11 assists. L.A. shot 16-of-29 from 3-point range; the Thunder outrebounded the Clippers 46-26. The Thunder now lead the Clippers by 5 ½ games for the No. 3 seed in the West.
Blazers-Celtics: Over in Portland, Al-Farouq Aminu powered the Blazers to a 116-109 victory over the Celtics. He scored a career-best 28 points, also managing a career-high six 3-pointers to help the Blazers win their sixth straight at home--a season-high. Portland is in the No. 6 slot in the west after the win; the Celtics were in fourth but fell to No. 6 after the loss.
NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the league’s daily schedule. Let’s check out the matchups, times and channels where you can find all the action.
Friday, April 1, 2016:
7:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia 76ers at Charlotte Hornets (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST, CSN)
7:30 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons (FS DETROIT, FSSW)
Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks (MSG, YES)
8:00 PM ET:
Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks (ESPN, FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST, FSOHIO)
Toronto Raptors at Memphis Grizzlies (FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST, SPORTSNET ONE)
Orlando magic at Milwaukee Bucks (FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN, FS FLORIDA)
9:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah Jazz (ROOT)
10:00 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Sacramento Kings (CSN-CA, FOX SPORTS SUN)
10:30 PM ET:
Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors (ESPN, SPORTSNET ONE, CEN BAY AREA, CSNHD)
Washington Wizards at Phoenix Suns (FSAZ, CSN+)
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