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April 25th, 2018
Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards
108-98 Raptors, Raptors lead series 3-2
Next Game: Game Six, Friday 4/27 @Milwaukee
The Raptors took down the Wizards at home, taking a 3-2 series lead over the Wizards. This game was back and forth throughout but the Raptors pulled away in the fourth. DeMar DeRozan had another great game, leading all scorers with 32 points. Kyle Lowry added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Delon Wright was spectacular off of the bench, with 18 points and five rebounds.
The Wizards fought for most of this game but were unable to pull away when it mattered most. John Wall had another great game, recording 26 points, nine assists, and nine rebounds. However, he turned the ball over seven times. Bradley Beal struggled a bit, scoring 20 points, shooting 8-20 from the field. This Washington team is a lot better at home, admittedly, and has a chance to send this series to seven.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers
98-95 Cavaliers, Cavaliers lead series 3-2
The Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Indiana Pacers at home in an absolute thriller. Indiana led for most of the first half but Cleveland took a 12 point lead in the third. The Pacers clawed all the way back, tying the game at 95. The Pacers intentionally switched LeBron onto Victor Oladipo, who had his shot pinned off of the glass. LeBron subsequently showed the world why he is one of the GOATs, burying a three as time expired. James had a spectacular game with 44 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. He had his 21st 40 point playoff game, passing Jerry West for second all time. Kyle Korver continues to shoot the lights out, scoring 19 points shooting 5-9 from deep, with six rebounds.
The Indiana Pacers played an abysmal game. They turned the ball over 14 times. They dug themselves into a 12 point hole. This is the fourth straight game that the Pacers had a double-digit lead in this series. They can’t keep digging these holes if they want to win. Victor Oladipo had an absolutely horrible game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds but shot 2-15 from the field. Domantas Sabonis had a great game, scoring 22 points and grabbing five rebounds. The Pacers can’t keep playing this poor if they want to stay alive in game six.
Next Game: Game Six, Friday 4/27 @Indiana
Past Full Court Press Editions
- Full Court Press: 50 Point Third Quarter Leads Houston Past Minnesota (4/23/18)
- Full Court Press: Warriors and 76ers Win Series 4-1, Celtics Top Bucks At Home (4/24/18)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz
98-95 Thunder, Jazz lead series 3-2
Next Game: Game Six, Friday 4/27 @Utah
Through two and a half quarters, this series looked over. The Jazz held an extremely comfortable 25 point lead and looked to cruise into the second round. However, Russell Westbrook had something else to say about that. He led a miraculous comeback; the Thunder outscored the Jazz 66-43 in the second half. Russell Westbrook is always going to play his heart out when his back is against the wall. He carried the Thunder, recording 45 points, seven assists, and 15 rebounds. Paul George scored 34 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Even more miraculously, nobody else on the Thunder scored in double digits.
The Jazz couldn’t hold it together in the second half. Jae Crowder strangely led the Jazz in scoring, dropping 27 and eight boards. Donovan Mitchell added 23 points and five rebounds. Ricky Rubio couldn’t orchestrate this offense going like he usually does, recording 10 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four turnovers. The Jazz turned the ball over 16 times tonight. For a Utah team that has been so rock-solid over the last three games, it was strange to see them completely implode tonight.
Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves
98-95 Rockets, Rockets win series 4-1
The Houston Rockets closed out this series with a comfortable win at home. The Rockets struggles once again in the first half; Minnesota led by 10 in the second quarter. Fortunately, another great third quarter helped them end this series. They led by as much as 20. Houston only turned the ball over four times, a Houston playoff record. Every Rocket starter scored in double digits and Eric Gordon added 19 off of the bench. James Harden scored 24 and dished 12 assists. Clint Capela closed out his incredible series leading Houston in scoring, adding 26 points and 15 rebounds. This Rockets team needs to get consistent with their offense to advance again in the playoffs.
The Timberwolves played a pretty good series. They fought hard in every game but were overwhelmed by the high-powered Rockets. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Jamal Crawford scored 20 off of the bench and Jeff Teague added 17 points and seven assists. This Timberwolves team turns to the offseason and looks to build around the core that they have.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.