Tip-Off for 4/26/13 (featuring Giancarlo Esposito): Chicago Bulls outlast the Brooklyn Nets 79-76, lead series 2-1; Memphis Grizzlies get back into series with LA Clippers with 94-82 victory

(Wall Street Journal)

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Kris Humphries gets punched on by Chicago’s Taj Gibson.

The Chicago Bulls got a split against the Nets in Brooklyn with hopes of feeding off some home cooking in their return home for Game 3. The Bulls were able to grind it out and make it ugly — holding off the Brooklyn Nets 79-76.

The Memphis Grizzlies felt Game 2 against the LA Clippers was theirs for the taking. Back in Memphis for Game 3, the Grizzlies and Zach Randolph were able to play at their pace. Their deliberate approach paid off as they defeated the Clippers 94-82, but they still trail the series 2-1.

Heat 104 – Bucks 91 – The Miami Heat have pushed the Milwaukee Bucks one game closer to extinction. Ray Allen scored 23 points and LeBron James added 23 points for Miami. Allen made 5 of 8 three pointers as the Heat took a 3-0 series lead. Larry Sanders led the Bucks with 16 points and 11 rebounds. For the second consecutive game, Milwaukee’s  back court of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings was held in check — combining for 23 points.

Heat lead 3-0.

Bulls 79 – Nets 76 – The Bulls nearly blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, but they were able to hold of the Nets rally. The Nets had leads of 17-5 and 33-21 in the first half. Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 22 points and Reggie Evans grabbed 12 rebounds. Taj Gibson threw down another memorable playoff posterizer. Here is one from 2011. 

Bulls lead 2-1.

Grizzlies 94 – Clippers 82 – The Grizzlies were relentless in pounding the ball in the paint to Zach Randolph and Paul Gasol. Randolph led the Grizzlies with 27 points and 11 rebounds while Gasol added 22 and 8. Memphis won the battle on the boards 45-33. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 16 points.

Clippers lead 2-1.

The Lineup:

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President praises “brave men” killed in fertilizer explosion (Wall Street Journal).

NBA will not eliminate the Hack-a-Shaq Rule (Pro Basketball Talk).

Geno Smith needs to remember Warren Sapp (CBS).

Marathon Bombing suspect moved to prison (BBC).

Luol Deng gets Gerald Wallace (Ball Is Life).

The 15 highest paying careers (Huffington Post).

E.J. Manuel goes to Bills with 16th pick (Associated Press).

Check out War Room Sports (War Room Sports).

 

Happy Birthday to Giancarlo Esposito b.k.a. “Buggin Out”

 

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