Chicago Bulls -(45-37) 90 – Brooklyn (49-33) 82
Some would say that it was Chicago’s 48 Percent shooting that took them over the top, some would say it was their defense that held Brooklyn to 35 percent, some would say it was their 3rd quarter, 22 – 11 run, some would say the game was won on the boards where Chicago out rebounded Brooklyn, 44-39. Some would say. Some would be wrong. As much as it pains me to say this, it was the return of Joakim Noah that was the difference for Chicago. They are just a different team when he is on the court. He has an injury to his foot, so bad that he couldn’t even run up the court Saturday night, but he fought through it last night and helped his team take a win from the home team Brooklyn Nets. Joakim would finish the night with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists. Nazr Mohammed played 17:37 minutes and had 8 points with 2 rebounds and 1 assist. Marquis Teague did not play due to a coaches decision.
Keith Bogans played almost 13 minutes for Brooklyn but did not score. He did have 2 assists. The teams will next meet up in Chicago for game 3.
Los Angeles Clippers (56-26) 93 – Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) 91
Eric Bledsoe-Guard-Los Angeles
The Clippers now take a 2 game lead over Memphis but it didn’t come easy. The game was put on the shoulders of Chris Paul as he put up a last second shot; a shot that went through for the win. Most kids grow up dreaming about making a last second shot for their teams victory, but Chris Paul lived it. Memphis did all they could to steal an away game but they fell just a little short. All of the starters scored in double figures except Tayshaun Prince who had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist.
Eric Bledsoe came in for the Clippers scoring 8 points with 4 rebounds and 1 assist. The teams next meeting will be at Memphis for game 3.