One after another, teams trotted into rowdy Oracle Arena the past two months confident they could cool off the NBA’s hottest team on their home floor. It took 113 points, 53 minutes and one big shot from a former MVP to finally make it happen.
It’s the second straight year Joakim Noah was named to the all-defensive first team.
The Denver Nuggets secured the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs by routing the Phoenix Suns 118-98 on Wednesday night behind 21 points from Wilson Chandler and 20 from Andre Iguodala.
Rajon Rondo helped his aging teammates keep their season going Saturday night, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in Game 7 against the 76ers to lead the Celtics to an 85-75 victory and into an Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Miami Heat.
Spencer Hawes scored 22 points and Jrue Holiday had 20 to help the surprising Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 89-82 on Sunday and take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is out for Game 4 of the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a sprained left ankle.
Jrue Holiday scored 26 points, Lou Williams added 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Chicago 109-92 on Tuesday night to even their first-round series in the Bulls’ first game since Derrick Rose’s season-ending knee injury.
Andre Iguodala helped the Philadelphia 76ers stamp themselves as a rising threat in the East, scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds in a 98-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
The Bulls and 76ers kept the first half close with the Bulls ahead just two points. Chicago struggled to score in the third period, allowing Philadelphia to make a strong lead and hand the Bulls their second loss in a row.
The Bulls got right back to their winning ways, after having their seven game win streak snapped just a few days ago.
ATHENS, Greece — The U.S. national basketball team finalized its roster for the world championships when Boston Celtics star Rajon Rondo asked to withdraw from consideration.