May 8, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Ronnie Brewer (11) blocks the shot of Philadelphia 76ers power forward Elton Brand (42) during the second half of game five in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center. The Bulls won 77-69. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Playoffs: Tuesday Night Reaction

On the night, when four teams had a chance to close out their series, only one team did it, that team being the Indiana Pacers.  The Sixers, Celtics, and Lakers all blew chances to put away their respective opponents, and now have to play an extra game with another chance to close it out.


Atlanta Hawks  87            Boston Celtics  86 (Celtics Lead 3-2)

May 8, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Joe Johnson (2) and center Al Horford (15) celebrate defeating the Boston Celtics in game five of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 87-86. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE



Al Horford is back for the Hawks in a big way as he got some crucial baskets down in the late stages of this game.  He got 19 points and a huge steal at the end of the game to make sure the Hawks stay alive in this series.  Now the series heads back to Boston, where the home crowd should give the Celtics that fuel they need to put away the Hawks.








Chicago Bulls  77            Philadephia 76ers  69  (Sixers Lead 3-2)


In a game that saw a halftime score of Bulls 36 Sixers 25, this one felt like the first team to score 50 points wins.  But things got better in the second half, and the Bulls saved themselves from being eliminated.   Luol Deng had a good game of 24 points.  Carlos Boozer added 19 points, and now the series shifts back to Philadelphia, where who knows what might happen?












Denver Nuggets  102            Los Angeles Lakers 99 (Lakers Lead 3-2)

May 8, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward JaVale McGee (34) is defended by Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee (34) during game five of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at the Staples Center. The Nuggets defeated the Lakers 102-99. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE


Someone forgot to tell the Nuggets, everyone is ready to see Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers duke it out in the next round.  The Nuggets have put together two wins to keep themselves alive in this series.  Even with Kobe Bryant putting up 43 points, the Lakers couldn’t seal the deal in this one.  Now they head off to Denver, where they hope to finally put the nail in the coffin on this series, and focus the energy on the next round.


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