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NBA Playoffs 2015: Bulls advance to Round 2 in epic fashion, Clippers force Game 7 vs. Spurs

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Here's what happened in the NBA Playoffs on Thursday.

Bulls guard Jimmy Butler went back to his old stomping grounds in Milwaukee where he scored 16 points in Chicago's big win. Butler played his college ball at Marquette.
Bulls guard Jimmy Butler went back to his old stomping grounds in Milwaukee where he scored 16 points in Chicago's big win. Butler played his college ball at Marquette.
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The Wizards continue to practice, rest and wait for their second round opponent. Meanwhile, we saw one Eastern Conference series come to an end while a Western Conference series will head to a pivotal Game 7.

Bulls annihilate the Bucks 120-66 in Game 6, face the Cavs in the second round

Of all the great Bulls teams over the years, whether in the Jerry Sloan era in the 1970's, or Michael Jordan's heyday in the 80's, and 90's, no team in franchise history was able to win by as many points as this one. Yes, the Bulls really won by 54 points!

This game showed the Bulls at their best, and the Bucks at their worst, as every Bulls starter scored in double digits, and no Buck scored in double figures. Here are the Four Factors numbers of this contest. Take a look at the fact that Chicago dominated Milwaukee in three of the four factors. The one factor they didn't win in, FT/FGA, is the least influential towards winning a game:

eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA
Bulls 59.44% 11.01% 23.81% 14.44%
Bucks 35.53% 17.58% 18.37% 15.79%

And I have a chart of them as well if you want a visual representation:

bucks bulls game 6

Finally, here are some other key scoring stats:

Bulls Bucks
Points in the Paint: 50 20
Second Chance Points: 22 5
Fastbreak Points: 22 6
Biggest Lead: 54 0

TL;dr version: When a team dominates like this, a blowout of these proportions is not a total surprise. The Bulls now face the Cavaliers in the second round.

Clippers edge the Spurs 102-96 in Game 6 on the road

Neither team led by more than ten points in this game. In fact, there were nine ties and five lead changes. But the Clips were able to get a small lead late in the third quarter and never relinquished it from that point on.

Because L.A. was never able to lead by more than six points at any point in the fourth quarter -- despite never losing the lead -- Clippers owner Steve Ballmer had an emotional moment:

Gotta give props to this man. He is a fan who is living in the moment, probably more so than anyone else on the team.

Game 7 is in L.A. on Saturday, May 2, at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. I am fairly confident that NBA fans and world-renowned boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao won't start their long-awaited fight in Las Vegas until this series is settled. Pacquiao at least has precedent doing so in the past when the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat played a crucial Game 7 in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.

Friday's NBA Playoff Games

There's only one match Friday, as the Brooklyn Nets host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of their series. If the Hawks can pull it off tonight, they will face the Wizards in the second round. Game 1 of that series will likely be on Sunday at Philips Arena. However, if the Nets win tonight, there will still be a home game at Philips Arena -- it will just be Game 7 of this series, which is a bit more exciting than it should be under normal circumstances.

Game time is at 8 p.m. ET.