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NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

Roundup of yesterday's NBA game results:

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LeBron scores 46, Cavaliers hold off Pacers to even series
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference series at one game apiece. Dazzling from the start, James scored the game's first 16 points and had 29 at halftime, dominating the way he has in so many previous postseasons... Kevin Love scored 15, but Cleveland's All-Star center injured his left hand, the same one he broke earlier this season, with 3:43 left... Oladipo scored 22 - he was in early foul trouble - and Myles Turner 18 for the Pacers, who shocked the Cavs with an overpowering win in Game 1.

Jazz beat Thunder 102-95, tie series at 1-1
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Utah Jazz defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-95 on Wednesday night and tie their Western Conference playoff series at one win game apiece. Derrick Favors had career playoff bests of 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz, and Ricky Rubio had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the first playoff win of his seven-year career. Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Thunder. Paul George, who scored 36 points in Game 1, finished with 18 on 6-for-21 shooting. Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points, but made just six of 18 shots.

InsideHoops.com notes: In the win, Donovan Mitchell shot 10-of-25, missed all seven of his three-point attempts, but still led the Jazz with 28 points. Ricky Rubio had 22 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Derrick Favors shot 8-of-14 for 20 points, and grabbed 16 rebounds. Rudy Gobert scored 13, and filled the rest of the stat-sheet with 15 rebounds, two steals and three blocks. In the loss for OKC, Russell Westbrook shot 7-of-19 for 19 points, nine rebounds, 13 assists and four steals, Paul George shot just 6-of-21 for 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, and Carmelo Anthony shot just 6-of-18 for 17 points, nine rebounds and no assists.

Paul, Green help Rockets rout Timberwolves 102-82 in Game 2
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- Chris Paul had 27 points and Gerald Green came off the bench to score 21 as the Houston Rockets used a huge second quarter to cruise to a 102-82 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night that gave them a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Houston fell behind early, but went on top for good with a 37-point second quarter, powered by four 3-pointers from Green, and the Wolves didn't threaten again. The top-seeded Rockets won the opener by three behind a 44-point performance from James Harden on a night when most of the team struggled offensively. Things were much different on Wednesday when Harden had just 12 points as one of four Rockets who finished in double figures. Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns had another disappointing game, scoring all of his five points in the first quarter, after being criticized for finishing with eight in the series opener.



NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018

Roundup of yesterday's NBA game results:

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DeRozan scores 37, Raptors win Game 2, beat Wizards 130-111
The AP reports: TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan's big game put the Toronto Raptors in a place they've never been before: up 2-0 in a playoff series. DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night as Toronto took a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history... Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a career playoff-high 12 assists as Toronto set team playoff records for points in a quarter, a half, and a game. C.J. Miles scored 18, Delon Wright had 11 and Serge Ibaka 10 for the Raptors, who snapped an NBA-worst 10-game losing streak in Game 1s with a 114-106 win on Saturday.

Brown scores 30, Celtics roll to 120-106 win over Bucks
The AP reports: BOSTON -- The Celtics knew they'd need their younger players to step up this postseason with Kyrie Irving sidelined for the postseason. They have, and it's added up to 2-0 lead in Boston's first-round matchup with Milwaukee. Jaylen Brown had a playoff career-high 30 points and the Celtics pulled away into second half to earn a 120-106 win over the Bucks on Tuesday night. Terry Rozier added 23 points. Game 3 is Friday in Milwaukee.The Celtics led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter as their ball movement overwhelmed the Bucks.

Holiday has 33 and Pelicans beat the Blazers to go up 2-0
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jrue Holiday had a career playoff-high 33 points and the New Orleans Pelicans took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 111-102 victory on Tuesday night. Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Pelicans, who host the Blazers on Thursday as the series shifts to New Orleans. Anthony Davis added 22 points and 13 rebounds. CJ McCollum, who struggled with backcourt teammate Damian Lillard in the opener, rebounded with 22 points to lead the Blazers.



NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018

Roundup of yesterday's NBA game results:

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Wade turns back the clock and 76ers in Game 2 Heat victory
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Dwyane Wade snuffed out one 76ers' rally by popping a 16-foot fadeaway with the shot clock ticking down. Wade made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way. Wade was up, the Sixers were down and suddenly, a series. The Heat had to have this one - a brooding Joel Embiid is angling for a comeback. Wade turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to end the 76ers' 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night and even the first-round playoff series... Simmons, who had a triple-double in the opener, led the Sixers with 24 points and Saric had 23.

InsideHoops.com notes: Joel Embiid still hasn't returned yet and did not play tonight... James Johnson shot 7-of-7 for 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block and 3 steals... Kelly Olynyk had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists off the bench... Dario Daric scored 23 with 9 rebounds and 4 assists, but he took 21 shots and also had 5 turnovers.

Durant, Thompson lead Warriors to a 2-0 series lead on Spurs
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant sparked a decisive third-quarter run on the way to 32 points, Klay Thompson added 31 points and five assists in another superb playoff performance and the Golden State Warriors rallied in the second half to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-101 on Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series... LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 for the Spurs and Rudy Gay moved into the starting lineup and scored 12 points.

InsideHoops.com notes: LaMarcus Aldridge was excellent. He simply didn't have enough help... The Spurs hit just 4-of-28 threes... The Warriors barely missed, shooting 52.5% FG and 48.4% threes... The Warriors are still without Stephen Curry. He'll likely miss the entire first round.



NBA DAILY FOR MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018

Roundup of yesterday's NBA game results:

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Celtics survive wild finish, hold off Bucks 113-107 in OT
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Boston coach Brad Stevens loves the postseason because it offers a chance to "bust narratives." The Celtics took their first step toward shattering the belief they can't win without their biggest stars. Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Boston overcame Khris Middleton's long 3 that beat the fourth-quarter buzzer, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 113-107 in overtime Sunday to open the playoffs... Terry Rozier added 23 points, four rebounds and three assists for Boston in his first career playoff start. Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points. Rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 10 rebounds... Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- LeBron James figured he had experienced everything in 12 postseasons. Turns out, there was something new. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and Indiana outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in the series opener, handing James and the Cavaliers' their first loss in the opening round in eight years... James scored 24 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career triple-double. But James got little help as Cleveland's four other starters - Kevin Love, Jeff Green, Rodney Hood and George Hill - combined for 25 points.

Paul George scores 36, leads Thunder past Jazz
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- On Saturday, Thunder forward Paul George told reporters about an alter-ego he calls "Playoff P." On Sunday, he gave the media, his teammates and the Utah Jazz a formal introduction. He scored 36 points to help Oklahoma City defeat Utah 116-108 in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series Sunday night... George set an Oklahoma City playoff record with eight 3-pointers, blowing past the previous mark of five. He made eight of 11 shots from long range, and 13 of 20 shots overall... Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists and Anthony added 15 points for the Thunder, who will host Game 2 on Wednesday.

Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Wolves 104-101
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- Trailing by 1 in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Houston Rockets needed someone to step up. No surprise that it was James Harden who came through. Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that allowed the Rockets to outlast the Timberwolves 104-101 Sunday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series... Harden shot 7 for 12 on 3-pointers, but Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Paul combined to make just 3 of their 22 tries... Ryan Anderson missed the game with a sprained left ankle.



NBA DAILY FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018

Roundup of yesterday's NBA game results:

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Durant, defending champ Warriors get defensive, beat Spurs
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors had something to prove all right: Oh yes, they plan to stay on top in these playoffs despite a disappointing finish to the regular season. Kevin Durant helped the defending champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and the Warriors returned to their old dominant selves at playoff time to beat the cold-shooting San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on Saturday... Thompson found his shooting touch and scored 27 points, making 11 of 13 shots, while 7-footer JaVale McGee started in Steve Kerr's center-by-committee approach and contributed 15 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in 16 minutes. Green contributed 12 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench as leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge was limited to 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting.

InsideHoops.com note: Stephen Curry remains out, at least for the first round.

Ibaka scores 23, Raptors win Game 1, beat Wizards 114-106
The AP reports: TORONTO -- Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Toronto Raptors snapped a 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating the Washington Wizards 114-106 on Saturday. DeMar DeRozan added 17 points, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby each had 12, and Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists for the Raptors, whose only previous victory in the opening game of a playoff series came in the second round against Philadelphia in 2001. Toronto entered having lost an NBA-worst 10 consecutive Game 1s since, including six at home... John Wall had 23 points and 15 assists for the Wizards, while Markieff Morris had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bradley Beal scored 19 points for Washington, while Mike Scott had 14 and Marcin Gortat 12.

Without Embiid, 76ers roll past Heat in playoff opener
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and the Philadelphia 76ers romped again without Joel Embiid, beating the Miami Heat 130-103 on Saturday night for their 17th straight win. Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye. The All-Star center has been hopeful he can return early in the series. The Sixers could end this one early with Embiid back in the lineup... JJ Redick scored 28 points to lead the Sixers, who host Game 2 on Monday. Belinelli had 25 and Ilyasova 17... Kelly Olynyk led the Heat with 26 points.

Davis scores 35, Pelicans hold off Blazers 97-95 in Game 1
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Anthony Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trail Blazers 97-95 on Saturday night in Game 1 of their playoff series. Jrue Holiday added 21 points, outplaying both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and had a big blocked shot in the closing seconds as New Orleans held on after Portland erased almost all of a 19-point deficit. Rajon Rondo finished with 17 assists, eight rebounds and six points as New Orleans won the backcourt battle on top of Davis dominating the interior. Lillard finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while McCollum had 19 points.