Over the last two days, the first games of all eight playoff series have been completed, and they have been nothing short of thrilling. With predictables, thrillers, and upsets, the NBA playoffs have kicked off with a bang.
Bobcats vs. Heat (88-99)
As planned, the Heat took care of the Bobcats without any issues in Game 1. LeBron James led the way with 27 points and 9 rebounds, complementing Dwayne Wade’s 23. Chris Bosh had an off game, shooting a disappointing 4-13 from the field. However, the effort was enough, with Kemba Walker‘s 20 and Jefferson’s 18 points going down with the ship.
Hawks vs. Pacers (101-93)
The Pacers continued to struggle on Saturday, falling to the Hawks by 8. Marcus Teague (28) and Paul Millsap (25) led the way in points over Paul George‘s rebound-point double double. Neither team shot to its liking, but the Pacers particularly struggled, shooting a mere 42% from the floor. The Pacers will have to step it up in Game 2, or their hopes for a title will fall well flat.
Nets vs. Raptors (94-87)
On Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 94-87 in a thriller. Joe Johnson had a great game, shooting 8-13 with 24 points and 8 boards. Deron Williams also broke out, putting up 24 points. However, the Raptors kept it competitive until the bitter end. Kyle Lowry put up 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists in the loss, and Jonas Valaciunas racked up 18 boards. The Nets looked strong in the first game, and look to continue their hot streak into Game 2.
Wizards vs. Bulls (102-93)
The Washington Wizards pulled out an important road win with a score of 102-93. Nene had an impressive showing, racking up 24 points with eight rebounds. All 5 Washington starters ended the game with double digits in points, resulting in an all-around, balanced effort. The Bulls also had 5 starters in double figures point wise, but no leader emerged. The Wizards look to steal another road win on Tuesday, as an upset alert is in effect.
- Tim Sauchuk is a Staff Writer for ProSportsExtra.com