BASKETBALL: NBA playoffs Game One Round up

The NBA game one fixtures in the NBA served up some interesting results as the Warriors,Spurs and Miami Heat got some interesting wins,Irving propelled the Cavaliers to a comeback win while Paul George dominated the Raptors as the Pacers got a vital game one win in Toronto.Here is the round up of the weekend fixtures. 

Stephen Curry scored 24 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 104-78 on Saturday in their playoff opener.Draymond Green added 12 points and 10 rebounds as top-seeded Golden State carried momentum from setting the all-time wins record Wednesday night with No. 73 into a testy playoff opener some 60 hours later.Dwight Howard had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Harden was limited to four fouls and four points in the first half before helping Houston narrow a 27-point deficit to 16 late in the third.The Cavs topped Detroit by a 106-101 score in the opening bout of the team’s first round series, but not before the Pistons gave Cleveland all it could handle in defeat.Cavs star LeBron James was again the straw that stirred the drink while scaring opponents on either end, but it was Kyrie Irving (a team-leading 31 points) and Kevin Love (28 points, in his fifth career postseason game) that put Cleveland over the top.James, however, was the tipping point. LeBron dished out 11 assists and scored 22 points with two steals and two blocks alongside superior defense in the win. He turned the ball over just once, in the fourth quarter, leading a Cavalier charge that saw the team coughing it up just four times in the game.Luol Deng made quite the impact in his first playoff game with the Miami Heat. Shuffling back and forth between big and small forward, Deng went off for 31 points on Sunday as the Heat dominated the Charlotte Hornets in a 123-91 win.

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The Spurs peeled off a dominant 106-74 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday, taking a 1-0 series lead in the process. The beatdown was what one would presume when notified that a 67-win team would be taking on a Memphis outfit working without two All-Stars, with the Grizz handing heavy minutes over to midseason pickups.Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 20 points in the win, sparking up several fast breaks with his four steals and three blocks, playing just 28 minutes in the blowout.The third-seeded Thunder opened Game 1 on a 15-2 run, led by 26 at the half, and entered the fourth quarter with an absurd 42-point advantage on their way to a laughably one-sided 108-70 blowout at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Mavericks managed just 51 points through the first three periods and shot 29.8 percent from the field over 48 minutes for one of the franchise’s worst offensive showings in postseason history. Meanwhile, the Thunder relished their return to the playoffs after a one-year layoff and showed that their four-game sweep of the Mavericks during the regular season might not have been a fluke.

The Clippers crushed the Blazers, 115-95, at Staples Center on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven opening round series. A nip-and-tuck game for the bulk of the first half turned into a one-sided affair between the late second and early third quarters, with L.A. stars Paul, Griffin, Jordan and J.J. Redick ripping off a 26-8 run to knock Terry Stotts’ team on its heels and cap a lopsided opening weekend of the postseason in the Western Conference.it also helped that Paul got the better of Lillard in the series’ marquee matchup, leading the way offensively with a game-high 28 points on 10-for-19 shooting, 11 assists, six rebounds and just two turnovers in 33 minutes.Paul George scored 33 points and Monta Ellis had 15 as the seventh-seeded Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 100-90 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Saturday.George missed all but six games last season after breaking his right leg while playing in a scrimmage with Team USA before the 2014 World Cup. Without their star for much of the season, Indiana slumped to a 38-44 finish and missed the playoffs for the first time in five years.Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics was expected to be one of the toughest series in the first round and Game 1 didn’t disappoint. Atlanta led by as many as 19 points in the first half, only to see Boston rally and make it a game in the second. It all came down to the final minutes, where the Hawks made fewer mistakes and got the 102-101 win. Al Horford led the way for the Hawks with 24 points, while Isaiah Thomas had 27 in the losing effort.

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