BASKETBALL: Warriors, Cavaliers, Spurs Take 2-0 series lead as Raptors and Mavericks even the series in NBA Game 2 playoffs

It was an interesting round of Game 2 all across the NBA as the Warriors won without Stephen Curry, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and the Spurs all dominate and Dallas Mavericks equal the series against OKC Thunder.

The Spurs looked relaxed as they take a 2-0 series lead
The Spurs looked relaxed as they take a 2-0 series lead

Even without Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors are going to be fine against the Houston Rockets. Behind 34 points from Klay Thompson, the Warriors defeated the Rockets 115-106 to take a 2-0 series lead in their first-round playoff series on Monday night.Curry sat out the game after cutting his warmup short. He tweaked his right ankle during the first half of the Warriors’ Game 1 victory, but once again the Rockets failed to take advantage of a Warriors team missing their biggest star.Thompson and the Warriors poured it on in the fourth and pulled away to pick up the win and take a 2-0 series lead.The Atlanta Hawks couldn’t buy a bucket, but neither could the Boston Celtics. The Hawks stymied the Celtics en route to a 89-72 win to take a 2-0 series lead in the first round playoff series on Tuesday night. Kyle Korver led the way for the Hawks with 17 points as the Hawks held Isaiah Thomas to 16 points.The Celtics missed the injured Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk, but will have an opportunity to bounce back in Game 3 on Friday in Boston.It’s business as usual for the San Antonio Spurs in the 2016 postseason. The Spurs easily handled the Memphis Grizzlies to win Game 2 of their first round playoff series 94-68 to take a 2-0 series lead on Tuesday.Kawhi Leonard had 13 points to lead the Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge added 10 as Spurs dominated on both ends of the court.The Grizzlies will have a chance to make the series competitive in Memphis for Game 3 on Friday, but they’re currently hanging on by a thread.

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Lebron James scored 27 points, Smith made seven of Cleveland’s NBA playoff record-tying 20 3-pointers, and the Cavs opened a 2-0 lead in their increasingly testy series with a 107-90 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night.The top-seeded Cavs put away the up-and-coming Pistons in the third quarter, outscoring them 27-15 to protect home-court advantage. They did it with a flurry of six 3s, including two by Smith.Miami Heat defeated Charlotte Hornets 115-103 with star Dwyane Wade leading the charge for Miami Heat with 28 points on 11-for-22 shooting to go with eight assists, three rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes,Joining Wade in carving up Charlotte’s defense were center Hassan Whiteside (17 points on perfect 8-for-8 shooting, 13 rebounds), point guard Goran Dragic (18 points, 3-for-3 from 3-point land, four assists) and small-ball power forward Luol Deng (16 points, six rebounds).Chris Paul was the linchpin of the Clippers’ plan. His offensive stats were plenty good and he had a game-high 25 points on 10-of-22 shooting and added five assists as the Clippers defeated Portland Trailblazers 102-81 to take a 2-0 series lead.It’s also telling that the starting frontcourt of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute combined to shoot 6-of-17 from the field and had a demonstrably terrific game. Jordan was especially excellent, putting up 18 rebounds (five offensive), five assists, and three blocks to more than make up for a mere three points.

The Toronto Raptors had five players score in double figures, led by a team-high 23 points and 15 rebounds from Jonas Valanciunas, and tied their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers with a 98-87 victory in Game 2 on Monday night at Air Canada Centre.Toronto snapped a seven-game playoff losing streak that had been a thorn in its side, getting the much-needed victory after it lost Game 1 on Saturday. Paul George scored a game-high 28 points for Indiana, but Monta Ellis was the only other Pacer to score in double figures.The Dallas Mavericks will not die. A game after getting blown out by 38 points, the Mavericks shocked the Oklahoma City Thunder by taking Game 2 of their first-round playoff series, 85-84. The victory came thanks to a resurgent performance by Raymond Felton, as well as a shot by Steven Adams that would have won the game for the Thunder but came just after the buzzer.

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