6 NETS AT 3 RAPTORS
Score: Nets 94, Raptors 87
Key Moments: Trailing by 5 at the beginning of the 3rd quarter the Raptors tied it up at 67 with a Patrick Patterson fast break layup. After the Nets took a 4-point lead Toronto came back when Kyle Lowry drove and layed it in. But the Nets were resilient, after a JJ jumper, a turnaround by KG and finally a Pierce 3 the Nets took a 82-76 lead. Pierce then hit 2 mid-rangers and the Nets made 6 free-throws in the final 22 seconds and they never looked back.
MVP: Joe Johnson (24 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 2 Steals)
6 WARRIORS AT 3 CLIPPERS
Score: Warriors 109, Clippers 105
Key Moments: Darren Collins made one of two free-throws to give the Clippers a 103-102 lead, their first since the 3rd quarter, and then CP3 taking it on the fast break…BLOCKED BY HARRISON BARNES!!! And now Barnes, taking it the other way…he stops and pops from 3…YES! The Warriors would make 3 free throws (2 from Green and 1 from Barnes) and hold a 108-105 lead for nearly the rest of the game, the Warriors would win 109-105
MVP: David Lee (20 Points, 13 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal)
8 HAWKS AT 1 PACERS
Score: Hawks 101, Pacers 93
Key Moments: The Hawks started the 3rd quarter with 8 straight points but the Pacers rallied back to bring it within two. But then things went south for Indiana. A FOURTEEN-ZERO run for Atlanta gave the Hawks a 74-58 lead. Indiana didn’t even get within single digits of the Hawks until a Lance Stephenson 3, which made it 99-91 Hawks…but at that point there just wasn’t enough time.
MVP: Jeff Teaque (28 Points, 3 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 1 Steal)
7 GRIZZLIES AT 2 THUNDER
Score: Thunder 100, Grizzlies 86
Key Moments: Memphis was getting absolutely crushed. Down 56-34 at Halftime there was no coming back from this deficit…OR WAS THERE? The Grizzlies shot out of the gate scoring the first six points of the second half. That forced the Thunder to call time out but the Grizz came right back with an AND-ONE by Tony Allen cut the lead to 9! By the end of the fourth the lead was 4. Early in the last quarter of play the lead was down to 3 when Caron Butler drove and JAMMED IT HOME for the Thunder. That brought life to the near-dead arena in OKC. This was shortly followed by a 13-1 Thunder run and the 2 seed in the West won by 14.
MVP: Kevin Durant (33 Points, 8 Rebounds, 7 Assists, 1 Steal)
8 MAVERICKS AT 1 SPURS
Score: Spurs 90, Mavericks 85
Key Moments: Tiago Splitter scored an easy layup to tie the game for the Spurs with 5 minutes to go then Tony Parker hit a mid-range jumper and the Spurs went on to win by 5. This game was a lot more one-sided than the score indicated.
MVP: Tony Parker (21 Points, 4 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block)
7 BOBCATS AT 2 HEAT
Score: Heat 99, Bobcats 88
Key Moments: The Bobcats were down 8 until Luke Ridnour hit a BASELINE J TO CUT IT TO 5! But then came the run…The Heat made an incredible 18-4 run highlighted by a Andersen tip-in,a D-Wade three and another score by Bird-Man to give Miami a comfortable 87-70 lead. And the Heat take game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series.
MVP: Lebron James (27 Points, 9 Rebounds, 1 Assists)
6 WIZARDS AT 3 BULLS
Score: Wizards 102, Bulls 93
Key Moments: Trevor Ariza hit two free-throws to give the Wizards a 88-87 lead and Washington never looked back, a Gortat layup and a bucket by Nene followed by two more Gortat free-throws gave the Wizards the win in Game 1.
MVP: Nene Hilario (24 Points, 8 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Blocks)
5 TRAIL BLAZERS AT 4 ROCKETS
Score: Trail Blazers 122, Rockets 120 OT
Key Moments: Damian Lillard made an and-one to tie it but the Rockets made two free throws to take back the lead with under 30 seconds left in OT. But 2 free-throws by Damian Lillard and 1 by Joel Freeman carried the Blazers to win by 3.
MVP: Lamarcus Aldridge (46 Points, 18 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 2 Blocks)