The NBA playoffs continued on Sunday with four more series from the first round. To kick off the day, the fourth-seeded Boston Celtics used a phenomenal defensive performance in the second half to crush the visiting Indiana Pacers. During the third quarter, the Boston held Indiana for only 2 out of 19 shots from the field and passed the Pacers 26-8 in the frame.
Things then moved on to the Western Conference for the second race of the day between the Portland Trail Blazers of the third series and the sixth Oklahoma City Thunder. Using a quarter of 39 points to jump ahead, the Blazers kept control of the Thunder, guiding them for all but 23 seconds of Game 1.
In the evening, the seeded Milwaukee Bucks of the East embarrassed the Detroit Pistons of the eighth series, beating them with a score of 121-86. The Pistons were without Blake Griffin, who continues to be out day by day due to a knee injury. Giannis Antetokounmpo had to play only 23 minutes in the blast, posting 24 points and 16 rebounds in limited actions.
Finally, the MVP in charge James Harden and the Houston Rockets jumped to a double-digit lead in the first quarter compared to the Utah Jazz, and never went ahead. Harden finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in the 32-point victory.
NBA program for Sunday, April 14th
- Boston Celtics 84, Indiana Pacers 74 (Box Score)
- Portland Trail Blazers 104, Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (Box Score)
- Milwaukee Bucks 121, Detroit Pistons 86 (Box Score)
- Houston Rockets 122, Utah Jazz 90 (Box Score)
Harden leads Rockets to the Game 1 win
James Harden was back in race 1 against Jazz. Finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists, Harden has just lost a triple double while leading the team to a 32-point victory.
CP3 finds Faried for the slam
Chris Paul is still as smart as them, and showed his ability as a director with a nice bounce in traffic to a cut by Kenneth Faried, who threw him down with authority.
The Bucks beat Pistons behind Giannis' double double
Giannis Antetokounmpo opened the standings with 24 points and 17 rebounds, with seven Bucks scored in double figures in Milwaukee's 121-86 victory over Detroit in the first game of the series of the first round.
Lopez annihilates Maker on the block
We all know that the Pistons cannot compete with the Bucks, but this is just an insult to injury. While the Bucks poured it onto the Pistons in Game 1 of their first-round matchup, Brook Lopez made Thon Maker fly on this swat.
Blazers survive Thunder in Game 1
The Thunder recorded a historically negative 3-point shot (5 -33, 15.2 percent), but the Blazers did defeat Oklahoma City, 104-99, in the first game. Damian Lillard scored 30 points, CJ McCollum contributed 24 points and Enes Kanter scored 20 points and 18 rebounds when Portland beat a series of consecutive defeats at 10 games.
Lillard demoralizes Thunder with 3-pointer
The Thunder had a poor 3-point shooting performance, but this happened immediately after the conversion of their third 3-pointer of the game. After Paul George converted to a three to pull in the Thunder, Damian Lillard nailed this long-range dagger to the following possession.
Grant slaps Harkless from behind
Jerami Grant may not be a household name, but he brings out some of the best highlights of this league. Take a look at this slap from Grant on Maurice Harkless of the Blazers.
Lillard goes up and down on Grant
If you were looking for a phantom highlight, you've come to the right place. While the Portland Trail Blazers try to hold off Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1, Damian Lillard has just reached a nice lay-up up on Jerami Grant.
McCollum catches fire in the first half
CJ McCollum missed a number of games in the final leg of the regular season due to an injury, but he seems to have felt good in his post-war debut of 2019 while he scored 16 points in the first half to help Portland take the 54-48. in the break.
Rozier beats the third quarter buzzer from the depths
The match 1 in Boston was not exactly an offensive masterpiece, nor was it shot by Terry Rozier. However, the Celtics guard got his frantic three-point attempt to go to the buzzer to give his team a big boost.
Young people are in a hurry for the big block
Suddenly Al Horford makes Bojan Bogdanovic fly, and he thinks he has an easy dunk. However, Thaddeus Young had other ideas.