2014 NBA Playoffs: The second season has begun–it’s playoff time! Time for the best in the NBA to being the next leg of their journey to NBA Finals glory!
Much like the opening round of the NCAA tournament the opening game of the 2014 NBA postseason was full of thrills, chills, and upsets.
Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors Toronto made some noise prior to the game when the team’s general manager shouted an expletive directed at the Nets during a pep rally, but it was the Nets making all the noise during the game. Brooklyn controlled the game for the majority of the contest en route to a 94-87 win.
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers The battle for California looks like it is going to be a heck of a battle. After battling to a 52-52 tie at halftime Golden State rode a strong third quarter (35-27) to a 109-105 victory.
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers Pacers fans are probably still shaking their heads over this one. Whatever issues have plagued them continue. The Hawks pretty much controlled the game throughout the contest using a 30-16 third quarter to become only the fourth No. 8 seed to win a series opener on the road beating Indiana 101-93.
Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant and Co. are expected to contend with the Spurs and Rockets for supremacy in the West and treated Game One with the Grizzlies like a stepping stone. The Thunder led 56-34 at the half and coasted to a 100-86 win.
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs Dallas appeared as if they were going to pull off an upset of the top team in the West, but after going ice cold down the stretch saw this one slip away. The Mavericks managed just one basket during the final seven minutes of the game letting the Spurs comeback to earn the win, 90-85.
Charlotte Bobcat at Miami Heat No one expected the Bobcats to contend with the Heat, but they did just that. The Bobcats actually led for much of the first half! Had it not been for two big runs by the Heat and Al Jefferson getting hurt this could have been the upset of the weekend. Instead it was a 99-88 win for Miami.
Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls The Bulls appeared poised and ready to run away with this one after getting out to a 13-point lead early in the second half, but the Wizards roared back to make it a one point game going in to the final quarter—where they promptly took over. An 18-6 run by the Wizards over the final six minutes ended with Washington pulling off the upset 102-93.
Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets The No. 4 and 5 seeds in the West ended the opening weekend of the NBA playoffs in epic fashion. An exciting game ended in a 106-106 tie sending the contest to overtime—the only OT game of the weekend. In the end the Trail Blazer pulled out a 122-120 win powered by a 77 point performance by LaMarcus Aldridge (46) and Damian Lillard (31) (first time teammates scored at least 45 and 30 points since the Michael Jordan/Scottie Pippen days).