Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets 96:91
(Hawks leads 2-0)
Another hard-fought win for the best team in the Eastern Conference. Just like in the first game of the series, Atlanta build a huge lead in the 1st quarter (27:15 in one moment), but the Nets led by Jarrett Jack responded and cut the deficit to just 5 points.
The Hawks have some health issues (Millsap's shoulder, Horford's finger, beating of Sefolosha by the police), but that can't be excuse for this kind of play (they shot just 39% from the field).
They didn't look like the Conference Powerhouse from the regular season, and if Deron Williams had just a bit better shooting night, this would've been tied series before two games in Brooklyn.
It was a one-point game in the last minutes before Williams missed uncontested jumper to tie the result, and Korver made free throws, to seal the victory.
Millsap was the Hawks leading scorer with 19 points, Korver added 17 pts and Horford 14 pts to go along with 13 rebounds and 7 assists.
Jack scored 23 off the bench for Brooklyn, Brook Lopez helped with 20 points and Johnson had 19 pts plus 9 rebounds against his former club.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers 97:82
(Memphis leads 2-0)
It is well-known that the Grizzlies dominate through the paint for years, having one of the best center duos in NBA with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
Last night they combined to shoot just 29% (9 of 31), but that didn't help Portland at all. Suddenly, Memphis' players found shooting touch from the outside and used it to win again, improving to 6-0 against the Blazers this season.
Vince Carter hits 3 three-pointers, Conley and Lee 2 apiece. Memphis' bench outscored Portland's 32:16. The Blazers were playing without Arron Afflalo and Chris Kaman, two very important guys and knowing that Matthews, one of the premier 3&D options in the league, is out for the season it is not surprising to see them losing both road games easily.
Except for the 1st quarter, Memphis controlled the game. Portland simply didn't have enough firepower to endanger Memphis, and they committed 14 turnovers (compared to 6 of Memphis).
Conley and Lee led the way for Grizzles with 18 points apiece, Gasol had 15, Z-Bo and Udrih 10. Aldridge scored 24 with 14 boards for Portland while Lillard added 18 but dished just 1 assist and again shot poorly.
LA Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs 107:111 (OT)
The home court advantage now belongs to the reigning NBA champions after they defeated the Clippers in „Staples Center" last night.
After two playoffs games played, this is the only series that is tied.
It was a very special night for the Spurs forward Tim Duncan, who not only led his team with 28 points and 11 rebounds but also became just the fifth player in NBA history to score over 5000 points in the postseason.
His big plays and Mills' prowess in the overtime secured the important win for San Antonio. The win gains in importance when you know that Tony Parker went down with Achilles injury and Ginobili fouled out in the 4th quarter.
The headache for the Clippers is also the fact that their key players were in the mood: Griffin posted triple-double line with 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. Paul added 21 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 7 assists while Jordan had 20 and 15 boards.
Even Redick was making his three-point attempts, finishing the game with 16 points, but all of this wasn't enough to prevail against the Spurs.
San Antonio blew away the double-digit lead in the last quarter but after that run Clippers exhausted their batteries and couldn't seal the win in overtime.
The contest was decided when Kawhi Leonard (23 points, 9 rebounds) scored on a layup for 107:101 with less than minute remaining. Aussie Patty Mills provided 18 big points as a reserve.