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Basketball: NBA Playoffs 2013 Round 1 – Game 2

May 1, 2013
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With all the first round1 games ending the home court victories it may have been even clearer how important the regular season games are, now on to the game2 games for the first round.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers

The Atlanta Hawks are just looking miserable in this match-up. Most Improved Player of the Year Paul George, led his Pacers with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals leading them to another beating of the Hawks here to the tune of 113-98. Josh Smith was troubled with fouls and continued his underwhelming season for the Hawks. This is one series that looks like it wouldn’t matter where the court was located, the Hawks would come of second best. Mind you the Hawks are 11-0 in the last eleven against the Pacers in Atlanta. With the offence looking just as good as their stellar D, the Pacers look to be another strong candidate against the Heat in the east. Pacers lead series 2-0

Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

The Celtics are looking like a team who have over-achieved post Rajon Rondo’s injury. It doesn’t help that the Knicks are looking like a team who could challenge the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals right now. Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points for the Knicks in an easy looking 87-71 win over the Celtics. After leading at the end of the half 48-42, the Celtics lost the third quarter 32-11 and only did 1 better in the fourth scoring 12 points. Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith’s 19 points total equalled that of the whole Celtics bench. Knicks lead series 2-0

Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets

After getting blown out in the first game many were expecting the Bulls be easy toppled by the Nets, especially in Brooklyn. But the Bulls and more so pain stricken centre Joakim Noah would not go out without a fight. The Bulls found their defence again and out grinded the Nets 90-82 to steal a game in Brooklyn. The win in game one was largely accredited to Deron Williams, in this game he went 1-9 from the field and only managed 8 points at the end of the game. Not that the team shot any better as a whole, finishing with a dismal 35% display and a woeful 4-21 from the 3-point. The Nets may be happy that the series now moves to Chicago as their fans were clearly unhappy with the happenings at the Brooklyn Centre. Series tied 1-1

Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets

Stephen Curry is HOT! Scoring 30 points and adding 13 assists Warriors’ hot shooter led his team to a 131-117 mauling of the Nuggets, grappling home court advantage. Shooting nearly 65% from the field as a team, the Warriors had four starters who finished with at least 21 points. David Lee
watched from the side-lines after being ruled out for the playoffs with injury, but the Warriors had no problems putting the Nuggets away in this one without him. Rookie Harrison Barnes had a career-high 24 points as the Warriors side broke the 24 game win streak the Nuggets had in Denver. Even in the absence of Warriors’ Lee, the Nuggets were also out rebounded 36-26 despite having forward Kenneth Faried back from injury. Series tied 1-1

Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

After a disappoint showing in game one, it was time James Harden and the Rockets showed that they were much better than that showing. They were better, but not better enough as the Thunder struck late to win 105-102. Hardens was back to his old self after a poor game1, finishing with
36 points and 11 rebounds. The Rockets fought back from 15 points in the fourth to lead late in the game, but the Thunder would not be denied their home court advantage. Despite shooting poorly the Rockets beat the Thunder inside in points 50-30, and also out rebounded them 57-40. The series now goes to Houston as the Rockets hope to build on this improved performance. Thunder lead series 2-0

LA Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs

The LA Lakers did not just have a bad regular season; it has now moved into the playoffs against a Spurs team that looks nothing like it’s so called old status. Tony Parker had 28 points and 7 assists in another convincing performance by the Spurs to beat the Lakers 102-91. Steve Blake and
Dwight Howard top scored for the LA side that finished with a 45% shooting effort in yet another disconcerting loss. Hopefully things will be better at the Staples Centre. Spurs lead series 2-0

Memphis Grizzlies vs. LA Clippers

Lob City… yes, but for this one Chris Paul was all the way clutch! Tied at 91 all Paul to it upon himself to run the clock down, guarded by one of the best one on one defenders in the league, Tony Allen, Paul made his way into lane, got a floater that banked of the backboard and through the hoop as the buzzer went all was swoosh. In a game that ended up being all about the two opposing point guards, Grizzlies Mike Conley’s playoff career high 28 points was not enough to trump the Paul death touch. Paul finished with 24 points and 9 assists, Conley also had 9 assists. Clippers once again out rebounded regular season top defence team, but this time around by just 40-38. Clippers lead series 2-0

Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks

If there’s anything we’ve learnt from this seasons Heat team is that they know how to win whatever the situation. Being up only by 3 at the start of the fourth, the Bucks might have thought they had a chance at something, but alas these are the Miami Heat. The Heat started the fourth quarter
with a 12-0 run erasing all hopes as they beat the Bucks 98-86 keeping a hold of their home court advantage. As opposed to game one, where guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings had the bulk of the points, it was the Bucks front court that came up with the buckets. This resulted in the
Milwaukee side having a much better showing finishing with 50% shooting from the field. Heat lead series 2-0

Written By: Lebuhang Ramollo (@RA_Mollo)

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