Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry exploded for 38 Pts 15 Rebs while surpassing Ray Allen and becoming the all-time leader in playoff three-pointers made as the Warriors cruise to a 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
DeMarcus Cousins was in action getting his first taste of the NBA playoffs pitching in 9 Pts 9 Rebs, and Warriors also got 23 Pts from a fired up Kevin Durant.
The Clippers appeared to hold their own getting 25 and 26 Pts from Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell but just wasn’t enough to withstand the blows from Warriors and Curry’s epic career night.
WARRIORS LEAD SERIES 1-0
(3) 76ers vs (6) Nets
The Brooklyn Nets take Game 1 with a 111-102 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Stealing Game 1 for road teams is usually a big deal considering it takes away home-court advantage from the higher seeded team.
I haven’t followed the NBA season too closely this season and had no idea the Nets were playing well enough to become a 6-seed. Looks like D’Angelo Russell is panning out to be the point guard we all thought he was, and after his first All-Star season, he carried his Nets to a surprising 1st round win posting 26 Pts, 4 Ast, 3 Reb. Caris LeVert also contributed off the bench with 23 Pts in 23 minutes.
The Philadephia 76ers got heavy contributions from Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid. Butler had a game-high 36 Pts to go along with 9 Rebs and Embiid had a double-double with 22 Pts, 15 Rebs. If the 76ers want to regain home-court advantage back they’ll have to get more production out of their young star Ben Simmons and veteran sharpshooter JJ Redick; who combined for only 14 Pts on 8-16 from the field.
NETS LEAD SERIES 1-0
(2) Raptors vs (7) Magic
DJ Augustin stole the show in this matchup posting 25 Pts, 6 Ast, hitting 4-5 from downtown including a game-winning 3-pointer to seal the deal for the Orlando Magic, giving them a 104-101 win over the Toronto Raptors. Aaron Gordon chipped in with 10 Pts 10 Rebs; Isaac and Vucevic both added 11 Pts 8 Rebs each. The Magic were just 4 Rebs shy of having 3 players post double-doubles.
The Toronto Raptors fought hard to maintain homecourt advantage getting 25 Pts 6 Rebs from Kawhi Leonard but clearly needs more production from PG Kyle Lowry despite distributing the ball well with 8 Ast and grabbing 7 Rebs.
MAGIC LEAD SERIES 1-0
(2) Nuggets vs (7) Spurs
The Denver Nuggets come up short as they are unable to pull out the win losing to the San Antonio Spurs 101-96. Despite having 6 players in double figures and multiple failed attempts the closing moments by star guard Jamal Murray, the Denver Nuggets fold in Game 1.
The San Antonio Spurs, on the other hand, pulled out the win with 5 players in double figures including 18 Pts 12 Rebs from DeMar DeRozan and 15 Pts 8 Rebs from LaMarcus Aldridge.
SPURS LEAD SERIES 1-0