Sunday, May 01, 2016

NBA Playoffs: Heat, Raptors Take Game Sevens, Will Face Each Other Next; Warriors Too Much For Blazers In West Semi Opener

The NBA Playoffs continued on Sunday with three games.


At Miami:

Goran Dragic scored 25 points while Gerald Green added 16 as the Miami Heat, with five players scoring in double figures, destroyed the visiting Charlotte Hornets 106-73 in game seven of their conference quarterfinal series, which they won four games to three (2002 remains the last time that a Charlotte NBA club advanced to the second round of the playoffs).

At Toronto:

In the finale of the Playoffs' opening round, DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points as the Toronto Raptors won a playoff series for the first time since 2001 by holding off the visiting Indiana Pacers 89-84 in the seventh and deciding game of their conference quarterfinal series, which they won four games to three.

Paul George scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Pacers.

Miami and Toronto will square off in an Eastern Conference semifinal series, due to open in Toronto on Tuesday night.


At Oakland, California:

Klay Thompson scored 37 points while Draymond Green delivered a triple-double (23 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists) as the Golden State Warriors opened their conference semifinal series by downing the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 118-106.  Damiel Lillard paced the Blazers with 30 points.

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