Sunday, April 16, 2017

2017 NBA Playoffs: Wizards, Warriors, Bulls, Rockets Win Series Openers

Four games were played on Sunday as the NBA Playoffs continued.


At Washington:

John Wall scored a playoff-career-high 32 points while dishing out 14 assists as the Washington Wizards defeated the visiting Atlanta Hawks 114-107 in the opening contest of their conference quarterfinal series.

Bradley Beal and Markief Morris added 22 and 21 points, respectively, to the Wizards' coffers.

Dennis Schroder paced the Hawks with 25 points.

At Boston:

Jimmy Butler scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half as the Chicago Bulls knocked off the Boston Celtics 106-102 in the opening game of their opening-round series.

Isaiah Thomas, playing with a heavy heart the day after losing his sister in an automobile accident, led the Celtics with 33 points.


At Oakland, California:

Kevin Durant scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors took control of the game in the fourth quarter and outlasted the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 121-109 in the opening contest of their opening-round series.

Stephen Curry added 29 points to the Warriors' coffers.

C.J. McCollum scored 41 and Damian Lillard added 34 to pace the Blazers.

At Houston:

James Harden scored 37 points as the Houston Rockets smothered the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 118-87 in the opening game of their conference quarterfinal series.

Patrick Beverley added 21 points to the Rockets' coffers, to go along with ten rebounds.

Russell Westbrook scored 22 points (and grabbed 11 rebounds) to pace the Thunder.

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