Saturday, April 15, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers, Bucks, Spurs, Jazz Take Series Openers

The 2017 National Basketball Association Playoffs commenced on Saturday with four games.

All series throughout are best four of seven.


At Cleveland:

LeBron James scored 32 points and dished out 13 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers escaped with a conference-quarterfinal series-opening 109-108 home victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points to the Cavaliers' coffers.

Paul George topped the Pacers with 29 points.

At Toronto:

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points and paced the Milwaukee Bucks to an opening-round series-opening 97-83 road victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Demar DeRozan topped the Raptors with 27 points.


At San Antonio, Texas:

Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 as the San Antonio Spurs dominated the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 111-82 in game one of their conference quarterfinal series.  

Marc Gasol paced the Grizzlies with 32 points.

At Los Angeles:

Joe Johnson, who scored 21 points, delivered the game-winning bucket as time expired, lifting the Utah Jazz to a 97-95 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers in the opening contest of their first-round series, despite losing the services of Ruby Gobert 17 seconds into the contest.

Blake Griffin scored 26 points while Chris Paul added 25 to pace the Clippers.

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