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  2018 NBA PLAYOFF-FIRST ROUND RECAPS

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Toronto-Washington Boston-Milwaukee Philadelphia-Miami Cleveland -Indiana
Houston-Minnesota Golden State-San Antonio Portland-New Orleans Oklahoma City-Utah
 
#1 Toronto vs. #8 Washington
  DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1--(ESPN) Sat- April 14 - 5:30 PM Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Raptors snapped a 10-game losing streak in playoff openers by beating the Washington Wizards 114-106 on Saturday.
Game 2--(NBA TV) Tue-April 17 - 7 PM DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Raptors beat theWashington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night as Toronto took a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.
Game 3-(ESPN2) Fri.-April 20-- 8 PM  Jon Wall delivered 28 points and 14 assists  and helped the Wizards pull further and further away for a 122-103 victory over Raptors.
Game 4-(TNT) Sun-April 22  -6 PM John Wall  finished with 27 points and 14 assists as the No. 8 seed Wizards came back to beat the No. 1 Raptors 106-98 Sunday night and even their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at 2-all. DeMar DeRozan e had 35 points for Raptors.
Game 5- Wed-April 25 DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 108-98 on Wednesday night in Game 5.
Game 6-- Fri.-April 27-- Using a tremendous effort at both ends of the court from reserves, and 24 points from Kyle Lowry, the Raptors came back to beat the Washington Wizards102-92 in Game 6 on Friday night and end their Eastern Conference first-round series.  Bradley Beal scored 32 points  for Wizards
 
#2 Boston vs. #7 Milwaukee

 

DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1-TNT) Sun-April 15-1 PM Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Boston overcame Khris Middleton's long 3 that beat the fourth-quarter buzzer, topping theMilwaukee Bucks 113-107 in overtime Sunday to open the playoffs.Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31 points, 
Game 2-(TNT) Tue-April 17 - 8 PM Jaylen Brown had a playoff career-high 30 points and the Celtics pulled away into second half to earn a 120-106 win over the Bucks on Tuesday night. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points for Bucks.
Game 3-(ESPN) Fri.-April 20-- 9:30 PM Khris Middleton scored 23 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 19 and the Bucks used a dominating first half to overwhelm the Celtics 116-92, narrowing their deficit in the first-round playoff series to 2-1.
Game 4--(ABC) Sun-April 22  -1 PM Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, including tipping in the go-ahead basket with 5 seconds left, and the Bucks held on for a 104-102 win to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. Jaylen Brown had 34 points for the Celtics.
Game 5- Tue-April 24 - Al Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Boston beat the Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead.
Game 6-- Thur--April 26  Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds and the Bucks pulled away late to beat the Boston Celtics 97-86 on Thursday night to force a winner-take-all game Saturday night in Boston.
Game 7--(TNT) Sat- April 28 - Terry Rozier said after scoring a career playoff high 26 points in Game 7 against Bledsoe's Bucks on Saturday night to help the Celtics beat Milwaukee 112-96 and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight year. Khris Middleton scored 32  points for the Bucks
 

 #3 Philadelphia vs. #6 Miami

  DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1-(ESPN) Sat- April 14 - 8 PM Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and the Sixers rolled to a 130-103 victory on Saturday night for their 17th straight win.
Game 2-(TNT) Mon-April 16 -8 PM  Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to end the 76ers' 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night and even the first-round playoff series.
Game 3-(TNT) Thur--April 19 -7 PM Joel Embiid scored 23 points, including a personal 7-0 run down the stretch that iced matters, and the 76ers reclaimed control of their Eastern Conference first-round series by topping the Miami Heat 128-108 on Thursday night.
Game 4--(TNT) Sat-April 21- 2:30 PM Ben Simmons' triple-double included 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. was the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to have a playoff triple-double, and the 76ers moved one win from the second round by topping the Miami Heat 106-102 on Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Game 5- Tue-April 24 - Joel Embiid  had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Ben Simmons had 14 points and 10 boards, in front of rapper Meek Mill, and the dominant duo ushered the nightmares-into-dreams Process of the Philadelphia 76ers into the second round with a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.
 
#4 Cleveland vs. #5 Indiana
  DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1--(ESPN) Sun-April 15-3:30 PM Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and Indiana outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in the series opener, handing LeBron James and the Cavaliers' their first loss in the opening round in eight years.
Game 2-(TNT) Wed-April 18-7 PM LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the series opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference playoff matchup at one game apiece.
Game 3--(ESPN) Fri.-April 20-- 7 PM Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 of his playoff career-high 30 points in the second half on Friday, the one-year anniversary of a historic playoff collapse against Cleveland, Indiana flipped the script by rallying from a 17-point halftime deficit and held on for a 92-90 victory over the Cavaliers to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Game 4--(TNT) Sun-April 22  -8:30 PM LeBron James finished with 32 points, helped Cavaliers to a 104-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers to even the series at 2.
Game 5- Wed-April 25 LeBron James finished with 44 points  including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another one of his brilliant performances, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night
Game 6-- Fri.-April 27-- Behind Victor Oladipo's 28 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists,and first career postseason triple-double, the Pacers sent the series back to Cleveland and pushed the defending Eastern Conference champions to the brink of an early exit and a possible summer of unrest with a 121-87 rout on Friday night.
Game 7-- Sun-April 29 Unwilling to sit despite battling leg cramps in the second half, LeBron James scored 45 points and got some much-needed help from his teammates in Game 7 to stay unbeaten in the opening round of the NBA playoffs, leading the Cavaliers to a 105-101 win on Sunday over the Indiana Pacers, who pushed the game's best player to the breaking point. Victor Oladipo scored 30 for the Pacers,
 
#1 Houston vs. #8 Minnesota

 

DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1-(TNT) Sun-April 15-9 PM James Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that allowed the Rockets to outlast the Timberwolves 104-101 Sunday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.
Game 2--(TNT) Wed-April 18--9:30 PM Chris Paul had 27 points and Gerald Green came off the bench to score a playoff career-high 21 as the Rockets used a huge second quarter to cruise to a 102-82 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night that gave them a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
Game 3-(ESPN) Sat-April 21- 7:30 PM Jimmy Butler hit four 3-pointers among his 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns snapped back from a bad start to the series with 18 points and 16 rebounds, leading the Timberwolves past the Rockets 121-105 in Game 3 on Saturday night for their first postseason victory in 14 years.
Game 4--(TNT) Mon-April 23 -8 PM James Harden had 22 of the team's near-record 50 points in the third, launching the Rockets past the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Game 5- (NBA TV) Wed-April 25 Clint Capela had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Harden added 24 points and the Rockets pulled away in the third quarter to get another lopsided win and eliminate the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 122-104 victory in Game 5 of the first-round series Wednesday night.
 
#2 Golden State vs. #7 San Antonio

 

DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1-(ABC) Sat- April 14 - 3 PM Kevin Durant helped the defending champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and the Warriors returned to their old dominant selves at playoff time to beat the cold-shooting San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on Saturday.
Game 2-(TNT) Mon-April 16 -10:30 PM Kevin  Durant sparked a decisive third-quarter run on the way to 32 points, Klay Thompson added 31 points and five assists in another superb playoff performance and the Golden State Warriors rallied in the second half to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-101 on Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Game 3--(TNT) Thur--April 19 -9:30 PM Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 for a 3-0 series lead over the Spurs, 
Game 4-(ABC) Sun-April 22  -3:30 PM Manu Ginobili scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help San Antonio beat the Golden State Warriors 103-90. Kevin Durant had 34 points and 13 rebounds for the Warrior
Game 5- (NBA TV) Tue-April 24 - Kevin  Durant scored 25 points, Green led a smothering Golden State defense, and the Warriors held off the late-charging San Antonio Spurs 99-91 on Tuesday night to win Game 5 and advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. LaMarcus Aldridge  had 30 points for Spurs.  
 
 #3 Portland vs. #6 New Orleans
  DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1-((ESPN) Sun-April 15--10:30 PM Anthony Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, Jrue Holiday andRajon Rondo won the backcourt battle, and the Pelicans held on for a 97-95 victory on Saturday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.
Game 2-(TNT) Tue-April 17 -10:30 PM Jrue Holiday had a career playoff-high 33 points as the Pelicans took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 111-102 victory on Tuesday night. Rajon Rondo came close to his 11th postseason triple-double with had 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.  CJ McCollum,  Anthony Davis had 35 points for Pelicans.
Game 3-- (NBA TV) Thur--April 19 -9 PM Nikola Mirotic  scored a career playoff-best 30 points to go with eight rebounds, three steals and a block, and the Pelicans pushed Portland to the brink of elimination with a 119-102 victory on Thursday night.
Game 4--(TNT) Sat-April 21- 5 PM Anthony Davis scored 33 of his franchise playoff-record 47 points in the second half -- including 12 points in the final five minutes -- and Jrue Holiday scored 41 points as New Orleans completed a first-round playoff sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers with a 131-123 victory on Saturday night
 
#4 Oklahoma City vs. #5 Utah
  DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1-(TNT) Sun-April 15-6:30 PM  Paul George scored 36 points to help Oklahoma City defeat Utah 116-108 in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series Sunday night.
Game 2-( (NBA TV) Wed-April 18--8 PM  Donovan Mitchell, who played with a bruised left foot, scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz defeat Oklahoma City 102-95 and tie their Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece.
Game 3-(ESPN) Sat-April 21- 10 PM Ricky Rubio, who never reached the playoffs in his first six seasons with Minnesota, had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Utah's first playoff triple-double in 17 years to help lead the Jazz to a 115-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.
Game 4--(TNT) Mon-April 23 -10:30 PM Donovan Mitchell had 33 points and seven rebounds to lead the Jazz to their third straight win in the series, 113-96 over Thunder on Monday night.  . Paul George had 32 points to lead the Thunder
Game 5- Wed-April 25 Russell Westbrook was controlled, and he was too much for Utah. Silent and serious, the reigning league MVP scored 33 of his 45 points in the second half, and Paul George added 34 points as theOklahoma City Thunder rallied from 25 points down to fight off elimination and beat the Jazz 107-99 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
Game 6-- Fri.-April 27-- Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points and the Jazz held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-91 in Game 6 on Friday night to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. Russell Westbrook had 46 points for the Thunder

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