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NBA Playoffs Round One Recap For 4/17

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Pistons 101-Cavaliers 106: One year after he carried the Cavaliers as far as he could in the postseason, Lebron James once again has Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love by his side. Cleveland’s Big Three are playoff healthy again. Irving scored 31 points in his first playoff game since he was injured last year in the NBA Finals, and Love, who was knocked out by an injury in the first round a year ago, added 28 to lead the Cavaliers to a 106-101 victory over the young and confident Detroit Pistons in the opener of their first-round playoff series Sunday. James added 22 points and 11 assists for the top-seeded Cavs. They are favored to win the Eastern Conference but got all they could handle from the fearless Pistons. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 21 points, Marcus Morris had 20 and Reggie Jackson added 17 for the Pistons, who are making their first playoff appearance since 2009.

Hornets 91-Heat 123: Luol Deng scored 31 points on 11-for-13 shooting, Hassan Whiteside added 21 points and 11 rebounds in his postseason debut, and the Miami Heat wasted no time taking control of what became a 123-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Dwyane Wade scored 16 points in 26 minutes for the Heat. Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire scored 11 points and Goran Dragic had 10 assists for Miami. Miami scored 41 points in the first quarter to tie one franchise playoff record, set another with the 123 points. Topping the previous record of 121 in the 2012 NBA Finals clincher against Oklahoma City. As a result of their overpowering offense, Miami and never trailed. Nic Batum scored 24 points for the Hornets. Kemba Walker also added 19.

Grizzlies 74-Spurs 106: Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points as the San Antonio Spurs beat Memphis 106-74 on Sunday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series, handing the Grizzlies their worst postseason loss. LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points, and Tony Parker had 15 points and six assists for San Antonio. The Spurs sat their starters in the fourth quarter to rest them for Game 2 on Tuesday night in San Antonio. Vince Carter had 16 points to lead Memphis and Zach Randolph was held to six points on 3-for-13 shooting. Memphis matched a NBA postseason low in the first quarter with 13 points. Memphis’ largest previous losing margin was 27 points against Oklahoma City on May 11, 2011.

Trail Blazers 95-Clippers 115: Blake Griffin and Chris Paul led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 115-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in the opener of their first-round playoff series Sunday night. Paul had 28 points and 11 assists, Griffin added 19 points and 12 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 12 rebounds in a revival of Lob City that had been shuttered while Griffin was out due to injury and suspension. The Clippers are 6-0 with him in the lineup since his comeback from injury. Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 21 points, while backcourt mate CJ McCollum was held to nine points. They combined to average 45.9 points this season, third-highest by any duo in the NBA. Against the Clippers, they shot a combined 10 of 28.

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