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NBA Playoffs Round One Recap For 4/18


Pacers 87-Raptors 98: With the highest-scoring playoff game of his career, Jonas Valanciunas made sure DeMar DeRozan’s struggles didn’t matter. Valanciunas had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Kyle Lowry had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Toronto beat the Indiana Pacers 98-87 on Monday night. The win for Toronto snapped their NBA Playoffs losing streak at seven games and evened the series 1-1. The Raptors had not won a playoff game since a 115-113 home victory over Brooklyn on April 30, 2014. Paul George scored 28 points and Monta Ellis had 15 for the Pacers, who host Game 3 on Thursday night.

Mavericks 85-Thunder 84: A putback at the buzzer by Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams that would have won the game was disallowed upon review, and the Mavericks defeated the Thunder 85-84 on Monday night to even their Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece. Dallas had been embarrassed 108-70 in the opener on Saturday, but the Mavericks bounced back and held Oklahoma City to 33.7 percent shooting on Monday. Raymond Felton had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki added 17 points for the Mavericks, while Russell Westbrook finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds and Kevin Durant scored 21 points for Oklahoma City.

Rockets 106-Warriors 115:  As Stephen Curry emphatically waved his arms to ignite the crowd and coached from the bench when he could do little else, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors’ supporting cast proved they can win on the playoff stage without their NBA MVP. Thompson scored 34 points and dished out five assists, and the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 115-106 on Monday to take a 2-0 lead in their 1st round NBA playoffs series. Curry was sidelined Monday because of an injured right ankle injury suffered in Game 1. James Harden had 28 points and 11 assists to lead the Rockets, losers of six straight and 14 of 15 to Golden State.