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SportsNBA playoffs wrap 2019: Celtics start strong; Trail Blazers hold off Thunder

14:51  15 april  2019
14:51  15 april  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Portland wins Game 1 against the Thunder 104-99

Portland wins Game 1 against the Thunder 104-99 PORTLAND, Ore. — After eight straight playoff losses over the past two years, the Portland Trail Blazers finally got a win. Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the third-seeded Blazers opened their series against the No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday with a 104-99 victory. "We know how it feels to win again," Lillard said. "Now we can just kind of move on from that and stay focused on this series." Portland was swept by New Orleans last season and the Warriors the year before. Enes Kanter added 20 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds for the Blazers, who were making their sixth straight post-season appearance. CJ McCollum added 24 points.

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Sunday's first NBA game certainly wasn't a barn burner.

The Celtics topped the Pacers 84-74 in Boston and kicked off their first-round playoff series strong.

A surprising 20-point performance from Markieff Morris assisted Kyrie Irving's 20-point effort in the Celtics' win. The pair tied for a game high in scoring.

Cory Joseph, who averaged 6.5 points per game during the regular season, led a cold Indiana squad with 14 points.

Neither side shot better than 37 percent from the field in the contest.

In Portland, the Thunder were widely seen as a scary matchup for any team entering the postseason, but they're down 0-1 to the Trail Blazers.

Antetokounmpo, Bucks pound Pistons 121-86 in opener

Antetokounmpo, Bucks pound Pistons 121-86 in opener MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks showed they were serious about making a playoff run with a 121-86 rout of the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 on Sunday night. The MVP candidate ran and dunked all over the Pistons, who only really caught him when centre Andre Drummond shoved him to the ground with both hands late in the third quarter after Antetokounmpo grabbed an offensive rebound with Detroit trailing by 41 points. Drummond was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. He threw a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he was escorted off the court. Seven Bucks players scored in double figures.

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Damian Lillard led all scorers with 30 points, but C. J. McCollum (24 points) and Enes Kanter (20) also had big games in the 104-99 win.

Russell Westbrook posted 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, but Oklahoma City couldn't overcome terrible 3-point shooting, as it made just five of 33 attempts.

Milwaukee handily topped Detroit 121-86 in its first playoff game of 2018-19.

The Bucks got ahead early and stayed there behind a well-rounded scoring attack.

Giannis Antetokounmpo's 24 points and 17 rebounds paved the way to an easy Milwaukee win.

Blake Griffin (knee) missed Game 1 and will likely have to a huge impact to turn the series around when he makes his debut.

Meanwhile, James Harden's 29 points and 10 assists led Houston to a convincing 122-90 victory against Utah.

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Blazers Begin Series With Thunder on Sunday. Rookies, Bench Secure Three-Seed With Comeback. Skal earned his first Portland start and showed up with a huge double-double to secure the W.

After limping into the postseason, the Thunder and Trail Blazers have opportunities to redefine their seasons with a series victory. The regular season ended with both the Thunder and the Blazers hobbling into the playoffs and neither guaranteed much postseason success.

Rudy Gobert contributed 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz, but constantly found himself overwhelmed in the paint by a swarm of Rocket slashers. Not to mention Harden driving to the basket.

The final game of the night was Sunday's second blowout, and Utah has a lot to work on.

Studs of the Night

CJ McCollum scored 24 points for Portland, only trailing Lillard on his team.

Luke Kennard scored a team-high 21 points in Detroit's loss.

Duds of the Night

Myles Turner scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting for the Pacers.

Paul George scored 26 points, but was 4-of-15 from deep and had a horrendous first half.

Joe Ingles scored three points on 1-of-4 shooting for the Jazz.

Highlights

Lillard showcased why he's one of the NBA's best clutch scorers with a deep three down the stretch.

Terry Rozier edged the third quarter horn with a buzzer beater pull up jumper in TD Garden.

Antetokounmpo nearly took off from the free throw line on the break on this slam.

Danuel House got this acrobatic dump pass off to Kenneth Faried for a dunk.

What's Next?

Nets at 76ers, Monday, 8 p.m. ET — Everyone will be watching to see if Philadelphia can bounce back from a Game 1 upset. Brooklyn's team has little playoff experience, but put on an inspiring performance to take down the third-seeded 76ers on Saturday. This game will be critical for Philadelphia, as it could have to head to the Nets' house down two games if it can't respond.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder enter the offseason with more questions than answers after being ousted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. Thunder star Russell Westbrook has come under scrutiny for his inefficient shooting and attitude toward the media. General manager Sam Presti addressed the latter at his end-of-season press conference. "He's not perfect, none of us are," Presti said of Westbrook, according to Erik Horne of The Oklahoman. "I'm not going to let 11 years of his contributions and performance be completely overshadowed by a couple of pretty tough months.

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