NBA roundup: Pacers upset Cavs in opener

NBA roundup: Pacers upset Cavs in opener
By Reuters

16/04/2018 at 05:56Updated 16/04/2018 at 05:59

Victor Oladipo scored 32 points, hitting 6 of 9 attempts from 3-point range, to power the Indiana Pacers to a 98-80 victory over the host Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday in Game 1 of an opening-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Oladipo, who sank 11 of 19 shots overall, also contributed six rebounds, four
assists and four steals. Myles Turner scored 16 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic
had 15 points for Indiana. The Pacers, who dominated most of the game, shot
45.6 percent while holding the Cavaliers to 38.5 percent.

LeBron James contributed a triple-double for the Cavaliers with 24 points on
7-of-17 shooting, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. JR Smith scored 15 points off
the bench, and Kevin Love had nine points and team-high 17 rebounds for

Celtics 113, Bucks 107 (OT)

Al Horford had a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and host Boston
edged Milwaukee in overtime in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinals

Terry Rozier finished with 23 points, Marcus Morris had 21, Jaylen Brown
scored 20 and Jayson Tatum added 19 to become the first Celtics rookie since
Brian Shaw in 1989 to score 15 or more in his playoff debut. Tatum also pulled
down 10 rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a game-high 35 points and 13 rebounds and Khris
Middleton scored 31 for Milwaukee, which hasn't advanced past the first round
in seven straight postseason appearances dating back to 2003. Antetokounmpo
and Middleton were the first pair of Bucks teammates to score 30 apiece in a
playoff game since Bob Dandridge and Brian Winters did so in 1976.

Thunder 116, Jazz 108

Paul George drained a franchise playoff-record eight 3-pointers while scoring
36 points to lead Oklahoma City to a victory over visiting Utah in the opening
game of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

George was 13 of 20 from the field, and he missed only 3 of 11 3-point
attempts, but was getting his hip and lower back worked on while watching the
final 62 seconds as the Jazz staged a frantic rally. Russell Westbrook
contributed 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Thunder, and
Carmelo Anthony added 15 points.

Rookie Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz despite
being hobbled in the final quarter by a sore left foot. Utah's Rudy Gobert
scored 14 points.

Rockets 104, Timberwolves 101

James Harden delivered a virtuoso performance, aided significantly by a Clint
Capela double-double, and Houston survived Minnesota in Game 1 of their
Western Conference first-round series.

Harden finished with 44 points and eight assists, and Capela chipped in 24
points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Harden finished 15 of 26 from the floor,
7 of 12 from behind the arc, to counter poor shooting from the trio of Chris
Paul, Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza, who were a combined 9 of 30. Paul was
uncharacteristically erratic, posting six turnovers while missing 5 of 6
3-point attempts. He scored 14 points.

The Timberwolves had five players score in double figures, paced by Andrew
Wiggins with 18 points. Jeff Teague flirted with a triple-double (15 points,
nine rebounds, eight assists) while Derrick Rose added 16 points off the
Minnesota bench.

--Field Level Media