The NBA playoffs continue Sunday with four more preliminary rounds. At the start of the day, the fourth-placed Boston Celtics took a phenomenal defensive effort in the second half to crush the visiting Indiana Pacers. During the third quarter, the Boston Indiana held only 2 of 19 field shootings, overtaking Pacers 26-8 in the frame.
Then it went to the Western Conference for the second race of the day between the third-placed Portland Trail Blazers and the sixth seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. With a 39-point opening quarter, the blazers jumped ahead of the thunder and led them into Game 1, with the exception of 23 seconds.
In the evening time, the top seed Milwaukee Bucks from the East shamed the eighth seeds of Detroit Pistons and beat them with 121-86 points. The Pistons were without Blake Griffin, who is still on the road because of a knee injury. Giannis Antetokounmpo had to play in the blowout only 23 minutes and scored 24 points and 16 rebounds in limited action.
Eventually, incumbent MVP James Harden and the Houston Rockets host Utah Jazz in a battle between the Fourth and Fifth Seeds of the West. Both teams had some successes in the playoffs last season, but are expected to advance further than they did a year ago.
All games will air on ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBA TV during the postseason. Games on TNT and NBA TV can be streamed via fuboTV (free trial).
NBA schedule for Sunday, April 14th
*All times east
- Boston Celtics 84, Indiana Pacers 74 (Box Score)
- Portland Trail Blazers 104, Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (Box Score)
- Milwaukee Bucks 121, Detroit Pistons 86 (Box Score)
- Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets, 9:30 am (Gametracker) | TV: TNT
Jazz could not slow down Harden in the first half
If the jazz hoped to slow the reigning NBA MVP by forcing it to the right, they would likely have to change their strategy for the second half. James Harden scored 17 points and seven assists as the Rockets took 59-44 ahead of the jazz half.
Bucks beat Pistons behind Giannis' Double Double
Giannis Antetokounmpo was the forerunner (24 points, 16 rebounds) as seven Bucks scored double-digit Milwaukee's 121-86 win over Detroit in the opening game of the first round.
Lopez destroys Maker while blocking
We all know that the Pistons are no match for the Bucks, but this was just an insult to the injury. When the Bucks poured it on the Pistons in the first game of the first round of play, Brook Lopez let Thon Maker fly to the ground.
Blazers survive thunder in Game 1
There was a historically bad 3-point Thunder shooting performance (5 out of 33, 15.2 percent), but the Blazers made it to defeat Oklahoma City (104-99) in Game 1. Damian Lillard scored 30 points, CJ McCollum contributed 24 points, and Enes Kanter scored 20 points and 18 rebounds when Portland lost a 10-series break.
Lillard demoralizes Thunder with 3 hands
The thunder had a miserable 3-point shooting performance, but this was right after their fourth 3-pointer of the game. After Paul George had converted to a Trey to pull the thunder inside one, Damian Lillard struck this long-range dagger on the following possession.
Grant swallows Harkless from behind
Although not a household name, Jerami Grant brings out some of the best highlights in the league. Check out this Swat from Grant to Maurice Harkless the Blazer.
Lillard goes up and down with Grant
If you have been looking for a phantom cam highlight, you have come to the right place. While the Portland Trail Blazers want to hold the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1, Damian Lillard has just met up with a pretty up-and-under on Jerami Grant.
McCollum catches fire in the first half
CJ McCollum missed a series of games during the regular season due to an injury, but he appears to be feeling good at his opening race after the season opener in 2019, when he scored 16 points in the first half to help Portland win a 54- 48 lead in the break
Rozier beats the third quarter from the depths
Game 1 in Boston was not exactly an offensive masterpiece, and Terry Rozier did not shoot either. Even so, the Celtics guard got his 3-point attempt to visit the buzzer to give his team a big boost.
Boy runs back to the big block
Al Horford's Bojan Bogdanovic flew by during the overtaking break and thought he had a slight break-in. Thaddeus Young, however, had other ideas.