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Its time to recap the 2015 NBA Playoffs 1st Round with the Rebounds & Blocks. Thanks to NBA.com & ESPN.com for help in this article:
- LA Clippers outlast the San Antonio Spurs- It figured that the most entertaining first-round series in the NBA playoffs would come down to a play involving Chris Paul and Tim Duncan. Paul, who willed himself back from an early hamstring injury, banked in a shot over Duncan with a second left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a wild 111-109 victory in Game 7 on Saturday night that eliminated the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs from the playoffs.After Duncan made two free throws to tie it with 8.8 seconds left, Paul drove the right side. He originally was covered by Danny Green before Duncan came over to help. Paul put up a one-handed shot over the 39-year-old Spurs star that went in as he was falling away. Paul said coach Doc Rivers called him and Blake Griffin over at the end of the morning walk-through to talk about last-shot scenarios. Matt Barnes knocked away the inbounds pass to seal the victory, and the Staples Center crowd went crazy after the Clippers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for just the fourth time in franchise history.The Clippers, who faltered at home in Games 2 and 5, move on to face the Rockets starting Monday night in Houston.
- Washington Wizards sweep away the Toronto Raptors last Sunday- When Paul Pierce headed to the sideline with the Wizards leading the Raptors by 23 points in the third quarter, making Game 4 — and the series — all but over, he saw a standing ovation and waved, requesting more noise.With Pierce helping show his younger teammates how to win, Washington emphatically completed the first sweep of a seven-game series in club history. And just as Pierce had hoped, the Wizards won’t need to pull out their passports again.The Wizards finished off the Raptors in four games by winning 125-94 Sunday night to quickly close the first-round Eastern Conference series, getting 21 points and 11 rebounds from Marcin Gortat, and 14 points and 10 assists from John Wall.
Six Wizards scored in double figures, including Bradley Beal with 23 points and Pierce with 14, and that duo made seven of the Wizards’ team playoff-record 15 3-pointers.
After both Games 2 and 3, Pierce — the 37-year-old with an NBA championship ring from his days in Boston — declared that he didn’t want to have to deal with going through U.S. Customs again, a reference to wanting to avoid having to travel back to Toronto for Game 5.
Not a problem.
Washington led by 16 in the first quarter, 20 in the second and by a whopping 32 — 102-70 — entering the fourth.
Washington has reached the second round of the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since getting to the NBA Finals in 1979, a year after winning the title. And the sellout crowd of 20,356 kept rising to cheer every made 3, salute every player who left for a substitute, yell “Sweep! Sweep!” — and, in not-so-diplomatic moments, occasionally chant “USA! USA!”
Next up for the No. 5 seed Wizards will be No. 1 Atlanta
- Memphis Grizzlies take out the Portland Trail Blazers in 5 games- The Memphis Grizzlies missed one chance to finish off their first-round series and get some much-needed rest before facing the Golden State Warriors.They didn’t waste a second, especially on their own court.Marc Gasol had 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 99-93 on Wednesday night, closing out the series 4-1. In the West semifinals for the third time in five years, the Grizzlies will play Game 1 on Sunday at top-seeded Golden State.
Memphis closed it out despite not having point guard Mike Conley for a second straight game as he recovers from surgery to repair broken bones near his left eye.
Courtney Lee scored 20 points for Memphis, Zach Randolph had 16 and Jeff Green added 10 off the bench.
- The Milwaukee Bucks get beat down in Game 6 vs. the Bulls- The Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday Night was defeated 120-66 & lost their series to the Chicago Bulls 4-2. The Bulls finished four points from the NBA playoff record for largest margin of victory. Minnesota beat St. Louis 133-75 on March 19, 1956.In an indication of Milwaukee’s misery on offense, no Bucks starter scored more than Zaza Pachulia’s eight points. It was the biggest playoff loss in team history. The Bucks lost by 36 points at New York in 1970.The Bucks were 25 of 76 from the field (32.9 percent) while Chicago was 46 of 90 (51.1 percent).
Antetokounmpo was ejected after a hard foul on Dunleavy during a 3-point attempt that sent him crashing into the front row of fans with 1:34 left in the second quarter. After a review, officials ruled it a flagrant 2. The Bucks were never really in this one, though, trailing 34-16 at the end of the first quarter and 65-33 at the half. It easily marked the largest margin in a home playoff loss for a team facing elimination, surpassing the 1969 Warriors’ 40-point loss to the Lakers.
- Kevin Love’s Season is over- Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love underwent surgery on his dislocated left shoulder Wednesday, and he is projected to need four to six months to recover, the team announced.The operation was performed by Dr. David W. Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, and Love’s rehabilitation will be conducted by the Cavs, according to the team. Love, playing in his first postseason as a pro, was hurt when he got tangled with Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk while chasing a loose ball in the first quarter of the Cavs’ closeout win Sunday. Olynyk clamped down on Love’s arm and pulled so hard that it popped out of the shoulder joint. Love underwent an MRI and other tests Monday. His injury was officially listed as an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising.
So to update each Series win
1 Atlanta Hawks(60-22) defeats 8 Brooklyn Nets(38-44) in 6 Games
5 Washington Wizards(46-36) defeats 4 Toronto Raptors(49-33) in 4 Games
2 Cleveland Cavaliers(53-29) defeats 7 Boston Celtics(40-42) in 4 Games
3 Chicago Bulls(50-32) defeats 6 Milwaukee Bucks(41-41) in 6 Games
1 Golden State Warriors(66-15) defeats 8 New Orleans Pelicans(45-37) in 4 Games
5 Memphis Grizzlies(55-27) defeats 4 Portland Trail Blazers(51-31) in 5 Games
2 Houston Rockets(56-26) defeats 7 Dallas Mavericks(50-32) in 5 Games
3 LA Clippers(56-26) defeats 6 San Antonio Spurs(55-27) in 7 Games
2nd Round(Conference Semifinals)
1 Atlanta Hawks(60-22) vs. 5 Washington Wizards(46-36)
2 Cleveland Cavaliers(53-29) vs. 3 Chicago Bulls(50-32)
1 Golden State Warriors(66-15) vs.5 Memphis Grizzlies(55-27)
Series Page: http://www.nba.com/playoffs/2015/westseries5/index.html?ls=pot
2 Houston Rockets(56-26) vs. 3 LA Clippers(56-26)