Warriors prime Rockets in wild end, Celtics shut down Giannis and Bucks
Defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors overcame the Houston Rockets of their Western Convention semi-final opener, whereas the Boston Celtics upstaged the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kevin Durant continued his robust NBA playoff type on Sunday, scoring 35 factors to guide the Warriors to a 104-100 victory towards the Rockets in Recreation 1.
The 10-time All-Star, who averaged 35 factors per recreation within the Warriors’ first-round sequence win towards the Los Angeles Clippers, hit 11-of-25 photographs towards Houston.
On a day when Stephen Curry (18 factors) battled foul bother and Klay Thompson had a quiet 13 factors, Golden State wanted all Durant might supply. But the sport was not determined till the ultimate seconds.
With the Rockets trailing by three factors with 10 seconds remaining, James Harden launched an errant three-point try. Chris Paul grabbed the rebound, however had the ball stripped away. Eric Gordon recovered the ball out of bounds.
However Paul, arguing with an official that he had been fouled on the play, was referred to as for a technical. Curry hit the free throw for the ultimate margin.
In Sunday’s first recreation, the Celtics shut down Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks for a 112-90 triumph in Recreation 1 of the Japanese Convention semi-final.
The Celtics pissed off Antetokounmpo, limiting him to seven-of-21 capturing, as Boston drew first blood in Milwaukee.
Nothing got here simple for Antetokounmpo, who scored 22 however had a game-low minus-24.
On the offensive finish, the Bucks had no reply for Kyrie Irving, who scored 26 factors and added 11 assists. Horford posted 20 and Jaylen Brown pitched in 19.
Gordon, Inexperienced impress
Rockets guard Gordon scored 27 on 10-of-19 capturing for the Rockets.
Draymond Inexperienced missed solely two of 9 photographs, scored 14 and had 9 rebounds and assists.
Harden scored 35, however hit solely nine-of-27 photographs from the sphere, and four-of-16 three-pointers.
Bucks guard Pat Connaughton made solely two-of-10 photographs and one in every of his seven three-point makes an attempt.
Horford denies Giannis… twice!
You don’t see Antetokounmpo get rejected fairly often — not to mention twice on the identical play by Horford.
— NBA (@NBA) April 28, 2019
76ers at Raptors
The Toronto Raptors gained Recreation 1 slightly simply, however recall that the Philadelphia 76ers had an uninspiring efficiency of their Japanese Convention first-round sequence opener towards the Brooklyn Nets. Kawhi Leonard scored a profession playoff-high 45 factors on Saturday, and the 76ers definitely can do a greater job than that on the defensive finish.