Houston Rockets (8) 106, Golden State Warriors (1) 115
Even without Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors were relatively comfortable winners in Game Two against the Houston Rockets as the other half of the Splash Bros, Klay Thompson, managed to drop 34 points.
The 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala registered four three-point bombs to help him provide 18 points to the cause while Draymond Green - who narrowly lost out to Kawhi Leonard in the race for Defensive Player of the Year - nearly scored a triple-double with 12 points, 14 boards and eight assists.
James Harden led the way for the Houston Rockets, as he so often does, with 28 points and 11 assists while Dwight Howard had a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards. Houston now have a break until Friday before Game Three gets underway at the Toyota Center where the Rockets shall fight to avoid a series sweep on their homecourt.
Dallas Mavericks (5) 85 Oklahoma City Thunder (3) 84
After being embarrassed by 38 points in Game One, the Dallas Mavericks responded well in their second affair with the Oklahoma City Thunder to level the series up at 1-1.
Raymond Felton - starting because of J.J Barea's continued absence - stepped up to the plate to lead the Mavericks with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Dirk Nowitzki piled on another 17 points. If a last minute putback by the Thunders Steve Adams had counted, the Thunder would have sealed a 2-0 advantage before they headed to Dallas for Game Three on Friday.
However, upon review, that basket at the buzzer was disallowed. Prior to that, Kevin Durant missed an inside jumper and Wesley Matthews made a transition layup with only 14.4 seconds remaining to stretch their lead to four. In light of the chalked off putback, Kevin Durant's three-point response wasn't enough, and the 2014 MVP finished with 21 points while Russell Westbrook had 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Indiana Pacers (7) 87, Toronto Raptors (2) 98
The Toronto Raptors finally won in the postseason to put to bed a terrible seven-game run that had stretched out for three seasons. DeMar DeRozan - who has the option to explore free agency this summer - struggled once more as he went 5-18 in the field, but his backcourt partner, Kyle Lowry, and center Jonas Valanciunas got the job done.
Valanciunas led the team with 23 points and dominated the boards once more by grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds. Lowry had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to come within touching distance of a triple-double and DeMarre Carroll made his first start for Toronto since January to help the cause.
Paul George followed up his 33 buckets from Game One with another 28 at the Air Canada Centre, however, only Monta Ellis, who put up 15 points, managed to make double digits for the Pacers. Five Raptors managed that feat, and the lack of support for George is ultimately what let a 2-0 lead slip away from the Pacers. Indiana will host Game Three at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday.
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