With the first round of playoff games complete in the NBA Eastern Conference, we take a look at how the matches panned out.
The opening match of the post season saw The Brooklyn Nets beat The Toronto Raptors 87-94. Some heavy scoring from Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, with 24 each, put the Nets ahead and Paul Pierce used all of his experience to hit nine in the final quarter to see the game out.
The Raptors stayed in the game with Kyle Lowry hitting 22 and Jonas Valanciunas with 17 and 18 rebounds, though they were just edged out and the home court advantage in game one was lost.
Saturday evening saw The Hawks at the Pacers, with the visitors again on top as The Hawks left the Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a 93-101 victory.
Jeff Teague was again the leading scorer in the match-up, scoring 28 for the Hawks, a play-off career high for the point guard. Paul Millsap added 25 as the top seed Indiana could not stop their end of season poor form continuing.
Paul George kept the home side in the game with 24 and 10 rebounds, backed up by Lance Stephenson on 19, but they could not make the most of home court advantage ahead of Tuesday's second game.
The Miami Heat ran out 99-88 winners over the Charlotte Bobcats Sunday at home, with LeBron James top scoring on 27. Al Jefferson hit 20 for the Bobcats, but left the stadium in a boot that will raise doubts over his appearance in game 2.
The home side were behind for the majority of the first half, but an 18-4 run in the fourth led them to victory and a 1-0 lead in the series.
In the last game of the Eastern Conference play-offs, The Miami Bulls went down to the Washington Wizards at the United Center on Sunday evening.
Nene Hilario was the go-to man for the visitors, and with 24 points he led the team to a series lead ahead of the second match.
Hilario, along with Trevor Ariza (18), John Wall (16) and Marcin Gorat (15), all hit 15 or more for the Wizards, whereas the Bulls top scored with Jimmy Butler on 15. Without a big scorer, they were another side who failed to make use of their home advantage in game 1.
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