HORNETS (6) 91, HEAT (3) 123
From the opening buzzers at the American Airlines Arena, the Miami Heat were in full control over a team they drew 2-2 with in the four-game regular season series.
With Chris Bosh watching on from the sidelines, the Heat players put on a clinical display that saw them dismantle the Hornets with their highest points tally in playoff history.
Miami outrebounded their opponents all night and finished with 42 boards as a team. Hassan Whiteside was the main protagonist as he recorded 11 to go with his 21 points. Brit Luol Deng was the highest scorer, notching 31 points while shooting 84.6 percent.
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While their shooting was just below 50 percent as a team, their lack of reboundings proved to be Charlotte's undoing. Nicolas Batum had a team-high 24 points, Kemba Walker dropped 19 while Al Jefferson had 13.
GRIZZLIES (7) 74, SPURS (2) 106
The San Antonio Spurs comfortably saw off the challenge of the injury hit Memphis Grizzlies with a routine win at the AT&T Center.
The second seed in the west held an 11-point lead at the break and never looked like being pegged back by the Grizzlies, who have had to deal without a number of star players throughout the season.
Once again Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge were the main players for San Antonio. Leonard, a former Finals MVP, had 20 points on 61.5 percent shooting from the field. Aldridge had 17 points while Tim Duncan pulled down 11 rebounds to go with his tally of seven.
Memphis never looked like causing the Spurs problems. Vince Carter was six of seven from the field for his team-high 16 points. Lance Stephenson also had 14 off the bench in his 28 minutes of action. Missing Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, this could be a very tough series for the Grizzlies.
TRAIL BLAZERS (5) 95, CLIPPERS (4) 115
The L.A. Clippers are looking to reach the Conference Semi-Finals for the fourth time in five years and lay down a marker to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland finished nine games back from their opponents in the regular season and never looked like causing many problems at the Staples Center. The Los Angeles franchise were up five after the first quarter and only stretched their lead as the night wore on.
Chris Paul ended the evening with a game-high 28 points and 11 assists, shooting 52.6 percent from the field. Blake Griffin recorded a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds while DeAndre Jordan had 18 and 12.
Damian Lillard did his best to keep the Blazers competitive, scoring 21 points. Gerald Henderson (16) and Al-Farouq Aminu (10) were the only other players in double figures. C.J. McCollum managed just nine.
PISTONS (8) 101, CAVALIERS (1) 106
Much like the 2015 playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers faced a tough, spirited opponent in their opening game but were able to secure the win.
The Detroit Pistons were a tricky contest for Cleveland and held a lead going into the fourth quarter, however, the big three in Ohio proved to have too much firepower in the end.
LeBron James produced a brilliant show of passing basketball as he recorded a 22 point, 11 assist double-double. Kyrie Irving had a game-high 31 points on 50 percent shooting from three-point territory. Kevin Love pulled down 13 boards and dropped 28 points.
The Pistons were on fire in the first half and shot over 60 percent in the opening 24 minutes. Marcus Morris ended the game with 20 points, although 19 of those came before the interval. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 21 and Andre Drummond recorded 11 boards and 13 points.