Los Angeles Lakers 113, Utah Jazz 100.
Trevor Ariza scored a playoff career high 21 to get the Lakers going Sunday night in LA. Kobe Bryant and Paul Gasol added the bulk of their scoring with 24 and 20. LA was in control the whole game, putting up 62 points in the first half alone. Utah kept the pressure on, outscoring them in the second half but it was never enough. “They kept knocking on the door and we just never let them in,” said Bryant. The Lakers have the series lead 1-0 with another game to play at the Staples Center before heading to Utah.
Philadelphia 76ers 100, Orlando Magic 98
The #6 seeded sixers stunned the Magic in Orlando in game 1 with Andre Iguodala netting the game winner with 2.2 seconds left. Iguodala played a great overall game scoring 20 points with eight rebounds and eight assists. “We won one more game than people thought we would win,” Iguodala said. “I was pretty amped up.” Dwight Howard had 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the first half, leading to his total of 31 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic. Despite his efforts, Orlando could not hang on to their 18 point lead in the fourth as the sixers rallied back to notch the upset.
Atlanta Hawks 90, Miami Heat 64
The Atlanta Hawks held the Heat to just 25 points in the second half as they cruised to an overwhelming double digit lead. Josh Smith scored 23 points including a few show time fast-break jams for Atlanta. Dwayne Wade led the Heat in scoring with 19, but it wasn’t enough to keep his squad in the game. The Hawks will keep their home court advantage for game 2 before traveling to Miami.
Denver Nuggets 113, New Orleans Hornets 84
Chauncey Billups led the Nuggets to blow by the Hornets Sunday night with 36 points, hitting eight of nine from three. Chris Paul controlled the New Orleans offense with 21 points and 11 assists despite their losing efforts. The Hornets will have to steal a game at Denver to have any sort of chance to advance past this series.
Game two will be played this Wednesday at 8:30 pm at the Pepsi Center.
San Antonio Spurs 105, Dallas Mavericks 84
Tony Parker led in scoring with 13 points, contributing 19 in the first quarter to help San Antonio get revenge over the Mavericks from game 1. Dallas couldn’t find an answer to Parker all last night, trying numerous different defensive strategies to slow him down. “You want to make sure I’m in attack mode every single play,” Parker said. “Even if it’s not to score, to penetrate for my teammates or make great cuts.” The Spurs tied the series 1-1 with the win as they head to Dallas for game 3.
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