The Cavs survived a 3-point onslaught from the Pistons, who made
15 3-pointers and shot 52 percent from deep.
Kevin Love had 28 points and 13 rebounds and Kyrie Irving had 31
points and six assists for the Cavaliers, who trailed by seven with
11 minutes left before rallying behind James.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 21 points for the Pistons and Marcus
Morris scored 20 -- but Morris had just one in the second half.
Heat 123, Hornets 91
MIAMI -- Luol Deng scored 31 points to help Miami take Game 1 of
this first-round series. Deng shot 11-of-13 from the field and
5-of-7 from 3-point range in his first postseason appearance for the
Heat, who never trailed and built a double-digit lead midway through
the first quarter.
Hassan Whiteside finished with 21 points, 11 and three blocks in his
playoff debut. Dwyane Wade scored 16 points and Goran Dragic had 10
assists in his Miami playoff debut. The Heat tied a team playoff
record for points in a quarter by taking a 41-22 lead at the end of
the first period.
Nicolas Batum scored 24 points and Kemba Walker finished with 19
points for Charlotte.
Spurs 106, Grizzlies 74
SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and LaMarcus Aldridge
added 17 points as San Antonio dominated the middle two quarters and
romped past Memphis in Game 1 of the Western Conference playoff
San Antonio outscored the Grizzlies 24-6 over the final 8:04 of the
third period, turning a contentious game into a runaway, and led
81-51 with a quarter to play. The fourth quarter was left to mostly
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Vince Carter led the Grizzlies with 16 points while Lance Stephenson
hit for 14 points, all but two in the second half. Memphis, which
has now lost all five games its played against the Spurs this
season, was held to a season low in points, shot just 39 percent and
went to the free-throw line only six times.
Clippers 115, Trail Blazers 95
LOS ANGELES -- Chris Paul scored 28 points, dished out 11 assists
and grabbed six rebounds, leading Los Angeles to a victory over
Portland in Game 1 of a Western Conference quarterfinal playoff
Blake Griffin added 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Los
Angeles, and DeAndre Jordan contributed 18 points, 12 rebounds and
four blocks. J.J. Redick chipped in 17 points for the Clippers, who
blew the game open in the third quarter.
Damian Lillard had 21 points and eight assists for the Trail
Blazers, while Gerald Henderson finished with 16 points. CJ McCollum
managed just nine points. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 10 points and
collected 12 rebounds.
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