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Jimmy Butler had 35 factors and 11 assists, and the visiting Miami Warmth defeated the Milwaukee Bucks — who performed a lot of the sport with out Giannis Antetokounmpo — 130-117 in Sport 1 of an Jap Convention first-round playoff collection Sunday.
Bam Adebayo scored 22 factors for the eighth-seeded Warmth, who have been enjoying lower than 48 hours after qualifying for the playoffs by beating Chicago in a play-in elimination sport. Kevin Love had 18 factors, Caleb Martin and Gabe Vincent added 15 apiece and Tyler Herro scored 12 earlier than being sidelined for good within the second quarter due to a damaged proper hand.
Antetokounmpo suffered a decrease again contusion when he fell to the ground within the first quarter. He stayed within the sport for a bit earlier than going to the locker room and returned briefly early within the second quarter earlier than leaving the sport for good. He completed with six factors and three rebounds in 11 minutes. Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 33 factors. Bobby Portis had 21 factors, whereas Jrue Vacation added 16 factors and 16 assists.
Adebayo and Martin each transformed three-point performs, Love made two 3-pointers and Duncan Robinson added a late trey to assist Miami rating 24 factors within the remaining 4:49 of the third quarter to open a 102-88 lead heading into the fourth. Milwaukee closed inside eight factors 5 occasions within the fourth quarter however did not get any nearer.
Lakers 128, Grizzlies 112
Rui Hachimura got here off the bench to attain a team-high 29 factors, LeBron James and Anthony Davis each posted double-doubles and seventh-seeded Los Angeles scored a highway win over No. 2 seed Memphis to spark the Lakers to a 1-0 collection lead.
In his sixth profession playoff sport, Hachimura erupted for a playoff profession excessive in scoring by taking pictures 11-for-14, together with 5 of 6 from past the 3-point arc. All 5 of his made 3-pointers got here within the second half. He was one in every of 4 Lakers to attain at the least 21 factors, joined by Austin Reaves with 23. Davis added 22 factors and James scored 21.
Los Angeles used two large runs within the fourth quarter to take command, the latter a game-ending 15-0 outburst three minutes after Memphis All-Star Ja Morant went to the locker room with a hand damage. Memphis performed the ultimate 5:48 with out Morant, who completed with 18 factors.
Clippers 115, Suns 110
Kawhi Leonard poured in 38 factors throughout his first playoff sport in 22 months to guide Los Angeles previous host Phoenix in Sport 1 of their Western Convention first-round collection.
Leonard was 13 of 24 from the sector and added 5 rebounds and 5 assists in his first postseason contest since tearing the ACL in his proper knee in opposition to the Utah Jazz in June 2021. Eric Gordon added 19 factors for the fifth-seeded Clippers.
Kevin Durant had 27 factors, 11 assists and 9 rebounds in his first playoff sport for the fourth-seeded Suns. It marked the primary time Phoenix misplaced in 9 video games with Durant on the courtroom. Devin Booker scored 26 factors, Torrey Craig added 22 and Deandre Ayton had 18 factors and eight rebounds for the Suns.
Nuggets 109, Timberwolves 80
Jamal Murray had 24 factors, eight rebounds and eight assists, Nikola Jokic completed with 13 factors and 14 rebounds and host Denver routed Minnesota in Sport 1 of their first-round Western Convention playoff collection.
Michael Porter Jr. had 18 factors and 11 rebounds, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 factors, Bruce Brown added 14 factors and Aaron Gordon had 13 factors for the top-seeded Nuggets.
Anthony Edwards scored 18 factors, Karl-Anthony Cities had 11 factors and 10 rebounds, Jaylen Nowell scored 12 factors, Kyle Anderson added 11 and Rudy Gobert completed with 13 rebounds for Minnesota.
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