The first round of the NBA 2016 playoffs is almost through, with all teams just finishing their third or fourth game. Last night, the games started in the east first with the Toronto Raptors vs. the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat vs. the Charlotte Hornets.
Indianapolis — Final score 100-83 Pacers. The Pacers went into game 4 with their backs almost against the wall, being down to the Canadian home-based team. This was a surprising turn around in regards to Game 3 where the Pacers looked like a completely different team. After lineup changes, and some defensive intensity the Pacers cruised to a victory. Notable performers Paul George scored 19 and Hill as well as Mahinmi each had 22.
Charlotte — The Charlotte Hornets, who under the command of President/Owner legend Michael Jordan have broken records in the past decade for being one of the most consistently bad teams in the league. But no more, last night they snapped a 14 years playoff drought in relation to actually winning a game. The hornets took down the heat 96-80 at home for the streak snap. The Hornets, led by Kemba Walker finished with 95% Free throw shooting on the night compared the the Heat’s 63%.
Portland — Not much here, the Trailblazers get on the board with a win over the Clippers to make the series 2-1. Lillard with 32, McCollum with 27.
Dallas — The Thunder took a commanding lead against the Mavericks on the road and never looked back taking a 3-1 lead in the series. Tempers flared as Kevin Durant was ejected from the game late on, as well as Westbrook losing his temper and Ibaka receiving a technical foul. All of this, after the game was well out of reach for the Mavericks. Shots from the field, we’re even but the Thunder got to the charity stripe significantly more than the Mavs. Final score: 119-108
Games on Sunday: