Spurs Take 1-0 Lead, Pacers Even Series 1-1
Tim Duncan had 26 points, Manu Ginobili finished with 22 and the Spurs took a 1-0 lead after defeating the Clippers 108-92 at the first game of their semifinals series. For Los Angeles, the top scorer was Eric Bledsoe with 23 points while teammates Caron Butler and Blake Griffin had 15 apiece, though the strong effort from Bledsoe and the rest of the Clippers was not enough to defeat a rival that was playing at home and whom have not lost in 34 days.
Coach Gregg Popovich was quite satisfied with Duncan’s performance, and on this, he mentioned that “Tim was solid as usual. He’s played like that all year long. He’s not going to do anything that will be a highlight film for TV, but a highlight film for coaches. He’s an anchor out there.”
Rookie Kawhi Leonard garnered some attention as he played really well, finishing with sixteen points (hitting his three 3-pointers), 3 steals and 3 offensive rebounds.
The game was pretty even during the first half, but by the third quarter the Spurs managed to start pulling away, taking an impressive 19-point lead during the period which was impossible for the Clippers to match, allowing San Antonio to the win at AT&T Center. The next game of the series will be played on Thursday.
Pacers beat Miami, even series 1-1
Miami won the first game of their series against the Pacers at American Airlines Arena, but the visitors managed to defeat the Heat 78-75 at game two and put things 1-1 with the series now heading to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for game 3 on Thursday. For the winning team the top scorer was David West with 16 while teammate George Hill had 15. For the Heat, Lebron James finished with 28 and Dwayne Wade had 24.
And on winning such an important game against a team that is one of the favorites to get the title, guard Hill mentioned that “We stayed together. Great team effort. Everyone was counting on each other, depending on each other, communicating. We knew they were going to make shots. They’re great players but we figured they’re capable of missing some, too, and they missed the ones we really needed them to miss the most.”
The win for Indiana was also quite remarkable as the Heat had come up victorious for the past thirteen Eastern Conference postseason games at their home court.
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