Here’s what happened on day two of the 2017 NBA Playoffs
Washington Wizards 114 – Atlanta Hawks 107
The last time the Hawks and the Wizards met in the Playoffs, back in 2015, John Wall figured in just three of the six games, in a series won by Atlanta, due to wrist and hand fractures. He made sure to make up for lost time.
Wall had a postseason career-best 32 points on 50 percent shooting, plus 14 assists, as the Wizards took game one. Bradley Beal added 22 points, while Markieff Morris contributed 21, as six Washington players finished in double-figures.
Atlanta drew 25 markers and nine dimes from Dennis Schroder, while Paul Millsap scored 19. Dwight Howard was limited to seven points, but brought down a team-high 14 caroms. The Hawks lost despite a 39-17 advantage in free throw attempts.
Golden State Warriors 121 – Portland Trail Blazers 109
Things were deadlocked between the Warriors and Blazers, 88-all, through three periods. Then Draymond Green decided enough was enough.
Green led a 15-2 run to open the fourth quarter, standing out on both offense and defense. The do-it-all forward posted 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, and five blocks. Kevin Durant had 32 on a cool 12-of-20 shooting clip, while Stephen Curry contributed 29 points.
Portland got a whopping 75 combined points from the backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, but they got very little from their other players, including just nine markers from their bench.
Chicago Bulls 106 – Boston Celtics 102
An emotional Isaiah Thomas suited up, just a day after the unfortunate passing of his sister. And though he had a game-best 33 points on 10-of-18 shooting, Boston fell short versus Chicago.
Jimmy Butler scored 30, to go with his nine rebounds. Bobby Portis came off the bench for 19 points, while Robin Lopez had a big double-double of 14 points and 11 boards. The Bulls dominated the glass, 43-36, 20-12 on the offensive end.
Al Horford had a 19-7-8 game, but no Celtic had more than eight rebounds to his name.
Houston Rockets 118 – Oklahoma City Thunder 87
The Houston Rockets just had more fuel in their tank.
Up 59-54 at the half, Houston scored another 59 in the third and fourth quarters, while giving up just 33 to their foes Oklahoma City. The Rockets managed to win the battle of the boards, despite the Thunder’s, on paper, superior frontcourt, 56-41, leading to a 31-4 edge in second-chance points.
James Harden had a huge outing with 37 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, and three steals. Patrick Beverley had a career postseason game with 21 markers and 10 boards. Nene and Clint Capela combined for 29 points and 12 caroms.
Russell Westbrook scored 22 points on 23 shots in the loss. He also contributed 11 rebounds and seven assists, but turned the ball over nine times.
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