BROOKLYN NETS 94 vs TORONTO RAPTORS 87 (Game 1)
The Toronto Raptors were trying to send a message that they have been overlooked all season, but the experience of the Brooklyn Nets helped the road team win Game 1, 94-87.
Paul Pierce came through with big shot after big shot for the Nets, scoring nine of his 15 points in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter.
Shaun Livingston scored 10 points and Kevin Garnett had five as the Nets won despite making 4 of 24 3-pointers.
If the Raptors cannot earn a win in Game 2, this series would pretty much be over, as the series heads back to Brooklyn for Games 3 and 4.
ATLANTA HAWKS 101 vs INDIANA PACERS 93 (Game 1)
The Atlanta Hawks stunned the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on Saturday night, toppling the East’s top seed 101-93 in Indianapolis to steal home-court advantage.
The Hawks ended an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs, which dated to May 2011. Game 2 is Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 109 VS LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 105 (Game 1)
The Golden State Warriors stole home-court advantage from the rival Clippers on Saturday in Los Angeles, turning up the defensive pressure late en route to a pivotal 109-105 victory in Game 1 of the two teams’ Western Conference first-round playoff series.
The Warriors were led by Klay Thompson on the perimeter and David Lee on the interior. Thompson finished with a team-high 22 points on 7-of-20 shooting from the floor, while Lee overcame early foul trouble to score 20 points and pull down 13 rebounds.
Stephen Curry was held mostly in check in 45 minutes of action, scoring 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field.
Chris Paul led the Clippers with 28 points and eight assists but turned the ball over with 18 seconds to play and missed two key free throws with L.A. trailing by three points in the waning moments.
Game 2 is Monday night at Staples Center.