Damian Lillard’s buzzer beater puts the Trail Blazers over Houston, 99-98
Brooklyn beats out Raptors by single point, 104-103
In a gut-wrenching loss for fans attending the game in Toronto, it became clear at around 20 seconds left that the series would come down to the last possession. Incredibly, with 6.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Kyle Lowry ended up with the ball in his hands after Terrence Ross executed a steal off the Brooklyn Nets’ Shaun Livingston. After a clean catch, he attempted a mad dash to the basket, dropping and recovering the ball in the process, but was ultimately stopped by a mass of bodies, Kevin Garnett among them.
Warriors break down to let Clippers take the lead, 126-121
Thunder take a long lead over Grizzlies, 120-109
Following an altercation that saw Memphis down Zach Randolph for punching Steven Adams in Game 6, the Grizzlies were overtaken by OKC as early as in the first half, at the end of which Kevin Durant sealed the lead with a three-pointer. Led by Russell Westbrook, who nabbed a triple-double that game, the Thunder forced the Grizzlies into an ultimately-futile smallball routine which threw Oklahoma off—if only for a moment.
Pacers outdo the Hawks, 92-80
By the time the second quarter was over, so was the game. Paul George led the Pacers in gaining a 14-point lead over the Atlanta Hawks by the end of the half. Afterwards, Atlanta struggled for offensive primacy, and its two best shooters—Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap—just couldn’t make it in on their threes.
Spurs take comfortable lead over Mavericks, 119-96
Arguably the least explosive matchup, the Spurs took control early while the Mavericks failed at their offensive plays. San Antonio grabbed an early lead of 12 in the first quarter, which ballooned to 22 points by the end of the half. They held onto the lead for the rest of the game, destroying their opponents with 56 per cent shooting from the field.