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Monday, 05 May 2014 13:22

Recapping Sunday's Action in the NBA Playoffs - Pierce blocks the Raptors and the Spurs dominate

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Paul Pierce and the Nets block the Raptors and the Spurs annihilate the Mavs.

Game 7 Eastern Conference Quarter Finals: Brooklyn Nets 104, TORONTO RAPTORS 103

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have delivered in a big way for the Brooklyn Nets to win their first round series against the Toronto Raptors.

Pierce blocked Kyle Lowry’s shot in the lane in the final second and Garnett recorded his 86th playoff double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Yes, this is what Pierce and Garnett were brought to Brooklyn for. "Paul said it best, that's why he's here, to make plays," Nets coach, Jason Kidd, said. "He didn't have a great game, but it only takes one play to help a team win and that's what he did tonight."

Joe Johnson scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as Toronto rallied from an 8-point deficit.

Kyle Lowry, who becomes a free agent this summer, scored 28 points in a heartbreaking loss.

Garnett and Pierce will lead the Nets against old-nemesis, the Miami Heat, whom they have defeated 4-0 in their matchups this season.

Game 1 is Tuesday night in Miami.


Game 7 Western Conference Quarter Finals: SAN ANTONIO SPURS 119, Dallas Mavericks 96.

The San Antonio Spurs crushed the Dallas Mavericks to win Game 7 and advance to the next round against the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday night.

The Spurs were determined not to lose another Game 7 like last season and Tony Parker was electric, finishing with 32 points. Manu Ginobili scored 20 points as the Spurs seized control of the game in the first quarter to lead by 12 points on the way to a 68-46 halftime lead.

The pesky Mavs took the Spurs to seven games but couldn’t muster one final challenge as Dirk Nowitzki scored a team-high 22 points with 9 rebounds.


Looking ahead to Game 1 of the Conference Semi Finals


Game 1 Eastern Conference Semi Finals

Washington Wizards @ INDIANA PACERS (-4, 183.5)


Series: 0-0

The Indiana Pacers are desperately looking to use this opportunity to restart. After playing an unexpected seven games against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, the Pacers will try to continue their form from Games 6 and 7.

The Washington Wizards will enter this series with a lot of confidence after easily dismantling the Chicago Bulls in 5 games. The Wizards scored at will against defensive specialist, coach Tom Thibodeau, and Defensive Player of the Year, Joakim Noah.

The Pacers are at home but cannot rely on the home crowd as they will have to be at their defensive best to contain the wizards offense that includes the dynamic duo of Bradley Beal and John Wall. Prediction: Washington Wizards 100, INDIANA PACERS 93.


Game 1 Western Conference Semi Finals

Los Angeles Clippers @ OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (-5.5, 212)

9:30PM ET, TNT

Series: 0-0

The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off exhausting 7 game series. While both teams are fatigued from a short turnaround, both teams have plenty of youth and should be ready for an explosive game to begin a highly entertaining series.

Expect the Thunder to narrowily win the opening game at home. Prediction: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDERS 98, Los Angeles Clippers 97 (OT).