Elsewhere, the Boston Celtics won had to be the ugliest game of the entire NBA season on Sunday when they held off the Indiana Pacers to record an 84-74 win Boston to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Pacers found themselves up by seven at the half, but the Celtics held them to a lowly eight points in the third quarter to take control and pull away. Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each scored 20 apiece, nearly equating for half of their team’s production in the process. Indiana’s top scorer was Cory Joseph, who had just 14 points in a majorly disappointing offensive showing.
Leading the other playoff games was the Portland Trail Blazers’ 104-99 home win over the OKC Thunder. Damian Lillard had 30 points to lead all scorers for his team, while Paul George had 26 in defeat. The Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets also went 1-0 up over the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz, respectively. Giannis had 24 points in a 121-86 rout for the Bucks, while James Harden had 29 in a comfortable 122-90 win for the Rockets.