Dallas 113, San Antonio 92 - Shawn Marion scored 20 points on 8-10 shooting, and the Mavs pulled away in the second half for an easy win. Manu Ginobili had 27 while going 9-12, and San Antonio shot 50% from the floor as a team (although they only managed 64 field goal attempts to Dallas' 92), but they still lost badly on their home floor.
Is it possible the Spurs are actually in trouble? They've been outplayed for roughly 88 of 96 minutes through two games, and should feel lucky to be heading to Dallas tied 1-1. On the other hand, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if San Antonio won big in Game 3.
Miami 101, Charlotte 97 - The Heat are the only higher seed to win both home games so far, and even they struggled more than most people would have expected. Last night LeBron James had 32 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, and one bruised throat, courtesy of Josh McRoberts. Clinging to a 3-point lead, LeBron drove to the basket in the final minute. McRoberts decided he wasn't letting James scored no mater what, and hit him with a solid forearm jab to the neck:
Portland 112, Houston 105 - Normally one might think Dwight Howard's 32 and 14 would be the story of the night, except for the fact that he was going up against NBA legend LaMarcus Aldridge:
Alrdrige's 43 points helped lead the Blazers to their second consecutive victory in Houston. After putting up 46 in Game 1, his two-game total of 89 is the best the league has seen in the playoffs in over a decade:
LaMarcus Aldridge is the first NBA player with consecutive playoff games of 43 points or more since Tracy McGrady (April 20-23, 2003).
— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) April 24, 2014
Are the Rockets toast? Is it possible Portland is actually a legitimate contender?
All eight first round series have now completed two games, with the higher seeds/home teams a shocking 7-9. To understand just how bizarre that really is, take a look at the numbers at this point from the past ten years:
Home W-L after 16 playoff gms: '14: 7-9 '13: 14-2 '12: 12-4 '11: 13-3 '10: 13-3 '09: 11-5 '08: 13-3 '07: 13-3 '06: 13-3 '05: 12-4 '04: 15-1
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 24, 2014
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