NBA roundup: Top trio leads Nets to win over Celtics – Reuters


Kevin Durant recorded 32 points and 12 rebounds to help the Brooklyn Nets notch a 104-93 victory over the going to Boston Celtics in the opening game of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on Saturday night.Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and James Harden included 21 points, nine rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the second-seeded Nets. Robert Williams III contributed 11 points, 9 rebounds and nine obstructed shots, with the rejections falling just one shy of the NBA postseason record.Bucks 109, Heat 107 (OT)Khris Middletons pull-up jumper with 0.5 seconds left in overtime lifted host Milwaukee over Miami in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.Middleton led the Bucks with 27 points, 6 rebounds and six assists while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 18 rebounds, 5 helps and 3 steals.The Heat had one last opportunity after Jimmy Butler took the incoming pass from Goran Dragic, however might not get his shot off thanks to tight defense from Jrue Holiday as time expired.Mavericks 113, Clippers 103Dorian Finney-Smith struck two late 3-pointers, one triggering a 7-0 burst that broke a tie and moved visiting Dallas over fourth-seeded Los Angeles in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.Game 2 in the best-of-seven is scheduled for Tuesday, also in Los Angeles.Hitting four of his 5 3-point attempts, Finney-Smith ended up with 18 points, while Luka Doncic had a game-high 31 as part of a triple-double and Tim Hardaway Jr. 21 for the Mavericks, who won the season series 2-1 over the Clippers.Trail Blazers 123, Nuggets 109Damian Lillard completed with 34 points and 13 assists, CJ McCollum scored 21 points, and going to Portland beat Denver in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points, Anfernee Simons had 14 and Norman Powell scored 10 for the sixth-seeded Trail Blazers.Nikola Jokic had 34 points and 16 rebounds, Michael Porter Jr. ended up with 25 points and 9 rebounds, Aaron Gordon tallied 16 points and eight boards, and Monte Morris ended up added 10 points off the bench for third-seeded Denver.

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