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Road teams strike first as the NBA Playoffs begin

Road teams strike first as the NBA Playoffs begin

Phile Photo: NBA Playoffs logo, 2013. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Eric Gay

UNDATED (AP) — The road teams went 3-1 during Day 1 of the NBA playoffs.

The Atlanta Hawks had dropped eight straight road playoff games until Jeff Teague (teeg) scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 to lead the Hawks past the top-seeded Pacers 101-93 in Indiana. Teague scored nine points in a 14-0 run that put the Hawks ahead 74-58 with 4:08 left in the third quarter. Paul George finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who were tied at 50 before the Hawks scored the first eight points of the second half.

Game 2 is Tuesday at Indianapolis.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points in the Brooklyn Nets’ 94-87 triumph over the Raptors. Paul Pierce provided nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the sixth-seeded Nets win despite missing 20 of their 24 3-point attempts.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-SHOO’-nuhs) had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Raptors, who host Game 2 on Tuesday.

The Golden State Warriors were 109-105 winners over the Clippers in Los Angeles as Klay Thompson scored 22 points and David Lee added 20.

Stephen Curry added 14 points for the Warriors, who trailed by 11 points early before rallying in the third quarter with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul on the bench in foul trouble.

Paul led the Clippers with 28 points, but Griffin added just 16 before fouling out with 48 seconds left and the game tied at 105.

Game 2 is Monday in Los Angeles.

Oklahoma City was the lone home team to win, although the Thunder saw a 25-point lead shrink to 74-72 before they posted a 100-86 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Kevin Durant had 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who led 56-31 late in the first half before allowing the Grizzlies to rally. Russell Westbrook finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) added 17 points and nine boards.

Zach Randolph had a team-high 21 points for the Grizzlies, who shot just 36 percent and were outrebounded 51-41.

The series stays in Oklahoma City for Game 2 on Monday.

 

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