Kevin Durant back on track. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s 50 combined points with major contributions from Enes Kanter and Deion Waiters got them a 29 point win. The Mavericks definitely did not stand a chance against this Oklahoma City Thunder rampage. The final score was 131-102. The Mavericks trail 1-2 in the series.
The Raptors beat the Pacers after Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan finally start to get going. Demarre Carroll dropped in 17 points in the 16 point margin win. The Pacers will try to fight back in game four to even the series at 2-2.
The Warriors lost a heartbreaker after playing extremely hard in the absence of Stephen Curry. Klay Thompson could never find the rim, and missed all 7 three-point attempts. Marreese Speights contributed with 22 points in 18 minutes. The Warriors came back in the 4th quarter, but James Harden won the game for the Rockets with a go-ahead bucket with 2 seconds remaining. The Warriors lead the Series 2-1. The Warriors will plan to have Stephen Curry in game 4.
The Cavaliers beat the Pistons by ten points in game 3. Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and Lebron James combined for 66 points. The Pistons continue to try to climb and avoid getting swept. The Cavaliers lead 3-0
The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Celtics. The Hawks big men failed to produce points. The Hawks also struggled to stop Isaiah Thomas, and let him score 42 points on 50% shooting. Boston still trail in the series 1-2.
The Memphis Grizzlies didn’t get handed what might seem the usual blowout, but they did get handed another loss. Kawhi Leonard dropped 32 points shooting 50% all game and 6-9 from 3-point land. The Grizzlies will most likely continue their mediocre play, and will most likely get swept by the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs will most likely advance to having nine postseason series sweeps as they seek to continue their dominance game 4.
The Trail Blazers showed phenomenal heart into getting a game 3 win. Damian Lillard and Cj McCollum combined for more than half of the team’s points. It was a very close game throughout almost the whole game. A few baskets in the last minutes: a fadeaway from Damian Lillard and two layups by Maurice Harkless, put the Clippers in an impossible uphill climb to win.
The Charlotte Hornets get their first playoff win since 2002. The Heat and The Hornets struggled to find the basket, but many role players on the Hornets were able to drop in a couple of baskets for them. The game ended up turning into a blowout, because Hassan Whiteside was the only player on the Heat to shoot fairly efficient from the field. The Hornets avoid a sweep and the series is still being led by the Heat 2-1.