EDITOR'S NOTE: The moment avid Filipino basketball fans have been waiting for has finally arrived: NBA Playoffs. Kami.com.ph features "The Hard Court Reports" by Eman-Reza Kazemi to capture the highlights of the NBA playoffs. It will share up-to-date game summaries and notable happenings of teams locked in the playoff race.
Toronto Raptors 98-87 Indiana Pacers [Series Tied 1-1]
Bouncing back from a game Toronto should have won, the Raptors earned their 1 win of the series against the Pacers. Led by Jonas Valanciunas’ 23 points and 15 rebounds, the Raptors head into enemy territory with the series all evened up. 4 other Raptors also scored in double digits inspite of Raptor star DeMar DeRozan continuing to struggle in the series. All-star Kyle Lowry also had 18 points and 9 assists to help his team. Paul George led the way for his team with 28 points while Monta Ellis had 15 for Indiana. The Pacers host game 3 in their court on April 22, 2016.
Dallas Mavericks 85-84 Oklahoma City Thunder [Series Tied 1-1]
With what was probably the most exciting game of the 1 round thus far, the Mavericks grind out a 1 point win against the Thunder who feature 2 of the top 10 players in the league in Durant and Westbrook. The Mavericks were led in scoring by Raymond Felton who swooshed 21 points. Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams had 17 and 13 points respectively. The game went down to the wire when thunder star Kevin Durant hit a clutch 3 to put OKC only 1 point behind the Mavericks. What happens next was absolute madness caught on tape in the video below. Game 3 will be held in Dallas this April 22, 2016.
by Eman-Reza Kazemi