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.
April 22, 2016 PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Atlanta Hawks @ Boston Celtics Game 3: 8AM bTV
San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies Game 3: 12PM bTV
Dallas Mavericks 102-131 Oklahoma City Thunder [OKC Lead 2-0]
Looking to bounce back from the worst performance of his playoff career, Kevin Durant went off for a game high 34 points on 44% shooting from the field. Russel Westbrook also had a huge impact for the Thunder squad when he went off for a whopping 15 assists to go along with his 26 big points. The Thunder were able to pull-off the victory with the services of Enes Kanter and Dion Waiters who scored 21 and 19 points respectively. Game 3 bore witness to a special moment as Maverick legend Dirk Nowitzki overtook Wilt Chamberlain to become the 16 top scorer in NBA playoff history. Nowitzki has a chance to further his place in history by scoring 16 more points to overtake Laker legend, Elgin Baylor for 15 on the All-Time Leading Scorers in NBA Playoff History. Wesley Matthews led the way for the Mavericks with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. No Maverick player found themselves with a positive plus-minus value this game.
Toronto Raptors 101-85 Indiana Pacers [TOR Lead 2-1]
The higher seed Toronto Raptors manage to hold off the feisty Indiana Pacers during their game 3 showdown in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana. Capitalizing on the 12 turnovers of the first 2quarters, the Raptors finish the half with a 17 point lead against the Pacers. Unable to get going offensively, the pacers turned to star forward Paul George who was unable to deliver for his team when they needed it in the 3 quarter. George however led the way for his team with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The Raptors were clicking on all cylinders as 4 different players scored in double digits. It was a welcoming sight to see DeMar DeRozan knocking down his shots after failing to rise to the occasion in games 1 and 2. He finished with 21 points while fellow teammate Kyle Lowry doled out 8 assists scoring just as many points.
Golden State Warriors 96-97 Houston Rockets [GSW Lead 2-1]
Without curry, the Warriors are 1-1 in the playoffs thus far. James Harden is a big reason to the current standing against the defending champions with his 35 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds, and 2 steal masterpiece performance in game 3. Down 1 point with 10.5 seconds remaining in the game, Harden dribbles the ball down the court, drives, spins, steps back, and hits his fade away jumper to put the Rockets up by 1. The Warriors squandered their opportunity to win the game when Draymond Green fumbled the inbounds pass from Klay Thompson and turned it over. Mareese Speights led the way for the Warriors coming from the bench scoring 22 points while Klay Thompson scored 17 points.
by Eman-Reza Kazemi
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