Heat 106, Hornets 73 (Miami wins series, 4-3)
In what was an emotional game for Dwyane Wade, Miami came out of the gate and blitzed the Hornets in Game 7, riding the hot hand of Goran Dragic (25 points) to jump out to a double-digit lead by halftime. In the third quarter, the Heat outscored Charlotte, 29-11 and the rout was on. This clip is a fitting metaphor for the game as a whole:
Warriors 118, Blazers 106 (Golden State leads series, 1-0)
No Steph? No problem. Klay Thompson (playoff career high 37 points) was hot from the jump, helping the Warriors jump out to an early advantage—he even rained one from Steph range early:
Teams might consider guarding Klay Thompson 35' feet away nowadays 😱 pic.twitter.com/7v94lXHLT7
— KNBR (@KNBR) May 1, 2016
Draymond Green notched his second career playoff triple-double (23, 13 and 11) and despite 30 from Damian Lillard, the Dubs coasted to a Game 1 win.
Raptors 89, Pacers 84 (Toronto wins series, 4-3)
It was far from pretty, but the Raptors just won their first playoff series since 2001, and will advance to face the Heat. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, but shot 10-for-32 from the field. In fact, Toronto shot 38 percent from the field as a team, and nearly gave it up down the stretch thanks to a feeble 11-point fourth quarter effort. But the 6ix held on in what was a sloppy serving of crunch time play, and will move on to the second round. Breathe a sigh of relief, Raps fans.