Post Up: Getting Even

The Raptors and Mavericks even things up, while the Warriors win even without Stephen Curry.
by April 19, 2016

Raptors 98, Pacers 87 (Series tied 1-1)

That sound you hear? All of Toronto breathing a sigh of relief. A split. It’ll have to do. Jonas Valanciunas led the way with 23 points and 15 rebounds, Kyle Lowry posted 18 points, 9 dimes and 7 boards and even though DeMar DeRozan struggled again (5-for-18, 10 points, 0 free throw attempts) the Raptors evened the series up. PG-13 had 28 points in defeat. Game 3 is on Thursday night.

Mavericks 85, Thunder 84 (Series tied 1-1)

Where to even begin with this game. Durant had the worst shooting night of his playoff career (7-for-33, 21 points) and OKC shot under 34 percent from the field as a team. Raymond Felton (???) led the Mavs with 21 points and 11 rebounds. And then there was that batshit crazy ending, with Felton missing a pair of free throws before the frantic Steven Adams put-back game-winner that actually wasn’t a game-winner:

Warriors 115, Rockets 106 (Warriors lead series 2-0)

Without Steph Curry in the lineup, Klay Thompson stepped up to tie a career playoff-high with 34 points. Draymond Green had damn near a triple-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 8 dimes. In general, the Warriors proved once again why they are defending champions, pulling together without the MVP. As for the Rockets… we could type a lot of words but to make things simple, here’s Houston’s night in two Vines: