Tuesday night’s slate of games would have been a trio of blowouts if it weren’t for Damian Lillard, who carried the Portland through a game that will not be soon forgotten. In a two overtime thriller, the Nuggets were pushed to the limits on their way to taking a slight edge in the series.
We’ve broken down each of the Tuesday’s matchups below.
No. 2 Nets 123, No. 7 Celtics 109
BKN wins series 3-1
While it wasn’t surprising, the Brooklyn Nets were able to finish the Boston Celtics off on Tuesday night in Game 5 of the series. Without a handful of key pieces, the Celtics were just no match for the most talented team in the NBA.
Jayson Tatum continued his hot scoring streak with 32 points on the night, but was matched by James Harden who put in 34 points of his own. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant also combined for 49 points to help the Nets move to the second round with ease.
No. 3 Nuggets 147, No. 6 Trail Blazers 140
DEN leads series 3-2
In a contest that went into double overtime, Game 5 of Nuggets/Blazers was the game of the night without a doubt. In fact, it might go down as the best game of the entire first round. Damian Lillard went off for 55 points and
Nikola Jokic continued to impress and led the Nuggets with 38 points, 11 rebounds
No. 2 Suns 115, No. 7 Lakers 85
PHX leads series 3-2
Without Anthony Davis on Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers looked lost. LeBron James and the rest of the Lakers struggled tremendously and were out of the game early on. Down by 30 points at half, Los Angeles only scored ten points in the second quarter and never recovered.
LeBron James finished with only 24 points, seven assists