NBA Playoff results, tonight’s games


The Associated Press

The NBA Playoffs move in to the second week of competition with two games on tap, one in each conference.

Here’s a look at tonight’s game and results from Sunday:


Philadelphia leads 1-0. Game 2, 7:30 p.m. EDT, TNT

— NEED TO KNOW: The Nets have lost seven straight playoff games after falling 121-101 in the opener at Philadelphia. The 76ers set a franchise record with 21 made 3-pointers.

— KEEP AN EYE ON: Offensive rebounding. Led by five offensive rebounds from P.J. Tucker, the Sixers controlled the glass. They had 14 offensive rebounds in all and outscored Brooklyn 21-3 in second-chance points.

— INJURY WATCH: Philadelphia’s James Harden was slowed by an Achilles injury late in the season but looked sharp in the series opener with 23 points and 13 assists.

— PRESSURE IS ON: Brooklyn’s Mikal Bridges. Bridges kept the Nets in the game early, making 10 of 16 shots for 23 points in the first half. But he scored only seven points in the second half and will need a more complete game if Brooklyn is going to keep up in this series.


Sacramento leads 1-0. Game 2, 10 p.m. EDT, TNT

— NEED TO KNOW: The Warriors lost the opener of a playoff series for just the fourth time in 25 postseason series since Kerr became coach in the 2014-15 season. Golden State followed up those Game 1 losses with wins the previous three times: against the Celtics in the 2022 Finals, the Raptors in the 2019 Finals and the Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. The Warriors haven’t fallen behind 2-0 in a playoff series since the second round in 2007 against Utah.

— KEEP AN EYE ON: Kings bench. Sacramento got great production from its bench players, with Monk’s 32 points the most in franchise history for a reserve in a playoff game and Trey Lyles adding 16 points. Alex Len even had four points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot in 12 effective minutes.

— INJURY WATCH: Andrew Wiggins provided a big boost for Golden State in his first game in more than two months. He had 17 points, three rebounds and four blocked shots in 28 minutes and could play even more in Game 2.

— PRESSURE IS ON: Domantas Sabonis. The Kings managed to win the opener with little production from their most important big man. Sabonis struggled against Kevon Looney and Green and shot just 5 for 17 (29.4%) from the floor in his worst shooting performance of the season. Sacramento probably can’t afford another off night offensively from Sabonis if the Kings want to take a 2-0 series lead.

Sunday’s Results

HEAT 130, BUCKS 117

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 35 points and the Miami Heat capitalized on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s early exit to beat the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks 130-117 on Sunday in an Eastern Conference playoff opener featuring two notable injuries.

The top-seeded Bucks lost Antetokounmpo to a lower back bruise early in the second quarter. Miami’s Tyler Herro broke his right hand later in the period.

No. 8 seed Miami had built a 68-55 halftime advantage before Herro’s departure and stayed ahead by shooting 59.5% (50 of 84) from the floor. The Heat were 15 of 25 and the Bucks 11 of 45 from 3-point range.

Antetokounmpo got fouled by Kevin Love and landed hard on his backside in the first quarter. He went to the locker room, returned briefly and left the court again, this time for good. He had six points and three rebounds in 11 minutes.

Herro appeared to hurt his hand while diving for a loose ball late in the first half.

Bam Adebayo had 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Heat. Butler had 11 assists. Love had 18 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 33 points and nine rebounds. Bobby Portis had 21 points. Jrue Holiday added 16 points and 16 assists for Milwaukee, which appeared disjointed after a long layoff.


DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray had 24 points and eight assists in his first playoff game since the 2020 NBA bubble and top-seeded Denver routed Minnesota.

Nikola Jokic added 13 points, 14 rebounds and a half dozen assists in 28 minutes and Michael Porter Jr. scored 18 points as the Nuggets snapped a five-game skid in playoff openers.

Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 18 points. Karl-Anthony Towns, who was rounding into form this month after missing 52 games with a bad calf, missed 10 of his first 12 shots and finished with 11 points. The Timberwolves hadn’t been held to so few points since Nov. 19, 2016.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rui Hachimura had a career-best playoff scoring performance with 29 points, including 21 in the second half, and LeBron James added 21 points and 11 rebounds as Los Angeles beat Memphis in the opening game of their Western Conference series.

Austin Reaves added 23 points, including nine straight in the closing minutes as the Lakers pulled away. Anthony Davis had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and D’Angelo Russell, who scored only two points in the Lakers’ play-in win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, finished with 19 points.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with 31 points, while Desmond Bane scored 22. Ja Morant had 18 points before leaving in the fourth quarter with an injured right hand.

Seventh-seeded Los Angeles wrested home-court advantage from the No. 2 seed Grizzlies, who had the NBA’s best home record at 35-6.


PHOENIX (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 38 points, including a pair of late 3-pointers, and Los Angeles beat Phoenix in their West series opener.

Eric Gordon added 19 points and hit a late 3 that kept the Clippers ahead. Russell Westbrook shot just 3 of 19 from the floor for Los Angeles but made a pair of free throws with 17.7 seconds left for a three-point lead, then blocked Devin Booker’s layup attempt at the other end and swatted the ball off Booker to give the Clippers the ball with 10.1 seconds remaining.

Kevin Durant scored 27 points for the Suns, who lost for the first time with him on the floor. Phoenix acquired the two-time NBA Finals MVP from Brooklyn in February and injuries limited him to eight games — all Suns wins.

Devin Booker added 26 points for Phoenix, which will try to avoid falling into a 2-0 hole at home on Tuesday.


AP NBA: and

No posts to display