NBA Playoffs: Wednesday Night Round Up

Boston Celtics  107            Philadelphia 76ers  91  

(Celtics Lead 2-1)

May 16, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) talks with forward Paul Pierce (34) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers in game three of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Arena. The Celtics defeated the Sixers 107-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Order looks restored in this one as  Boston pulls away from the Sixers thanks to some big quarters.  Philly was leading after the first quarter by five points.  But the Celtics woke up and put up 32 points compared to the Sixers’ 16 points in the second quarter.  Another huge quarter of 29 points in the third put this game into cruise control for Boston, and now they take the 2-1 edge in the series.  Kevin Garnett continues his impressive play of the playoffs as he got 27 points and 13 rebounds.  He might be the best player of the playoffs right now.  He scored 13 of the 32 points in the second quarter, and is showing that’s still a valuable player for Boston.  Game 4 comes around tomorrow, so should be interesting to see which Celtic team shows up.  As we’ve seen they can win a close game or rout the Sixers.

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma City Thunder  77            Los Angeles Lakers  75  

(Thunder Lead 2-0)

May 16, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) and Thunder center Nazr Mohammed (8) fight for a rebound against Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) during the first half in game two of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Not quite the win I thought Oklahoma City would put together, but a win is a win.  This could really dampen the Lakers team as the Thunder just look like the better team.  Kevin Durant hit the go ahead basket with 18 seconds left, which is part of a spurt that saw the Thunder score the final 9 points of the game.  Great rally by the resilient Thunder team who were down 7 points with two minutes left.  Durant continues to write his clutch story as he hit the game winner.  This is important since it comes the night after people are wondering whether Lebron James is going to be that clutch player.  But that’s a whole other post.  The Thunder should be able to get win number three on Friday night in LA.

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