The curtains have come down on an entertaining Day 1 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
Of the four games, three of them were won by the lower-seeded road team.
The Nets' bench sparked the team to an upset win over the Philadelphia 76ers by nine points while the Orlando Magic stunned the second-seeded Raptors on the back of DJ Augustin's game-winner. Last but not least, Gregg Popovich and the Spurs beat the young Nuggets in Denver in a nail-biter to cap an eventful Day 1 of the 2019 NBA postseason.
The two-time reigning champs were the only higher-seeded that took care of business at home, taking a 1-0 series against the LA Clippers with a 17-point Game 1 win.
Spurs 101, Nuggets 96 (San Antonio leads 1-0)
On a day of upsets, the seventh-seeded Spurs stole homecourt advantage behind an all-round performance by DeMar DeRozan - 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists.
As a team, the Spurs shot better than their opponents from everywhere on the court - 48.2% from the field (Nuggets - 42.0%), 46.7% from beyond the arc (Nuggets - 21.4%), and 70.0% from the free-throw line (Nuggets - 66.7%).
End of 3rd quarter: Spurs 72, Nuggets 68
Both teams score less than 20 points in the third quarter.
Will Barton is game's leading scorer with 15 but Derrick White is not far behind with 14, including this poster dunk over Paul Millsap:
DERRICK. WHITE. HAMMER. 💥🔨#GoSpursGo #NBAPlayoffs @ESPNNBA pic.twitter.com/RAWZGdLuFk- NBA (@NBA) April 14, 2019
End of 2nd quarter: Spurs 59, Nuggets 51
The Spurs lead by 8 points at halftime with the Spurs having four players in double figures. Rudy Gay is the top-scorer so far with 12.
Rudy Gay puts up 12 PTS to pace the @spurs 1st half in Denver! #GoSpursGo #NBAPlayoffs- NBA (@NBA) April 14, 2019
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End of 1st quarter: Spurs 25, Nuggets 20
The San Antonio Spurs hold the lead in this low-scoring first quarter. DeMar DeRozan has the game-high 11.
Shooter's touch.@DeMar_DeRozan | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/BGpR5WQ2MC- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 14, 2019
Warriors 121, Clippers 104 (Golden State leads 1-0)
The Warriors cruise to a 17-point Game 1 win and take a 1-0 series lead.
Stephen Curry led the way with a super efficient 38 points (11-of-16 shooting), 15 rebounds (career-high) and 7 assists including 8 made three-pointers.
Steph from downtown, for @NBAHistory! pic.twitter.com/KupvFthcTs- Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 14, 2019
Also, in the matter of 20 seconds in the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley received two double technicals and were subsequently ejected from the game.
End of 3rd quarter: Warriors 98, Clippers 79
The Warriors outscored the Clippers by six in the third quarter to expand their lead even further.
Stephen Curry added another 10 points to his tally for the game, including this heat check long-range bomb.
"Curry, long distance... BANG!" ☔️☔️- NBA (@NBA) April 14, 2019
30 PTS, 13 REB, 6 AST for Steph through Q3 on #NBAonABC! #NBAPlayoffs #StrengthInNumbers 98#ClipperNation 79 pic.twitter.com/TX4fYwMzzR
End of 2nd quarter: Warriors 69, Clippers 56
Montrezl Harrell led all scorers in the first half with 22 points, but the Clippers find themselves trailing by 13 after two quarters.
Stephen Curry took over for the Warriors in the second quarter, finishing the first half with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists. Draymond Green was Golden State's second-leading scorer with 13 points, followed by Kevin Durant, who has 11.
End of 1st quarter: Warriors 36, Clippers 27
Draymond Green came to play. He scored 13 points in the first quarter on 5-for-5 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from 3-point range.
He also had three assists and two rebounds.
Shooter's touch 🔥- Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 14, 2019
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Stephen Curry, meanwhile, is well on his way towards a triple-double with six points, six assists and four rebounds.
Montrezl Harrell led the way for the Clippers with 11 points.
Magic 104, Raptors 101 (Orlando leads 1-0)
The D.J. Augustin game! Not only did he tie Kawhi Leonard with game-high honours in scoring (25), the veteran guard scored the five biggest points of the game.
After tying the game at 101 with 44.9 seconds remaining, Augustin put the Raptors ahead by three with a pull-up 3-pointer in the closing seconds.
D.J. AUGUSTIN CALLED GAME- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 13, 2019
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Leonard had a chance to tie the game, but his 3-pointer came up short.
End of 3rd quarter: Raptors 76, Magic 75
The Raptors have regained control of the game, but it's still close.
Pascal Siakam, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green led the charge in the third quarter by combining for 22 of the team's 27 points.
Kawhi: Bucket getter pic.twitter.com/GBQMKXRaxU- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 13, 2019
The Magic came back down to earth with 18 points on 5-for-18 shooting in the third.
End of 2nd quarter: Magic 57, Raptors 49
The Magic dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Raptors 32-19 on 6-for-10 shooting from 3-point range to take the lead.
It was D.J. Augustin who stole the show once again, this time with 10 points. He's now up to 19 points in the game.
Fortunately for the Raptors, they closed the quarter on a 9-0 run to keep this game within single digits heading into the half.
Following a strong first quarter, Kawhi Leonard went scoreless (0-for-5 FG) in the second.
End of 1st quarter: Raptors 30, Magic 25
Kawhi Leonard appears to be in postseason form. He scored 11 of Toronto's 30 points in the first quarter on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field and 2-2 from the free throw line.
As he has done all season long, Fred VanVleet provided a boost off the bench for the Raptors, knocking down two of his three 3-point attempts. Everyone else on the team was 1-for-7 from deep.
On the Magic side, it was D.J. Augustin who set the tone with nine early points.
Nets 111, 76ers 102 (Brooklyn leads 1-0)
The Nets take Game 1 with a nine-point victory.
D'Angelo Russell finished with a team-high 26 points, but five more players scored in double figures for Brooklyn. Both Spencer Dinwiddie (18 points) and Caris LeVert (23 points) came up big off the bench, while Ed Davis had a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
💪eVert#WeGoHard pic.twitter.com/g8NM1ubRIx- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 13, 2019
Jimmy Butler had a big game himself, scoring a playoff career-high 36 points, but he didn't receive much help. Joel Embiid scored 22 points but missed 10 of his 15 shot attempts. Ben Simmons (9), JJ Redick (5) and Tobias Harris (4), meanwhile, failed to score in double figures.
End of 3rd quarter: Nets 93, 76ers 82
D'Angelo Russell is starting to heat up. After a quiet first half, in which he missed nine of his 11 shot attempts, the one-time All-Star scored 14 points (6-10 FG) in the third quarter.
Ed Davis also had a big quarter, chipping in with eight points and five rebounds off the bench.
The 76ers had a decent quarter themselves with 28 points, but they still trail heading into the final frame.
Jimmy Butler continues his strong play, scoring nine points in the third to bring his total to 32 for the game.
End of 2nd quarter: Nets 62, 76ers 54
Even with D'Angelo Russell struggling and Jarrett Allen in foul trouble, the Nets lead the 76ers at the half.
The Nets led by as much as 17 points in the first half. According to NBA.com's John Schuhmann , the Nets were 26-5 in the regular season when leading by 15 or more points and the 76ers were 5-17 when trailing by that margin.
Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert have led the way for the Nets so far. The two have combined to score 27 points off the bench on 8-for-12 shooting from the field.
They were both relentless attacking mismatches in isolation.
👏 @SDinwiddie_25 attacks baseline and throws it down! #NBAPlayoffs#WeGoHard 56#PhilaUnite 43- NBA (@NBA) April 13, 2019
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Jimmy Butler is the reason the 76ers aren't down by more. He scored 11 of the team's final 13 points of the second quarter, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, to give him 23 points at the half.
Jimmy at the horn... BUCKETS! 🚨#PhilaUnite 54#WeGoHard 62#NBAPlayoffs on @ESPNNBA pic.twitter.com/CCNxKcpNzZ- NBA (@NBA) April 13, 2019
Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid have combined for 15 points on 3-for-18 shooting from the field. The Nets have done a good job of baiting Embiid into taking 3-pointers and crashing on Simmons' drives, both in the half court and transition.
End of 1st quarter: Nets 31, 76ers 22
Joel Embiid came out of the gates strong, scoring eight points on 6-for-7 shooting from the free throw line in his first stint, but he finished the first quarter shooting 1-for-7 from the field and 0-for-4 from 3-point range.
As a team, the 76ers missed all nine of their 3-point attempts.
The Nets, on the other hand, shot 5-for-9 from the perimeter. Joe Harris had nine early points on 3-for-4 shooting from deep.
9 PTS, 3 3PM for Joe Harris in the opening frame! #WeGoHard #NBAPlayoffs- NBA (@NBA) April 13, 2019
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D'Angelo Russell has yet to make a field goal, but he has a game-high four assists through 12 minutes of play.
The bad news for the Nets: Jarrett Allen picked up three fouls in seven minutes of action. He might not play again until the second half.
76ers star Joel Embiid was questionable for Game 1 against the Nets with a knee injury, but he will start.
Starting 5⃣ vs @BrooklynNets- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 13, 2019
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