Posted Date: April 21, 2014

Three-Pointers: LaMarcus Aldridge’s career night carries Blazers over Rockets

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Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 46 points and 18 rebounds in Game 1 against the Rockets. (Bob Levey/Getty Images Sport)

The Trail Blazers defeated the Rockets 122-120 in overtime at Houston’s Toyota Center on Sunday to take a 1-0 series lead.

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Night of his life. LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t answer definitively when asked if he had just completed the best game of his career. He did admit that he was taking home the game ball and that he would add it to his collection, but he hemmed and hawed otherwise. In all honesty, Aldridge could have sat at the podium in complete silence; rarely does a performance so thoroughly speak for itself.

The 28-year-old three-time All-Star is no stranger to big nights, but he’s never accomplished anything in the vicinity of his 46-point, 18-rebound outing against the Rockets. He surpassed his career-high (44 points), his postseason career-high (31) points, the Blazers’ postseason franchise scoring record (45 points), and he put together a scoring/rebounding combination that has come along roughly five years since the mid-1980s. He entered Sunday with just 18 playoff appearances and four playoff double-doubles; he left Sunday with that game ball and home court advantage.

“It’s an honor. It’s surreal. I’m truly blessed,” Aldridge said afterwards. “I’ve been a Trail Blazer all my life. I want to try to break every record if I can.”

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Posted Date: April 21, 2014

Three-Pointers: Nene dominates Bulls as Wizards rally late to Game 1 victory

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Nene powered his way to a game-high 24 points against the Bulls. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport)

It’s been six long years for Washington fans since the Wizards last made the playoffs, but Sunday’s return to postseason action was about as triumphant as it gets. The fifth-seeded Wizards pulled off an impressive rally in the fourth quarter to earn a a 102-93 road win against the Bulls in Game 1.

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Posted Date: April 20, 2014

Bobcats’ Al Jefferson (foot) received two injections during Game 1 loss to Heat

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Al Jefferson averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game for the Bobcats this season. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

Bobcats forward Al Jefferson required multiple injections after suffering a strained plantar fascia in his left foot during a 99-88 Game 1 loss to the Heat in Miami on Sunday.

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Posted Date: April 20, 2014

Three-Pointers: Heat storm past Bobcats in Game 1 as Dwyane Wade buoys offense

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Dwyane Wade scored 23 points in the Heat’s victory in Game 1. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Sport)

After getting off to a slow start start Sunday, the Heat eventually picked up enough steam to storm past the Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1. Miami picked up the victory behind 27 points from LeBron James and a promising performance from Dwyane Wade (23 points).

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Posted Date: April 21, 2014

Three-Pointers: Spurs correct course just in time to best Mavericks in Game 1

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Dallas dabbled in all sorts of defensive coverages but couldn't quite stop Tim Duncan. (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dallas dabbled in all sorts of defensive coverages but couldn’t quite stop Tim Duncan. (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images)

Up is down, black is white and the Mavericks nearly won a game with defense. Game 1 of this Western Conference series hardly went by the book, as two of the best offensive teams in basketball traded stops en route to a 90-85 Spurs win.  

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