The NBA Playoffs continued on Sunday afternoon. While LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers lost their game 1, Harden and Westbrook had an amazing start. All in all, here is the roundup of what Sunday looked like in the NBA Playoffs.
Oklahoma City Thunder’s pair shine
Steven 12p/7r pic.twitter.com/xbLy9albq8
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 16, 2018
Paul George and Russell Westbrook led the Thunder to a 116-108 game-one win over the Utah Jazz. George was in his own world during that game 1, ripping off eight 3-pointers, on 11 attempts, en route to 36 points with seven rebounds.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 15, 2018
Westbrook broke in with a triple-double, scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. Carmelo Anthony added 15 points more with 2 assists. With Westbrook, Paul George & Carmelo Anthony on board, the Thunder was built for the playoffs.
LeBron James’ struggle face reaction goes viral as the Cavs lose game one to Pacers
LBJ: 24 PTS, 12 AST, 10 REB
JR Smith: 15 PTS pic.twitter.com/DFPQd4NXPJ
— NBA (@NBA) April 15, 2018
James was on the losing end as his Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a 98-80 defeat to the Indiana Pacers. Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 32 points, six rebounds, and four assists. That was James’ first first-round loss since 2012. LeBron made a triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. But no one else in the starting lineup scored over nine points. Now LeBron’s struggle face reaction goes viral on Twitter.
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) April 15, 2018
Instead, Cavs’ secondary source of points came from J.R. Smith’s 15 off the bench. But James, who has never lost a first-round series in his 15-year career, remains strongly positive.
LeBron: “I’m down 0-1 in the first round. I was down 3-1 in the Finals. I’m the last guy to ask about what I’m gonna be like the next couple days”
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) April 15, 2018
James Harden and the Rockets start the Playoffs on fire
Houston Rockets faced Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. James Harden scored 44 points on 15-of-26 shooting with eight assists to help the Rockets escape game one with a 104-101 win over the Timberwolves.
[FINAL] Rockets defeat Timberwolves, 104-101.
J. Harden: 44 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast.
— Rockets Nation (@Rockets__Nation) April 16, 2018
Harden’s 44 points were one shy of tying his playoff career-high and five points shy of tying the Rockets’ all-time record. Houston center Clint Capela led the way early, finishing the game with 24 points and 12 rebounds. The Rockets were outscored in the third and fourth quarters but still managed to sneak out a win.
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) April 16, 2018