The Byrdbored 2015 replay continued with the Western Conference Playoffs Round #1….
Golden State Warriors (4-0) over Oklahoma City Thunder
Without Kevin Durant the Thunder just didn’t have enough to beat Golden State. The Warriors dominated from the start with an average win of 114-93 against the Thunder. Klay Thompson averaged 29.2 points per game in the series.
Houston Rockets (4-2) over Dallas Mavericks
The first four games finished with the series all even at (2-2). However, in game #5, the Rockets held off Dallas, 127-120, thanks to Trevor Ariza’s 34 points and 7 rebounds along with James Harden’s 33 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Josh Smith chipped in with 22 points and 10 boards to take a (3-2) lead going to Dallas. In game #6, The Beard took over with 34 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in a 114-106 clincher for Houston.
Los Angeles Clippers (4-3) over Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis would shock the Clippers taking three of the first four games. In game #4, Courtney Lee scored 21 points, while Jeff Green had 20 in a Grizzlies win to take a commanding lead in the series. However, the Clippers would fight back to win the final three games (ironic in reverse don’t you think?). In game #7, Chris Paul would have 26 points and Blake Griffin would land a huge triple-double with 22 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists in the 92-85 clincher.
San Antonio Spurs (4-1) over Portland Trail Blazers
Tim Duncan set the tone for the series with his game #1 dominance scoring 29 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing out 8 assists and blocking 3 shots. The discouraging thing for Portland was that LaMarcus Aldridge had a huge game scoring 41 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, but the Blazers still dropped game #1, 110-106. Portland battled to win game #3, but the message had been sent in the opening games in San Antonio.
Round #2 matchups……
(#5) San Antonio Spurs vs. (#1) Golden State Warriors
(#3) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (#2) Houston Rockets
The matchup everyone wanted in the Spurs-Warriors and another chance to see if the Clippers should have beaten Houston? Not a bad second round in the West…..