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The 2018 NBA Playoffs debuted last night. Higgledy-piggledy, Toronto got relieved, San Antonio and Miami collapsed, while New Orleans already took a significative advantage.
In Oakland, the Warriors defeated the Spurs 113-92 without Stephen Curry but carried away by Klay Thompson (27 points) and Kevin Durant (24 points). Nigerian American Andre Iguodala, who was present in the starting team, had 3 points and 7 rebounds. For the time being, playing without Curry does not look like a problem…
The Spurs, who struggled hard to be part of these playoffs, were led by Gay (15 points), Aldridge (14 points) and Forbes (14 points).
In Toronto, Spanish Congolese Serge Ibaka was the game hero with 23 points and 12 rebounds facing Washington (victory 114-106). DeRozan (6/17 on shooting, 17 points) and Kyle Lowry (11 points) were quite disappointing for the Raptors regarding what they usually do in the regular season, but it was enough to enable the Canadian franchise to win a first game in a series since 2001 and a win over the Sixers.
Philly, without Cameroonian Joël Embiid who will miss Game 2 as well, outclassed Miami 130-103. Belinelli (25 points) and Redick (28 points) made the job while rookie Ben Simmons added 17 points. But the real surprise came from Portland, where the teammates of Damian Lillard lost at home 95-97 against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Anthony Davis, first game won in playoffs after the sweep against Golden State in 2015, scored 35 points and took 14 rebounds for the Southern team. Rajon Rondo had 17 assists and their fellows followed quite well, with 16 points for Mirotic and 21 for Holiday.
By Guillaume Mahot