Game 2 of the NBA’s Playoffs series’ are now officially in the books, and on the second night of them some normalcy was restored. Both the top seeds, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks were able to bounce back after losses in their opening games. The Bucks were never really troubled by the Orlando Magic on Thursday, winning 111-96 in the end, while the Lakers won by a very similar 111-88 to also dominate. Giannis Antetokounmpo starred for the former, scoring 28 and grabbing 20 rebounds to become the first Buck with a 20-20 game since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The Magic were once again led by the impressive Nikola Vucevic, who scored 32 points in the losing effort. In the latter game mentioned, the Lakers were never interested in making it a contest. Anthony Davis led the way with 31 points and also had 11 rebounds, and they held Damian Lillard to just 18 points total. It’s going to be hard for the Portland Trail Blazers to win much of anything with a game-high of 18, especially if Lillard is the man providing them the points. In the other two games of the day, both the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets took firm control in their respective series. The Heat saw off the Indiana Pacers 109-100 as Duncan Robinson hardly missed a shot in putting up 24 points and the Rockets defeated the OKC Thunder 111-98 despite a poor shooting night from James Harden and co. (he had just 21 points on 5-16 from the floor).
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