The first set of Game 2’s took place on Wednesday in the first round of the NBA’s Playoffs, and that helped bring a little bit of clarity in some places about who might just be moving on past this stage. We’ll begin with the night cap, which saw the Dallas Mavericks looking to even up their series with the Los Angeles Clippers. They would do just that on a very productive night from both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, winning by a comfortable margin at the buzzer via a 127-114 score. The two European studs combined for 53 points, with Doncic dropping 28 of those.
That was more than enough on the evening despite a valiant effort from Kawhi Leonard on the opposing side. He had a double-double that included a game-high 35 points as well as ten rebounds. It means it’s very much in the air as to who will win this series ultimately. In the game that came before this one, we did receive some of the clarity mentioned before as the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers to go 2-0 up in their series. The 128-101 blowout victory saw Jayson Tatum lead the way with 33 points (one less than Joel Embiid on the opposite side) in just 31 minutes of action. It’s very disappointing for the Sixers, who just seem like they will never reach their full potential at this stage. In the other two games, the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 104-99 to make it 2-0 and the Utah Jazz overcame the Denver Nuggets 124-105 to level up that series.
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