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NBA News 4/18/16: Clippers' Griffin, Paul and Jordan Double Up in 2016 Postseason Debut

NBA Player Updates 4/18: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

April 18, 2016

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After an intense weekend in the NBA playoffs, we’ve got three more games to look forward to tonight. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about from the headlines, so let’s take our daily look at the key players and stats.

Cavaliers-Pistons: Cleveland got a Game 1 home win in their opening-round series against the Pistons yesterday, taking the victory 106-101.
Kyrie Irving put up 31 points, while Kevin Love managed 28 for Cleveland. LeBron James helped out as well, with 22 points and 11 assists.
The Pistons made 15 3-pointers in this game, and were in it late, but couldn’t close the game out mostly due to youth and lack of experience. It’s Detroit’s first postseason appearance since 2009.

NBA News 4/18/16: Clippers' Griffin, Paul and Jordan Double Up in 2016 Postseason Debut


Heat-Hornets: Down in Miami, the Heat took care of business against the visiting Hornets in a big way, logging a 123-91 win.
Luol Deng went 11-of-13 from the floor for 31 points, while Hassan Whiteside helped out on 21 points and 11 rebounds. Dwyane Wade played 26 minutes and provided 16 points.
The Heat scored a whopping 41 points in the first quarter alone, which ties a franchise record. They also broke a franchise record with their 123 overall points.

Grizzlies-Spurs: This one was another blowout. The Spurs bagged a 106-74 victory over the visiting Grizzlies last night, ensuring Memphis’ worst postseason loss in franchise history.
San Antonio put up 13 steals and nine blocks overall, and Kawhi Leonard managed 20 points. LaMarcus Aldridge put up 17 points.
On the other side, Zach Randolph could only muster six points on 3-of-13 shooting.

Clippers-Blazers: Blake Griffin made his presence known in a blowout last night in L.A. he put up 19 points and 12 rebounds in the Clippers’ 115-95 win over the Blazers, while teammate Chris Paul had 28 points and 11 assists. DeAndre Jordan also doubled up on 18 points and 12 rebounds here.
Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 21 points, but CJ McCollum could only muster nine.

NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the league’s daily schedule. Let’s check out the matchups, times and channels where you can find all the action.

Monday, April 18, 2016:

7:00 PM ET:
Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors (NBATV, TSN1/¾/5, FSI)

8:00 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT, NBATV CANADA, FS OKLAHOMA HD, KTXA)

10:30 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors (TNT, TSN, CAN BAY AREA, ROOT)

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