NBA News 4/19/16: Warriors Edge Rockets Without Stephen Curry for 2-0 Series Lead
NBA Player Updates 4/19: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 19, 2016
The 2016 NBA Playoffs are calming down a bit tonight, with just two games on the schedule. We should see some great basketball in those matchups, however, so in the meantime let’s check out our daily look at the headlines and key stats in the news.
Raptors-Pacers: Up in Toronto last night, the Raptors rode the unlikely coattails of Jonas Valanciunas to a 98-87 victory over the Pacers.
Valanciunas had a playoff career-high with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry logged 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
The victory breaks the Raptors’ postseason losing streak at seven games; they hadn’t won in the playoff since April 30, 2014.
Paul George put up 28 points for the Pacers to lead the way.
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Mavericks-Thunder: In Oklahoma City, the Thunder thought they had taken a 2-0 lead in the series, until a review of a last-second putback was disallowed and the Mavericks tied things up with an 85-84 victory.
OKC shot just 33.7 from the floor here. Kevin Durant had 21 points, but shot just 7-of-33. It was a record-setting postseason performance in number of misses and percentage.
As for the Mavericks, Raymond Felton led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds while Dirk Nowitzki put up 17 of his own.
Warriors-Rockets: Heading into last night’s game two in Oakland, the big question was whether or not the Warriors would have Stephen Curry, who was suffering an ankle injury.
Golden State didn’t end up needing Curry (who sat out), and took a 115-106 win over the Rockets for a 2-0 edge in the series.
Klay Thompson took control for the defending champs, with 34 points and five assists. Andre Iguodala put up 18 points with our 3-pointers, while Draymond Green managed 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
Curry tried to give it a go, but was in obvious discomfort before the game.
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.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016:
7:00 PM ET:
Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks (TNT, TSN, FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST, CSNHD)
9:30 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs (TNT, TSN3/5, FSSW, FOX SPORTS SOUTHEAST)
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