Round 1 of the Western Conference playoffs is officially underway, and teams are looking to start on the right foot. The San Antonio Spurs re in control of their opening round series up 2-0 over the Memphis Grizzlies but let's see how the rest of the West playoff field is doing in their playoff openers.
No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 8 Portland Trailblazers
Despite an explosive offensive showing from Damion Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Blazers ultimately did not have enough to keep up with the Warriors.
The game was tied at 88 after the third quarter. However, the Warriors outscored Portland 33 to 21 in the final period.
Lillard and McCollum combined for 75 points to pace Portland, and Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Stephen Curry poured in 29 points, while Draymond Green nearly had a triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists.
No. 3 Houston Rockets vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder
In a battle between the two front-runners for MVP, James Harden came away with a 118-87 win. Harden led Houston with 37 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds. Patrick Beverley registered a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Andre Roberson provided additional offensive production for the Thunder with 18 points. Russell Westbrook struggled with turnovers, but still added 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
The game was close at halftime as the Rockets led 59-54. Houston pulled away in the second half, and held the Thunder to only 13 points in the fourth quarter.
No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz
Seeding wise, this was the only upset of round one as the Jazz walked away with a 97-95 victory off a Joe Johnson buzzer-beater.
Johnson led Utah with 21 points, and Gordon Hayward poured in 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Blake Griffin paced LA with 26 points and seven rebounds, while Chris Paul had 25 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.