The Cavaliers win 97-89. James scores 31 points, Mozgov scores ten points and 11 rebounds. Teague scores 27 points, Horford scores 16 points, Millsap scores 13 points and Kent Bazemore scores ten points for the Hawks. Cleveland leads East Finals 1-0. Coach Blatt on Lebron:
When he gets hot. He gets smoking hot.
Coach Budenholzer on Carroll:
DeMarre is a complete player. He has a big impact at both ends of the court.
Once I start shooting. Everybody keeps telling me to keep shooting.
James on Carroll injuries:
We’re all a brotherhood. You don’t want anybody to get hurt like that.
The Warriors win 110-106. Curry scores 34 points, six rebounds and five assists and Green scores 13 points and 12 rebounds. Harden scores 28 points, Ariza scores 20 points and Smith scores 17 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets. Golden State leads West Finals 1-0. Coach Kerr on team:
It really stretches people out. Houston does the same thing. It was an interesting chess match, because they like to go small and we like to go small.
Harden on Game 1 loss:
You can’t give a really good shooting team easy layups and confidence. That’s what we did in the second quarter.
Coach McHale on Howard’s injuries:
Hopefully Dwight is healthy and we can play big. We didn’t have that option with Dwight out.
The Rockets win 130-128. Harden scores 42 points, nine assists, Howard has 26 rebounds, Smith scores 18 points and Brewer scores 15points. Nowitzki scores 34 points for the Mavericks. Houston leads 3-0 West First Round Series.
Harden on Howard:
He was a beast. He was a beast. Go ahead.
Tonight wasn’t my night to score. I was OK with that. But the one thing that I can always control is the paint and just try to get every rebound.
It was an up-and-down game, shot-making and play-making all over the place. This ranks up there with the toughest playoffs losses I’ve had in my long playoff career.
It was a hell of a game if you like offense. If you like defense, maybe not so much.
The Rockets wins 111-99. Howard scores a double-double (28 points and 12 rebounds) and Harden scores 24 points. Ellis scores 24 points for the Mavericks. Houston leads West First Round Series 2-0.
Harden on Smith friendship:
Man, like they were little boys again.
We just saw something, a little wrinkle in their defense and we just tried to take advantage of it.
Howard on Game 2 success:
I don’t care about how many points I get, my job is to make sure I dominate the paint.
Coach Carlisle on Dallas loss:
Those are a problem. We’ve going to have to find a way to better combat that.
The Rockets win 117-91. Harden scores a triple-double (16 points, 11 rebounds and ten assists), Howard scores 14 points and Smith scores 13 points. Cotton scores 14 points for the Jazz. Howard on playoffs game:
We want to win a championship and that’s the goal. You can have a great regular season but the most important thing is what you do in the playoffs.
We came out and had good juice. We had a great second quarter and really got out running and got some stops.
They were just better than us. They just outplayed us and there’s no shame in that for our group.
The Rockets beat the Mavericks 108-101. Harden scores 24 points, Ariza scores 19 points, and Smith scores a double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds). Nowitzki scores 21 points, Chandler scores eight points for the Mavericks. Harden on Howard’s comeback:
Having ‘Big Fella’ back today kind of helped us out a little bit, We’ve got to get his rhythm going ’cause we’re going to need him in the postseason.
Howard on knee protection:
There was a point in the game where I got kneed in my knee, but gotta go back to the Hakeem knee pads now, The most important thing is for me to stay healthy and kind of get into a rhythm for these last couple of games, then in the playoffs, really stride out.
I feel like in the second half we slowed our tempo down. I think we had them on their heels in the first half.