NBA roundup: Davis, Lakers rip Blazers to even series

Anthony Davis scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to steer the Lakers past the Trail Blazers, while the Bucks rode on Giannis Antetokounmpo heroics to beat Magic in the NBA playoffs.

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers earned its first victory in the NBA playoffs since Game 3 of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.   -  AP Photo

Anthony Davis scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Friday, and the Los Angeles Lakers played to its credentials as the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, earning a 111-88 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 of their first-round series near Orlando.

LeBron James added a modest 10 points with six rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes as the Lakers rebounded from a 100-93 defeat to the eighth-seeded Blazers in Game 1. It was his lowest point total in a playoff game since he had seven points for the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers.

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The Lakers earned its first victory in the playoffs since Game 3 of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Blazers guard Damian Lillard was held to 18 points while CJ McCollum added 13. Portland was limited to 40 percent shooting from the field and 27.6 percent (8 of 29) from 3-point range.

Antetokounmpo takes Milwaukee Bucks past Orlando Magic

Top-seeded Milwaukee held eighth-seeded Orlando to three first-quarter field goals en route to a double-digit lead, then rode Giannis Antetokounmpo's 28 points and game-high 20 rebounds to win 111-96 and even its best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series at one game apiece.

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Nikola Vucevic went for a game-high 32 points, but no other member of the Magic topped 12 as Milwaukee avenged a poor defensive effort in a 122-110 loss in Game 1 on Tuesday.

 

Brook Lopez chipped in with 20 points, while Pat Connaughton added 15, Eric Bledsoe had 13 to complement a game-high seven assists and Donte DiVincenzo 11 for the Bucks, who outshot the Magic 47.2 percent to 34.8 percent.

Miami Heat takes 2-0 lead over Indiana Pacers

Duncan Robinson tied a franchise post-season record with seven 3-pointers in just his second career playoff game, helping Miami take a 2-0 lead in its first-round Eastern Conference series against Indiana as it earned a 109-100 win.

 

Robinson finished with a game-high 24 points, Goran Dragic added 20 and Jimmy Butler had 18 in a balanced attack that allowed the fifth-seeded Heat to successfully follow up on its 113-101 triumph in the series opener. The Heat never trailed in the second half.

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Victor Oladipo, playing two days after suffering an eye injury that required brief hospitalisation, led the fourth-seeded Pacers with 22 points. Myles Turner and Malcom Brogdon added 17 apiece.

Houston Rockets beats Oklahoma City Thunder 111-98

James Harden had 21 points and nine assists to power Houston past Oklahoma City for a 2-0 series lead in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Houston, which hit 19 3-pointers and had seven players in double figure, scored 17 straight points in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to win again without Russell Westbrook.

 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 31 points. Chris Paul shot just 6 of 15 from the floor and scored 14 points.

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