TBT: DOC RIVERS
FIRST ROUND: ROCKETS - BLAZERS GAME 2
Final: Rockets 105, Blazers 112
The Portland Trail Blazers are where very few analysts expected them to be, up 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2000 as they beat the Houston Rockets on the road, 112-105. The Blazers now come home to Portland to play 2 games.
FIRST ROUND: SPURS - MAVERICKS GAME 2
Final: Spurs 92, Mavericks 113
Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.
Shawn Marion scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16,Devin Harris had 18 and Jose Calderon 12 for Dallas, which never trailed after the opening minutes of the second quarter.
FIRST ROUND: HEAT - BOBCATS GAME 2
Final: Heat 101, Bobcats 97
James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Heat wasted two big leads before hanging on to beat the Bobcats101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
GREGG POPOVICH WINS COTY AWARD
The NBA announced Tuesday that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has won the 2014 Red Auerbach NBA Coach of the Year award. Popovich joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only three-time winners of the award. The Spurs finished with a franchise-best 62 wins at 62-20, and won at least 50 games for the 15th consecutive season, which, let’s be honest, is just insane.
FIRST ROUND: BULLS - WIZARDS GAME 2
Final: Bulls 99, Wizards 101
This one looked like it was slipping away from the Washington Wizards. Then, in a flash everything changed.
Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 points in overtime and the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Game 3 is Friday at Washington.