Milwaukee Bucks 119 – 103 Detroit Pistons
Bucks lead series 3-0
The Milwaukee Bucks continued to make short work of the Detroit Pistons in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series Saturday night with a 119-103 win at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
The Bucks seized a 3-0 series lead, even though the Pistons had All-Star forward Blake Griffin for the first time in this series. While Griffin missed the first two games due to persistent knee soreness, he scored a game-high 27 points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but it was a down performance from the MVP candidate. Milwaukee compensated well, as forward Khris Middleton led the team with 20 points, and Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe were right behind him at 19.
Boston Celtics 104 – 96 Indiana Pacers
Celtics lead series 3-0
The Boston Celtics continued their domination of the Indiana Pacers with a 104-96 win Friday night to boost their series lead to 3-0 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
In the first half, both teams played their best offensive ball of the series before things stalled out in the second half. It seemed like neither squad could miss.
Opposite to the flow of the game, it took until the second half for Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to get going. Once he did, the Celtics pulled away. The 27-year-old finished with 19 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
Philadelphia 76ers 131 – 115 Brooklyn Nets
76ers lead series 2-1
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star point guard Ben Simmons responded to Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley calling him an “average” half-court player by logging a career performance in the Sixers’ 131-115 Game 3 win in Brooklyn Thursday night.
To go along with his 31 points, Simmons had nine assists, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals. His inspired outing boosted Philadelphia to a 2-1 series lead over the Nets.
Toronto Raptors 98 – 93 Orlando Magic
Raptors lead series 2-1
The Toronto Raptors grabbed a 2-1 series lead over the Orlando Magic with a 98-93 victory in Game 3 on Friday in Orlando.
Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors with 30 points and 11 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard contributed 16 points and 10 boards.
Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort for the Magic.