NBA playoffs: Rockets, Warriors, Bulls, Wizards off to winning start

  • Reuters
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2015 20:39 IST

Rockets 118, Mavericks 108

James Harden and the Rockets got some much-needed help off their bench from Corey Brewer, who tallied a dozen fourth-quarter points as Houston beat Dallas at Toyota Center in Game 1 of their Western Conference first round series.

Brewer nailed three three-pointers during a three-minute stretch in the fourth to help carry the Rockets to a 1-0 series lead.

The Rockets held on despite center Dwight Howard being plagued by fouls. He compiled 11 points, five rebounds and five blocks in just 17 minutes. Howard picked up his fifth foul at the 8:08 mark of the fourth, but instead of folding like they did without Howard in the second quarter, the Rockets rallied.

Harden finished with 24 points and 11 assists while Brewer added 15 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Rockets forwards Trevor Ariza (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Terrence Jones (19 points, nine rebounds) contributed to the scoring balance, keyed in part by former Mavericks guard Jason Terry, who nailed four three-pointers and had with 16 points.

Warriors 106, Pelicans 99

Point guard Stephen Curry nearly single-handedly outscored New Orleans with 11 first-quarter points as the Warriors built a 15-point lead and rolled to victory in Game One of their Western Conference first-round series.

Game Two in the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Monday night in Oakland.

Golden State, the top seed in the West, picked up right where it left off in the regular season, recording a 19th straight home win and 40th in 42 games this year.
The Warriors did it by taking a 25-point lead into the final minute of the third quarter, then holding on.

Bulls 103, Bucks 91

Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, Derrick Rose had 23 as Chicago overcame 19 turnovers in a win over Milwaukee in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the United Center.

The series resumes Monday night in Chicago.

Despite the struggles with turning the ball over, the Bulls — who also got 13 points from reserve forward Aaron Brooks — maintained a double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter. The Bucks struggled from the field, shooting only 39.3%.

Wizards 93, Raptors 86

Visiting Washington outscored Toronto 11-4 in the overtime in winning the opener of their first-round playoff series.

Forward Paul Pierce started the overtime with a three-pointer and scored 20 points to lead the Wizards, who let a 15-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter before winning.

Guard Bradley Beal added 16 points for Washington and forward Nene contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Forward Amir Johnson came off the bench to lead the Raptors with 18 points and guard DeMar DeRozan added 15 points.

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