The Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers all won their respective play-off games on Wednesday to lead 2-0 against the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers respectively.
Dwayne Wade scored a team-high 28 points and added eight assists as the Heat shot better than 57 percent for the second straight game en route to a 115-103 playoff win over the Hornets.
Kemba Walker’s game-high 29 point effort was in vain for Charlotte, who will host the Heat on Saturday in game-three.
In tying an NBA play-off record by making 20 three-pointers in a game, the Cavaliers cruised to a comfortable 107-90 triumph over the Pistons.
Lebron James had 27 points and six assists. Kyrie Irving, who missed eight of his last 11 shots, was four-for-seven from deep and had 21 points. All of J.R. Smith’s 21 points came from three-pointers.
It’s unlikely that the Pistons will cause this Cleveland outfit any trouble, however the amount of time the latter’s best players are having to spend on the court will be a concern to their fans as the post-season continues.
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It was the Clippers’ bench who propelled them to a 102-81 victory against the Trail Blazers.
Chris Paul ended with 25 points but Jamal Crawford, Cole Aldrich and Jeff Green were all superb impact players at various stages of the encounter.
Damian Lillard and Mason Plumlee each had 17 points to lead the Blazers.