Playoff wins for Cavs, Celtics, Spurs

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs were all victorious in their respective playoff matches on Friday.

The Cavaliers went 3-0 up in their Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Detroit Pistons, winning 101-91 at Auburn Hills in Michigan.

After trailing by nine points going into the final quarter, the Pistons went 8-0 early in the final stanza, forcing the Cavs to call for a time-out. Upon resumption, Cleveland pulled away once more, thanks to a couple of clutch three-pointers by Kyrie Irving.

LeBron James had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Cavaliers closed in on a first round sweep.

The Celtics cut the Atlanta Hawks’ lead in their Eastern Conference semi-finals to one game after winning 111-103 in Boston.

Isaiah Thomas delivered a career-high 42 points to join the illustrious group of Ray Allen, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Sam Jones, Reggie Lewis, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Jo Jo White as the only Celtics players to have scored 40 points in a play-off match.

In what was by far the most impressive performance by the Celtics in the series, Boston led by 20 points at one point, before Atlanta went 12-0 at the start of the third quarter to keep the game alive.

Meanwhile, the Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 96-87 to a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference semi-finals match.

Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio.

All six teams featuring on Friday will be in action again on Sunday.