The Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets all recorded wins over the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets on Thursday in the 16-team NBA play-offs.
The Warriors pummeled the Rockets 114-81 to claim the series 4-1 and reach the Western Conference semi-finals.
In the absence of Stephen Curry, the Warriors were mightily impressive.
Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven three-pointers becoming the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in consecutive play-off games. Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games while starting in Curry’s place.
The Trail Blazers triumphed over the Clippers 108-98 to lead the series 3-2.
CJ McCollum scored 27 points, Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalised on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to record a decisive victory.
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The Hornets snatched a historic 90-88 victory over the Heat to take a 3-2 advantage into game six. The win was their first on the road in the play-offs in 14 years.
Marvin Williams led the way with 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each had 14.
Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, while Luol Deng had 15, Joe Johnson added 13 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.