After a thrilling start to the NBA postseason, the first round is finally beginning to wind down. Yesterday, Indiana, Oklahoma City, and the Los Angeles Clippers advanced to their respective conference semifinals. As usual, each of yesterday’s games delivered with non-stop action.
Kevin Durant (pictured) combined with Russell Westbrook for a total of 57 points and 25 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder dropped Memphis 120-109 in Game 7. Westbrook was especially vicious, posting a triple-double and setting a playoff career high for assists with 16, 8 of which were to KD. With this, Westbrook became only the second player to ever record a triple-double in two different Game 7 scenarios. Next up, the Thunder will meet the third seed Los Angeles Clippers.
From the Staples Center, the Clippers and Warriors left it all on the court in their Game 7 showdown as LAC picked up 126-121 win to advance. Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford were all major factors, combining for over half of their team’s points to finish off Golden State and advance to the Western Conference Semifinals, where they’ll meet the Oklahoma City Thunder. Game 1 takes place Monday at 9:30 Eastern.
Don’t miss last night’s best kicks, plus a recap of Indiana-Atlanta after the break.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.