2016 NBA Playoffs

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The 2016 NBA Playoffs is the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2015–16 season, which began October 27, 2015. The playoffs started on April 16, 2016,[1][2] and will conclude with the 2016 NBA Finals.

Overview[edit | edit source]

  • The San Antonio Spurs finished just six games behind the Warriors for the best record in the NBA, but entered their 19th consecutive postseason, having just one home loss in the regular season, along with a new single-season franchise record for wins. The Spurs' 40–1 home record equaled the feat set by the 1985–86 Boston Celtics.
  • For the first time since 1999, all teams from the East finished with a better record against at least one team from West. In addition, all East teams finished with records over .500, the first time since 2012.
  • Game 7 between the Raptors and Pacers ensured a 17th straight postseason in which at least one Game 7 was played; 1999 was the last postseason to not feature a Game 7.
  • With their Game 7 win over the Pacers, the Raptors won their first playoff series since 2001.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers became the fifth team to go 8-0 through the first two rounds and the first to do it twice, since they accomplished this feat in 2009.

Format[edit | edit source]

Within each conference, the three division winners and the five non-division winners with the most wins qualify for the playoffs. The seedings are based on each team's record.

Each conference's bracket is fixed; there is no reseeding. All rounds are best-of-seven series; the team that has four wins advances to the next round. As stated above, all rounds, including the NBA Finals, are in a 2–2–1–1–1 format. Home court advantage in any round does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead to the team with the better regular season record. If two teams with the same record meet in a round, standard tiebreaker rules are used. The rule for determining home court advantage in the NBA Finals is winning percentage, then head to head record, followed by record vs. opposite conference.

Seeding[edit | edit source]

On September 8, 2015, the NBA announced changes to how playoff teams were seeded. Previously, the division champions were guaranteed no worse than the fourth seed, while the team with the second-best record in the conference was guaranteed no worse than the second seed even if it wasn't a division champion. Starting with the 2016 playoffs, the eight playoff qualifiers in each conference will be seeded solely based on regular-season record. If two teams finish with identical records, the team that wins the regular-season series will get the higher seed. If the regular-season series is tied and one of the teams is a division champion, the division champion will get the higher seed.[3]

Playoff qualifying[edit | edit source]

On February 27, 2016, the Golden State Warriors became the first team to clinch a playoff spot.[4] This was the earliest a team had clinched a playoff spot in February since the 1987–88 Los Angeles Lakers.[5] The Cleveland Cavaliers became the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff spot on March 18, 2016.

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Seed Team Record Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in Conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 57–25 March 18 March 21[6] April 11
2 Toronto Raptors 56–26 March 23 March 31[7]
3 Miami Heat[lower-alpha 1] 48–34 April 2 April 13
4 Atlanta Hawks[lower-alpha 1] 48–34 March 29
5 Boston Celtics[lower-alpha 1] 48–34 April 3
6 Charlotte Hornets[lower-alpha 1] 48–34 April 2
7 Indiana Pacers 45–37 April 10
8 Detroit Pistons 44–38 April 8

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

Seed Team Record Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in Conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Golden State Warriors 73–9 February 27[4] March 13[8] April 7 April 7
2 San Antonio Spurs 67–15 March 2[9] March 12
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 55–27 March 18 March 20
4 Los Angeles Clippers 53–29 March 27
5 Portland Trail Blazers 44–38 April 6
6 Dallas Mavericks[lower-alpha 2] 42–40 April 11
7 Memphis Grizzlies[lower-alpha 2] 42–40 April 7
8 Houston Rockets 41–41 April 13
Notes
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Miami won the Southeast Division over Atlanta and Charlotte, and therefore clinched the #3 seed, by having the best record of the three teams in games against each other (5–3 record vs. ATL & CHA).
    Atlanta, Boston, and Charlotte were seeded based on record in games against each other (ATL: 6–2 , BOS: 3–4 , CHA: 2–5).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dallas clinched #6 seed over Memphis based on 3–1 record in head-to-head games in regular season.

Bracket[edit | edit source]

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Teams with home court advantage are shown in Italics.

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Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00)

First Round[edit | edit source]

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (8) Detroit Pistons[edit | edit source]

April 17
3:00 PM
Detroit Pistons 101, Cleveland Cavaliers 106
Scoring by quarter: 25–27, 33–26, 20–23, 23–30
Pts: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 21
Rebs: Andre Drummond 11
Asts: Reggie Jackson 7
Pts: Kyrie Irving 31
Rebs: Kevin Love 13
Asts: LeBron James 11
Cleveland leads series 1–0
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Leroy Richardson, Zach Zarba
April 20
8:00 PM
Detroit Pistons 90, Cleveland Cavaliers 107
Scoring by quarter: 28–23, 25–32, 15–27, 22–25
Pts: Andre Drummond 20
Rebs: Caldwell-Pope, Harris 8 each
Asts: Reggie Jackson 6
Pts: LeBron James 27
Rebs: Kevin Love 10
Asts: Matthew Dellavedova 9
Cleveland leads series 2–0
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Ken Mauer, Kane Fitzgerald, Brian Forte
April 22
7:00 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers 101, Detroit Pistons 91
Scoring by quarter: 24–27, 30–26, 25–20, 22–18
Pts: Kyrie Irving 26
Rebs: LeBron James 13
Asts: LeBron James 7
Pts: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 18
Rebs: Drummond, Harris 7 each
Asts: Reggie Jackson 12
Cleveland leads series 3–0
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 21,584
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Jason Phillips, Michael Smih
April 24
8:30 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers 100, Detroit Pistons 98
Scoring by quarter: 25–28, 28–24, 28–26, 19–20
Pts: Kyrie Irving 31
Rebs: Kevin Love 13
Asts: LeBron James 6
Pts: Marcus Morris 24
Rebs: Tobias Harris 13
Asts: Reggie Jackson 12
Cleveland wins series 4–0
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 21,584
Referees: Marc Davis, Bill Kennedy, Courtney Kirkland

This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Cavaliers winning two out of the first three meetings.

(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Indiana Pacers[edit | edit source]

April 16
12:30 PM
Indiana Pacers 100, Toronto Raptors 90
Scoring by quarter: 19–24, 24–21, 27–22, 30–23
Pts: Paul George 33
Rebs: Lavoy Allen 7
Asts: Paul George 6
Pts: Cory Joseph 18
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 19
Asts: Kyle Lowry 7
Indiana leads series 1–0
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 19,800
Referees: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Josh Tiven
April 18
7:30 PM
Indiana Pacers 87, Toronto Raptors 98
Scoring by quarter: 16–27, 32–26, 18–21, 21–24
Pts: Paul George 28
Rebs: Solomon Hill 6
Asts: Ellis, Lawson 3 each
Pts: Jonas Valančiūnas 23
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 15
Asts: Kyle Lowry 9
Series tied 1–1
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 19,800
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Tony Brown, Jason Phillips
April 21
7:30 PM
Toronto Raptors 101, Indiana Pacers 85
Scoring by quarter: 24–17, 29–19, 18–23, 30–26
Pts: DeRozan, Lowry 21 each
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 14
Asts: Kyle Lowry 8
Pts: Paul George 25
Rebs: Paul George 10
Asts: Paul George 6
Toronto leads series 2–1
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,165
Referees: James Capers, Bennie Adams, Rodney Mott
April 23
3:00 PM
Toronto Raptors 83, Indiana Pacers 100
Scoring by quarter: 16–28, 26–29, 16–16, 25–27
Pts: Jonas Valančiūnas 16
Rebs: Bismack Biyombo 9
Asts: Kyle Lowry 5
Pts: Hill, Mahinmi 22 each
Rebs: Ian Mahinmi 10
Asts: Ian Mahinmi 5
Series tied 2–2
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,165
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Bill Spooner
April 26
6:00 PM
Indiana Pacers 99, Toronto Raptors 102
Scoring by quarter: 35–20, 26–32, 29–25, 9–25
Pts: Paul George 39
Rebs: George, Turner 8 each
Asts: Paul George 8
Pts: DeMar DeRozan 34
Rebs: Bismack Biyombo 16
Asts: Kyle Lowry 5
Toronto leads series 3–2
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 19,800
Referees: Marc Davis, Bill Kennedy, Zach Zarba
April 29
7:30 PM
Toronto Raptors 83, Indiana Pacers 101
Scoring by quarter: 22–20, 22–20, 20–31, 19–30
Pts: Carroll, Joseph 15 each
Rebs: Bismack Biyombo 10
Asts: Kyle Lowry 10
Pts: Paul George 21
Rebs: Paul George 11
Asts: Paul George 6
Series tied 3–3
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,165
Referees: Mike Callahan, Kane Fitzgerald, John Goble
May 1
8:00 PM
Indiana Pacers 84, Toronto Raptors 89
Scoring by quarter: 23–28, 21–22, 20–28, 20–11
Pts: Paul George 26
Rebs: Paul George 12
Asts: Monta Ellis 7
Pts: DeMar DeRozan 30
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 15
Asts: Kyle Lowry 9
Toronto wins series 4–3
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 20,669
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Bill Spooner

This was the first meeting in the playoffs between the Raptors and Pacers.[11]

(3) Miami Heat vs. (6) Charlotte Hornets[edit | edit source]

April 17
5:30 PM
Charlotte Hornets 91, Miami Heat 123
Scoring by quarter: 22–41, 28–26, 24–30, 17–26
Pts: Nicolas Batum 24
Rebs: Cody Zeller 7
Asts: Jeremy Lin 3
Pts: Luol Deng 31
Rebs: Hassan Whiteside 11
Asts: Goran Dragić 10
Miami leads series 1–0
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,600
Referees: Ken Mauer, Sean Corbin, Ed Malloy
April 20
7:00 PM
Charlotte Hornets 103, Miami Heat 115
Scoring by quarter: 29–29, 31–43, 18–19, 25–24
Pts: Kemba Walker 29
Rebs: Nicolas Batum 7
Asts: Batum, Walker 3 each
Pts: Dwyane Wade 28
Rebs: Hassan Whiteside 13
Asts: Dwyane Wade 8
Miami leads series 2–0
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,650
Referees: Marc Davis, Courtney Kirkland, Bill Spooner
April 23
5:30 PM
Miami Heat 80, Charlotte Hornets 96
Scoring by quarter: 28–29, 16–20, 14–26, 22–21
Pts: Luol Deng 19
Rebs: Hassan Whiteside 18
Asts: Goran Dragić 4
Pts: Jeremy Lin 18
Rebs: Marvin Williams 14
Asts: Kemba Walker 7
Miami leads series 2–1
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 19,604
Referees: Mike Callahan, James Williams, Sean Wright
April 25
7:00 PM
Miami Heat 85, Charlotte Hornets 89
Scoring by quarter: 26–19, 13–29, 22–21, 24–20
Pts: Joe Johnson 16
Rebs: four players 7 each
Asts: Dwyane Wade 10
Pts: Kemba Walker 34
Rebs: Spencer Hawes 8
Asts: Jefferson, Lin 3 each
Series tied 2–2
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 19,156
Referees: Dan Crawford, Derrick Collins, Ron Garretson
April 27
8:00 PM
Charlotte Hornets 90, Miami Heat 88
Scoring by quarter: 28–25, 21–22, 16–24, 25–17
Pts: Marvin Williams 17
Rebs: Marvin Williams 8
Asts: Jeremy Lin 7
Pts: Dwyane Wade 25
Rebs: Hassan Whiteside 12
Asts: Dwyane Wade 4
Charlotte leads series 3–2
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,685
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Kane Fitzgerald, Jason Phillips
April 29
8:00 PM
Miami Heat 97, Charlotte Hornets 90
Scoring by quarter: 27–24, 32–26, 16–20, 22–20
Pts: Dwyane Wade 23
Rebs: three players 7 each
Asts: Dwyane Wade 4
Pts: Kemba Walker 37
Rebs: Al Jefferson 9
Asts: Kemba Walker 5
Series tied 3–3
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 19,636
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Bill Spooner, Tom Washington
May 1
1:00 PM
Charlotte Hornets 73, Miami Heat 106
Scoring by quarter: 18–29, 24–25, 11–29, 20–23
Pts: Frank Kaminsky 12
Rebs: Cody Zeller 7
Asts: Kemba Walker 6
Pts: Goran Dragić 25
Rebs: Hassan Whiteside 12
Asts: three players 4 each
Miami wins series 4–3
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,868
Referees: Mike Callahan, Bill Kennedy, Ed Malloy

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Heat winning the most recent meeting in 2014.

(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Boston Celtics[edit | edit source]

April 16
7:00 PM
Boston Celtics 101, Atlanta Hawks 102
Scoring by quarter: 19–30, 15–21, 31–21, 36–30
Pts: Isaiah Thomas 27
Rebs: Jae Crowder 10
Asts: Isaiah Thomas 8
Pts: Al Horford 24
Rebs: Al Horford 12
Asts: Jeff Teague 12
Atlanta leads series 1–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 18,980
Referees: James Capers, Derrick Collins, Rodney Mott
April 19
7:00 PM
Boston Celtics 72, Atlanta Hawks 89
Scoring by quarter: 7–24, 21–19, 18–18, 26–28
Pts: Isaiah Thomas 16
Rebs: Amir Johnson 8
Asts: three players 3 each
Pts: Horford, Korver 17 each
Rebs: Kent Bazemore 9
Asts: Jeff Teague 6
Atlanta leads series 2–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 18,972
Referees: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Josh Tiven
April 22
8:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks 103, Boston Celtics 111
Scoring by quarter: 20–37, 25–20, 33–22, 25–32
Pts: Jeff Teague 23
Rebs: Al Horford 13
Asts: Al Horford 6
Pts: Isaiah Thomas 42
Rebs: Jonas Jerebko 12
Asts: Evan Turner 7
Atlanta leads series 2–1
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Marc Davis, Eric Lewis, Zach Zarba
April 24
6:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks 95, Boston Celtics 104 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 27–22, 25–24, 19–22Overtime: 3–12
Pts: Paul Millsap 45
Rebs: Paul Millsap 13
Asts: Horford, Teague 5 each
Pts: Isaiah Thomas 28
Rebs: Jonas Jerebko 10
Asts: Thomas, Turner 6 each
Series tied 2–2
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Bennie Adams, Jason Phillips
April 26
8:30 PM
Boston Celtics 83, Atlanta Hawks 110
Scoring by quarter: 20–15, 19–32, 23–42, 21–21
Pts: Evan Turner 15
Rebs: Jonas Jerebko 8
Asts: Terry Rozier 4
Pts: Mike Scott 17
Rebs: Horford, Millsap 8 each
Asts: Millsap, Schröder 6 each
Atlanta leads series 3–2
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 18,987
Referees: Mike Callahan, Pat Fraher, John Goble
April 28
8:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks 104, Boston Celtics 92
Scoring by quarter: 20–17, 21–16, 39–26, 24–33
Pts: Paul Millsap 17
Rebs: Kyle Korver 9
Asts: Dennis Schröder 8
Pts: Isaiah Thomas 25
Rebs: Smart, Turner 7 each
Asts: Isaiah Thomas 10
Atlanta wins series 4–2
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, James Williams

This was the 12th playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning ten of the first eleven meetings.

Conference Semifinals[edit | edit source]

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks[edit | edit source]

May 2
7:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks 93, Cleveland Cavaliers 104
Scoring by quarter: 19–30, 22–21, 29–23, 23–30
Pts: Dennis Schröder 27
Rebs: Paul Millsap 13
Asts: Dennis Schröder 6
Pts: LeBron James 25
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 14
Asts: LeBron James 9
Cleveland leads series 1–0
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Scott Foster, Eric Lewis, Zach Zarba
May 4
8:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks 98, Cleveland Cavaliers 123
Scoring by quarter: 20–35, 18–39, 32–32, 28–17
Pts: Paul Millsap 16
Rebs: Paul Millsap 11
Asts: Jeff Teague 6
Pts: LeBron James 27
Rebs: Kevin Love 13
Asts: Dellavedova, Irving 6 each
Cleveland leads series 2–0
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Mike Callahan, Rodney Mott, Sean Wright
May 6
7:00 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers 121, Atlanta Hawks 108
Scoring by quarter: 31–28, 24–35, 30–28, 36–17
Pts: Channing Frye 27
Rebs: Kevin Love 15
Asts: LeBron James 8
Pts: Al Horford 24
Rebs: Paul Millsap 8
Asts: Jeff Teague 14
Cleveland leads series 3–0
May 8
3:30 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers 100, Atlanta Hawks 99
Scoring by quarter: 27–36, 29–22, 25–19, 19–22
Pts: Kevin Love 27
Rebs: Kevin Love 13
Asts: LeBron James 9
Pts: Dennis Schröder 21
Rebs: Paul Millsap 9
Asts: Dennis Schröder 6
Cleveland wins series 4–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 19,031
Referees: Marc Davis, Bennie Adams, Jason Phillips

This is the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Cavaliers winning the first two meetings.

(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (3) Miami Heat[edit | edit source]

May 3
8:00 PM
Miami Heat 102, Toronto Raptors 96 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 18–18, 23–25, 27–20, 22–27Overtime: 12–6
Pts: Goran Dragić 26
Rebs: Hassan Whiteside 17
Asts: Dwyane Wade 4
Pts: Jonas Valančiūnas 24
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 14
Asts: Kyle Lowry 6
Miami lead series 1–0
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 19,800
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Jason Phillips, Josh Tiven
May 5
8:00 PM
Miami Heat 92, Toronto Raptors 96 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 19–29, 22–19, 24–15, 21–23Overtime: 6–10
Pts: Goran Dragić 20
Rebs: Hassan Whiteside 13
Asts: Dragić, Johnson 4 each
Pts: DeMarre Carroll 21
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 12
Asts: Kyle Lowry 6
Series tied 1–1
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 20,906
Referees: Ken Mauer, Derrick Collins, John Goble
May 7
5:00 PM
Toronto Raptors 95, Miami Heat 91
Scoring by quarter: 23–19, 26–21, 19–28, 27–23
Pts: Kyle Lowry 33
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 12
Asts: DeMar DeRozan 5
Pts: Dwyane Wade 38
Rebs: Dwyane Wade 8
Asts: Dwyane Wade 4
Toronto lead series 2–1
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,675
Referees: James Capers, Kane Fitzgerald, Ed Malloy
May 9
8:00 PM
Toronto Raptors 87, Miami Heat 94 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 14–19, 27–16, 21–23Overtime: 4–11
Pts: Joseph, Ross 14 each
Rebs: Bismack Biyombo 13
Asts: Kyle Lowry 9
Pts: Dwyane Wade 30
Rebs: Luol Deng 9
Asts: Goran Dragić 4
Series tied 2–2
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,600
Referees: Mike Callahan, Brian Forte, Bill Kennedy
May 11
8:00 PM
Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors
May 13
8:00 PM
Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat
TBD
May 15
TBD
Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors*

This is the first meeting in the playoffs between the Raptors and Heat.[15]

Conference Finals: (1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (?) TBD[edit | edit source]

May
TBD
TBD vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
May
8:30 PM
TBD vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
May
8:30 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. TBD
TBD
May
8:30 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. TBD
TBD
May
8:30 PM
TBD vs. Cleveland Cavaliers*
May
8:30 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. TBD*
TBD
May
8:30 PM
TBD vs. Cleveland Cavaliers*

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00)

First Round[edit | edit source]

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Houston Rockets[edit | edit source]

April 16
3:30 PM
Houston Rockets 78, Golden State Warriors 104
Scoring by quarter: 15–33, 18–27, 27–22, 18–22
Pts: James Harden 17
Rebs: Clint Capela 12
Asts: Corey Brewer 6
Pts: Stephen Curry 24
Rebs: Draymond Green 10
Asts: Andre Iguodala 7
Golden State leads series 1–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Mark Lindsay
April 18
10:30 PM
Houston Rockets 106, Golden State Warriors 115
Scoring by quarter: 30–33, 28–33, 21–20, 27–29
Pts: James Harden 28
Rebs: Dwight Howard 10
Asts: James Harden 11
Pts: Klay Thompson 34
Rebs: Draymond Green 14
Asts: Draymond Green 8
Golden State leads series 2–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: James Capers, John Goble, Rodney Mott
April 21
9:30 PM
Golden State Warriors 96, Houston Rockets 97
Scoring by quarter: 18–31, 30–24, 24–23, 24–19
Pts: Marreese Speights 22
Rebs: Klay Thompson 8
Asts: Draymond Green 7
Pts: James Harden 35
Rebs: Howard, Motiejūnas 13 each
Asts: James Harden 9
Golden State leads series 2–1
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,200
Referees: Scott Foster, Mark Ayotte, Tom Washington
April 24
3:30 PM
Golden State Warriors 121, Houston Rockets 94
Scoring by quarter: 29–29, 27–27, 41–20, 24–18
Pts: Klay Thompson 23
Rebs: Draymond Green 8
Asts: Shaun Livingston 9
Pts: Dwight Howard 19
Rebs: Dwight Howard 15
Asts: James Harden 10
Golden State leads series 3–1
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,200
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Kane Fitzgerald, Zach Zarba
April 27
10:30 PM
Houston Rockets 81, Golden State Warriors 114
Scoring by quarter: 20–37, 17–22, 22–30, 22–25
Pts: James Harden 35
Rebs: Dwight Howard 21
Asts: James Harden 6
Pts: Klay Thompson 27
Rebs: Draymond Green 9
Asts: Draymond Green 8
Golden State wins series 4–1
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Ken Mauer, Brian Forte, Ed Malloy

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the first meeting being in 2015 as Golden State beat Houston 4–1 in the Western Conference finals.

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies[edit | edit source]

April 17
8:00 PM
Memphis Grizzlies 74, San Antonio Spurs 106
Scoring by quarter: 13–22, 24–26, 14–33, 23–25
Pts: Vince Carter 16
Rebs: Chris Andersen 9
Asts: Xavier Munford 4
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 20
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Tony Parker 6
San Antonio leads series 1–0
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,418
Referees: Mike Callahan, Pat Fraher, Sean Wright
April 19
9:30 PM
Memphis Grizzlies 68, San Antonio Spurs 94
Scoring by quarter: 11–22, 24–27, 18–21, 15–24
Pts: Tony Allen 12
Rebs: Zach Randolph 12
Asts: Zach Randolph 3
Pts: Patty Mills 16
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Duncan, Parker 4 each
San Antonio leads series 2–0
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,418
Referees: Mike Callahan, Tom Washington, James Williams
April 22
9:30 PM
San Antonio Spurs 96, Memphis Grizzlies 87
Scoring by quarter: 26–18, 18–25, 26–28, 26–16
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 29
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 10
Asts: Tony Parker 7
Pts: Zach Randolph 20
Rebs: Barnes, Randolph 11 each
Asts: Jordan Farmar 6
San Antonio leads series 3–0
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Kane Fitzgerald, Gary Zielinski
April 24
1:00 PM
San Antonio Spurs 116, Memphis Grizzlies 95
Scoring by quarter: 25–19, 22–26, 37–21, 32–29
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 21
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 10
Asts: Kawhi Leonard 4
Pts: Lance Stephenson 26
Rebs: Chris Andersen 13
Asts: Jordan Farmar 5
San Antonio wins series 4–0
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: James Capers, John Goble, David Guthrie

This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with San Antonio winning the most recent meeting in 2013.

(3) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (6) Dallas Mavericks[edit | edit source]

April 16
9:30 PM
Dallas Mavericks 70, Oklahoma City Thunder 108
Scoring by quarter: 11–26, 22–33, 18–34, 19–15
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 18
Rebs: Pachulia, Powell 6 each
Asts: Barea, Williams 3 each
Pts: Russell Westbrook 24
Rebs: Enes Kanter 13
Asts: Russell Westbrook 11
Oklahoma City leads series 1–0
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Tony Brown, John Goble
April 18
8:00 PM
Dallas Mavericks 85, Oklahoma City Thunder 84
Scoring by quarter: 24–20, 21–23, 14–19, 26–22
Pts: Raymond Felton 21
Rebs: Raymond Felton 11
Asts: Deron Williams 5
Pts: Kevin Durant 21
Rebs: Russell Westbrook 14
Asts: Russell Westbrook 6
Series tied 1–1
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Dan Crawford, David Guthrie, Bill Spooner
April 21
7:00 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder 131, Dallas Mavericks 102
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 31–27, 39–30, 34–24
Pts: Kevin Durant 34
Rebs: Enes Kanter 8
Asts: Russell Westbrook 15
Pts: Wesley Matthews 22
Rebs: Nowitzki, Pachulia 6 each
Asts: José Juan Barea 7
Oklahoma City leads series 2–1
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,150
Referees: Mike Callahan, Sean Wright, Pat Fraher
April 23
8:00 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder 119, Dallas Mavericks 108
Scoring by quarter: 33–18, 24–30, 32–31, 30–29
Pts: Enes Kanter 28
Rebs: Adams, Roberson 8 each
Asts: Russell Westbrook 15
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 27
Rebs: Dirk Nowitzki 8
Asts: Raymond Felton 11
Oklahoma City leads series 3–1
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 20,516
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ed Malloy, Sean Corbin
April 25
8:00 PM
Dallas Mavericks 104, Oklahoma City Thunder 118
Scoring by quarter: 24–35, 37–33, 22–25, 21–25
Pts: Dirk Nowitzki 24
Rebs: Dwight Powell 9
Asts: Zaza Pachulia 9
Pts: Russell Westbrook 36
Rebs: Russell Westbrook 12
Asts: Russell Westbrook 9
Oklahoma City wins series 4–1
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Scott Foster, Rodney Mott, Tom Washington

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with each team winning two of the four meetings.

(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers[edit | edit source]

April 17
10:30 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 95, Los Angeles Clippers 115
Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 21–24, 24–31, 29–34
Pts: Damian Lillard 21
Rebs: Al-Farouq Aminu 12
Asts: Damian Lillard 8
Pts: Chris Paul 28
Rebs: Griffin, Jordan 12 each
Asts: Chris Paul 11
Los Angeles leads series 1–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 19,122
Referees: Marc Davis, Bill Kennedy, Eric Lewis
April 20
10:30 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 81, Los Angeles Clippers 102
Scoring by quarter: 17–22, 26–25, 18–20, 20–35
Pts: Lillard, Plumlee 17 each
Rebs: Aminu, Plumlee 10 each
Asts: Mason Plumlee 7
Pts: Chris Paul 25
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 18
Asts: Jordan, Paul 5 each
Los Angeles leads series 2–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 19,127
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Bill Kennedy, Leroy Richardson
April 23
10:30 PM
Los Angeles Clippers 88, Portland Trail Blazers 96
Scoring by quarter: 19–22, 21–27, 27–21, 21–26
Pts: Chris Paul 26
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 16
Asts: Chris Paul 9
Pts: Damian Lillard 32
Rebs: Mason Plumlee 21
Asts: Mason Plumlee 9
Los Angeles leads series 2–1
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 19,761
Referees: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Tom Washington
April 25
10:30 PM
Los Angeles Clippers 84, Portland Trail Blazers 98
Scoring by quarter: 20–24, 23–23, 21–19, 20–32
Pts: Green, Griffin 17 each
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 15
Asts: Chris Paul 4
Pts: Al-Farouq Aminu 30
Rebs: Mason Plumlee 14
Asts: Mason Plumlee 10
Series tied 2–2
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 19,607
Referees: Ken Mauer, Brian Forte, Ed Malloy
April 27
10:00 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 108, Los Angeles Clippers 98
Scoring by quarter: 18–18, 27–32, 26–21, 37–27
Pts: C. J. McCollum 27
Rebs: Mason Plumlee 15
Asts: Damian Lillard 5
Pts: J. J. Redick 19
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 17
Asts: Crawford, Prigioni 4 each
Portland lead series 3–2
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 19,060
Referees: Dan Crawford, Ron Garretson, Bill Spooner
April 29
10:30 PM
Los Angeles Clippers 103, Portland Trail Blazers 106
Scoring by quarter: 24–24, 24–26, 34–30, 21–26
Pts: Jamal Crawford 32
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 20
Asts: Austin Rivers 8
Pts: Damian Lillard 28
Rebs: Mason Plumlee 14
Asts: Damian Lillard 7
Portland wins series 4–2
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 19,768
Referees: Marc Davis, Sean Wright, Zach Zarba

This was the first meeting in the playoffs between the Clippers and Trail Blazers.[19]

Conference Semifinals[edit | edit source]

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers[edit | edit source]

May 1
3:30 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 106, Golden State Warriors 118
Scoring by quarter: 17–37, 34–28, 22–28, 33–25
Pts: Damian Lillard 30
Rebs: Mason Plumlee 13
Asts: Mason Plumlee 6
Pts: Klay Thompson 37
Rebs: Draymond Green 13
Asts: Draymond Green 11
Golden State lead series 1–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Monty McCutchen, James Capers, John Goble
May 3
10:30 PM
Portland Trail Blazers 99, Golden State Warriors 110
Scoring by quarter: 34–21, 25–30, 28–25, 12–34
Pts: Damian Lillard 25
Rebs: Mason Plumlee 11
Asts: Damian Lillard 6
Pts: Klay Thompson 27
Rebs: Draymond Green 14
Asts: Draymond Green 7
Golden State lead series 2–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Dan Crawford, Courtney Kirkland, Derrick Stafford
May 7
8:30 PM
Golden State Warriors 108, Portland Trail Blazers 120
Scoring by quarter: 28–22, 18–36, 34–35, 28–27
Pts: Draymond Green 37
Rebs: Draymond Green 9
Asts: Shaun Livingston 10
Pts: Damian Lillard 40
Rebs: Aminu, Davis 10 each
Asts: Damian Lillard 10
Golden State lead series 2–1
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 19,673
Referees: Mike Callahan, Pat Fraher, Bill Kennedy
May 9
10:30 PM
Golden State Warriors 132, Portland Trail Blazers 125 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 18–26, 39–41, 29–18, 25–26Overtime: 21–14
Pts: Stephen Curry 40
Rebs: Bogut, Curry, Green 9 each
Asts: Stephen Curry 8
Pts: Damian Lillard 36
Rebs: Mason Plumlee 15
Asts: Damian Lillard 10
Golden State lead series 3–1
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 19,583
Referees: Scott Foster, Ed Malloy, Tom Washington
May 11
10:30 PM
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors
May 13
TBD
Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers*
May 16
9:00 PM
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors*

This is the first meeting in the playoffs between the Warriors and Trail Blazers.[20]

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Oklahoma City Thunder[edit | edit source]

April 30
8:30 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder 92, San Antonio Spurs 124
Scoring by quarter: 20–43, 20–30, 26–32, 26–19
Pts: Serge Ibaka 19
Rebs: Steven Adams 10
Asts: Russell Westbrook 9
Pts: LaMarcus Aldridge 38
Rebs: Kyle Anderson 7
Asts: Tony Parker 12
San Antonio lead series 1–0
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,418
Referees: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, David Guthrie
May 2
9:30 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder 98, San Antonio Spurs 97
Scoring by quarter: 29–21, 27–32, 21–23, 21–21
Pts: Russell Westbrook 29
Rebs: Steven Adams 17
Asts: Russell Westbrook 10
Pts: LaMarcus Aldridge 41
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Tony Parker 6
Series tied 1–1
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,418
Referees: Ken Mauer, Sean Corbin, Marc Davis
May 6
9:30 PM
San Antonio Spurs 100, Oklahoma City Thunder 96
Scoring by quarter: 27–20, 20–22, 25–27, 28–27
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 31
Rebs: Kawhi Leonard 11
Asts: Tony Parker 5
Pts: Russell Westbrook 31
Rebs: Steven Adams 11
Asts: Russell Westbrook 8
San Antonio lead series 2–1
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Derrick Stafford, James Williams
May 8
8:00 PM
San Antonio Spurs 97, Oklahoma City Thunder 111
Scoring by quarter: 27–17, 26–28, 28–32, 16–34
Pts: Tony Parker 22
Rebs: David West 7
Asts: Mills, Parker 3 each
Pts: Kevin Durant 41
Rebs: Steven Adams 11
Asts: Russell Westbrook 15
Series tied 2–2
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bill Spooner, Zach Zarba
May 10
8:00 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder 95, San Antonio Spurs 91
Scoring by quarter: 22–16, 21–32, 26–24, 26–19
Pts: Russell Westbrook 35
Rebs: Enes Kanter 13
Asts: Russell Westbrook 9
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 26
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 9
Asts: Tony Parker 5
Oklahoma City lead series 3–2
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,418
Referees: Monty McCutchen, John Goble, Jason Phillips
May 12
8:30 PM
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
May 15
TBD
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs*

This is the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Spurs winning four of the first five meetings.

Statistical leaders[edit | edit source]

Category High Average
Player Team High Player Team Avg. Games played
Points Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks 45 Paul George Indiana Pacers 27.3 7
Rebounds Mason Plumlee
Dwight Howard
Portland Trail Blazers
Houston Rockets
21 DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers 16.3 6
Assists Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 15 Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 10.7 10
Steals James Harden Houston Rockets 7 Trevor Ariza Houston Rockets 2.60 5
Blocks Draymond Green Golden State Warriors 7 Myles Turner Indiana Pacers 3.29 7

Media coverage[edit | edit source]

Television[edit | edit source]

ESPN, TNT, ABC, and NBA TV broadcast the NBA playoffs nationally in the United States. In the first round, regional sports networks affiliated with the teams can also broadcast the games, except for games televised on ABC. Throughout the first two rounds, TNT televises games Saturday through Thursday, ESPN televises games Friday and Saturday, and ABC televises select games on Saturday and Sunday, usually in the afternoon. NBA TV airs select weekday games in the first round. TNT will televise the Western Conference Finals and ESPN will televise the Eastern Conference Finals. ABC will televise the NBA Finals for the 14th consecutive year. TSN and Sportsnet broadcast the games nationally in Canada.

Radio[edit | edit source]

ESPN Radio has exclusive national radio rights to broadcast the playoffs in the United States. They broadcast mostly ABC games during the first two rounds, all of the conference finals, and the NBA finals.

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External links[edit | edit source]

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