The favorites once again controlled Wednesday's three-game slate of NBA playoff action. But the expected results came about in some surprising ways.
The Indiana Pacers tapped into a previously undiscovered part of their offensive arsenal, surprising the Atlanta Hawks with a newfound perimeter attack en route to a 113-98 win.
The Oklahoma City Thunder got a slightly more predictable late-game effort from Kevin Durant in their Game 2 victory over the Houston Rockets. But OKC needed every one of KD's big buckets to stave off a feisty performance from first-time starter Patrick Beverley.
And finally, the San Antonio Spurs took care of the Los Angeles Lakers on the strength of their three suddenly healthy stars.
The outcomes weren't stunners, as all three higher seeds took hold of 2-0 leads in their respective series, but within those predictable results were some intriguing storylines with far-reaching implications.