It was do-or-die time for two of the six teams in action on Friday night.
For the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, a loss means a three-game deficit; an uphill climb never successfully ventured in league history.
The Celtics returned to Boston for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, and the hero welcomes were dished out like Rajon Rondo feeds throughout the night.
But the battle-tested New York Knicks finally had a reason to be thankful for their aging roster; an assembly of veterans who knew a thing or two about playing in hostile territory.
As for the Lakers, they were hardly the same team the Staples Center remembered. An injury-depleted group battled as well as they could, but an April meeting with the San Antonio Spurs is always a daunting task.
The night ended in Oakland, and the success-starved Golden State Warriors were granted yet another thrilling matchup in what's shaping up to be the most entertaining series of the opening round.
But the Denver Nuggets had a chance to regain control of this series and made every effort to do so.
Were the Lakers and Celtics able to shake off a season of disappointments in front of their home fans? And how did the Warriors fare in their first home playoff game in six years?
Read on to find out everything you need to know about Friday night's action.