Best Highlights from Saturday's NBA Playoff Action
The 2014 NBA postseason is underway, and it is not a good time to be the home team.
While only one of the four higher seeds was able to claim victory on Saturday, there were still plenty of highlights from every game.
In Toronto, Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce added to his already extensive playoff resume with some amazing shots to bury the Raptors.
In Los Angeles, the Clippers were throwing lobs to each other...and water at opposing fans.
In Oklahoma City, the Thunder were flying up and down the court against the Memphis Grizzlies.
And don't forget to stay tuned for some gratuitous Korver-on-Hibbert violence in Indy.
Westbrook-to-Durant Outlet Pass
But few Westbrook-to-Durant hookups have covered quite as much distance as this beautiful outlet feed.
Westbrook hit his buddy with all the panache of a quarterback hitting a wide receiver on a fly pattern. And how did Durant get the ball up so quickly?
When guarding against the dreaded Los Angeles Clippers lob play, you mustn't forget the passing ability of shooting guard Jamal Crawford.
Sure, he's not the passer that Chris Paul (or even Darren Collison) is, but Crawford is still quite capable of dishing an alley-oop to one of the Clippers' super-athletic bigs.
This time, the beneficiary was center DeAndre Jordan, who caught a Crawford lob in stride and flushed it home against the Golden State Warriors.
(Reminder: the Crawford-to-Jordan lob is not to be confused with Jordan Crawford, who actually plays for the other team.)
Paul Pierce Buries the Raptors Late
Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including multiple jumpers in the final moments, to lead his team over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1.
The final shot came with less than one minute remaining—a tough fadeaway jumper to give the Nets a seven-point lead.
Per B/R's Tyler Brooke, Pierce, who was traded to Brooklyn in the offseason, yelled, "That's why they got me here," after hitting the shot.
Pierce Circus Layup
Paul Pierce started Game 1 a little flat before coming alive in the fourth quarter.
He did, however, make this ridiculous circus layup (and draw the foul) in the first.
Blake Griffin Dumps Water on Fan
Any fan of the Golden State Warriors who bought tickets to Saturday's Game 1 in Los Angeles went home happy, as their boys vanquished the Clippers, 109-105.
Every Warriors fan, that is, except for the poor guy who happened to be standing behind Blake Griffin.
The Clippers forward reacted rather dramatically to the replay of his sixth foul, throwing his water in disgust. That water just so happened to find its way onto the face of that unsuspecting Warriors fan.
Accident? You be the judge.
Serge Ibaka: Two-Way Beast
It takes great offense and defense to win an NBA title, and the Oklahoma City Thunder got a little bit of both from Serge Ibaka...all in the span of about five seconds.
On one end, Ibaka chased down Memphis guard Tony Allen for the block. On the other end, he got a dunk off a feed from Kevin Durant.
Jeff Teague Embarrasses Evan Turner
If the Indiana Pacers want to back up their status as the No. 1 overall seed in the Eastern Conference, they might want to start by finally guarding Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague.
It became clear very early in Game 1 that Pacers guard Evan Turner couldn't do the job, as Teague humiliated him with a vicious crossover before hitting a step-back jumper.
Korver Blocks Hibbert, Part 1
Kyle Korver and Roy Hibbert: one is known for hitting threes, the other is known for blocking shots.
So when Korver's Hawks met up with Hibbert's Pacers in Game 1 on Saturday, it seemed only fitting that Korver smacked Hibbert's weak offering clear into the stands.
That's right, it was that kind of game for Hibbert and the Pacers.
Korver Blocks Hibbert, Part 2
Yes, it happened again. In the same game.
It is really not good to be Roy Hibbert right now.
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