2014 NBA Playoffs: Best Highlights from 1st-Round Action on Tuesday, April 22
The Eastern Conference playoffs got rowdy on Tuesday, with six of the eight teams in action.
The Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors evened their first-round series at one game apiece, while the Washington Wizards took a commanding 2-0 series lead in Chicago.
As for the highlights, you better be ready for a heaping helping of DeMar DeRozan, who scored 30 points in a Raptors win.
Another All-Star—Pacers forward Paul George—got in on the highlight action as well, with a sweet buzzer-beating three against the Atlanta Hawks.
DeRozan's Lefty Hammer
The Toronto Raptors relied on 17 fourth-quarter points from guard DeMar DeRozan to hold off the Brooklyn Nets, 100-95.
DeRozan made four field goals in that fateful fourth, but none were as sweet as this vicious left-handed throwdown in the face of Brooklyn big man Mason Plumlee.
George's Buzzer-Beating Three
The Indiana Pacers finally looked like the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference during the second half of Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks, and forward Paul George was a big reason why.
The Pacers turned a four-point deficit into an 11-point lead with seconds left on the third-quarter clock, but George wasn't finished. He stuck a three at the buzzer to push the margin to 14.
Wall's Circus Shot
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall put the team on his back at the end of the first half, stymieing the Chicago Bulls' momentum with seven quick points in the last few minutes.
But this miraculous bucket with 35 seconds remaining was the coup de grace. Wall baited Chicago's Kirk Hinrich into the air, drawing the foul, and then hit the circus shot to make it a three-point play.
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah may be the new Defensive Player of the Year, but that doesn't mean he can't also get it done on the offensive end.
Wizards big man Marcin Gortat made the mistake of playing Noah too close, and Noah slithered past him and connected on the sweet lefty layup.
Amir Johnson Seals the Deal
Foul shots? The Toronto Raptors and Amir Johnson don't need no stinkin' foul shots!
With 16 seconds remaining, and the Raptors up by two, the Brooklyn Nets needed to foul on the inbounds pass. But Johnson was able to sneak through the Brooklyn defense and finish with gusto.
Luis Scola Spin
To win in the postseason, a team must get contributions from unlikely sources.
And no source was as unlikely on Tuesday as struggling Pacers big man Luis Scola, who scored 20 points in a 14-point Indiana win.
This was by far his prettiest bucket of the night, as he spun away from the defense and drained a tough jumper.
Teague in the Open Floor
Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague has been a one-man dynamo for the team so far in the playoffs, and he showed the Indiana Pacers yet again just how deadly he can be in the open court.
The Pacers had two men back and ready to defend, but Teague still was able to knife through for the tough layup.
Lob to Plumlee
The Brooklyn Nets executed a pretty pick-and-roll alley-oop between point guard Shaun Livingston and big man Mason Plumlee.
Livingston sucked in the defense and lobbed the ball to Plumlee, who slammed it home with a volleyball spike.