Road, sweet road. There were eight NBA playoff games over the weekend, and all eight were won by the road team.
The last was the Trail Blazers, who won 111-98 in Oklahoma City to push the Thunder to the brink.
On Sunday night, Damian Lillard scored 15 of his 24 points in the third quarter, and Portland held Russell Westbrook without a basket in the second half.
Lillard had another big third quarter after scoring 25 points in the period in a Game 3 loss Friday.
CJ McCollum scored 27 points, Al-Farouq Aminu had 19 points and nine rebounds and Maurice Harkless added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Portland, which leads the series 3-1, can end it Tuesday at home.
Raptors 107, Magic 85: Kawhi Leonard missed the NBA playoffs last season, in multiple ways. He wasn’t playing the games. He wasn’t feeling the games, either. That’s not a problem this season for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP. Healthy and happy, Leonard has Toronto one win away from the second round. He scored 34 points and the Raptors won in Orlando to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. “You just want to be out there on the floor, with your teammates and just feel that team spirit and chemistry, just trying to focus on one goal,” said Leonard, who was out for almost all of last season, his last with San Antonio before an offseason trade to Toronto.
Celtics 110, Pacers 106: Gordon Hayward scored 20 points and Marcus Morris started a decisive 3-point flurry late in the fourth quarter to help visiting Boston sweep the series. It’s the first four-game sweep for the Celtics since 2011 and their second since 1986-87, becoming the first team to reach the second round of the playoffs. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 22 points and Tyreke Evans finished with a playoff-career-high of 21 to lead the Pacers. It still wasn’t enough to prevent Indiana from enduring its second first-round sweep in three years.
Fines assessed: San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for heaving a ball past an official and into the stands of a playoff game against the Nuggets. The incident occurred in the Spurs’ 117-103 loss to Denver on Saturday that tied the series at 2-2. DeRozan was called for an offensive foul against Denver’s Gary Harris and responded by whipping the ball in the direction of the referee. DeRozan received a technical foul and was ejected. … The Nets’ Jared Dudley was fined $25,000 for shoving the 76ers’ Joel Embiid and escalating an incident, which spilled into the front row during the third quarter of Saturday’s Game 4 at the Barclay Center. Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler was fined $15,000 for shoving Dudley.
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