TSF Tip-Off For Monday April 30, 2012: Andrew Bynum Hosts Block Party As Los Angeles Lakers Rout Denver Nuggets; Los Angeles Clippers Rally From 27 Down To Stun Memphis Grizzlies
(Robert Gauthier/LA Times)
Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum tied an NBA playoff record with 10 blocked shots in the Los Angeles Lakers 103-88 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of their first round series. Bynum also recorded 10 points and 13 rebounds giving the Lakers their first playoff triple-double since Magic Johnson in the 1991 NBA Finals. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 31 points.
Tony Parker scored 28 points and handed out 8 assists as the San Antonio Spurs defeated a game Utah Jazz squad 106-91 in Game 1 of their series. Tim Duncan scored 17 points and added 11 boards for the Spurs. The Jazz were led by Paul Milsap with 20 points and 9 rebounds.
In Atlanta Josh Smith had 22 points and 18 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks jumped out to a 31-18 first quarter lead that they would not relinquish. The Celtics were led by Rajon Rondo with 20 points and 11 assists. Rondo was ejected with :41 remaining in the game when bumped official Marc Davis after arguing a call. At that point the Celtics had trimmed the Hawks lead to four but the technical and ejection killed any momentum the C’s had left.
The Los Angeles Clippers battled back from a 27-point deficit to stun the Memphis Grizzlies 99-98 in Game 1 of their much-anticipated series. Nick Young led the Clippers with 19 points as the visitors trailed by 24 points with 9:13 remaining, in that span the Grizzlies could only manage one field goal.
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A look back into the archives of Ralph Wiley (ESPN.com).
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