Tip-Off for 4/22/13 (featuring Nina Simone): Home teams sweep opening game match-ups; Paul George posts his first playoff Oscar in Pacers win over Hawks 107-90

Posted in Blogroll on April 22nd, 2013 by Ron Glover

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Andre Miller watches his game-winning shot in the Nuggets Game 1 victory. 

The opening games of the 2013 NBA Playoffs saw the home teams hold serve in impressive fashion. The unheralded and under-appreciated Andre Miller scored a game-high 28 points, including the game-winning layup with 1.2. seconds remaining as the Nuggets held off the upstart Golden State Warriors 97-95 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The Warriors suffered a devastating blow when they lost forward David Lee for the remainder of the playoffs with a hip flexor injury.

Paul George notched the first triple-double by an Indiana Pacer since Mark Jackson in 1998. George was only 3-13 from the field but he converted 17 of 18 free throws. Indiana handled the Atlanta Hawks rather easily in a 107-90 victory.

Here are the results from Sunday’s games.

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