NBA roundup: Top trio leads Nets to win over Celtics – Reuters

Kevin Durant tape-recorded 32 points and 12 rebounds to assist the Brooklyn Nets notch a 104-93 triumph over the going to Boston Celtics in the opening game of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on Saturday night.Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and James Harden included 21 points, 9 rebounds, eight assists and 4 takes for the second-seeded Nets. Robert Williams III contributed 11 points, nine rebounds and nine obstructed shots, with the rejections falling just one shy of the NBA postseason record.Bucks 109, Heat 107 (OT)Khris Middletons pull-up jumper with 0.5 seconds left in overtime lifted host Milwaukee over Miami in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.Middleton led the Bucks with 27 points, six rebounds and 6 assists while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and three steals.The Heat had one last possibility after Jimmy Butler took the inbound pass from Goran Dragic, however might not get his shot off thanks to tight defense from Jrue Holiday as time expired.Mavericks 113, Clippers 103Dorian Finney-Smith hit two late 3-pointers, one activating a 7-0 burst that broke a tie and moved checking out Dallas over fourth-seeded Los Angeles in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.Game 2 in the best-of-seven is set up for Tuesday, also in Los Angeles.Hitting 4 of his 5 3-point attempts, Finney-Smith finished with 18 points, while Luka Doncic had a game-high 31 as part of a triple-double and Tim Hardaway Jr. 21 for the Mavericks, who won the season series 2-1 over the Clippers.Trail Blazers 123, Nuggets 109Damian Lillard ended up with 34 points and 13 assists, CJ McCollum scored 21 points, and checking out Portland beat Denver in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points, Anfernee Simons had 14 and Norman Powell scored 10 for the sixth-seeded Trail Blazers.Nikola Jokic had 34 points and 16 rebounds, Michael Porter Jr. finished with 25 points and nine rebounds, Aaron Gordon tallied 16 points and eight boards, and Monte Morris finished included 10 points off the bench for third-seeded Denver.