|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBATuesday night's games in the NBA Playoffs were more like it, with all of the higher seeds winning their games, and winning decisively over the competition.
The Bulls eliminated the Pacers, the Magic showed signs of life apart from Dwight Howard, and the Lakers now lead their series over the Hornets 3-2. Let's look at the results of the games from these first round series.
The Chicago Bulls finally played a game at the level we all expect the No. 1 seed in the league to play at. Chicago blew out the Indiana Pacers 116-89 at the United Center, eliminating Indiana from the playoffs. Derrick Rose's ankle injury did not slow him down, but he was not needed for much of the game as the rest of the team easily handled the Pacers. The Bulls now have at least a few days to rest before Round Two, where they will face either the Magic or Hawks.
The Orlando Magic also had a great game, beating the Atlanta Hawks 101-76 in Orlando. But the team is still down three games to two with the series headed back to Atlanta for Game Six. Orlando finally started shooting well from three-point territory, which they had struggled to do in the first four games of the series. But Atlanta still has the upper hand in this series – can the Magic really win three in a row to advance to the second round to play the Bulls?
The final game last night was a commanding victory by the Los Angeles Lakers over the New Orleans Hornets. The 106-90 game was not even close in the second half, and there was no apparent sign of Kobe Bryant's ankle injury to be seen. The Lakers now lead this series three games to two, with Game Six to be played in New Orleans. It would be best for the Lakers to close this series out, rather than risk injury playing through seven games. But the Hornets have other plans for this series, as well.
Occasionally in the playoffs, the teams that are supposed to win do it, and do it big. Last night was one of those nights for all three teams that won. They were the higher seeds, they are all favorites to get to or win the NBA Championship in 2011, and they all had phenomenal games against lower seeds. Results from the night: the Bulls move on, the Lakers even their series, and the Magic come back from the dead.