Wade scores 28 to lead Heat past Hornets, 115-103 in Game 2
Charlotte Hornets 103 – 115 Miami Heat
Wade scored 28 points, Hassan Whiteside was a franchise playoff-record 8 for 8 from the field and finished with 17 points, and the Heat beat the Charlotte Hornets 115-103 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series. Goran Dragic scored 18 points, Luol Deng finished with 16 and Josh Richardson added 15 for Miami, which had 72 points by halftime and never trailed in the second half. Whiteside added 13 rebounds and is now shooting 17 for 19 in the series, his playoff debut. Kemba Walker scored 29 for Charlotte, needing 29 shots to get there. Al Jefferson had 25 on 12-for-17 shooting off the bench, Courtney Lee added 12 and Jeremy Lin had 11 for Charlotte – which has dropped 12 straight postseason contests.
LeBron scores 27, Cavs make 20 3s in Game 2 win over Pistons
Detroit Pistons 90 -107 Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James scored 27 points, Smith made seven of Cleveland’s NBA playoff record-tying 20 3-pointers, and the Cavs opened a 2-0 lead in their increasingly testy series with a 107-90 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night. Kyrie Irving added 22 points for Cleveland, which shares the postseason record for 3s with Golden State (2015), Dallas (2011) and Seattle (1996). Andre Drummond scored 20 for the Pistons, who have lost 10 straight playoff games against Cleveland. Drummond was just 4 of 16 from the line and the Pistons didn’t do enough on either end to slow the Cavs.
Clippers dominate 4th to beat Blazers 102-81, take 2-0 lead
Portland Trail Blazers 81 – 102 Los Angeles Clippers
Paul and Griffin urged coach Doc Rivers to let the second unit keep playing. He agreed, and the bench scored 43 points in the Clippers’ 102-81 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, giving Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in its first-round playoff series. Jamal Crawford, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, led the reserves with 11 points and Jeff Green added 10 on a night when the Clippers’ starters weren’t their usual dominant selves. The bench opened the second quarter on a 12-2 run, stretching a six-point lead to 15. Among the starters, Redick scored 17 points, Blake Griffin had 12 points and nine rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan had 18 rebounds for the Clippers, who topped 100 points for the second straight game.
Damian Lillard and Mason Plumlee led the Blazers with 17 points each. CJ McCollum added 16 after being held to nine in their 20-point loss in the series opener. Plumlee and Al-Farouq Aminu had 10 rebounds each. Portland shot a season-worst 34.1 percent.