NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: First round comes to an end. Clippers advance to the 2nd round, defeats the Grizzlies in Game 7 82-72. Heat take Game 1 vs the Pacers 95-86.

The Clippers celebrate their Game 7 victory as they advance to the second round
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The First Round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs have come to an end. The Los Angeles Clippers became the last team to advance to the second round as they take a stunning road victory in Game 7 against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum 82-72. The Clippers almost blew the series after taking a commanding 3-1 series lead and losing the next two games which forced this match. But they held their grip in this slugfest in Game 7 and will now face the top-seeded team in the West, the San Antonio Spurs who are coming off a first round sweep of the Utah Jazz. Game 1 of that series will be on May 16 in San Antonio.
Chris Paul led the Clippers with 19 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Nick Young off the bench scored 13 points. Kenyon Martin finished with a double-double 11 points and 10 rebounds with 2 blocks. Mo Williams scored 9 points. Blake Griffin, Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe each scored 8 points.
Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Marc Gasol also scored 19 points with 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Zach Randolph added 9 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Conley and Tony Allen each scored 7 points.
In Miami, the Miami Heat begin the second round taking Game 1 of their series against the Indiana Pacers at the American Airlines Arena 95-86. Game 2 will still be in Miami on May 16. Recently crowned MVP LeBron James led the Heat with a double-double 32 points and 15 rebounds with 5 assists and 2 steals. Dwayne Wade added 29 points and 4 assists. Chris Bosh added 13 points and 5 rebounds. Joel Anthony off the bench added 9 points and 7 rebounds. David West led the Pacers with a double-double 17 points and 12 rebounds. Roy Hibbert also finished with a double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds. George Hill and Darren Collison each scored 10 points. Leandro Barbosa off the bench scored 9 points.
2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 12:52 PHT)
WESTERN CONFERENCE
#1 Spurs vs #8 Jazz
SAN ANTONIO SPURS WINS SERIES 4-0
#1 Spurs vs #5 Clippers
Game 1: May 16, 9:30 am PHT Channel TBD
#4 Grizzlies vs #5 Clippers
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS WINS SERIES 4-3
#2 Thunder vs #3 Lakers
Game 1: May 15, 9:30 am PHT Channel TBD
EASTERN CONFERENCE
#4 Celtics vs #8 76ers (Celtics lead series 1-0)
Game 1: May 15, 7:00 am PHT Channel TBD

#2 Heat vs #3 Pacers (Heat lead series 1-0)
Game 1: May 16, 7:00 am PHT Channel TBD

K-Smoove
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