NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: Pacers equalize vs the Heat 78-75. Spurs take Game 1 vs Clippers 108-92.

Danny Granger shoots over Dwayne Wade
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The Indiana Pacers even up their second round series against the Miami Heat with the win in Game 2 on the road at the American Airlines Arena 78-75. The series shifts to Indianapolis for Game 3 on May 18.
David West led the Pacers with a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds with 2 blocks. George Hill added 16 points and 4 rebounds. Danny Granger added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals before fouling out with less the a minute to go in the 4th quarter. Paul George also finished with a double-double 10 points and 11 rebounds with 3 steals. Roy Hibbert added 8 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. Leandro Barbosa off the bench scored 8 points.
The Heat who were playing without all-star Chris Bosh who is out indefinitely with an abdominal strain were led by LeBron James with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Dwayne Wade added 24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier each scored 5 points.
In San Antonio, another series in the Western Conference begins as the San Antonio Spurs take Game 1 of their second round series against the Los Angeles Clippers at the AT&T Center 108-92. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with a double-double 26 points and 10 rebounds with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Manu Ginobili off the bench added 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Rookie Kawhi Leonard added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Danny Green added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Tony Parker dished out 11 assists with 7 points. Boris Diaw pulled down 12 rebounds with 7 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. Eric Bledsoe off the bench led the Clippers with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Blake Griffin added 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Caron Butler also scored 15 points. Nick Young scored 13 points. Chris Paul dished out 10 assists with 6 points and 5 steals.In other news, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was named the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year. Irving, led the rookies in scoring at 18.5 PPG, field goal percentage at 46.9%, free throw percentage at 87.2%, and placed second in assists at 5.4 APG, and three point percentage at 39.9%. Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves finished second in the voting, while Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets finished third in voting. Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, Knicks guard Iman Shumpert and Warriors guard Klay Thompson finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 12:42 PHT)
WESTERN CONFERENCE#1 Spurs vs #5 Clippers (Spurs lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 18, 9:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV#2 Thunder vs #3 Lakers (Thunder lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 17, 9:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#4 Celtics vs #8 76ers (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: May 17, 7:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#2 Heat vs #3 Pacers (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: May 18, 7:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

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