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Pacers make trip back to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Remember when Reggie Miller scorched the Knicks to become the “Knick Killer”? or when Larry Johnson knocked in a four point playto propel the then 8th seeded Knicks to stun the Pacers? Well, in a rebirth of a classic rivalry from the 1990s, the third seeded Indiana Pacers came out as the better team, as they defeat the second seeded New York Knicks to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2004.

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The Knicks came into the playoffs as one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. They won the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 1994 and won a playoff series for the first time since 2000 when they knocked off their Atlantic division rival Boston Celtics in six games. Led by scoring champion Carmelo Anthony and joined with this year’s Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, last year’s Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler, Raymond Feltion, Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni to name a few. The Knicks looked poised to take their playoff run further deep. Unfortunately, their title run ends in the second round. They were unable to beat the Pacers on the road and allowed them to take Game 1 on their home floor. It was a bitter finish to their remarkable season and a season where they rejoined the elite of the East.
 
As for the Pacers, after knocking out the Atlanta Hawks in Round 1, they right away stole Game 1 at MSG which is the turning point of the series as the Pacers maintained a perfect home record at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the 2013 Playoffs which stands at 6-0. Led by Most Improved Player award winner Paul George and joined by George Hill, Roy Hibbert, David West, Lance Stephenson, D.J. Augustin and Tyler Hansbrough to name a few. These Pacers have put everyone on notice as for most of the season, they were under the radar. Now they have a shot of getting back to the NBA Finals for since Reggie Miller led the Pacers to their lone trip in franchise history in 2000.
 
The Pacers will now face the defending NBA champions the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals setting up a rematch from last year’s second round series which the Heat won in 6 games.
 
As for the Knicks, their impressive run to the East elite comes to a bitter end. A lot of uncertainty will now bloom in the Big Apple as their offseason begins now.
 
Here are the scores from all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ New York: Pacers 102-95 Knicks
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: West 20, George 19, Augustin 16
Rebounds: Stephenson 13, Hibbert 8, Hill 7
Assists: Hill 6, George 4, Hibbert 4
 
Knicks leaders:
Points: Anthony 27, Felton 18, Smith 17
Rebounds: Anthony 11, Smith 5, Shumpert 4
Assists: Prigioni 6, Felton 3, Smith 2
 
GAME 2 @ New York: Pacers 79-105 Knicks
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: George 20, West 13, Hill 12
Rebounds: Hibbert 12, West 6, George 4, Stephenson 4
Assists: Hill 7, West 4, Stephenson 2, B. Hansbrough 2
 
Knicks leaders:
Points: Anthony 32, Shumpert 15, Felton 14
Rebounds: Anthony 9, Shumpert 6, Smith 6
Assists: Prigioni 4, Kidd 4
 
GAME 3 @ Indiana: Knicks 71-82 Pacers
 
Knicks leaders:
Points: Anthony 21, Chandler 9, Smith 9
Rebounds: Shumpert 10, Martin 7, Kidd 6
Assists: Prigioni 4, Felton 2, Shumpert 2
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: Hibbert 24, Hill 17, George 14
Rebounds: Hibbert 12, West 12, George 8
Assists: George 8, Stephenson 3
 
GAME 4 @ Indiana: Knicks 82-93 Pacers
 
Knicks leaders:
Points: Anthony 24, Smith 19, Felton 14
Rebounds: Chandler 10, Anthony 9, Martin 5
Assists: Felton 6, Kidd 3, Martin 3
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: Hill 26, George 18, Stephenson 13
Rebounds: George 14, Hibbert 11, West 10
Assists: George 7, Hill 4, West 3
 
GAME 5 @ New York: Pacers 75-85 Knicks
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: George 23, West 17, Augustin 12
Rebounds: West 10, Stephenson 8, Hibbert 7
Assists: George 6, West 2, Stephenson 2
 
Knicks leaders:
Points: Anthony 28, Smith 13, Copeland 13
Rebounds: Chandler 8, Anthony 6, Shumpert 6, Smith 6
Assists: Felton 4, Prigioni 3, Smith 2
 
GAME 6 @ Indiana: Knicks 99-106 Pacers
 
Knicks leaders:
Points: Anthony 39, Shumpert 19, Smith 15
Rebounds: Smith 10, Anthony 7, Chandler 6
Assists: Felton 6, Prigioni 6, Smith 3
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: Stephenson 25, George 23, Hibbert 21
Rebounds: Hibbert 12, Stephenson 10
Assists: George 4, Hill 4, West 4
 
Pacers win series 4-2
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Spurs are back in the Western Conference Finals.

In a battle of youth vs experience. Experience got the better of this match-up as the second seeded San Antonio Spurs are heading back to the Western Conference Finals as they defeat the sixth seeded Golden State Warriors in six gamesas the Spurs are in the West Finals for a second straight season.

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The Warriors, after pulling of a major upset of the third seeded Denver Nuggets in six games, they came in as the lowest seeded team to come out of the first round and these young players led by sweet shooting Stephen Curry battled against a tested veteran team and gave it their all in this series. They manage to win two games in the series including one on the road. However, the more experienced Spurs team came out and delivered when it all mattered the most. Fueled by a frenzied fanbase which pack up their home floor dressed in yellow and pecking the decibel meter up to the roofs every single home game. These young bloods have achieved a nice run with players surrounding Curry like Klay Thompson, David Lee, Harrison Barnes, Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack to name a nice lineup the Warriors had. However, their playoff run comes to an end this time around.
 
As for the Spurs, they came into the series well rested after sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. The extra rest they got proved to be beneficial especially on a veteran core that they have on the line up. Their experience proved to be a factor in their series as shown by their poise in an thrilling Game 1 victory at home as well as picking up two wins in front of a raucous “Roaracle” Arena crowd in Oakland. Their triumvirate of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have delivered when it all mattered for the Spurs. Now their quest back to glory will continue as they look to have another shot at an NBA championship as these three men are winding down their decorated NBA careers.
 
The Spurs will now face the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals. In a rematch of their first round matchup from 2011 when the then eight-seeded Grizzlies knocked off the then top seeded Spurs in six games. Despite having to go through personnel changes over the two years since they last met in the playoffs, expect the same old ballgame that we saw from both teams two years back.
 
As for the Warriors, their remarkable season comes to an end. This young team will be a team to fear for many years to come. The players on their roster still have a ton of growth ahead of them and this deep playoff experience they had will make them better for even deeper playoff runs when their time comes.
 
Here are the scores from all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ San Antonio: Warriors 127-129 Spurs (2OT)
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Curry 44, Thompson 19, Barnes 19
Rebounds: Bogut 15, Barnes 12, Dr. Green 7
Assists: Curry 11, Bogut 4, Thompson 3
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 28, Da. Green 22, Duncan 19
Rebounds: Duncan 11, Leonard 9, Parker 8
Assists: Ginobili 11, Parker 8, Leonard 3
 
GAME 2 @ San Antonio: Warriors 100-91 Spurs
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Thompson 34, Curry 22, Barnes 13
Rebounds: Thompson 14, Bogut 11, Landry 8
Assists: Dr. Green 5, Curry 4, Jack 4
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 23, Parker 20, Ginobili 12
Rebounds: Leonard 12, Duncan 9, Parker 6, Da. Green 6
Assists: Ginobili 4, Parker 3
 
GAME 3 @ Golden State: Spurs 102-92 Warriors
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 32, Duncan 23, Leonard 15
Rebounds: Duncan 10, Leonard 9, Parker 5, Ginobili 5
Assists: Parker 5, Ginobili 4, Duncan 3, Da. Green 3
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Thompson 17, Curry 16, Landry 14
Rebounds: Bogut 12, Thompson 8, Barnes 8
Assists: Curry 8, Landry 4, Thompson 2, Barnes 2
 
GAME 4 @ Golden State: Spurs 87-97 Warriors (OT)
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Ginobili 21, Duncan 19, Parker 17
Rebounds: Duncan 16, Leonard 8, Da. Green 7
Assists: Ginobili 3, Parker 3, Diaw 3, Splitter 3
Warriors leaders:
Points: Barnes 26, Jack 24, Curry 22
Rebounds: Bogut 18, Barnes 10, Jack 7
Assists: Curry 4, Jack 4, Landry 4
 
GAME 5 @ San Antonio: Warriors 91-109 Spurs
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Barnes 25, Jack 20, Landry 16
Rebounds: Barnes 7, Landry 6, Bogut 6
Assists: Curry 8, Landry 2, Bogut 2, Jack 2
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 25, Leonard 17, Da. Green 16
Rebounds: Duncan 11, Leonard 7, Splitter 6
Assists: Parker 10, Ginobili 5
 
GAME 6 @ Golden State: Spurs 94-82 Warriors
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 19, Leonard 16, Splitter 14
Rebounds: Leonard 10, Duncan 6, Ginobili 6, Diaw 6
Assists: Ginobili 11, Parker 8, Diaw 4
 
Warriors leaders:
Points: Curry 22, Jack 15, Landry 11
Rebounds: Bogut 7, Ezeli 7, Landry 6
Assists: Curry 6, Thompson 3, Lee 2
 
Spurs win series 4-2

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Grizzlies dethrone the Kings of the West.

These two teams battled each other two years ago and fought a nail-biting seven game second round series. This year, the fifth seeded Memphis Grizzlies get their retribution as the knock off the top seed in the West as well as the reigning Western Conference Champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. The Grizzlies also avengetheir loss in 2011 against the Thunder in empathic fashion taking four straight wins after dropping Game 1 on the road.

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The Thunder who rode out the loss of their All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook in their first round series against the Houston Rockets managed to get into the second round after defeating the Rockets in six games. The Thunder had to rely more on Kevin Durant to score the basketball with Westbrook out for the rest of the playoffs. They managed to win Game 1 on their home floor with a clutch jumper by Kevin Durant. Unfortunately, it ended up as their only win of the series as the Grizzlies took the next four games including two games on their own home floor in Loud City. Their quest for redemption comes to a bitter and early end.
 
As for the Grizzlies, after getting redemption against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round. They continued to play their style of Grit ‘n Grind in their series against the Thunder as they continued to play physical for the entire course of the series. After dropping Game 1 on the road, they responded emphatically as they won the next four games on their way to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. They also kept themselves undefeatedat “The Grindhouse” FedEx Forum as they are 5-0 at home in the NBA Playoffs. With a mix of defensive stalwarts like DPOY Marc Gasol, Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince as well as an offensive boost from Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless to name a few. These guys play great defense, and as quoted by Bruce Bowen once “Defense wins championships.” Now, the road to the championship continues for this team that loves to grind and play tough defense.
 
The Grizzlies will face the winner of the series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors. The Spurs currently have a 3-2 series lead over the Warriors and they got a shot of winning the series tomorrow.
 
As for the Thunder, their quest to return to the NBA Finals comes to an end. They will have Russell Westbrook back healthy next season. However, this team could undergo personnel changes along the way, as an eery silence will loom in Loud City as their off-season begins earlier than most people expect.
 
Here are the scores from all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ Oklahoma City: Grizzlies 91-93 Thunder
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Gasol 20, Randolph 18, Conley 13, Pondexter 13
Rebounds: Gasol 10, Randolph 10, Conley 5, Pondexter 5, Prince 5
Assists: Gasol 3, Conley 3, Pondexter 3
 
Thunder leaders:
Points: Durant 35, Martin 25, Jackson 12
Rebounds: Durant 15, Martin 7, Perkins 7
Assists: Durant 6, Perkins 3, Jackson 2
 
GAME 2 @ Oklahoma City: Grizzlies 99-93 Thunder
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Conley 26, Gasol 24, Randolph 15
Rebounds: Conley 10, Randolph 8, Allen 7
Assists: Conley 9, Gasol 5, Randolph 3
 
Thunder leaders:
Points: Durant 36, Fisher 19, Ibaka 11
Rebounds: Durant 11, Perkins 6, Ibaka 5, Jackson 5
Assists: Durant 9, Sefolosha 3, Jackson 2
 
GAME 3 @ Memphis: Thunder 81-87 Grizzlies
 
Thunder leaders: 
Points: Durant 25, Jackson 16, Ibaka 13, Martin 13
Rebounds: Durant 11, Ibaka 10, Jackson 10
Assists: Durant 5, Jackson 2, Sefolosha 2

Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Gasol 20, Conley 14, Allen 14
Rebounds: Randolph 10, Gasol 9, Conley 7
Assists: Conley 6, Gasol 4, Randolph 2, Bayless 2
 
GAME 4 @ Memphis: Thunder 97-103 (OT)
 
Thunder leaders:
Points: Durant 27, Martin 18, Ibaka 17
Rebounds: Ibaka 14, Durant 7, Martin 5, Sefolosha 5
Assists: Jackson 8, Durant 7
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Conley 24, Randolph 23, Gasol 23
Rebounds: Randolph 12, Gasol 11, Allen 6
Assists: Conley 5, Prince 5, Randolph 3, Bayless 3
 
GAME 5 @ Oklahoma City: Grizzlies 88-84 Thunder 
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Randolph 28, Conley 13, Allen 11
Rebounds: Randolph 14, Conley 7, Gasol 7
Assists: Conley 11, Randolph 2, Allen 2, Bayless 2
 
Thunder leaders:
Points: Durant 21, Ibaka 17, Jackson 16
Rebounds: Jackson 9, Durant 8, Ibaka 8
Assists: Durant 6, Jackson 5, Fisher 3
 
Grizzlies win series 4-1
 
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The Champs return to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The reigning NBA Champions Miami Heat pulled off the same feat they did in 2011 as they knocked off the fifth seeded Chicago Bulls in five games in the second round to advance to their third straight Eastern Conference Finals. After losing Game 1 at home, the responded by winning four straight games to book their ticket to the Conference Finals.

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The Bulls, coming off a seven game series in the first round against the Brooklyn Nets came in to the second round battered with a ton of injuries from Derrick Rose who has missed the entire season recovering from the torn ACL injury he suffered in last year’s Playoffs, as well as players like Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich who are vital to the Bulls run in this year’s playoffs. They were able to steal a game in Miami with an impressive Game 1 victory. Unfortunately for them, it would only be their only win of the series. They were unable to defend their homecourt against the reigning NBA champions and eventually suffers from four straight losses that ended their playoff run.

As for the Heat, after sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. They were well rested coming into the second round. LeBron James was crowned his fourth season Most Valuable Player award (his second back-to-back MVP seasons). They were heavily favored in this series. They dropped Game 1 on their home floor, however the Heat responded with a vengeance as they blew out the Bulls in Game 2, taking the next two in Chicago with empathic wins and they came back in Game 5 to wrap their series up and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals as their run for the repeat will continue.
 
The Heat will face the winner of the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers, in which as of this moment of writing, the Pacers have a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Knicks.
 
As for the Bulls, “The Return” of Derrick Rose may not have happened this season, but with the extra downtine for him, he’ll be back come next season. If he does return, expect the Bulls to come back to the elite of the Eastern Conference. To Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, get well soon as well. Chi-town will have better days come next season.
 
Here are the scores from all games of the series:

GAME 1 @ Miami: Bulls 93-86 Heat

Bulls leaders:
Points: Robinson 27, Butler 21, Noah 13

Rebounds: Butler 14, Noah 11, Boozer 7, Belinelli 7
Assists: Robinson 9, Noah 4, Butler 3

Heat leaders:
Points: James 24, Wade 14, Bosh 9, Allen 9

Rebounds: James 8, Bosh 6, Battier 4
Assists: James 7, Chalmers 7, Wade 4

GAME 2 @ Miami: Bulls 78-115 Heat

Bulls leaders:
Points: Belinelli 13, Noah 12, Robinson 11

Rebounds: Noah 6, Boozer 4
Assists: Belinelli 6, Teague 3, Noah 2, Robinson 2

Heat leaders:
Points: Allen 21, James 19, Cole 18
Rebounds: Cole 6, James 5, Bosh 5

Assists: James 9, Wade 5, Chalmers 4

GAME 3 @ Chicago: Heat 104-94 Bulls

Heat leaders:
Points: James 25, Bosh 20, Cole 18
Rebounds: Bosh 19, James 8, Wade 4, Andersen 4

Assists: James 7, Wade 5, Bosh 4

Bulls leaders:
Points: Boozer 21, Robinson 17, Butler 17
Rebounds: Noah 11, Robinson 6, Butler 5, Gibson 5
Assists: Robinson 7, Belinelli 6, Noah 4

GAME 4 @ Chicago: Heat 88-65 Bulls

Heat leaders:
Points: James 27, Bosh 14, Andersen 9
Rebounds: James 7, Haslem 7, Bosh 6
Assists: James 8, Wade 4, Cole 4

Bulls leaders:
Points: Boozer 14, Butler 12, Hamilton 11
Rebounds: Boozer 12, Noah 9, Gibson 9
Assists: Robinson 4, Hamilton 4, Teague 3

GAME 5 @ Miami: Bulls 91-94 Heat

Bulls leaders:

Points: Boozer 26, Robinson 21, Butler 19
Rebounds: Boozer 14, Noah 9, Robinson 5, Butler 5
Assists: Robinson 6, Butler 4, Noah 2

Heat leaders:
Points: James 23, Wade 18, Bosh 12

Rebounds: James 7, Bosh 7, Wade 5
Assists: James 8, Wade 6, Allen 2, Chalmers 2

Heat win series 4-1

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