The first weekend of the NBA playoffs is in the books, and it was absolutely fantastic
NBA fans were treated to a veritable cornucopia of playoff basketball over the weekend, with eight fantastic Game 1s taking place on Saturday and Sunday. It was a staunch reminder of how different postseason basketball is from the regular season, in terms of quality, intensity and overall drama.
The best part about the playoffs, however, is that the stars come out in full force. There are no more minutes limits or holding back — just my best against your best and let’s see what happens. That was certainly the case on Saturday and Sunday, but while some stars shined, others struggled. Here are the results from every Game 1, along with some winners and losers from the weekend.
Sunday’s Game 1 results:
(1) Philadelphia 76ers 125, (8) Washington Wizards 118
(2) Phoenix Suns 99, (7) Los Angeles Lakers 90
(5) Atlanta Hawks 107, (4) New York Knicks 105
(8) Memphis Grizzlies 112, (1) Utah Jazz 109