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NBA Recap August 18th

  • August 20, 2020
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Orlando Magic 122 – 110 Milwaukee Bucks

The Magic pulled a gigantic upset in their series opener against the Bucks, as they got off to a slow start but never looked back after they grabbed the lead midway into the first quarter. Orlando led as much as 18 points in the second quarter and took full advantage of the fact the Bucks, who only won three of eight seeding games, continued to struggle on both ends of the court. The Magic looked dominant in the second half and ended winning by a comfortable 12-point margin. Nikola Vucevic led the way for the Magic with 35 points and 14 rebounds, while Giannis Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks with a 31-point, 17-rebound performance.

Miami Heat 113 – 101 Indiana Pacers

The Heat got off to a slow start and looked poor defensively, allowing 33 points just in the first quarter against an Indiana team that had two productive players in T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon. Miami would bounce back, however, and they notched a four-point lead by halftime. These two teams went back and forth the rest of the way, but the Heat executed better down the stretch and the play of both Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic would be key for Miami to escape with the win in Game 1. Butler paced the Heat with 28 points, adding four assists, three rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. Brogdon and Warren both led the Pacers with 22 points, although Brogdon also added 10 assists.

Los Angeles Lakers 93 – 100 Portland Trail Blazers

The Lakers were another team that fell in their opening playoff game despite facing the eighth seed. Los Angeles managed to storm back in the fourth quarter after seeing Portland in control during most of the game, but Anthony Davis and LeBron James missed some key free throws, giving the Blazers a lifeline they wouldn’t waste away. The Blazers, who led by as much as 16 points in the first half, closed things out and earned a massive win that boosts their chances of pulling an upset against the top-seeded team in the East. Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 34 points, while LeBron James notched a triple-double of 23 points while adding 17 rebounds and 16 assists.

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