NBA Playoffs: Scores, news, highlights for Thunder-Jazz, Rockets-Wolves, 76ers-Heat, Blazers-Pelicans
We've got everything you need to know from an eventful NBA playoff Saturday
Saturday's NBA playoff games featured some fantastic matchups. The Pelicans swept the higher seeded Trail Blazers and became the first team of the postseason to advance into the second round. The 76ers and Heat continued their testy series, and even had a fight break out, but the return of Joel Embiid has been too much for Miami. The 76ers have now taken a 3-1 lead in the series. Later, the Timberwolves got their first win of the series against the Rockets.
You can find the scores below along with a recap of our live updates, news and highlights from all of Saturday's action.
NBA playoff scores for Saturday, April 21
- Game 4: Philadelphia 76ers 106, Miami Heat 102 (Box Score)
- Game 4: New Orleans Pelicans 131 Portland Trail Blazers 123, (Box Score)
- Game 3: Minnesota Timberwolves 121, Houston Rockets 105 (Box Score)
- Game 3: Utah Jazz 115, Oklahoma City Thunder 102 (GameTracker)
Game 4: 76ers at Heat
The emotions of this series boiled over late in the second quarter when the two teams got into a scuffle after a wild sequence. Both sides were separated, but not before two techs and a personal foul were handed out -- along with a bloody Justise Winslow.
Joel Embiid made his presence felt in the first half in Game 4, especially under the basket:
The Heat and 76ers went back and forth throughout the final quarter, but it was the 76ers who came on top thanks to the young dynamic duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. The 76ers stars made all the plays needed to win including this incredible block by Embiid.
Simmons ended up finishing with a final stat line of 17 points, 10 assists, and 13 rebounds. This puts him an elite class of rookies to get a triple double in the playoffs.
Philadelphia now takes a 3-1 lead in the series.
- The Heat and 76ers have been tense so far. Joel Embiid said he's going to be a nightmare for Miami the rest of the series and Hassan Whiteside appears to be very unhappy with the coaching staff. While Whiteside struggles and Embiid thrives, that old feud between the two seems to be long gone.
- Justise Winslow was fined $15,000 by the NBA for intentionally stepping on Joel Embiid's mask during Game 3. This is what prompted Embiid to make the nightmare comment.
Game 4: Blazers vs. Pelicans
Anthony Davis won a Player of The Month award and then swept the Trail Blazers on his home floor. It's been a great playoffs so far for Davis.
The game started off tense with Rajon Rondo slapping the ball out of Zach Collins hands. The two got face to face and exchanged words, but nothing happened beyond that.
The Trail Blazers put up a fight and at one point in the fourth quarter it looked like they were going to complete a huge comeback. Damian Lillard found Jusuf Nurkic in the paint and Portland was on an 11-4 run.
In the end though, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday were too much. They each scored 40-plus points in a phenomenal performance to complete the sweep.
Game 3: Rockets vs. Wolves
The Timberwolves won a playoff game for the first time since 2004 Saturday night. It was an incredible atmosphere all night and the players clearly fed off the energy. Players like Andrew Wiggins showed up for Minnesota in a big way throughout the game.
Karl-Anthony Towns couldn't help but flex anytime he did something great. It was that kind of night for the Timberwolves, where everything seemed go their way. How could they not be excited about it?
The player who stole the show thought was Jeff Teague. Playoff Teague made his yearly appearance and he came through for Minnesota multiple times in the clutch. This was the player they were hoping for when he was signed in the offseason. The Wolves now enter Game 4 with a real hope of tying the series.
Game 3: Thunder vs. Jazz
Russell Westbrook is the one in this series known for triple-doubles, but it was Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio who stole the show on Saturday. Rubio put up 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a brilliant performance that gave the Jazz a 2-1 lead over the Thunder.
Oklahoma City continued to fight throughout the game and kept things close, but a fourth-quarter run from Utah buried the Thunder for good.
The Jazz will look to extend their series lead to 3-1 in Game 4 on Monday.
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