Apr 28, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion (0) during the first half in game one of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NBA Playoffs: Kevin Durant Ends Day 1 With A Bang After Bulls, Heat, Magic Win

The Bulls beat the 76ers in the early game but lost their MVP in the process, the Heat hammered the Knicks, Orlando hung on to top the Pacers and Kevin Durant ended the night with a wild, woolly and winning shot.

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VIDEO: Kevin Durant Nails Game-Winner As Thunder Edge Mavericks In Game 1

Kevin Durant didn't have a great Game 1 in the Oklahoma City Thunder's first-round NBA Playoffs series against the Dallas Mavericks. Well, the first 47 minutes, 53 seconds weren't so great. The last seven ticks? Oh so perfect.

Durant hit the off-balance mid-range jumper (with rim and glass!) with time winding down to give the Thunder a 99-98 lead. The man who contested the shot well, Shawn Marion, couldn't get a shot off at the other end as Dallas was out of timeouts. Game, Blouses.

With the make, Durant shot 10-27 for the game, far from his typical efficiency. Luckily, Russell Westbrook (28 points on 13-23) and James Harden (19 points on seven field goal attempts!) were potent enough on offense to get the Thunder into a position in which one of the best players in the world could shoot for the victory.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Thunder Vs. Mavericks Final Score: Kevin Durant's Game-Winner Sinks Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks had done everything in their power to thwart the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals series, including having Dirk Nowitzki get them the lead with less than 10 seconds to play.

Then Kevin Durant hit a game-winner that NBA fans will see for years and years.

Durant, who struggled all night, threw up a prayer from the free throw line that hit the rim, kissed the backboard, and fell in to give the Thunder a 99-98 victory. It gave him 25 points on the night (on 10-for-27 shooting), and gave Oklahoma City a 1-0 lead in the series.

Dallas controlled most of the game, leading for most of the fourth quarter and keeping Durant in check. But the spring-legged Thunder played suffocating defense in the dying throes of the fourth quarter and closed on a 14-6 run.

Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 28 points, and Serge Ibaka had 22 points and five blocks for OKC. Dallas got 25 points from Nowitzki, and 20 from Jason Terry, but Terry was held scoreless in the fourth quarter as the Thunder turned up the defensive pressure.

Game 2 of the series will be Monday night in Oklahoma City. If it's anything like the thrilling Game 1, it will be somewhere between must-see and can't-miss.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Magic Vs. Pacers Final Score: Orlando Steals Game 1, 81-77

The Indiana Pacers were supposed to roll past the Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series. But after going cold late in Game 1 and falling, 81-77, to Orlando, the Pacers find themselves in a hole.

The Magic held the Pacers scoreless for the final 4:05 of the fourth quarter, and allowed just one made basket in the final 7:54 of play, while closing on a 11-0 run. Jason Richardson and Jameer Nelson tied for the Orlando lead in points, with 17 each; Richardson made two threes during that run, and Nelson had four points in the fourth quarter.

But this game was about the Pacers' collapse, and about the struggles Indiana's star players dealt with from the field. Danny Granger's 17 points came on 7-for-20 shooting; Paul George made 4-of-11 from the floor. Roy Hibbert flirted with a triple-double -- and the NBA playoff record for blocked shots in a game -- but finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.

David West had 19 points to lead Indiana. Game 2 in the series will be played on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Iman Shumpert Injury A Torn ACL, Knicks' Guard Out For Playoffs, According To Report

Saturday has been a bad day for left knees in the NBA. Earlier, Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee in the Chicago Bulls' win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Now, New York Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert has been diagnosed with the same injury.

Shumpert suffered the injury midway through the third quarter in the Knicks' blowout loss to the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their playoff series. He tried to make a crossover move on Mario Chalmers, but his knee buckled and he immediately fell to the floor.

Shumpert had come on late in his rookie season, emerging as a tough defensive stopper for the Knicks. With him sidelined, Landry Fields will likely return to the starting lineup, and J.R. Smith and Toney Douglas will be seeing more time.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.


Knicks Vs. Heat, NBA Playoffs 2012: LeBron James Leads Miami To Game 1 Blowout

There was lots of anticipation for Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs series between the New York Knicks and Miami Heat, but it quickly turned into a rout. LeBron James led the Heat on a 24-2 run to close the first half, as Miami easily defeated New York, 100-67.

James scored 32 points in 31 minutes, hitting 10-14 from the field and 11-14 from the line. He dominated Knicks star Carmelo Anthony on both ends, holding him to just 11 points on 3-15 shooting. Dwyane Wade added 19 points for the Heat in the win.

Making matters worse for the Knicks, promising rookie Iman Shumpert suffered a bad knee injury in the third quarter and did not return. Shumpert is tasked with guarding Wade so, if he misses an extended period of time, the Knicks are in trouble.

Knicks center Tyson Chandler did play despite battling the flu over the past two days, but was very ineffective, committing seven turnovers and picking up four first-half fouls.

Game 2 is scheduled for Monday night at 7 p.m.

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VIDEO: Derrick Rose Suffers Knee Injury Vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The Chicago Bulls were firmly in control late in their Game 1 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, and yet, Derrick Rose was still on the court. That decision by Tom Thibodeau might be second-guessed for a long time after Rose limped off the court with a knee injury with only a couple minutes remaining in the game. Here's video of Rose's knee injury.

Rose was trying to make a move on Spencer Hawes, but came down awkwardly as he tried a jump stop. There was no body contact on the injury. Rose tried to get back up and walk off, but fell down again.


Rose's teammates looked stunned as he was being tended to on the court. They all know that, despite their regular-season success, they have little chance to win the title if Rose is not healthy. Now, they must hope that the injury ends up not being serious.

For more on the Bulls, visit Blog-a-Bull and SB Nation Chicago.


Bulls Vs. 76ers, NBA Playoffs 2012: Chicago Smokes Philly In Game 1, But Watch Derrick Rose Limp Off

The Chicago Bulls smothered the Philadelphia 76ers on both ends in Game 1 of their 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, and came out with a 103-91 victory. Chicago's lead got as high as 20 in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose led the way with 23 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds in his latest return to action, but all of that was forgotten with 90 seconds left. Rose crumpled to the floor after appearing to land wrong on dribble penetration, and had to be helped off of the court after a stop in action.

Joakim Noah added 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the supporting cast contributed its typically brilliant defense as Philadelphia shot just 39.8 percent from the floor.

Rose missed some shots, but kept full control of the game at all times. Chicago led by 11 at the half, and the game was never in question in the fourth. Philadelphia's offense looked completely overmatched against the elite Bulls defense; there was nothing that the Sixers could reliably do to produce points. Jrue Holiday had a rough game on that end, shooting 7-18 from the floor with more turnovers (three) than assists (two). Evan Turner continued to serve as a playmaker off the bench, but fell out of control too often late, leading to bad shots, broken plays and a couple of turnovers.

For more on the Bulls, visit Blog-a-Bull and SB Nation Chicago.For more on the Sixers, please visit Liberty Ballers and SB Nation Philly. For full coverage of the series, follow our Bulls vs. Sixers StoryStream.


Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls Star Hurts Knee In Closing Moments Of Game 1 Vs. Sixers

Derrick Rose, who has struggled with injury all season, appeared to injure his left knee with less than 90 seconds left in the Chicago Bulls' Game 1 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. The Bulls led by 12 at the time, and play had just resumed after a timeout, which would have given Tom Thibodeau an opportunity to replace his starters.

Rose walked off the court slowly with assistance after receiving attention from the Bulls' medical crew. He received MVP chants and an ovation as he limped off.

Rose was driving to the bucket when he landed poorly and careened to the floor. There did not appear to be contact on the play -- Rose may have just twisted poorly in the air and landed wrong. Regardless, while the Bulls have played well without Rose this season, losing him would be awful for their title hopes.

For more on the Bulls, visit Blog-a-Bull and SB Nation Chicago.

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