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Best (and worst) performances from opening weekend of NBA playoffs

On one end, you have Steph Curry’s 38 points. On the other, you have Kyle Lowry’s zero points. The opening weekend of the NBA playoffs produced some interesting results – both at the team and individual level.

Who saw D.J. Augustin’s performance coming? Or J.J. Redick’s off night? Caris LeVert continues to be a great story, and the Indiana Pacers somehow need to find more scoring.

The eight Game 1s over the weekend had highs and lows. Before we get to the second game of each series, we take a look at some of the best and worst performances from the past two days.

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April 13: Magic guard Evan Fournier reacts to the winning basket by guard D.J. Augustin in Game 1 against the Raptors. (Photo: John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports)

Best

Portland’s Damian Lillard vs. Oklahoma City: 30 points (5-for-11 on threes), four assists, four rebounds and three steals (and we’ll just whisper about the six turnovers).

Boston’s Marcus Morris vs. Indiana: 20 points, seven rebounds off the bench.

Brooklyn’s LeVert vs. Philadelphia: 23 points on 8-for-18 shooting, including 3-for-3 on threes, and a plus-18 off the bench.

Orlando’s Augustin vs. Toronto: 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting (including 4-for-5 on threes), six assists and the game-winning 3-pointer.

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Golden State’s Curry vs. Los Angeles Clippers: 38 points, eight 3-pointers and became the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made in the playoffs, passing Ray Allen.

San Antonio’s DeMar DeRozan vs. Denver: 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Detroit: 24 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and a plus-30 in the dominant win. 

Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell vs. Golden State: 26 points on 11-for-15 shooting.

Houston’s Clint Capela vs. Utah: 16 points on 8-for-13 shooting, 12 rebounds, plus-24.

Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors. (Photo: Vaughn Ridley, Getty Images)

Worst

Oklahoma City’s Dennis Schroder vs. Portland: 11 points on 5-for-17 shooting, including 0-for-7 on 3-pointers. Teammate Paul George gets a pass on his 4-for-15 shooting on threes because he’s coming back from a sore shoulder. The Thunder were 5-for-33 on threes in the loss.

Indiana vs. Boston: The Pacers shot 33.3% from the field, 22.2% on 3-pointers and 57.1% from the foul line. That won’t work against the Celtics.

Philadelphia’s Redick vs. Brooklyn: Five points, 1-for-4 on threes, three turnovers and a minus-21.

Toronto’s Lowry vs. Orlando: Zero points on 0-for-7 shooting, six of them 3-pointers.

Denver’s Jamal Murray vs. San Antonio: 8-for-24 from the field, including 0-for-6 on threes.

Detroit’s Thon Maker vs. Milwaukee: Four points on 2-for-10 shooting, including 0-for-6 on threes. Rough night for Maker against his former team.

Utah’s Jae Crowder vs. Houston: Nine points on 1-for-9 shooting, including 1-for-7 on threes.

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