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LeBron’s Streak Ends, Davis First Playoff Win, Cousins On Plane To Coachella, Crawford Big Baller, Celtics/Bucks Exciting Finish, Harden’s 44 Pts

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Here are a few stories from the first round of the NBA Playoffs. For more highlights, click here.

For the first time since 2012, LeBron James lost a first-round playoff game. The Indiana Pacers cruised to victory and upset LeBron’s streak of 21 straight 1st round wins. Pacers 98, Cavs 80.

The New Orleans Pelicans also had a meaningful first in their 97-95 victory over the Portland Trailblazers.  The win marked the first time since 2011 the Pelicans won in the postseason, and it was the first playoff victory for their star Anthony Davis.

In other Pelicans news, DeMarcus Cousins is rehabbing an Achilles injury, and according to coach Alvin Gentry, he didn’t accompany the team to the playoff game because he wasn’t cleared for travel. His manager, however, posted a photo of the two of them traveling on a private plane to Coachella. Not exactly the smartest PR move.

And, in one more piece of Pelicans news, Guard Jordan Crawford appears to be near signing a deal with Big Baller Brand. He will be the first player (other than Lonzo Ball) to wear the merchandise and potentially represent the brand.

In other playoff news, the most exciting few seconds of the weekend featured the Boston Celtics vs the Milwaukee Bucks tied at the end of regulation. First, the Celtics Terry Rozier made a 3 pointer with 1 second left and put his team ahead. Miraculously, with 1/2 a second left, Khris Middleton shot an impossible looking hail mary to sink a 3 and send the game to overtime, where the Celtics hung on to win.   Celtics 113, Bucks 108

The Houston Rockets looked solid in game 1 with James Harden scoring 44 points to help the team outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101.

 

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Alex Smith To Redskins, James Harden Highest Scoring Triple Double In History, Love Out

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NFL free agency officially begins on March 14th, but big trades are already going down. The Washington Redskins reached a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith for a reported $71 million. Smith turns 35 in May but had a career high in passing yards this season. Current Redskins QB Kirk Cousins indicated he wasn’t likely to sign a long term deal with the team, so they’re investing in Smith to lead the team for the next few years. The trade isn’t official until free agency begins. No word yet on where Kirk Cousins will end up, but there’s speculation he could become the highest paid player in the League for the 2018 season.

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Houston Rockets James Harden had one for the books by posting the highest scoring triple double in NBA history with 60 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Even LeBron James was impressed by Harden. He tweeted, ” That’s insane G! 60 point Triple Dub. Sheesh!!!” The Rockets beat the Orlando Magic 114-107.

In other NBA news, the Cleveland Cavaliers got more bad news when Kevin Love fractured his left hand during Tuesday’s game against Detroit. It’s likely Love will miss at least a month of playing time. He’ll also miss the February 18th All-Star game

 

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