The Grizzlies are very happy after finally getting a bit of payback for their first-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers a year ago.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were unhappy about coming back to Houston for Game 6. They left town in a much better mood.
Kevin Garnett made his way off the court toward Boston’s locker room looking straight down the entire way, not lifting his head or even a hand to the fans crowding him and reaching for a high-five or to congratulate him.
Kevin Durant texted Kevin Martin after his terrible performance in Game 5 to send words of encouragement, and tell him he knew Martin would bounce back on Friday night.
The Grizzlies refused to be pushed around, especially on their home court, and now they’re headed back to the Western Conference semifinals for the second time in three seasons.
Indiana withstood a fourth-quarter comeback by Atlanta, and will now face the Knicks in the next round.
The Knicks nearly gave away a 26-point lead in the fourth quarter before steadying themselves to outlast the Celtics. They clinched their first playoff series victory since 2000.
After blowing most of a 26-point lead, the Knicks stopped the Celtics’ comeback attempt to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Celtics never led and scored only 47 points through the first three quarters, yet they still nearly managed to steal Game 6 against the Knicks with a scintillating late run.
Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points despite a poor shooting night as the Knicks staved off a Celtics rally to advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2000.
James Harden’s amazing season for the Houston Rockets, his first as a team’s primary offensive option, has gone largely overlooked.
Kobe Bryant is trying to stop his mother, Pamela Bryant, from auctioning off some of his memorabilia, worth an estimated $1.5 million.
The Thunder’s decision to intentionally foul Omer Asik of the Rockets turned out to be ill-advised.
The series has morphed into a taut and tense prizefight between two like-minded opponents who never lost faith in their ability to beat each other up.
The Indiana Pacers packed for an extended trip.
Stephen Curry scored 22 points and David Lee made a surprising cameo in a quick return from injury as Golden State eliminated the Denver Nuggets in six games.
This time last year, Iman Shumpert was writhing on the court in Miami after blowing out his knee in the first playoff game of his rookie NBA season.
You give Carmelo Anthony all props for helping to secure the win, for making the shots he had to make. But if you saw the game you know that the Knicks carried him in the biggest game of their season a lot more than he carried them.
Carmelo Anthony might still need to get the Knicks a win in a Game 7 in the playoffs. Maybe one day and maybe even this spring. But to his great relief, it won’t be on Sunday and it will not be against these Boston Celtics.
So much for green and white ghosts, Game 7 and being on the wrong side of history. The Knicks ended 13 years of postseason futility — and perhaps ended the Kevin Garnett era as well – by defeating the Boston Celtics 88-80 in Game 6 on Friday.