NBA Closes Out First Round of Playoffs with Five Game 7s

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • May 5, 2014, 9:56 AM

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The first round of the NBA playoffs came to an end this weekend with five — count 'em, five! — Game 7s. In case you missed any of the action, we've got you covered with capsule recaps of every game, featuring video of the biggest moments and clutch performances!

The first game of was Pacers/Hawks. Indiana, the top seed in the East, was looking to avoid a major first-round upset. So the team looked to star Paul George to step up. And he did it in a big way, dropping a playoff career-high 30 points to lead the Pacers to a 92-80 win and a series victory.

The Pacers' next opponent is the Washington Wizards, who defeated the Bulls in five games. Game 1 is tonight at 7 p.m.

The second Game 7 of the weekend was in Oklahoma City, where the West's number-two seed the Thunder also looked to hold off an early playoff exit. And like OKC has done all series long, it relied on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. KD put up 33 points and Westbrook had a triple-double to propel the Thunder to a 120-109 W and a hard-earned series victory over the Grizzlies.

Next up for the Thunder is the LA Clippers. Game 1 is tonight at 9:30 p.m.

And speaking of the Clippers, there might not have been a more emotional game this season than the Game 7 between LA and the Golden State Warriors. After everything that's happened with Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the team could easily have collapsed. Instead, the Clips used it as fuel to propel themselves into the second round, defeating the Warriors 126-121. But they needed a big team game to capture the series. And that's what they got from Chris Paul, who scored 22 points and 14 assists, DeAndre Jordan, who pulled down 18 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford, who scored 22 front he bench. Black Griffin led the team in scoring with 24 points, and his big-time block and acrobatic moves at the end of the game put an exclamation point on LA's series victory.

While we're on the topic of roller coaster seasons, the Brooklyn Nets. The started the season terribly, finished hot to earn a spot in the postseason, and in their first round series gave the Toronto Raptors some trouble one night before getting blown out the next. So heading into Sunday afternoon's Game 7, who knew what Nets team would show up? Turns out it was the one ready for an upset. Sixth-seeded Brooklyn stunned the East's number-three seed Raptors. 104-103, to earn a spot in the second round. But the Nets needed some big-time heroics from Paul Pierce in the final seconds of the game to lock up the win.

The Nets' next challenge is the Miami Heat — a team Brooklyn went 4-0 against this season. (What?!) Game 1 is Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The final Game 7 of the first round was in San Antonio, where the Spurs looked to finally put away the pesky Dallas Mavericks. It was an oddly up-and-down series for the Spurs, the top-seed in the West. Everyone expected them to dominate the Mavs, but Dallas gave them all they could handle. Well, that ended last night with a 119-96 San Antonio win. The Spurs have Tony Parker and his game-high 32 points to thank for their place in the second round.

The defending Western Conference champions' next test is against the fifth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers, who upset four-seed Houston in six games. Spurs-Blazers begins Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.

What teams do you think will make it to the NBA conference finals? Let us know in the comments section below!

Photos: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images (Chris Paul), Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images (Pacers)

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i just hope the clippers dont win i mean they are a good team just not the team i want to win

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