The first round of the 2011 NBA playoffs is in the books, and the Eastern and Western Conference semifinal rounds begin today, Sunday, May 1st. There are two games on tap today – Memphis at Oklahoma City starts at 1 pm ET, and the tip off of the first game of the much-anticipated Boston vs Miami playoff series is set for 3:30 pm ET. See below for complete second round NBA playoff scores, results and summaries.
The 2011 NBA playoffs are especially exciting as there is no strong favorite this year. The No. 1 seed in the East, Chicago, had a sparkling regular season record of 62-20, but looked a bit sluggish in their first round series with the Pacers. And both Miami and Boston are laden with playoff experienced veterans, but only one can advance to the Eastern Conference finals. The No. 1 seed Spurs were knocked off already in the West, and while you have to say that makes the Lakers the favorite, it is still a wide open field with all four teams having the talent to get the job done.
The first round of the 2011 playoffs only produced one upset of note, but it was a big one, with the No. 8 seed Memphis Grizzlies knocking off the No. 1 seed San Antonio Spurs. It was only the second time in NBA history that a No. 1 seed was knocked off by a No. 8, but several NBA pundits had mentioned that San Antonio was possibly a vulnerable favorite and they were spot on as Tim Duncan and Tony Parker could not get it done without a healthy Manu Ginobli. The rest of the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, including Chicago, LA and Miami, advanced and it looks like the conference semifinal round is going to be where the wheat is separated from the chaff.
Sunday NBA Playoff Scores
Western Conference Semifinal Scores
Oklahoma City 101
Memphis leads series 1-0.
The Grizzlies upset the Thunder 114-101 in Oklahoma City in the first game of their Western Conference semifinal series on Sunday. Leading scorers were Kevin Durant with 33 points and 11 rebounds and Zach Randolph with 34 points and 10 rebounds. Randolph scored 29 of his points in an explosive first half.
Eastern Conference Semifinal Scores
Miami leads series 1-0.
The Heat beat the Celtics 99-90 in the first game of the most anticipated match up of the 2011 NBA playoffs so far. LeBron James had 22 and Dwyane Wade had 38 for Miami. Ray Allen was the high scorer with 25 points for Boston, and Paul Pierce had 19 points but was ejected in the 4th quarter.
Monday NBA Playoff Scores
Atlanta upset Chicago 103-95 in the first game of their Eastern Conference semi-final series. Joe Johnson scored 34 points to lead the Hawks. Atlanta leads the series 1-0.
LA Lakers 94
Dallas upsets the Lakers 96-94 in LA behind 28 points and 14 rebounds from Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs lead series 1-0.
Tuesday NBA Playoff Scores
LeBron James hangs 35 points on the Celts as Miami leads the series 2-0.
Oklahoma City 54
For more on the 2011 NBA playoffs see:
2011 NBA Playoffs – First Round NBA Playoff Scores
NBA Playoffs – 2011 NBA Playoff Schedule, Preview & Predictions
2011 NBA Playoff Schedule, Preview and Predictions – NBA Eastern & Western Conference Semifinal Playoff Previews