NBA Playoff Central: Recap all the amazing first-round action

Enjoy that regular season? Well, the first round of these NBA playoffs alone may have been better than everything that came before it.

A whopping five series went to seven games and another one ended in Game 6 on one of the most incredible finishes you’ll ever see.

Out East, the top-seeded Pacers survived a true test from unheralded Atlanta, winning in seven. The Heat played the part of favorites, sweeping the Bobcats. The No. 6 seed Nets upended the Raptors in seven. And the fifth-seeded Wizards had no trouble with the Bulls, winning in five.

In the West, the No. 1 seed Spurs needed seven games to shake off Dallas. Same for the No. 2 seed Thunder against the Grizzlies and the third-seeded Clippers against the Warriors. The fifth-seeded Blazers beat the Rockets in six games on a three-pointer from Damian Lillard at the buzzer in the final contest.

MORE PLAYOFF CENTRAL: CONFERENCE FINALSCONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

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EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

1. Indiana Pacers vs. 8. Atlanta Hawks

Pacers win series 4-3

Game 1: Hawks 101, Pacers 93

Game 2: Pacers 101, Hawks 85

Game 3: Hawks 98, Pacers 85

Game 4: Pacers 91, Hawks 88

Game 5: Hawks 107, Pacers 97

Game 6: Pacers 95, Hawks 88

Game 7: Pacers 92, Hawks 80

 

4. Chicago Bulls vs. 5. Washington Wizards

Game 1: Wizards 102, Bulls 93

Game 2: Wizards 101, Bulls 99 (OT)

Game 3: Bulls 100, Wizards 97

Game 4: Wizards 98, Bulls 89

Game 5: Wizards 75, Bulls 69

 

 

 

Game 1: Nets 94, Raptors 87

3. Toronto Raptors vs. 6. Brooklyn Nets

Game 2: Raptors 100, Nets 95

Game 3: Nets 102, Raptors 98

Game 4: Raptors 87, Nets 79

Game 5: Raptors 115, Nets 113

Game 6: Nets 97, Raptors 83

Game 7: Nets 104, Raptors 103

 

Heat win series 4-0

Game 1: Heat 99, Bobcats 88

2. Miami Heat vs. 7. Charlotte Bobcats