Spurs 110 Hornets 99 – Heading into game 3, the defending champs were in a must win situation. They needed to respond to the two body blows they were dealt in New Orleans. And respond they did. Spurs coach Greg Popovich had to switch things up, so he inserted Ginobli into the starting lineup for the first time this postseason. The Big 3 led the way as Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli each had 31 points and Tim Duncan added 16 points and 13 rebounds. Chris Paul showed why he was named on the NBA First Team Thursday by putting up 35 points on 15 of 25 shooting and 9 assists. The difference this game was Peja Stojakovic. After scoring 47 points in the first two games, the Spurs put defensive stopper Bruce Bowen on him. Peja was held to just 8 points. San Antonio will try to even up the series Sunday night.
Celtics 89 Cavaliers 73 – The Celtics took a 2-0 series lead as Paul Pierce and Ray Allen found their shooting touch. The two combined for 35 points, 31 more than they mustered in game 1. Boston down 7 after the first quarter held the Cavs to 12 points in the second and took a 8 point lead into halftime. The second half was all Green as Ray Allen broke his 7 quarter scoreless streak. Lebron James continued to struggle as he shot 6 of 24 from the field. The Cavaliers head back to Cleveland in desperate need of something to pump them up for game 3 Saturday night. I wonder how many pizzas Papa Johns sold yesterday?