The first night of the 2023 NBA playoffs produced fireworks and shocking results. That’s the beauty of basketball.
Written by Illythehost
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The Sacramento Kings finally registered their first #NBAplayoffs win almost two decades later by beating the Golden State Warriors. The Kings take a 1-0 series lead with De’Aaron Fox registering 38 points and Malik Monk 32 points in their playoffs debut.
“I think his game is built for stages like this… there’s nothing in the offensive end that he can’t do,” Fox said of Monk after their historic win. The two played an important role when the team edged 2022 NBA champions GSW by 126-123. The last time Sacramento Kings won a playoff game was back in 2006. Prior to the playoff games, not many believed that the team would take the win considering the fact that they were going to face the defending champions – and the team which is the favourite to win the current season – but if you’re a real basketball fan and you’ve been watching basketball from their first game earlier this season, you’ll notice that they’re just doing what they’ve done all season long.
In Boston, Celtics saw off Hawks 112-99 with Tatum and Brown scoring 54 points combined. The third quarter belonged to The Hawks. They outscored last season’s finalists 31-20, but all that didn’t matter as Boston Celtics won the overall game taking a lead into game two. Jayson Tatum and Celtics are continuing the quest of clinching their 18th championship, which is being sought by the franchise.
Philadelphia 76ers went head-to-head with the Brooklyn Nets as they started their playoffs series games. 33-year-old James Harden showed his former bosses why they made a mistake by letting him go. His signature STEP-BACK was on display as he hit seven three pointers and thirteen assists to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Nets 121-101, as they try to win their first NBA championship in 40 years.
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