2024 NBA playoffs day one recap

In what was a thrilling start to the NBA Playoffs, reigning champions Denver Nuggets secured a 1-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Lakers with a resounding 114-103 victory.

Nikola Jokic was the star player for the Nuggets as he scored 32 points to lead his team to victory after trailing narrowly at halftime.

Despite the Lakers’ efforts, which included Anthony Davis contributing 32 points and LeBron James adding 27, the Nuggets held their ground, sealing the win.

This win adds to the Nuggets’ dominance over the Lakers, having already overcome them in all regular-season encounters. The Nuggets staged a remarkable 13-0 run in the third quarter to solidify their lead and fend off the Lakers’ late rally.

NBA playoffs recap

Meanwhile, in other playoff action, the Minnesota Timberwolves stunned the Phoenix Suns with a commanding 120-95 victory. Despite the Suns’ previous dominance over the Timberwolves in the regular season, Anthony Edwards led the charge for the home team with an impressive 33-point performance, securing a surprising win.

In the Eastern Conference, both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks emerged victorious in their opening playoff games.

The Cavaliers defeated the Orlando Magic 97-83, with Donavon Mitchell’s stellar 30-point performance ensuring they stayed ahead throughout the game. On the other hand, the Knicks secured a hard-fought 111-104 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, powered by standout performances from Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson, who each contributed 22 points.

As the playoffs progress, fans can expect more intense matchups and thrilling moments as teams vie for victory on the road to the NBA championship

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