Two series with marquee franchies are 3-0 in the first round, but there's one that got more interesting after Friday's games:
Warriors 110, Nuggets 108
Playing at home, Golden State overcame 35 points and 10 assists from Denver PG Ty Lawson to seize control of the Western Conference 2-1. SF Andrew Igoudala's half-court shot at the buzzer that would've won it fell short on the rim.
Player of the game: PG Stephen Curry fought off a left ankle sprain to score a team-high 29 points and hand out a game-high 11 assists.
Turning point: The Warriors trailed 71-58 midway with 8:51 left in the third quarter but were on top four minutes later because of a 16-2 run that Curry punctuated with a three-pointer.
Trending downward: Nuggets backup PG Andre Miller, who hit the game-winning shot in Game 1, was 2-for-13 shooting for only seven points. Evan Fournier, who started at SG, only generated two points.
Next: Game 4 is in Oakland on Sunday (TNT, 9:30 p.m. ET).
Spurs 120, Lakers 89
Los Angeles barely had enough bodies to compete, PG Andrew Goudelock and SG Darius Morris combined for 44 points, as it fell at home and is one game from being swept by San Antonio in the Western Conference.
Player of the game: PF Tim Duncan had a game-high 26 points on 12-for-19 shooting, nine rebounds and four assists.
Turning point: The Lakers trailed by double digits throughout, but after getting the deficit to 59-49 in the third quarter the Spurs outscored them 22-10 as Duncan, SF Kawhi Leonard and PG Tony Parker led the surge to put the game away.
Trending downward: The Lakers, already without SG Kobe Bryant (Achilles tear), didn't have PG Steve Nash (right hamstring), PG Steve Blake (right hamstring strain), SG Jodie Meeks (left ankle sprain).
Next: Game 4 is in Los Angeles on Sunday (TNT, 7)
Knicks 90, Celtics 76
New York is one victory away from sweeping its nemesis after shooting 50% in a dominating performance in Boston in the Eastern Conference.
Player of the game: PG Ray Felton had 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting, a game-high 10 assists , two steals and even a blocked shot in a well-balanced attack. The Knicks were plus-8 in assists.
Turning point: Ahead 26-20 at 9:55 of the second quarter, the Knicks went on a 21-11 run to end the half. SF Carmelo Anthony went 4-for-6 for eight points during the stretch. He finished with a game-high 26 points on 12-for-25 shooting.
Trending downward: The Celtics only received 10 points for their bench, led by SG Jordan Crawford’s five. … SG J.R. Smith was ejected for a flagrant foul on Celtics SG Jason Terry with 7:06 left in the fourth quarter. With victory well in hand, Smith turned into Terry and struck him under the chin with an elbow. Game officials reviewed the play to confirm the call.
Next: Game 4 is in Boston on Sunday (ABC, 1)