After nearly letting Game 1 get away from them and losing Game 2 at home, the veteran Celtics went to Philadelphia ready for business, and they showed it on Wednesday night.
Kevin Garnett owned the contest from the beginning and racked up 27 points and 13 rebounds as Boston coasted to a 16-point win. The Celtics now lead the Eastern Conference semifinals series 2-1, with Game 4 on Friday night in Philadelphia.
In the West, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers fell into a 2-0 hole in their series with Oklahoma City after the Thunder came from behind in the fourth quarter to win.
Here are the recaps from the games that took place Wednesday, May 16. Be sure to check out more of our in-depth Associated Press recaps and previews.
Boston Celtics 107, Philadelphia 76ers 91
PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Garnett scored 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and used a dominant second quarter to help the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-91 on Wednesday night and take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Read the complete story here.
Oklahoma City Thunder 77, Los Angeles Lakers 75
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 22 points and rattled in the go-ahead basket on a baseline runner with 18 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored the final nine points to rally for a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night. Read the complete story here.