Anthony Davis led the Los Angeles Lakers to a victory in Game 2 and helped level their series against the Portland Trail Blazers. Watch NBA playoffs live.
A 31-point double-double from Anthony Davis inspired the Los Angeles Lakers to a 111-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 of basketball's NBA playoffs first-round series. The two teams will lock horns again in Game 3 of this tense series, with the match available on live streaming in India.
It was a perfect response from the Western Conference's top-seed after the Lakers had succumbed to a shock loss in Game 1.
Despite trouncing the Trail Blazers by 23 points in Game 2, Superstar LeBron James had a rather quiet outing, scoring just 10, but Davis, who scored 28 in Game 1, was on song for the 16-time champions, scoring 31 to go with his 11 rebounds and three assists.
There was more cause for concern for the Trail Blazers as Damian Lillard, who had top scored with 34 in the series opener, suffered a dislocated finger mid-game and could only play 30 minutes. However, the five-time All-Star cleared the air over his availability for Game 3, telling media, "Oh, I am playing.”
The Eastern Conference top-seed, the Milwaukee Bucks were also victorious on Friday, beating the Orlando Magic 111-96 and levelling their first-round series at 1-1.
Reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo became the first man to record a 20-point and 20-rebound game since NBA's all-time leading point-scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for the Bucks. The two teams will meet on Saturday for Game 3 and can be watched live in India.
The Houston Rockets took a 2-0 lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 111-98 victory on Friday. Seven of the Rockets' eight players scored in double-figures, with superstar James Harden leading the way with 21 points.
Despite the absence of Russell Westbrook, the Rockets have been terrific in both games and are the only team in the Western Conference that are leading 2-0 in the NBA playoffs. The Thunder and Rockets will go head-to-head again on Sunday.
*Only select matches will be broadcast in India
Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers, 1:00 AM IST
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets, 3:30 AM IST
Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers 6:00 AM IST
Sunday, August 23 - Evening (IST)
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics, 10:30 PM IST
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers, 1:00 AM IST
Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors, 4:00 AM IST
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets, 6:30 AM IST
Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks, 11:00 PM IST
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets, 1:30 AM IST
Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers, 4:00 AM IST
Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers, 6:30 AM IST
Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets, 11:00 PM IST
Select matches of the NBA playoffs are broadcast live in India on the Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD TV channels.
Live streaming of the NBA playoffs in India, including Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers, is available on the SonyLiv platform.
The NBA can also be watched on their official website with the subscription-based NBA League Pass.