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Road Warriors: Five NBA away teams win opening game of Playoffs

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So much for the team with the higher seeding having an easy time in the NBA Playoffs. For the first time in league history, five away teams (with lower records) were able to win the first game of the opening round of the playoffs, taking away the much coveted "Home Court Advantage" the media loves to talk about.

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First we go with the "upsets" that shouldn't be considered such. Both five seeds, the Washington Wizards and Portland Trailblazers, were able to top the four seed, the Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets, respectively.

The three seeds weren't safe from giving up their home court advantage either. Both six seeds, the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors, handed the three seeds, the Toronto Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers, their respective loss as well.

As for a real upset, did anyone outside of Atlanta honestly think that the top seeded 56-26 Indiana Pacers were going to lose to the eighth seed 38-44 Hawks on Saturday? Thanks in large part to Hawks point guard, and Indiana native, Jeff Teague leading all scorers with 28 points, Atlanta led by as many as 20 points.

Even though Indiana's Paul George scored a respectable 24 points in the game, he wasn't very accurate. George connected on just six of his 18 field goal attempts. George was the only Pacer to score at least 20 points in the game. Indiana's All-Star center Roy Hibbert was limited to just eight points for the night and as a team, the Pacers did a terrible job on free throw shooting, making fewer than 70 percent of their attempts.

The only top seed that didn't suffer a first game loss were the two seeds. Both the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder were able to come away with a win against the Charlotte Bobcats and the Memphis Grizzlies, respectively.

With all Game 1's now in the books, it's time to see if the away teams can continue their unexpected good fortunes or if that first game win was just a fluke.



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