It was a night for the underdogs as both LA Lakers and regular season bullies, Chicago, found themselves losing to their not so illustrious opponents. The Bulls genuinely missed Derek Rose in their defeat today as they found noone to lead the offensive against a gritty and courageous Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers found themselves outplayed and considerably frazzled by a Denver Nuggets team who attended in confidence with the support of the crowd behind them. Boston were the third major franchise in action, and they too were given a run for their money by a solid Atlanta Hawks team but a tight overtime performance from the veterans turned out to be the difference in the end.
Atlanta Hawks 84 - 90 Boston Celtics
A series between the 4th and the 5th best team in the playoffs is always expected to be a touch and go affair and this face off between the Hawks and the Celtics is no different. After gaining home advantage in Game 2 with a win in Atlanta, it was back to the Garden for the 17 time NBA Champions and thanks to a fantastic triple double from Rajon Rondo the hosts were able to go 2 - 1 up in the first round of the Eastern Conference play-offs.