NBA Playoffs 2013: Biggest Surprises In Postseason Openers

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Apr 4, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson (2) drives past Brooklyn Nets point guard C.J. Watson (1) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NBA Playoffs are officially underway, and last night featured four very different games. We saw a game winning shot, back-and-forth battles and blowouts. What last night also offered was moments that made us scratch our heads and ask “did that just happen?”

So, what were the most pleasant, and perhaps not so pleasant, surprises of last night?

Andre Miller closing?!

The Nuggets were pretty sloppy down the stretch of game one against the Golden State Warriors, and for a while it looked like the visitors might hand the Nuggets a rare loss at Pepsi Center. The game was back-and-forth, with both teams holding 9-point leads at certain times of the game.

Even though David Lee was forced to leave the game early, the Warriors truly pushed their opponents, and a veteran had to step forward.

Andre Miller scored 28 points on 11-16 shooting in the postseason opener, and also hit the game-winning layup. The 37-year-old lifted his team with a sensational 18-point fourth quarter. He got to the basket, hit his mid-range jumpers and knocked down a three to close out Golden State.

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Topics: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA Playoffs, New York Knicks

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