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Bruins in the NBA Playoffs - First Round
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/08/2012

May 8, 2012

Each week, uclabruins.com will update and highlight select UCLA players' progress during the current NBA season. Games highlighted are from the first round of the NBA playoffs, through May 6.

UCLA in the NBA/Player Highlights

Arron Afflalo, G (fifth NBA season, third with Denver Nuggets, Western Conference/NW Div., 38-28 regular season, second-place/sixth seed in Western Conference, trail the No. 3 LA Lakers 3-1 in their first round playoff series)
On May 6 at Denver, there were 18 lead changes and 16 ties, but in the end, the Lakers prevailed 92-88 to take a 3-1 advantage in their Western Conference first round playoff series. Afflalo played 32 minutes, with six points (3-7, 0-0, 0-0), and three rebounds and assists. On May 4 at Denver, the Nuggets led by 24 points early in the second quarter, outrebounded the Lakers for the second consecutive game (54-44) and held on to defeat the Lakers, 99-84, to trail 2-1 in their playoff series. Afflalo started and played 25 minutes, with 10 points (3-9, 2-3, 2-2/scored eight in the first quarter), one rebound and assist and a game-high tying two steals. On May 1 at the Staples Center, Denver outscored the Lakers in the paint (60-52) and had the edge in rebounding (52-48), but still lost to the Lakers, 104-100, as the Lakers took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Afflalo started and played 31 minutes, with a playoff high of 11 points (4-12, 0-5, 3-4) and six rebounds, with one assist. On April 29 at the Staples Center, the Nuggets never led, trailed by as many as 21 points and shot a season-low 35.6%, losing to the Lakers, 103-88 in the first game of their Western Conference first round playoff series. Afflalo, who had averaged 18.7 points since March 26, started and played 32 minutes, with nine points (3-11, 0-3, 3-4), two rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot. Denver entered the playoffs winning six of its last seven games and was the NBA's top scoring team (104ppg), but second-worst defensive squad (giving up 101 points a game).
Afflalo's Playoff Stats: 4G/4GS, 30.5MIN, 3.0RPG, 2.0AST, 9.0PPG
Afflalo's Final Regular Season Stats: 62G/62GS (most team starts), 33.6MIN, 3.2RB, 2.4AST, 15.2PPG (No. 2 team scorer).
First Round Playoff Series (Lakers lead 3-1) - No. 3 LA Lakers vs. No. 6 Denver (Lakers won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - April 29 at Lakers (LAL 103, D 88); Game 2 - May 1 - at Lakers (LAL 104, D 100); Game 3 - May 4 at Denver (D 99, LAL 84); Game 4 - May 6 at Denver (LAL 92, D 88); Game 5 - May 8 at Lakers; if necessary, Game 6 - May 10 at Denver; Game 7 - May 12 at Lakers.

Matt Barnes, F (ninth NBA season, second with Los Angeles Lakers, Western Conference/Pacific Div., 41-25 regular season, first-place/third seed in Western Conference, lead No. 6 Denver 3-1 in their first round playoff series)
On May 6 at Denver, the Lakers limited the Nuggets to 37 second half points, had a 48-38 rebounding edge and hit consecutive three-pointers in the final minute of the game to defeat Denver, 92-88 and take a 3-1 advantage in their first round Western Conference playoff series. Barnes played 17 minutes, with four points (2-6, 0-2, 0-0) and rebounds and two assists. On May 4 at Denver, the Lakers nearly came back from a second quarter 24 point deficit (trailed 88-81 with 2:04 left to play), but lost to the Nuggets, 99-84. The Lakers lead their first round playoff series 2-1. Barnes played 20 minutes and led Lakers reserves with six points (2-9, 1-5, 1-2), along with three rebounds and two assists and blocked shots. On May 1 at the Staples Center, the Lakers held on, after establishing a 19-point lead, to defeat Denver 104-100 and take a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series (Lakers are 42-1 when leading 2-0 in a best-of-seven series, only losing the 1969 NBA Finals to Boston). Barnes played 19 minutes, with two points (1-5, 0-3, 0-0), two rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot. His defensive contributions helped limit Denver's Danilo Gallinari to 13 points (Gallinari scored 19 points in game one). On April 29 at the Staples Center, the Lakers, led by Andrew Bynum's triple double of 10 points, 13 rebounds and NBA tying playoff -record 10 blocked shots (breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Lakers team record of nine set in 1977 vs. Golden State), defeated Denver, 103-88 in the opening contest of their Western Conference first round playoff series. Barnes, who missed the last regular season game with a serious sprained right ankle, returned to the lineup and led all Lakers reserves in minutes (29), scoring two points (1-6, 0-4, 0-0), with a playoff-best six rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and a team and season-high four steals.
Barnes' Playoff Stats: 4G, 21.5MIN, 3.8RB, 2.3AST, 1.0STL, 1.0BLK, 3.5PPG
Barnes' Final Regular Season Stats: 63G/16GS, 22.9MIN, 5.5RB, 2.0AST, 7.8PPG (led Lakers reserves in minutes, scoring and rebounding)
First Round Playoff Series (Lakers lead 3-1) - No. 3 LA Lakers vs. No. 6 Denver (Lakers won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - April 29 at Lakers (LAL 103, D 88); Game 2 - May 1 - at Lakers (LAL 104, D 100); Game 3 - May 4 at Denver (D 99, LAL 84); Game 4 - May 6 at Denver (LAL 92, D 88); Game 5 - May 8 at Lakers; if necessary, Game 6 - May 10 at Denver; Game 7 - May 12 at Lakers.

Darren Collison, G (third NBA season, second with Indiana Pacers, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 42-24 regular season, second-place/third seed in Eastern Conference, lead No. 6 Orlando Magic 3-1 in their first round playoff series)
On May 5 at Orlando, the Pacers had a 19-point fourth quarter lead but were forced into overtime, where they prevailed and defeated Orlando, 101-99, to win for the third consecutive game and take a 3-1 advantage in their Eastern Conference first round playoff series. Collison had his best game of the series, playing 18 minutes with no turnovers and 11 points (3-6, 2-3, 3-3), one rebound, playoff-best and team-high nine assists and game-high tying two steals. On May 2 at Orlando, the Pacers led by 29 points in the fourth quarter and defeated Orlando, 97-74, to take a 2-1 advantage in their first round playoff series. Collison played 17 minutes, with 10 points (5-10, 0-2, 0-0), two rebounds and assists and one steal. On April 30 at Indianapolis, the Pacers held the Magic to below 40% shooting (for the second consecutive game), to even their series at 1-1, beating Orlando, 93-78. Collison played 12 minutes, with two points (1-2, 0-0, 0-0) and one assist. On April 28 at Indianapolis, sixth-seed Orlando, playing without NBA top rebounder Dwight Howard (back surgery), overcame a seven-point deficit and held the Pacers scoreless for the final 4:05 to defeat Indiana, 81-77 in the first game of their Eastern Conference first round playoff series. Collison played 22 minutes, with two points (1-7, 0-1, 0-0), four rebounds, team-high five assists and game-high tying two steals.
Collison's Playoff Stats: 4G, 17.5MIN, 1.8RB, team leader 4.3AST, team leader 1.25STL, 6.3PPG (has not had a turnover in four playoff games)
Collison's Final Regular Season Stats: 60G/56GS (started the first 56 Pacers game), 31.3MIN, 3.1RB, team-leading 4.8AST, 10.3PPG
First Round Playoff Series (Indiana leads 3-1) - No. 3 Indiana vs. No. 6 Orlando (Orlando won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - April 28 at Indiana (O 81, I 77); Game 2 - April 30 at Indiana (I 93, O 78); Game 3 - May 2 at Orlando (I 97, O 74); Game 4 - May 5 at Orlando (I 101, O 99 OT); Game 5 - May 8 at Indiana; if necessary, Game 6 - May 11 at Orlando; Game 7 - May 13 at Indiana.

Baron Davis, G (13th NBA season, first with New York Knicks, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 36-30 regular season second-place/seventh seed in Eastern Conference, trails No. 2 Miami Heat 3-1 in their first round playoff series)
On May 6 at Madison Square Garden, Davis suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third period, but the Knicks, with the return of starter Amare Stoudemire (20 points/10 rebounds) and Carmelo Anthony's 41 points, defeated Miami, 89-87 winning their first game (trail 3-1) in their first round Eastern Conference playoff series. For the Knicks, the victory snapped an NBA record 13-game postseason losing streak dating back to 2001. Davis, who was carried off on a stretcher, started and played 25 minutes, with two points (0-4, 0-4, 2-2) and assists. On May 3 at Madison Square Garden, Miami defeated the Knicks (playing without three starters -Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin, Iman Shumpert), 87-70. It was New York's NBA post-season record 13th consecutive loss as the Knicks fell behind 3-0 in their first round playoff series. Davis started and played 27 minutes, with seven points (2-5, 0-3, 3-3), one rebound and team-high three assists. On April 30 at Miami, the Heat defeated New York, 104-94, as the Knicks lost their 12th consecutive postseason game, tying an NBA record and falling behind 0-2 in their first round playoff series. Davis started and played 27 minutes, with a playoff-best 12 points (5-8, 2-3, 0-0), one rebound and a playoff-best and team-high six assists. After the game, the Knicks also lost starting forward Amare Stoudemire with a cut to his left hand after smashing a fire extinguisher case outside the Knicks lockerroom. On April 28 at Miami, the Heat had a 32-2 run and turned 27 New York turnovers into a franchise playoff record 38 points, easily defeating the Knicks, 100-67 in the first game of their Eastern Conference first round playoff. Davis started and played 17 minutes (three fouls in the first half, finished with four), with 10 points (4-6, 2-4, 0-0), one rebound and two assists. The Knicks were 18-6 heading into the playoffs since Mike Woodson took over for Mike D'Antoni as New York head coach.
Davis' Playoff Stats: 4G/4GS, 24.3MIN, team leader 3.3AST, 7.8PPG
Davis' Final Regular Season Stats: 29G/14GS, 20.5MIN, 1.9RB, 4.7AST, 1.2STL, 6.1PPG
First Round Playoff Series (Miami leads 3-1) - No. 2 Miami vs. No. 7 New York (Miami won regular season series, 3-0) - Game 1 - April 28 at Miami (M 100, NY 67); Game 2 - April 30 - at Miami (M 104, NY 94); Game 3 - May 3 at New York (M 87, NY 70); Game 4 - May 6 at New York (NY 89, M 87), Game 5 - May 9 at Miami; if necessary, Game 6 - May 11 at New York; Game 7 - May 13 - at Miami.

Dan Gadzuric, C (10th NBA season, recently signed with New York Knicks, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 36-30 regular season second-place/ seventh seed in Eastern Conference, trails No. 2 Miami Heat 3-1 in their first round playoff series)
Gadzuric has not played during New York's Eastern Conference first round playoff series with Miami. The Knicks trail 3-1 and will play at Miami on May 9 in game No. 5.
Gadzuric's Final Regular Season Stats: 2G, 6.5MIN, 2.5RB
First Round Playoff Series (Miami leads 3-1) - No. 2 Miami vs. No. 7 New York (Miami won regular season series, 3-0) - Game 1 - April 28 at Miami (M 100, NY 67); Game 2 - April 30 - at Miami (M 104, NY 94); Game 3 - May 3 at New York (M 87, NY 70); Game 4 - May 6 at New York (NY 89, M 87), Game 5 - May 9 at Miami; if necessary, Game 6 - May 11 at New York; Game 7 - May 13 - at Miami.

Jrue Holiday, G (third NBA season with Philadelphia 76ers, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 35-31 regular season, third-place/eighth seed in Eastern Conference, leads the No. 1 Chicago Bulls 3-1 in their first round playoff series)
On May 6 at Philadelphia, the 76ers defeated Chicago, playing without starting center Joakim Noah (sprained left ankle), 89-82 to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first round playoff series. Holiday started and played 41 minutes, scoring 20 points (7-23, 2-7, 4-4/20 or more points two of last three games, fourth consecutive double-digit playoff scoring game), playoff-high and season-high tying eight rebounds, playoff-high tying and game-high six assists (third consecutive game with six assists) and one blocked shot and steal. Late in the game, Holiday's consecutive three-pointers helped secure the victory for the 76ers. On May 4 at Philadelphia, the 76ers ended the game with a 26-7 run and defeated Chicago, 79-74, to take a 2-1 advantage in their first round playoff series. Holiday started and played 30 minutes, with 17 points (5-10, 0-2, 7-9), six rebounds, team-high six assists and one blocked shot and steal. On May 1 at Chicago, the 76ers, led by Holiday's game-high 26 points, defeated Chicago, 109-92 to tie their first round playoff series, 1-1. Holiday started and played 40 minutes, with 26 points (11-15, 3-3, 1-2/most points since scoring a career-high 30 on March 17), two rebounds, game-high tying six assists and one steal. On April 28 at Chicago, the Bulls, the top seeded overall team for the second consecutive year, lost 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose to a torn anterior cruciate ligament to his left knee, but were able to defeat Philadelphia, 103-91 in the first contest of their Eastern Conference first round playoff series. Holiday started and played 35 minutes, with 16 points (7-18, 1-4, 1-3), team-high tying seven rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. Philadelphia entered the playoff series with Chicago 15-23 since mid-February.
Holiday's Playoff Stats: 4G/4GS, 37.3MIN, 5.8RB, team leader 5.0AST, team leader 19.8PPG
Holiday's Final Regular Season Stats: 65G/65GS (most team starts, did not play in final regular season game), 33.8MIN, 3.3RB, 4.5AST, 1.61STL (No. 11 in NBA), 13.5PPG (No. 2 team scorer)
First Round Playoff Series (Philadelphia leads 3-1) - No. 1 Chicago vs. No. 8 Philadelphia (Chicago won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - April 28 at Chicago (C 103, P 91); Game 2 - May 1 at Chicago (P 109, C 92); Game 3 - May 4 at Philadelphia (P 79, C 74); Game 4 - May 6 at Philadelphia (P 89, C 82), Game 5 - May 8 at Chicago; if necessary, Game 6 - May 10 at Philadelphia; Game 7 - May 12 at Chicago.

Ryan Hollins, C (sixth NBA season, first with Boston Celtics, started the season with Cleveland Cavaliers, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 39-27 regular season, first-place/fourth seed in Eastern Conference, leads No. 5 Atlanta Hawks 3-1 in their first round playoff series)
On May 6 at Boston, the Celtics raced to a 37-point third quarter lead and defeated Atlanta for the third consecutive game to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first round playoff series. Hollins contributed a playoff-high 12 minutes, with a playoff -best four rebounds and one assist and blocked shot. On May 4 at Boston, the Celtics, with starters Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen back in the lineup, defeated Atlanta, 90-84 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in their first round playoff series. Hollins played three minutes. On May 1 at Atlanta, the Celtics, without starters Ray Allen (right ankle injury) and Rajon Rondo (NBA one-game suspension for bumping a referee on April 29), still managed to defeat Atlanta, 87-80 and even their playoff series at 1-1. Hollins played six minutes, with two rebounds. On April 29 at Atlanta, the Hawks led by as many as 19 points in the first half and defeated the Celtics, 83-74 in the first game of their Eastern Conference first round playoff series. With 41 seconds left to play, Boston's Rajon Rondo, arguing a call, got a technical foul, bumped the referee and was ejected. Hollins did not play (coach's decision).
Hollins' Playoff Stats: 3G, 7.3MIN, 2.0RB
Hollins' Final Regular Season Stats (Celtics): 15G/1GS, 10.7MIN, 1.7RB, 2.8 PPG // (Total, including Cleveland stats): 39G/8GS, 13.4MIN, 2.1RB, 3.4PPG
First Round Playoff Series (Boston leads 3-1) - No. 4 Boston vs. No. 5 Atlanta (Boston won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - April 29 at Atlanta (A 83, B 74); Game 2 - May 1 at Atlanta (B 87, A 80); Game 3 - May 4 at Boston (B 90, A 84 OT); Game 4 - May 6 at Boston (B 101, A 79), Game 5 - May 8 at Atlanta; if necessary, Game 6 - May 10 at Boston; Game 7 - May 12 at Atlanta.

Russell Westbrook, G (fourth NBA season with Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference/Northwest Div., 47-19 regular season, first-place/second seed in Western Conference, defeated No. 7 seed and defending NBA champions Dallas Mavericks 4-0 in their first round playoff series)
On May 5 at Dallas, the Thunder trailed by 13 points with 9:44 left to play, but rallied to beat the defending NBA Champions Dallas Mavericks, 103-97 and sweep their Western Conference first round playoff series 4-0 (Oklahoma City will face the winner of the Los Angeles Lakers-Denver series). Dallas becomes the second defending NBA titlist in five years to be eliminated in the first round (Miami, 2006). Westbrook started and played 37 minutes, with 12 points (3-12, 0-4, 6-8), playoff-high five rebounds, playoff-best and team-high six assists and team-high tying three steals. Late in the game, a Westbrook steal and assist led to a Thunder 92-91 lead with 5:17 left to play. On May 3 at Dallas, the Thunder defeated Dallas, 95-79, to take a 3-0 lead in their first round playoff series. Westbrook started and played 31 minutes, with 20 points (8-19, 2-5, 2-4/scored 20 or more points last three playoff games), with four rebounds and assists and a game-high tying three steals. On April 30 in Oklahoma City, for the second consecutive contest Dallas could not hold onto a late-game lead and the Thunder connected on clutch free throws down the stretch to beat the Mavericks, 102-99, taking a 2-0 series lead in their first round playoff series. For the second consecutive playoff game, Westbrook, starting and playing 38 minutes, led Oklahoma City in scoring with 29 points (10-21, 1-2, 8-8) and two rebounds and assists. On April 28 at Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant's jumper with 1.5 seconds left to play was the winning basket for the Thunder as they beat the defending NBA Champions Dallas Mavericks, 99-98 in a first round Western Conference playoff game. Westbrook played 38 minutes and led all scorers with 28 points (13-23, 1-2, 1-1), four rebounds, game-high tying five assists and team-high three steals.
Westbrook's Playoff Stats: 4G/4GS, 36.5MIN, 3.8RB, team leader 4.3AST, 2.25STL, 22.3PPG (No. 2 team scorer)
Westbrook's Final Regular Season Stats: 66G/66GS (has started every game), 35.3MIN, 4.6RB, team-leading 5.5AST and 1.7STL, 23.6ppg (No. 2 team scorer).
First Round Playoff Series Series (Oklahoma City wins series 4-0, will play winner of Los Angeles Lakers-Denver series) - No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 7 Dallas (OKC won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - April 28 - at OKC (OKC 99, Dallas 98); Game 2 - April 30 at OKC (OKC 102, D 99); Game 3 - May 3 at Dallas (OKC 95, D 79); Game 4 - May 5 at Dallas (OKC 103, D 97).

Injury Update

Utah's Earl Watson injured his right knee (torn medial meniscus, required surgery) and missed the end of the regular season. He did not play in Utah's Western Conference first-round playoff series when the Jazz were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs, 4-0.

New York's Baron Davis injured his right knee on May 6 when New York defeated Miami, 89-87. He was diagnosed with a torn ACL and MCL and a partially torn patella tendon and will be out for 12 months.

First Round Playoffs Statistical Leaders (Top 10 through May 6)

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City - No. 9 scorer (22.3ppg/4 games) and tied at No. 6 in steals (2.25spg/4 games).


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