Mike Conley and
The Grizzlies took full advantage of starting the playoffs with home-court advantage for only the second time in their short postseason history. They had only won their playoff opener once before, and that was on the road in San Antonio in 2011.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 24 points and 14 rebounds, and he also had four blocks with two steals.
Nicolas Batum scored 11, while
Portland came into the Western Conference series with several players banged up, and the list got longer with center
at Atlanta 96, Brooklyn 91:
Squandering an early 12-point lead, the Hawks fell behind before halftime and spent the rest of the game struggling to put away the No. 8 seed.
It went down to the wire.
Millsap, who missed five games near the end of the season with a sprained right shoulder, ditched a pad that he felt restricted his shooting motion. He responded by hitting seven of 11 shots.