NBA Playoffs: 5 Takeaways from Friday Night's Action

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May 9, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) dribbles as Washington Wizards power forward Nene Hilario (42) defends during the second half in game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Pacers won 85 – 63. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

We had two games on the NBA Playoffs slate for Friday night, with the Indiana Pacers visiting the Washington Wizards and the Oklahoma City Thunder visiting the Los Angeles Clippers. One would think the home teams would be able to take advantage of their surroundings and take a 2-1 series lead, but one would be wrong.

The Pacers took the fight to Washington in one of the ugliest games I’ve watched in a long time. The 67 combined points at halftime were the least of any game in the NBA this season. Washington lost the game 85-63, handing homecourt advantage right back to Indiana.

On the west coast, we had the Clippers looking to gain a series advantage over the Oklahoma City Thunder and the NBA’s reigning MVP, Kevin Durant. The Thunder almost doubled the Wizards score from earlier in a 118-112 road win over the Clippers. I guess the regular season and all those wins do add up to something, huh?

Let’s take a look at five takeaways from last night’s action.

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