Hawks draw first blood
Jeff Teague top-scored with 28 points as the Atlanta Hawks claimed a 101-93 win over the Indiana Pacers in their first round play-off opener.
The Pacers came into the clash after winning the Eastern Conference title - ahead of the much-fancied Miami Heat - and possessed the best home record during the regular season in the NBA.
But that counted for little as they opened their best-of-seven series against the Teague-inspired Hawks with defeat, despite Paul George pouring in 24 points and adding 10 rebounds.
Kevin Durant was once again the star performer for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who drew first blood against the Memphis Grizzlies with a 100-86 victory.
Durant, who has been a central figure to the Thunder's success this year, registered 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, while Russell Westbrook had 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Klay Thompson and David Lee contributed 22 and 20 points respectively as the Golden State Warriors took the upper hand in their opener with the Los Angeles Clippers with a narrow 109-105 triumph.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each bagged 24 points as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.