Jeremy Lin scored 18 points and Kemba Walker had 17 as Charlotte beat Miami 96-80 on Saturday to snap a 12-game playoff losing streak and earn its first postseason victory in 14 years.
LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for 66 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers took a 3-0 stranglehold lead over the Detroit Pistons with a 101-91 playoff win on Friday.
Houston's James Harden scored 35 points, including the game-winner with 2.7 seconds left, as the Rockets capitalized on Stephen Curry's absence to beat Golden State 97-96 on Thursday, narrowing the deficit in their NBA first-round playoff series to 2-1.
Dwyane Wade sank two key late baskets as the Miami Heat shot better than 57 percent for the second straight game en route to a 115-103 playoff win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.
Atlanta and San Antonio took imposing 2-0 leads in their opening-round play-off series with emphatic victories over Boston and Memphis on Tuesday.
The reigning champion Golden State Warriors shrugged off the injury absence of Stephen Curry to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series with the Houston Rockets on Monday.
Cleveland's Kyrie Irving scored 31 points in his first playoff game since being injured last year in the NBA Finals and the Cavaliers beat Detroit 106-101 on Sunday in the opening game of their NBA first-round playoff series.
Stephen Curry dazzled from long range and drove to the hoop with fire and flair, scoring 24 points before tweaking his ankle as the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 104-78 on Saturday in their NBA playoff opener.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that a North Carolina law branded discriminatory against transgender people is "problematic," but the league hasn't made plans to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte.
The National Basketball Association published a letter of gratitude to Kobe Bryant on Thursday after the Los Angeles Lakers legend said farewell to the sport with a fairytale 60-point performance.