The weekend that was

April, 21, 2014
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With a hearty hat tip to our friends at ESPN Stats & Info, here are eight standout statistical tidbits from an eight-game opening weekend in the NBA playoffs:

• It bears repeating even though I'm guessing you've probably already heard this one a few times by now: This was the first time in the history of the 16-team playoff format, introduced in 1983-84, that five road teams won Game 1.

• Indy's Game 1 defeat at home to Atlanta might be an even more worrisome omen than the Pacers fear. The last two No. 1 seeds to drop the opener to the No. 8 both ended up losing the series: San Antonio in 2011 to Memphis and Dallas in 2007 to Golden State.

• The Bulls have quietly lost five consecutive playoff games. And after erasing a 13-point deficit in the third quarter, Washington is just the second team to crack triple-digits in Chicago since the All-Star break.

• It wasn't by accident that Memphis faced the biggest halftime deficit in its playoff history Saturday night at OKC. The Grizzlies missed their first 18 shots outside the paint.

• The Clippers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, were 33-0 at home this season in games in which they led at any point during the fourth quarter until Saturday's disheartening loss to Golden State. No other team was undefeated in that situation during the regular season.

• Another Elias gem: LaMarcus Aldridge is the first player with at least 46 points and 18 rebounds in a postseason road win since (whoa) Elgin Baylor in Game 5 of the 1962 Finals. Baylor had 61 points and 22 rebounds in the Lakers' triumph at Boston.

• The Blazers showed up for the postseason with 114 games of combined playoff experience, which accounts for the lowest cumulative total in these playoffs.

• The next shot Roy Hibbert converts outside of the paint will be his first since April 4.

Marc Stein | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com
• Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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