It wasn’t a dramatic upset but an upset nonetheless. The 5-seed Atlanta Hawks finished off the 4-seed Orlando Magic last night, 84-81, and ended “The Sneaker Champ” Gilbert Arenas’ wild sneaker run. Joe Johnson (Jordan Prime 5) led the way with 23, while Jamal Crawford (Nike Hyperdunk 2010) put in 19 off the bench. Dwight Howard, wearing his standard adidas Superbeast “Away”, tried to keep the Magic afloat with 25 and 15. TSC wore the “Spacejam” Air Jordan 11‘s for 6 bench points. Atlanta faces Chicago in round 2.
The Lakers swatted the Hornets for the final time, winning the series 4-2 with a 98-80 blowout. Kobe notched an easy 24 in his purple Nike Zoom Kobe VI and Lamar Odom again handled 6th man duties with 14 and 8 in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011. Chris Paul (Jordan CP3.IV) registered 10 points and 11 assists, and Trevor Ariza (Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low) added 12, 5 and 5. The Lake Show faces Dallas in round 2.
Speaking of Dallas, they took care of the Blazers, 103-96. Portland rallied behind Jordan Phase 23 Hoops-wearing Gerald Wallace’s 32 and 12 but Dirk Nowitzki’s (Nike Hyperdunk 2010) 33 and 11 proved too much.
All these kicks and more ahead in NBA Kicks 2011 Playoff edition…