The Bobcats surprised this season while the Heat slumped late, but don't expect any miracles in their first-round series.
Nathan MacKinnon's torrid playoff debut continued into Game 2, a 4-2 Avalanche win over the Wild.
The young Warriors were the ones making veteran moves, as Golden State topped the Clippers, 109-105.
Memphis eventually made it a close game, but OKC was just too much, beating up the Grizzlies 100-86 to take Game 1
The Warriors and Clippers are playing each other close so far in the opening game of their first-round matchup in L.A.
With contract options looming, this year's playoffs could mark the final games for the Heat's vaunted Big Three as a unit.
Deron Williams and Nets fought through shot clock problems and a tenacious Raptors squad for a 94-87 victory in Game 1.
After splitting their four regular-season meetings, the Raptors and Nets clash in Toronto to tip off the NBA playoffs.