This was the best opening round in NBA playoff history

Here’s a recap of Round 1 of the 2014 NBA playoffs, By Tim McGarry, a social media editor at USA Today Sports

For The Win

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This weekend’s five game 7s capped off the best opening round in NBA playoff history. Not only were there defining moments courtesy of Vince Carter and Damian Lillard , but there were also consistently exciting match ups throughout the round.

On the whole, there were a lot of close, evenly matched series. Five of the eight first-round series went to a Game 7. The record for Game 7s in an entire postseason is eight.

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There were 50 total games played in the first round. Since the NBA changed the playoff format to a best-of-seven series in 2003, there has never been more opening-round games. Prior to this postseason, first rounds since 2003 had an average of 43.9 games.

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Close series weren’t limited to 4-5 match-ups, either. What made this opening round so great was the fact that there were so many high seeds who made some noise. The two eight…

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