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Shock take opener from Sun

The Detroit Shock carried their regular season success into the playoffs against the Connecticut Sun with a 70-59 win in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night.

Detroit came into the game at home in the Palace of Auburn Hills as a 3.5-point favorite and made good on covering the spread. The game's 129 combined points fell UNDER the posted total (140.5).

Deanna Nolan shot 6-for-18 from the field in the first game of their three-game series, scoring a game-high 21 points with three boards and seven assists.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin netted 12 points, nine rebounds with three assists, while shooting 6-for-18 overall in the loss.