Wednesday's NBA Playoff Capsules
Thursday, April 28, 2011
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Chris Bosh added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Miami advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals by beating Philadelphia 97-91 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
Mario Chalmers scored 20 points and LeBron James finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Miami. Joel Anthony made two free throws with 16.8 seconds left for the Heat, who will face Boston starting Sunday in Miami.
It was the first series win for the Heat since the 2006 NBA finals.
Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand each scored 22 points for Philadelphia, which got 13 points from Thaddeus Young, 12 from Jodie Meeks and 10 from Jrue Holiday.
The Heat saw a double-digit lead cut to one in the final minute before hanging on.
Philadelphia had a chance to tie with 1:10 left, but Evan Turner’s baseline jumper bounced off the rim.
Thunder 100, Nuggets 97
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant matched his best playoff performance with 41 points, including the final nine for Oklahoma City, and the Thunder closed out the first-round series in five games.
The Thunder, who overcame a nine-point deficit over the final 4 minutes, won their first playoff series since they were in Seattle in 2005.
Durant put the Thunder ahead to stay with two free throws with 46 seconds left. Serge Ibaka then swatted Nene’s dunk attempt for his ninth block of the game.
Durant added a 19-foot jumper to put the Thunder up 100-97 with 12 seconds left.
Durant blocked J.R. Smith’s shot at the tie from the left wing, and Arron Afflalo missed one last attempt at a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Afflalo, who missed the first two games of the series with a hamstring strain, led Denver with 15 points and Kenyon Martin added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Spurs 110, Grizzlies 103, OT
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gary Neal caught an inbounds pass with 1.7 seconds left and forced overtime with a 3-point heave as time expired, and San Antonio staved off elimination.
Neal’s straightaway 3-pointer was the second of two remarkable San Antonio baskets in the final 2.2 seconds of regulation. Manu Ginobili, who scored 33 points, hit the other with a long corner jumper while falling out of bounds to keep top-seeded San Antonio alive.
The basket was originally counted as a 3 that would have tied the score, but the officials went to video review and ruled Ginobili’s toe was on the line.
The eighth-seeded Grizzlies lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and they will host the Spurs on Friday night.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Tony Parker of the Spurs scored six of his 24 points in overtime.