Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies Win in NBA Playoff Semifinals

May 8 (Bloomberg) -- The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 97-81, while the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 in overtime in their National Basketball Association conference semifinals.

The Heat hold a two games to one lead in the best-of-seven series against the Celtics, who host Game 4 tomorrow.

Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 18 rebounds while Paul Pierce added 17 for the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston. Dwyane Wade had 23 for the Heat.

At FedEx Forum in Memphis, the Grizzlies outshot the Thunder 15-7 in overtime to win and take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference playoff series which continues with Game 4 tomorrow.

Zach Randolph had 21 points and Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo each added 18 for the Grizzlies. Russell Westbrook scored 23 and Kevin Durant had 22 for the Thunder.

In today’s games, the Dallas Mavericks will try to sweep the Los Angeles Lakers on their home court, while the Atlanta Hawks will be at home against the Chicago Bulls, trying to even their series at 2-2.

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