Miami Heat Top Chicago for 2-1 NBA Playoff Lead; Spurs WinRob Gloster and Mario Parker
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs took 2-1 leads in the National Basketball Association playoffs with road wins, regaining home court in their second-round series.
Chris Bosh had 20 points and 19 rebounds in Miami’s 104-94 win at the injury-depleted Chicago Bulls. Tony Parker had 25 of his 32 points in the first half as San Antonio won 102-92 at the Golden State Warriors.
In Chicago, Bulls center Nazr Mohammed was thrown out of the game early in the second quarter for pushing Miami’s LeBron James to the court. Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said James, who had 25 points, overreacted to Mohammed’s two-handed push.
“From my angle, I just saw a guy flop,” Thibodeau said. “I’ll leave it at that.”
Tonight, the Indiana Pacers host the New York Knicks with that series tied 1-1. The Memphis Grizzlies are at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder with their series also tied 1-1.
Carlos Boozer had 21 points and all five starters scored in double figures for Chicago, which got only eight points off its bench. Miami’s reserves scored 36 points, including 18 by Norris Cole.
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich missed his fifth straight game with a bruised calf and forward Luol Deng has been sidelined for four consecutive games with an undiagnosed illness. Former Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose has not played all season for Chicago while recovering from knee surgery.
Still, Boozer said in a news conference that the short-handed Bulls are not running out of energy.
“I don’t know that we were worn down, it’s the playoffs,” he said. “I don’t think fatigue is a factor.”
Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is set for May 13 at Chicago.
In Oakland, California, Tim Duncan had 23 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs held off a fourth-quarter charge by the Warriors. Game 4 is set for tomorrow at Golden State.
Parker was 11-of-14 shooting in the first half and the Spurs shot 58 percent while taking a 57-48 halftime lead. Duncan was 5-for-9 from the field in the half.
“Tony was very inspired in the first half,” Manu Ginobili, who had 12 points off the bench for San Antonio, told reporters. “That got us going and gave us a cushion and got us inspired.”
The Spurs led 79-69 entering the fourth quarter, which the Warriors opened with a 9-0 run to pull within a point. The Spurs responded with consecutive 3-pointers by Danny Green and Parker and the Warriors never got that close again.
“They outplayed us, outworked us, they were the aggressor,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “There were some things we’ve got to do better. But this series is far from over.”