Golden State Ties NBA Playoff Series With San Antonio; Heat Win
The Golden State Warriors held on to a big lead this time to end a 30-game losing streak in San Antonio and even their playoff series against the Spurs, while the Miami Heat had a record-setting win to tie their series with the Chicago Bulls.
The Warriors, who led Game 1 by 16 points with four minutes remaining before losing in double overtime, won 100-91 last night and headed home tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven National Basketball Association second-round series.
Klay Thompson, who had 34 points and 14 rebounds as Golden State won in San Antonio for the first time since Feb. 14, 1997, said the Warriors were not going to blow another big lead.
“No chance,” Thompson said in a televised interview. “Coach (Mark) Jackson told us to have amnesia at halftime and that’s what we did.”
Golden State built its lead to 20 points midway through the third quarter and Thompson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Warriors an 11-point lead heading into the fourth. The Spurs twice pulled within six points in the final period.
Stephen Curry added 22 points for Golden State, which hit 11 3-pointers. Tim Duncan had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs.
“We experienced three games in a row where we had a big lead, and we finally learned from it,” Curry said, including the Warriors’ elimination of the Denver Nuggets in a first-round Game 6 in which Golden State almost blew an 18-point fourth-quarter lead at home.
In Miami, LeBron James had 19 points and nine assists as the defending champion Heat tied their series with the Bulls at a game apiece with a 115-78 victory.
Game 3 in the Warriors-Spurs and Heat-Bulls series is set for tomorrow night. There are no NBA games tonight. All four NBA series are now tied 1-1, including the New York Knicks against the Indiana Pacers and the Memphis Grizzlies versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Ray Allen scored 21 points for the Heat, who shot 60 percent. It was the most lopsided postseason win in Heat history, surpassing a 35-point victory against the Orlando Magic in 1997. The 37-point drubbing was the worst playoff loss in Bulls history.
“No matter if you win by 20, 30 or one point, it’s a 1-1 series,” James said in a news conference. “They got one on our floor and took home court. So we’ve got to try to go to Chicago and get it back.”
The Heat, who lost 93-86 in Game 1 at home after a first-round sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks, led 55-41 at halftime and built their lead to 28 points in the third period and to 46 points early in the fourth quarter against the injury-depleted Bulls.
“Today was just weird,” said Bulls guard Nate Robinson, who was held to 11 points on 3-for-10 shooting after scoring 27 points in Game 1. “Something was different.”
Chicago, which eliminated the Brooklyn Nets in seven games in the first round, was missing guard Kirk Heinrich for the fourth straight game with a bruised calf and forward Luol Deng for the third consecutive game with an undiagnosed illness. Former Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose has not played all season for Chicago while recovering from knee surgery.
Joakim Noah had 12 points and six rebounds to lead the Bulls in a scrappy game that included nine technical fouls -- including six on Chicago, who had Noah and Taj Gibson ejected in the fourth quarter. The six technicals were the most by any team in a playoff game since the Boston Celtics had the same number in a 2005 game against the Indiana Pacers.
“I don’t know how many techs we got,” Noah told reporters. “I would call that not keeping your cool, not being very zen.”
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