NBA Playoff Capsules
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 22 points, Ray Allen added 19 and Miami stayed perfect in this postseason by beating Brooklyn 107-86 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
It was the first win for Miami in five meetings with Brooklyn this season.
Chris Bosh scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade finished with 14 points and Mario Chalmers had 12 for Miami, which lost to Brooklyn four times by a total of 12 points.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson scored 17 points each for the Nets, who got only eight from Paul Pierce and no points from Kevin Garnett in 16 minutes.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night.
A 24-9 run in the third quarter blew things open for the Heat, who hadn’t played in eight days after sweeping Charlotte in the opening round. James finished 10 for 15 from the field and Allen — who had never faced his former Boston “Big 3” compatriots Pierce and Garnett in the playoffs — was 4 of 7 from 3-point land.
SPURS 116, TRAIL BLAZERS 92
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 33 points and nine assists and San Antonio never trailed in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal.
Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and Tim Duncan added 12 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.
More importantly for the Spurs, their bench contributed mightily after being virtually non-existent in the opening-round series against Dallas. Marco Belinelli had 19 points and the Australian connection of Aron Baynes and Patty Mills had 10 points apiece.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 14 rebounds and Damian Lillard had 17 points for Portland, but the All-Star duo combined for just 17 points in the first half as San Antonio built a 26-point lead.
The Trail Blazers were coming off a first-round upset of Houston.