The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs moved into the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs by completing first-round sweeps, while the Boston Celtics kept their season alive with a 97-90 overtime win against the New York Knicks.
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Lakers after the Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers also won, giving all three victors two-games-to-none leads in their National Basketball Association playoff series.
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and the New York Knicks won 90-76 to take a three-games-to-none playoff series lead against the Boston Celtics, who were playing at home for the first time since the Boston bombings.
Dwight Howard said he’s staying with the Orlando Magic on the National Basketball Association’s trade-deadline day, the league’s most dominant center passing up the chance to be a free agent after this season.
The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder opened their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series by winning by a combined 52 points, as home teams improved their postseason start to 8-0.
Dwight Howard is still in Orlando as the National Basketball Association season prepares to tip off almost two months late. How long he stays there is among the league’s biggest questions, one month after a new labor agreement erased the chance there wouldn’t be a season at all.
All-Star guard Kobe Bryant will be out six to nine months after undergoing surgery today to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers without the National Basketball Association’s third-leading scorer as they pursue a playoff berth.