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.
Derrick Rose scored a career-high 44 points and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Atlanta Hawks 99-82, while the Dallas Mavericks beat the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers 98-92 to move within one game of sweeping their series.
LeBron James became the youngest player to score 20,000 points in the National Basketball Association, while the Atlanta Hawks won for the first time in three starts to end the Brooklyn Nets’ seven-game unbeaten run.
The Chicago Bulls defeated the Atlanta Hawks 99-82 to take a 2-1 lead in the National Basketball Association playoff series. Derrick Rose scored 44 points for the Bulls at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Jeff Teague had 21 points for the Hawks.
The Dallas Mavericks took a 2-0 lead against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, while the Chicago Bulls tied their series with the Atlanta Hawks at one game each.