The Miami Heat routed the undermanned Chicago Bulls 88-65 to move within a victory of a return trip to the National Basketball Association’s Eastern Conference finals.
Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to an 82-71 win over the New York Knicks in their National Basketball Association playoff series.
The Indiana Pacers became the first visiting team to win the opening game in 10 playoff series this National Basketball Association postseason with a 102-95 victory at the New York Knicks.
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was named the National Basketball Association’s Defensive Player of the Year, topping LeBron James of the Miami Heat.
The Denver Nuggets responded to the threat of elimination in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs for a ninth time in 10 years with a 107-100 home win against the Golden State Warriors.
Nate Robinson had 34 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 142-134 triple overtime win against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
Ray Allen scored 23 points and LeBron James added 22 to lead the Miami Heat to a 104-91 win at the Milwaukee Bucks that gave the defending champions a three- games-to-none playoff series lead.
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 36 points to help the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 85-78 in the first game of their best-of-seven National Basketball Association playoff series.
Life couldn’t get much better for LeBron James.
Marc Gasol scored 20 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies rout the Brooklyn Nets 101-77 in a National Basketball Association game.