1 Indiana Pacers at 2 Miami Heat (Heat lead 2-1 coming in)
Lebron James had 32 points, Chris Bosh added 25 more and when it was all said and done the Heat were one win closer to an unprecedented 3rd straight NBA title. “We try to get better every single day, every single game,” James said. “When you do that and go out and play the type of game that you are capable of playing, you can be satisfied with the results. And that’s what we’ve built over the years.” The Heat never trailed last night at American Airlines arena in Miami and led by 23 points at one point. “We got outplayed by the Heat,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “I wasn’t disappointed in our fight. I was disappointed in the result.” The result? A 102-90 Miami win that increased the Heat’s series lead to 3-1. The Pacers will now have to win 3 straight in order to win the series. The only advantage? 2 of those 3 games will at home inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “We have a chance to play an NBA game on our home floor,” West said. “We are going to try to do something that’s very tough.” Game 5 is Wednsday in Indiana. The main question is, can the Pacers slow down Miami’s prolific offense? “They’re the best offensive team in the NBA,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.
This was a one-sided game at the free-throw line. The Heat went 30 for 34 whereas Indiana shot a lowly 11 of 17. “They won this game at the free-throw line,” Pacers forward Paul George said.
- For the 22nd time this season and the 4th time in the playoffs 7 foot 2 Pacers center Roy Hibert was scoreless.
- Miami is 8-0 in Game 5’s in the last 4 seasons
- With his 32-10-5 outing Monday night Lebron passed MJ for most career playoff games with at least a 25-5-5 statline.
Player Games LeBron James 74 Michael Jordan 73 Larry Bird 53 Kobe Bryant 52 Jerry West 46
1 San Antonio Spurs at 2 Oklahoma City Thunder (Spurs lead 2-1 coming in)
In his acceptance speech for the MVP award Kevin Durant called Russell Westbrook an MVP-quality player. On Tuesday night in Oklahoma, Westbrook showed what Durant meant. For the second time ever (the only other was Jordan in ’89) a player had at least 40 points, 10 assists, and 5 steals in the NBA playoffs as Westbrook had those exact stats.
“Coach told us he needed maximum effort from us tonight, and it starts with me at point guard,” Westbrook said. “My job is to play both sides of the ball. If you want to win a championship, those are things you have to do.”
“Sometimes he’s going to go off,” Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili said. “He’s capable of doing that. If he makes a lot of jumpers, it gets really tough.”
“Just his focus on every possession on the defensive end and his poise on the offensive end, I think that’s what’s fun to watch, people outside of our team don’t really look at that type of stuff,” Durant said “But that’s something we can definitely build on as a group, is watching him wreak havoc on the defensive end and offensively, playing with such patience.”
Even though Westbrook scored 40 points he shared the ball well, allowing NBA MVP Durant to score 31 points. The series returns to San Antonio for Game 5 Thursday after a two-game stint in OKC.
Fast break points were easily the game-deciding stat. The Thunder had 21, the Spurs? Goose egg.
- Serge Ibaka played his second game in the series after coming back from a left calf strain and the Thunder got their second win.
|Tue 5/27||W 105-92||35|
|Sun 5/25||W 106-97||30|
|Wed 5/21||L 77-112||0|
|Mon 5/19||L 105-122||0|
- Russell Westbrook outscored and had more steals assists and free throws than San Antonio’s entire starting lineup!
Westbrook Spurs starting 5 40 39 Pts 10 9 Ast 5 2 Stl 14-4 6-8 FT