Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bulls upset Heat in NBA playoffs


East semifinals

Heat (1) vs. Bulls (5)

Tonight: at Miami, 7, TNT

Wednesday: at Miami, 7, TNT

Friday: at Chicago, 8, ESPN

May 13: at Chicago, 7, TNT

May 15: at Miami, TBA, TNT*

May 17: at Chicago, TBA , ESPN*

May 19: at Miami, TBA, TNT*

Pacers 1, Knicks 0

Sunday: Pacers 102, Knicks 95

Tuesday: at New York, 7, TNT

Saturday: at Indiana, 8, Ch. 28

May 14: at Indiana, TBA, TNT

May 16: at New York, 8, TNT*

May 18: at Indiana, TBA, ESPN*

May 20: at New York, 8, TNT*

West semifinals

Thunder 1, Grizzlies 0

Sunday: Thunder 93, Grizzlies 91

Tuesday: at Oklahoma City, 9:30, TNT

Saturday: at Memphis, 5, ESPN

May 13: at Memphis, 9:30, TNT

May 15: at Oklahoma City, TBA, TNT*

May 17: at Memphis, TBA, ESPN*

May 19: at Oklahoma City, TBA, TBA*

Spurs (2) vs. Warriors (6)

Tonight: at San Antonio, 9:30, TNT

Wednesday: at San Antonio, 9:30, TNT

Friday: at Golden State, 10:30, ESPN

May 12: at Golden State, 3:30, Ch. 28

May 14: at San Antonio, 9:30, TNT*

May 16: at Golden State, TBA, ESPN*

May 19: at San Antonio, TBA, TBA*

* — if necessary

MIAMI — Nate Robinson scored 27, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third straight game, and the Bulls upset the Heat 93-86 on Monday night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Trailing 86-83 with two minutes left, the Bulls scored the final 10 points.

"It's all about being tough," said Butler, often matched up defensively on LeBron James. "We're always going to be the underdogs and we take pride in that. Everybody can overlook us, but we feel like we're good enough to hang with a lot of these teams."

Three other Bulls played at least 39 minutes.

Joakim Noah added 13 pointsfor Chicago, which during the regular season snapped a 27-game Miami winning streak.

James had two points at halftime, the lowest of his 120-game postseason career, on 1-for-6 shooting. He finished with 24.

"I'm not stunned," James said. "This is what the playoffs is all about. We're going against a really good team."

The Bulls were without Derrick Rose, as they've been all season. Kirk Hinrich was out again with a calf injury. Luol Deng might rejoin the team today, after dealing with illness. It's unclear when Hinrich and Deng can play again.

The Bulls, coming off a Game 7 win at Brooklyn on Saturday, kept grinding when they fell behind 76-69. Robinson's 20-footer with 1:18 left gave the Bulls the lead.

Wade missed a 3-pointer, Robinson drove the lane and scored with 45.5 seconds left, and the Bulls were up 90-86 in a virtually silent building.

"It's not going to be pretty but playoffs are ugly," said Heat center Chris Bosh. "That's what it's about. It's been a little bit too pretty around here, to be honest with you. We're in a situation where dudes are not going to be able to sleep and we're going to have to give it our all in Game 2.''

knicks-pacers: After losing Game 1 at home, the Knicks know the Pacers have a size advantage, realize that Carmelo Anthony is going to get beat up banging against a bulkier body, and understand that a change to a lineup with a conventional power forward may become necessary. Not now, but check back if they lose Game 2 tonight. Indiana outrebounded New York 44-30 in the opener. Knicks coach Mike Woodson wouldn't rule out a lineup change, but "right now we've only got one game under our belt. … The small lineup that we started didn't cost us. Melo's played big guys all year. The last I checked statisticwise, we've been pretty damn good this year with Melo playing at the (power forward) spot."

fines: The league fined Thunder guard Derek Fisher $5,000 for flopping in Game 5 of a first-round series against the Rockets. He and Kevin Martin fell to take a charge against Omer Asik. … Bulls guard Marco Belinelli was fined $15,000 for an obscene gesture during a Game 7 victory at Brooklyn in a first-round series.

the case against james: The only writer who did not choose James as league MVP believes Anthony "meant more to his team." Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe said the Knicks would not have made the playoffs without Anthony, while the Heat has a lot of talent besides James. Washburn said his vote was "no LeBron conspiracy."

Bulls 93, Heat 86

CHICAGO (93): Butler 5-13 9-10 21, Boozer 3-11 0-0 6, Noah 5-9 3-3 13, Robinson 8-16 8-10 27, Belinelli 3-10 2-2 10, Gibson 5-9 2-4 12, Mohammed 2-3 0-0 4, Teague 0-0 0-0 0, Cook 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-71 24-29 93.

MIAMI (86): James 8-17 7-9 24, Haslem 2-5 0-2 4, Bosh 3-10 2-2 9, Chalmers 1-5 3-6 5, Wade 7-16 0-0 14, Battier 2-7 0-0 6, Cole 3-4 0-0 7, Allen 2-7 4-4 9, Andersen 1-2 1-2 3, Miller 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 31-78 17-25 86.

Chicago 21 16 21 35— 93

Miami 15 22 25 24— 86

3-Point GoalsChicago 7-18 (Robinson 3-8, Butler 2-4, Belinelli 2-6), Miami 7-24 (Battier 2-7, Cole 1-1, Bosh 1-2, James 1-3, Allen 1-4, Miller 1-4, Wade 0-1, Chalmers 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 57 (Butler 14), Miami 43 (James 8). AssistsChicago 20 (Robinson 9), Miami 20 (James, Chalmers 7). Total FoulsChicago 20, Miami 24. TechnicalsChicago defensive three second 2. A19,685 (19,600).

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