Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Heat continues to overcome odds

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade took a moment to think during the national anthem Sunday, reflecting on all the things that his Heat endured this season.

It lost Chris Bosh at the All-Star break to a blood clot for the second straight year, forcing it to dramatically change its playing style. It dealt with injuries, had assistant coach Keith Smart take a leave from the team so he could deal with cancer treatment and reshaped its roster through trades and free agent deals.

None of that broke Miami. Wade saw no reason why Game 7 would, either.

"I'm not a prophet or anything," Wade said, "but I knew we were winning this game."

How right he was.

Goran Dragic scored 25 in his first Game 7, Gerald Green added 16 and the Heat eliminated the Hornets with an emphatic 106-73 win. Miami won two elimination games to take the first-round series 4-3 and led by as many as 38 in Game 7 to clinch a spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals, which start Tuesday night.

"Just great competition," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, lauding the Hornets. "Our hats go off to them. They made us better. … I think our basketball team needed to go through that, to be pushed and find a different level, which we showed in the last two games."

Luol Deng scored 15, Wade had 12 and Hassan Whiteside had a 10-point, 12-rebound, five-block clincher for the Heat, which has won its past four Game 7s.

Frank Kaminsky scored 12 for Charlotte, Courtney Lee 11 and Nic Batum 10.

The Hornets' two biggest stars, Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson, never got going. Walker shot 3-of-16 and scored only nine, while Jefferson put up a mere four points and two rebounds.

"I thought we had a great season," Walker said. "We were really resilient. We had a lot of injuries, but we stuck together all year. When guys' names got called to make plays and step up, they did. A lot of people didn't even think we'd be here."

Heat 106, Hornets 73

CHARLOTTE (73): Williams 1-3 2-2 5, Kaminsky 3-15 4-4 12, Jefferson 2-7 0-0 4, Walker 3-16 2-2 9, Lee 5-8 0-0 11, Lin 4-8 1-1 9, Batum 3-9 3-3 10, Zeller 3-7 0-0 6, Daniels 0-5 0-0 0, Lamb 3-5 0-0 7, Harrison 0-0 0-0 0, Gutierrez 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-84 12-12 73.

MIAMI (106): J.Johnson 3-10 2-2 9, Deng 6-9 1-1 15, Whiteside 4-8 2-4 10, Dragic 11-17 1-4 25, Wade 5-11 2-2 12, Green 7-16 0-0 16, Richardson 1-6 0-0 3, McRoberts 2-4 0-0 4, Winslow 2-3 1-1 5, T.Johnson 2-4 0-0 5, Wright 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 43-89 11-16 106.

Charlotte 18 24 11 20— 73

Miami 29 25 29 23— 106

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 7-21 (Kaminsky 2-5, Lee 1-1, Lamb 1-1, Williams 1-2, Batum 1-3, Walker 1-4, Lin 0-2, Daniels 0-3), Miami 9-24 (Deng 2-4, Dragic 2-5, Green 2-6, T.Johnson 1-1, Richardson 1-3, J.Johnson 1-4, Wright 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 42 (Zeller 7), Miami 66 (Whiteside 12). AssistsCharlotte 14 (Walker 6), Miami 24 (J.Johnson, Dragic, Deng 4). Total FoulsCharlotte 14, Miami 16. A19,868 (19,600).

WARRIORS 118, BLAZERS 106: From the opening tip, Klay Thompson shot lights-out and even heaved one in from way out in Stephen Curry territory. Draymond Green began yapping from the start while doing his thing to make plays every which way, calling on his teammates to bring an edge on defense.

With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Their supporting cast came through in the clutch, too.

Thompson scored 37 in another stellar performance as his fellow "Splash Brother" watched injured, and host Golden State dominated once more without its MVP in the opener of its Western Conference semifinal series.

"Everything has to be racheted up," said Green, who posted his second career postseason triple double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions. "I just told the guys that we've got to come out with a defensive mind-set."

The offense happened on its own, with all five starters scoring in double figures.

Thompson hit seven more 3-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in three straight playoff games.

Curry resumed light shooting without movement on his injured knee with the hopes he can get into scrimmages by later this week, perhaps in time to be ready for Game 3 in Portland on Saturday.

Warriors 118, Trail Blazers 106

PORTLAND (106): Aminu 6-13 0-0 15, Harkless 4-12 1-3 10, Plumlee 0-7 1-2 1, Lillard 8-26 10-10 30, McCollum 5-17 2-2 12, Crabbe 6-9 3-3 15, Henderson 2-3 0-0 5, Davis 5-6 1-1 11, Roberts 1-1 0-0 2, Connaughton 1-2 0-0 3, Montero 1-1 0-0 2, Vonleh 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-97 18-21 106.

GOLDEN STATE (118): Barnes 4-7 1-2 10, Green 6-14 9-9 23, Bogut 5-8 0-0 10, Livingston 4-9 4-4 12, Thompson 14-28 2-3 37, Iguodala 1-3 4-4 6, Barbosa 2-4 1-2 6, Varejao 2-3 0-0 4, Clark 2-7 0-0 4, Speights 3-7 0-0 6, Rush 0-1 0-0 0, McAdoo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-91 21-24 118.

Portland 17 34 22 33— 106

Golden State 37 28 28 25— 118

3-Point Goals — Portland 10-31 (Lillard 4-8, Aminu 3-8, Henderson 1-1, Connaughton 1-2, Harkless 1-5, Crabbe 0-3, McCollum 0-4), Golden State 11-31 (Thompson 7-14, Green 2-5, Barbosa 1-1, Barnes 1-3, Iguodala 0-1, Bogut 0-1, Rush 0-1, Speights 0-2, Clark 0-3). Fouled Out — Davis. Rebounds — Portland 51 (Plumlee 12), Golden State 61 (Green 13). Assists — Portland 26 (Plumlee 6), Golden State 27 (Green 11). Total Fouls — Portland 19, Golden State 22. Technicals — Henderson 2, Varejao 2. Ejected — Henderson, Varejao. A — 19,596 (19,596).

RAPTORS 89, PACERS 84: DeMar DeRozan scored 30, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and host Toronto advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists and Patrick Patterson scored 11 to help the Raptors win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history.

Toronto won its first postseason series since a five-game triumph over the Knicks in 2001, ending the league's longest active drought between playoff series victories.

Raptors 89, Pacers 84

INDIANA (84): George 8-18 6-6 26, Turner 2-11 0-0 4, Mahinmi 3-5 0-0 6, G.Hill 8-11 0-0 19, Ellis 7-14 0-0 15, S.Hill 2-5 0-0 4, Stuckey 4-6 0-0 9, Lawson 0-1 1-2 1, Miles 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 34-73 7-8 84.

TORONTO (89): Carroll 1-6 0-0 3, Patterson 4-9 0-0 11, Valanciunas 4-10 2-2 10, Lowry 5-14 1-2 11, DeRozan 10-32 9-9 30, Biyombo 1-3 1-4 3, Joseph 4-8 0-0 8, Powell 5-6 0-0 13, Ross 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-89 13-17 89.

Indiana 23 21 20 20— 84

Toronto 28 22 28 11— 89

3-Point Goals — Indiana 9-19 (George 4-7, G.Hill 3-4, Stuckey 1-1, Ellis 1-4, S.Hill 0-1, Miles 0-2), Toronto 8-24 (Powell 3-4, Patterson 3-5, Carroll 1-4, DeRozan 1-5, Ross 0-1, Joseph 0-1, Lowry 0-4). Fouled Out — None. Rebounds — Indiana 43 (George 12), Toronto 56 (Valanciunas 15). Assists — Indiana 12 (Ellis 7), Toronto 21 (Lowry 9). Total Fouls— Indiana 17, Toronto 12. A — 20,669 (19,800).

CAVS-HAWKS TO KICK OFF: The Cavaliers and Hawks open their Eastern Conference semifinal series at 7 tonight in Cleveland. The Cavs swept the three-game season series from Atlanta.

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