Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Sports

Heat frustrates Bulls

MIAMI — For the first time in these playoffs, the Heat was facing real adversity. It responded with a technical knockout.

After nine technical fouls, two ejections and a lot of pushing and shoving, the end results from Wednesday were as follows: the biggest postseason win in Heat history, the biggest postseason loss in Bulls history, and tons of fresh venom pulsing through the now-tied Eastern Conference semifinal series. Miami won 115-78, a stunning outcome for a game that was back-and-forth for much of the first half.

"No matter if you win by 20, 30, or one point, it's a 1-1 series," Heat star LeBron James said. "They came in and did their job. They got one on our floor and took home court."

Ray Allen scored 21 in only 19 minutes, James finished with 19 points and nine assists, and the Heat led by as many as 46.

"We're still in the hole," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Technically, yes. In other ways, maybe not.

"Something was different," said Bulls guard Nate Robinson, who made 3 of his 10 shots. "Not just with our play, just (Wednesday) was just weird."

Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were ejected in the fourth quarter for Chicago, and the league will likely review the things said and done in a game that was close for the first 20 minutes. The Bulls were called for six player technicals, the most by any team in a playoff game since Boston had that many against Indiana in 2005.

"I don't know how many techs we got. … I would call that not keeping your cool, not being very Zen," said Noah, the former Gator.

The Heat led 42-38 with 3:42 left in the first half, before going on a 62-20 run.

Yes, 62-20.

Miami shot 60 percent to Chicago's 36, outrebounded the Bulls 41-28, and enjoyed edges in points off turnovers (28-7) and fastbreak points (20-2).

"We allowed frustration to carry over to the next play," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of the technicals. "… You come in here, you're not going to get calls. That's reality."

Warriors rock Spurs: Klay Thompson scored 34 with 14 rebounds and Stephen Curry scored 22 as the Warriors beat the host Spurs 100-91 to even their Western Conference semifinal at a game each.

Tim Duncan scored 23 and Tony Parker added 20 for the Spurs, who lost their homecourt advantage as the series shifts to California.

Grizzlies get even: Mike Conley scored 26 and fueled a late run while Tony Allen was harassing Kevin Durant, and the Grizzlies beat the host Thunder 99-93 late Tuesday to tie the Western Conference semifinals at one game each.

Conley hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:58 left to put the Grizzlies ahead, and Allen made it stick with his defense on the three-time scoring champion. Durant missed his final three shots.

"He's the best scorer in the league, but the thing I can do out there is probably just cause havoc out there the best that I can," Allen said.

Coach of the year: George Karl, who led the Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins without a big name on his roster, was voted coach of the year for the first time in his 25 years as coach. He received 62 first-place votes, followed by Miami's Erik Spoelstra with 24 votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Heat 115, Bulls 78

CHICAGO (78): Butler 3-8 1-1 9, Boozer 3-9 2-2 8, Noah 3-7 6-6 12, Robinson 3-10 3-6 11, Belinelli 4-13 3-3 13, Gibson 4-6 0-0 8, Teague 0-3 0-0 0, Cook 0-6 0-0 0, Mohammed 3-10 0-0 6, Radmanovic 3-3 0-0 9, Thomas 1-1 0-3 2. Totals 27-76 15-21 78.

MIAMI (115): James 7-12 4-8 19, Haslem 1-1 0-0 2, Bosh 5-10 3-4 13, Chalmers 4-8 1-2 11, Wade 7-11 1-2 15, Battier 1-3 0-0 3, Allen 5-7 10-10 21, Cole 7-9 0-0 18, Andersen 2-2 3-3 7, Miller 1-2 0-0 2, Lewis 2-3 0-0 4, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Anthony 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 42-70 22-29 115.

Chicago 20 21 15 22— 78

Miami 25 30 30 30— 115

3-Point GoalsChicago 9-23 (Radmanovic 3-3, Butler 2-4, Robinson 2-5, Belinelli 2-5, Cook 0-6), Miami 9-18 (Cole 4-4, Chalmers 2-4, Allen 1-2, Battier 1-3, James 1-3, Miller 0-1, Bosh 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 37 (Noah 6), Miami 53 (Cole 6). AssistsChicago 17 (Belinelli 6), Miami 29 (James 9). Total FoulsChicago 27, Miami 24. TechnicalsGibson 2, Noah 2, Robinson, Teague, Chalmers, James, Wade. Flagrant Fouls—Andersen. Ejected—Gibson, Noah. A19,817.

Warriors 100, Spurs 91

GOLDEN STATE (100): Barnes 5-14 3-4 13, Dr.Green 2-8 0-0 5, Bogut 2-3 2-4 6, Curry 7-20 6-9 22, Thompson 13-26 0-0 34, Jack 4-7 0-0 8, Ezeli 1-1 0-0 2, Landry 4-5 2-3 10. Totals 38-84 13-20 100.

SAN ANTONIO (91): Leonard 5-11 1-5 11, Duncan 9-20 5-5 23, Bonner 1-3 0-0 2, Parker 7-17 5-7 20, Da.Green 4-12 0-0 10, Ginobili 5-12 1-2 12, Diaw 0-1 0-0 0, Joseph 1-1 0-0 2, Neal 2-9 1-1 6, Splitter 1-2 3-4 5, Mills 0-1 0-0 0, McGrady 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-89 16-24 91.

Golden State 28 34 21 17— 100

San Antonio 23 20 29 19— 91

3-Point GoalsGolden State 11-23 (Thompson 8-9, Curry 2-6, Dr.Green 1-2, Jack 0-1, Barnes 0-5), San Antonio 5-21 (Da.Green 2-6, Parker 1-1, Neal 1-3, Ginobili 1-6, Mills 0-1, Bonner 0-1, Leonard 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 59 (Thompson 14), San Antonio 56 (Leonard 12). AssistsGolden State 19 (Dr.Green 5), San Antonio 14 (Ginobili 4). Total FoulsGolden State 20, San Antonio 19. TechnicalsEzeli, Golden State defensive three second. A18,581.

Comments
Dale Jr., man about town

Dale Jr., man about town

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 43 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else. Now that he has retired from full-time racing, he can experien...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Sports in brief

SOCCERenglish first: GOAL COUNTS as video overturns callIn a first for English soccer, a goal was awarded thanks to the intervention of a video assistant referee as Leicester advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday. Kelechi Iheanacho’s ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Baseball in the rear-view mirror for Redskins assistant James Rowe III

Baseball in the rear-view mirror for Redskins assistant James Rowe III

ST. PETERSBURG — The East-West Shrine Game is loaded with long shots, small-school standouts and unlikely stars trying to find their way to the NFL.It's only fitting that James Rowe III is coaching them this week.Even when he was still on a bas...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Captain’s Corner: Devise a strategy before heading out into the cold

The quality of fishing this month depends on how many cold fronts are in our future. When the water creeps down below 60 degrees, many fish will slow their metabolism in order to survive. They require less food than in the warmer months, making some ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
How the Lightning ‘practices’ without practicing

How the Lightning ‘practices’ without practicing

TAMPA – The Lightning is scheduled to take the ice late Wednesday morning at Amalie Arena to do something it hasn't done since, well, last year.Practice.You have to go back to Dec. 27, the day the Lightning returned from the Christmas brea...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Former Armwood, UCF star Aaron Evans feeling ‘amazing’ after surgery

Former Armwood, UCF star Aaron Evans feeling ‘amazing’ after surgery

Even in a magical season devoid of defeat, UCF senior LT Aaron Evans still experienced agony.Which might be too mild a word. At times, the Armwood High alumnus said, the back pain he experienced this past fall reached "excruciating" levels."Some game...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Bucs LB Kwon Alexander headed to Pro Bowl

Bucs LB Kwon Alexander headed to Pro Bowl

Kwon Alexander is headed to the Pro Bowl.The third-year Bucs linebacker, who led the NFL in solo tackles a year ago, was announced Tuesday as an injury replacement for Seattle's Bobby Wagner.Alexander, 23, won't have to go far, as the game is back in...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Spoiler alert: What happens after Minnesota Miracle and the like

Spoiler alert: What happens after Minnesota Miracle and the like

Did you see it?Tell me it wasn't the craziest ending you ever saw. Tell me you didn't blurt out some sort of version of "Oh my gosh!'' Tell me you didn't keep questioning if you really saw what you just saw.It was play so remarkable that it immediate...
Updated: 6 hours ago
HomeTeam 25: Girls basketball rankings for Tampa Bay

HomeTeam 25: Girls basketball rankings for Tampa Bay

1. Alonso (14-1)This week: Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay Tech, Friday at RiverviewThe buzz: The Ravens picked up a big win last week against Plant. They are very well-rounded. Jacquelyn LeVay is one of the best guards in the area. And under the basket, sen...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Quinton Flowers the punt returner?

Quinton Flowers the punt returner?

ST. PETERSBURG – Former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers is still getting looks at quarterback during practice for Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.Just not exclusively.Flowers fielded punts during Tuesday morning's East team ...
Updated: 8 hours ago