Friday, November 17, 2017

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.


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