Heat blast Bulls to even series
It was the biggest postseason win in Miami Heat history, and the biggest postseason loss in Chicago Bulls history. Ray Allen scored 21 points, LeBron James added 19, and the host Heat embarrassed the Bulls with a 115-78 victory in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Wednesday night.
It was the biggest postseason win in Miami Heat history, and the biggest postseason loss in Chicago Bulls history.
Ray Allen scored 21 points, LeBron James added 19, and the host Heat embarrassed the Bulls with a 115-78 victory in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Wednesday night.
The Bulls were called for six technical fouls, and Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were ejected late as Miami's lead reached as much as 46 points. The Heat knotted the series at one game apiece, with Game 3 Friday night in Chicago.
Norris Cole scored 18, Dwyane Wade contributed 15, and Chris Bosh added 13 points for Miami.
Marco Belinelli scored 13 for the Bulls, who got 12 from Noah and 11 from Nate Robinson. The Bulls shot only 36 percent, while Miami connected on 60 percent of its shots.
Luol Deng stayed in Chicago. He recently was hospitalized because of illness, needing a spinal tap. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Deng's status for the rest of the series was not known.
Coach of Year: Karl
In keeping with the theme of selflessness that the Denver Nuggets demonstrated this season, George Karl shared the credit for winning the NBA's coach of the year award.
Karl thanked everyone from his middle school coach who got him into the game to his good friend, the late Rick Majerus, after winning the Red Auerbach trophy for the first time in his quarter-century as an NBA head coach.
He received 62 first-place votes, followed by Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat with 24 votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
The Nuggets went 57-25 - the league's fourth-best record - and captured the No. 3 seed. But they were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors, 92-88, in Game 6 last Thursday night.
Knee work for Laker
Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol will get ultrasonic treatment on both knees in an attempt to regenerate his tendons.
Gasol will undergo a procedure Thursday that is intended to improve the health of his patellar tendons by removing scar tissue with ultrasonic energy.
Mike Conley scored 26 points, Marc Gasol added 24, and the Memphis Grizzlies used a late run to beat the host Oklahoma City Thunder, 99-93, and even their Western Conference semifinals at one game apiece Tuesday night.
Game 3 is Saturday in Memphis.
- Associated Press