LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points, and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Rockets in Houston on Wednesday night for a two-games-to-none lead in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Heat 101, Bobcats 97 - LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points, and Miami held on to beat visiting Charlotte for a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points for Charlotte, which got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Al Jefferson, who played through a left plantar fascia strain and shot 9 for 23 from the floor. Kemba Walker added 16, and Gerald Henderson scored 15 for the Bobcats.
Reaffirming their commitment to the city, the Heat said they have agreed to extend their partnership with Miami-Dade County another 10 years through 2040. The deal is subject to approval by the county's commissioners.
Mavericks 113, Spurs 92 - Monta Ellis scored 21 points, and Dallas rolled over San Antonio, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.