CHICAGO - Ben Gordon scored 27 points and Luol Deng added 26 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 107-89 victory over the Miami Heat last night and a lead of two games to none in the first-round playoff series.
Gordon scored 11 points in the third quarter, hitting three three-pointers, as the Bulls built a 17-point lead.
Deng scored 14 in the fourth as Chicago sent Miami, the league's defending champion, halfway to elimination.
Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade had subpar performances again after struggling through foul trouble in the opener, finishing with 17 and 21 points, respectively.
Home teams that have taken the first two games in a best-of-seven series have gone on to advance 95 percent of the time, but the Heat and Bulls have bucked that trend in recent seasons.
Miami dropped the first two games at Dallas in last year's finals, then won four straight to capture the championship. Two years ago, the Bulls opened with two wins at home over Washington but lost in their first playoff appearance since the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen era.
Raptors 89, Nets 83
TORONTO - Anthony Parker scored 26 points, Chris Bosh added 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Toronto evened its series with New Jersey at a game apiece.
T.J. Ford scored 13 points for the Raptors, including four key free throws in the final minute. Parker also made three free throws in the final eight seconds.
Vince Carter had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets.
Mitchell coach of the year. Sam Mitchell was honored as the NBA coach of the year after leading Toronto to a franchise-record-tying total of 47 victories and its first Atlantic Division title.
Mitchell, 43, won the Red Auerbach Trophy in a decisive vote over Utah's Jerry Sloan.
Sonics shake-up. Seattle began overhauling its basketball operations, firing head coach Bob Hill and removing Rick Sund as general manager after one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
Seattle was 31-51 in Hill's only full season as head coach, the Sonics' worst record since they finished with an identical mark in 1985-86.
Telfair on way out. The Boston Celtics were severing ties with guard Sebastian Telfair, days after he was arrested in the New York area and charged with carrying a loaded gun in his car.
Team managing partner Wyc Grousbeck said that Telfair, the 13th pick in the 2004 draft and coming off a disappointing first season with the Celtics, would not be back.
Telfair, 21, pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree possession of a weapon, a felony, and was released Friday on $7,500 bail.