Heat, Spurs reach conference finals again
Thu, 15 May 2014 12:26:09 GMT —
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have earned a few extra days' rest before opening their respective conference final series.
The Heat erased a nine-point deficit in the final 5 1/2 minutes to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 in Game 5 of the conference semifinals. Ray Allen drained a go-ahead, 3-pointer with 32 seconds left before adding a pair of free throws to cap a 12-0 run. It was Miami's first lead since late in the second quarter.
LeBron James scored 29 points and had nine rebounds, while Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added a postseason-high 28 for the Heat. James provided five points during the fourth-quarter run.
Joe Johnson scored a game-high 34 for the Nets, including a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left that got his team within one.
The Spurs also wrapped up a five-game series as Danny Green and Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard each scored 22 points in a 104-82 pounding of Portland. Green and Leonard both shot over 60 percent and combined for seven 3-pointers and 16 rebounds, including a team-high nine from Green.
San Antonio won easily despite the loss of Tony Parker, who missed the second half of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night with tightness in his left hamstring after going scoreless in 10 minutes. The Spurs outscored Portland by 15 in the second half.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, while Damian Lillard added 17 points and 10 assists.