Monday, May 7, 2012

NBA Playoffs: Knicks End Playoff Losing Streak To Advert Sweep; 76ers, Celtics, Lakers Take 3-1 Series Leads

The NBA Playoffs continued with four Sunday contests.


At New York:

Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points, while Amare Stoudemire, back after losing a fight with a fire extinguisher, scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the New York Knicks  The adverted what would have been a four-game sweep in their conference quarterfinal series by defeating the Miami Heat 89-87 at home to cut the Miami advantage to three games to one.  The win ended the Knicks' league-record 13 game playoff losing streak, dating back to 2001.  The Heat can still close out the series with a game-five win at home on Wednesday.

At Philadelphia:

Jrue Holiday scored 22 points  as Philadelphia 76ers took a three-games-to-one in their first-round series by defeating the visiting Chicago Bulls 89-82 The 76ers can finish off the the overall top-seeded Bulls in Chicago on Tuesday.

At Boston:

Paul Pierce scored 24 points while Rajon Rondo added 20 (to go with his 16 assists) as the Boston Celtics roasted the visiting Atlanta Hawks 101-79 to take a three-games-to-one lead in their opening-round series.  The Celtics can close out the series wth a win in Atlanta on Tuesday night.


At Denver:

Kobe Bryant scored 22 points and Andrew Bynum added 19 as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 92-88 on the road to take a three-games-to-one lead in their conference quarterfinal series, a series the Lakers can wrap up with a win back in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. 

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