LeBron James scored 30, Ray Allen had another big game against his old team and the Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 88-77 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. It’s the first time the Heat have swept a playoff series since James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami three years ago.
And the Heat didn’t even need Wade to do it. The guard missed only the second postseason game of his career, and first since 2005, with three bone bruises on his right knee.
But the Heat still won handily, winning their fourth straight game by double digits.
Wade will get plenty of time to rest now, too. The Heat will face the winner of the Brooklyn Nets-Chicago Bulls series — Chicago leads 3-1 — but the next round won’t begin until Saturday.
Spurs 103, Lakers 82
Tony Parker scored 23 points, and the San Antonio Spurs completed their first-round sweep of the injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers with a victory in Game 4. Tim Duncan had 11 points and six rebounds for the second-seeded Spurs, who will face the winner of Denver’s series with the Warriors in the second round.
Celts 97, Knicks 90 (OT)
Jason Terry scored Boston’s last nine points as the Celtics weathered a strong comeback by the New York Knicks and avoided being swept with an overtime win. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 29 points as they forced a fifth game in the series, but it was Terry who provided the finishing touches. In Game 3, he had been elbowed by J.R. Smith, and the NBA suspended the Knicks guard for Sunday’s game.