The Conference Semifinals for the NBA playoffs continued last night. The Miami Heat played the Chicago Bulls and the Memphis Grizzlies took on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat and Grizzlies both had a 3-1 series lead and were looking to close out their series and move on to the conference finals. A total of two former Wildcats played in those games yesterday.
Miami Heat 94 – Chicago Bulls 91
> Nazr Mohammed, Center, Chicago
The Heat were able to close out this series last night by narrowly defeating the short-handed Bulls. The Heat jumped out to an early lead but trailed by double-digits in the second half. The Heat went on a run at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth to trim Chicago’s lead and eventually take the lead for themselves. Mohammed contributed 2 points, 3 rebounds, and a blocked shot. Marquis Teague didn’t play for the Bulls due to the coach’s decision. Miami now advances to the Eastern Conference Finals and will either play the New York Knicks or the Indiana Pacers.
Memphis Grizzlies 88 – Oklahoma City Thunder 84
> Tayshaun Prince, Forward, Memphis
Although the Thunder grabbed an early lead in the game, it didn’t take long to surrender it to the Grizzlies. Like the Bulls, the Thunder have been short-handed without Russell Westbrook and just didn’t seem to have enough firepower in this series. The Thunder went on a 16-4 run at the end of the third quarter to bring them within two points, but the Grizzlies responded with a 10-2 run to begin the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City was able to get back within two points in the closing seconds but couldn’t capitalize. Prince recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds, and an assist. The Grizzlies now advance to the Western Conference Finals and will either play the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs.
There will be two more NBA playoff games for the conference semifinals tonight. The Indiana Pacers will play the New York Knicks in New York at 8 p.m. ET. The Pacers lead the series 3-1 and look to close out the series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to play the Miami Heat. Then the Golden State Warriors will play the San Antonio Spurs at home at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Spurs lead the series 3-2 and aim to close out the series and advance to the Western Conference Finals to face the Memphis Grizzlies.