Tip-Off for 5/7/13 (featuring Reggie Miller): Bulls steal opener from Heat 93-86; Spurs survive double-overtime shootout with Warriors 129-127
Not even the newly minted NBA MVP could hold down Nate Robinson and the Bulls.
The Chicago Bulls and Nate Robinson continue to amaze in this year’s playoffs. The man blessed with “a lot of heart and no height” stood tall once again when it mattered. Robinson led the Bulls with 27 points and 9 assists in a stunning 93-86 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The loss ended a 12-game winning streak by the Heat.
Manu Ginobili drilled a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining to push the San Antonio Spurs past the visiting Golden State Warriors 129-127. The story of the game was the play of Steph Curry — who made the Spurs literally sick in a 22-point barrage in the 3rd quarter. Tim Duncan left the game late in the 4th quarter, suffering from the after effects of the flu and played sparingly in the two overtimes.
Bulls 93 – Heat 86 - An uncharacteristically slow start by LeBron James may have cost the Heat in Game 1. James ended the first half with 2 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists on 1 for 6 shooting –he finished strong with a 15-point fourth quarter. Poor shot selection by Miami in the final minute by the Heat opened the door for a Chicago win. The Bulls closed the game with a 10-0 run over the final 2:22.
Jimmy Butler finished with 21 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Joakim Noah chipped in 13 points and 11 boards in 39 minutes. LeBron James led the Heat with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Dwyane Wade — the only other player to score in double figures for Miami, added 14 points.
Bulls lead 1-0.
Spurs 129 – Warriors 127 - Knowing the Golden State Warriors blew an 18-point third quarter lead can’t be overlooked. The Spurs withstood Steph Curry’s 3rd quarter onslaught to outscore the Warriors 18-2 in final four minutes of regulation. The Spurs continued to roll in the extra sessions, leading by as many as five before the Warriors scored six points in a row to take a 127-126 lead. Ginobili admits his game-winning shot was a play not run for him — he just happened to be open.
Curry led all scorers with 44 points and 11 assists and Andrew Bogut grabbed 11 boards for the Warriors. Tony Parker led San Antonio with 28 points. Tim Duncan grabbed 11 rebounds and Manu Ginobili handed out 11 assists.
The greatest three-point shoot-out ever!
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