Mi­ami, San An­to­nio in Con­fer­ence Fi­nals

The Economic Times - - Q - AP

Mi­ami and San An­to­nio both ad­vanced to the NBA con­fer­ence fi­nals—but in con­trast­ing fash­ion, with the Heat storm­ing a Brook­lyn lead to pinch a nar­row vic­tory, while the Spurs cruised past Port­land.

Mi­ami trailed al­most the en­tire game and was eight points down with less than five min­utes left, but found a way to pull out a 9694 win that clinched a 4-1 se­ries vic­tory and fi­nals place for the fourth-straight year. The Heat will face ei­ther In­di­ana or Wash­ing­ton.

San An­to­nio did not re­quire a dra­matic late push, who won again com­fort­ably against Port­land, with a 104-82 vic­tory, to clinch a 4-1 win, which puts the Spurs in the Western Con­fer­ence de­cider for the third suc­ces­sive sea­son. Their op­po­nent will be Ok­la­homa City or the Los Angeles Clip­pers. Mi­ami’s Ray Allen scored a 3-pointer with 32 sec­onds left to cap the mem­o­rable come­back, aided by 29 points from LeBron James and 28 from Dwyane Wade. Mi­ami are bid­ding for a fourth straight trip to the NBA Fi­nals—some­thing only the Lak­ers and the Celtics have ac­com­plished. James is head­ing there for the sixth time in eight sea­sons, the first two of those trips with Cleve­land in 2007 and 2009. SanAn­to­nio­hadamor­ere­laxed­time­ofit, with Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each scor­ing 22 points in the 104-82 win. Patty Mills scored 18 points and Tim Dun­can had 16 points and eight re­bounds for San An­to­nio, who had four blowout wins. They re­main on track for an­other NBA Fi­nals show­down against Mi­ami, who won a hard­fought seven-game se­ries last sea­son. La­Mar­cus Aldridge hit 21 points for Port­land, while Damian Lil­lard added 17 points and 10 as­sists. The Trail Blaz­ers’ bench­con­tribut­ed­just sev­en­points com­pared with the 40 by the Spurs re­serves.

Af­ter play­ing with var­i­ous in­juries through last post­sea­son, the Spurs were healthy this play­offs un­til Wed­nes­day. TonyParker,whomissed13gamesinthe reg­u­lar sea­son, ex­ited in the first half with tight­ness in his left ham­string. Af­ter re­turn­ing to the court in the sec­ond quar­ter, he left the game ex­actly a minute later and headed back to the locker room.

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