But­ler hurt­ing, but Heat fin­ish off sweep

Chicago Sun-Times - - BY THE NUMBERS -

Jimmy But­ler was lim­ited to six points and 23 min­utes by a strained left shoul­der, but the Heat com­pleted a four-game sweep of the Pac­ers with a 99-87 vic­tory in the NBA play­off bub­ble in Or­lando, Florida. Go­ran Dragic scored 23 points to lead the Heat, who outscored the Pac­ers 38-3 off the bench.

♦ LeBron James had 30 points and 10 as­sists de­spite sit­ting out most of the sec­ond half, and the Lak­ers opened a 29-point half­time lead be­fore coast­ing past the Trail Blaz­ers 135-115 for a 3-1 lead in their first-round se­ries. Blaz­ers star Damian Lil­lard left with an in­jury to his right knee in the third quar­ter.

♦ The 76ers fired coach Brett Brown a day af­ter his sev­enth sea­son ended in a post­sea­son sweep at the hands of the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

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