Bam Adebayo garnered a record 19 rebounds to go with 14 points Monday night, leading fifth-seeded Miami Heat to a 99-87 win against fourth-seed Indiana Pacers and a four-game sweep of their first round of the league. Eastern Conference playoff series near Orlando.
The Heat moved on to the eastern semifinals, where they await the winner of the first round match between seeded Milwaukee and eighth-seeded Orlando.
Kelly Olynyk’s layup gave the Heat the lead forever in the fifth minute of the second quarter, and Miami led by a whopping 13 points in completing its first Indiana playoff sweep.
Goran Dragic beat Miami with 23 points, while Tyler Herro added 16 and Olynyk 11. Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 25 points and Myles Turner scored 22 points and 14 rebounds. TJ Warren added 21 for Indiana.
Milwaukee Bucks 121 – Orlando Magic 106
Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, and All-Star teammate Khris Middleton caught fire late to push seeded Milwaukee past eighth seed Orlando to take a lead. 3-1 in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoff series.
It was the most competitive the Magic have been since the end of Game 1. Orlando held out until the fourth quarter, when Milwaukee opened with a 20-5 blitz to open a 102-83 lead. Middleton scored 13 of his 21 points during the stretch, including three from 3 points.
Magic center Nikola Vucevic finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Markelle Fultz added 15 points (including three go-ahead buckets in the third quarter), seven assists and five rebounds. Orlando also made 18 threes, a necessary counterattack to a stingy Bucks defense that focuses on protecting the circle.
Oklahoma City Thunder 117 – Houston Rockets 114
Dennis Schroder turned key turnover into a layup and Oklahoma City equalized its Western Conference first-round streak with Houston with a Game 4 win.
Oklahoma City erased a 15-point gap in the third quarter to record a second straight win and drew the series at two games each with Game 5 set for Wednesday.
Schroder scored 30 points off the bench to lead the Thunder, while Chris Paul added 26 points, six rebounds and three steals. James Harden led Houston with 32 points, 15 assists and four steals and Eric Gordon added 23 points. Houston attempted an NBA record of 58 post-season 3-point shots, converting 23.
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