Chicago guard Nate Robinson drives to the basket past Miami guard Norris Cole during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals, Monday in Miami. Robinson scored 27 points as the Bulls defeated the Heat 93-86.MIAMI — Nate Robinson was spitting blood in the first half, and the Chicago Bulls reminded the Miami Heat that no one in the NBA plays them tougher.
Yes, the streakbusters struck again.
Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and a career-high-tying 14 rebounds, and the Bulls beat Miami 93-86 on Monday night in Game 1 of the teams’ Eastern Conference semifinal series. The team that snapped Miami’s 27-game winning streak in the regular season — the second-longest in NBA history — found a way to topple the champs again, this time ending a run of 12 straight Heat victories overall.
LeBron James got his MVP trophy from Commissioner David Stern before the game, then struggled to a two-point first half before finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Miami. Dwyane Wade added 14 for the Heat, who had no one else in double figures, finished with 40-percent shooting from the floor and were outrebounded 46-32.
SPURS 129, WARRIORS 127 (2OT)
SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili’s 3-pointer from the wing with 1.2 seconds left in double overtime lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a 129-127 victory against the Golden State Warriors and overcame Stephen Curry’s 44 points in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals.
The Spurs trailed by 16 points with 4 minutes left in regulation before going on an 18-2 run to close the fourth quarter and force overtime.
Tony Parker scored 28 points to lead San Antonio while Danny Green added 22 points. Ginobili finished with 16 points.
Tim Duncan had 19 points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes. Duncan, who is battling a stomach bug, left the game with 3 minutes left in regulation and only played the final seconds of each overtime.
Curry had 11 assists and was 18 for 35 from the field and 6 for 14 on 3-pointers for Golden State, which has lost 30 straight in San Antonio dating back to Feb. 14, 1997.MORE IN Wire SportsSteve Stricker never felt more alone in front of so many people. Full StoryFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have been mediocre in splitting their first two games. Full Story
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