SuperSonics nip Spurs; Wade, Heat melt Wizards
SEATTLE (AP) - Ray Allen's 20 points and Vitaly Potapenko's big defensive stop were just enough to save the SuperSonics.
Allen had an impact despite going scoreless in the final period and Potapenko forced Tim Duncan into a missed 4-footer at the final horn. Reserve Antonio Daniels had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Jerome James scored 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor, helping the Sonics pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Sunday in Seattle.
Duncan scored 23 points with 11 rebounds, and his defense was as solid as ever - four blocked shots - on the day he was selected to the NBA's All-Defensive Team for the sixth straight year.
But it wasn't enough to carry the Spurs, who had won six straight playoff games. And this win was critical for the Sonics, because no team has ever won a seven-game playoff series after trailing 3-0.
Heat 102, Washington 95
WASHINGTON (AP) - Shaquille O'Neal didn't play, and Dwyane Wade committed five turnovers in the first quarter. Still, the Miami Heat kept their perfect postseason intact.
Five Miami players scored in a 13-0 third-quarter run that swung the game, and Wade steadied himself to finish with 31 points, nine rebounds and six assists, leading a 102-95 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. That gave the Heat a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Heat, 7-0 in the postseason, can complete their second straight sweep on Saturday night.
The deep thigh bruise that has bothered O'Neal for weeks finally caused him to miss a playoff game for the first time in his career, ending a streak of 164 consecutive postseason appearances.
His absence appeared to open a golden opportunity for the Wizards, who had won seven straight at home and needed some momentum after back-to-back losses in Miami.
But 35-year-old Alonzo Mourning started for O'Neal and continued his postseason renaissance with 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, including a rejection of Larry Hughes' layup attempt in the final minute.