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Bulls snuff out defending champ Miami

Bulls snuff out defending champ Miami

The Chicago Bulls swept the defending NBA champion Miami Heat out of the playoffs on Sunday, winning a postseason series for the first time since the Michael Jordan era.
Ben Gordon scored 24 points, Luol Deng had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Chicago beat Miami 92-79 in Game 4 to finish off their first-round Eastern Conference series. The Bulls, who will face Detroit in the second round, became the first team to oust a defending champion in the opening playoff series since Phoenix did it to San Antonio in 2000.
The coach of that Suns team? Scott Skiles, who coaches the Bulls now _ and who put together a plan that simply befuddled Miami all series long.
Dwyane Wade scored 24 points for Miami on 8-for-22 shooting, and added 10 assists. Shaquille O'Neal had 16 points, Alonzo Mourning scored 14 and James Posey had 18 rebounds _ a club-record 17 on the defensive end _ for the Heat.
Miami, which didn't trail until late in the third quarter, got within one point twice in the fourth _ first on a jumper by Wade with 11:15 left, then when Posey made a pair of free throws with 5:27 remaining. Chicago had an answer both times.
Suns 113, Lakers 100
At Los Angeles, Steve Nash had 23 assists _ one shy of the NBA playoff record _ to go with 17 points, Amare Stoudemire had 27 points and a career playoff-high 21 rebounds, and Phoenix took a 3-1 lead over Los Angeles in their first-round series.
Nash left the game to a mixed reception with 1:02 remaining and the outcome long since decided. Magic Johnson and John Stockton share the single-game playoff assist record _ Johnson doing so for the Lakers against Phoenix in 1984, and Stockton accomplishing the feat against the Lakers for Utah four years later.
Shawn Marion had 22 points and 11 rebounds, supersub Leandro Barbosa scored 16 points and James Jones added 11 for the Suns.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 31 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, but scored only three points in the fourth quarter. Lamar Odom added 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and Maurice Evans and Smush Parker scored 11 points each for the Lakers, who committed 20 turnovers to 15 for the Suns.


Updated : 2021-07-29 07:44 GMT+08:00