NBA: Boston knocks off Heat at home
BOSTON (AP) – Rajon Rondo had six points and 11 assists despite playing the fourth quarter with a dislocated left elbow, and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 97-81 on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Miami leads the best-of-seven series 2-1, with Game 4 on Monday night in Boston.
Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 18 rebounds, and Paul Pierce scored 27 for the defending East champions, who managed to avoid a 3-0 hole that no NBA team has ever overcome.
Dwyane Wade had 23 points and seven assists, and Joel Anthony continued to contribute off the bench, scoring 12 with 11 rebounds. LeBron James scored 15, as he and Wade combined to make just 14 of 35 shots from the floor.
Grizzlies 101, Thunder 93, OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Zach Randolph had 21 points and a franchise-record 21 rebounds, and Memphis rallied from a 16-point deficit to stun Oklahoma City and grab a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
The Grizzlies are trying to do something no NBA team has done in climbing from the No. 8 seed all the way to the Western Conference finals. They moved two wins away from that by remaining undefeated on their home court this postseason.
They did it with an amazing comeback in a game the Grizzlies couldn’t have looked more out of synch or rusty early, but scored the first six points of overtime to finish off the victory.
Kevin Durant, the NBA’s scoring leader in the regular season and these playoffs, took only three shots in overtime and missed them all. He finished with 22 points, his lowest this postseason after averaging 31.6 points coming in.