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The Champs return to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The reigning NBA Champions Miami Heat pulled off the same feat they did in 2011 as they knocked off the fifth seeded Chicago Bulls in five games in the second round to advance to their third straight Eastern Conference Finals. After losing Game 1 at home, the responded by winning four straight games to book their ticket to the Conference Finals.

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The Bulls, coming off a seven game series in the first round against the Brooklyn Nets came in to the second round battered with a ton of injuries from Derrick Rose who has missed the entire season recovering from the torn ACL injury he suffered in last year’s Playoffs, as well as players like Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich who are vital to the Bulls run in this year’s playoffs. They were able to steal a game in Miami with an impressive Game 1 victory. Unfortunately for them, it would only be their only win of the series. They were unable to defend their homecourt against the reigning NBA champions and eventually suffers from four straight losses that ended their playoff run.

As for the Heat, after sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. They were well rested coming into the second round. LeBron James was crowned his fourth season Most Valuable Player award (his second back-to-back MVP seasons). They were heavily favored in this series. They dropped Game 1 on their home floor, however the Heat responded with a vengeance as they blew out the Bulls in Game 2, taking the next two in Chicago with empathic wins and they came back in Game 5 to wrap their series up and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals as their run for the repeat will continue.
 
The Heat will face the winner of the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers, in which as of this moment of writing, the Pacers have a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Knicks.
 
As for the Bulls, “The Return” of Derrick Rose may not have happened this season, but with the extra downtine for him, he’ll be back come next season. If he does return, expect the Bulls to come back to the elite of the Eastern Conference. To Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, get well soon as well. Chi-town will have better days come next season.
 
Here are the scores from all games of the series:

GAME 1 @ Miami: Bulls 93-86 Heat

Bulls leaders:
Points: Robinson 27, Butler 21, Noah 13

Rebounds: Butler 14, Noah 11, Boozer 7, Belinelli 7
Assists: Robinson 9, Noah 4, Butler 3

Heat leaders:
Points: James 24, Wade 14, Bosh 9, Allen 9

Rebounds: James 8, Bosh 6, Battier 4
Assists: James 7, Chalmers 7, Wade 4

GAME 2 @ Miami: Bulls 78-115 Heat

Bulls leaders:
Points: Belinelli 13, Noah 12, Robinson 11

Rebounds: Noah 6, Boozer 4
Assists: Belinelli 6, Teague 3, Noah 2, Robinson 2

Heat leaders:
Points: Allen 21, James 19, Cole 18
Rebounds: Cole 6, James 5, Bosh 5

Assists: James 9, Wade 5, Chalmers 4

GAME 3 @ Chicago: Heat 104-94 Bulls

Heat leaders:
Points: James 25, Bosh 20, Cole 18
Rebounds: Bosh 19, James 8, Wade 4, Andersen 4

Assists: James 7, Wade 5, Bosh 4

Bulls leaders:
Points: Boozer 21, Robinson 17, Butler 17
Rebounds: Noah 11, Robinson 6, Butler 5, Gibson 5
Assists: Robinson 7, Belinelli 6, Noah 4

GAME 4 @ Chicago: Heat 88-65 Bulls

Heat leaders:
Points: James 27, Bosh 14, Andersen 9
Rebounds: James 7, Haslem 7, Bosh 6
Assists: James 8, Wade 4, Cole 4

Bulls leaders:
Points: Boozer 14, Butler 12, Hamilton 11
Rebounds: Boozer 12, Noah 9, Gibson 9
Assists: Robinson 4, Hamilton 4, Teague 3

GAME 5 @ Miami: Bulls 91-94 Heat

Bulls leaders:

Points: Boozer 26, Robinson 21, Butler 19
Rebounds: Boozer 14, Noah 9, Robinson 5, Butler 5
Assists: Robinson 6, Butler 4, Noah 2

Heat leaders:
Points: James 23, Wade 18, Bosh 12

Rebounds: James 7, Bosh 7, Wade 5
Assists: James 8, Wade 6, Allen 2, Chalmers 2

Heat win series 4-1

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Bulls survive Nets comeback push.

In the only first round series that went to seven games, the fifth seeded Chicago Bulls survive a comeback run by the fourth seeded Brooklyn Nets. Thisafter the Bulls go up 3-1 in the series, they allowed the Nets to come back and force a 7th game on the Nets’ home floor. However, the Bulls sealed the series on the road to advance to the second round.

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The Nets had a great first season since they moved from the Garden State of New Jersey to the New York City borough despite going through a coaching change during the middle of the season as Avery Johnson who led the Nets to a great start, faltered afterwards and was fired thus opening the door to PJ Carlesimo to call the shots for the Nets for the rest of the season. Brook Lopez had an All-Star year for the Nets, this despite Deron Williams having a rough season. Also helping the Nets cause are Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson, Kris Humphries, CJ Watson and Andray Blatche to name some. The Nets took the opening game of the series. They lost the next three, but fought back to even the series and force a 7th game on their home floor. But their comeback bid came up short as their first season in Brooklyn ends in a tough home defeat.
 
As for the Bulls, they played all season long without their superstar Derrick Rose who was cleared by his doctors to play as early as January after his rehabilitation from the torn ACL he suffered in last year’s playoffs. Despite not having Rose on the floor, the Bulls kept themselves competitive led by All-Stars Luol Deng and Joakim Noah as well as Carlos Boozer. Outside of the frontcourt trio, they have Nate Robinson, Kirk Hinrich, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Marco Belinelli to name some. They survived a comeback bid in this round as they went up 3-1 but lost the next two to set up a seventh and decisive game which they won on the road. It is still unclear if Rose will come to play in the next series, but the Bulls need to push themselves more in order to keep their playoff push alive.
 
The Bulls will face the defending NBA champions Miami Heat in the second round who are well rested after their sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.
 
As for the Nets, they will look back on this series and the question on whether their head coach PJ Carlesimo will be back full time to call the shots next season, but as they say pro sports in Brooklyn is back.
 
Here are the scores from all games of the series:
 
Game 1 @ Brooklyn: Bulls 89-106 Nets
 
Bulls leaders:
Points: Boozer 25, Robinson 17, Butler 13, Belinelli 13
Rebounds: Boozer 8, Gibson 7, Noah 5
Assists: Boozer 4, Deng 3
 
Nets leaders:
Points: Williams 22, Lopez 21, Johnson 16
Rebounds: Evans 13, Wallace 6, Lopez 5
Assists: Williams 7, Johnson 4

Game 2 @ Brooklyn: Bulls 90-82 Nets

Bulls leaders:

Points: Deng 15, Boozer 13, Hinrich 13
Rebounds: Boozer 12, Deng 10, Noah 10
Assists: Hinrich 5, Deng 4, Noah 3
 
Nets leaders:
Points: Lopez 21, Johnson 17, Watson 10
Rebounds: Evans 8, Blatche 7, Lopez 5, Humphries 5
Assists: Williams 10, Watson 5, Johnson 4

Game 3 @ Chicago: Nets 76-79 Bulls

Nets leaders:
Points: Lopez 22, Williams 18, Johnson 15
Rebounds: Evans 12, Lopez 9, Wallace 4
Assists: Williams 4, Johnson 3, Watson 3

Bulls leaders:
Points: Boozer 22, Deng 21, Hinrich 12
Rebounds: Boozer 16, Deng 10, Noah 8

Assists: Boozer 3, Deng 3

Game 4 @ Chicago: Nets 134-142 Bulls (3OT)

Nets leaders:
Points: Williams 32, Lopez 26, Johnson 22
Rebounds: Evans 13, Lopez 11, Wallace 9

Assists: Williams 10, Wallace 4, Blatche 3, Watson 3

Bulls leaders:
Points: Robinson 34, Boozer 21, Hinrich 18
Rebounds: Noah 13, Boozer 8, Deng 8
Assists: Hinrich 14, Deng 6, Robinson 4

Game 5 @ Brooklyn: Bulls 91-110 Nets

Bulls leaders:
Points: Robinson 20, Butler 18, Deng 12

Rebounds: Boozer 10, Deng 8, Noah 4, Mohammed 4
Assists: Robinson 8, Butler 3, Deng 3

Nets leaders:
Points: Lopez 28, Williams 23, Blatche 13
Rebounds: Evans 12, Lopez 10, Humphries 6

Assists: Williams 10, Wallace 3, Lopez 2

Game 6 @ Chicago: Nets 95-92 Bulls

Nets leaders:
Points: Lopez 17, Johnson 17, Williams 17
Rebounds: Evans 15, Blatche 7, Humphries 4
Assists: Williams 11, Johnson 4, Wallace 3

Bulls leaders:
Points: Belinelli 22, Robinson 18, Butler 17
Rebounds: Noah 15, Boozer 13, Butler 7
Assists: Belinelli 7, Butler 6, Noah 5

Game 7 @ Brooklyn: Bulls 99-93 Nets

Bulls leaders:
Points: Noah 24, Belinelli 24, Boozer 17
Rebounds: Noah 14, Boozer 7, Belinelli 6
Assists: Butler 4, Robinson 4, Teague 3, Cook 3

Nets leaders:
Points: Williams 24, Lopez 21, Wallace 19
Rebounds: Evans 13, Lopez 9, Williams 6
Assists: Williams 7, Wallace 5, Blatche 4

Bulls win series 4-3

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Streak-busters: Bobcats snap losing streak. Nuggets snap Clippers win streak at 17. Award winners for December.

The year 2013 has arrived, a brand new year, and streaks came to an end this week across the association. Here are the highlights from Week 10 in the NBA.

Bobcats snap losing streak in Chicago.
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For the team who had the roughest year in 2012, they ended the year on a high note. As the Charlotte Bobcats snap their 18-game losing streak with a 91-81 victory against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. The Bobcats with the win, surpass their win total from last season where they finished 7-59making history as the worst winning percentage in NBA history.
 
Sophomore guard Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with a great all-around game, 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks on 6-13 shooting from the field, Gerald Henderson scored 16 points, while Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon came off the bench and scored 15 points each. Bismack Biyombo grabbed 11 rebounds.

Luol Deng led the Bulls with a double-double 20 pointsand 12 rebounds with 4 assists and 3 steals. Carlos Boozer also finished with a double-double 19 points and 14 rebounds. Rip Hamilton scored 11 points.

Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap has been preaching patience to all the people who are on watch with the team. Who knows in 2013, maybe the Bobcatswill make some noise in the East.

Nuggets snap Clippers 17 game win streak.
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A losing streak came to an end out East, while in the West, a winning streak came to an end, as the Denver Nuggets snap the 17 game winning streak the Los Angeles Clippers held, as well as getting a measure of revenge from their Christmas Day defeat in Los Angeles as they take a 92-78 victory at the Pepsi Center.
Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 17 pointsand 6 rebounds. Kenneth Faried finished with a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds. Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller each scored 12 points, Miller also dished out 12 assists, while Igouldala dished 8 assists. JaVale McGee off the benchadded 11 points and 7 rebounds including his first career 3 pointer. Corey Brewer scored 10 points.
Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe led the Clippers with 12 points each. Griffin added 9 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan finished with a double-double 11 points and 11 rebounds with 3 blocks. Chris Paul added 10 points and 6 assists. Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes each scored 9 points.
 
The Clippers are now in second place in the Western Conference behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. With a tight race in the West, who knows who will coach in the NBA All-Star Game in Houston for the West? 
 
Meanwhile in Week 9, Monta Ellis becomes the second Milwaukee Bucks player after Brandon Jennings and the sixth player to receive the Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award this season. While Greivis Vasquez of the New Orleans Hornets becomes the eighth receipient of the Western Conference Player of the Week Award.
 
LeBron James of the Miami Heat wins his second straight Eastern Conference Player of the Month Award for the month of December, while Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers won the Western Conference Player of the Month in December.
 
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers wins his second straight Western Conference Rookie of the Month in December, while Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards won the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December.
 
Vinny Del Negro of the Los Angeles Clippers wins the Western Conference Coach of the Month after leading the Clippers to a perfect December (16-0). While Larry Drew of the Atlanta Hawks won in the Eastern Conference after leading the Hawks to a 10-5 record in December and see them competing in the Top 3of the Eastern Conference.
 
Now, here are the standings from around the association:
 
Western Conference:
1. Thunder (25-7), 2. Clippers (27-8), 3. Spurs (27-9), 4. Grizzlies (20-10), 5. Warriors (22-11), 6. Rockets (20-14), 7. Trail Blazers (18-15), 8. Nuggets (19-16), 9. Timberwolves (15-15), 10. Jazz (17-18), 11. Lakers (15-17), 12. Mavericks (13-21), 13. Kings (13-21), 14. Suns (12-22), 15. Hornets (8-25)
 
Eastern Conference:
1. Heat (22-9), 2. Knicks (23-10), 3. Hawks (20-12), 4. Pacers (20-14), 5. Bulls (18-13), 6. Nets (19-15), 7. Bucks (16-16), 8. Celtics (16-17), 9. 76ers (15-20), 10. Pistons (13-22), 11. Raptors (12-21), 12. Magic (12-21), 13. Bobcats (8-24), 14. Cavaliers (8-27), 15. Wizards (4-27)
 
Stay tuned as the next NBA weekly blog comes your way next week.
 
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NBA Christmas 2012: Heat defeat Thunder in Finals rematch. Clippers win 14th straight game. Lakers clicking at home. Rockets and Celtics rout opponents on the road.

On this special edition of my NBA blog, we look back at the games held on Christmas Day in the NBA. There were five games on tap for that day, teams went it in with their special  Christmas jerseys and they put on a show for fans on hand. Let’s get to it.

Heat knock off Thunder in Finals rematch.
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187 days ago, the Miami Heatcap off their quest for a second championship as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals in front of their home crowd at the American Airlines Arena. It was also the time when LeBron James fulfilled a dream to become a NBA Champion, as well as a Finals MVP trophy to complement, at the same time proving his haters and criticswrong. On Christmas Day, these two teams meet for the first time this season, and the game proved to be a scoring parade. The Heat would prevail over the Thunder 103-97.
 
The Heatnowlead the Eastern Conference at 19-6, while the Thudnerdrops to second in the West at 21-6.
 
James led the Heat with a near triple-double 29 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds with 2 steals on 12-20 shooting from the field. Dwayne Wade added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Mario Chalmersscored 20 points. Chris Bosh added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Also, Mike Miller made a career milestone by reaching the 10,000 point mark all-time in his career.
 
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 33 points and 7 rebounds on 11-21 shooting from the field and 2-4 shooting from 3 point range. Russell Westbrook finished with a double-double 21 pointsand 11 rebounds. Kevin Martin off the benchand Serge Ibaka each scored 15 points.
 
Clippers win 14th straight game.
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7 and half hours after the Lakers played a game inside Staples Center, their co-tenants and the hottest team in the NBA came out to begin their own Christmas Day game. The Los Angeles Clippers battled the Denver Nuggets, on the line was a 13 game winning streak, things went well for the Clippers as they defeat the Nuggets 112-100 for their 14th straight victory.
 
The Clippers now lead the Western Conference at 22-6, while the Nuggets drop to 8th place tie with the Utah Jazzat 15-14.
 
Jamal Crawford off the bench led the Clippers with 22 points on 9-21 shooting from the field and 3-6 shooting from 3 point range. Matt Barnes added 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Chris Paul added 14 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Blake Griffinadded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Lamar Odom grabbed 10 rebounds.
 
Kosta Koufos led the Nuggets with a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds on 8-8 shooting from the field. Jordan Hamilton off the bench also scored 16 points with 4 rebounds. Ty Lawson added 15 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Andre Miller added 12 points and 6 rebounds.
 
Lakers defeat the Knicks at Staples.
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The drama around Laker Nationis starting to fade as the Los Angeles Lakers have now found their groove and are now starting to make some ground in the Western Conference as they picked up their 5th straight win and go at .500at the expense of the New York Knicks at the Staples Center 100-94.
 
The Lakers are now at 14-14, tied for 10th place with the Portland Trail Blazers. While the Knicks drop to second place in the Eastern Conference at 20-8.
 
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 34 points and 5 rebounds on 14-24 shootingfrom the field. Metta World Peace off the bench added 20 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out in the 4th quarter. Steve Nashfinished with a double-double 16 points and 11 assists with 6 rebounds on 7-12 shooting from the field. Dwight Howard also finished with a double-double 14 points and 12 rebounds with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Pau Gasol added 13 points and 6 rebounds.
 
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 34 points and 7 rebounds on 13-23 shooting from the field. J.R. Smith off the bench added 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals on 10-23 shooting from the field. Raymond Felton added 10 points and 6 rebounds.
 
Rockets blow out Bulls in Chicago.
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The team with the fastest pace in the NBA today have picked up another win by another scoring rampage on another defensive-oriented team, the Houston Rockets led by as many as 35 points, were able to keep their composure despite a late challenge in the fourth quarter as theyblew out the Chicago Bulls on their home floor at the United Center 120-97.
 
The Rockets are in 6th place in the Western Conference at 15-12, while the Bulls lose their lead in the Central Division to the Indiana Pacers at 15-12, in 5th place in the Eastern Conference.
 
Four Rockets players finished with more than 20 points with James Harden leading the way with 26 points, 6 assists, 5 reboundsand 2 steals on 7-13shooting from the field and 11-13 shooting from the free throw line. Chandler Parsons added 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals on 9-15 shooting from the field and 4-5 shooting from 3 point range. Omer Asik who made his return to Chicago finished with a double-double 20 points and 18 rebounds with 3 blocks on 9-13 shooting from the field. Jeremy Lin also finished with a double-double 20 points and 11 assists on 8-12 shooting from the field.
 
Nate Robinson off the bench led the Bulls with 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals on 9-16 shooting from the field. Marco Belinelli added 15 points and 3 assists on 5-10 shooting from the field. Luol Deng added 14 points and 5 rebounds.
 
Celtics take Atlantic showdown in Brooklyn.
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Defense was the key to this game as the Boston Celticswith their stifling defensetake the Atlantic Division showdown against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center 9376. The Celtics forced the Nets to 20 turnovers and 40% shooting from the field.
 
With the win, the Celtics tie the Nets for 7th place in the Eastern Conference at 14-13.
 
Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals on 8-16 shooting from the field and 2-2 shooting from 3 point range. Rookie Jared Sullinger off the bench added 16 points and 7 rebounds on 6-7 shooting from the field. Jeff Green scored 15 points. Jason Terry added 11 points and 4 assists. Paul Pierce dished out 10 assists with 8 points while Kevin Garnett grabbed 10 rebounds with 8 points.
Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace led the Nets with 15 points each. Lopez added 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Wallace added 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Joe Johnson added 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Deron Williams added 10 points and 6 assists.
 
Watch out for my NBA weekly blog, the last one for 2012coming out this Sunday.
 
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NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: 76ers knock out top-seeded Bulls in Game 6 on Iguodala’s free throws 79-78, will face the Celtics in 2nd round who defeat the Hawks in Game 6 83-80. Nuggets force Game 7 vs the Lakers.

Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams celebrate as the 76ers win Game 6 vs the Bulls
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The Philadelphia 76ers become the fifth #8 seeded team in NBA history to knock off the #1 seed as they take the series 4-2 in thrilling fashion as they defeat the Chicago Bulls in Game 6 at the Wells Fargo Center on Andre Iguodala’s two clutch free throws 79-78. The 76ers trailed by 3 75-78 with 25 seconds left. Thaddeus Young scored a lay-up to make it 77-78. Then the 76ers foul center Omer Asik who in turn missed two crucial free throws for the Bulls as Iguodala raised down the court and drew the foul which led to the two clutch free throws he sank. The Bulls had a chance to win but C.J. Watson’s halfcourt heave went off the iron. The 76ers advance to the second round for the first time since 2003 and will now face the Boston Celtics who won in Game 6 of their series against the Atlanta Hawks (see story below). Their series begins on May 13 in Boston.

Iguodala led the 76ers with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Lou Williams off the bench added 14 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Jrue Holiday added 14 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Evan Turner added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Spencer Hawes added 8 points and 10 rebounds. Thaddeus Young also scored 8 points with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Luol Deng led the Bulls with a double-double 19 points and 17 rebounds with 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Rip Hamilton also scored 19 points with 8 rebounds. Taj Gibson off the bench added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Omer Asik finished with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Carlos Boozer pulled down 13 rebounds but only scored 3 points.

In Boston, the Boston Celtics also advance to the second round as they take the series 4-2 against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 at the TD Garden 83-80. The Celtics will face the #8 seed Philadelphia 76ers who defeated the #1 seed Chicago Bulls (see story above) on May 13 in Boston. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with a double-double 28 points and 14 rebounds with 3 steals and 5 blocks. Paul Pierce added 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. Rajon Rondo added 14 points and 8 assists. Ray Allen off the bench added 7 points and 5 rebounds. Josh Smith led the Hawks with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Joe Johnson scored 17. Marvin Williams added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Al Horford added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.

In Denver, the Denver Nuggets force a winner take all Game 7 in their first round series as they blow out the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 at the Pepsi Center 113-96. Game 7 will be in Los Angeles on May 13 as this series winds down to one final game, the winner will face the #2 seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Corey Brewer off the bench added 18 points and 2 steals. Rookie Kenneth Faried finished with a double-double 15 points and 11 rebounds with 2 blocks. Danilo Gallinari added 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Andre Miller also scored 12 points with 4 rebounds. Kobe Bryant who played with a stomach illness led the Lakers with 31 points and 4 assists. Ramon Sessions added 14 points and 3 assists. Andrew Bynum finished with a double-double 11 points and 16 rebounds with 4 blocks. Devin Ebanks scored 10. Metta World Peace will return to action for Game 7 after serving a 7 game suspension after he elbowed Thunder guard James Harden during the final week of the regular season.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 13:58 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Spurs vs #8 Jazz
SAN ANTONIO SPURS WINS SERIES 4-0

#4 Grizzlies vs #5 Clippers (Clippers lead series 3-2)
Game 6: May 12, 9:00 am PHT on ESPN

#3 Lakers vs #6 Nuggets (Series tied 3-3)
Game 7: May 13, 10:30 am PHT Channel TBD

#2 Thunder vs #7 Mavericks
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER WINS SERIES 4-0

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Bulls vs #8 76ers
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS WINS SERIES 4-2

#4 Celtics vs #8 76ers
Game 1: May 13, 8:00 am PHT Channel TBD

#4 Celtics vs #5 Hawks
BOSTON CELTICS WINS SERIES 4-2

#3 Pacers vs #6 Magic
INDIANA PACERS WINS SERIES 4-1

#2 Heat vs #3 Pacers
Game 1: May 14, 3:30 am PHT Channel TBD

#2 Heat vs #7 Knicks
MIAMI HEAT WINS SERIES 4-1

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NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: Pacers advance to the second round after Game 5 win vs the Magic 105-87. Bulls, Hawks and Nuggets force Game 6 in each of their series.

The Indiana Pacers celebrate as they advance to the second round of the playoffs.
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This is my 50th blog entry since I returned to blogging last month. So let’s get it on with today’s NBA Daily Blog.

For the first time since 2005, the Indiana Pacers advance to the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs as they win their first round series in Game 5 against the Orlando Magic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse 105-87. The Pacers will face the winner between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks with the Heat leading the series 3-1 and Game 5 to be played tomorrow in Miami. Meanwhile for the Magic, they will face a uncertain off-season with key players entering their final contract years which includes superstar Dwight Howard and with coach Stan Van Gundy on the ropes to stay as head coach for the Magic.

Danny Granger led the Pacers with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Darren Collison off the bench added 19 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. George Hill added 15 points and 6 rebounds. David West added 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Roy Hibbert added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Paul George added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 27 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Glen Davis added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Ryan Anderson added 14 points and 4 rebounds. J.J. Redick off the bench scored 12. Jason Richardson scored 8.

In Atlanta, the Atlanta Hawks keep their playoff hopes alive with the win in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics at Phillips Arena 87-86. Game 6 will be played in Boston on May 11as the Celtics have an opportunity to advance to the second round at home. Al Horford led the Hawks with a double-double 19 points and 11 rebounds with 3 steals and 3 blocks. Jeff Teague added 16 points, 5 assists and 2 blocks. Joe Johnson added 15 points, 4 assists and 2 steals. Marvin Williams also scored 15 points with 4 rebounds. Josh Smith also finished with a double-double 13 points and 16 rebounds with 6 assists. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with each scoring 16 points. Pierce also added 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Garnett also added 7 rebounds. Ray Allen off the bench added 15 points and 4 assists. Brandon Bass added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Rajon Rondo finished with a double-double 13 points and 12 rebounds with 5 rebounds and 5 steals.

In Chicago, the top-seeded Chicago Bulls force a Game 6 in their first round series against the Philadelphia 76ers with the victory in Game 5 at the United Center 77-69. Game 6 will be played in Philadelphia on May 11 as the 76ers have one more chance of advancing to the second round, this time on their home floor. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Carlos Boozer finished with a double-double 19 points and 13 rebounds with 6 assists. Taj Gibson off the bench added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Rip Hamilton and Ronnie Brewer each scored 6. Brewer also added 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Jrue Holiday led the 76ers with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Lou Williams scored 13 off the bench. Spencer Hawes finished with a double-double 11 points and 14 rebounds with 2 blocks. Andre Iguodala added 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

In Los Angeles, the Denver Nuggets win a thriller as they win Game 5 of their first round series against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center 102-99. The Nuggets snap a 9 game playoff road losing streak and force a Game 6 back home in Denver on May 11. The Lakers had a chance to send the game into overtime but Kobe Bryant missed a three in the end game. Andre Miller off the bench led the Nuggets with 24 points and 8 rebounds. JaVale McGee finished with a double-double 21 points and 14 rebounds with 2 blocks. Arron Afflalo added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Danilo Gallinari added 14 points and 5 rebounds. Rookie Kenneth Faried added 10 points and 9 rebounds. Ty Lawson added 9 points, 8 assists and 3 steals. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 43 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Andrew Bynum finished with a double-double 16 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Barnes off the bench added 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Pau Gasol added 9 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 blocks. Ramon Sessions also scored 9 points with 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 13:39 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Spurs vs #8 Jazz
SAN ANTONIO SPURS WINS SERIES 4-0

#4 Grizzlies vs #5 Clippers (Clippers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 10, 9:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#3 Lakers vs #6 Nuggets (Lakers lead series 3-2)
Game 6: May 11, 10:30 am PHT Channel TBD

#2 Thunder vs #7 Mavericks
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER WINS SERIES 4-0

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Bulls vs #8 76ers (76ers lead series 3-2)
Game 6: May 11, Time and Channel TBD

#4 Celtics vs #5 Hawks (Celtics lead series 3-2)
Game 6: May 11, Time and Chnnel TBD

#3 Pacers vs #6 Magic
INDIANA PACERS WINS SERIES 4-0

#2 Heat vs #7 Knicks (Heat lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 10, 7:00 am PHT on ESPN

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NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: Knicks avoid the sweep with Game 4 win vs the Heat 89-87. 76ers, Celtics and Lakers take 3-1 leads.

Carmelo Anthony drives on LeBron James
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The New York Knicks avoid the sweep and snap a 13 game playoff losing streak with a Game 4 victory over the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden 89-87. Game 5 will be back in Miami on May 10 as the Heat will have another chance to advance into the second round.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 41 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Amar’e Stoudemire who came back after injuring his left hand after he punched a fire extinguisher after their loss in Game 2 finished with a double-double 20 points and 10 rebounds. J.R. Smith off the bench added 7 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Mike Bibby added 6 points and 5 rebounds. Tyson Chandler pulled down 9 rebounds with 2 steals.

LeBron James led the Heat with 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Dwayne Wade added 22 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Chris Bosh added 17 points and 9 rebounds. Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem each scored 6.

In Philadelphia, the Philadelphia 76ers are one win away from pulling an upset as they pick up the win in Game 4 of their first round series against the top-seeded Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center 89-82. Game 5 will be back in Chicago on May 9 as the Bulls will try to keep their season alive at home. Spencer Hawes led the 76ers with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Jrue Holiday added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Andre Iguodala finished with a double-double 14 points and 12 rebounds with 3 steals. Evan Turner added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Thaddeus Young off the bench scored 8. Elton Brand added 7 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Lou Williams also scored 7 off the bench. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with a double-double 23 points and 11 rebounds with 4 assists and 2 steals. C.J. Watson added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Taj Gibson off the bench also finished with a double-double 14 points and 12 rebounds with 4 blocks. Luol Deng added 11 points and 5 rebounds.

In Boston, the Boston Celtics take a 3-1 series lead with a victory in Game 4 over the Atlanta Hawks at the TD Garden 101-79. Game 5 will be back in Atlanta on May 9 as the season for the Hawks is on the line at home. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Rajon Rondo finished with a double-double 20 points and 16 assists with 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Kevin Garnett added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Ray Allen off the bench added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Brandon Bass and Keyon Dooling each scored 10. Josh Smith who came back from an injury he suffered in Game 2 led the Hawks with a double-double 15 points and 13 rebounds with 5 assists. Al Horford also coming back from a injury that kept him sidelined since January added 12 points and 5 rebounds coming off the bench. Jannero Pargo added 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Joe Johnson scored 9.

In Denver, the Los Angeles Lakers take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a Game 4 victory over the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center 92-88. Game 5 will be back in Los Angeles as the Lakers have a chance to wrap up the series at home. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Andrew Bynum added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Pau Gasol added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Jordan Hill off the bench finished with a double-double 12 points and 11 rebounds. Ramon Sessions also scored 12 points with 4 rebounds. Steve Blake scored 10. Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Andre Miller off the bench added 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Ty Lawson added 11 points and 6 assists. Al Harrington added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 13:00 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Spurs vs #8 Jazz (Spurs lead series 3-0)
Game 4: May 8, 8:00 am PHT on Basketball TV

#4 Grizzlies vs #5 Clippers (Clippers lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 8, 10:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#3 Lakers vs #6 Nuggets (Lakers lead series 2-1)
Game 5: May 9, 10:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#2 Thunder vs #7 Mavericks
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER WINS SERIES 4-0

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Bulls vs #8 76ers (76ers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 9:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

#4 Celtics vs #5 Hawks (Celtics lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 8:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#3 Pacers vs #6 Magic (Pacers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 7:00 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

#2 Heat vs #7 Knicks (Heat lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 10, 7:00 am PHT Channel TBD

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