The Boston Celtics made the New York Knicks’ return to the postseason a brief one. Now the Celtics have a long break before that expected trip to Miami. Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Rajon Rondo added 21 points and 12 assists, and the Celtics swept their way into the Eastern Conference semifinals, holding on for a 101-89 victory over the Knicks on Sunday.
The Philadelphia 76ers told each other in the huddle in the final possessions they were going back to Miami. Lou Williams proved them right, hitting a 3-pointer with 8.1 seconds left to lead the 76ers to an 86-82 win over the Heat on Sunday and avoid a sweep. Miami was 95 seconds away from winning Game 4, holding an 82-76 lead. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Heat didn’t score again
For most of the night, the Atlanta Hawks struggled to make free throws and labored to put away the Orlando Magic. But with the game on the line at the line, Joe Johnson came through. Jamal Crawford scored 25 points for the Hawks and Johnson made four big free throws in the final 20 seconds to preserve an 88-85 victory over the Magic. Atlanta has a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series and can wrap it up in Orlando on Tuesday night. …
Hornets fans rejoiced in knowing they would get to see Paul and Co. back in the Big Easy at least one more time, thanks to the All-Star guard’s first triple double of the season….Paul had 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets held on for a 93-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night to even their first-round playoff series at 2-2.
”Regardless of what happens in this series, it was good to see the city with a smile on their face,” said Paul, who hit 7 of 14 shots and all 11 of his free throws. ”It was fun, man. I’m just so thankful to get to say this is my way of life.”
Miami Heat star Chris Bosh headed into the playoffs as a married man after a secret wedding in Miami Beach earlier this month, TMZ reported Saturday….Bosh, 27, wed his 26-year-old fiancee, Adrienne Nicole Williams, on April 9, free of press attention.
TMZ learned of the ceremony through documents filed in Dade County, Fla.
It reported that Williams hosted a bachelorette party in the Bahamas in the buildup to the wedding, with singer Kelly Rowland and Scottie Pippen’s wife, Larsa, among the guests.
Bosh has enjoyed a honeymoon period on the court since the nuptials, averaging 21.7 points and 9.7 rebounds as the Heat have a 3-1 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers.
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