The NBA conference semi finals got underway this week, we take a look at the action from the Eastern Conference where The Miami Heat hosted the Brooklyn Nets and The Washington Wizards took on The Indiana Pacers.
LeBron James was unsurprisingly the top scorer in the game between the Heat and the Nets. His 22, although not his highest of the season gave the home side the momentum and they ended up on the right end of a convincing 107-86 victory to go ahead in the series.
Despite being 0-4 against their current opponents during the regular season, Miami are still strong favourites to reach the finals and they didn't disappoint as they soon put the statistics to bed.
Following an even first half in which the sides were separated by just three points, a strong third from the hosts saw them ease into a 13 point lead at the start of the fourth.
From there it was a stroll and it showed that the rest Erik Spoelstra's side had thanks to a clean sweep in the first round paid dividends as fresh legs made light work of the Nets.
Ray Allen complimented James well, adding 19, and with Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers all hitting more than 10 it allowed the Heat to keep their perfect postseason record ahead of game two.
In the other match-up from the east, The Washington Wizards secured their first second -round victory since 1982 with a 102-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Despite being on enemy territory, the Wizards were not fazed and led by Bradley Beal, they did the unthinkable.
Beal scored 25 with seven rebounds and Trevor Ariza added 22 with six of six from three-point range as the visitors converted a franchise playoff-record high 10 threes in the game. The Wizards's rebounding was also something that coach Randy Wittman will be delighted with.
He will also be pleased with his defense's performance following a seven minute shut-out in the fourth just as the Pacers were hoping to stage a dramatic comeback. Lance Stephenson lost his cool with Frank Vogel and the Pacers will be hoping to turn things around in Game 2 on Wednesday night once again at The Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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