With Game 3 now completed for all the sides in the Eastern Conference, we take a look at all the action from the third round and at how the series stands now.
LeBron James again top scored for The Miami Heat, as they took a resounding 3-0 lead over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night. One more win for Heat would secure them a place in the next round with three to spare.
James hit 30 with 10 rebounds and with Dwayne Wade adding 17 more, the Heat ran-out 98-85 winners over a Bobcats side who are yet to register a win in the postseason in their franchise history. The only question now seems to be if and not when will the Heat confirm qualification.
The Atlanta Hawks got Game 3 up and running on Thursday, and they used home court advantage well, easing out the Indiana Pacers by 98-85 as well. Jeff Teague did the most damage with 22 points and 2 rebounds.
As first seed, the Pacers should be looking to dominate a team who finished six games below, but the Hawks have shown their class to lead the series 2-1.
The Brooklyn Nets took a 2-1 series lead over The Toronto Raptors with a close-fought 102-98 win at The Barclays Center on Friday night.
Joe Johnson scored 29 and hit the game-winning basket with three seconds left on the clock to secure the victory, although DeMar DeRozan hit 30 as the Raptors pushed this one all the way.
The Chicago Bulls pulled off a surprise victory on the road to give them new life in their play-off bid, as Mike Dunleavy hit 35 on the way to a 100-97 win for the Bulls.
After coming from 51-38 down at the half way stage, Dunleavy inspired the visitors and with eight 3-pointers led the way to half the series deficit ahead of a Sunday lunchtime match at the Verizon Center which could make-or-break the Bulls season.
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