NBA Playoff roundup: LeBron James fuels Heat to rout of Bucks
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 21: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at against the Milwaukee BucksAmerican Airlines Arena on April 21, 2013 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LeBron James never has taken fewer shots in a playoff game than he did Sunday, which might seem like a good thing for the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.
James scored 27 points on 9-for-11 shooting and added 10 rebounds and eight assists as the defending champion Miami Heat picked up where it left off last postseason with a 110-87 rout of the Bucks in the opener of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday in Miami.
Ray Allen added 20 points, Dwyane Wade 16, Chris Bosh 15 and Chris Andersen 10 on 4-for-4 shooting for the Heat, which opened its title defense by holding the Bucks to 42 percent shooting and outrebounding them 46-31.
Brandon Jennings scored 26 points and Monta Ellis 22, but they were the only players who reached double figures for the Bucks, who haven’t won the first game of a playoff series since May 2001.
Spurs 91, Lakers 79
Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker each scored 18 points to lead a balanced attack, and the host San Antonio Spurs trailed only once — at 2-0 — on their way to defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of a first-round Western Conference playoff series. Game 2 is set for Wednesday in San Antonio.
Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Bonner 10 points and Kawhi Leonard eight points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who used a 16-7 run in the third quarter to turn a four-point lead into a 13-point edge.
Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Pau Gasol 16 points and 16 rebounds and Steve Nash 16 points for the Lakers, who are without superstar Kobe Bryant (torn left Achilles tendon).
Pacers 107, Hawks 90
Paul George notched the first postseason triple-double of his career with 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers past the visiting Atlanta Hawks in the opener of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Game 2 is set for Wednesday in Indianapolis.
George was only 3-for-13 from the field, but he was 17-for-18 from the free-throw line for the Pacers, who also got 18 points from George Hill. Jeff Teague scored 21 points for the Hawks, who were outscored 30-7 from the free-throw line.
Warriors lose Lee
Golden State Warriors forward David Lee will miss the rest of the playoffs with a torn flexor muscle in his right hip suffered Saturday against the Denver Nuggets. Lee averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds this season and led the NBA with 56 double-doubles.