Bulls set to KO Heat after going up 3-0

Warriors top Mavericks

Nets beat Raptors

NBA Playoffs

Pro basketball

April 28, 2007|By From staff reports

The Chicago Bulls are one win from sending the defending NBA champions home for the summer - in stunning style.

Ben Gordon scored 27 points, Luol Deng added 24 points and 11 rebounds, and visiting Chicago used a 15-2 fourth-quarter run to get a 104-96 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of its Eastern Conference first-round series last night.

The Bulls lead the series 3-0 - a cushion no team has ever wasted in NBA history - and will go for the sweep in Miami tomorrow.

The Heat trailed by nine points with 2:33 left and got within 99-96 on a jumper by Dwyane Wade about a minute later, but no closer. Miami led by 12 points in the third quarter, but misfired on 19 of its 35 free throws and was outscored 32-17 over the final 11 1/2 minutes.

Wade - who shed the black sleeve he was using to keep his left shoulder, the one he dislocated in February, warm - scored 28 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 23 points and 13 rebounds for Miami.

Warriors 109, Mavericks 91 -- Jason Richardson had 30 points and eight rebounds, Baron Davis added 24 points and Golden State routed visiting Dallas to take a 2-1 series lead. The biggest crowd in Warriors history - 20,629 yellow-clad fans packed into the rafters of Oracle Arena - rarely sat down during Oakland's biggest party in years. The fans chanted "Overrated!" at the flustered Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Nets 102, Raptors 89 -- Jason Kidd had a playoff career-high 19 assists in his 10th postseason triple double, Vince Carter scored 37 points and host New Jersey beat Toronto to take a 2-1 lead in its Eastern Conference first-round series. One day after missing practice because of a bruised left knee, Kidd was in the starting lineup and added 16 points and 16 rebounds. He broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain and moved into one with Larry Bird for second on the career postseason triple doubles list. Kidd is still 20 behind Magic Johnson. T.J. Ford scored 27 points for the Raptors.

Off the court

Defensive Player of the Year -- Denver center Marcus Camby averaged a league-best 3.3 blocks to go with 11.2 points and 11.7 rebounds to win the award. He also averaged 1.24 steals, tops among centers.

Warriors -- Swingman Stephen Jackson was fined $50,000 by the NBA for his conduct after being ejected late in a Game 2 loss to Dallas on Wednesday night.

Kings -- Forward Ron Artest won't face animal cruelty charges for allegedly failing to feed his dog, the Placer County District Attorney's Office said. There was insufficient evidence to charge either Artest or his wife, Kimsha, with animal cruelty or neglect, officials said.

SuperSonics -- Lenny Wilkens has been named president of basketball operations. His main task as team president will be filling openings for general manager and coach.

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