Celtics weather Heat to advance

April 28, 2010

The Boston Celtics are heading to the second round of the NBA playoffs and a matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ray Allen scored 24 points, making five 3-pointers in the second half, to help host Boston beat Miami 96-86 in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Tuesday night and eliminate the Heat. With Heat star Dwyane Wade due to become a free agent — along with James — it could be an eventful summer in Miami.

Boston advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals thanks to 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists from Rajon Rondo.

Wade scored 31 points — far short of the franchise postseason-record 46 he scored in Game 4 to help the Heat stave off elimination.

Cavaliers 96, Bulls 94: Antawn Jamison scored 25 points, LeBron James just missed a triple-double and Cleveland advanced in perhaps Vinny Del Negro's final game as Bulls coach.

James, favoring a tender right elbow that appears to hurt worse than he's letting on, scored 19 points — 16 in the second half — and added 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Cavs finally saddled the stubborn Bulls to win the series 4-1.

Game 1 of the Cavs-Celtics series is Saturday.

"A lot of people are saying they're too old, but we know they're going to come out and give us their best shot," Jamison said.

Mavericks 103, Spurs 81: Caron Butler led the rout with 35 points and 11 rebounds as host Dallas forced a Game6, cutting the Spurs' series lead to 3-2.

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