The NBA 2013 Playoffs Roundup: May 10, 2013

Chris Bosh and Norris Cole carried Miami past a very game Chicago five in Game 3, while Tony Parker reminded everyone why he’s a top-tier point guard on the planet. All that action from today’s NBA Playoffs!

Today’s Best:
  •        Chris Bosh had a monster game today – 22 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal – to lead the Heat to a pivotal Game 3 win at the United Center. Now the Bulls have their backs against the wall again.
  •        Norris Cole was also big off the bench for Miami. Cole hit all three attempts from beyond the arc on his way to 18 points.
  •        When Tony Parker is on attack mode, hardly anyone can stop him. In Game 3, he dropped 32-5-5 on GSW, shooting nearly 57% from the field. #Respect
Tony Parker was a blur in Game 3.
(image by Jeff Chiu/AP)

Today’s Worst:
  •        The Splash Brothers cooled off a little bit in Game 3, combining for just 12-of-37 FG shooting. Sure, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson still ended up with 33 points in total, but it was maybe the most inefficient 33 points of the Playoffs as of now.
  •        I love how Nazr Mohammed pushed LeBron James to the floor. It was a necessary show of force from the underdogs. I hate how it will make LeBron even fiercer in Game 4.

Final Score: Miami 104, Chicago 94
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - LeBron James was shoved to the floor by seldom-used center Nazr Mohammed early in the second quarter, nearly causing a huge fracas after an already testy Game 2. James, though, opted not to retaliate. The four-time NBA MVP winner had the last laugh in the end. James netted 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, while Chris Bosh tallied 20 points and a playoff career-high 19 rebounds in the Miami Heat's 104-94 win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal. The contest was tied 70-70 after three quarters of play, but Miami outscored Chicago 34-24 in the fourth to earn the victory and a 2-1 series edge. Game 4 is Monday at the United Center. James was just 6-of-17 from the floor, but hit all 11 of his free throws. He added eight rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, who shot 50 percent (35-of-70) from the floor. Norris Cole had 18 points off the bench in the triumph. Carlos Boozer had 21 points, Joakim Noah recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler registered 17 points apiece for the Bulls, who held a 44-28 advantage in points in the paint and a 14-4 edge in second-chance points edge.

Chris Bosh was on-target against the Bulls in Game 3.
(image by Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

Final Score: San Antonio 102, Golden State 92
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs played the role of front- runner for the first time in their Western Conference semifinal series. It was one way to keep the raucous Oracle Arena crowd quiet. Tony Parker netted 25 of his 32 points in the first half, while Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds in San Antonio's 102-92 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the set. The Spurs held the lead for all but 11 minutes in the first two contests of this series, but maintained a comfortable margin throughout the majority of this one. Game 4 is slated for Sunday at Oakland. Manu Ginobili tallied all 12 of his points in the second half for San Antonio, which shot 50.6 percent (40-of-79) from the floor. Klay Thompson registered 17 points, while Stephen Curry added 16, but on just 5- of-17 from the field for the Warriors, who shot just 31.6 percent from beyond the arc. Golden State was 41.5 percent (22-of-53) from 3-point range over the first two games of the set. Curry sprained his left again in the final few minutes of the contest.

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