The NBA 2013 Playoffs Roundup: May 13, 2013

Both my teams were gobbled up today (insert colon, open parenthesis). Chicago was blown out of the United Center by a fired up Heat squad, while the Thunder lost in OT against a determined Memphis quintet. Sigh.

Today’s Best:
  •        LeBron James? Oh, 27 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Nothing much. #ShootMeNow
  •        The Memphis bigs (Gasol + Randolph) – 46 points, 23 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots. They’re the millstones in the Grizzlies’ grindhouse.

LeBron James claps in triumph. Boo.
(image by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Today’s Worst:
  •        Where has Joakim Noah gone to? 6 points on 1-of-6 FG shooting in 37 minutes? #SMH
  •        Umm… Scott Brooks here’s the thing. Kevin Martin doesn’t shoot 50% from the field often, so when he does, please put him in for much longer than Derek effin’ Fisher. #ComeOn

Final Score: Miami 88, Chicago 65
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - There were no ejections or physical altercations in Game 4, but it was another Miami Heat knockout. LeBron James tallied 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the Heat's 88-65 rout of the Bulls to take a 3-1 stranglehold in this Eastern Conference semifinal. The Bulls tallied a playoff franchise low in points and field-goal percentage (25.7 percent). The Bulls also scored a franchise postseason-low nine points in the third quarter. Following a 20-point, 19-rebound performance in Game 3, Chris Bosh was the only other Miami player in double figures with 14 points to go along with six rebounds and four blocks. Carlos Boozer finished with 14 points and 12 boards, but was just 3-of-14 shooting for the Bulls, whose starting point guard, Nate Robinson, shot 0-for-12 and didn't score. Forward Luol Deng and guard Kirk Hinrich were again unable to play for Chicago.

Final Score: Memphis 103, Oklahoma City 97 (OT)
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies inched closer to a franchise first as they came back and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime of Game 4, 103-97, to take control of these Western Conference semifinals. Mike Conley scored a team-high 24 points while Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol chipped in 23 apiece to go with 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively, for Memphis, which has gone 19-1 at FedExForum the past three months, including a perfect 5-0 mark in the postseason. Memphis came away with a 3-1 advantage by rallying from 17 points down to put itself on the brink of its first appearance in a conference final. Oklahoma City had five players score in double figures for the first time all series but shot just 33 percent from the field after the break, including a 1-for-8 effort in overtime. Kevin Durant was limited down the stretch but still finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Thunder, who received 18 points from Kevin Martin and a double-double from Serge Ibaka. Oklahoma City, the West's top seed and defending conference champs, will host Game 5 on Wednesday.

Mike Conley and Zach Randolph rejoice after going up 3-1 against OKC.
(image by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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