Miami tops Nets in Game 2, 94-82
MIAMI — LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Miami Heat took a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series by beating the Brooklyn Nets 94-82 on Thursday night.
Dwyane Wade had 14 and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, who tied a franchise record with their eighth straight playoff victory.
Mirza Teletovic set a Nets playoff record with six 3-pointers, on his way to a 20-point night off the bench. Shaun Livingston scored 15, Paul Pierce had 13 and Joe Johnson added 13 more for the Nets.
Game 3 is Saturday night in Brooklyn.
It was a two-point game midway through the fourth, but back-to-back 3s by the Heat opened some breathing room. And then a marathon possession for an NBA team — 100 seconds — sealed the deal for Miami.
Teletovic scored with 3:39 left to get Brooklyn within eight. The Nets didn’t get the ball back until 1:59 remained after the Heat got three offensive rebounds to extend the possession and Wade found James for a layup that put the Heat up 89-79.
Just like that, it was over.
Clippers’ Crawford wins NBA Sixth Man Award
LOS ANGELES — Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers has won the NBA Sixth Man Award as the league’s best player off the bench.
The 34-year-old guard is the oldest recipient and the first to win it for two different teams. Crawford won it while with Atlanta in 2009-10. The award was announced Thursday.
Crawford led the league’s reserve players in scoring this season, averaging 18.6 points. He came off the bench in 45 of 69 games he played in, helping the Clippers to a 57-25 record, their best regular-season mark in franchise history.
He set the single-season franchise record for 3-pointers made with 161.
The Clippers and Oklahoma City are tied 1-1 in their Western Conference semifinal series.
Attorney: Shelly Sterling wants to keep Clippers
LOS ANGELES — An attorney representing the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says she will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team.
Attorney Pierce O’Donnell also told The Associated Press that Shelly Sterling has been separated from her husband for the last year and is considering divorce.
Last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling from the NBA for life and urged league owners to force him to sell the team. The move came after a recording surfaced in which Sterling made racist comments.
O’Donnell said Mrs. Sterling “abhors” the comments. He said he spoke with NBA officials Thursday morning but declined to elaborate.
O’Donnell said Mrs. Sterling is an ardent Clippers fan and plans to attend Friday’s playoff game against Oklahoma City.
Kaymer ties course record with a 63 at Sawgrass
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer has tied the course record with a 9-under 63 to take a two-shot lead Thursday in the opening round of The Players Championship.
Kaymer got up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 ninth hole to end his round with four straight birdies.
Along with tying the course record on the Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass, he broke the nine-hole record with a 29. It gave the 29-year-old German a two-shot lead over Russell Henley on a day of low scoring.
Kaymer became the fourth player to shoot 63 at the TPC Sawgrass. The others were Fred Couples (1992), Greg Norman (1994) and Roberto Castro (2013). Kaymer has gone more than two years since his last win in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.