Heat 90 – Nets 104
The Nets still have their work cut out for them. But with their 104-90 win over the Heat on Saturday night, they proved that Miami is not unbeatable, giving the Heat their first loss of the 2014 postseason. The Nets were red-hot from downtown, hitting 15 3-pointers on the evening. Five of those 3’s came from Joe Johnson and Mirza Teletovic added four of his own. Johnson led the team with 19 points, Andray Blanche had 15 off the bench, and Paul Pierce had 14 of his own. LeBron James averaged 30 points in the first round against Charlotte. But he has cooled off, for James’ standards at least, as he had just 28 on the night to lead the Heat. Keep in mind that 16 of James’ total came in the first quarter and he scored just 12 over the final three quarters. This was the third straight game that the Nets held James under 30 points. Dwayne Wade had 20 and Chris Bosh was the only other Heat player in double digits with 12. The Heat still remain heavy favorites to win the NBA Championship at 23/20 odds. However, the Nets were able to prove that this series is not over by any stretch of the imagination. Brooklyn will hope to follow things up with another win in Game Four, which will be on Monday night. Sportspicks.com handicappers will have odds for this game before tipoff. A win for Brooklyn would completely change the outlook of this series, as well as the NBA playoffs.
Spurs 118 – Trail Blazers 103
Portland was finally able to break the 100-point mark in Game Three on their home court. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t stop Tony Parker and company as the Spurs put a 3-0 stranglehold on this series. Parker would finish with 29 on 12-20 shooting from the field. Tim Duncan helped out by pitching in 19 and Kawhi Leonard had 16. The Trail Blazers got production across the board from all of their starters. Four of the five starters scored at least 20 points, including Wesley Mathews, 22, Damien Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, 21 each, and Nicolas Batum, 20. Robin Lopez also scored 13 as the starting center. This game had to be a major blow to the Blazers. Not only are they now down in the series, 0-3, but they seemed to be firing on all cylinders on Saturday night and it still wasn’t enough. The Blazers starters also put in a ton of minutes, as only one player off the bench, Will Barton, played over 10 minutes. The Blazers got just six points off the bench. Both teams had 41 rebounds and 23 assists. However, Portland shot 42.9%, to San Antonio’s 48.3%, and the Blazers also had 14 turnovers, seven more than the Spurs. San Antonio is making themselves a force to be reckoned with and now have 12/5 odds to win the NBA Championship. The Blazers have dropped to a league-low 80/1. They’ll hope to salvage at least one game on Monday, when things tip off in Portland for game Four.