NBA PLAYOFFS ROUNDUP

Chicago Bulls oust Brooklyn Nets from NBA playoffs

The Associated PressMay 4, 2013 

  • Playoff Glance

    FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7)

    Friday’s Games

    New York 88, Boston 80

    New York wins series 4-2

    Indiana 81, Atlanta 73

    Indiana wins series 4-2

    Oklahoma City 103, Houston 94

    Oklahoma City wins series 4-2

    Memphis 118, L.A. Clippers 105

    Memphis wins series 4-2

    Saturday’s Game

    Chicago 99, Brooklyn 93

    Chicago wins series 4-3

    CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

    Sunday’s Games

    Memphis at Oklahoma City, 1 p.m.

    Indiana at New York, 3:30 p.m.

    Monday’s Games

    Chicago at Miami, 7 p.m.

    Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m.

    Tuesday’s Games

    Wednesday’s Games

— Joakim Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-93 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round series.

Carlos Boozer added 17 points as the Bulls shook off injuries to two starters and every run the Nets tried to make in the second half to win a Game 7 on the road for the first time in franchise history. They advanced to a second-round series against defending champion Miami that starts Monday.

The Bulls opened a 17-point halftime lead with a rare offensive outburst, and found a way to get big baskets every time the Nets pulled close.

Deron Williams had 24 points for the Nets.

James humbled to become four-time MVP

LeBron James says he’s humbled to keep the company he will join by winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award for a fourth time.

A formal announcement is planned Sunday, the eve of the Eastern Conference semifinals for the Miami Heat. The honor will vault James into an elite category shared by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, the only other players to win the award at least four times.

James’ other MVPs came in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

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