The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder advanced last night by winning their game fives. Both series were won 4-1 and finished up on the higher seed’s home court during last night’s NBA playoff action.
The Heat were led by a strong second-half performance from Dwyane Wade to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 97-91. Miami made light work of the Sixers who fought hard all series, but were not enough to push the Heat out of the playoffs. D Wade dropped 26 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 7 assists to help the Heat squeeze by the Sixers in game five and move on to the second round where they will take on the Boston Celtics. The Sixers managed to push the Heat to five through their comeback win in game four. Lou Williams made the big shot that won that game, but that was the only real highlight in an otherwise boring series.
In the Western Conference, the OKC Thunder moved on by beating the Denver Nuggets, 100-97 in comeback fashion. Kevin Durant was the storyline their as he scored 41 points on 14-27 shooting from the field, including the last nine points for his team. The Nuggets played the Thunder close all series long, but did not have enough to stop the young and talented team from Oklahoma City. The Thunder will move on and play the winner of the Spurs-Grizzlies series in the second round.
Check back tomorrow for coverage of tonight’s game sixes between the Lakers and Hornets and the Mavericks and Blazers.