NBA Semifinals : Rockets stun Lakers, Heat take 3-0 lead over Bucks

LA Lakers has started on a bad note against Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals series. In the opening game of the series, Rockets aided by James Harden stunned Lakers 112-97.

In the Eastern Conference Semi-finals match up, Miami Heat is in driver seat against the Milwaukee Bucks as they won again to lead the 7 game series 3-0

NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals: Harden pours in 36 as Rockets top Lakers in Game 1 –

James Harden scored 36 points, and the Houston Rockets surprised the Los Angeles Lakers in a 112-97 victory in Game 1 of its Western Conference semifinal at the NBA bubble.

Harden converted 12 of 20 shots from the floor, including 3 of 6 three-point attempts. Russell Westbrook contributed 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Eric Gordon had 23 points for the Rockets. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 25 points and 14 rebounds while LeBron James had 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Alex Caruso added 14 points, and Danny Green chipped in 10 for Los Angeles.

NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals : Miami Heat take 3-0 lead over Milwaukee Bucks
Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 30 points as the fifth-seed Miami Heat took a 3-0 Eastern Conference semifinals series lead over the top-seed Milwaukee Bucks with a 115-100 win on Friday night in the NBA bubble near Orlando.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s reigning MVP, had 21 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks for Milwaukee. However, he shot just 7-for-21 from the floor, including 0-for-7 from three-point range. Game 4 in the series is set for Sunday afternoon. No NBA team has come back from a 3-0 series deficit.

Miami, which is 7-0 in the playoffs this year, also got 20 points and a team-high 16 rebounds from Bam Adebayo. Jae Crowder made a big contribution with 17 points, sinking 5 of 11 three-point attempts. Milwaukee got a team-high 22 points from Brook Lopez plus 18 points from Khris Middleton.

Milwaukee led 30-29 after the first quarter. The Bucks shot 54.5 percent from the floor in the period, including 4-for-6 on three-point tries. Miami shot 47.6 percent, including 7-for-15 from long distance. There were five lead changes and four tie scores in the period.

The Bucks used a 12-3 second-quarter run to lead by as many as 10 points, settling for a 57-50 advantage at halftime. Antetokounmpo was held to seven points in the half, missing all four of his three-point attempts. But Middleton (14 points) and Lopez (13 points) led Milwaukee’s first-half charge. Meanwhile, no Heat player scored in double figures in the opening half.

Miami went on a 10-0 run to take a 67-66 lead with 5:53 left in the third, but Milwaukee responded with a 21-8 surge and took a 87-75 advantage into the fourth. The Heat trailed by 11 early in the fourth quarter before a 14-2 run gave them a 94-93 lead after two Butler free throws with 6:16 left in the fourth.

The Bucks last led at 99-98 after an Antetokounmpo dunk with 4:41 to go, but they managed just one point over the remainder of the game with the Heat outscoring them 17-1 down the stretch.