Fiji Time: 3:23 PM on Monday 24 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Miami opens playoffs in style

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MIAMI - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points to lead two-time defending NBA champions Miami to a 99-88 victory over Charlotte in their post-season opener.

James made four of the Heat's 11 three-pointers and finished with 27 points and nine rebounds as the Heat seized the advantage in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

Wade added 23 points and five assists for the Heat, who are trying to become the first club to win three straight NBA titles since the Los Angeles Lakers did it from 2000-2002.

The star-studded Heat finished out the regular-season with three straight defeats, and conceded the top seed in the East to the Indiana Pacers.

Yesterday, however, it was clear James had meant it when he said he was looking forward to the playoffs — "the best part of the season".

He and Wade connected on 18 of their 32 attempts from the field, while Kemba Walker's 20-point effort led the Bobcats, who are in the playoffs for just the second time and have never won a post-season game.

In the West, San Antonio — led by Tim Duncan's 27 points — rallied for a 90-85 victory over Dallas to open their playoff series.

The Spurs, trying to get back to the NBA finals after falling to the Miami Heat in last year's championship series, trailed 81-71 with 7:45 left to play, but closed the game on a 19-4 scoring run to secure the win.

They host game two of the best-of-seven Western Conference set on Wednesday.

Duncan added seven rebounds for the Spurs, whose All-Star point guard Tony Parker added 21 points, six assists and four rebounds as San Antonio notched their 10th straight victory over their intra-state rivals.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Drop in roll
  2. Hunt on for sex assault suspect
  3. Villagers fear for safety
  4. Abuse on the streets
  5. Fiji pearls make history
  6. Village diving expedition turns tragic
  7. Teenager finds body in a creek
  8. Villagers turn to sea cucumbers for income
  9. Year 13 exam starts
  10. Alleged robber charged

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  4. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  5. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  6. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  7. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  8. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  9. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  10. Fijians at heart Wednesday (19 Oct)