Wade and Heat Beat Celtics 99-90

*Dwyane Wade scored 38 points on 14 of 21 shooting, James Jones set a Miami postseason record with 25 points off the bench, and the Heat beat the Celtics 99-90 on Sunday to open their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

“It’s a big game. It’s Game 1, at home,” Wade said. “You’ve got to take care of home court. These guys expect this from me. I wasn’t giving it to them in the regular season versus them and I wanted to come out today and be a leader.”

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Randolph, Gasol Power Grizzlies Past Thunder, 114-101

*Zach Randolph had a playoff career-high 34 points and 10 rebounds; Marc Gasol added 20 points and 13 boards, and the Grizzlies outmatched the Oklahoma City Thunder inside for a 114-101 victory in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday.
“We believe,” Randolph said. “We definitely believe. Our confidence is up high. I tell the guys we can compete and play with anybody.”

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Chicago Bulls’ Thibodeau named NBA Coach of the Year

*On Sunday, Tom Thibodeau of the Chicago Bulls was named NBA coach of the year after his first season in charge.

Having spent three years working as assistant coach to Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics, Thibodeau moved to Chicago where he guided the Bulls to a league-best record of 62-20.

“This is a well deserved honor for Tom,” Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. “He is a terrific teacher, motivator, tactician and communicator.