Heat Beat Celtics 97-87; In Eastern Conference Finals

*Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, LeBron James added 33 – including a spectacular closing flourish – and the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 97-87 on Wednesday and win their Eastern Conference semifinal series in five games.

When it was over, James took a knee, oblivious to the photographers who quickly surrounded him in Miami’s celebration. By then, some of the Celtics were already back in the locker room, skipping the customary end-of-series handshakes. James didn’t seem to notice.

“Everything went through my mind at that point,” James said. “Finally getting over this hump against this team. Everything I went through this summer, with ‘The Decision’ and deciding to come down here to be a part of this team … because I knew how important team is to this sport … and all the backlash I got from it.

“I’d be up here for two hours if I tell you exactly everything that went through my head. Very emotional at that point, you know, and happy we got through it as a team.”

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Thunder Beats Grizzlies, 99-72; Lead Series 3 Games to 2

*Kevin Durant scored 19 points, reserve Daequan Cook added 18 and the Thunder took the series lead in the Western Conference semifinals for the first time by beating the Grizzlies 99-72 on Wednesday night.

Just two nights after Oklahoma City needed three overtimes to emerge with a 133-123 victory, Durant and fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook weren’t even needed in the fourth quarter of a blowout.

“We don’t want to be overconfident, I think, but I think we’ve got a good level of confidence,” Durant said. “There’s a difference. There’s a fine line between being cocky and confident.”

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