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NBA Playoffs -- 4/25/10
Heat 101, Celtics 92 - Celtics lead series 3-1

MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade set franchise playoff records with 46 points, 30 in the second half, and the Miami Heat staved off elimination by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 101-92 in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Sunday afternoon.

Desperate to extend their season, the Heat opened the fourth quarter on a 25-8 run, fueled mostly by Wade, who made 16-of-24 shots from the field, plus added five assists.

Quentin Richardson scored 20 points and Michael Beasley added 15 for the Heat, who still trail the best-of-seven 3-1.

Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 23 points. Game 5 is Tuesday in Boston.

Cavaliers 121, Bulls 98 - Cavaliers lead series 3-1

CHICAGO (AP) -- LeBron James had 37 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds, Antawn Jamison added 24 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls 121-98 to go up 3-1 in their first-round series.

The Cavaliers led by 10 at halftime after scoring 38 in the second quarter and broke it open with a 37-point third, putting them in position to close it out at home on Tuesday.

James was at it again after scoring 40 and 39 the previous two games, connecting whenever he wanted and from wherever he wanted. He was 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, including a jumper from just inside midcourt at the end of the third that made it 99-76.

Chicago got 21 apiece from Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, who also pulled down 20 rebounds.

Spurs 92, Mavericks 89 - Spurs lead series 3-1

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- If Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hasn't already done so, he may want to apologize for calling his role players "dogs."

Because they put the Dallas Mavericks on the brink of elimination.

Tim Duncan had a miserable 34th birthday and Manu Ginobili looked as bad at times as his bandaged-up nose. But George Hill scored 29 points and San Antonio beat the Mavs 92-89 to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round series.

Popovich called out his supporting cast after losing Game 1. But it was his Big Three who had little bark in Game 4.

The Spurs have won three straight since Popovich's tongue-lashing, and they've put the Mavs on the edge of their third first-round exit in four years.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Dallas.

Jazz 117, Nuggets 106 - Jazz lead series 3-1

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Deron Williams added 24 points and 13 assists, and the Utah Jazz held off a late charge to beat the Denver Nuggets 117-106 for a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference playoff series.

Carmelo Anthony finished with 39 points and led the Nuggets back within range late in the fourth quarter, but the Nuggets never caught all the way up and lost for the third straight time in the series.

Game 5 is Wednesday in Denver, where the Nuggets will need to win at home to stay alive.

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