MIAMI — LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat used a late charge to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Chris Bosh scored 13 points and James Jones had 12 for the Heat. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday.
Kemba Walker scored 20 points for the Bobcats, who led by nine early and led again in the third. Al Jefferson missed eight of his final 13 shots after getting hurt in the first quarter. He finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who got 17 from Gary Neal and 15 from Josh McRoberts.
Miami sealed it with an 18-4 run in the fourth, all but three of those points coming with James getting a rest.
TRAIL BLAZERS 122, ROCKETS 120, OT: In Houston, LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points, and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift Portland over Houston in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Aldridge fouled out with about a minute left in overtime and Lillard, who was making his playoff debut, took over. He scored the next five points for Portland and put the Trail Blazers on top by one point with a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.
Aldridge, who was playing in his home state, also had 18 rebounds and two blocks. James Harden and Dwight Howard each scored 27 points for Houston.
SPURS 90, MAVERICKS 85: In San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 27 points, and San Antonio held Dallas to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5½ minutes during that stretch, their lone field goal coming as time expired.
Tony Parker had 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas.
Devin Harris scored 19 points for the Mavericks, which nearly pulled off a huge upset.
WIZARDS 103, BULLS 92: In Chicago, Nene dominated with 24 points, Trevor Ariza scored 18, and Washington rallied from 13 down to beat Chicago in their playoff opener.
John Wall scored 16 in his postseason debut. Marcin Gortat added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the fifth-seeded Wizards pulled out the victory even though they looked like they were ready to be blown out. They cut a 13-point deficit to one in the third and trailed by three going into the fourth, before outscoring Chicago 18-6 over the final six minutes to come out on top in their first playoff appearance since 2008.
NBA SAYS REFS MISSED CALL: In Los Angeles, the NBA said referees missed a foul call late in the Warriors’ Game 1 win that would have given the Clippers a chance to tie the score.
Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul lost the ball out of bounds with 18.9 seconds left Saturday and Golden State leading 107-105. Rod Thorn, the league’s president for basketball operations, said in a statement Sunday that the Warriors’ Draymond Green should have been whistled for a foul, which would have given Paul two free throws.
Instead, Golden State got the ball and went on to win 109-105 in Los Angeles to open the first-round playoff series.
Officials reviewed the video after the ball went out of bounds and awarded possession to the Warriors. Thorn said that decision was correct, but the foul was missed moments earlier. Referees are not allowed to check for fouls when they use replay.
POPOVICH SENDS MESSAGE TO SAGER: In San Antonio, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he looks forward to sideline reporter Craig Sager’s return and “I promise I’ll be nice.”
TNT’s Sager is missing the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia. So his son, Craig Sager Jr., filled in for Sunday’s broadcast of San Antonio’s playoff opener against Dallas, asking Popovich a few questions before the fourth quarter.
Popovich is famous for his terse answers to in-game questions from Sager and other sideline reporters. This time, he was verbose by his standards in discussing the Spurs’ play.
He told the younger Sager, “You did a great job, but I’d rather have your dad standing here.”
Popovich then shared this message for his father: “We miss you. You’ve been an important part of all of us for a long time, doing a great job.”