A quick look at Sunday’s NBA playoff action:
Heat 78 at Hawks 91
Joe Johnson scored 27 points to make up for a mostly disappointing series and the Hawks won the first Game 7 ever played in Atlanta, beating Dwayne Wade and the Heat to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time in a decade.
A series totally devoid of drama ended in appropriate fashion.
After a back-and-forth first quarter that ended with Atlanta ahead only 20-18, the Hawks pulled out to a 49-36 lead by halftime and led by as many as 29 points in the fourth period.
Every game in the series was decided by at least 10 points, and this one wasn’t nearly as close as the final score.
Mavericks 95 at Nuggets 109
Nene kept the Nuggets in the game until his teammates could turn it into another runaway.
Nene scored 18 of his career playoff-high 24 points in the first half and the Nuggets raced past the Mavericks.
Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, including a dunk off J.R. Smith’s behind-the-back assist that rocked the arena in the closing minutes.
Smith added 15 points, leading a bench that outscored Dallas’ celebrated reserves 38-24 before both teams emptied their benches in the meaningless final minutes.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 28 points and 10 boards and Josh Howard, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry each scored 15.
Game 2 is Tuesday night.