Indiana 107-90 Atlanta
Pacers lead series 1-0
San Antonio 91-79 LA Lakers
Spurs lead series 1-0
Miami 110-87 Milwaukee
Heat lead series 1-0
Oklahoma City 120-91 Houston
Thunder lead series 1-0
MIAMI – LeBron James began the Miami Heat’s playoff campaign with a display of deadly efficiency on Sunday, leading the defending NBA champions to a 110-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
James had 27 points, snaffled 10 rebounds and dished eight assists, leading all players in those categories. He also finished nine-of-11 shooting.
His performance may have lacked the dominance of some of his previous displays but cracking 80 percent shooting for the first time in a postseason game left Bucks head coach Jim Boylan wondering how he could stop James.
“He was incredibly efficient, nine from 11, when you have a game like that what can you do?” he told reporters.
Ray Allen put up 20 points for Miami with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade making 15 and 16 points. Chris Andersen made his heavily-tattooed presence felt with 10 points and seven rebounds in lively bursts from the bench.
James, who was critical of the team’s 19 turnovers, including five from himself, joked that he was making a rod for his own back with his shooting percentage. The series continues with Game Two in Miami on Tuesday.
Bucks left wondering how to stop ‘efficient’ LeBron