Durant held in check by Tayshaun Prince
May, 16, 2013
By ESPN Stats & Information
Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty ImagesTayshaun Prince was the primary defender on Kevin Durant the last two games.The Memphis Grizzlies took out the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games to advance to their first Western Conference Finals in franchise history.
Kevin Durant scored 21 points, his 37th straight playoff game with more than 20 points (the 4th-longest such streak in NBA history), but it wasn’t enough. Durant shot 23.8 percent from the field (5-21), the 3rd-worst field-goal percentage in his postseason career.
Durant is a combined 4-22 on field-goal attempts with nine points in the fourth quarter and overtime of the last three games.
Tayshaun Prince guarded Durant on 67 percent of his field-goal attempts the last two games of the series, after sharing a near 50-50 split the first three games. Durant was unable to score inside the paint the last two games, scoring a total of 10 points after averaging 12.0 paint points during the first three games of the series.
Bulls Eliminated by LeBron Once Again
The Miami Heat advanced to their third straight Eastern Conference Finals, but they didn’t make it easy. The Heat blew an 18-point lead in the first half and then overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half en route to eliminating the Chicago Bulls in five games.
The Bulls have been eliminated by a LeBron James team in three of the last four postseasons.
The Heat lost Game 1 of a playoff series for the third time in the “Big 3” era, and they responded by winning the next four games all three times. They’re now 6-0 in Game 5s when leading a series 3-1 in the “Big 3” era.
Despite blowing the 18-point lead, the Heat’s comeback should be no surprise, as the last time the Heat lost a playoff game in which they led by 18 or more points was Game 6 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Knicks. They have now won 28 straight playoff games since then in which they've led by at least 18 points.
A LeBron James team has never lost a playoff game in which they've led by at least 18 points. LeBron's teams are now 30-0 in his postseason career when leading by at least 18 points.
The Heat scored only nine points when driving to the basket in the first half of Game 5, their low in a half this series. The Heat increased their production on drives in the second half, scoring 24 points. LeBron James was the catalyst for Miami, driving 15 times in the second half (four drives in first half).
The Heat only had a losing regular-season record against two teams this season: the Knicks (1-3) and Pacers (1-2). They'll play one of those two teams in the Eastern Conference Finals.