Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of Game 4 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April. 28, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
LeBron James scored 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out seven assists, and the visiting Miami Heat overcame the
absence of Dwyane Wade to earn an 88-77 victory Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks and a four-game sweep of the first-round series.
Wade missed a playoff game for only the second time in his career and for the first time since 2005 because of three bone bruises in his right knee. He was cleared to play and was on the bench in his warmups, but the Heat didn’t need him.
The Heat will face the Bulls or Brooklyn Nets in the second round, but that series won’t begin until Saturday at the earliest.
In other games . . .
Tony Parker led five players in double figures with 23 points, and the San Antonio Spurs forced 22 turnovers on their way to a 103-82 rout of the host Los Angeles Lakers that completed a four-game sweep of the first-round series.
In his final game before he can become an unrestricted free agent, Lakers center Dwight Howard had seven points and eight rebounds before being ejected for arguing in the third quarter.
† Jason Terry scored the Boston Celtics’ last nine points of overtime, including a three-pointer that broke a tie, and the Celtics avoided a four-game sweep in the first-round series by defeating the visiting New York Knicks 97-90.
Paul Pierce scored 29 points and Jeff Green 26 for the Celtics. Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points and Raymond Felton 27 for the Knicks, who played without J.R. Smith, who was suspended one game for intentionally elbowing Terry in the face Friday.
† Stephen Curry overcame a sore left ankle to score 22 of his 31 points in the third quarter, and the host Golden State Warriors pulled away to a 115-101 victory against the Denver Nuggets that gave them a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. Ty Lawson scored 26 points for the Nuggets.