Portland guard Damian Lillard left the Trail Blazers’ 135-115 playoff loss to the Lakers in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Monday night with a right knee injury.
Lillard, the MVP of the seeding games in the NBA bubble, had 11 points before leaving in the third quarter. He left the floor for a time after his knee appeared to buckle, then returned briefly before leaving again. No details were immediately available.
On Kobe Bryant Day, LeBron James had 30 points and 10 assists in 28 minutes, and the Lakers dominated, taking a 24-8 lead en route to a 3-1 series edge.
Thunder 117, Rockets 114: Dennis Schroder scored 30, and Oklahoma City rallied to even the first-round series 2-2 in Lake Buena Vista. Oklahoma City trailed by 15 in the third quarter and trailed into the fourth. Chris Paul scored 26 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who won despite allowing 23 3-pointers. James Harden had 32 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds for Houston. Russell Westbrook sat out again with a strained quad.
Bucks 121, Magic 106: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, and Khris Middleton came alive with a huge fourth quarter to lift Milwaukee to a 3-1 lead in the first-round series in the NBA bubble. Middleton scored 18 of his 21 points in the fourth and finished with 10 rebounds after being held to one field goal in the first three quarters on 1-for-9 shooting. Wesley Matthews added 12 points for the Bucks, who can close out the Magic on Wednesday. Nikola Vucevic continued his strong play for the Magic with 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Heat 99, Pacers 87: Goran Dragic scored 23 and fifth-seeded Miami completed a first-round sweep in the NBA bubble. Tyler Herro had 16 points and Bam Adebayo added 14 points and 19 rebounds for the Heat, who won a first-round series for the first time since 2016. Victor Oladipo had 25 points and Myles Turner added 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost four straight postseason series to the Heat since 2012.
76ers fire coach: Patient and positive, Brett Brown was the perfect head coach for the 76ers when they set up a long-term home in the NBA basement. They’ll be looking for someone else now that they want to be on top. They fired Brown a day after his seventh season ended with his sixth-seeded 76ers being swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. The 76ers were 43-30 this season, when they were expected to be serious contenders.