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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bulls Finish Series With 3-Game Sweep

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Chicago Bulls did again what they have done on the way to three straight NBA championships -- sweep their first-round playoff series. Scottie Pippen sank the go-ahead basket on a driving left-handed layup with 1:25 left in overtime Tuesday night, and the Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-92 for a three-game sweep. It is the fifth time in seven years the Bulls have eliminated the Cavs. Pippen committed eight turnovers against the defense of Cleveland rookie Chris Mills, but still led the Bulls with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Toni Kukoc scored 18 points for the Bulls, who meet the New Jersey-New York series winner in the next playoff round. The Bulls appeared to take control with a 12-0 run that put them up 83-75 with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, but they went scoreless for the final four minutes, letting Cleveland tie it on Mills' two free throws with 1:43 left. The game was tied for the last time at 92 when Cleveland's Bobby Phills sank a layup with 1:49 left in overtime. Pippen answered with the basket that put Chicago ahead for good. Miami 90, Atlanta 86. Miami pulled within one victory of a unique postseason upset. A No. 8 seed has never defeated a No. 1 seed in the first round, but Miami's victory gave the Heat a 2-1 lead in the series against Atlanta, which had the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference. "We haven't won anything, but we're happy to go up 2-1," said Steve Smith, who scored 25 points to lead Miami for the third straight game. The first game between the two teams since a brawl during Atlanta's 104-86 victory Saturday was cleanly played. Three players missed the game while serving suspensions that resulted from the fight. In the final 76 seconds, Mookie Blaylock hit a trio of 3-pointers -- his only points. The scores cut Miami's 85-77 lead to 87-86 with 19 seconds left. Smith then hit two free throws with 18 seconds to go for an 89-86 lead. Blaylock missed a 3-point try, Miami got the rebound and Smith clinched the win by hitting the second of two free throws with 6.7 seconds remaining. Jazz 105, Spurs 72. In Salt Lake City, Karl Malone had 24 points and 13 rebounds in victory over San Antonio. Jeff Hornacek scored 15 points and John Stockton had 13 points and 12 assists for the Jazz, who could wrap up the series with a victory in Game 4 at Salt Lake City on Thursday night. The Spurs played without Dennis Rodman, who was suspended for one game and fined $10,000 for flagrant and technical fouls in Utah's 86-84 win on Saturday in San Antonio. Trail Blazers 118, Rockets 115. In Portland, Oregon, Rod Strickland scored 25 points and tied a team playoff record with 15 assists for the Trail Blazers against Houston. Vernon Maxwell sank two 3-pointers in the final 27 seconds, one from 40 feet, to give the Blazers a major scare. But Clyde Drexler deflected Maxwell's forced 3-pointer with three seconds left and Houston trailing 117-115. The Rockets didn't get off another shot. The Blazers missed five free throws in the final 54 seconds to give Houston a final chance.