The Boston Celtics had a chance to become the first team to make it to the second round of the NBA playoffs, but the Miami Heat, behind a franchise playoff-record 46 points by Dwyane Wade, staved off elimination with a 101-92 triumph in Game 4. Wade scored 19 of his points in the fourth quarter, when he sank four of his five three-pointers to help extend the series to a fifth game, set for Tuesday in Boston. Also on the docket in the Eastern Conference, the top-seeded Cavaliers returned to form and crushed the Bulls, 121-98, to take a 3-1 series lead behind LeBron James' fifth career playoff triple-double of 37 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. In the first part of the two-game nightcap, the San Antonio Spurs used 29 points from George Hill to grab a commanding 3-1 lead in their series with a 92-89 win over the Dallas Mavericks, while Utah beat the Nuggets, 117-106, to take a 3-1 series lead and push Denver to the brink of elimination.
On Monday, the Orlando Magic will try to become the first team to advance to the second round of the playoffs, as they take on the Bobcats in Charlotte. The Magic, who are the defending Eastern Conference champions, have won the first three games of this series but have never swept a seven-game series in their history. In another Eastern Conference matchup, the Milwaukee Bucks will try to even their series against Atlanta at the Bradley Center in Game 4, while Portland will look to take a 3-2 lead for control of its series at the Rose Garden in Game 4 versus Phoenix in the lone Western Conference tilt.