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Heat, Spurs take 2-0 series lead over Nets, Trail Blazers

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Miami wins eighth straight playoff game
Trail Blazers find rattlesnake in their locker room before Game 2 loss in San Antonio

LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh had 18 and the Miami Heat took a 2-0 lead in its Eastern Conference semifinal series by beating the Brooklyn Nets, 94-82, on Thursday night at Miami.

Dwyane Wade had 14 points and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, which tied a franchise record with its eighth straight playoff victory.

For the second consecutive game, Miami had five players in double figures.

“That's what our team is all about,” James said. “We don't really care who scores.”

Deron Williams was 0 for 9 from the field, the worst shooting night of his career. Mirza Teletovic set a Nets playoff record with six three-pointers, on his way to a 20-point night off the bench.

The Nets led by one point at the half and trailed by two after three quarters before the Heat pulled away with a 25-15 edge in the final period.

"That one hurt,” Nets Coach Jason Kidd said. “We were right there. We gave ourselves, on the road, an opportunity against the world champs. We let the game slip away.”

Game 3 is Saturday night in Brooklyn.

at San Antonio 114, Portland 97: Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Manu Ginobili scored 16 points and Tiago Splitter had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Spurs' second convincing victory to open the best-of-seven series.

Nicolas Batum scored 21 points for Portland. Damian Lillard had 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and 10 rebounds, but Portland again struggled to score against San Antonio's suffocating defense.

The Trail Blazers host Game 3 on Saturday night.

Portland found a snake in its locker room before the game and seemed rattled in the first half before finding its footing in the fourth quarter.

A baby rattlesnake, estimated at about 3 to 4 feet, was discovered in the team's locker room at the AT&T Center about two hours before the game.

It was found by reserve forward Thomas Robinson, who recoiled a few feet after seeing the snake when he moved a bag from his locker.

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