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Bruins in the NBA - Conference Finals Update
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/29/2012

May 29, 2012

Each week, uclabruins.com will update and highlight select UCLA players' progress during the current NBA season. Two UCLA Bruins advanced to the conference championships. In the Western finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder (Russell Westbrook) will face the San Antonio Spurs, and in the Eastern finals, the Boston Celtics (Ryan Hollins) take on the Miami Heat.

Three Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs in semi-final competition. In the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers (Darren Collison) lost to Miami, and the Philadelphia 76ers (Jrue Holiday) lost to Boston; in Western Conference action, the Los Angeles Lakers (Matt Barnes) lost to Oklahoma City.

Player Highlights, Games Through May 28, 2012

Matt Barnes, F (ninth NBA season, second with Los Angeles Lakers, Western Conference/Pacific Div., 41-25 regular season, first-place/third seed in Western Conference, defeated No. 6 Denver 4-3 in their first round playoff series; lost series to Thunder, 4-1).
On May 21 at Oklahoma City, the Lakers trailed 83-77 entering the fourth quarter and were held to 13 points (the Thunder scored 23), as Oklahoma City defeated the Lakers, 106-90 to capture the Western Conference semifinals series, 4-1. Barnes did not play in the final game as only eight teams in NBA history have ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series. It was the second consecutive season the Lakers have lost in the Western Conference semifinals.

Barnes' Playoff Stats: 11G, 16.8MIN, 3.3RB, 1.5AST, 3.5PPG
Barnes' Final Regular Season Stats: 63G/16GS, 22.9MIN, 5.5RB, 2.0AST, 7.8PPG (led Lakers reserves in minutes, scoring and rebounding)
Semifinals (Oklahoma City wins series, 4-1) - No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 3 Lakers (OKC won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 14 at OKC (OKC 119, LAL 90); Game 2 - May 16 at OKC (OKC 77, LAL 75); Game 3 - May 18 at Lakers (LAL 99, OKC 96); Game 4 - May 19 at Lakers (OKC 103, LAL 100); Game 5 - May 21 at OKC (OKC 106, LAL 90).
First Round Playoff Series (Los Angeles wins series, 4-3) - No. 3 LA Lakers vs. No. 6 Denver (Lakers won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - April 29 at Lakers (LAL 103, D 88); Game 2 - May 1 - at Lakers (LAL 104, D 100); Game 3 - May 4 at Denver (D 99, LAL 84); Game 4 - May 6 at Denver (LAL 92, D 88); Game 5 - May 8 at Lakers (D 102, LAL 99), Game 6 - May 10 at Denver (D 113, LAL 96); Game 7 - May 12 at Lakers (LAL 96, D 87).

Darren Collison, G (third NBA season, second with Indiana, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 42-24 regular season, second-place/third seed in Eastern Conference, defeated No. 6 Orlando Magic 4-1 in their first round playoff series; Heat won series 4-2)
On May 24 at Indianapolis, the Pacers led 28-21 after the first quarter but could not overcome 69 points by the Heat's Dwayne Wade (41) and LeBron James (28) as Miami defeated Indiana, 105-93 to win their Eastern Conference semifinals series, 4-2. The Heat advances to the Eastern Conference finals and will play Boston, hosting Game 1 in Miami on Monday. The Heat came back from a 2-1 deficit to win their series with Indiana. For the Pacers in their final game, Collison played 16 minutes, with five points (1-3, 1-2, 2-2) and one rebound and assist. On May 22 at Miami, the Heat shot a franchise playoff record 61% and defeated Indiana, in the game the Pacers lost their two starting forwards to injury, 115-83, to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals series. Collison played 21 minutes and scored eight points (2-6, 0-0, 4-4), with two rebounds and a season-high tying and playoff/game-high four steals.

Collison's Playoff Stats: 11G, 18.6MIN, 1.3RB, team leader 3.0AST, 1.27STL, 8.7PPG
Collison's Final Regular Season Stats: 60G/56GS (started the first 56 Pacers game), 31.3MIN, 3.1RB, team-leading 4.8AST, 10.3PPG
Semifinals (Miami wins series, 4-2) - No. 2 Miami vs. No. 3 Indiana (Miami won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - May 13 at Miami (M 95, I 86), Game 2 - May 15 at Miami (I 78, M 75); Game 3 - May 17 at Indiana (I 94, M 75); Game 4 - May 20 at Indiana (M 101, I 93); Game 5 - May 22 at Miami (M115, I 83); Game 6 - May 24 at Indiana (M 105, I 93).
First Round Playoff Series (Indiana wins series, 4-1) - Game 1 - April 28 at Indiana (O 81, I 77); Game 2 - April 30 at Indiana (I 93, O 78); Game 3 - May 2 at Orlando (I 97, O 74); Game 4 - May 5 at Orlando (I 101, O 99 OT); Game 5 - May 8 at Indiana (I 105, O 87).

Jrue Holiday, G (third NBA season with Philadelphia 76ers, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 35-31 regular season, third-place/eighth seed in Eastern Conference, beat No. 1 Chicago Bulls 4-2 in their first round playoff series; Boston wins in semifinals, 4-3)
On May 26 in Boston, the 76ers could not overcome an 80-70 Celtics lead with 1:44 left to play and Boston defeated Philadelphia, 85-75 to win their Eastern Conference semifinals series, 4-3. Holiday started and played 41 minutes, with 15 points (5-17, 2-6, 3-3/scored in double figures in six consecutive playoff games vs. Boston and overall in 12 of 13 playoff games), three rebounds, team-high and playoff-high tying nine assists and playoff , game-high and season-high tying five steals. Late in the game, Holiday hit a three-pointer that cut the Boston lead to seven points, but later had a turnover that lead to two Boston free throws with 54 seconds left to play as the Celtics secured their lead. On May 23 at Philadelphia, the 76ers held Boston to 33% shooting and forced 17 turnovers to beat the Celtics, 82-75 to tie the Eastern Conference semifinals series at 3-3, forcing a Game 7 in Boston on Saturday (Philadelphia improved to 5-0 this playoff season in games following a defeat). Holiday started and played a team-high tying 38 minutes, with a team-high 20 points (7-15, 0-2, 6-6/has scored 20 or more points in three playoff games), three rebounds, game-high tying six assists and a game-high tying two steals. On May 21 at Boston, the 76ers led by six points early in the third quarter, but the Celtics scored 14 of the next 16 points to rally for a 101-85 victory over Philadelphia to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series. Holiday started and played 35 minutes, with 10 points (4-6, 2-3, 0-0), three rebounds, team-high seven assists and one steal.

Holiday's Playoff Stats: 13G/13GS, 38.0MIN, 4.7RB, team leader 5.2AST, team leader 1.54STL, team leader 15.8PPG.
Holiday's Final Regular Season Stats: 65G/65GS (most team starts, did not play in final regular season game), 33.8MIN, 3.3RB, 4.5AST, 1.61STL (No. 11 in NBA), 13.5PPG (No. 2 team scorer)
Semifinals Playoff Series (Boston wins series, 4-3) - No. 4 Boston vs. No. 8 Philadelphia (Philadelphia won season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 12 at Boston (B 92, P 91); Game 2 - May 14 at Boston (P 82, B 81); Game 3 - May 16 at Philadelphia (B 107, P 91); Game 4 - May 18 at Philadelphia (P 92, B 83); Game 5 - May 21 at Boston (B 101, P 85); Game 6 - May 23 at Philadelphia (P 82, B 75); Game 7 - May 26 at Boston (B 85, P 75).
First Round Playoff Series (Philadelphia wins series, 4-2) - No. 1 Chicago vs. No. 8 Philadelphia (Chicago won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - April 28 at Chicago (C 103, P 91); Game 2 - May 1 at Chicago (P 109, C 92); Game 3 - May 4 at Philadelphia (P 79, C 74); Game 4 - May 6 at Philadelphia (P 89, C 82), Game 5 - May 8 at Chicago (C 77, P 69), Game 6 - May 10 at Philadelphia (P 78, C 78).

Ryan Hollins, C (sixth NBA season, first with Boston Celtics, started the season with Cleveland Cavaliers, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 39-27 regular season, first-place/fourth seed in Eastern Conference, beat No. 5 Atlanta Hawks 4-2 in their first round playoff series; beat No. 8 Philadelphia in semifinals, 4-3; plays No. 2 Miami in finals, Heat leads 1-0)
In the Eastern Conference Finals on May 28 at Miami, the Celtics, with only two days of rest and preparation following their semi-finals victory over Philadelphia, could not stop the Heat as Boston was outscored in three of the four quarters and lost to Miami, 93-79 as the Heat take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final. Miami had nearly four days of rest and preparation since beating Indiana on May 24 in their semifinal series. For Boston, Hollins played three minutes, with two points (1-1, 0-0, 0-0/has scored in eight of 13 playoff games) and one rebound and assist. The series features Boston and Miami, two teams that have combined to appear in three of the last four NBA finals. In 2011 in the conference semifinals, Miami beat Boston in five games. Each team is missing a starter (Miami - C/F Chris Bosh, strained abdominal muscle; Boston - G Avery Bradley, shoulder surgery).

On May 26 in Boston, the Celtics used a 30-23 fourth quarter scoring spree to defeat Philadelphia, 85-75 to win their Eastern Conference semifinals series, 4-3. The Celtics advance to the Eastern Conference finals and play at No. 2 seed Miami on Monday. In Boston's Game 7 win over the 76ers, Hollins played nine minutes, with one rebound and blocked shot. On May 23 in Philadelphia, the Celtics entered the fourth quarter trailing 60-56 and were outscored in the final period 22-19 as the 76ers beat Boston, 82-75 to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at 3-3 and force a Game 7 at Boston on Saturday. Hollins played 10 minutes, with a playoff-best of five rebounds and three assists. On May 21 at Boston, the Celtics overcame a Philadelphia six point lead early in the third quarter and outscored the 76ers 54-35 in the second half as Boston defeated Philadelphia, 101-85 to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series. Hollins played seven minutes, with two points (1-2, 0-0, 0-2) and three rebounds.

Hollins' Playoff Stats: 13G, 11.2MIN, 1.9RB, 1.7PPG
Hollins' Final Regular Season Stats (Celtics): 15G/1GS, 10.7MIN, 1.7RB, 2.8 PPG // (Total, including Cleveland stats): 39G/8GS, 13.4MIN, 2.1RB, 3.4PPG
Eastern Conference Finals Playoff Series (Miami leads 1-0) - No. 2 Miami vs. No. 4 Boston (Boston won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - May 28 at Miami (M 93, B 79); Game 2 - May 30 at Miami; Game 3 - June 1 at Boston; Game 4 - June 3 at Boston; if necessary, Game 5 - June 5 at Miami; Game 6 - June 7 at Boston; Game 7 - June 9 at Miami.
Semifinals Playoff Series (Boston wins series, 4-3) - No. 4 Boston vs. No. 8 Philadelphia (Philadelphia won season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 12 at Boston (B 92, P 91); Game 2 - May 14 at Boston (P 82, B 81); Game 3 - May 16 at Philadelphia (B 107, P 91); Game 4 - May 18 at Philadelphia (P 92, B 83); Game 5 - May 21 at Boston (B 101, P 85); Game 6 - May 23 at Philadelphia (P82, B 75); Game 7 - May 26 at Boston (B 85, P 75).
First Round Playoff Series (Boston wins series, 4-2) - No. 4 Boston vs. No. 5 Atlanta (Boston won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - April 29 at Atlanta (A 83, B 74); Game 2 - May 1 at Atlanta (B 87, A 80); Game 3 - May 4 at Boston (B 90, A 84 OT); Game 4 - May 6 at Boston (B 101, A 79), Game 5 - May 8 at Atlanta (A 87, B 86), Game 6 - May 10 at Boston (B 83, Atlanta 80).

Russell Westbrook, G (fourth NBA season with Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference/Northwest Div., 47-19 regular season, first-place/second seed in Western Conference, defeated No. 7 seed and defending NBA champions Dallas Mavericks 4-0 in their first round playoff series, won series with No. 3 LA Lakers in semifinals, 4-1, plays No. 1 seed San Antonio in finals. San Antonio leads, 1-0)

On May 27 in San Antonio, the Thunder lead 71-62 after three periods but were outscored in the final quarter 39-27 and lost to the Spurs, 101-98 as San Antonio takes a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference final. It was the Spurs' nine straight playoff win (swept both the LA Clippers and Utah Jazz) and 19th consecutive victory (last loss was to LA Lakers on April 11; longest NBA winning streak since Lakers won 19 straight games in 2001 regular season and playoffs). Westbrook started and played 37 minutes, with 17 points (7-21, 2-3, 1-2/scored in double figures in all 10 playoff games), five rebounds, a team-best five assists and a playoff-best two blocked shots. Oklahoma City is in the Western Conference championship game for the second consecutive season and it's just the second time since the NBA instituted the current playoff system that two teams have entered a conference final with just one loss between them in the playoffs.

On May 21 in Oklahoma City, the Thunder used a 10-0 fourth quarter spurt to improve their overall home record against the Lakers in 2011-12 to 5-0 as Oklahoma City defeated the Lakers, 106-90 to win their Western Conference semifinal series, 4-1. For the second consecutive game, Westbrook, with 39 starting minutes, led the Thunder in scoring (28 points, 12-25, 0-1, 4-6/ averaged 25.6 points vs. the Lakers and has scored 20 or more points in seven of nine playoff games), with three rebounds, a team-high tying four assists and a game-high tying two steals.
Westbrook's Playoff Stats: 10G/10GS, 36.2MIN, 4.7RB, team leader 4.5AST, 1.7STL, 23.4PPG (No. 2 team scorer).

Westbrook's Final Regular Season Stats: 66G/66GS (has started every game), 35.3MIN, 4.6RB, team-leading 5.5AST and 1.7STL, 23.6ppg (No. 2 team scorer).
Western Conference Finals (San Antonio leads, 1-0) - No. 1 San Antonio vs. No. 2 Oklahoma City (S.A. won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 27 at S. A. (S.A. 101, OKC 98); Game 2 - May 29 at S.A.; Game 3 - May 31 at OKC; Game 4 - June 2 at OKC; if necessary, Game 5 - June 4 at S.A.; Game 6 - June 6 at OKC; Game 7 - June 8 at S.A.
Semifinals (Oklahoma City wins series, 4-1) - No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 3 Lakers (OKC won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 14 at OKC (OKC 119, LAL 90); Game 2 - May 16 at OKC (OKC 77, LAL 75); Game 3 - May 18 at Lakers (LAL 99, OKC 96); Game 4 - May 19 at Lakers (OKC 103, LAL 100); Game 5 - May 21 at OKC (OKC 106, LAL 90).
First Round Playoff Series Series (Oklahoma City wins series 4-0) - No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 7 Dallas (OKC won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - April 28 - at OKC (OKC 99, Dallas 98); Game 2 - April 30 at OKC (OKC 102, D 99); Game 3 - May 3 at Dallas (OKC 95, D 79); Game 4 - May 5 at Dallas (OKC 103, D 97).

Playoff Statistical Leaders (Top 20 through May 28)
Darren Collison, Indiana (11 games) - No. 12 in FT % (20-23, .870).

Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia (13 games) - No. 16 in minutes (38.0mpg), No. 11 in assists (5.2apg), No. 10 in steals (1.54spg), No. 14 in FT% (38-44, .864) and No. 17 in 3PT% (20-49, .408).

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (10 games) - No. 7 in scoring (23.4ppg), No. 12 in assists (4.5apg), No. 8 in steals (1.7spg) and No. 16 in FG% (90-197, .457).

News Update
On May 24, the All-NBA first and second teams were announced and Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook and Minnesota forward Kevin Love earned second-team honors. Both Westbrook and Love played in the 2012 NBA All-Star game and both players are finalists for the U. S. men's basketball team that will play this summer at the Olympic Games in London. In July, the U. S. men's team will practice in Las Vegas and at that time the final roster will be announced.

On May 23, the NBA All-Defensive first and second teams were announced. There were no Bruins on the first or second teams, but three Bruins did receive votes - Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook (nine votes, including two first-team votes); Philadelphia guard Jrue Holiday (one vote) and Milwaukee forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (one vote).


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