They gave away a big lead, turned the ball over often, got nothing resembling dominance from either Shaquille O'Neal or Dwyane Wade, and kept sending the Washington Wizards to the foul line.
And still, the Miami Heat won with ease.
Wade overcame a tough start to score 20 points and O'Neal added 19 to lead five Miami players in double figures, and the host Heat defeated Washington, 105-86, yesterday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.
Keyon Dooling added 15 points, Eddie Jones had 12, and Damon Jones 10 for the Heat, who have won five straight playoff games for the first time in franchise history and are 5-0 against Washington this season.
Miami also has won 22 of 23 at home.
''Guys are hungry, man," said Heat backup center Alonzo Mourning, who had 7 points and 3 blocked shots in 16 minutes. ''Everybody coming off that bench, they're very hungry and prepared. They know what the goal is. Nothing but a championship."
Gilbert Arenas had 25 points -- on 8-for-21 shooting -- for Washington, which has lost 12 of its last 14 in Miami.
While Washington's starters played Miami's first five pretty evenly, the Wizards got hardly any production from their bench -- and that was the difference.
Miami's reserves outscored Washington's, 36-5, led by Dooling -- who was 6 for 9 off the bench for Miami; he's 20 for 26 from the floor in his last four playoff games.
''We gave them a run for their money, 36-5," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said sarcastically. ''We always have an 'X' factor. Today we had a 'Z' factor -- zero."
Spurs 103, SuperSonics 81 -- Shortly after losing two of its best players, Seattle had all but lost the game. And it wasn't even halftime yet.
Host San Antonio took a big first-half lead and held it the rest of the way in the opener of their second-round series.
In the span of less than a minute during the second quarter, the Sonics lost Ray Allen and Vladimir Radmanovic to ankle sprains.
The Spurs then went on a 17-2 run to make it 58-28 with about two minutes remaining in the half. It was not known if either would be able to play in tomorrow night's Game 2.
Tony Parker matched his career playoff high with 29 points, and Tim Duncan added 22 points and 9 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 51 percent from the field.
Rashard Lewis led Seattle with 19 points and Antonio Daniels scored 15.