Winners and Losers from Friday Night's Wild NBA Playoff Action

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Winners and Losers from Friday Night's Wild NBA Playoff Action
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As a literal matter, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs were the only true winners on a remarkably entertaining Friday night of NBA playoff action, winning their respective games by matching 10-point margins. The Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors, obviously, were the losers.

But that's something of an oversimplification, as there were so many other winners and losers of note.

A forgotten relic of NBA offense enjoyed a minor resurrection in Chicago, a referee (of all things!) handled a dicey situation expertly, and an entire country saw a pair of its representatives do it proud.

On the other hand, a nasty temper, some dubious foul calls and yet another ankle sprain for the league's newest superstar made losers of Nazr Mohammed, Andrew Bogut and the assembled viewing public.

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