Utah 116, Miami 114, OT: The Heat got Millsap’d. The Jazz forward exploded for 46 points – including a eight points in the final 12 seconds of regulation, a buzzer-beater to force OT and 3-of-3 from deep (he had made two 3-pointers in his first four years in the league) – as Utah rallied from down eight with :37 left to stun the Heat in overtime after Deron Williams had fouled out. The Heat led by 22 in the second quarter, but must have gone to sleep thinking about Boston’s visit Thursday. The Jazz relentless comeback was sparked by Williams (21 points, 14 assists) and Millsap (33 points in the 2nd half and overtime), and complete after two Francisco Elson free throws with less than a second left. That stuff about Chris Bosh not being tough enough inside? It continues to bubble up. LeBron’s triple double (20-14-11) will be forgotten because he was an afterthought in overtime.
Indiana 144, Denver 113: Not that much of a surprise. After all, we called it. The Pacers led by 10 at the half, then made their first 20 shots of the 3rd quarter (!?!) and blew out the Nuggets. Denver lost a tough one Monday and must have left their defense in Chicago. Here’s video of that unbelievable third quarter.
Cleveland 93, New Jersey 91: Two lottery-bound teams. One team’s bench made six baskets (New Jersey); the other scored 52 points.
New Orleans 101, LA Clippers 82: The Hornets still haven’t lost. The Paper Clips, with Baron Davis limited to 10 minutes, and Eric Gordon and Randy Foye inactive, never got close, and fell to 1-7. On the bright side, rookie Al-Farouq Aminu had 20 points in 29 minutes. It is nice to see Chris Paul healthy again and breaking ankles. The one above is from Friday. And before you say this hot start might be enough to prevent him from wanting to be traded … let’s re-visit that after the first round of the playoffs.
LA Lakers 99, Minnesota 94: Kobe scored 33 (on 28 shots) and the Lakers are 8-0. Great line to describe Kevin Love’s 23-point, 24-rebound effort: “Biggest night for him since watching Eminem deck Vinnie Chase.”
Milwaukee 107, NY Knicks 90: Blasted Knicks. This one was over in the first quarter, after which the Bucks led, 41-19. That’s two losses in a row after the 3-2 start. New York continues to jack 3-pointers even when they’re not falling (5-for-19). The highlight appeared to be Andrew Bogut vs. Amare Stoudemire (it dates back to Bogut’s injury last year). Or perhaps this Bill Walker facial on Bogut.
[Pacers vid, CP3 vid via @HPBasketball]