Miami 104, Orlando 100: The Heat led by as many as 22 before a late 3-point flurry by the Magic cut the lead to three. Orlando had a chance to tie the game with less than :10 left, but Ryan Anderson took a long, off-balance 3-pointer that missed. LeBron was the story. He made his first 11 shots en route to a 51-point, 11-rebound, 8-assist night (see a cocky 3-point dagger after the jump).
Dwight Howard, who mocked LeBron before the game (LeBron claims to have not seen it – I’m not buying that), scored 17 points and took 16 rebounds, but missed 10 FTs. Arenas, Redick and Anderson combined to shoot 7-of-27. Disappointing loss for Orlando, which – right now – doesn’t look capable of beating Miami or Boston in the playoffs.
Golden State 100, Milwaukee 94: No Bogut, no CDR, and Young Money (1-for-6 in just 19 minutes) is still struggling. Of course the Bucks aren’t going to win. When Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – remember him from UCLA? – is carrying your team (15 points, 19 rebounds) …. yeah. No shot. Monta Ellis, the snubbed All-Star, led six Warriors in double-figures with 24.
San Antonio 89, LA Lakers 88: Antonio McDyess slithered inside of Lamar Odom to tip in Tim Duncan’s miss at the buzzer and give the Spurs a terrific road win over the slumping Lakers. LA’s bench played well (28 points), Kobe passed the ball (10 assists), but the Lakers couldn’t make shots from deep (2-of-14) and the Spurs lead the West by 7.5 games with about 32 games left. If you’re wondering what this could mean for the playoffs … San Antonio is 25-2 at home this year.