New York 91, Miami 86: Coming off a loss in Cleveland, and because they trailed late in the fourth quarter, yes, this was a spectacular win for the Knicks. New York won it with – gasp! – defense, limiting Miami to just 52 points in the final three quarters. Miami turned the ball over 20 times, including a pivotal one by Chris Bosh in the final minute down one. D Wade (5-of-15) was locked down by Bill Walker (10 points, seven rebounds in 25 minutes). Carmelo scored 29 points, the Knicks closed the game on a 13-2 run, and there are several videos after the jump, starting with Mr. Big Shot, Chauncey Billups, sinking a long 3-pointer late to give the Knicks the lead. Listen to how loud the arena gets.
Here’s a tremendous spin move Carmelo put on LeBron in the first half. Textbook.
Mario Chalmers heard footsteps. He had a bad game (2-7 shooting, zero assists, two turnovers in 24 minutes), and supposedly, the Heat are going to put the full court press on Mike Bibby today.
While this was a sweet dunk, it’s too bad that LeBron once again couldn’t perform.
Oklahoma City 87, LA Lakers 90: Kevin Durant – unclutch! He missed a 3-pointer that would have sent the game to overtime, and then James Harden missed one too, and the Thunder fell to 1-8 vs. the Lakers in the last two years. Durant, who called for the ball in the huddle before OKC’s last possession, is now 2-of-12 on game-tying 3-pt FG attempts in the last minute of regulation or overtime in the last three seasons. Here’s Russell Westbrook’s first left-handed dunk in an NBA game.
Philadelphia 95, Cleveland 91: The 76ers quietly remain just one game back of the Knicks for the 6th spot in the East. That’s absurd. The winner probably gets the Heat or Bulls, which is like saying to your friend, “I’ll take the grenade, you take the gargoyle. No, you want to switch? Fine.”
Phoenix 110, Indiana 108: Channing Frye won it, but the real story was Grant Hill’s 34 points – the most he’s had in a game since 2005.
Golden State 123, Minnesota 125: Usually, when you scored a combined 75 points in the 1st and fourth quarters, you win. Not the Warriors, who let the Wolves collected 25 offensive rebounds. Minnesota was 12-for-25 from three, Kevin Love dropped 37-23, and rookie Wesley Johnson blocked a Monta Ellis shot in the final seconds to preserve the win.
Orlando 100, Charlotte 86: Shaun Livingston – what might have been.
[Amare block and Billups three via @Jose3030]