Cleveland 102, Miami 90: LeBron had a triple-double – 27 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, plus he hit a 65-foot bomb that was waved off by the referees (video after the jump) – but the Heat couldn’t score late in the 4th quarter and the Cavs held on for victory despite blowing a 23-point lead. Afterward, douchy Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert tweeted, “Not in our garage!” Chris Bosh will enjoy a long day: 5-14 shooting, 10 points, and the worst +/- on the team (-24).
Houston 112, New Jersey 87: No Deron Williams, no chance. Undersized point guard Kyle Lowery had a nice night – 16 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds – and undersized center Chuck Hayes continued his string of outstanding play (8 points, 14 rebounds). Houston, depending on who it keeps this offseason, could be a poor man’s Denver (assuming the bench grows up).
Oklahoma City 115, Golden State 114: The Thunder nearly blew a 6-point lead in the final 15 seconds, but prevailed in overtime. Typical playground stats from the Warriors in another defenseless March affair: 35 points for Steph Curry, 24 points and 15 rebounds for David Lee, and 20 points and 11 assists for Monta Ellis. Kevin Durant scored 39 for the winners. On this dunk, Serge Ibaka could be overheard telling rookie Ekpe Udoh, “get out the way, son.”
Phoenix 113, Sacramento 116: Kevin Johnson scored 24 points, Tom Chambers added 32, but the Suns lost ground in their pursuit of the final playoff spot in the West. Dan Marjele missed a three at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime. Wayman Tisdale and LaSalle Thompson scored 22 for the Kings, and Ed Pinckney collected 21 rebounds.