LeBron James made a three-pointer to send the game to overtime. A sluggish first overtime rendered both teams scoreless in the last minute of the extra period. In the second overtime, Paul Pierce dropped the familiar right elbow jumper for the lead and had a triple-double on the night. The Heat still had a chance to tie or win but Shane Battier’s desperate three-pointer was way off. The Celtics snapped their six-game losing streak but were rocked by the news of Rajon Rondo being lost for the rest of the season. Kevin Garnett led Boston with 24 points while LeBron James’ 34 points, 16 boards, and seven assists were not enough for Miami.
In a continuing shift in philosophy, Kobe Bryant played facilitator for the whole game once again. The Thunder were flat throughout the game and the Lakers took advantage. Finally, Kobe made a jumper to put them up seven with 37 seconds to go. The Lakers easily had their biggest win of the season. Kobe Bryant fell one board short of a triple-double once again with 21 points, nine rebounds, and 14 assists.
Brandon Knight’s consecutive three-pointers put the Pistons ahead with less than two minutes to go. With the Pistons up four, Jameer Nelson got fouled on a three-point attempt. Nelson made the first two free throws and missed the third, but the Magic kept it alive on their side of the court. However, none of their tip-ins were successful and the Pistons were able to hold on for the win. Brandon Knight had 31 points for Detroit.
The Hornets 9-0 run, punctuated by Ryan Anderson’s three-pointer, late in the game was the difference in this contest. Anderson came off the bench to score 22 points; he made seven three-pointers. Memphis only shot 36 percent from the field. Meanwhile, the Hornets are 8-4 in their last dozen games.
Carmelo Anthony made a huge three-point play with 12 seconds left in the game to give the Knicks a two-point lead. Josh Smith tried to win with a shot from behind the arc to no avail. Melo ended up with 42 points. He went nuts from behind the arc, going nine-for-12 for the game.
For the most part, the Mavs had control of the game. The Suns couldn’t overcome a 19-point deficit early. Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion had 18 points each for the Mavericks. Dallas is now tied with the Lakers at 19-25.
The Cliperss went on a 12-0 run starting from right before halftime into the third quarter. They avenge their loss from last night and win the tail end of a home and home. Blake Griffin went for 23 points and nine assists. The Clippers, who were still without Chris Paul, snap their four-game losing streak.