What a light Saturday night in the sports world. Only a few NBA games were going, very few of them of consequence to impending playoff picture. There were two worth noting, though: the continuing dominance of the Miami Heat and the Houston Rockets faltering in the struggle for the final playoff spot in the West.
LeBron James posts triple-double, Dwyane Wade shoots 14-for-18 as Miami’s win streak hits 10
Miami continues to do what they’re supposed to do: beat up on the injury-depleted Eastern Conference. After crushing the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls Thursday night 86-67, it was the Andrew Bynum-less Philadelphia 76ers’ turn for a beating.
Led by Dwyane Wade’s 33 points in just 32 minutes, the Heat outscored the Sixers in every quarter en route to an easy 114-90 victory in Philadelphia.
With Wade leading the way in scoring, LeBron James focused on his all-around game as he tallied 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the win.
Jrue Holiday led Philadelphia with 21 points, six rebounds, and six assists.
Rockets fall to lowly Wizards, leave door open for Lakers and Mavericks
James Harden had 27, Chandler Parsons had 24, but offense wasn’t the problem as the Houston Rockets let a road win slip away in the fourth quarter to the Washington Wizards.
Houston took an 11-point lead into halftime and a six-point lead into the fourth quarter, but the Wizards roared all the way back in the second half behind 21 points from rookie Bradley Beal for the narrow 105-103 victory.
At 17-37, the win was mostly insignificant for Washington, but Houston’s loss has potential playoff implications. Houston is now just three games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers and four ahead of the Dallas Mavericks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. The Mavs and Lakers actually face each other today (1PM, ABC) and the Rockets play a home-and-home against Dallas next week, so things are heating up, to say the least.
All statistics via ESPN.com