Yesterday was one of those Sunday basketball buffets: Knicks-Clippers, Lakers-Heat, Nuggets-Celtics, Spurs-Nets. But in case you spent your Sunday away from the television, here’s what happened.
Shocker: the Heat beat the Lakers.
At this point in the season, it should come as no surprise that the Lakers lose basketball games by 10 points (107-97) on the road, most often to good basketball teams. The Miami Heat are a good basketball team. LeBron James is a good basketball player. He made 12 of his 18 field goal attempts and scored 32 points. He also had seven rebounds and four assists. In other semi-related news, 5 of the 10 Miami players who logged at least one minute of playing time (Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen, Rashard Lewis, Ray Allen, Joel Anthony) combined for four points, total.
Then there was the other team, the Lakers. They lost. The prevailing discourse now scoffs at their playoff chances. But still: they’re only 3.5 games behind 8th place Houston, and there are thirty (30) games to go in the regular season. 30. Say what you want about Mike D’Antoni and Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard’s shoulder and Steve Nash’s quiet disappearing act, but the Lakers can still make playoffs. Now once they get there, well who knows. But the Los Angeles Lakers can, rather easily, still make the playoffs. Would they rather not be competing for the 8th spot? Probably. But playoffs are playoffs, so maybe playoffs still.
Boston won in triple overtime over Denver.
After it was all said and done, 118 Boston points outlasted Denver’s 114. At the end of regulation, Ty Lawson hit a running floater off the backboard to tie the game at 92 and send it to overtime. At the end of the first overtime, Ty Lawson missed a potential game-winning three to win the game. Near the end of overtime No. 2, Ty Lawson, again: this time hitting a jumper from the top of the key to put Denver up three with 18.9 seconds. But then at the end of overtime No. 2, Paul Pierce, who redeemed an earlier missed free throw by casually hitting a semi-fadeaway three with a hand in his face to tie the game at 107 with 5.8 seconds left. Then in triple overtime, Andre Miller couldn’t quite hit a three of his own to win the game, and Boston escaped with victory.
Whew. 7-0. That’s Boston’s record without Rajon Rondo. Real weird. They’ll eventually come down back to earth, but still very weird.
As for the other basketball games: the Clippers bench eviscerated the Knicks in route to a 102-88 victory at MSG, Toronto (!) beat up on New Orleans, with a 102-89 win, the Spurs pulled away from the Nets in the second half and cruised to a 11-86 victory, and Sacramento managed to outgun Houston 117-111.
In other news, the auto-generated shortlink for this post is “hiaku.” This bodes well for the week, probably.