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What Happened Last Night: The Heat’s Win Streak Reached 26, And The Sweet Sixteen Is Set

  • Dylan Murphy

Did you know there was NBA basketball on television last night while March Madness was Madness-ing? You didn’t? It’s okay.

Miami extended its win streak to 26.

Not that the Charlotte Bobcats stood a chance against Miami anyway, but LeBron James, without Dwyane Wade by his side, led Miami in thrashing their lesser opponent 109-77. There was one point in the first quarter when Charlotte led 19-12, but it pretty much spiraled out of control from there. LeBron had 32 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists, Norris Cole and Ray Allen each added 15 and the Heat as a team shot 50% from the field. Charlotte, meanwhile, was its usual terrible self, shooting 33.7% and only 5-25 from three-point range.

Miami can extend the streak to 27 tonight against Orlando, but we’re all pretty much waiting for their upcoming games against San Antonio and Chicago, the only real threats to end the streak. Then again, it’s hard to tell whether Gregg Popovich will start or sit his best players; they’ll be facing Miami during a particularly murderous part of their schedule. The following night they play Western Conference rival Memphis on the road, so it’s quite possible that Pop will choose not to show his cards to the Heat and gear up for the Grizzlies.

The Sweet Sixteen is set, and your bracket is busted.

In theory, there should be four one, two, three and four seeds left in the NCAA Tournament. Alas, this is not the case. This is not even close to the case, actually. There’s a 15, a 12, a 13, a 9 and a 6. Either No. 9 Wichita State or No. 13 La Salle will be in the Elite 8. Florida Gulf Coast, the first No. 15 seed to ever make the Sweet Sixteen, is a little bit brash and a lot a bit crazy, what with their frantic up and down style and frequent tongue-flashing. Oregon, the No. 12, doesn’t look like a No. 12 seed, having rolled through their first two games against (5) California and (4) St. Louis. Michigan, a No. 4 themselves, looks pretty much unbeatable, having stomped all over VCU and handing Shaka Smart his worst loss as VCU’s coach. What we’re saying is that we have no idea what’s going to happen from here on out.

I’d also like to point out that I’m in first place in the SportsGrid NCAA Tournament bracket challenge, though my whole Wisconsin in the Final Four thing kind of went up in flames. Otherwise, things are mostly intact. By the way.

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