What Happened Last Night: Miami Notches 24th Win In 27-Point Comeback, Grizzlies Sneak By Thunder In OT
March 21 / Dylan Murphy / SportsGrid
Didn't watch sports on TV last night? On some level, we get it: resting up for college basketball all day today, eh?
Miami wins 24th in a row, somehow.
LeBron James returned to Cleveland last night for the 367th time, and apparently this will continue to be a thing until he signs with the Cavs after next season he retires. You might remember that Cleveland has been terrible since James left - though they managed to draft Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters in the top 4 of the last two NBA Drafts, they're nowhere near the top of the East. In fact, they're at the bottom. And, without Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters last night, it appeared Miami would steamroll their way to a 24th victory in a row.
Then the game happened. With 7:44 remaining in the 3rd quarter, Miami trailed 67-40. No one really knew what was going on. LeBron, however, wasn't going to roll over: in the 4th quarter, his 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals propelled a Miami comeback and an eventual 98-95 victory - including two free throws with 4.7 seconds left to push the lead to three points. Oh, and he had a triple-double for the game, too.
A Marc Gasol tip-in pushed Memphis past Oklahoma City.
This game didn't feature the usual offensive explosion to which we've become accustomed from OKC: the final in this one was 90-89, after an overtime period, as the Grizzlies slid past the Thunder on a last-second Marc Gasol tip-in. Both teams shot poorly from the field - 36% for OKC, and 35.7% for Memphis - and struggled to establish any sort of offensive rhythm. But OKC still led at the end of regulation, and it took a Jerryd Bayless three-pointer with 3.7 seconds left to push the game to an extra period. Then in overtime, Gasol managed to tip in Zach Randolph's miss from seven feet to put the Grizzlies up one with 0.9 seconds remaining. When Westbrook, whose layup with 13.6 seconds remaining in OT put OKC up 89-88, missed a half-court heave as time expired, Memphis had somehow snuck away with a victory.
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