What Happened Last Night: Miami Extends Their Streak, Lakers Add Big Win Without Ailing Kobe, And Maryland Upsets Duke

  • Joe Levine

Things happened Friday night. Sports things. Catch up on said things with this edition of What Happened Last Night, featuring wins by the Heat, Lakers, and Maryland over the Bucks, Pacers, and Duke.

Miami’s win streak hits 21 with win over Milwaukee

Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings said he wanted to face Miami in the playoffs. He might be rethinking that after the Heat dismantled the Bucks 107-94 Friday night in Milwaukee. LeBron James had 28 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, Dwyane Wade added 20 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds, and Chris Bosh chipped in another 28 points as Miami’s Big Three led them to the easy victory, their 21st in a row.

Milwaukee actually led Miami by one after the first quarter, but the Heat dominated the second and third quarters, taking a 16 point lead into the fourth and coasting to victory from there. The Bucks were led by Ersan Ilyasova with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Jennings also contributed 21 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Monta Ellis, who earlier this season compared himself to Dwyane Wade, managed just seven points on 3 for 11 shooting matched up against Wade.

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Kobe manages just 12 scoreless minutes, but Lakers beat Pacers anyway

Kobe Bryant could only play just 12 first half minutes in Los Angeles’ matchup against Eastern Conference power Indiana, but the Lakers would tough out a 99-93 win over the Pacers behind a balanced scoring effort led by Dwight Howard with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Bryant, who suffered a severely sprained ankle in the Lakers’ previous game against Atlanta, attempted to play despite the injury but last just 12 scoreless minutes, going 0 for 4 from the field in the process. In his absence, backup guard Steve Blake played starters minutes and contributed an efficient 18 points on just eight shots to go with seven assists and six rebounds. Regulars Steve Nash Metta World Peace, and Antawn Jamison contributed 15, 19, and 17 points, respectively, as L.A. overcame being without their leader for the big win.

Indiana, meanwhile, got little from anyone besides George Hill, who had 27 points in defeat. Besides Hill, the rest of the Pacers managed to shoot just .325 from the floor en route to 66 points. Indiana’s frontline of Paul George, David West, and Roy Hibbert combined for just 35 points on 13 for 45 shooting in defeat.

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Duke loses to Maryland in ACC tournament

Do people care about conference playoffs before March Madness actually begins? In case you do, no. 2 Duke lost to unranked Maryland 83-74 in the ACC tournament last night thanks to some cold outside shooting and a 30-point explosion from Terrapins wingman Dez Wells. The loss was the Blue Devils’ second to Maryland in less than a month.

Duke shot just 4 for 25 from beyond the arc in defeat. The Blue Devils were led by Mason Plumlee with 19 points.

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