It was almost a Magical upset, but LeBron James (26 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST) drove to the hoop for the winning layup and Miami has won 16 straight. Dwyane Wade 24 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 4 STL) and Chris Bosh (17 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK) also played well against their inspired visitors from up the Turnpike.
It’s hard to be much better than Russell Westbrook was last night — 37 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and only one turnover — though Kevin Durant (26 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL, 3 BLK) put up crooked numbers in five categories, he was only the co-star as the Thunder rolled to an easy win.
You never know what might happen in the NBA. Against the lowly Kings, I didn’t think LeBron James would need to play more than 30 minutes. Instead, he scored a season-high 40 points, handed out a career-high 16 assists and grabbed eight rebounds in almost 48 minutes on the floor.
Tuesday night sits on the calendar as the middle child of the week. It’s better than Monday, but not close enough to Friday to start getting excited for the weekend. On the final Tuesday in the month of February 2013, eight games made up the NBA schedule. The Heat extended their win streak in double O.T., the Pacers continued their recent dominance with another double-digit victory, the Cavaliers snapped a long losing streak against the Bulls and Dirk Nowitzki entertained NBA fans
When it comes to the Slam Dunk Contest, LeBron James is full of it. “I am more of an in-game dunker”, he says. “I am too old to be in the dunk contest”, he says. “Why don’t you take a poll and see if you think I have more to lose than gain?”, he asks. And then ever-so-casually during pregame warm ups, he goes and does this: