In a terrific contest, LeBron James (37 PTS, 12 AST, 7 REB, 2 STL, 2 BLK) powered the Heat to their 23rd consecutive win, but it could have gone either way. Kevin Garnett (adductor) was unable to play, but in his place, Jeff Green had the game of his life — 43 PTS, 7 REB, 5 3PTM, 4 BLK — and the proud, stubborn Celtics almost sent it to overtime.
It was a disastrous evening for the Los Angeles Lakers. Not only did they come up four points short in a must-win game, they lost Kobe Bryant to an ankle injury in the final seconds. Bryant (31 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL) is very unhappy with Dahntay Jones over the play and there are no details yet about a recovery timetable, but it’s being called a severe sprain and he’s out indefinitely.
It was a very busy night in the NBA last night as 11 games were on the schedule. For those of you who enjoy choices, you had your share of stars in NBA sky last night, as nine of the top 10 scorers and seven of the top 10 rebounders were in action. The Heat make any argument about them going undefeated for the rest of the season more and more legitimate with their 20th straight victory last night in Philadelphia,
Roto standings are bunching up and the Head-to-Head playoffs are looming. There are daily leagues at DraftStreet for fun and profit; our Freeroll there is always worth entering because the price is right, but it’s at least a 1,000-1 shot and your odds are many times better in cash leagues, where I’ve been doing pretty well the last couple of months.
Sometimes the Nuggets remind you of a 4×100 relay team at a track meet. They sprinted to 35 points in the first quarter and the Lakers had no answer. Denver finished with 33 points on the fast break, the Lakers three; L.A. was also outscored 78-50 in the paint because they allowed a lot of dunks and layups.