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Good afternoon, folks. I honestly would be all here for a Heat-Lakers seven-game Finals series. Let's talk NBA.
Lakers edge out Heat in Miami, 113-110
Miami jumped out to an early, double-digit first-half lead against the NBA-leading Los Angeles Lakers, pushing its advantage to as many as 14 points. But a massive, 21-point swing in favor of the Lakers tied the game in the middle of the third quarter and saw them balloon their lead to as many as 11. Bam Adebayo
followed up his first career triple-double with a modest (for Adebayo's standards) stat line of 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and one block. His Kentucky running mate, Tyler Herro
, hit just three of his 12 shot attempts, finishing with seven points and three boards.
The Heat would fight its way back into the game down the stretch, cutting the L.A. lead to as few as three points. However, a 33-point scoring barrage from Anthony Davis
on 11 -20 shooting (including 4-9 from deep, which ties his season-high for most made triples in a game) would prove to be too much. Davis also added 10 rebounds and three blocks with just one turnover. Former Kentucky guard Rajon Rondo
posted a goose egg on 0-5 shooting, but he did manage two boards and four dimes.
With the win, the Lakers extend its road game winning streak to 13 games, the second-longest such streak in franchise history. They also put a stop to the Heat's 10-game winning streak in the process.
Clippers' stars outduel Timberwolves duo
Four players topped at least 34 points in the Clippers 124-117 victory over the plummeting Timberwolves. Kawhi Leonard (42 points) and Paul George (46) dominated throughout the entire evening before Minnesota was able to make it a game late in the fourth period. Leonard and George became the first Clippers teammates in franchise history to both drop 40 points in the same game. L.A. also extended its win streak to four games which, in turn, handed the Wolves its seventh consecutive loss.
led the BBNBA with 39 points on 12-22 shooting and 5-10 from long range in addition to 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. His teammate Andrew Wiggins contributed 34 points.
The Knicks have won two games in a row
- Earlier in the week on Thursday, John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley, passed away after a long battle with cancer.
- Milwaukee pushed its win streak to 17 games thanks to a dominating fourth quarter from reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Unfortunately, Eric Bledsoe left the game with what has been tabbed as a right shin contusion and he played just 16 minutes in the 127-114 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. We'll update you with any important information about Bledsoe's health as it is released.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
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TONIGHT IN THE NBA
5:00 (NBATV): Spurs (Lyles)
@ Suns (Booker)
7:30 (NBATV): Nets @ Raptors
8:00: Clippers (Patterson)
8:00: Wizards (Wall-out)
8:30: Heat (Adebayo, Herro)
8:30: Cavaliers (Knight)
@ Bucks (Bledsoe)
9:00: Pistons @ Rockets
9:00: Thunder (Diallo-out, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)
@ Nuggets (Murray)