Monday, April 11, 2011
Celtics feel the Heat for first time all season
By ESPN Stats & Info
For the first time in four tries this season, the Miami Heat figured out the Boston Celtics coming away with a 100-77 win Sunday. It was Boston's worst loss this season who fell to 9-10 in their last 19 games. The win moved Miami a game up on the Celtics for the second seed in the Eastern Conference with two games left to play.
LeBron James scored 27 points while Dwyane Wade scored 14 points and Chris Bosh contributed 13. The Heat's "Big Three" have played 71 games together this season and Sunday's contest was just the third in which only one of them scored as many as 15 points. The two previous games of that kind were both on the road: a loss at Boston on October 26 and a win at Orlando on February 3.
Elsewhere, the Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Los Angeles Lakers their fifth straight loss Sunday 120-106. It's the longest losing streak for the Lakers since they lost seven straight in March 2007. That was prior to obtaining Pau Gasol. It was the most points the Lakers have allowed in a non-overtime game since they allowed 121 to the Suns on November 14.
Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony's 19-foot jumper with four seconds remaining in the game lifted the New York Knicks to a 110-109 win at Indiana. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Anthony has made five go-ahead or game-tying field goals in the final ten seconds of either the fourth quarter or overtime this season (two for Denver and three for New York), the most for any NBA player. Monta Ellis, Rudy Gay and Deron Williams have each made four such field goals this season.
Finally, Chris Paul was 0-for-6 from the floor and 0-for-2 from the line while handing out ten assists in the New Orleans Hornets’ loss at Memphis. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us it was the fifth NBA game this season in which a player had double-digit assists despite posting a “goose egg” in the point column. Jason Kidd has done it three times and Jose Calderon once.