Knicks-Celtics is beginning to feel like a rivalry again
It's not often that we're gifted an NBA game with two "game-winning" buzzer beaters. Add to that a moral victory (but actual loss) for the Cavs and a moral loss (but actual win) for the Bulls, and you've got yourself a good night in sports -- and with NHL and college hoops games to spare! All that and more in About Last Night...
NBA: Celtics 118, Knicks 116 -- This one was so good it had TWO game-winning shots—even though only one counted. If football's a game of inches then basketball is a game of seconds, a lesson learned all too well by Amar'e Stoudemire, whose 3-pointer for-the-win came just after the final horn. Paul Pierce didn't sink the last bucket, but his tie-breaking J with .4 to play was the last to count, so the Celtics stretched their win streak to 11 straight.
Bulls 110, Raptors 93, IR 1 --The Bulls seem to be involved in a cruel game of musical centers, as they got back Carlos Boozer just two weeks ago and have now lost Joakim Noah to injury. Noah had 11 points and 11 boards to help his team to its seventh straight win, but after the game it was announced that Chicago's beloved Sideshow Bob will miss eight to 10 weeks for surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. If the Bulls hope to succeed in Noah's absence Boozer will have to continue to be as dominant as he was Wednesday night, when he put up a season-high 34 points and 12 boards.
Heat 101, Cavs 95 -- LeBron James faced his former team for the second time in two weeks, but this time Cleveland decided to show up. It took all Miami had to hold off the pesky Cavs, who redeemed themselves after getting their butts handed to them back on Dec. 2 in Cleveland. Dwyane Wade scored 17 of his 28 points in the game's final stanza and James put up 21 points and a season-high 13 boards in the win, Miami's 10th straight.
Hornets 94, Kings 91 -- New Orleans used a franchise-record 23-point comeback to win just their fourth game in 13 tries. Chris Paul led the way with 22 points and 11 assists.
NHL: Rangers 4, Penguins 1 -- The Rangers used a four-goal third period for a come-from-behind win over Pittsburgh. The win came at a price, though, as New York's Ryan Callahan will likely be out six weeks after suffering a broken hand.
Avs 4, Blackhawks 3 -- Tomas Fleischmann scored a third period hat trick to lead the Avs to their second win over Chicago in just three days. The defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks lost just eight home games last year; this year they've already lost nine.
Men's college basketball: Ohio State 83, Florida Gulf Coast 83-55 -- Jon Diebler matched an Ohio State school record with nine 3-pointers en route to a career-high 29 points and a big Buckeyes win. Diebler was 9-14 on the night from beyond the arc and he made all nine of those in a row.
Women's college basketball: Florida State 69, Central Florida 51 -- Cierra Bravard posted her fourth double-double of the year, putting up 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 17 Florida State over the Golden Knights.