Kevin Durant dropped 17 points on the Heat in the fourth quarter of Game 1. He showed off the versatility that makes him the best scorer in the game — he back down the smaller Dwyane Wade and shot over him, he drained a three, he attack the rim in transition and threw it down. Durant can score just about anyway you please and the Heat had no answer (or at least no answer they went to regularly, how often do you see LeBron James on him in this video?).
It was a masterful performance. Durant owned the game when the game was on the line in the fourth quarter. Everyone in Chesapeake Energy Arena loved it.
Well, not everyone.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head, literally (video)
With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.
Serge Ibaka gets dunked on by Enes Kanter, hit in face by ball (video)