Kobe Bryant getting his numbers retired was the main attraction in the NBA last night.
But don’t let it completely overshadow an awesome night of basketball.
Five games were decided by two points or fewer, matching a record hit seven times prior, most recently in 2006. The close finishes:
Warriors 116, Lakers 114
Durant shot 10-for-29. How Kobe-esque.
Celtics 112, Pacers 111
Boston and Indiana combined to make six straight shots in a thrilling final minute, capped by Terry Rozier‘s steal and game-winning dunk:
Even Darren Collison‘s desperation heave hit a lot of rim.
Thunder 95, Nuggets 94
Denver flubbed the end.
In a tie game, Oklahoma City had the ball with about a five-second difference between game clock and shot clock. Nuggets coach Michael Malone wanted to use a foul to give and was clearly annoyed Jamal Murray didn’t do it sooner. But Malone kept calling for an intentional foul, which Trey Lyles finally committed with 14.8 seconds left. That reset the shot clock to 14 seconds, allowing the Thunder to use nearly the entire game clock before Russell Westbrook drew a foul with 2.8 seconds left. Westbrook made a free throw for his 38th point, and – short on time – the Nuggets rushed a miss:
Timberwolves 108, Trail Blazers 107
Bulls 117, 76ers 115
Dario Saric scored Philadelphia’s final 10 points, but he couldn’t keep up with Nikola Mirotic and Kris Dunn. The duo carried Chicago down the stretch, as the Bulls overcame an eight point deficit in the final four minutes and moved to 6-0 with Mirotic: