NBA results: February 28, 2019
Houston Rockets (118) – Charlotte Hornets (113)
Minnesota Timberwolves (123) – Atlanta Hawks (131)
Washington Wizards (125) – Brooklyn Nets (116)
Golden State Warriors (125) – Miami Heat (126)
Portland Trail Blazers (97) – Boston Celtics (92)
Chicago Bulls (109) – Memphis Grizzlies (107)
Detroit Pistons (93) – San Antonio Spurs (105)
Indiana Pacers (101) – Dallas Mavericks (110)
LA Clippers (105) – Utah Jazz (111)
Milwaukee Bucks (141) – Sacramento Kings (140)
New Orleans Pelicans (119) – LA Lakers (125)
Five things that happened in the NBA today:
1. Dwyane, FTW
Dwyane Wade was supposed to quietly ride off into the sunset. Playing his final season in the league, he was supposed to sit back and let the young guys on the Heat do the heavy lifting. But with the defending champions in town, Wade decided to put on a show and do some lifting of his own.
The result was an incredible highlight to add to a career already full of incredible highlights.
Wade came off the bench for the Heat and put up 25 points. He went toe-to-toe against Kevin Durant, matching the Warriors forward clutch shot for clutch shot. In the end, Wade came up with the biggest, most ridiculous shot of the game.
The Warriors were up two with 13 seconds left in the game. The Heat had one last chance to get the win. Wade tried to drive in and get the game-tying shot but Andre Iguodala blocked his way. He passed out to Dion Waiters on the left wing but got the ball back when Waiters was doubled. Wade had 2.4 seconds to get a shot up from the top of the key.
Wade faked off Durant but Durant’s long arms still got a hand on the ball and knocked it off as Wade rose for a shot. Wade recovered the ball midair and quickly heaved a shot on one foot that banked in. And, just like he’s done may times in his career, Wade celebrated on the scorer’s table with the Miami fans.
After the game, Wade credited Kobe Bryant for inspiration with his one-legged shot.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 28, 2019
Bryant once beat Wade’s Heat with a similar one-legged banking game-winner.
"When Kobe hit that game winner on me in LA…off the glass from the top of the key I said how is that possible? Thank you for showing me the way. Mamba Mentality." – @DwyaneWade pic.twitter.com/bG9WM50rcB
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 28, 2019
What a Last Dance it’s been for Wade so far. With a few more games in the season, everyone is hoping for a couple more highlights like that.
2. Bucks grit out a double-OT win
Wad and the Heat weren’t the only ones that played in a thrilling game. The Bucks and the Kings had a double-OT thriller of their own.
It was a high-scoring game as both teams breached the 140-point mark. The Bucks scored 73 points in the first half and took a nine-point lead heading into the break. To make matters worse for the Kings, Marvin Bagley III left the game late in the third period due to a knee injury after colliding with Malcolm Brogdon.
But the Kings didn’t fold. They came all the way back in the game in the fourth period, even taking the lead on a Willy Cauley-Stein putback. But Eric Bledsoe muscled his way into the paint to tie the game and got the defensive stop on De’Aaron Fox to send the game to OT.
The first extra period featured big shots from both teams including three-pointers from Bogdan Bogdanovic and Brogdon to keep the game tied. The Bucks eventually pulled away with a safe margin in OT.
3. Playoff Mode LeBron activated again
Wade wasn’t the only one to hit a clutch one-legged shot. His former partner in crime also nailed one to seal the win.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 28, 2019
After back-to-back passive performances from LeBron James, it seems as if he flipped the switch once again. Back home and facing the Pelicans, James led the Lakers to an important win to stay in the Playoff hunt. He had 33 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
James was so good, a certain #FutureLaker looked impressed.
LeBron James is good, but Anthony Davis' reaction is better 🙃 pic.twitter.com/47Ow8zPkNP
— ESPN (@espn) February 28, 2019
The Lakers are still a ways away from the Playoffs but with losses by the Clippers and Kings today, they’ve made some progress.
4. VC still got highlights
Wade isn’t the only vet with the highlight.
Check out Vince Carter trying to put Karl-Anthony Towns in a GIF. But he stopped mid-air, considered the results of his actions and then smoothly lofted a shot in.
Vince Carter is 42 and still trying to throw down dunks like this (very nice recovery too) pic.twitter.com/FfR8Y0uH8z
— Tom West (@TomWestNBA) February 28, 2019
Here’s Carter at 24 and 42.
Vince Carter at age 42 & 24 pic.twitter.com/KodA45x4eY
— David Astramskas (@redapples) February 28, 2019
Vince still has bunnies.
5. Harden is starting a new streak
Wade wasn’t the only All-Star shooting guard who had a big game today.
After his 30-point streak ended against the Hawks the other day, James Harden got another streak started today against the Hornets. He put up 30 points and seven assists to lead the Rockets. Harden’s shooting was still off today. He was 0-22 at one point spanning the past three games. He nailed his first three-pointer of the game late in the third period. He finished 1/11 from beyond the arc in today’s game.
Harden got a lot of help from Chris Paul to close out the pesky Hornets. Paul had 17 points and 10 assists.
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