Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic all registered wins on a busy Monday night in the NBA.
Miami Heat improved to 44-14 for the season with a 97-81 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 16-point win gave Miami their 15th in a row, a frachise record. Dwyane Wade was in imperious form, finishing with 32 points, 7 rebounds and ten assists. Wade has been a stand-out performer for the Heat this season, but his performances have been overshadowed by the exceptional LeBron James. James had another industrious night (by his own standards), finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Miami led throughout, with the Timberwolves struggling to overcome the champions. Ricky Rubio finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds,8 assists and six steals. It was an excellent all-round performance for the T-Wolves point guard, but he could not stop his side from slipping to 20-37 for the season.
The New York Knicks overcame a 22-point deficit in Cleveland to eventually overcome the Cavaliers 102-97. It was a good night at the office for Amar’e Stoudemire, the power forward finishing with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Stoudemire shared the scoring duties with JR Smith (18 & 7), on a night when Carmelo Anthony had to leave with an apparent knee injury in the second quarter. Marreese Speights scored a game-high 23 points for the Cavs, with Kyrie Irving adding 22 points and six assists. However, a 3-pointer from Jason Kidd with less than five minutes left gave New York their first lead of the night and they held on for 102-97 win. The Knicks improve to 36-21 in the Eastern Conference, as they attempt to catch Indiana and Miami. Meanwhile, Cleveland are 12th with a disappointing record of 20-40.
The Orlando Magic ended a three-game slide and registered just their 3rd win in 23 games, with a 105-102 win over the New Orleans Hornets. Magic outscored their opponents by nine points down the stretch to register just their 17th win of the season. Aron Afflalo finished with 26 points, seventeen of which came in the second-half. Afflalo also had 5 rebounds and 5 assists to cap a good night’s work. Anthony Davis was the stand-out player for the Hornets, registering 17 points and 15 rebounds. Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez both finished with 17 points each, but it wasn’t enough as the Hornets fell to 21-40. The win in New Orleans means the Magic improve to 17-44.
NBA Results 05/03/13:
NYK 102-97 CLE
UTA 108-109 MIL (OT)
ORL 105-102 NOH
MIA 97-81 MIN
ATL 88-104 DEN
CHA 105-122 POR
TOR 118-125 GSW