NBA Roundup: History for Heat heroes
Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 27, 2011
The NBA roundup …
MIAMI ó LeBron James had 33 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Bosh added 31 points and 12 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade shook off a bruised tailbone to finish with 30 points and 11 boards as the Miami Heat beat the Houston Rockets 125-119 on Sunday for their eighth win in nine games.
It was the first time since February 1961, when Oscar Robertson, Jack Twyman and Wayne Embry ó Hall of Famers all ó did it for the Cincinnati Royals in a loss to the Philadelphia Warriors, that three teammates had 30 points and 10 rebounds in a non-overtime.
Kevin Martin scored 29 points, Luis Scola added 28 and Kyle Lowry ó who tweaked an ankle late ó had 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Rockets. Chase Budinger scored 16 for Houston, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Grizzlies 111, Spurs 104
MEMPHIS, Tenn. ó Tony Allen and Zach Randolph had 23 points apiece, and Memphis sent San Antonio to its third straight loss.
Randolph also grabbed 11 rebounds for Memphis, which currently holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. If the Grizzlies earn the No. 8 seed, they will likely face the NBA-leading Spurs in the opening round of the playoffs.
Celtics 85, T-wolves 82
MINNEAPOLIS ó Paul Pierce had 23 points and seven rebounds, and Boston nearly gave away another huge lead in a victory over Minnesota.
Kevin Garnett had 13 points, 13 rebounds and thousands of fans who turned out to cheer for the former face of the Timberwolves franchise. The Celtics led by 25 early in the second quarter, but trailed by two midway through the fourth before Pierce lifted them to the victory.
Michael Beasley had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were missing All-Star Kevin Love for the third straight game because of a strained left groin.
Hawks 99, Cavaliers 83
CLEVELAND ó Marvin Williams scored a season-high 31 points and Al Horford added 20, leading Atlanta over Cleveland.
Atlanta played without leading scorer Joe Johnson, but never trailed. Johnson, who averages 18.5 points, sprained his right thumb Saturday, but the Hawks didnít need him to defeat the Cavaliers, who have the worst record in the NBA.
Williams took advantage of his increased playing time by shooting 9 of 14 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and 8 of 9 from the foul line in 43 minutes. Josh Smith scored 13 points and had a season-high 18 boards.
Kings 114, 76ers 111, OT
PHILADELPHIA ó Marcus Thornton scored 32 points and former Philadelphia center Samuel Dalembert made two free throws in the closing seconds of overtime for Sacramento.
Beno Udrih made a pivotal 3-pointer in the closing minutes.