Game Night! ft. Toronto @ Golden State

WARRIORS LATE SURGE HELPS THEM PAST THE RAPTORS & MIAMI SET FRANCHISE WIN STREAK RECORD

An incredible final quarter effort took the Golden State Warriors (34-27) to a 125-118 win against the Toronto Raptors (23-38) to further dent their opponent’s play-off hopes. David Lee (29pts/11rbs/5as), Stephen Curry (26pts/12as) and Klay Thompson (22pts) combined for 77 POINTS as the Warriors look to cement their play-off position. The home side had opened up a double digit lead during the first half but a third quarter blip allowed Toronto back in and the visitors outscored their opponents 36-21 to take a 90-83 advantage into the final quarter. Thompson contributed eight points in a 10-2 start to the fourth as the Warriors regained the lead. The Raptors tied the game on three occasions but a 9-0 spell from the home side proved decisive and Golden State maintained their advantage to record a 125-118 victory after a 42-28 quarter.

STAT: It was the 40th time this season that All-Star David Lee posted double figures in points and rebounds in a game.

Miami Heat (44-14) set a new franchise record after claiming their 15th straight win after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-37) 97-81 on the road. Dwyane Wade top scored with 32 points whilst providing 10 assists with LeBron James adding a 20p-10r double-double. Ricky Rubio was at the heart of several plays for the hosts, finishing with 14pts/8as/6st while Derrick Williams had 25 points and 10 rebounds in their sixth consecutive loss. Despite losing Carmelo Anthony to injury before half-time, the NY Knicks (36-21) battled back from a TWENTY-TWO point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-40) 102-97. Amar’e Stoudemire matched his season high with 22 points while the game-high honours went to Marreese Speights with 23 having had 21 points at the half on 10-10 FG shooting.

STAT: It was the first time this season that Wade dished out 10 assists in a game.

Orlando Magic (17-44) picked up a 105-102 win in New Orleans (21-40) despite a 17p-15r double-double from Anthony Davis while the Portland Trail Blazers (28-31) powered their way to a 122-105 victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (13-47) in search for the play-offs. Denver (39-22) took their win streak to five games after easing past Atlanta (33-26) 122-104 while Milwaukee (30-28) needed overtime to beat the Utah Jazz (32-28) 109-108 with Monta Ellis scoring 34 points and Larry Sanders collecting 16 boards and six swats during the win.

Check-out Monta Ellis going ‘360’ to the hoop: (NBA)

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Wade- “Winning streak is something special”

'WOW' Way of Wade in action

‘WOW’ Way of Wade in action

Dwyane Wade is expecting a tough challenge from Miami’s next two opponents as they look to continue their win streak.

Miami have won their last TWELVE games as they sit clear at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a 41-14 and take on Memphis tonight before a game in New York on Sunday against the Knicks.

“Memphis are coming in very hot and an early game in New York, I’ll like to see how we respond,” the Heat guard admitted.

“Every game is different! We have confidence as a team but this is a different challenge for us now.”

The 31 year-old had a season-high 39 points in the win over Sacramento in double-OT as he combined with team-mate LeBron James for 79 in total. The dynamic duo were in top form throughout February as Miami began their winning streak with James averaging an incredible 29.7ppg and Wade contributing 23.9 a game.

Wade described Memphis as a ‘physical team’ and praised the partnership of All-Star Zach Randolph and Spanish international Marc Gasol. LeBron also paid tribute to the duo after alluding to the impressive EIGHT game win-streak for the Grizzlies.

“Marc Gasol has one of the biggest IQ’s in the game and Z-Bo is just a walking double-double, his nickname is 20-10,”

The reigning MVP has been thrilling the Miami crowd in recent weeks with some breathtaking pre-game dunks but LeBron insists he is not concerned about the criticism he has received for not participating in the annual Slam Dunk Contest.

“I don’t care. I get criticised for everything! I don’t need props and capes and cheerleaders,  I just do it!”

Another highlight dunk could be on the cards at the American Airlines Arena prior to the Grizzlies game in a battle of the win streaks in Miami. The last time the two sides met it was Memphis who got the W with a 104-86 home triumph back in November.

Game Night! ft. Sacramento @ Miami

LEBRON AND WADE HAVE SEASON-HIGHS TO PROPEL MIAMI TO WIN IN DOUBLE OT; INDIANA MAKE IT FIVE STRAIGHT WHILE THE BULLS FALL BACK

Miami Heat (41-14) needed two periods of overtime to record their TWELFTH straight victory after beating the Sacramento Kings (19-39) 141-129 in a thriller.  LeBron James posted his first 40 point game of the season and dished out a career-high 16 assists with Dwayne Wade a grateful recipient on his way to a season-high 39 point haul while Ray Allen chipped in with 21 points on 5-10 shooting from beyond the arc. For the Kings, Marcus Thornton had a season-high 38 points off the bench with 8-12 from long range and DeMarcus Cousins added a 24p/15r double-double but couldn’t prevent a SIXTH consecutive defeat.

Miami trailed at the half and at the end of the third but a bright spell in the fourth gave them a 105-96 advantage with four minutes on the clock. Thornton made a trio of triples and a lay-in from Cousins with 8.5 seconds left was enough to take the game beyond regulation at 112. Thornton drained another shortly followed by a three from Isaiah Thomas to make it a one point game before LeBron split his free throw attempts and the game was extended further at 124. The reigning MVP took over in the double-overtime with 11 points to take him to 40 as the Heat outscored Sacramento 17-5 in the second period.

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Chicago (32-25) have now lost SEVEN of their last ten as they fell to a 101-98 defeat at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers (19-38). Carlos Boozer (27p) and Luol Deng (26p) led the hosts with a combined 53 points but a 25 point haul from Dion Waiters in the absence of Kyrie Irving carried the Cavs to the win. Meanwhile, the LA Clippers (41-18) powered past the Charlotte Bobcats (13-44) 106-84 as Blake Griffin led the way with a 24p while Chris Paul provided 13 assists.

STAT: It was the 24th time this season CP3 has dished out 10+ dimes in a game.

Indiana Pacers (36-21) maintained second spot in the Eastern conference with their FIFTH win in a row after seeing off the Golden State Warriors (33-24) 108-97 despite a 38 point haul from Stephen Curry. A strong third quarter (31-20) set the platform for the victory and the home side were led by 28 points from David West while Paul George and George Hill combining for a further 44. Brooklyn Nets (34-24) moved past New York Knicks in the win column with a 101-97 on the road in New Orleans despite some late resistance from the Hornets (20-38). Deron Williams had a big night with 33 points and EIGHT assists while Grievis Vasquez led the hosts in points, rebounds and assists with a 20-8-7 performance.

STAT: Deron Williams matched his season-high points tally he also recorded against OKC in early December.

Dirk Nowitzki had a huge 21p/20r double-double in vain for the Dallas Mavericks (25-31) as the Milwaukee Bucks (27-28) picked up the 95-90 win on the road. Monta Ellis had a game-high 22 points to keep the Bucks in the final play-off position ahead of the Toronto Raptors. Minnesota (20-34) had a strong second-half comeback to take their game with Phoenix into overtime but fell short as the Suns (19-39) came out with an 84-83 victory. Orlando Magic (16-41) recorded a surprise 98-84 win on the road in Philadelphia as the 76ers (22-33) suffered a sixth straight defeat.

STAT: Larry Sanders scored 10+ points for the sixth straight game for the first time this season whilst continuing to lead the league in blocks with an average of 3.16 a game.

The King amongst Kings: check-out LeBron’s season-high night against Sacramento: (NBA)