The league's MVP put up 38 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Miami came back in the end of regulation to tie things up with the hot-shooting Hawks before dispatching of them in overtime. Ray Allen chipped in 19 points himself, including three from the free-throw line with less than 10 seconds remaining that tied the contest after DeMarre Carroll fouled him on a three-point attempt from the right corner.
And Atlanta nearly pulled this one out behind a massive performance from Paul Millsap. Millsap had connected on 18 threes throughout his entire Utah career, but he hit seven of them on Monday against the defending champs, and when he fouled out in overtime it left the Hawks without one of their serious threats down the stretch.
But LeBron did this, nearly ending the world:
The Knicks' up-and-down season continued on Monday night, this time in the 'up' department. Kind of. I guess. New York blew Orlando away in the second quarter before allowing the Magic to make a big second-half comeback, though it wouldn't be enough as the Knicks held on for a 103-98 win.
But the big story was the injuries for the Knicks. Raymond Felton, who was playing in his first game in weeks, left with a strained groin and did not return, but it was the injury to Carmelo Anthony's left ankle that could be more troubling if it's serious at all.
Melo twisted his ankle after landing on Tobias Harris' foot early in the third quarter with his team up by 25 points, and he never returned to the game. In his absence, the Magic went on a run and nearly completed a comeback, but the Knicks survived to move to 9-18 on the season.
Anthony scored 19 points in 24 minutes before leaving the game, and J.R. Smith picked up the slack with 18 points (on 17 shots) and 10 rebounds off the bench. Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis put up 26 and 20 points, respectively, in the loss.
It may have not had the star-power of the overtime contest between the Heat and Hawks, but the 111-110 Bobcats victory over the Bucks on Monday kept Charlotte alive in its quest for the playoffs.
Kemba Walker continues his emergence in the NBA. Walker nearly notched a triple-double with 25 points, 10 assists and nine boards in the winning effort, and he's been playing out of his mind this season. Al Jefferson pitched in 26 points and nine rebounds of his own for the Bobcats.
And it took a ridiculous shooting night from three for Charlotte to survive. The team went 10-of-17 from the arc despite shooting just 43 percent from the floor.
On the flip side, Brandon Knight was not to be out-dueled. They young Milwaukee point guard dropped 26 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds, nearly recording a triple-double of his own.
The Bucks made it to overtime after O.J. Mayo nailed a three in the final seconds of regulation. But in the extra period, Khris Middleton hit a 21-footer at the buzzer with his team down by three. So that didn't work too well.
Zach Randolph went for 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and looked like the Z-Bo of old as the Grizzlies dumped the Jazz, 104-94, in Memphis.
And when the Grizz take care of the ball and play defense like they did on Monday, they aren't nearly as bad as their now 12-15 record suggests. Memphis committed just six turnovers and hit 47 percent of its shots as the home team came away with a rather easy win after an uncharacteristic performance from the arc.
Gordon Hayward's near-triple double (16 pints, 11 rebounds and nine assists) was the news of the night for Utah.
We've come to expect big scoring nights when we see these two teams' names on the marquee. Not on Monday, though. The Warriors beat the Nuggets, 89-81, as the fight for the bottom spots in the Western Conference standings continued.
David Lee went off for 28 points and 10 rebounds, but no other Golden State player went for more than Stephen Curry's 14 points. The Warriors shot just 42 percent in the game, though that was better than their opponents.
Denver couldn't find the range in this one, shooting just 38 percent from the floor and knocking down only three shots from deep. Ty Lawson led the way for the Nuggets with 16 points, but he had four assists and five turnovers on the evening.
Just when it seemed the Cavs had begun to figure some things out, the team drops four of the next five with the only win coming over the lowly Bucks. On Monday, Cleveland got dump-trucked by Detroit, 115-92.
Brandon Jennings went for 21 points and 13 assists, Josh Smith put in 25 points and eight boards and the Pistons held the Cavaliers to 38 percent shooting on their home floor. Detroit's giant frontcourt overwhelmed Andrew Bynum, who went 0-for-11 from the floor, and Kyrie Irving's 21 points weren't nearly enough to pick up the slack.
Brooklyn lost Brook Lopez for the season just a few days ago, and Indiana is probably the last team you want to play without your star big man. The Pacers made quick work of the Nets, 103-86, in front of the Barclays Center crowd.
Lance Stephenson and Paul George went for 26 points apiece and Indy held Brooklyn to 38 percent shooting to secure the easy win. The Pacers are now 23-5 on the season and still have a hold of the top spot in the East.
And oh man, Lance Stephenson.
This was the classic case of two teams going in completely opposite directions, and the result and actions on the court showed that.
Houston was without James Harden, and Dallas made sure to take care of business. The Mavericks went on the road to face the Rockets on Monday night and left a 111-104 winner.
Dirk Nowitzki went for 31 points and Monta Ellis had 18 (but on 16 shots) as the Dallas offense was too much for the Rockets to keep up with. Dwight Howard had 29 points and 15 boards, Chandler Parsons pitched in 21 and Jeremy Lin had 20 in the loss.
Only eight players even got any court time for Houston in this game, and three of them scored three points or fewer. It wasn't what you would call a 'balanced' offensive attack without one of the league's best scorers in the game.
The Spurs got Kawhi Leonard back and proceeded to get themselves back in the win column. A hot Toronto team entered town coming off a win in Oklahoma City, but San Antonio shut the door on the Raptors, 112-99.
Tony Parker notched 26 points and eight assists, Danny Green got hot again from the arc on his way to 14 and four three-pointers and Leonard put in 13 and 10 boards. But it was Tim Duncan the point guard who broke an ankle or two in this one.
Toronto has been hot lately, and it got 23 points apiece from Kyle Lowry and Terrance Ross. But they got outrebounded by San Antonio, 50-40, and hit just seven of 21 three-point attempts.
Suns 117, Lakers 90
Raise your hand if you had the Suns going 17-10 through their first 27 games. No one? Understood. Phoenix welcomed the Los Angeles Lakers to town on Monday and just blew them out of the water, 117-90, in totally dominant fashion.
Gerald Green and Marcus Morris went for 22 and 19 points, respectively, both coming off the bench in another impressive effort from Jeff Hornacek's team. The dynamic duo of Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic combined for 28 points and 14 assists as the Suns are showing no signs of cooling off.
The Lakers, on the other hand, are in a bit of trouble. They're already without Kobe Bryant, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake, and Pau Gasol took a nasty shot to the face in this one and was only able to play 20 minutes. The hits just keep on coming.
Nick Young led the Lakers with 19 points, and it wasn't even close to enough to make a difference against Phoenix.
The young Pelicans are still on the outside looking in to the playoffs, but their working on chipping away at that gap. Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Jrue Holiday had 17 and 10 assists, and New Orleans went into Sacramento and left with a 113-100 win.
The Pelicans hit nearly 50 percent of their shots and forced 22 Kings turnovers in the process to move to 12-14 on the season. They also nearly doubled Sacto in assists, 28-15, as they were just much more efficient than their opponent on this night. The Kings managed just 41 percent shooting, and much of that is because of Rudy Gay's 2-for-12 performance.