Heat 88, Spurs 86
Earlier this season, the San Antonio Spurs nearly beat the Miami Heat despite resting Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green. On Sunday, the Heat returned the favor, deciding to sit LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers. But instead of falling just short, the Heat pulled out an improbable road win thanks to a Chris Bosh three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left.
Bosh had 23 points and nine rebounds, and his heroics came shortly after it appeared the Spurs (55-18) would pull out the victory thanks to several clutch plays by Tim Duncan. San Antonio went up 86-83 on a Duncan jumper with 1:21 left, but it would not score the rest of the game. Norris Cole knocked down two free throws with 32 seconds left, and after a Duncan miss, Bosh buried the dagger. Tony Parker then missed a jumper as time expired.
Ray Allen had 14 points off the bench and provided the assist on Bosh's game-winner. Norris Cole had 13 points in place of Chalmers, while Mike Miller buried four three-pointers as the starter in place of Wade. The Heat (58-15) knocked down 12 three-pointers on the night, which helped them make up for getting out-rebounded by 16.
Duncan and Kawhi Leonard both had 17 points for the Spurs, who were without Ginobili due to a strained hamstring. Parker and Green struggled to 4-of-14 shooting nights.
Knicks 108, Celtics 89
New York (46-26) used a 37-point second quarter to build a 17-point halftime lead and never looked back. The Knicks made it rain from three-point land, burying 14-of-27 from deep. Five different players made at least two three-pointers, with Chris Copeland and Raymond Felton each knocking down three. Copeland finished with 22 points and five rebounds on 6-of-10 shooting.
Jeff Green had 27 points and Paul Pierce had 24 points and 15 rebounds, but it was nowhere near enough as the rest of the Celtics' (38-35) starting lineup combined for just six points. Kevin Garnett sat out with a sore ankle, and his presence on both offense and defense was certainly missed.
Hornets 112, Cavaliers 92
Kyrie Irving returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers' lineup and scored 31 points, but Greivis Vasquez and the New Orleans Hornets had little trouble dispatching the Cavs in a 112-92 rout. Vasquez had 25 points and nine assists and Ryan Anderson poured in 23 off the bench for the Hornets, who nailed 12-of-21 from three-point range.
Irving scored 15 of his 31 points in the second quarter to help the Cavs (22-50) to a halftime lead, but the second half was all New Orleans (26-48). The star point guard will not play in Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks as Cleveland looks to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Bulls 95, Pistons 94
The Chicago Bulls trailed the Detroit Pistons for much of the game, but finally caught and overtook them in the fourth quarter in a 95-94 victory. The Bulls (40-32) won despite shooting just 39.5 percent from the field, thanks to going to the free throw line a whopping 40 times. Luol Deng attempted 17 of those free throws, making 11 as part of a 28-point, nine-rebound performance.
Rodney Stuckey had 25 points off the bench to lead the Pistons (24-50), who finished off the month of March with just one victory. Detroit shot over 60 percent en route to 57 first half points before cooling off and putting up just 34 points in the second half.
Wizards 109, Raptors 92
Washington Wizards rookie Bradley Beal nailed six three-pointers in his return from a sprained ankle as the Wizards (27-46) destroyed the Toronto Raptors, 109-92. Beal finished with 24 points off the bench, while John Wall notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. After a tight first quarter, Washington controlled play the rest of the game.
The scuffling Raptors (27-46) shot just 39.5 percent in the ugly defeat. But on a positive note, youngster Jonas Valanciunas managed 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in 37 minutes of play. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each added 15 points in the loss.