Oklahoma City big man Kevin Durant doesn't live within the laws of physics that restrict most Americans. On Friday he dropped in 51 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and hit a go-ahead three-pointer against the Raptors with 1.7 seconds left in double overtime. Reggie Jackson added 25 and the Thunder slipped out of Toronto with a 119-118 double-overtime win.
Russell Westbrook sprained his right knee in the third quarter and it was terrifying and sad and devastating but ...
Russell Westbrook was in great spirits after the game. Left the arena walking just fine. No brace. No crutches. Doesn't expect to miss time.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) March 22, 2014
That's some good news, at least.
Indiana Pacers 91, Chicago Bulls 79
Paul George didn't break out of his shooting slump against the Bulls (3-of-13), but he did record a triple-double and his Pacers got a very good win against a feisty and unforgiving Chicago squad. George finished with 10 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds and the Pacers held the Bulls to 36 percent shooting from the floor.
So, what happened here?
The Sixers came back from 17 down in 5 minutes…then threw the ball away on what could have been the game-winner. pic.twitter.com/zrB7W0KS7b— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) March 22, 2014
Amar'e Stoudemire led the Knicks with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Michael Carter-Williams knotted 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Sixers.
New Orleans Pelicans 111, Atlanta Hawks 105
Have we talked about how good Anthony Davis is? Because it's really a conversation that can go on forever. Davis finished with 34 points (11-of-19 shooting) and 11 rebounds against the Hawks.
Brooklyn Nets 114, Boston Celtics 98
Don't look now, but the Nets have won 11 straight home games and are now in sole position of fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Against the Celtics, Joe Johnson led the way with 27 points. Mason Plumlee added 18 points on seven shots and Brooklyn, as a team, shot 52 percent (9-of-17) from long range.
Miami Heat 91, Memphis Grizzlies 86
Keeping pace with the Pacers, Miami picked up an important home win against the Grizzlies behind a balanced offensive attack. Ray Allen led the way with 18 points if that tells you anything. LeBron James breezed his way to 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Dwyane Wade added 14 points. Zach Randolph pioneered Memphis: He finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds and four assists.
Dallas Mavericks 122, Denver Nuggets 106
When Dallas' offense gets going, there is little you can do to stop it. Against the Nuggets, the Mavs went to work. They shot 54 percent (48-of-89) from the field and 55 percent (12-of-22) from beyond the arc. Monta Ellis led the way with 26 points and seven assists and Dirk Nowitzki chipped in 21. J.J. Hickson paced Denver with 18 points off the bench.
Phoenix Suns 98, Detroit Pistons 92
The Pistons missed 16 free throws and gave the game away by allowing the Suns a 12-6 cushion over the final 3:22. Eric Bledsoe scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter for Phoenix. Rodney Stuckey matched the total with 23 off the bench for Detroit.
The Spurs cruised behind a balanced scoring threat in which six figures were in double figures. Marco Belinelli led the effort with 17 off the bench. Tiago Splitter scored 11 and pulled down 11 rebounds to add to San Antonio's totals. DeMarcus Cousins dropped in 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Kings. Isaiah Thomas led his team's effort with 18.
John Wall scored 28 points and dished out 14 assists to lead the Wizards to a 10-point road win over the Lakers in Los Angeles. Marcin Gortat added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, holding firm as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.