Around the Rim: Heat win thriller without Lebron and Wade

A look around Thursday night in the NBA while must-see TV night repeats.  Again.

Miami 116 Atlanta 109 3OT:  Both Lebron James and Dwayne Wade sat this was out but the Heat found a way to win.  The Hawks had plenty of chances to win this one but they couldn’t stop Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers.  Bosh stepped up with 33 points included a three with 0.6 seconds in regulation to force the game to overtime.  Atlanta could have put this one away but then Shane Battier came to the rescue and blocked a Joe Johnson shot to keep it going.

Johnson should have dominated with both James and Wade out but struggled and only had 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting.  The Hawks have to be disappointed in blowing this one at home no less.  Missing 15 free throws didn’t help one bit either.

Trail Blazers 107 Lakers 96:  Guess who has the best record in the Western Conference?  That would be the 5-1 Trail Blazers.   The Lakers led at halftime and got just about anything they wanted on offense.  But in the second half, the Blazers made them work for it and starting forcing turnovers and making the LA take tough shots.  Plus, Portland went on the attack too and unleashed Gerald Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge who finished with 31 and 28 respectively.   Kobe Bryant had another big game with 30 points and Andrew Bynum had a double-double (21 and 12) but the Lakers only got 14 points off the bench and went 0-11 from three-point range.

Spurs 93 Mavericks 71:  The Mavericks never got on track, scoring just 42 points in the first three quarters.  Dirk Nowitzki was off, hitting just 3-of-11 for only eight points.   This will happen to every team at some point with the Mavs playing their sixth game in eight days.  The Spurs didn’t miss Manu Ginobili one bit here with five players scoring in double digits and a comfortable 26 points led at the half.

Kings 103 Bucks 100:  Well, it looks like the Kings and especially Demarcus Cousins like their new coach Keith Smart more than the just-fired Paul Westphal.  Cousins actually played hard with 18 points and 15 rebounds and the Kings came back from 21 down in the second half for the win.  Marcus Thornton had 25 in the second half in the big comeback.