LeBron, Heat come up short in overtime epic with Timberwolves

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Timberwolves 122, Heat 121

Mario Chalmers missed a free throw that would have won the game for Miami at the end of overtime, and Ray Allen missed a go-ahead three at the buzzer in double-overtime, as the Timberwolves outlasted the Heat.

Kevin Love posted his league leading 60th double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds. 

LeBron James had 34 in the game, and became the fastest player to 23,000 points in NBA history.

With the win, Minnesota jumped over .500, and the Heat, despite the loss remained in first place in the eastern conference standings.

Raptors 102, Pacers 94

The wheels continue to come off for the Pacers, as they've now lost seven of 10 games, including tonight in Toronto.

Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and nine rebounds, while Terrence Ross had 24 points in the win for the Raptors, who've now won five of six games.

Paul George led the Pacers with 26 points. Indiana has been dreadful over the past three weeks, and face both Miami and Oklahoma City over their last five games of the season.

Nets 116, Pistons 104

Mirza Teletovic score 20 points, and connected of six of Brooklyn's 15 three points on the night, as the Nets cruised to their 15th straight home win.

Shaun Livingston added 23 points for the Nets, who sit fifth in the eastern conference, slotted to open the playoffs against Chicago, if the season ended today.

The Nets led by as many as 22 points.

Andre Drummond posted a double-double for the lottery bound Pistons with 23 points and and impressive 18 rebounds. 

Wizards 90, Knicks 89

Bradley Beal hit a go-ahead jump shot with just 22 seconds left, and J.R. Smith, who score 32 points, missed a potential game winning three with time running out to give the Wizards the win.

Beal led the Wiz with 28 points, and Marcin Gortat added 13 points and 10 boards.

Carmelo Anthony had a tough night for the Knicks, with just 10 points and nine turnovers. Anthony entered the night second in the league in scoring at 28.0 points per game.

Hawks 117, Cavaliers 98

Atlanta dealt a severe blow to Cleveland's playoff chances with the easy win in Atlanta.

Jeff Teague had a 20 point-12 assist double-double, and Mike Scott led the way with 26 points in the Hawks win.

With the victory, and the Knicks loss, Atlanta jumped back into the eighth and final playoff spot in the eastern conference with just five games left for each team.

Dion Waiters led the Cavaliers with 23 points. Kyrie Irving had 13 in his second game back after missing two weeks with a biceps injury.

Grizzlies 100, Nuggets 92

Marc Gasol had 24 points as the Grizzlies did their part to stay in the playoff picture in the wild race for seventh and eight out west. 

Denver led by six at the half, but couldn't contain Mike Conley, Jr. after the intermission. Conley, scored 19 of his 21 after the break.

Randy Foye led Denver in scoring with 21 points and added nine rebounds, and Kenneth Faried posted a double-double for the fifth time in six games with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

76ers 111, Celtics 102

The Boston Celtics have won twice in four games for the first time since a four-game winning streak from December 29 to January 4.

Henry Sims had a career-high 24 points for Philadelphia, and rookie of the year front-runner Michael Carter-Williams also had 24 points, and added six rebounds and six assists.

Philadelphia had lost 13 straight road games before this victory, with its last road win, coincidentally, coming in Boston back on January 29.

Rajon Rondo posted 11 points and 16 assists, and Jerryd Bayless led the C's with 23 points. 

Bobcats 91, Magic 80

The top cats for Charlotte were in playoff form against the out-manned Orlando Magic.

Kemba Walker recorded his second career triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, and Al Jefferson had 29 points and 16 rebounds in the comfortable win.

Victor Oladipo had 21 points off the bench for the Magic. He's averaging just over 14 points, four rebounds, and four assists this season, and is a lock to make the all rookie team.


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