Heat Outlasts Thunder, Lakers Beat Clippers
Close game between OKC and Miami with victory for the Heat: Kevin Durant had an outstanding night but in despite of his effort the Thunder fell to the Heat by 98-93 in a game where the young all-star from Oklahoma City was always face to face with LeBron James, the difference-maker for Miami, who outscored Durant 34-30. Also for the Thunder, Russell Westbrook finished with 28 points while Dwayne Wade ended with 19 points for the Heat.
Miami was ahead on the score board by 7 points, but OKC opened the quarter with an impressive run that put things 85-83, and after that, the game got more intense with the Heat always trying to increase the difference of points, but with the Thunder always managing to get close by one, though a couple of errors from OKC at the end gave the Heat the final advantage of five points to seal the game.
Lakers beat Clippers: Staples Center was home for the Clippers yesterday, but at the end it was the “visiting” team who came up with the victory as the Lakers defeated Chris Paul’s team by 113-108, allowing them to win the season series between the two, and to also move a couple of matches ahead of the Clippers in their division.
And the most significant thing about the game is that now the Lakers own the tiebreaker over their town rivals and if both teams finish the season with the same record, The purple and gold will still get the higher seed in the playoffs. For the Lakers, Andrew Bynum scored 36 and Kobe Bryant finished the game with 31 points. For the Clippers, Caron Butler had 28 and Paul ended with 22 points.
Clippers visit Kings: Now the Clippers are headed to play against another divisional rival, the Kings, in Sacramento this evening, and this game is probably the one they need to continue with the good moment the team is having as they had won 6 straight before losing to the Lakers. The Kings hold the last place of the Pacific Division with just 19 wins and have lost 6 of 8, so the chances of the Clippers of achieving a victory are high.
That doesn’t seem to worry Sacramento coach Keith Smart, who knows that their season is over, but who stays positive towards the future, by saying that “I want our guys to understand that they need to play well. We have to look at it like this is our playoffs. So when the opportunity comes to us in the future, we have learned from situations like this.”
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