Tyler Johnson scored 24 points, including the game's final four from the foul line in overtime, and the Heat kept their postseason hopes alive by rallying past the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-121 on Monday night.
Over and over, Cavaliers players have bemoaned the lack of energy and defensive execution displayed in the past several games, but Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said now is the time for his team to "put up or shut up". James was listed as having a right calf strain, and Irving has soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. James notched his 11th triple-double of the season, scoring 21 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, going 16-for-29 overall with a game-high 16 boards, 11 assists, two steals and a block.
To be fair, James played 47 minutes in Sunday night's loss to the Hawks. Don't even say JR Smith missing 40 games is the reason why this team has struggled so much. "We had some key injuries that set us back, but for the most part, it's pretty much the same".
George Hill scored 20 points for Utah, while Stephen Curry made 28 including six three-pointers in a losing cause for the Warriors. This will be a tough series for the Pacers as they will have to face the defending champions and somehow find a way to slow down LeBron James and he is still the best basketball player on the planet. Isaiah Thomas led the way for Boston with 27 points. When Kevin Love went down, James upped his rebounding averages.More news: Google Releases New Google Earth, Still Can't Disprove Earth Is Flat
Chicago split four regular-season meetings with Boston and climbed into the playoffs by winning seven of its last nine games.
Four players are averaging at least 10.7 points per game, they are: LeBron James (26.4), Kyrie Irving (25.2), Kevin Love (19.0) and Kyle Korver (10.7). "If we do that, get our fans involved, get the city really behind us again, I think it could be (as good as 2016)".
Lue, who lives in a lovely home on Lake Erie in Bay Village, went there shortly after the Cavs' lost their season finale Wednesday evening to the Toronto Raptors to ramp up preparations. That won't change with a win or a loss. "We're aware of what's going on, and hopefully we can get the No. 1 seed". Cleveland needed to win and have the Celtics lose to Milwaukee to claim the No. 1 seed. The Bulls' point guard, Rajon Rondo, is laboring with a sprained wrist, but backup Jerian Grant has been "terrific", in the opinion of coach Fred Hoiberg, as the replacement down the stretch of the season. If they need to go on the road for 4 games in a 7-game series, it could be a difference maker in making it through the east. The Cavs came from 3-1 down a year ago largely because Stephen Curry played hurt in the Finals.