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Knicks block James, Heat

LeBron fails to deliver late in loss

Associated Press / February 28, 2011

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With the game on the line, LeBron James got past Carmelo Anthony.

Not Amar’e Stoudemire, however.

And just like that, the New York Knicks — with defense, no less — knocked off the Miami Heat.

Chauncey Billups made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:01 left, Stoudemire blocked James’s layup try with seven seconds remaining to protect a 1-point lead, and the Knicks finished with a 13-2 run to beat the Heat, 91-86, last night in Miami.

“The bigger the game, the bigger the stage, the bigger they play,’’ Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Tonight they showed it.’’

Anthony scored 29 points and Stoudemire added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Billups had 16 points for the Knicks, who rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit and improved to 2-1 since the megatrade with Denver that dramatically changed their roster.

James scored 27 for Miami, which had won seven straight at home. Chris Bosh added 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade finished with only 12 points for the Heat.

James had a chance to tie it, but missed a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining, and the Knicks leaped in celebration.

Miami is now tied with Chicago in the loss column, each with 17 in the tight race in the East. The Heat do have three more wins, but fell a half-game behind Boston for the top spot.

Lakers 90, Thunder 87 — Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 17 points, and visiting Los Angeles firmed up its grasp on third place in the Western Conference by beating Oklahoma City. The Lakers moved 4 1/2 games ahead of the Thunder.

Andrew Bynum added 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the Lakers still weren’t able to simply overpower a Thunder team that added former Celtic Kendrick Perkins for interior toughness but won’t get him in the lineup for a couple weeks because of a sprained left knee.

Lamar Odom missed a pair of free throws with 10.9 seconds left to leave the door open for Oklahoma City, but Kevin Durant and James Harden each missed 3-pointers from the top of the key in the closing moments.

Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 22 points and Durant scored 21.

Timberwolves 126, Warriors 123 — Kevin Love had 37 points and 23 rebounds to extend his NBA-leading double-double streak to 46 games, and host Minnesota snapped a seven-game skid.

Love had his fourth 30-point, 20-rebound game of the season as the Timberwolves overcame a 14-point deficit and avoided extending their longest losing streak of a frustrating season.

The All-Star forward also went 18 for 23 from the free throw line to tie Minnesota’s franchise records for attempts and makes.

Spurs 95, Grizzlies 88 — Manu Ginobili scored 18 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter to rally host San Antonio over Memphis.

The Spurs overcame the loss of Tony Parker and improved their NBA-best record to 49-10, tying a franchise record for a season with their 21st straight home victory. Parker left with a left calf injury after he collided with Grizzlies guard Mike Conley with 2:45 remaining in the second quarter. He didn’t return in the second half.

Suns 110, Pacers 108 — Channing Frye’s long jumper as the buzzer sounded in overtime lifted visiting Phoenix over Indiana.

Grant Hill had 34 points for the Suns, who scored the first 7 points of overtime before the Pacers rallied.

Magic 100, Bobcats 86 — Dwight Howard had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead host Orlando to the win over Charlotte, despite a 35-point performance by Stephen Jackson.

Mavericks 114, Raptors 96 — Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Shawn Marion scored 20 points, and visiting Dallas erased an early 19-point deficit to beat Toronto for its sixth straight win and 16th in the last 17 games.

Hawks 90, Trail Blazers 83 — Jamal Crawford scored 23 points, Joe Johnson netted 22, and visiting Atlanta held off a Portland rally in the fourth quarter.

Rockets 91, Hornets 89 — Kevin Martin scored 33 points and Houston overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to beat host New Orleans for its fourth straight win.

76ers 95, Cavaliers 91 — Elton Brand and Lou Williams scored 16 points apiece and visiting Philadelphia moved above .500 for the first time this season.

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