|LeBron James, blowing past the Rockets’ Luis Scola, had 33 points as Miami won for the eighth time in nine games. (Jeffrey M. Boan/Associated Press)|
Heat produce historical night
James, Wade, Bosh each go for 30-10
With the playoffs looming, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are finding a new gear.
And they accomplished something yesterday that hadn’t been done in more than 50 years.
Each of them had 30-10 nights — James with 33 points and 10 rebounds, Bosh had 31 points and 12 rebounds, and Wade shook off a bruised tailbone to finish with 30 points and 11 boards — as the Heat beat the Houston Rockets, 125-119, in Miami for their eighth win in nine games.
It was the first time since February 1961 that three teammates finished with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a non-overtime game.
“Unbelievable,’’ James said.
“That’s why we get paid the big bucks,’’ Wade said.
The last time a team had three players score 30 in the same game was Feb. 26, 2010, when Houston had Kevin Martin, Aaron Brooks, and Luis Scola combine for 94 against San Antonio. Before that, you’d have to go back all the way to Nov. 14, 1997, when Portland’s Isaiah Rider, Brian Grant, and Arvydas Sabonis all had 30-plus points and 10 or more rebounds in a quadruple-overtime win over Phoenix.
But doing it in regulation, the last time that happened was a half-century ago, when Oscar Robertson, Jack Twyman, and Wayne Embry — all Hall of Famers — did it for the Cincinnati Royals in a loss to the Philadelphia Warriors.
“One of the things we talked about when we came together was making history,’’ Bosh said.
Wade sealed it with 33 seconds left, taking a handoff from James and making a lefthanded layup while getting knocked into a row of courtside photographers for a 120-115 lead. The Heat never trailed in the fourth quarter, taking the lead for good when James Jones made three free throws with 9:22 remaining.
The Heat noticed late in the game that Bosh had 28 points, and after Miami’s star trio combined for 91 points Friday in a win over Philadelphia, they talked about what it would be like for each of them to score 30.
That chance came exactly one game later. And Bosh needed two trips to the foul line, but he got it done — only to learn afterward of the historical ramifications.
Grizzlies 111, Spurs 104 — Tony Allen and Zach Randolph had 23 points apiece, and host Memphis sent San Antonio to its third straight loss.
Randolph also grabbed 11 rebounds for Memphis, which currently holds the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. If the Grizzlies keep the No. 8 seed, they will likely face the Spurs in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Spurs’ George Hill matched his career high with 30 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Already missing Tim Duncan (sprained left ankle), San Antonio played the bulk of the second half without leading scorer Manu Ginobili, who sustained a left quad contusion.
Warriors 114, Wizards 104 — Monta Ellis (37 points, 13 assists, 7 rebounds) and David Lee (season-high 33 points) led Golden State past visiting Washington.
JaVale McGee had a career-high 28 points and tied his career best with 18 rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost 10 of 11.
Kings 114, 76ers 111 — Marcus Thornton scored 32 points and Samuel Dalembert made two free throws in the closing seconds of overtime for visiting Sacramento.
Thornton rallied the Kings by netting 19 points in the third quarter. Jrue Holiday led Philadelphia back by scoring 16 of his 28 points in the fourth. The 76ers needed a buzzer-beating 32-footer from Lou Williams to force overtime.
Hawks 99, Cavaliers 83 — Playing without leading scorer Joe Johnson (sprained right thumb), Atlanta never trailed in Cleveland as Marvin Williams notched a season-high 31 points and Al Horford added 20.
Thunder 99, Trail Blazers 90 — Russell Westbrook hit three 3-pointers down the stretch, including the clincher with 21 seconds left, as host Oklahoma City overcame a 40-point night by Gerald Wallace to beat Portland and clinch its second straight playoff berth.
Lakers 102, Hornets 84 — Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and Pau Gasol had 23 points and 16 rebounds as host Los Angeles won for the 15th time in 16 games since the All-Star break.
Mavericks 91, Suns 83 — Jason Kidd hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:10 left and scored the final 8 points for Dallas in Phoenix.