|New Orleans Hornets forward Carl Landry (left) rises for a shot against Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph on Sunday. (AP-Yonhap News)|
NEW YORK (AP) ― The Miami Heat finally came to Madison Square Garden, a sea of orange surrounding them in what looked like a playoff game.
Maybe that’s all it took to bring out their best on the road. LeBron James had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 points and nine boards, and the Heat overcame Carmelo Anthony’s 42 points to beat the New York Knicks 93-85 on Sunday to clinch the Southeast Division title.
Originally scheduled to be here in November, the Heat’s lone regular-season game in New York came with the compressed regular season coming to a close ― and with a chance they’ll be back again soon.
“This is obviously a lot of our favorite places to play, but I think it came at a good time for us,” Wade said. “We were struggling, as in to play a complete game on the road, and what better place to come in and focus then here, where this team has been playing well and can embarrass you if you don’t play your game.” Bynum lifts Kobe-less Lakers past Mavs
LOS ANGELES (AP) ― Sure, Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Lakers are well aware a regular-season sweep means nothing compared to a playoff sweep. The Lakers are still pleased they’re controlling this rivalry with the Dallas Mavericks heading to another postseason in which they just might meet again ― and they even did it without Kobe Bryant.
Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Gasol made back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime, and the Lakers won their fourth straight game without the NBA’s leading scorer, 112-108 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
Toronto 102, Atlanta 86
Orlando 100, Cleveland 84
Sacramento 104, Portland 103
Boston 94, Charlotte 82
Chicago 100, Detroit 94
New Orleans 88, Memphis 75
Denver 101, Houston 86