Flying dunks. Clutch 3s. Big-time blocks. The New York Knicks and Miami Heat put on a show last night at American Airlines Arena in Miami.
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In a game full of superstars, it was Amare Stoudemire who took center stage in the final seconds and denied LeBron James’ driving layup to preserve the Knicks’ thrilling 91-86 victory over the Heat.
Besides the game-saving swat, Stoudemire scored 16 points and grabbed 10 boards in the game. New Knick Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 29 points for New York (30-27), who lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night.
The Heat (43-17) were led by King James who had 27 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Here are the rest of last night’s NBA scores with each squad’s top performers.
Los Angeles 90, Oklahoma City 87.
Lakers: Pau Gasol, 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Oklahoma City: Russell Westbrook, 22 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds.
Orlando 100, Charlotte 86.
Orlando: Dwight Howard, 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Charlotte: Stephen Jackson, 35 points and 6 rebounds.
San Antonio 95, Memphis 88.
San Antonio: Manu Ginobili, 35 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds.
Memphis: Zach Randolph, 24 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists.
Dallas 114, Toronto 96.
Dallas: Dwight Nowitzki, 31 points and 13 rebounds.
Toronto: Amir Johnson, 21 points and 7 rebounds.
Atlanta 90, Portland 83.
Atlanta: Jamal Crawford, 22 points (four 3-pointers)
Portland: Andre Miller, 20 points and 7 rebounds.
Philadelphia 95, Cleveland 91.
Philadelphia: Elton Brand, 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Cleveland: J.J. Hickson, 22 points and 16 rebounds.
Houston 91, New Orleans 89.
Houston: Kevin Martin, 33 points (four 3-pointers) and 4 steals.
New Orleans: David West, 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
Phoenix 110, Indiana 108.
Phoenix: Grant Hill, 34 points (four 3-pointers) and 9 rebounds.
Indiana: Danny Granger, 25 points and 6 assists.
Minnesota 126, Golden State 123.
Minnesota: Kevin Love, 37 points and 23 rebounds.
Golden State: Stephen Curry, 33 points (five 3-pointers) and 11 rebounds
Best NBA trade?
There were some good as well as some head-scratching moves last week. Melo joining the Knicks and Deron Williams moving to Jersey received the most hoopla, but, while initially a stunner, one of the best deals Thursday in the long term was the Boston Celtics acquiring Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic from the Thunder in exchange for injury-hampered Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson and a 2012 first-round pick.
The Celtics lost toughness and “a family member,” as KG said, but they added the 6-foot-9 more durable Green and his 15 points and 5.5 boards per night. The 7-foot Krstic (7.6 points, 4.4 rebounds) can fill some of the intangibles Boston will miss with Perkins’ departure. Plus, the aging Celtics received a first-round pick next year in the deal.
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