Welcome back to the Nightly Roundup! Wild nights in the NBA, NHL, and some upsets in College Basketball made February 27th a night to remember. Let’s take a look back at it…
The Philadelphia 76ers dropped a 4th quarter lead to lose to the Miami Heat 102-101 last night in Miami. Dwayne Wayne had some part in the last 17 Heat points, scoring 15 of them. D-Wade seemingly turned back the clock as if the last year-and-a-half away from the Heat never happened to mastermind the final 30+ seconds of the game.
The Sixers and Heat traded scoring runs and leads for most of the first three quarters. Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric were firing on high and leading the scoring for the 76ers while Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, and Tyler Johnson led the way for Miami. The Heat chipped away at the Sixer lead each quarter going from a seven-point deficit after one, to a three-point deficit at the half, to just two points through three quarters. Then D-Wade turned it on.
The Sixers would lead until D-Wade pump-faked Dario to draw three foul shots–Wade would hit all three to tie the game. Ben Simmons takes the inbound, Wade fouls and sends Ben to the line. Simmons misses the first, makes the second, and Wade would come back down and do this:
The Sixers would get JJ Redick an open look as time expired as the Sixers lost their second-straight. The Heat moved to a game behind the Sixers (7-Seed). The Bucks lost to the Wizards 107-104 despite a near-triple-double from Giannis as Milwaukee sits a game ahead of the Sixers for the 6-Seed. Washington pads their lead over Indiana for the 4-Seed to 1.5 games but the 4 through 8 seeds are separated by 4 games in the standings.
A tough pill to swallow for the Sixers but they played themselves into the loss. The Sixers turned the ball over 23 times that led to 27 Miami points–the team had been better at holding on to possession. The more painful part was Wade and Spolestra’s exploitation of Simmons’ FT struggles. Simmons needs to be better than 57% from the stripe, especially down the stretch of a game. He hit both FTs last week versus Chicago so he can do it. Hopefully, it comes with age; hopefully.
Other NBA Scores:
Hornets beat Bulls 118-103—Kemba dropped another 30-burger as Charlotte has snuck their way into becoming a dark horse challenger at a playoff spot.
Cavs edge Nets 129-123—Lebron put up a triple-double to carry Cleveland (31/12/11).
Clippers rally over Nuggets 122-120—LAC scored 41 in the 4th quarter for a crucial road win. Both teams are fighting for the final playoff spots in the West.
Bruins edge Canes 4-3 in OT—Rick Nash saved the game in his Boston debut:
Devils beat Pens in Pittsburgh 3-2—Taylor Hall scored again as NJD moves to 2 points behind PIT in the standings. If the Devils make the playoffs, Hallsy has to be a Hart finalist, right?
Caps hold off Sens 3-2—Evgeney Kuznetsov scored twice to be the difference-maker as Washington regains the Metro lead over the Flyers.
Preds win wild game over Jets 6-5—Two trade deadline acquisitions, Paul Stastny for WPG and Ryan Hartman for NASH, scored in their respective debuts. Hartman’s ended up being the game-winner, though. Every year, we hear about how the playoff system gives us the best matchup(s) too early–Nashville/Winnipeg could be 2018’s prime example.
Kings win home-and-home over Vegas 4-1—The Kings showing us Vegas can be mortal at home! Granted, both teams were in LA last night so the Kings probably weren’t partying when they got into town.
College Basketball Scores:
Miami Novas #9 UNC 91-88–I’ll let this tweet explain:
St Joe’s dismantles #17 URI—YIKES.
Arkansas beats #14 Auburn–Auburn was a hot pick to take CBB by storm come March. Look at them now. Arkansas might sneak their way into the Top 25 and potentially a 4-Seed in the NCAA tournament if they can make a run in the SEC Tournament.
Speaking of, the Big Ten Tournament starts Wednesday. Why? So they could play at MSG despite it being the long-standing site of the Big East Tournament. I guess the Big Ten corners the college basketball market this weekend? Oh, wait! Duke/UNC Round 2 and A LARGE NUMBER OF RIVALRY GAMES ARE BEING PLAYED AS WELL.
Stay tuned for this week’s Hockey and Hoops Podcast as I’m sure Greg and I will be breaking all of this down.Follow @geordo9