The Knicks (28-47) were officially eliminated from playoff contention with Wednesday’s 105-88 loss to the Heat and Carmelo Anthony did little to prevent the defeat. Anthony scored just 9 points, 13 below his season average, on 4-of-12 shooting and going just 1 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc. He rarely attacked the glass, simply going through the motions, and did not attempt a single free throw.
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The Bucks (39-36) remain one of the NBA’s hottest teams and were impressive in Wednesday’s 103-100 win over the Celtics. While Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 22 points, the dagger came from Malcolm Brogdon, who hitter a contested jumper with 3.9 seconds remaining and finished with 16 points.
Cavaliers (47-26) at Bulls (35-39), 8 p.m. ET — Both teams need this one, but for different reasons. The struggling Cavs are in danger of losing their grasp on the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Celtics right on their heels. The Bulls just hope to get into the field, sitting a game-and-a-half behind the Pacers and Heat for the final playoff spots in the East.
The Thunder rallied from being down 21 points in the third quarter, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Westbrook. Yes he scored 57 total points, but he scored 19 of those with 7:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.
He could not be stopped as he drove to the basket and what seemed like every possession, and scored more often than not.
Russell Westbrook now has 425 points in the final 5 minutes of the 4th quarter this season, most by any player over the last 20 seasons.
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Oscar Robertson has the NBA record of 41 triple-doubles in a season. Westbrook recorded his 38th such performance last night, meaning he’s three away from tying and four away from breaking the record.
The Thunder have eight games left in the regular season, meaning he has to get a triple-double in half of the games left for the record. Achieving this will be difficult, but not impossible.