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Nuggets Slay The Sleepwalking Lakers; Knicks Beat A Nemesis

By 04.04.11

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade & Chris Bosh
Some of the Dime crew was in New Jersey to check out the Heat’s 14-point win over the Nets. LeBron James had another monster night (31 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists), and afterwards, the whole team was giddy in the locker room. There was Dwyane Wade chucking a bag of ice at LeBron, Mario Chalmers serenading reporters talking to James with “Everyone wanna talk to Queen James!” and then when Chris Bosh spotted a couple of reporters chatting up Erick Dampier (who actually played well with 10 points and 14 rebounds), he starting cheering and yelling like a high school girl: “Damp’s being interviewed!”… The Knicks finally beat the Cavs, 123-107 and clinched a playoff spot behind big nights fromĀ Chauncey Billups (23 points, 7 assists), Amar’e Stoudemire (28 points) and Carmelo Anthony (25 points) … Mr. Big Shot afterwards: “We knew that this was a game that we needed to get. This team had dominated us the whole season…” We don’t even need to make a joke about that … Other headlines from around the league: Washington dealt the Bobcats a crushing blow to their playoff chances with a six-point win as Andray Blatche (25 points, 17 rebounds) dominated; Kevin Garnett (23 points) and Boston might’ve beaten the Pistons by 11, but Shaquille O’Neal left in his return after just five minutes on the court. They are calling it a mild calf sprain; Sacramento got a big night out of a healthy Tyreke Evans (24 points, 10 assists) while knocking out Utah by nine; New Orleans ran away from the Pacers by 12 as Emeka Okafor (14 points, 17 rebounds) did his thing; despite 31 points from Dwight Howard, the Magic fell apart in the fourth quarter and lost by four to Toronto, who where led by their backcourt tandem of Jerryd Bayless (23 points, 8 assists) and DeMar DeRozan (24 points); and the Mavs continued their free fall with an eight-point loss to Portland, who were led by Gerald Wallace (19 points) … By the way, good for the women’s teams from Notre Dame and Texas A&M knocking off UConn and Stanford respectively in the Final Four last night. In a sport where one team can win almost 100 times in a row and only three or four teams (usually) have any kind of legitimate shot to win a title, it’s refreshing to see it mixed up a bit … We’re out like Cleveland’s dominance.

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