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3.14 The Cooler

The Lakers Win With A Dominating Duo; Dwight Howard Creates A Mess In Orlando

By 03.14.12

No one really knows what Dwight Howard wants anymore after telling reporters he wants to finish out the year in Orlando. It’s going to get REALLY ugly (considering we all know he actually plans on leaving this summer). But hopefully he can keep throwing up 24/25 games against Eastern contenders as he did yesterday in the Magic’s crazy 104-98 come-from-behind overtime victory against the Heat. That’s now three straight for Orlando, against Miami, Chicago and Indiana … In the first half, Miami went on a 14-0 run. They were out and running while Orlando jogged, and the game felt like a sure blowout. But even Dwyane Wade‘s (28 points) theatrics couldn’t hold off Orlando at the end … Yet neither Atlanta nor Miami had the biggest collapse of the night. That award goes to Oklahoma City, who blew a seven-point lead with a little over two minutes left at home to Houston, 104-103. Russell Westbrook did everything down the stretch from turnovers to a technical to trying to fight Goran Dragic. And on the game’s final possession after Courtney Lee‘s (21 points) triple put the Rockets up (completing a 13-1 run), they went to KD (28 points, 12 rebounds), who nearly lost it and then threw up a Kobe special – a “hero” shot. The rebound came to Serge Ibaka who couldn’t quite get it to drop from point-blank range … Jerryd Bayless chipped in 20 points and seven dimes as Toronto put an end to Cleveland’s lil’ run of relevance, 96-88 … Dirk scored 27 while Washington did what they do best: lose, this time by nine to Dallas. The Wizards’ one shining moment came from Nick Young, who sent Ian Mahinmi back to France with a vicious facial … And when was the last time you saw a team throwing a season harder than the Blazers? So much talent and yet they’re in danger of falling way behind Houston, a team that would probably trade its entire rotation for Portland’s top three players. LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum might feel better if someone actually told them they were going to have to play two-on-five. Indiana ran all over Portland last night, 92-75, as Lou Amundson (21 points, eight rebounds) was somehow the best player on the floor … Syracuse was already being hyped as a No. 1 seed bound to lose early. Taking a cue from our man Doug Gottlieb, there was a whole bandwagon of fans ready to say the Orange aren’t as good as their two-loss record. But now we might actually agree with them. The improving Fab Melo will not play in the NCAA Tournament as a result of eligibility issues, something he’s already missed games for this year (The initial game he missed also happened to be ‘Cuse’s first L this season). We guess it turns out you really can’t teach seven feet … And make sure you come get some free food … We’re out like Bear Grylls.

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