It wasn’t quite as strange as seeing the Super Bowl’s lights blow out just like your apartment when two people tried to use the kitchen outlet at the same time, but Steve Nash missing two straight free throws was shocking. The Lakers’ guard missed a pair with 1.2 seconds left, giving Detroit a chance at a final shot to win. Kyle Singler‘s inbound to Andre Drummond at the hoop got shut down by Pau Gasol (23 points, 10 boards and looking smooth in another start), though, and the Lakers won, 98-97 at the Palace. Back to those crunch-time free throws. We weren’t kidding about its rarity: He’s only missed two free throws in a row on a shooting foul nine times in his career. The more pressing issue has to be how the Lakers gave back a 14-point lead in the third quarter when Charlie Villanueva (10 points) stepped back for a triple to tie it at 91. … Kobe had 18 points and Earl Clark had 17 points and 10 boards and one of the sickest ways to end a half, ever. … Metta World Peace chose a random opponent to get physical with at the exact wrong place Sunday. He’s still treated with slight revulsion in Detroit for his punches in the “Malice in the Palace” and when he got Brandon Knight in a head lock in the second quarter, Knight wriggled away heated. He said afterward he “definitely” got punched, while MWP ran off some completely unintelligible answer where he claimed not to know Knight’s name, college or position. Both dudes got something out of the game, though, between MWP’s win and Knight’s fourth-quarter yam on Gasol’s face … LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh played exactly like everyone thought the Big 3 could in a 100-85 win over Toronto on the road where the Heat went on a 14-2 run to close. Miami’s triangle of stars combined for 81 points, of whom LeBron owned a game-high 30 (with eight points and seven assists) and Wade had 23. Bosh hit a win-sealing corner three in the final three minutes to keep Miami up seven. From the Raptors’ perspective this was a dream scenario from its two best players, too, with Rudy Gay scoring 29 points and DeMar DeRozan having 27, but they played defense like a bullfighter in the fourth, allowing Miami to run by unimpeded. … We’re out like the Superdome’s lights.
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