LE BRON JAMES made a layup as time expired in overtime, and the Miami Heat found a way to beat the visiting Indiana Pacers, 103-102, in a wild Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals last night.
James finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Heat - his ninth postseason triple-double, and barely anyone noticed. All that mattered was the last shot, which simply saved the Heat.
Paul George made three free throws with 2.2 seconds left in the overtime, which he forced with a miracle three-pointer, to give the Pacers the lead. But James just drove down the left side of the lane, scored with ease and the Heat escaped.
Game 2 is tomorrow night in Miami.
Officials reviewed James' play at the end, though it was clear he beat the clock, and the Pacers walked slowly toward their locker room, lamenting one that got away.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony suffered a small left shoulder tear late in the regular season that was revealed during an MRI, according to reports.
The New York Daily News reported that Anthony played 12 playoff games with a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder.
The Knicks had not given an update on Anthony's condition as of last night.
ESPNNewYork.com, citing a league source, reported that the team is hopeful Anthony will not need surgery.
The source said the Knicks plan to allow the All-Star to rest for the next 3 to 4 weeks in an attempt to allow the injury to heal. If it is not healed at that point, then surgery would be considered, the source said.
If surgery is required, Anthony could be out of action for 3 to 5 months.
* The Dallas Mavericks are considering making a run at Dwight Howard in free agency, according to a report. ESPN.com, citing multiple sources, reported that the Mavericks are considering shopping their 13th pick in the first round of the draft in order to create enough cap space to make an offer to Howard.
Howard, who played for the Lakers last season after 8 years with Orlando, has not said whether he will explore free agency.
* San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker plans to have an MRI on his troublesome left calf, although he doesn't expect to miss any playing time in the Western Conference finals.
Parker says the MRI is "just to make sure" he's improving on schedule from the injury, which limited his effectiveness in the final two games of the Spurs' second-round series against Golden State.
Parker had 15 points and a career-best 18 assists in San Antonio's Game 2 win against Memphis on Tuesday night. The Spurs lead the series, 2-0. Game 3 is Saturday night in Memphis.
Parker says his calf feels better and the 3-day break between games arrives "at a perfect time for me."