Prior to Wednesday night's game between the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards, there was playful chatter in NBA corners that LeBron James would score a lot of points. At least, that was the perception by some after the reigning two-time league MVP and NBA champion LeBron James had this to say after it was suggested the Heat were "coasting":
"We'll see Wednesday how I'm coasting," James said. "You'll see the numbers I'll put up on Wednesday. Just watch."
Conversely, the Wizards felt like they weren't getting any respect entering the game against the two-time-defending champions, a sentiment voiced most diplomatically by Nene. But when the smoke cleared following Washington's 114-97 victory — which was Miami's third straight loss — it was Nene's, not James', team who came out on top. And it was Nene, not James, who got the better of their opponent when it comes to highlights.
The affable Brazilian got things started early by utterly erasing a James' layup attempt in the first quarter. Usually, it's LeBron that blocks shots like that! Then, in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand, it was Nene again turning the tables on the best basketball player on the planet with a one-handed flush right in James' face.
James did finish with 25 points, a team-high eight rebounds and seven assists in the loss — but not exactly the monster stats many expected.
Crazy H.S. finish
Moving to high school hoops, you gotta love the finish between Wichita Heights (Kan.) and Southeast. Tied at 62 in the final seconds after Semaj Harvey missed a potential game-winning free throw, Ealy Bell grabbed the rebound and converted one of the most improbable shots you'll ever see. Here's a second look. Heights won 65-62.
A little presumptuous
Finally, Tim Connors is a big Seattle Seahawks fan. So big, in fact, he got a tattoo already proclaiming them as Super Bowl champs. Brassy, Mr. Connors. Brassy.