The Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks gave Sunday afternoon viewers a thriller that lasted three hours and 39 minutes (two minutes longer than the Australian Open final). The Hawks outlasted New York 142-132 in the fourth overtime despite Carmelo Anthony’s best effort. Carmelo scored 45 points in 46 minutes, made a game-tying layup in regulation and a game-tying pull-up jumper in the first overtime. This performance came in the midst of a variety of rumors that the Knicks are looking to get rid of him. ESPN reported he was offered to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kevin Love, as well as the Clippers in exchange for a couple of role players. No deals have been made yet, but Carmelo isn’t having any trouble proving his worth.
Westbrook posts 24th triple-double
The Oklahoma City Thunder seemed overwhelmed in their 107-91 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. This has been the underlying theme of the season for the Thunder: Russell Westbrook puts up outrageous numbers but receives no help so they get blown out by the combined star power of the league’s top-tier teams. This was the role Westbrook wanted, though. He knew he was going to have the entire burden on his back when Kevin Durant left for Golden State in the offseason. Westbrook has normalized the triple-double, and regularly accounts for more than half of his team’s offensive output. But he just can’t do enough to account for what his team lacks compared to other teams as far as the other four men on the court. Westbrook is chasing history, as he needs 41 triple-doubles this season to match Oscar Robertson’s total for 1961-62, which was the only time in NBA history that a player averaged a triple-double for a season. He has 24 in 48 games played. The Thunder have 34 games remaining this season.
Heat on seven-game winning streak
The Miami Heat have finally found a blink of success in the new post-Dwyane Wade era, as they’re riding a quiet seven-game winning streak (including a win over Golden State) that no one saw coming. The Heat were 1-10 in their previous 11 games before the streak. Now, with guards Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters suddenly clicking, the Heat are only a Monday night home win over Brooklyn short of matching an eight-game winning streak from February 2014 when someone named LeBron James was still on the team.