What We Learned Over The Weekend
With no playoffs, once-in-a-season events or even playoff implication matchups this weekend, there were still some intriguing games and exciting finishes. Find out what we learned over the past few days.
Canes Are Better Than We Thought
It's difficult to buy in to "new" college basketball superpowers. It's seemingly more difficult to buy in to a team from a major conference who has seemingly been terrible for years and years. Miami is having a "Cinderella" type of season and even with their 90-63 victory over Duke on January 23rd, most were still not convinced. The 'Canes may have lost a 79-76 heartbreaker at Durham on Saturday, but the way they went blow for blow with the nation's third-ranked team in their gym should have made a believer out of everyone who watched.
The Heat Can't Seem To Lose
After 13 consecutive wins and a trip to play the New York Knicks, one of the rare teams who match up well against Miami, a Heat loss would have been excusable. It would have been more excusable when you factor in slumping Jason Kidd hitting three-ball after three-ball and a 16-point Knicks lead at halftime. The Miami Heat challenged themselves and stepped up in a major way.
"We feel like this is one of our better wins of the season, even under the circumstances that we went through tonight, a little adversity being down double digits," three-time MVP LeBron James said.
Miami clamped down in the second half defensively and outscored New York 54-34 en route to their 14th consecutive victory. LeBron James had another ho-hum 29-point, 11-rebound, 7-assist performance while Dwayne Wade added 20-8-8.
At this point it seems like the only team that can beat the Heat, are the Heat themselves.
Chicago is Making a Mockery of the NHL
The Chicago Blackhawks continued to do what they do and that's dominate the National Hockey League. When goalie Corey Crawford denied Pavel Datsyuk's low attempt in the shootout, Chicago notched their 19th victory of the season and continued their record-setting points streak to 22 games.
"We keep finding a way to keep ourselves in the game or win it at the end," Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane said after the victory.
Winning is always better than the alternative. However, a President's Cup Trophy without a Stanley Cup will make the 2013 season a bitter disappointment for those in the Windy City.
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