Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 4/17/12

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.

1: Triple the fun in Utah, unless you're Dallas

It was buy four quarters, get three free night in Utah as the Mavericks and Jazz went into triple OT.  We had a couple of "Line of the Night" candidates in this one as Dirk Nowitzki dropped 40 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the Mavs while Al Jefferson had 28 points and 26 rebounds for the Jazz. 

The win keeps the Jazz in the hunt for a playoff spot, just a half game out of the eigth seed and two games behind Dallas for the seventh seed.  At the risk of making this sound like the end of an American Idol show, Memphis looks safe in the top five.  They close out their season with Minnesota, New Orleans, Charlotte, Portland, Cleveland and Orlando.  Marc Gasol is day-to-day with a bone bruise, so the Grizzlies have no excuses if they blow it and land lower than fifth. 

Denver and Dallas... that'll be a dog fight.  Dallas has Houston, Golden State, Chicago and Atlanta left on their slate.  So last night's loss is a killer for the Mavs.  Now they have to accept their fate and hope they can be the lockout Knicks of '99 that made it to the Finals as an eigth seed.  

2: LeBron saves the Heat in Jersey

We all know the knock on LeBron is that he fades at the end of games and doesn't come up clutch.  Of course, for two round of the playoffs last year, LeBron did everything he could to make that perception go away.  Then in the Finals, he did everything he could to invite it back. 

Last night, though, was the LeBron everyone is afraid of.  Last night's LeBron makes most people think "it's a good thing he doesn't do this all the time or else no one would have a chance."  Because last night, LeBron James carried his Miami Heat to a win over New Jersey by scoring 17 fourth quarter points (to finish with 37). 

Oh wait, did I say fourth quarter points?  Because I meant 17 points over the last 4:47, and without benefit of a single 3.  LeBron attacked, got layups and made free throws (7 of them).  

Scary stuff for the rest of the league. and a welcome sight in Miami.  Even his haters had to be amazed at this performance.

3:  HIGHLIGHTS!!!

Paul Millsap's putback slam forces OT

 

Obligatory Blake Griffin dunk

LeBron's 17 point barrage

4:  Line of the night:  LeBron James:  37 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists

One thing to bear in mind LeBron did all this without Dwyane Wade.  Chris Bosh had 22 and 15, and that was it for double digit performances.  So LeBron and Bosh combined for 59 points, the rest of the Heat scored 42.  No wonder LeBron had to go off like he did.

5:  You can quote me on that

''The guy's just so big and strong. We attempted to double-team him twice, and he just overpowered our guys, and then when the third defender came, he beat the third defender; and then, when we fouled him, he still scored. So just an ... you know ... I'm at a loss for words. I don't know what to say."
     -Nets coach Avery Johnson on LeBron's 17 points in less than 5 minutes. 

''The good thing about the overtimes is we knew they were going to kind of run out of gas.  They are an older team, they played yesterday. So we knew the shots were going to start falling a little short. I am surprised they lasted as long as they did.''
     -Al Jefferson, on going 3 OT's with Dallas 

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