For the first time in NBA history, the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are all absent from the playoffs in the same season.
|SAN ANTONIO SPURS||3.9|
|OKLAHOMA CITY THUN...||5.8|
LeBron James was unstoppable in his return to his former home, putting on a first-quarter shooting display that set the tone for the rest of the evening as Miami beat Cleveland 100-96.
Defending champions Miami Heat have clinched an NBA playoffs spot and snapped a three-game losing skid by beating the Washington Wizards 99-90 behind a 23-point performance from LeBron James.
Kobe Bryant, sidelined by injury for all but six games this season, has gained a 16th NBA All-Star nod in fan voting, but indicated on Thursday he’d rather skip the mid-season exhibition.