After a struggling first half on both ends of the floor, it seemed as if the ninth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels had found their way against the Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday night. It was enough for them to come back and tie the game late, but seconds after that took place, the Hurricanes completed the upset on the road. After Joel Berry II nailed the game-tying three with four seconds left, Ja'Quan Newton returned the favor at the buzzer with the game-winning three for a 91-88 upset of North Carolina. His 30-foot three-pointer helped spoil the Tar Heels' rally from a 16-point deficit, despite Berry's 31 points. The 'Canes were led by Chris Lykes' 18 points, as they just barely out-shot UNC with a 55 percent mark. Newton added 15 points and did go 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 25 seconds. Miami lead by a score of 59-43 with 16 minutes to play before the Heels began the comeback. Berry's 31 points matched a career high, as his team dropped their final home game to snap a six-game win streak. They will go back into their biggest rivalry against the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday. The Hurricanes return home to host Virginia Tech that same afternoon.
LeBron Records Triple-Double in Win Over Nets
LeBron James was able to average a triple-double in the month of February, so it's only fitting that he ends the month with one of those. He did just that on Tuesday night at home, as he had 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 129-123 win over the Brooklyn Nets. His 11th assist on the night gave him 8,000 in his career, making him the first player in NBA history with 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists. He is also the first froncourt player and 11th overall to reach 8,000 assists, as he recorded his 12th triple-double of the year and 67th of his career. Rodney Hood ca,e up clutch with a big three-point play with 40 seconds left, while James and George Hill hit big free throws to seal the close win. D'Angelo Russell led the way with 25 points for Brooklyn, who has lost nine of 10. The Cavaliers do own the Nets' first-round pick in the draft, and Brooklyn now holds the seventh-worst record in the league. They were just getting over a victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday that snapped an eight-game losing streak, but will now head out west to battle the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night. The Cavaliers stay home to host the Philadelphia 76ers that same night.
Wade Powers Heat Like Old Times
Dwayne Wade got traded back to the Miami Heat at the trade deadline, returning him home where his career began. On Tuesday night, he looked like the player he was as a young kid in Miami, leading his team past the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-101. Wade shot 10-of-16 from the floor for a season-high 27 points, including the game-winning jumper with 5.9 seconds to play. The veteran scored 15 of the Heat's final 17 points in his biggest game since returning to Miami. The Heat also got contributions from Goran Dragic, who had 21 points, while Tyler Johnson added 16 and Hassan Whiteside had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Sixers led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter and got 23 points from Joel Embiid in the loss. Dario Saric added 21 for Philly, who also led by double digits in the first half following a 16-3 run. Miami responded with an 18-2 run, and was able to keep things close the rest of the way before pulling through. They will stay home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, while the Sixers head to Cleveland to battle the Cavaliers, which is also on Thursday.