12 Takeaways from Friday Night's Intense NBA Action

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12 Takeaways from Friday Night's Intense NBA Action
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

A loaded slate of Friday games featured a handful of marquee matchups and more than a few lopsided beatings.

LeBron James showed he was human in his first March game after a decidedly superhuman February, but his Miami Heat still managed to extend the NBA's longest winning streak by snaring the Memphis Grizzlies.

In addition to that, the New York Knicks actually played some defense for the first time in months, and the Dallas Mavericks won the Battle of Billionaire Owners in Brooklyn.

The biggest story of the night—and the one with the most significant repercussions for the stretch run—saw the San Antonio Spurs commit some pretty thorough regicide against the Sacramento Kings while losing Tony Parker to an ugly ankle sprain in the process.

And in the late game, a couple of the Western Conference's biggest guns traded shots down to the final seconds.

All in all, Friday's action gave us glimpses of playoff intensity, along with a couple peeks into what some of the league's lottery-bound clubs might look like next year. That's some pretty good range from a single night, don't you think?

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