Golden State Warriors 120, Miami Heat 118
It stopped raining for a while. I saw that the Google doodle on my computer was a birthday message. I got a phone call from my parents. CBS Sunday Morning had a cover story on loneliness. Serena Altschul did a segment on rubies. There were features on singing telegrams, Spike Lee, and Dolly Parton. I went to the record store and bought a Beatles record, and I went to the theatre to catch the Oscar-nominated short animated films. “Bao” seemed to be the audience favorite. I took BART over to the Oracle Arena. I thought I might find a jacket for $55 at the team store because it was advertised as the item of the game, but they didn’t have any in stock, apparently. I went to my seat and found a Black History Month t-shirt. Kevin Durant scored the first four points of the game, but then the Warriors got stuck at six points as missed shots and assorted mistakes led to the Heat taking a 26-7 lead. The fans were wondering what was going on. The Warriors pulled themselves together enough to cut the lead to 34-24 by the end of the quarter. Dwyane Wade, who was in his sixteenth season in the NBA and appearing for the last time at the Oracle Arena, came into the game in the second half of the quarter and got a lot of applause from the fans. We saw the Warriors cheerleaders go onto the court with their routine. The score got closer through the second quarter. We saw the Hardwood Classics go onto the court with dance moves that were less energetic than the young cheerleaders. The score was tied at 51-51, but it was the Heat that was the team that was ahead at halftime, 59-54. Dimensions Dance was the halftime show. The Warriors took the lead in the third quarter, as they would score 36 points in the quarter, compared to Miami’s 23. There was a contest of tossing giant Takis. With the 90-82 score to start the quarter, the fans were thinking that this game was a win for the Warriors, but the fourth quarter wasn’t easy. The Warriors seemed on the verge of putting away the Heat, but they let them back in the game. We saw a free throw shooting contest between two fans, a t-shirt toss, a Simba Cam break, and the Warriors cheerleaders dancing around again. A three-point shot with 4:14 left tied the score at 107-107. Durant attempted a shot that was blocked, and a bad in-bounds pass to Curry was intercepted, and the score was 118-115. However, Durant made the shot that tied the score at 118-118 with 44.1 seconds left. Durant later missed a three-point shot, but DeMarcus Cousins got the rebound and drew a foul. He made the two foul shots. The Heat missed a three-point shot with time running out, and so the Warriors escaped with the 120-118 win. Durant had scored 11 of the Warriors’ final 13 points and had 39 for the game. Klay Thompson had 29 points, and Stephen Curry had 25. No one else on the Warriors had 10 or more points, as DeMarcus Cousins and Jonas Jerebko both had 7. Shaun Livingston had no points. I checked my phone for the playlist of Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program on KCSN. He had played songs from Janelle Monae, Rosanne Cash, Pistol Annies, Mary Gauthier, and Mitski. Outside the arena, people were handing out free samples of Takis, which didn’t shock me, considering the contest that happened during the game. They were so salty that I could almost feel my blood pressure rise as I was eating them. I got home just after nine o’clock, and I refused to watch the Grammys because the winners are never deserving, and it was supposed to be a ladies night. I tried to watch an episode of Downton Abbey but fell asleep. The morning was cold and I certainly didn’t feel like going to work. I didn’t especially want to hear the news about Virginia and the possibility that they could end up with a Republican governor. Some of the people who died on February 11 include Sergei Eisenstein (1948), Sylvia Plath (1963), Lee J. Cobb (1976), Eleanor Powell (1982), Takashi Shimura (1982), Henry Hathaway (1985), William Conrad (1994), Roger Vadim (2000), Peter Benchley (2006), Whitney Houston (2012), and Vic Damone (2018). Today is a birthday for Jennifer Aniston (50), Mo Willems (51), Sheryl Crow (57), and Tina Louise (85). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for February 11, “I Love Lucy” won the Emmy Award for Best Situation Comedy and “Dragnet” won the award for Best Mystery, Action or Adventure Program at the 6th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1954. In 1979, the biographical television film “Elvis,” starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter, aired on NBC. In 1998, the handwritten lyrics to “Candle in the Wind 1997” were auctioned off for $442,500.