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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami beat a good team handily… watch out

Dec 9, 2010, 6:39 AM EDT

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What you missed while reading the Incredible Hulk Buddhist twitter timeline…

Heat 111, Jazz 98: When LeBron James is the ball handler attacking the rim and Zydrunas Ilgauskas is setting the picks and knocking down the pick-and-pop jumpers, it is going to be tough to defend. Together they were 19-30 for 49 points. Wade had 28 points plus he got to the line 11 times and the Heat avenged an early season loss. Just 10 bench points for the Jazz. That’s six in a row for the Heat, all by double digits.

Bulls 88, Cavaliers 83: A blizzard of a snowstorm hit Cleveland in the early evening, one that tied up downtown Cleveland to the point that JJ Hickson, Anthony Parker and other Cavs barely made it to the arena on time for the game. Combine that kind of snow with a slumping team and the building was half full. Those that did come out saw the Cavs up with 30 seconds to go but Derrick Rose hit his big shots down the stretch while the Cavs missed theirs.

Celtics 105, Nuggets 89: Denver’s defense could not stop Boston with Rajon Rondo back in the lineup. Kevin Garnett was 8 of 9 for 17; Ray Allen was 9 of 14 for 28. They were just too efficient

Knicks 13, Raptors 110: Amar’e Stoudemire had 34 points, his sixth straight game with 30 or more. Also the sixth straight Knicks win. Coincidence? Raymond Felton with the dramatic step-back game winner.

Bucks 97, Pacers 95: Andrew Bogut tipped in the game winner off a Luc Richard Mbah a Moute pass with 0.5 seconds left to win — another reminder of how much the Bucks need Bogut on the floor. Indiana, when the game is on the line and only a tip-in works, play a zone. The Bucks shot just 36 percent in this one but their 19 offensive rebounds kept them in it.

Thunder 111, Timberwolves 103: Kevin Love had 22 points and 21 rebounds, and according to ESPN that is the fifth time he has had at least 20-20 this season — nobody else has done it twice. The Timberwolves led 40-22 after one then the Thunder started focusing on defense.

Spurs 111, Warriors 94: Stephen Curry tweaked his ankle and that made room for PBT favorite Reggie Williams to get on the floor and score 31. Doesn’t matter as the Spurs are just flat out better.

Hornets 93, Pistons 74: New Orleans wins the battle of basically ownerless teams. The Hornets shot 50 percent, the Pistons 37.5 percent, that’s your ballgame.

Grizzlies 104, Suns 98 (OT): The Suns could have had this in regulation, but a missed free throw and a catch-and-shoot corner three from Rudy Gay sent the game into overtime, where the Grizzlies thrived. Mike Conley had a career-high 14 assists while Steve Nash struggled against him (didn’t think I’d every write that sentence).

Lakers 87, Clippers 86: Derek Fisher is roughly 164 years old, is too slow defensively, is an inconsistent shooter and yet… game on the line he drives and hits the lefty scoop layup over two Clippers to win the game. That man is clutch. Eric Gordon almost made the game winning play at the other end just before. Second night of a back-to-back and Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom both played more than 40 minutes alternating at center — they need Bynum back before somebody just collapses.

Kings 116, Wizards 91: John Wall was a last-second scratch with a foot injury and Tyreke Evans looked hobbled going 3-9 shooting. But the rest of the Kings starters shot 60 percent against the Wizards porous defense to get the win.

  1. hnirobert3 - Dec 9, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    I don’t think the elite NBA teams have anything to worry about with the Heat just yet, but it’s undeniable, having watched every game this year, that the Heat are figuring things out, especially when Lebron and Wade are on the court at the same time. It’s amazing what playing the Wizards, Pistons, Cleveland, Bucks, Cavs and a Joe Johnson-less Hawks team will do to another teams confidence.

  2. zidanevalor - Dec 9, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    The saddest part about Kevin Love’s five 20-20s is that the T-Wolves have lost four of those games. The only one they’ve won is the 31-31 he dropped on the Knicks.

  3. southbeachtalent - Dec 9, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Uhh the Heat are an elite team buddy sorry to have to break it to you. The fact is every team plays the Heat as if it were game 7 of the finals (if you’ve watched any of their games) good teams and bad teams alike. So they have been worried about this team since day one. You can go back to fantasy land now!

    • hnirobert3 - Dec 9, 2010 at 9:18 AM

      Dude, I’m a Heat fan born and raised in Miami and this team, the way it is right now, doesn’t beat the Celts, Lakers, Spurs and maybe even the Magic in a 7 game series We’ll see what happens when Miller Miller gets in the rotation and when UD comes back (if he does this season).

      • southbeachtalent - Dec 9, 2010 at 11:11 AM

        Uhhh I’m also born and raised in Miami I dont see how that has anything to do with the topic? Anyway your statement is rediculous. Come play off time (about 60 games left) the Heat will be firing on all cylinders and I dont think any team outside the Celtics can compete (if they are healthy). There are many obstacles to overcome but to say the Spurs, Magic??? Wow let me know what part of Miami your buying your stuff from. Probably Hialeah!!

        P.S. UD while I love the guy, can watch all season from the bench and it wont make a bit of difference on the outcome.

        metalhead65-

        You do know that you could just skip over these articles, it’s not a mandatory read. It’s really quite simple.. Unless your a scorned Cavs fan, in that case continue to vent..

  4. metalhead65 - Dec 9, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    is this a site about pro basketball or the miami heat team page?this constant wall to wall coverage is sickening!stop making excuses when they lose and giving them the championship when they start winning!

  5. downtowndanny - Dec 9, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    the heat are paper thin on the depth chart, there is no way they can afford another injury. should i be excited because they are finally playing to their potential? they are about 2-3 years from being relevant and even then they only scare the scrub teams. Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta can and will play them without fear or star gazing. but hey you heat fans are entitled to dream, so enjoy the fantasy guys.

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