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Baseline to Baseline recaps: No LeBron, no Wade, no problem

Jan 6, 2012, 4:17 AM EDT

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Heat 116, Hawks 109 (3OT): No LeBron James or Dwyane Wade for Miami, yet the Heat were gritty (a little lucky) and get an unexpected win. This game was entertaining and dramatic, much more so than we expected going in. But can we be honest — the Hawks played terribly.

I like how Atlanta came out and stepped up the ball pressure to start, even in the back court. That was about the only thing I liked that they did. Jeff Teague should tear up the Heat point guards but he was unimpressive. Joe Johnson should have been the best wing player on the floor by a mile, but he was going half speed. Al Horford should have owned this game but he seemed a spectator. The Hawks best, most steady player was Ivan Johnson. Who, you ask? Exactly.

The game was dramatic, and once again Tracy McGrady was fantastic in the fourth quarter. But Chris Bosh sent the game to overtime with a three that is not really in his bag of tricks but it worked this time. Bosh finished with 33 points.

In the third overtime (and really much of the second half, it was Mario Chalmers who rode to the rescue for the Heat. This was a nice win for Miami. It’s the kind of game that makes you wonder if anything is different in Atlanta.

Trail Blazers 107, Lakers 97: The Portland Trail Blazers are the best team in the West right now.

They are atop the conference standings at 5-1 and this week have beaten both the Thunder and now Lakers. We’ve got questions about whether they can perform like this come playoff time, but as of early January they are playing better than anyone in the West.

In the first half the Lakers did what they wanted to on offense, getting the ball inside first as Andrew Bynum had 14 points on 7-7 shooting, plus Kobe Bryant had 17 points on 8-of-11. As a team, the Lakers shot 64 percent.

In the second half Portland stepped up their pressure — they played better defense and attacked the Lakers off missed shots. The Lakers started to settle for jump shots, hit just 32 percent of their shots for the half and Portland just ran. Gerald Wallace had 10 points in the third quarter alone while LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 28. Jamal Crawford created his own shots on the wing to the tune of 17 points and the Lakers wish they had somebody like that.

Spurs 93, Dallas 71: Sort of like the Heat, no Manu Ginobili and still no problem. This was the fourth game in five nights for an older Mavericks team and it showed, they looked old and tired. Dirk Nowitzki had just 6 points and got outplayed by Matt Boner (a team high 17 points), only two Mavs scored in double digits (Jason Terry and Delonte West) and as a team Dallas shot 1-of-19 from three. Both teams shot under 40 percent for the game, this one just wasn’t very pretty. But for a Spurs team without Manu Ginobili, this is a win they could use.

Kings 103, Bucks 100: Keith Smart is undefeated as Kings coach. The Bucks dominated the first half and were up 21 points in the third when things started to come apart. Marcus Thonton had 25 points in the second half for the Kings to lead the charge. Stephen Jackson had his chances for the Bucks, he wanted the ball and didn’t do much with it, finishing with 13. That includes a last a missed shot from the block to t The Bucks sure could have used Andrew Bogut back.

  1. ibleedaquaorange - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    “Matt Boner” … Baron Davis’ injury still on your mind, Kurt?

  2. JMil_ATL - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    Charles “Debbie Downer” does not need to do game time color commentary. He was ‘turrible’.

  3. liltmac2003 - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    You know originally I was surprised that the Heat actually won w/o LeBron and Wade. After winning in Miami and losing a heart breaker against Chicago, I thought Atlanta would take advantage of a injured Miami team.

    My cousin brought up a good point on why he wasn’t surprised Miami won. They won because it was a team effort instead of an individual effort.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      Nice. Didn’t they lose to ATL a bit ago w/ all Threego?
      People talk sh!t about Bosh not being part of the Threego, not earning his bigger-than-leb check. But you see what he can do when given the opportunity. He deserves better.

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Yea that teamwork thing has really worked for the LeBron-less Cavs! Oh wait….

      Your cousin is an idiot..

  4. miamatt - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Yeah, liltmac23, miami really has trouble overcoming the’individual’ performances of Wade and Lebron on most nights. Do you really think the heat are beyer off author them? Seriously?!!!

    Nice win for miami, but I agree with Chuck- this was more about atlanta being atlanta than anything else. Miami will always play hard and give themselves a chance, but still a blown opportunity for the hawks.

    • pl4tinum514 - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:50 AM

      I hate Beyer as an author.

      • miamatt - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        Ha, stupid skype keyboard…

  5. keyshawn22 - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Matt Boner…. That has to be one of the funniest typos ever

  6. comeonnowguys - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    “No LeBron, no Wade, no problem”

    Not for nothing, but triple overtime isn’t exactly smooth sailing.

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      smooth sailing? who said anything about smooth sailing… Miami was supposed to lose this game, yet they won. A win is a win is a win. The NBA doesn’t give bonuses for style points..

      And like I’ve said in the past, those posters that constantly dis-credit LeBron and Wade are plain dumb. Just dumb. Any team in the league would be BETTER with them.


  7. klownboy - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Chris Bosh is no longer “Bosh Spice”

    • goforthanddie - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      He never was. Only so much that team can do with one ball in play at a time.

  8. buffalowned - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    i really don’t think anyone edits for this guy. EVERY article he writes has multiple typos…and now he’s calling someone a boner

    • goforthanddie - Jan 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      It’s not him, it’s ALL of them. Dunno if they think someone goes behind and proofreads or not, but yeah, my HS newspaper had higher editorial quality.

  9. buffalowned - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    “Marcus Thonton” “Matt Boner” “That includes a last a missed shot from the block to t The Bucks” <<(what does that even mean) read over your articles before you publish them

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