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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Maybe Miami does miss Wade

Jan 23, 2012, 3:04 AM EDT

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What you missed while wildly overreacting to your team’s loss

Pacers 98, Lakers 96: This contrast in offensive balances was our game of the night.

Bucks 91, Heat 82: Milwaukee turned this into an ugly, grind-it-out game that favored their style and not the high-flying Heat. So, exactly what Scott Skiles wants them to do. Teams do take on the personality of their coach.

No Dwyane Wade so the Heat went heavy with Chris Bosh again, but he had 8 turnovers on the night, which was part of Miami’s problems. Another problem that Luc Richard Mbah a Moute did a good job making LeBron James work for his 28 points (which is about all you can ask).

Miami tried to go small (LeBron at the four) but they looked like a team on the second night of a back-to-back that was just a bit sluggish. It made the game a slower, dogfight of an affair, which plays to the Bucks strengths. Brandon Jennings had 23 points, but it took him 20 shots to get there.

Celtics 100, Wizards 94: Boston had no Rajon Rondo, out with a sore wrist. They were without Ray Allen most of the day after he tweaked his ankle in the second quarter. Still, this is the Wizards, you expect Boston to win this more handily. Without Rondo Boston really struggles to create good looks for each other. The Wizards just struggle to create good looks for themselves — there is no team play. Combine that with some defensive lapses by Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee down the stretch (falling asleep on help responsibilities) and the Celtics get the win. Paul Pierce had 35 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds.

Clippers 103, Raptors 91: After the Clippers let a team hang around and it cost them against Minnesota on Friday, there was none of that Sunday. Los Angeles took control with a 13-0 run in the first quarter then started the second half on an 11-1 run just to salt it away. D’Andre Jordan had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the first quarter alone. Mo Williams had 26 for the Clips, 19 in the fourth quarter. Toronto shot just 35.8 percent as a team.

Nets 97, Bobcats 87: We watch these games so you don’t have to — two struggling teams, but by rule someone had to win. Charlotte came out turning the ball over 7 times in the first quarter and Deron Williams had 11 points in the first quarter , the Nets took the lead and never looked back. Williams finished the game with 19 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds, while MarShon Brooks scored 20.

  1. philtration - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    The Heat-Bucks game may have been ugly but it was not half as ugly as those Miami uniforms.

    • david8726 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Even Miami residents agree with you on that one. We cringe every year when they do this 70s theme.

  2. klownboy - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    So much for the “Miami may be better off without Wade” talk…

  3. pl4tinum514 - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    F–k Lebron.

  4. lameasish - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Pretty sure they are 6-1 without wade, obviously they are better with him but it’s not like they have no shot without him, and to the guy that said f LeBron, I’m sure that really hurt his feelings, good one pal, don’t know how you thought of that one

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Get used too dumb comments and childish insults. That comes with every LeBron story, which is pretty much every story on here.

      The loss didn’t bother me, we beat the 76ers and the Lakers.. I’m good.

      Yes we.

  5. cidminion - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Always F-Lebron unless he would’ve gone to their city then its Hail Lebron.

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      naturally.

  6. david8726 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    The Heat beat the Spurs, Lakers, and Sixers in succession this week without Wade. Yesterday was the second night of a back to back and their fourth game in six nights. I think it was an obvious case of dead legs more than anything.

  7. bossmangunny - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Im not a Miami fan at all,but these guys look great.If these guys dont win it all its because they beat themselves.

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