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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pistons handle Celtics easily

Feb 20, 2012, 7:14 AM EDT

Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago Reuters

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Knicks 104, Mavericks 97: So Mark Cuban, still think Linsanity is all about New York? Matt Moore broke this down as our game of the day Sunday.

Heat 90, Magic 78: It wasn’t that close, the Heat are steamrolling everyone right now. PBT broke this game down as well.

Thunder 124, Nuggets 118: Kevin Durant had 51 points, Russell Westbrook had 40 — it’s been 27 years since two teammates scored 50+ and 40+ in one game (Kiki Vandeweghe and Alex English for the Nuggets in 1983). Matt broke this game out as well.

Pistons 96, Celtics 81: This is five losses in six games for slumping Boston. Kevin Garnett did not play (personal reasons, he was excused by the team). We can all admit that KG is a step slower than he was a few years back, but even so Boston’s defense is not the same without him. In fact, it’s pretty poor. The Pistons were able to get to the spots the wanted on the floor, control the flow of the game and generally whip the Celtics. Boston’s 22 turnovers didn’t help. It also didn’t help when Rajon Rondo got ejected for throwing the ball at an official in the third quarter (you can bet a suspension is coming). Greg Monroe had 17 points, Rodney Stuckey 16 (10 in the first quarter) to lead the Pistons.

Pacers 108, Bobcats 73: The Bobcats are very, very, very bad. That really is all you need to know.

Cavaliers 93, Kings 92: You got vintage DeMarcus Cousins at the end of this game — the good and the bad. With the game tied at 88-88 and less than a minute left he came up behind Kyrie Irving in transition, swiped the ball away, threw a length of the court pass back to Marcus Thornton for a layup and the lead. Then tied 90-90 with 12 seconds left the Kings had multiple shots, missed them, then Cousins foolishly fouled his Alonzo Gee 88 feet from basket and sent him to the line to give the Cavaliers a lead (91-90). The Kings come down (6.2 seconds left) and give the ball to Cousins on the block and he made a strong spin and drive around Tristan Thompson, hits the reverse layup and the Kings lead 92-91 with 2.9 seconds to go.

Everyone in the building knows Irving is going to take the last shot, but when he drives Tyreke Evans makes a bad (and obvious) reach in foul out by the top of the key with 0.4 seconds left. The Kings were in the penalty. Irving sinks both free throws and the Cavs win. Evans made that play while his backup, rookie Isaiah Thomas, had 23 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds.

Bucks 92, Nets 85: While everyone is caught up in what Durant and Westbrook did, nobody noticed that Ersan Ilyasova had 29 points and 25 rebounds on the day. The Bucks were in control from the middle of the second quarter on, and a 15-4 run to start the second half all but sealed it. Deron Williams did have 26 for the Nets.

Rockets 101, Jazz 85: Houston cranked up the defense in the second half and Utah shot just 28 percent for those 24 minutes. Combine that with Kyle Lowry draining seven three pointers on his way to 32 points and you get a Rockets win. Luis Scola had 26 for Houston, Al Jefferson’s 23 led the Jazz.

Timberwolves 92, Sixers 91: Neither team had a lead of more than 1 for the final six minutes of this game, it was that close. Following a Lou Williams miss on an 18-foot fadeaway, the Timberwolves got the last shot. Minny inbounded to Kevin Love who spun around Thaddeus Young, that’s where Andre Iguodala had helped off and he reached in to try and strip the ball and got called for a foul — a call that left coach Doug Collins and Sixers fans livid. With reason. It was a borderline call at best, not one where the whistle should be blown with 0.1 seconds left in the game. (Love had gone forward and had his shot blocked by Elton Brand, they had body contact and while that wasn’t a foul either it was more of one than what was called on Iggy).

Love sank both free throws and Minnesota wins. The Sixers have lost three in a row.

Suns 102, Lakers 90: The league schedules these home-and-homes to build up a little playoff-like tension. The Suns got beat handily Friday but bounced back with some fire in this one and won behind 25 from Jared Dudley, 21 from Marcin Gortat and 14 assists from Steve Nash. The Lakers have no depth. Lakers not named Kobe/Gasol/Bynum shot 34 percent on the night.

  1. houlios1 - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Iguodala’s was an obvious foul. Love had both arms wrapped around the ball and Iggy dug in up to his elbow. No difference between that foul and Tyreke Evans’.

    But, nice try at objective reporting.

    • b7p19 - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      First of all, you’re wrong. Iggy had his hand firmly on the ball. Secondly, just because someone disagrees with you it means they aren’t being objective?

      • houlios1 - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        Iguodala may have hand some of the ball, but if you watch the replay from the baseline he had a ton of arm as well and he dug in and left his arm in there. He made it an obvious call to make.

        When he’s going on about how obvious the Tyreke foul was and whining about how ticky-tack the Iggy foul was, yes, I do call into question the objectivity.

        The fouls were not very different. Both were stupid and the offending player made them far too obvious.

      • Justin - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        Iggy did have some ball at first but once Love turns to the side and he keeps getting his arm held that is a foul. If this happens to Kobe or Lebron this site would be talking about how smart of a basketball play that was.

  2. rooney24 - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Have to agree with houlios1. Iggy practically ripped Love’s arm off. Sure, he started with his hand on the ball, but it came off of the ball and he got arm. Just because you touch the ball at some point, it does not mean you can do whatever you want after that.

    Good win for the Wolves against a good team. Back to .500 for the Wolves. In the hunt after stinking for so many years. Love it.

  3. bozosforall - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    The Celtics SUCK!

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