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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers win fourth in a row without Kobe

Apr 16, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

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Heat 93, Knicks 85: This potential first-round matchup proved that the Heat’s three stars — they accounted for all but 20 of the Heat’s points on the day — were better than the Knicks one (Carmelo Anthony had 42 points). Matt Moore broke down this game for us.

Lakers 112, Mavericks 108 (OT): The Lakers have now won four in a row without Kobe Bryant — the real question is can they keep up this unselfish team play and defense while incorporating Kobe back into the game. For now, Kobe is just being an assistant coach.

This game kind of has me rooting for this to be the first-round matchup — they played a close, intense game trading big shots. There was Jason Terry knocking down key looks, same with Pau Gasol (two threes in the overtime) and Metta World Peace (18 points). Dallas stayed close thanks to 24 from Dirk Nowitzki and as a team they hit the long ball — 12-of-21 from three. The Lakers got 23 points from Andrew Bynum (but on just 9-of-24 shooting, it was not his best day) and 22 points from Ramon Sessions, including a key three late in the clock.

Nuggets 101, Rockets 86: Big victory for Denver in the first game of a home-and-home against Houston, a win that moves Denver into the 7 seed, one game up on Houston in the West. Denver won because they played their kind of game — pushing the pace and sharing the ball. Also, they won because when the started doubling Luis Scola the Rockets struggled to find another scoring option. Arron Afflalo had 20 points for Denver. Down the stretch Ty Lawson outplayed Goran Dragic,

Magic 100, Cavaliers 84: No team could have used a win today more than the Magic. They got an easy one. Orlando led wire to wire in this one with Jameer Nelson stepping up to create opportunities for others (nine assists) and drop in 21 points himself. The Magic moved the ball well and had 25 assists on their 36 baskets.

Bulls 100, Pistons 94 (OT): There was a lot of fight in the Pistons and the Bulls are still getting used to having Rose back in the lineup — he had an off game but was there with the key three that sent this game to overtime. Joakim Noah had 20 points and 17 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey had 32 for the Pistons but missed two key free throws that left the door open for the Bulls.

Celtics 94, Bobcats 82: Boston sat Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and still won handily. That is 16 straight losses for a Charlotte team that is just going through the motions, while Rondo had 20 points and 16 assists — he has double-digits assists in 22 straight games.

Hornets 88, Grizzlies 75: Memphis jus was not into this game — and could have more serious things to worry about now. The Hornets are not very good but they come to play every night for coach Monty Williams and if you sleep you pay. Eric Gordon had 18 points to lead a balanced Hornets attack.

Raptors 102, Hawks 86: Atlanta took a lot of jump shots and missed a lot of jump shots — if you can keep them out of the paint and make them shoot those you will beat them. Something to watch in the playoffs. DeMar DeRozan had an impressive 25 points.

Kings 104, Trail Blazers 103: What a fun ending. Portland led most of the game but a 10-0 run made it close then Wesley Mathews hit the shot to give the Blazers the lead, only to have Marcus Thornton hit a fade-away from the elbow area. DeMarcus Cousins was a beast in pain and finished with 23 points.

  1. progress2011 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    I love the game of ” fundamental ” basketball !

    Watching the lakers play as a team, without one person trying to play hero, was very enjoyable !

    I mean, who thought Gasol could shoot 2 for 2 three pointers, in the clutch.

    Sessions made numerous fantastic assists and drives to the basket to set up others or make the shot.

    Bynum was a stud. Metta was clutch !

    Four lakers were in double figures.

    The lakers have gone 4 and 1 without the ” ball hawk ” and it was a much more enjoyable and fundamentally sound, game to watch.

    If they had the entire season to play and prepare ” as a team ” minus the ball hawk, they would closely resemble the winning strategy of the Mavs last year.

  2. meroyero - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Aminu’s vicious slam wasn’t really that vicious

  3. lakerluver - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Bynum’s the BEST center in basketball.

    • pudgalvin - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Don’t buy it. Howards putting up better numbers across the board with Hedo Turgkelu and Ryan Anderson instead of Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        Wouldn’t the fact Dwight is putting up those type of numbers across the board with Hedo and Ryan Anderson instead of Kobe and Pau HURT your argument??

        Just imagine the numbers Bynum would be putting up if HE was in ORL as the unquestioned #1 option instead of the #2-3 like he is in LA. I mean, look what he’s putting up without Kobe! 30 rebounds in one game, 20+ pts. every game but 1 (16 pts., 30 reb.), stellar defense…

      • pudgalvin - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        You really think playing with terrible teammates allows one to put up better numbers? No, at least not of you’re talking the best at your position in the game. There is no one else that a defense has to worry about consistantly on the Magic behind Howard. Bynum has the second best shooting guard of all time and a top 5 power forward to take all pressure off of him. Maybe points, but Bynum has pretty much averaged the same amount of points without Kobe has he had been for the two months prior. The fact that every single other stat is better for Howard is enough for me. That thirty rebound game was nice, but Howard has 10 20+ rebound games this season. Bynum has 2.

      • pudgalvin - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        And just so you know, I’m not a Magic fan, or a Howard fan. I just think that doing what he does on that team is awfully impressive. It’s probably silly for me to say, but I really don’t think that if Bynum were on the Magic he’d have that team in the playoffs. That’s a really bad team Orlando has down there; like 25 wins in a full season without Howard bad.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:00 AM

        Yes pud’, I do agree with you that what Howard is doing with that team is awfully impressive. He also has one of the best coaches in the league, say what you want about SVG, but the guy is great. But to say having lesser teammates and putting up inflated numbers doesn’t go hand in hand is outright ignorant at best. There are soooo many players throughout the years that I can name I don’t even want to waste my time.

      • pudgalvin - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

        Well, I can name an equal number of bad players that have great numbers playing with great teammates. The biggest thing for me is that Howard has basically had zero help for 5 years now, yet has consitantly had his team at the top of his conference. Bynum has been good for 3/4 of a season while playing with 2 hall of famers. Bynum’s good, but I’d still take the guy that’s dominated the league with zero help.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:07 AM

        And if you want I can flip your logic on you about Bynum’s 2 20+ reb. to Howard’s 10 20+ reb. … Bynum has another 10+ reb. a night guy in Pau grabbing them. Who’s stopping Howard? Anderson? Big Baby? Orton? Hedo? I thought so.

  4. xeno75 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Gasol made 1 threepointer the other was offensive goaltending.
    The refs suck hard this year.

  5. lakerluver - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    @00maltliquor, dude, my sentiments exactly!! D. Howard’s the no. 1 option in Orlando yet he’s only averaging 20 pts. Bynum’s almost doing that while having to share the rock with two other scorers!

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