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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jazz in, Clippers fall to Hawks

Apr 25, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

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What you missed while thinking that if this cow tells the others what is going on at McDonald’s there is going to be a revolt….

Jazz 100, Suns 87: And the Jazz are in the playoffs while the Suns can start worrying about where Steve Nash will play next season. Our man Brett Pollakoff broke this one down.

Hawks 109, Clippers 102: Atlanta took control when they went on a 15-2 run to end the third quarter, then they held on for a comfortable win. That victory kept the Hawks a game ahead of the Celtics for home court when the two meet in the first round.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combined for 70 points, but every other Clipper combined to shoot 35.1percent and score 32 points. The Hawks did a good job of spacing, ball movement and attacking the mismatches they created. Joe Johnson was hot and finished with 28, Jeff Teague had 18. The Hawks also defended all the Clippers role players well.

Celtics 78, Heat 66: Worst. Game. Ever.

Not kidding, I’d rather watch Bobcats/Wizards again. Both team ran their benches out there the whole game and went deep into them. Sasha Pavlovic was your MVP with 16 points. Anyway, there were consequences — with the Miami loss Chicago is the top seed in the East. With the win the Celtics remain one game back of the Hawks for home court when the two teams meet in the first round.

Thunder 118, Kings 100: Sacramento had a 13 point lead in the third quarter that started to slip away, then in the fourth quarter Daequan Cook happened — 19 points on 9 shots (4-5 from three) and the Thunder pull away for the win.

Hornets 83, Warriors 81: In a tightly contested game the whole way New Orleans closed the game on an 11-2 run that had an odd, odd ending. With the game tied 81-81 Golden State’s Charles Jenkins‘ put up a layup with five seconds left that Gustavo Ayon blocked. Greivis Vasquez grabbed the rock, pushed the ball up court and looked like he was going to take a three but instead passed to an open Marco Belinelli under the bucket for a game-winning layup — which Chris Wright came flying in to goaltend by blocking it off the backboard. Hornets win. Belinelli finished with 23.

  1. bils293 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Not that it matters but the thunder sacramento game was 118-110

  2. pglive21 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    I love the way that Chris Paul just deflates after Joe Johnson hits that three.

    Also Jeff Teague finished with 21 pts for the Hawks, closing out the game with 6 straight free throws.

    And by the way, while Blake Griffin does get hit a lot (and occasionally flagrantly so), he definitely doesn’t own up to it when he’s the one dishing it out. Late in the fourth quarter he put his forearm into Teague’s neck and shoved him aside and then had the gall to argue for a foul call after he was called for a personal foul. Own up.

  3. 4thquartermagic - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Congrats Utah you just won enough games to not only get smashed by San Antonio in a 4 game sweep but you also lost 2 lottery picks as a result of qualifying.

    Great management over there.

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