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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Memphis can flat out ball

Nov 12, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

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Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while thinking maybe you should lay off those breakfast sandwiches….

Lakers 103, Kings 90: The Lakers are 2-0 in the Bernie Bickerstaff era and all anybody wants to talk about is Phil Jackson. We break it all down right here.

Grizzlies 104, Heat 86: As we all expected, Wayne Ellington was an unstoppable force who completely overwhelmed the Heat wing players. Okay, maybe not, but it turns out Memphis is a lot like the Heat in that if they are getting outside shots to fall — and they did, Ellington was 7-of-11 from three — then they become impossible to stop because they have Zach Randolph (18 points, 12 rebounds) in the paint. As a team, the Grizzlies were 14-of-24 from three. Oh, and they have the very good Rudy Gay, who scored 21.

In some ways you could see why Erik Spoelstra thinks that Chris Bosh can hang with big centers — Marc Gasol scored two points while Bosh caught the ball away from the basket and drove around Gasol on his way to 22 points on 12 shots. The problem was Heat players not named Bosh or LeBron James (20 points) shot just 25 percent against the Grizzlies defense.

Thunder 106, Cavaliers 91: This was the best OKC has looked overall this season. Russell Westbrook hit a few midrange jumpers early, seemed to get his confidence going and he went on to score 27 and dish out 10 assists — plus hit a key buzzer-beater three at the end of the third quarter — to spark the Thunder to a win. OKC played good defense and looked every bit the powerhouse in this one. Kyrie Irving had 20 points to lead the Cavaliers because he is really, really good.

Clippers 89, Hawks 76: The battle of two deep teams who love the jump shot went to the Clippers which went on a couple second half runs (including a 20-5 across the third to the fourth when the Clips pulled away) to seal this. The Clippers got double-digit scoring from three guys off the bench — Jamal Crawford (11), Eric Bledsoe (12) and Matt Barnes (10). And what should scare teams is that is not some one-off night. They can do that whenever they want. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 16 points (on 11 shots). For the Hawks, Al Horford is playing well — he has such a well-rounded game — and scored 11.

Nets 82, Magic 74: The Nets have a thing for giving up leads — there was a 22-point come-from-ahead loss to Minnesota a week ago, Sunday Brooklyn raced out to a big lead with a 35-point first quarter, led by as much as 20 but had to scramble at the end to secure it. The Nets took their foot off the gas and while the Magic are not talented then are playing hard for first-year coach Jacque Vaughn. Kris Humphries had 14 points and 21 rebounds.

  1. dls612 - Nov 12, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Miami perimeter defense was horrible! Wayne Ellington a career night! Oh, and missed free throws didn’t help either!

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 12, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    What did we ever do to the State of Tennessee? I’d say yesterday was not our best day all around.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Nov 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Memphis seems to have Miami’s number. Since LeBron & Bosh joined the team the Grizzlies have won 3 out of 4 games, including that awful trip to Memphis in 2010 when Udonis Haslem broke his foot and Rudy Gay hit the game winner in LeBron’s face. Good thing they’ll never see them in the Finals.

  3. therealroman - Nov 12, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Wade played horrible too!

    • mazblast - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      You’re not allowed to ever criticize any of “The Big Three”. It goes against the league’s official narrative.

  4. miamatt - Nov 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Credit Memphis, they hit their open looks and played with tenacity. Miami couldn’t hit their free throws or their open threes, and they allowed far too much dribble penetration.

    Season is still young, but as of now Memphis is a top 5 team in this league.

  5. unxpexted1 - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    If healthy, I truly believe these two teams can meet in the finals. The grizzlies have a very complete team. Good PG play, shooters, playmaker, big men, and they play defense. They are a contending squad.

  6. dysraw1 - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    the Grizzwalds are at it again, they smashed us last yr. looking forward to fridays game wanna see if we can stand in there with these guys

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