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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Sixers get win despite Vince Carter heroics

Nov 28, 2012, 4:30 AM EDT

Dorell Wright, Shawn Marion AP

Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching a Christmas lights show timed out to “Gangnam Style”

Pacers 79, Lakers 77: Sometimes you watch a game and think neither team deserves to win it. That was this game. It was ugly. But despite 40 from Kobe Bryant it was a George Hill high-arcing layup that won Indy the game, and we broke it all down right here.

Sixers 100, Mavericks 98: This game was decided in the middle of the fourth quarter — it was 81-81 with 8:30 remaining when the Mavericks turned the ball over on six consecutive possessions and that led to a 12-0 Sixers run and a lead Philly would never relinquish.

It seemed over, Philly up seven inside two minutes to go when Vince Carter happened. First he drained a ridiculously deep three, about five feet behind the arc. After a defensive stop for Dallas, the next trip down Carter had a spinning driving layup. Suddenly the lead was just two with 17 seconds left. Jrue Holiday, who had 18 points and was good most of the night, had two possessions where he over-dribbled and got no good shot. He did it again and with time running out Dallas had one last shot to win. Dallas got the ball to Carter but Philly wisely doubled-teamed him, so he passed and with some nice ball movement the Mavs found O.J. Mayo in the lane and he was fouled

Mavs double Carter, two passes to cutting O.J. Mayo who was fouled on a bad reach by Holiday. Two free throws to tie it. Mayo missed first, intentionally missed second, Dallas rookie Jae Crowder actually got the rebound had a shot at a three to win but just missed.

Evan Turner had 22 points on 13 shots for Philly.

Rockets 117, Raptors 101: This game was not exactly a defensive struggle — the Rockets shot 53 percent overall and hit 13-of-26 threes. The Rockets put the nail in this at the start of the third quarter when James Harden hit two threes — he had 24 points and a career-best 12 assists. Toronto, who has struggled on defense all season, let the Rockets put of points at a 124.2 points per 100 possessions pace. The bright spots for Toronto were rookie Terrence Ross, who had his best game as a pro with 19 points, and Andrea Bargnani who had 21 points on 12 shots.

Suns 91, Cavaliers 78: It was the second night of a back-to-back and the fourth game in five nights for Cleveland and it showed — they hung tight until late in the third quarter when a 14-0 run turned a two point deficit into a comfortable win. The Suns pushed the pace and ran during hat stretch and Cleveland just could not keep up. Goran Dragic had 19 points, Michael Beasley added 15. If Cavs fans want a bright spot, Anderson Varejao totally outplayed Marcin Gortat

Timberwolves 97, Kings 89: The Timberwolves led this one from the second quarter on, but they never pulled away so it was interesting at the end. Kevin Love put up a line like we expect from him — 23 points, 24 rebounds — and that included a prayer that was answered in the final minute solidifying the Minnesota lead. Love needed to hit that shot because the Kings zone defense in the fourth quarter seemed to throw the Timberwolves off and make it a game. Nikola Pekovic added 16 for Minny. DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans each added 20 for the Kings. This snapped a five-game losing streak for Minnesota.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Regarding the Sixers game, before the Mayo purpose miss I thought it was odd that Rick Carlisle subbed Crowder for Collison because it seemed to me that he should have kept somebody on the outside with some shooting ability. There are only so many big men needed for the paint for this final miss. Then the ball ends up getting kicked out to Crowder who bricks the 3. Had he kept Collison in, that would have been his three, and I’m betting he would have had a better chance to hit that shot.

    Either way, good win for the Sixers and no matter how much the so-called experts want to kill the Sixers for the Bynum trade, these are the same national people who have no clue what they are talking about when they look at a local situation. Just like we fans didn’t know what we had with McNabb(we were right…he was done), they don’t know what we have with Andy Reid(he’s toast), they know nothing about how Iguadola fit in with this team. He didn’t. He can’t create his own shot, and for a guy making the max, he had to go. Even if Bynum never plays a game it was worth the trade to get rid of that contract.

    • thesixersbench - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Three cheers for you, sir.

    • tcclark - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      Collison has made 6 3’s all year and is barely over 30%. Crowder is actually a much better shooter than Collison. He’s a 38% three point shooter and has made almost the same number of 3’s as Collison has attempted

      • Chris Fiorentino - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        You are correct…that’s what I get for assuming a guy’s skill on one shot or by size. Collison hit that half-court shot a fraction late after 3 Qs and I thought he was at least an OK shooter. But it seems Crowder shoot them 3 times as much as Collison and was subbed in TO SHOOT THE 3 LOL.

    • shaner329 - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      People also forget that we got Jason Richardson in that trade, and he’s turned out to be a nice addition to our team thus far.

  2. tfoz5150 - Nov 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Plus, big ups to my man Kwame. He was playing some stifling defense down the stretch. Hack-a-Kwam? I think not.

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