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Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Heat put together a complete game. That will beat anyone.

Dec 11, 2012, 3:42 AM EDT

Miami Heat's James and Wade smile during second half of NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Miami Reuters

Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the video of the worst free throw attempt ever

Spurs 134, Rockets 126 (OT): There was a Linsanity flashback in Houston. Jeremy Lin took charge in the third quarter, slashed into the defense, hit rainbow jumpers and looked like the Lin of those few weeks in New York. Then the Spurs were the Spurs and just out executed everyone. Tony Parker had a triple-double. We broke it all down here.

Miami 101, Atlanta 92: Atlanta played well in this one, but when Miami puts together a complete game it’s not going to matter. Miami shot 58 percent as a team — Dwyane Wade was 11-of-13 shooting (26 points) while LeBron was 10-of-16 (27 points). Miami also had a better defensive game than they had recently forcing turnovers that let them get out and run.

As well as Miami played Atlanta took a 65-63 lead on a deep Jeff Teague three with 6:30 left in the third quarter. Miami had been sloppy with the ball for a stretch and it cost them. But then the run came. Wade hit a 17-footer coming off a screen. Chalmers with a steal and LeBron with the fast break finish with authority. Wade, as the ball handler off pick and roll, gets to free throw line and pulls up for two. LeBron drives the lane and kicks out to Battier for a corner three. Suddenly it’s 72-65. Atlanta’s Jeff Teague tried to stem the flow w with a runner high off the glass, but next time down Wade drew the foul and hit two free throws. Following a Teague turnover, Lebron made a pass to a cutting Wade in transition. It was a13-2 Heat Run. After a Hawks illegal defense, and it was Heat by 10 and they never really looked back. Any time Atlanta made a push, LeBron answered.

Mavericks 119, Kings 96: Dallas went on a 22-2 to start the second quarter and that was pretty much it for the competitive portion of this one. This was a solid, professional win for the Mavericks. That and the Kings were awful. O.J. Mayo led six Mavs in double figures with 19 (he hit three of four from three point land), while DeMarcus Cousins and Francisco Garcia each had 25 for Sacramento.

Sixers 104, Pistons 97: This game was close most of the way, it was It was tied 80-80 with Detroit doing a surprising amount of running to stay in it (the Pistons had 20 first half fast break points). Detroit cut it to 98-95 late in the fourth quarter — but a Jrue Holiday three was the dagger. Holiday had 25 points, Turner had 18 on 8-of-13 shooting, Thaddeus Young added an efficient 20. The Sixers won this in the second half when they scored 58 points. Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight each dropped in 22 points for the Pistons.

Warriors 94, Bobcats 86: The Bobcats were trying to avoid losing their 8th straight while snapping the Warriors 3 game winning streak, but were unsuccessful. The Dubs jumped on the ‘Cats early with David Lee (17 first half points, 25 for the game) the catalyst to an 18 point Golden State lead at the half. Lee was joined by the dynamic play of Stephen Curry (27 points, 7 assists), whose all around game kept Charlotte off balance all evening.

The Bobcats, led by Kemba Walker‘s 24 points, did make a push in the 2nd half by holding the Warriors to 46 points (11 in the 4th quarter), but the hole they dug themselves in the first 24 minutes proved too much to overcome.
—Darius Soriano

Trail Blazers 92, Raptors 74: The big news out of this was Amir Johnson fighting with the law. And the law won. He was ejected.

But maybe the second biggest news was Portland setting an NBA record for futility going 0-of-20 from three. That is quite a feat in its own right.

As for the basketball game surrounding that show, the Blazers took control in the third with an 13-2 run, sparked in part by LaMarcus Aldridge, who finished with 30 points and 12 boards. The Blazers may not have hit threes but they owned the paint and got 54 of their points in there. J.J. Hickson was part of that getting 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting. DeMar DeRozan had 20 for Toronto.

  1. cantonbound13 - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Beat anyone? Do you remember the 2 blowout losses to NY? This is not Russel’s Celtics or Jordan’s Bulls. They one 1 championship in a lockout shortened season, where a number of nba all stars missed the playoffs. They were nearly eliminated by the ancient Celtics. You’re a joke Kurt, let someone that knows the NBA write for this site.

    • hehateme2 - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      knicks will fail down the stretch per usual derp.

      • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        I’m not a Knicks fan, but this isn’t the same ol Knicks. Woodson is a lot better coach than D’Antoni and is proving it so far since being given a full offseason to implement his system. Melo’s game has matured. They’re 15-5 and have beaten great teams without their best talent on the floor, as well as leading the league in the league amount of turnovers.

      • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM

        least amount *

      • southbeachtalent - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

        Hey at this point a good quarter season of basketball gets Knicks fans excited. Can’t blame them…….

        1st Qtr of Regular Season Champs!!!!

    • berbes - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      you think kurt wouldn’t have so much time on his hands to lube up the heat, considering his paper route, chores, and all.

  2. doctorfootball - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    The Knicks don’t turn the ball over. That’s one of the main things that hurt the Heat in both games against them. If the Knicks can continue their ball security, the Heat become much less effective as a half court team. We’ll see what happens next time they meet.

  3. superseahawk - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:36 AM


    Do you not remember the last decade of the Knicks?

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:38 AM

      Is your life so miserable that you have to live in the past?

      • michaeljordanseviltwin - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:39 AM

        Alright, let’s live in the present. Miami is the current NBA champion.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      @ Michael: don’t forget the asterisk

  4. rockthered1286 - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Heat lovefest again? They beat a Hawks team by 9. A team that barely squeaked by a lowly Washington team twice now. Call me when they beat someone worth talking about. However I do like that the Heat can play poor defense most of the year, have one good game and suddenly they’re world stoppers. Show some consistency then maybe ill consider them back on track. For now? Just beating teams they should beat but playing down to their level.

    • pglive21 - Dec 11, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      Are you serious? It’s the same Hawks team that was coming off a 3-0 start to their road trip, had won 9 of their last 10 games and just beat the team with the best record in the league on their own court (Grizzlies). If you don’t think that’s a big win then I’m afraid you’re not very intelligent. Every team has their fair share of close calls and head-scratching losses. It doesn’t make this any less of a big win. Hawks were playing great ball coming into the game last night and they just couldn’t get stops on the Heat when they needed to.

      Also, I’m not sure how you got the writer saying the Heat was “world stoppers” or that it was a Heat lovefest. You’re clearly delusional and have significant reading comprehension issues.

      p.s. Just so you know I’m a Pacers fan. I only replied to your post because I think this blog would be a better place if you never commented on it again.

  5. michaeljordanseviltwin - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    The Heat knocked down a lot of long range jumpers to beat the Hawks. Their defensive efficiency was 102 points per possession, not much of an improvement. I like that Joel Anthony is getting some minutes. Even though I was all for small ball after watching the finals, I now realize they need a guy in the paint who knows when to rotate on D. Anthony probably shouldn’t play the entire game but he’s a nice change of pace when and usually sparks a Heat run when he’s on the court with LeBron.

    Good thing for the Heat is that Wade is averaging 23.5 points on 54% shooting over the last 8 games. He ain’t done yet.

  6. bucrightoff - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    The Heat can’t beat the Spurs or Thunder at their best. Hell they could barely beat the Spurs at their worst.

    • cramsinned - Dec 11, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Just like last year????????? People are saying that the Heat won’t beat thunder or spurs in the finals.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    BlahBlahBlahBlahBlahBlahBlahBlahBlahBlah (I’m talking to a certain Knicks fan who is glued to the set for every Heat game and many times is the first to comment on any PBT article about the Heat-see Exhibit A above)

    Heat fans are just enjoying the ride. One game (or two games cough cough) before New Years means NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. ZILCH.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      2 ass whippings & you still can’t shut up, can you?

      • southbeachtalent - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        Let’s see if these games are of any relevance once we are in the play-offs. I would save these great victories for you know, when they count.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM

        So weak

    • southbeachtalent - Dec 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Hey, let’s give the “1st quarter of regular season” champs their due respect. After all it is the tortured, sad, frustrated Knicks fans. Regular season victories are of the utmost importance to that sad franchise.

      • cantonbound13 - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        Hey ’72 , not as weak as your crybaby, soft forward Bosh spice.

  8. cantonbound13 - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Where’s Ricky Spanish? Did INS get him?

  9. mrbiz8505 - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    I don’t think 101 points would have beaten everyone…

  10. gmsingh - Dec 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I actually thought Kurt was kidding! To see that massive 101 points right below the 134 points the Spurs scored on the exact same night had to be a joke. The Heat would’ve have lost by at least 20 pts if they’d played the Spurs with their “complete game”. And is it me, or is “complete game” code for “Wade looked less hobbled than usual”?

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