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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Carmelo has Knicks on top in New York

Dec 12, 2012, 3:24 AM EDT

J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Bill Kennedy AP

Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while you were wondering who thought an Angry Birds movie was a good idea…

Cavaliers 100, Lakers 94: It’s not just one thing with the Lakers – their offense was off, their defensive rotations are sloppy, their big men missed shots, but the real culprit was Kyrie Irving. He is back and the Cavs look much better. We broke down the Lakers third straight loss here.

Knicks 100, Nets 97: Brooklyn started out the game on a 21-5 run, playing some of their best interior defense since Brook Lopez went down (which is a weird thing to type). Deron Williams was attacking. Things were clicking and the Nets shot 67 percent in the quarter.

But starting with a 12-2 run in the middle of the second quarter the Knicks owned the rest of the game. Part of that was Carmelo Anthony, who had 14 points in the second quarter, 15 in the fourth when it mattered and a grand total of 45. The Knicks were moving the ball, getting and hitting three point looks — 14-of-28. Andray Blatche had 23 to lead the Nets. It was another fun, close game between these teams. But old man Jason Kidd was the difference when it mattered most. (He missed the free throw on the and-1, but ‘Sheed did not yell “Ball Don’t Lie.”)

Clippers, Bulls: The Bulls did everything by the books. They created 4-on-3 opportunities in the high post for Joakim Noah (6 assists) to pick apart the defense. They got Carlos Boozer open looks along the baseline, where he used his power to overwhelm (24 points) the Clippers frontcourt. And of course, the halfcourt defense was wonderful.

But here’s the thing — the Bulls can do everything right schematically and still lose because the talent just isn’t on par with the league’s elite teams. Marco Belinelli clanked his way to a 6-for-22 shooting performance. Should Belinelli shoot 22 shots ever? Probably not, but these are the types of realities good teams will force the Bulls to face.
—D.J. Foster

Nuggets 101, Pistons 94: The Nuggets led the entire second half, but these are a scrappy Pistons bunch and they made Denver work for it. The real key for the Nuggets was their bench — Corey Brewer had 15 points, JaVale McGee 12 and Andre Miller 11. And the three did it shooting 66.7 percent. Ty Lawson also filled up the stat sheet with 26 points, getting 16 of those in the second half. The Pistons Greg Monroe had 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Wizards 77, Hornets 70: Even Anthony Davis’ return couldn’t save this from being an ugly affair. The Wizards shot 32.9 percent and won (the Hornets were 32.5). Washington scored just 11 points in the first quarter, but that was better than New Orleans 10 in the fourth quarter. Heck, Jordan Crawford outscored the Hornets by himself 14-10 (Crawford finished with 26). Davis had 13 points and 8 rebounds in his return.

  1. dannymac17 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Wow @ that Clippers/Bulls update. Obviously it’s all about what the Bulls did wrong, instead of what the Clippers did right. Its sickening. Blake Griffin was a machine last night, Chris Paul dominated the end of the game again, and the bench dominates again. No love for 7 in a row which they haven’t done in 20 years!!

    There is more posts about the Lakers losing YET AGAIN.

    • dannymac17 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      7 posts about the second best team in LA right now on the first page of PBT

      Lakerluver is creaming his pants by all the coverage you give a 9-13 team who couldn’t defend against a bunch of high schoolers.

  2. jerdogthompson - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    I have to read 6 articles on the Lakers and the Clippers waltz in to the Bulls home a team that is second in the league in field % allowed and take care of business and there are 2-3 sentences?

    The reason BG or CP3 are not in stars of the night is because the team is so deep they both barely play in the 4th quarter. Matter of fact, between the two I will take a very educated guess and say they have played 9 minutes in the 4th quarter the last 5 games!

    C’mon NBC sports, get over the train wreck that is the Lakers and talk about the teams more relevant to the league right now.

    • dannymac17 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      Amen!

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