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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pacers, Bulls get together for shootout

Feb 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Pacers' West shoots the basketball defended by Bulls' Boozer during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis Reuters

Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while building a nuclear fusion reactor in your garage like any normal teenager….

Pacers 111, Bulls 101: If you were expecting a defense struggle between two of the top three defenses in the Association… well, sorry. There wasn’t a lot of defense and fur the Bulls, if they are not defending they are going to struggle because they can’t score with teams. Not even the Pacers. With Joakim Noah out the Bulls had matchup problems and didn’t have the size to defend David West, who finished with 29. Paul George added 23 and hit the dagger for the Pacers while George Hill was hot to start (7-of-7) and had 22 on the night. Marco Belinelli led the Bulls with 24.

Thunder 112, Mavericks 91: This was an old-school beat down. After a tight first 9 minutes or so the Thunder went on a 7-0 run when their bench first entered the game and then it was on. In the second quarter the Thunder went on a 27-8 run right about when Russell Westbrook came back into the contest, he had 11 of his 24 in the second quarter. Eventually the Thunder led by as many as 33 in the second half and it was never close. Kevin Durant had 19 points and 10 rebounds. The only even remote bright spot for Dallas was the return of Dirk Nowitzki, but he shot just 3-of-11 on the night.

Knicks 99, Pistons 85: It turns out Kyle Singler and Rodney Stuckey cannot really guard Carmelo Anthony effectively. Who knew? ‘Melo had 27, the Knicks took charge with an 11-0 run midway through the first quarter and they never looked back as they cruised to their fifth straight win. Amar’e Stoudemire had 20 points and J.R. Smith added 16. Jose Calderon made his Pistons debut and had 15 points, but this wasn’t Detroit’s night.

Heat 99, Bobcats 94: It was LeBron James’ world, everyone else was just living in it — he had 31 points on 13-of-14 shooting and he took every single one of his shots in the paint. He simply bullied his way into the paint all night and Charlotte could not stop him. LeBron added 8 assists and 8 rebounds on a night where he played just about as well as a person could. Chris Bosh added 23.

Charlotte actually led this game by a point inside 8 minutes left, led by Ramon Sessions (18) and Ben Gordon (16) who had good games off the bench. But the Heat went on an 8-0 run to retake the lead for good. And on a night like this you knew LeBron was not going to let the Heat lose.

Wizards 98, Clippers 90: With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin out injured the Clippers lost again, — their seventh loss in nine games. The Clippers fall to 1-3 on their big road trip and are coming back to the pack in the West (where Memphis, Golden State and Denver are). We will see how the team responds to some adversity now.

Wizards got off to 19-6 lead to open the game and held that lead until the third quarter when the Clippers made a 17-2 run to retake the lead. That’s when Martell Webster made his presence felt, scoring 11 of his 21 points in the quarter as the Wizards retook the lead. The Wizards sealed the game with an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter fueled by Clippers turnovers. Nene and Garrett Temple added 15 points a piece. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 28.

Sixers 78, Magic 61: What did you expect? The Magic were without Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Arron Afflalo and of course Glen Davis. They probably asked Jacque Vaughn to suit up. The Sixers raced out to a 22-6 lead and while the game was ugly the rest of the way the Sixers never gave up the lead. Spencer Hawes had 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Nick Young added 15 points for Philly.

Trail Blazers 100, Timberwolves 98: If you watched most of this game you wouldn’t recognize the final score — it certainly wasn’t a pretty game but the Trail Blazers were in control of it. Minnesota scored just 38 first half points and was a total mess while LaMarcus Aldridge looked every bit the All-Star with 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Then came the final minutes, when Minnesota went on a 14-2 run and almost stole the game. They got it down to one point but Aldridge hit a key bucket to make it three with 27 seconds left. Of course, Aldridge missed the free throws that would have iced the game with 6.7 seconds left, giving the Timberwolves one last shot at it. They went to Dante Cunningham, who had the hot hand with 23 points on the night, but he came up just short. And Portland escapes with the win.

Jazz 98, Kings 91 (OT): Apparently Utah wants to show it can host a Super Bowl t0o — they had some lighting issues at the start of the game. Once they got going it looked like Utah would pull away with this in the second quarter but Sacramento closed the first half with a 9-0 run and we had a game. In the overtime Randy Foye had 6 of his 20 points and Paul Millsap 4 of his 14 to secure the win. The Kings could really have used DeMarcus Cousins late in this one but he got ejected just before the half. The real key for Utah in this was the 41 points they got from the bench, led by Alec Burks with 14 and Derrick Favors with 13.

  1. acdc363 - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Those Heat jerseys were really cool last night does anyone know if they’re throwbacks or alternates?

    • iritian - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Throwbacks

    • pudgalvin - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      You can really tell that Heat fans have been in it for the long hall when they don’t realize they wore those uniforms up until about 2004.

  2. broncobeta - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    “Apparently Utah wants to show it can host a Super Bowl t0o”

    0o
    __

    0rly?

  3. wherezwaldo - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Pacers had a rare double header… v. Bulls and Cavs.

  4. wherezwaldo - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Bulls and Knicks…geez. what a night

  5. pudgalvin - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Top 3 officiating moments from the Bulls/Pacers game last night, a game in which the Pacers shot a season high 27 free throws:

    3. The refs spotting the Pacers 9 points in about 40 seconds in the 3rd quarter on 4 brutally ticky-tack calls in a very physical game

    2. Roy Hibbert tackling Jimmy Butler and Butler getting called for the foul

    1. Marco Bellinini throwing a loose ball off Roy Hibberts leg out of bounds with 1:40 left and the Pacers get awarded the ball with no replay and no explanation.

    Honorable mention goes to the refs not realizing that Deshawn Stephenson flops every time he gets near another body and refs buying it. My favorite was when David West ran into him, he flopped like he got hit by a train, and then stared at the ref for not calling a foul. NBA officiating is awful.

    • dexterismyhero - Feb 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Want some cheese with your whine?

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        I’m not one to get too worked up by bad officiating in the NBA (it’s like getting mad at snowflakes in a blizzard), but it was pretty weird. The change in how the game was called in the third quarter was drastic and lasting. Which is fine, as long as it’s consistent to both teams. In this case, however, it wasn’t.

        But yeah, that’s the NBA.

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