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Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Miami wants to know if you have any other challengers

Mar 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Miami Heat's guard Dwyane Wade goes to the basket past Indiana Pacers guard George Hill during their NBA game in Miami Reuters

Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering where you’re going to get your next lion meat burger if not Chicago….

Lakers 90, Bulls 81: The Lakers offense has been better of late and the Bulls offense continues to be unimpressive. At best. Those things combine to give the Lakers another win, one that moves them into the eighth playoff seed. Our Brett Pollakoff was there and broke it down.

Clippers 129, Pistons 97: The Clippers were looking to springboard their defense and overall game as they start to think about the playoffs. A good way to have your defense look good is to play a team that tries to make you pay for your mistakes with shots by Jason Maxiell and Jonas Jerebko. Easy win for the Clips. If you want to read more about their defense and this game, we can help you out.

Heat 105, Pacers 90: This is not a statement win for the Heat. It’s one of 18 straight statement games by the Heat to the entire league.

This game unfolded pretty much like you’d expect — the Pacers defense could keep them close for a stretch, but then they’d have an offensive lull, turn the ball over a few times and suddenly they are playing catch-up. And the Pacers are not a team that can play catch-up. Mario Chalmers led the Heat 26 points including knocking down five 3-pointers. Chris Bosh added with 24 points, Dwyane Wade chipped in 23 points and six steals. The Heat shot 56 percent for the game, showing they can score on the defense that statistically has been the best in the NBA this season.

Thunder 91, Celtics 79: Celtics fans have every right to dream of a huge playoff run, they got one last season. But this game was more like the reality of what the NBA elite look like against the Celtics. The Celtics and their defense — plus 20 points from Paul Pierce — hung close with the Thunder for three quarters.

But the Thunder cranked up the defensive pressure and opened the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run. The Celtics shot just 18.2 percent (4-for-22) for 14 points in the fourth quarter and OKC ran away. Kevin Durant had 23. The bottom line is the Thunder had another gear the Celtics did not.

Hornets 98, Trail Blazers 96: For the second time in a week the Hornets gave up a double-digit lead late, but this time the outcome was different. An and-1 lay-up and free throw by Ryan Anderson with 1.8 seconds to play (off a sweet drive and dish by Greivis Vasquez) gave the Hornets a win this time around. His shot was in answer to a Damian Lillard three with 11.2 seconds to play that put Trail Blazers on top. Lillard had eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, but Wesley Matthews was the real driving force in the Blazers comeback with 14 of his 24 in the fourth.

Anthony Davis looked good, with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Bucks 115, Kings 113: Another game, another DeMarcus Cousins ejection — he got his fourth of the season for an elbow to the head of Mike Dunleavy. Who clearly got in Cousins head. Dunleavy had 16 points and knocked down four threes, by the way. The Bucks led from the second quarter on and withstood the Kings runs, including a late 11-2 one that made it very interesting at the end. The Kings could have used Cousins, who had 24 points and 10 boards before getting tossed (and you can expect a fine).

Monta Ellis had 29 points to lead the Bucks.

Orlando 99, Sixers 91: Well, the Sixers keep looking for a new bottom to the season. This might be it. This game was tied 85-85 and the Magic just flat-out outplayed the Sixers down the stretch, knocking down threes and pulling away. Late in the game the Magic went small, playing Beno Udrih, Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo together — and each hit a key three in the fourth. The Magic shot 5-of-8 from three in the final nine minutes to pull away. The Sixers never had an answer for the small ball lineup.

Thaddeus Young did his part for the Sixers — 26 points on 13-of-17 shooting — but Nelson outplayed Jrue Holiday at the point and that was key. Nelson had 24 points and 10 dimes.

Raptors 100, Cavaliers 96: The scariest scene in this game was Kyrie Irving leaving the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury after a collision with a Raptor. The good news is X-Rays were negative but he will be re-evaluated Monday. The guy has had enough injuries this season, can’t the basketball gods lighten up on him a little?

The Raptors, without Rudy Gay (sore back) fought back from a 17-point first quarter deficit to make it a close game down the stretch. Cleveland led by a point in the final minute but Kyle Lowry scored the final four points to get Toronto the win, including a nice little turnaround jumper with 14 seconds left. Dion Waiters made it close with Irving out, scoring 13 of his 21 in the fourth.

Mavericks 100, Timberwolves 77: Dallas opened the second quarter on a 17-1 run and pulled away from there to an easy win. The Timberwolves looked tired — they played the night before in Denver and were delayed getting out of town because the plane had to be de-iced — and the Mavericks took advantage. Vince Carter had 22 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points.

  1. raidmagic - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Damn are the Magic that bad that you just call them Orlando now?

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Beats Mickey Mouse operation, doesn’t it?

  2. acdc363 - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Heat streak sure is getting impressive!

  3. kvanhorn87 - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    The Heat will lose to the bucks

  4. robones - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Wow! The Heat are the league’s defending champions. The Heat have 4 maybe 5 futures HOFs, they have won 18 straight games yet the only article written up after their impressive win over the Pacers is a “baseline to baseline recap”?????? An article that’s shared with other teams? The Heat cannot even have their own article? Yet the sorry a$$ lakers get like 9 arcticles after their win Sunday night? Are the lakers organization paying this site to run?

    • deeballer - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      I as thinking the same thing. The fact that the Heat don’t produce any internal drama and just wins games seems to makes the media yawn. Right now, I’d take that any day over what the Lakers and Knicks are going through though.

      • rawgator06 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        You hit the nail on the head. If there was any crap like “LeBron doesn’t think his teammates are trying hard enough” ala Kobe, we would have 50 Heat articles. Since they are keeping their heads down and commending each other for team play, they aren’t interesting.

    • davidly - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Dude, it’s only 8:30 in LA and he’s gotta do the recap first. And it’s not like there’s a dearth of Heat press. And, anyway, maybe Kurt’s just sparing me the agony until he finishes his second cup of coffee.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Hmmm, 16 titles to 2…Have appeared in half of all league championship games…Hall of Fame players spanning generations…Former All-Star guard is league’s logo…Five of the top 10 players of all time…Greatest owner in history helped rescue floundering league in 80’s…Team plays in media capital of the world…Any story about the team generates hits and thus revenue…Etc, etc., etc.

      It’s about making a buck. The Lakers are always news and people want to read about them, so stories about them make money. If it pisses you off so much why not just stick to outlets that cater to your team? Is the Miami media really that crappy? If the Heat continue on this roll and end up repeating I’m sure you’ll get lots and lots of stuff on here about them. Really, the whining is so unbecoming.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        hmmmm, most of those titles were before the Heat existed…

      • robones - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        I really dislike remarks comparing the number of championships from one team to the next. The Lakers have been in the league for 66 years, averaging a ring every 4.1 years or so. The Heat being a much younger franchise (1988) have a chance to get an average down to 5.4 assuming we win rings the next three years or so. Down to 4 (same as Lakers) if we win 4 within the next 4 years. Its entirely possible with their core players.

  5. davidly - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    And, Kurt: if Bosh is gonna play like that, I’d rather Hibbert just go back to playing only defensive.

  6. robones - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    So what are you all saying? Are you sports fans or are you soap opera fans? Is this site called ProBasketball talk or is it called Days of our lives?? For GODS SAKE!!!!! I clicked on this site to hopefully read a good blog on the Heat’s amazing streak and performance on Sunday to come to the realization that DRAMA is more important than actual performance. SMH.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      It’s Pro Basketball Talk because the articles are about pro basketball. Just because there aren’t enough articles about your team doesn’t make it something else. You not only “clicked on this site” you also took the time to create an account so you could whine that there isn’t enough being written about your team.

      Personally I’d much rather be in your position as a fan of the defending champs who are obviously favored (by anyone with half a brain) to win a back-to-back, rather than wondering if my team is going to get it together it time to avoid being bounced in the first round. Yeah, it really sucks to be you, right? SMH, indeed…

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Two 20 point blowouts and on the way to another before the refs intervened? Of course there are other challengers.

    • southbeachtalent - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      nope, we got the refs in our pocket. So the correct answer is no.. I wonder what happened to our refs in those two blowouts? Maybe they needed a raise?

      • manchestermiracle - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        I know you aren’t being sarcastic because anyone in the NBA that can go several games without a single foul being called on them sure must be blessed by the refs.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        I’m not, we all contribute per pay period down here. It comes out of our take home pay…

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