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Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Clippers lose, fall to fourth

Mar 20, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

Isaiah Thomas, Chris Paul AP

Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while rethinking everything you knew about Star Wars….

Nuggets 114, Thunder 104: Denver won their 13th game in a row and in doing so made a statement that come the playoffs they are not to be dismissed. The Thunder went cold for the first part of the third quarter, allowing the Nuggets to take a lead, then every time they tried to make a comeback Andre Miller hit a big shot. We broke this down as our game of the night.

Kings 116, Clippers 101: Here is what this loss means for the Clippers — they are now the No. 4 seed in the West, they have fallen behind Denver by half a game and percentage points behind Memphis. Can you see the Clippers — who could not contain Marcus Thornton and Toney Douglas Tuesday — beating either of those teams in the first round of the playoffs? No, me neither. That is what the Clippers have until the end of the season to change. Chris Paul will push them, but can the other players follow him? Does Vinny Del Negro have an idea how to change this?

Let’s give the Kings their due here. Behind Thornton’s 25 points total and a strong game from DeMarcus Cousins (17 points, 11 rebounds) this was a close game entering the fourth quarter. Then in the final six minutes Toney Douglas happened, with a couple corner threes and one got-to-put-it-up-to-beat-the-shot-clock ridiculously deep dagger three. The Kings played hard and well enough to win. The Clippers simply couldn’t match them. Which brings us back to the question in the first paragraph of this game recap.

Bucks 102, Trail Blazers 95: The Bucks owned the second quarter. Completely. They started it on a 16-0 run (sparked by 9 second quarter points from J.J. Redick), the Blazers shot 2-of-20 in the second quarter and the Bucks ran away with the game. Milwaukee led by as many as 27 and while Portland made some runs they were rebuffed by Brandon Jennings (24 points) and Monta Ellis (20). LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Pacers 95, Magic 73: Burn the tape of this game. Banish it from the face of the earth. This game was that hard to watch, especially the first half. The Magic had 29 points on 26.1 percent shooting in the first 24 minutes. By then the Pacers were running away with the game. Tyler Hansbrough got the start (David West‘s back hurts) and had 14 points and 14 rebounds in a strong game for Indiana, Paul George chipped in 19. Only two Magic players reached into double digits and they each had 10 (Arron Afflalo and Mo Harkless).

  1. broncobeta - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    How the heck are the Clippers in fourth?

    They have a worse record than the Nuggets and are 2-1 against the Nuggets.

    L.A. Clippers 4 46 22 0.676
    Denver 5 47 22 0.681

    Someone please explain that to me.

    • broncobeta - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      No don’t vote me down, I really want it explained to me. I’m not being sarcastic.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      I could be wrong, but I believe it is because the Clippers are leading their division and the Nuggets aren’t.

      • broncobeta - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Wow. I didn’t even realize that the Pacific sucks that bad this year. I forgot the Clippers were in the lead.

  2. indianbob - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Kings are in the playoffs next year!

    • ultichiva - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Only thing Certain about Kings is where they will play next year …….SEATTLE

  3. dannymac17 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    this is hilarious to me

    Clippers lose to the Kings “They are one and done in the playoffs”

    Lakers get to the 8th seed “Watch out now, they are staring OKC in the WCF right in the face”

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      They’re one and done because they’re SOFT and can’t make free throws.

      Oh, and half the team consists of the All-League Flopping All-Stars.

      • dannymac17 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        I am pretty sure they beat both of the teams you follow convincingly. 5 times.

        But here you are, trolling my posts as usual. I feel bad for your mother, father and the doctor that delivered you.

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      geez, inferiority complex about the Lakers much?

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Paul’s flopping didn’t help.

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