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Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks wrap up two seed in the East, Lakers stay in playoff hunt with win over Spurs

Apr 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan

Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while planning for your digital afterlife

Heat 105, Bulls 93: The outcome of this game was no surprise, but the fact that the Bulls put up a fight after falling behind big in the second quarter showed why they’ll be a tough out in the postseason. We broke this one down in greater detail here.

Mavericks 107, Hornets 89: Dirk Nowitzki got to break out the razor. Same with O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman and the rest of the Mavericks who were growing .500 beards and got to shave them when the Mavericks finally reached the threshold with this win. Well, Kaman may keep his because he is Chris Kaman.

Dallas led this one almost from the start behind 21 from Shawn Marion and 19 from Nowitzki. With one of his second quarter jump shots, Nowitzki became only the 17th player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points in his career. — Kurt Helin

Lakers 91, Spurs 86: It wasn’t pretty — the winning team shot 36.5 percent — but the Lakers played with a playoff desperation and the Spurs floated through the game and the result was a Lakers win. One Los Angeles needed — its magic number to make the playoffs is one (Utah has to beat Minnesota and Memphis on the road to force the Lakers to beat Houston on Wednesday).

The Lakers got an aggressive Dwight Howard early that demanded the ball in the post and finished with 26 points and 17 boards. They had other guys like Steve Blake (23 points) step up as well. We broke it all down in more detail here. — Kurt Helin

Rockets 121, Kings 100: We are now a step closer to the Denver/Houston first-round series I am pulling for (because not everybody should play slow-it-down, grind-it-out basketball in the postseason). Houston is now in the six seed spot, tied with Golden State but the Rockets have the tiebreaker. They control their own destiny with two games to play (beat the Suns and Lakers, both on the road, and they are the six seed). And they want the six seed — Denver is not easy but it’s no San Antonio.

Houston won this game going away, a 14-0 run late in the second (Kings didn’t score the final three minutes of the half) put them in control and the second half was a laugher.  — Kurt Helin

76ers 91, Cavaliers 77: Kyrie Irving scored a career-low four points, but as poorly as he played, he wasn’t that far behind Dorell Wright, who scored a game-high 15 points. Both teams – already eliminated from the playoff race – combined to shoot 40 percent from the field and 63 percent from the free-throw line. — Dan Feldman

Nuggets 118, Trail Blazers 109: Kenneth Faried left the game with an ankle injury, casting a dark light on Denver’s franchise-record 55th win. On the bright side, Andre Iguodala had an awesome game – 28 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks – and Evan Fournier comfortably bested his career high with 24 points. The Nuggets now have a full game lead for the No. 3 seed, which would mean avoiding the Clippers and Grizzlies in the first round.

Damian Lillard had 30 points and six assists, which should help seal his Rookie of the Year win, especially if voters overlook his eight turnovers. — Dan Feldman

Knicks 90, Pacers 80: Carmelo Anthony scored “just” 25 points – his fewest in eight games – but that was still enough for New York to secure the No. 2 seed and homecourt advantage through the second round. If seeds hold in the first round, the Knicks would then play the Pacers, who are now assured of the No. 3 seed.

The Knicks have won 14 of 15, and with a season-high 26 turnovers, the Pacers have lost four of five. — Dan Feldman

Raptors 93, Nets 87: Despite 30 points and seven assists from Deron Williams, Joe Johnson helped Brooklyn secure the No. 4 seed with his 4-of-16 shooting. The Nets will host either the Hawks or Bulls in a first-round series.

DeMar DeRozan (36) and Rudy Gay (26) each scored more than 20 points in the same game for the seventh time. — Dan Feldman

  1. progress2011 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    This is a prime example of why we call them FAKERS !!!!

    5:00am Phone Call …on the red emergency phone

    D.Stern- Hey you know we all get t.v. royalties, viewer ratings and network royalties if the lakers make the playoffs.

    Pop – Well, my guys are much better than the lakers and want to pound them

    D.Stern- Well, this is the biggest market team in the league. We all lose money if they don’t make the playoffs. What if you mysteriously get an extra MILLION in your account

    Pop- Well Dave….you know we’ve already secured our playoff spot and I’m a team player/ company man/ brown noser !

    Result – the FAKERS get another win, they had ZERO chance at winning to keep the drama going.

    That’s why I keep my hard earned money, that I work 60-80 hours per week to EARN…in my POCKET!

    With the countless MILLIONS thrown around in professional sports, the illogical calls, decisions, outcomes and documented fraud committed by league officials (Stern) and refs (Donaghy) etc……

    Ask yourself……..Self – was Donaghy the only cheating ref or was he the “FALL GUY” for the league.

    I mean, you can’t gamble with yourself, by yourself ……AHAHAHAHAHA !!!!

    This is why we call them FAKE…..They are gonna get into the playoffs under FALSE PRETENSES…!

    Kinda like EVERY one of them FAKE BANNERS were won under FALSE PRETENSES !

  2. broncobeta - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    “Denver is not easy but it’s no San Antonio’

    Houston hasn’t beaten Denver in two years.

    Denver is 2-2 against San Antonio this year (with a 99-98 Ty Lawson-less road loss).

    I think you you want to say is.

    “Denver is not easy, but they don’t have Super Stars for me hump on.”

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