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  1. Pau Gasol with the monster slam dunk to seal Lakers win over Knicks (VIDEO)

    Dec 26, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    LOS ANGELES — With the game on the line and the Lakers clinging to a three-point lead with possession of the ball, it wasn’t Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, or Steve Nash who found themselves taking the final shot. No, that honor went to Pau Gasol, whose diminished role on a newly-stacked team this season hasn’t…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Rockets, Celtics, Clippers get Christmas blowouts

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while running to the store to buy more double-AA batteries for those Christmas toys…. Celtics 93, Nets 76: The Nets are not a good defensive team, rather they are prone to lapses, like the second quarter when Boston put up 34…

  3. Mike D’Antoni says Carmelo Anthony is having an MVP season

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    mike d'antoni carmelo

    LOS ANGELES — Mike D’Antoni coached Carmelo Anthony for parts of each of the last two seasons while owning the head coaching job with the New York Knicks, so he knows as well as anyone how much Anthony can dominate a game at times. Part of the reason D’Antoni ended up resigning as Knicks head…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: MVP Candidates shine on Christmas

    Dec 26, 2012, 3:26 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Christmas Day is a showcase day for the NBA. No NFL. No college bowl games. Just hoops. And as you can imagine any league run by David Stern doing, it put its biggest stars on display on the biggest early season stage. The second opening day, if you will. The stars on Christmas were the…

  5. Jamal Crawford Calls His Own Shot, Delivers the Shake and Bake Crossover (VIDEO)

    Dec 26, 2012, 2:16 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Following NBA players on Twitter is kind of an adventure. JaVale McGee retweets all his own tweets, Iman Shumpert talks almost solely in the third person…you get the idea. While some guys are hit and miss on that social media outlet, Jamal Crawford is usually hit. He answers fan questions, comments on articles that come…

  6. Heat knock Thunder out of rhythm, hang on for close win

    Dec 25, 2012, 11:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka in Miami

    If this is going to be the NBA finals again, I am all good with that. In fact, can we start it tomorrow? The Thunder and Heat gave us all the Christmas Day gift of what felt as close to playoff game as you are going to get in December— it was physical, intense, even…

  7. Video: LeBron James has your Christmas dunks

    Dec 25, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    For a guy who is never going to do the dunk contest, LeBron James is really good at the whole dunking thing. He had a couple of monster ones as the Heat beat the Thunder and showed them… nothing really. If these two teams meet in the finals again (a distinct possibility) this game on…

  8. Lakers earn fifth straight victory with Christmas Day win over Knicks

    Dec 25, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant guards New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — The Lakers beat the Knicks 100-94 on Christmas Day to earn their fifth straight victory, one that came in an intense and competitive game that came down to the final few possessions. Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony each finished with 34 points, J.R. Smith had 25 off the bench for New York,…

  9. Celtics show promise in Christmas win. Nets… it wasn’t pretty.

    Dec 25, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Jared Sullinger, Andray Blatche

    Boston should be better than a .500 team, which is how they came into Christmas Day. We keep expecting them to have a nice easy win, a jumpstart to start finding their groove. They need to find a team that would roll over and pretty much die for them. Enter the Nets on Christmas. How…

  10. Kobe Bryant with the flying acrobatic reverse layup vs. Knicks (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Late in the first quarter of the Lakers Christmas Day matchup against the Knicks, Metta World Peace terminated the dribble out top, and Carmelo Anthony was overplaying Kobe Bryant on the wing defensively in an attempt to deny him the basketball. Bad idea. Bryant faked Anthony one way, then cut backdoor, where World Peace found…

  11. Gerald Wallace grabs and holds Kevin Garnett’s shorts, causing brief altercation (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    In case you might have forgotten, the Nets and the Celtics simply do not like each other. The two teams got into it earlier this season, with a fight started by Rajon Rondo that spilled into the stands, and resulted in Rondo being suspended. As the two teams battled on Christmas Day, there was another…

  12. Marcus Camby to return for Knicks vs. Lakers

    Dec 25, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    LOS ANGELES — Marcus Camby will return to the Knicks lineup against the Lakers, head coach Mike Woodson confirmed to reporters outside the New York locker room a little more than an hour before tip-off. “We’re going to put him in there,” Woodson said. “We’re going to need him based on the bigs that they have…

  13. Nets’ Kris Humphries out Christmas, Wednesday with abdominal strain

    Dec 25, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

    Kris Humphries may not have played a lot against Boston on Christmas Day anyway after being benched last game — although at some point during the second quarter Avery Johnson might have gone to him desperate for anything that worked — but he is out injured. Humphries has an abdominal strain and will be out…

  14. Celtics’ Bradley not playing Christmas or next three games

    Dec 25, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley

    Avery Bradley — the starting two guard for the Celtics that they are hoping starts to return some balance and depth to a disappointingly .500 team — is not playing on Christmas Day. And he will not be with them on a three-game West Coast road swing this week either, tweets Steve Bulpett of the…

  15. Video: Bulls players sing version of 12 Days of Christmas

    Dec 25, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng

    For our entertainment’s sake, let us hope the Bulls play better tonight against the Rockets than they performed this song. But it’s Christmas, and this could be worse (go find the video of Dwight Howard hamming it up singing holiday songs if you want to see what I mean). The only thing that would make…

  16. Why five games on Christmas day? Because you watch them.

    Dec 25, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    One year ago, the NBA season tipped off. After an ugly and protracted lockout that should have driven away fans, the NBA opened with five games on Christmas Day — and four of them set ratings records. You watched. So if you want to know why there are five Christmas Day games this year that’s…

  17. Video: NBA stars sing Jingle Bells. Badly.

    Dec 25, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Christmas basketball

    This should fully get you in the holiday spirit. That or make your ears bleed. One or the other. James Harden, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and some other NBA stars take a shot at Jingle Bells. They are not singers. Merry Christmas to the readers of PBT, and thanks for coming here. Have a cup…

  18. PBT Extra: Previewing Nuggets vs. Clippers Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin slam dunks against Grizzlies during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Kay Adams and I talk NBA desert on Christmas Day, the last game of the day could be the tastiest. The Nuggets want to run, the Clippers run with Blake Griffin getting lobs from Chris Paul. This could be fun. Plus, the always entertaining DeAndre Jordan vs. JaVale McGee matchup. One way or another that…

  19. PBT Extra: Previewing Rockets vs. Bulls Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    If you like clashes of style, this is the game for you — James Harden and the Rockets play at the fastest pace in the NBA, the Joakim Noah led Bulls want to grind it out. Kay Adams and I discuss if Jeremy Lin can find room to operate against the Bulls smothering defense.

  20. PBT Extra: Previewing Thunder vs. Heat Christmas Day game

    Dec 24, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    It’s the first time the Heat and Thunder have played since the finals last year. Miami has been up and down this season but when focused have looked like their formidable selves. The Thunder are a better team now than they were last June because Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka are improved. Of…

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