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  1. Wade’s overtime steal seals Heat’s win over Magic (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    It’s not like the Heat weren’t supposed to beat the Magic on Monday, especially with Orlando missing both Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson due to injury. But after a strong start, Miami was complacent in the second quarter, getting outscored by 15 in the period, which gave the home team some confidence that allowed them…

  2. Bobcats win! Bobcats win! Losing streak ends at 18.

    Dec 31, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Kemba Walker, Taj Gibson, Marquis Teague

    The Charlotte Bobcats had lost 18 games in a row. Until they met the Chicago Bulls on New Year’s Eve. The Bulls played like they were thinking about where they were going to be at midnight — or like they started the party the night before — and the Bobcats played like a team that…

  3. Monday And-1 Links: Will Shaq be at Kobe’s jersey retirement?

    Dec 31, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Image (1) Shaq and Kobe-thumb-275x260-13925.jpg for post 2602

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like you will pretend to like champagne on New Year’s Eve…. • Will Kobe…

  4. Quincy Pondexter has sprained MCL, out indefinitely

    Dec 31, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Jae Crowder, Quincy Pondexter

    Quincy Pondexter has been giving the Grizzlies 23 minutes a night… not great minutes (6.7 points per game) but he was defending and knocking down threes at a 42 percent clip. However they are not going to have that for a while — he had to be carried off the court on Sunday night after…

  5. LeBron says he was “dog tired” during loss to Bucks

    Dec 31, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    When the Miami Heat lost to the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, it was their fourth game in five days. The Heat have had a packed schedule of late. And that has worn on LeBron James. After the Heat loss Saturday James said this to the Journal-Sentinel. “I was dog tired,” James said. “I was pushing the…

  6. Jazz coach benches Millsap for fourth quarter. That didn’t sit well.

    Dec 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    We need to start with this note: Paul Millsap will be a free agent next summer. Unrestricted, he can go where he pleases. Now jump ahead to Sunday night, when the Jazz were on the road against the Clippers. Two nights before against the same team, Jazz coach Ty Corbin heard criticism for leaving Al…

  7. Timberwolves sign Lazar Hayward to add depth

    Dec 31, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Hayward_Lazar

    When teams are looking for guys to provide some depth but not really play much, GMs tend to go with the guys they know over the unknown. Hence, the Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing back Lazar Hayward, the team announced on twitter. Hayward played 42 games with the Timberwolves two seasons ago, then hung out on…

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Western Conference dominates top spots

    Dec 31, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin, Jordan, Crawford, and Paul, celebrate a three pointer by teammate Green during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Los Angeles

    We enter 2013 off a week where the two best teams in the East — Miami and New York — looked sloppy while the teams at the top of the Western Conference looked strong and took over the top spots in the weekly rankings. 1. Clippers (25-6, Last week ranked No. 1). The win streak…

  9. Kobe says this is the best Clippers team he’s ever seen

    Dec 31, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    The Clippers are the best team in Los Angeles. Right now, it’s not all that close. But Los Angeles is still a Lakers town. So when people want to validate how good the Clippers are they go and ask the Lakers about it. Because that’s just kind of how L.A. works. So ESPNLA.com’s Dave McMenamin…

  10. Stan Van Gundy says Dwight Howard not as explosive

    Dec 31, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Lakers Howard leaves the court after being ejected for a flagrant foul on Nuggets Faried during their NBA basketball game in Denver

    A lot of people think Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy hate each other, but that’s not the case. They got over their little spat in Orlando pretty quickly and now text each other regularly. Van Gundy probably knows Howard’s game as well as anyone and told the Los Angeles Times the back surgery has…

  11. Kevin Garnett: ‘This is where all the plastic people melt’

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    This is rock bottom for the Celtics. They hope. But that loss to the Sacramento Kings on the road looked nothing like the Boston Celtics we expected to see this season — the Celtics defense was terrible, their rotations slow to nonexistent, their offense continues to struggle and there was just no passion. And if…

  12. Video: Blake Griffin’s between-the-legs warmup slam

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    What’s crazy is how nonchalant Blake Griffin is about this dunk. You know, just your usual between-the-legs slam one throws down every day. Which I guess if you are Blake Griffin you do, but still. He and the Clippers are a walking, talking highlight show. But one that is defending well, forcing turnovers and that…

  13. Report: Celtics, Mavericks among four teams trying to work Cousins trade

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    Know this — the scenario about to be laid out tells you what DeMarcus Cousins and his people are thinking and hoping for. What it does not do is tell you the reality of the situation. Not in the least. The reality here is a complex dynamic that starts with Cousins firing his long-time agent…

  14. Frustrated Carlisle threatens Mavs players with suspensions

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Carlisle reacts to call from officials NBA basketball game against Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dallas has lost six in a row and nine of their last 10 now. It hasn’t been pretty, especially the two losses to the Spurs where Dallas was barely even a threat. Coach Rick Carlisle is frustrated — frustrated with the effort level of his team. Frustrated with the professionalism. And he threatened his players…

  15. DeMarcus Cousins records first career triple-double against Celtics (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Bass

    How’s that for a showcase game? With trade winds swirling around DeMarcus Cousins, the big man went out and put his skills on full display for Celtics GM Danny Ainge to get a good long look at in a huge 118-96 win at home. This wasn’t the prettiest triple-double game you’ll ever see — Cousins…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston’s defense has serious issues

    Dec 31, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while in a massive food fight including flour and eggs…. Clippers 107, Jazz 96: The Clippers win streak is at 17 and if you are having an early season MVP discussion and not including Chris Paul in the mix, you…

  17. Three Stars of the Night: The Butler did it

    Dec 31, 2012, 2:14 AM EDT

    Ryan Anderson, Caron Butler

    Four games, three stars on a Sunday night. As always there are some honorable mention guys left out — Tony Parker with his 21, Monta Ellis with 30 points and 9 assists, and Al Jefferson with 30 against the Clippers front line almost made the cut. But instead, it’s an all-perimeter guys three stars tonight.…

  18. Clippers sweep the month of December, beat Jazz for 17th straight win

    Dec 31, 2012, 1:59 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    They say you make your own luck, but in the month of December, the Clippers have had little need to manufacture much of it. They’ve blown out most of their opponents, coasting to victory easily and often sitting their starters the entire fourth quarter. For a franchise that many thought was legitimately cursed once upon…

  19. Video: Vince Carter can still get up, throw it down

    Dec 30, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Vince Carter

    There were not many highlights for Dallas out of Sunday night — the Mavs were lackluster and the Spurs were their usual efficient selves. The final result was 111-86 San Antonio. But there was Vince Carter channeling his 2002 self with an impressive spinning dunk over just returned Kawhi Leonard. So enjoy that Mavs fans.…

  20. Nets GM Billy King: “P.J. Carlesimo is our coach”

    Dec 30, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Brooklyn Nets

    After the Brooklyn Nets fired Avery Johnson, we heard all the big names come up. Phil Jackson. Jeff Van Gundy. Jerry Sloan. But according to Nets GM Billy King, he has “not contacted anybody” about the coaching position yet. While you would hope that King would be involved in the coaching search, considering he’s the…

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