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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the basketball shooting gods smile on Indiana

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Our game of the night had to be Paul Millsap looking like the best player in the league and the Utah upsetting the Heat in Miami. Read more about that here.

Pacers 144, Nugget 113: Indiana won this with a 54-point third quarter that was like pregame shoot around — the Pacers missed just one shot outside the paint all quarter and hit 12 of 13 that quarter from beyond 19 feet, according to ESPN. Some days you’re just hot, and tonight King Midas touched the Pacers shooting. Well, everyone except Josh McRoberts, he had the team’s one miss in the quarter. For the game, the Pacers had an eFG% of 73.6 percent, which is ridiculous.

Road back to back for the Nuggets, and a game played at a very past pace, which may have had something to do with the lack of defense.

Portland 100, Detroit 87: Portland just owned every aspect of this game. The only time Detroit climbed back in is when Portland got lazy and did a lot of isolation offense.

Cavaliers 93, Nets 91: Two things of note here for Cleveland: First is Antawn Jamison is back, he came in mid/way though the first quarter and had 15 points and 8 rebounds. He was 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and generally moved well. If he can be anything close to that nightly it would be a big boost. Same with Ramon Session, that had 15 points and was a key spark in the fourth quarter.

The other is that the Cavs really are embracing the Princeton-style offense (in a way the Sixers never did last year) that Byron Scott has brought in. They have good movement off the ball, gut cuts and reads.

Hornets 102, Clippers 80: Um, how did you think this was going to turn out?

Bucks 107, Knicks 80: There were 94 possessions in this one, three possessions below the league average for a game. The Knicks stand no chance against the Bucks of the world if they are not getting a lot of easy transition buckets. They should have 100 possessions every game. Good solid win for a Bucks team that could use a few of those.

Brandon Jennings had 12 points in a 41 point Bucks first quarter. This one was over early.

Lakers 99, Timberwolves 94: If you chose Nov. 9 in the “When will the Lakers first mail it in this season?” pool, be sure to pick up your money on the way out the door.

What kept the Timberwolves in this is they grabbed the offensive rebound on 48.9 percent of their missed shots. Kevin Love was the leader with 11 offensive rebounds, and he finished with 23 and 24 against Ron Artest for much of the night. See what happens when you play him 38 minutes a game? Still doesn’t matter, Lakers are that much better that they still get the W.

Kyrie Irving sticks water-bottle challenge before Cavaliers-Knicks buzzer (video)

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The Cavaliers were trying the water-bottle challenge on the bench late in their 126-94 win over the Knicks last night, but the national telecast showed Cleveland players only failing to flip a water bottle and have it land upright on the floor – including an erratic attempt from LeBron James that bounced onto the court.

Thankfully, the local post-game show had an angle of Kyrie Irving nailing the bottle flip just before the game ended, his toss just leaving his hands before the final buzzer. Count it!

Nicolas Batum zips pass between Tobias Harris’ legs to assist Frank Kaminsky (video)

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Listen up, defenses: Nicolas Batum will throw passes between your legs.

Three things we learned Wednesday: Warriors, Cavaliers try to make statements in December

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney, left, and Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford reach for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 115-98. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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ESPN thought they had a great double header on Wednesday, but those games were decided by a combined 49 points, you should have flipped over to Hairspray Live. Anyway, here are the big takeaways from Wednesday.

1) You can’t have a statement game in December. But if you could Cleveland, Golden State made them. Can we just skip ahead to Christmas when these two teams finally play each other? Plus by then my shopping will be done, and I’m dreading doing it. We’ve said before the Cavaliers and Warriors have established themselves as the best in their conferences and they made that point with authority on Wednesday.

Cleveland did it thrashing the Knicks 126-94. To be fair, the Knicks were on the second night of a back-to-back and were without Derrick Rose. But that is a small part of the disparity here. First, Phil Jackson may want to not try to piss off the best player on the planet. Just a suggestion. Beyond that, the Knicks have had a good season (12-10), but they match up poorly with Cleveland. They don’t have a good defender for Kyrie Irving. Nobody has a good one for LeBron (well, maybe the Spurs). Kristaps Porzingis struggles to defend in space, and Kevin Love can exploit that. I can go on, but you get the picture. Between beating Toronto Monday and this, the Cavs are back to exploiting their advantages out East.

Golden State made its statement by blowing out a Clippers team that had been the second-best team in the West to this point. The Warriors did it with defense first — Los Angeles shot 39.6 percent as a team. Stephen Curry did a respectable job on Chris Paul (15 points on 14 shots), Klay Thompson blanketed J.J. Redick (just four shots), and Draymond was built to guard Blake Griffin (12 points on 20 shots, with seven turnovers). The Warriors anticipated the Clippers skip passes and turned those into transition chances (Golden State won the fast break points battle 27-11). The Warriors didn’t even have a great night on offense — Curry was 0-of-8 from three — and won 115-98 (and it wasn’t that close). Still, the Warriors ball movement was there.

Marreese Speights is in a unique position — the Clippers backup big was with the Warriors the past few seasons, and he was honest and harsh in his assessment of the differences between these teams.

2) Giannis Antetokounmpo got a triple-double on an off night. He’s that good. Portland is not a good defensive team. Improved with Al-Farouq Aminu healthy and back on the court, but still not good. However, their defensive strategy of having their bigs play back and not press high off picks works against Giannis Antetokounmpo because you want to make him a jump shooter anyway — and the Greek Freak was notably frustrated at times Wednesday night.

And he still had a triple double of 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. He’s playing that well. Look at it this way, in a Westbrook/Harden world Antetokounmpo is the only NBA player averaging more than 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals a game this season.

The real story for the Bucks was the 27 from Jabari Parker, that’s the reason Milwaukee beat Portland 115-107.

3) Kemba Walker needs to be an All-Star, he got Hornets a win over Pistons. Charlotte shot 34.1 percent Wednesday night, no way they should get a win in that situation. But alas, there was Kemba Walker, who had 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter sparking a Charlotte win, 87-77. Walker is averaging 23.6 shots per game, is shooting a career-best 41.4 percent from three, has a true shooting percentage of 58.2 percent (well above the league average), and is the everything for the Hornet’s offense.

The man deserves to be playing in New Orleans in the All-Star Game this year. I know the East is loaded with quality point guards — Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, Isaiah Thomas, John Wall — but Kemba has earned the recognition this year.

Warriors rout Clippers 115-98 for 7th straight win over LA

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left, tries to go up for a shot as Los Angeles Clippers guard Alan Anderson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 115-98. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 24 points, Draymond Green added 22 points and the Golden State Warriors routed the Clippers 115-98 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win over Los Angeles.

Stephen Curry had 19 points for Golden State, and Kevin Durant, who came averaging a team-best 27.0 points, was held to 16 on 5-of-17 shooting.

Curry failed to make a 3-pointer for just the second time this season, going 0 of 8. The Warriors were 7 of 30 from long range.

Jamal Crawford scored 21 points for the Clippers, who have lost five of seven. Four of their seven overall losses have come at home.