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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Spurs look old

Jan 9, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

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What you missed while watching Tim Tebow resurrect after three games….

Lakers 90, Grizzlies 82: This was our game of the night, where the Lakers flaws are showing and it doesn’t matter.

Thunder 108, Spurs 96: Both teams were tired — third game in three nights for Oklahoma City, fourth game in five nights for San Antonio. The difference was young legs. Tim Duncan looked old (11 points on 13 shots) and Tony Parker was flat. Meanwhile, James Harden was explosive (20 points) and Kevin Durant was Kevin Durant (21 points). Ballgame.

In the third quarter, Gregg Popovich decided to experiment, putting athletic rookie Kawahi Leonard on an island with Durant. The rookie gave some real effort (the Spurs have something in him), but Durant finished the quarter with 10 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds, the Thunder won the quarter by 16 (37-21).

Trail Blazers 98, Cavaliers 78: Cleveland kept it close for a while, but a 9-0 run near the end of the second quarter and a 12-0 run near the end of the third stole the show. LaMarcus Aldridge dropped 28 and 8, just a reminder as you think about your All-Star votes. It seems like every time I watch Kyrie Irving he looks a little better (even on off shooting nights like this), he’s learning. Portland is now 5-0 at home to start the season.

Suns 109, Bucks 93: For the second straight game, the Suns were on a day’s rest facing a team that had played on the road in another city the night before. And just like Friday night against the Blazers, the result was once again a blowout win for Phoenix.

Milwaukee was playing its fifth road game in seven nights, and it showed from the opening tip. Steve Nash registered 10 assists in the first quarter, on his way to a total of 17 for the game in just 27 minutes. The Suns built an early double-digit lead that held at halftime, and blew it open with a 21-5 run that saw the lead balloon to as many as 27 points near the end of the third quarter. Phoenix finished with seven players in double figures.

Channing Frye entered the game just 4-of-23 from three-point land on the season, but he hit all four of his attempts from distance in the first quarter — a performance which may help solidify his spot in the starting lineup, after Suns head coach Alvin Gentry had been hinting at the possibility of making a change there over the past few days.

Milwaukee hasn’t won in Phoenix since 1987. The Suns’ 24-game home win streak against the Bucks is the second longest active streak of its kind in the NBA. The Spurs have the longest active streak, winning 27 in a row (and counting) at home over the Golden State Warriors. (Recap from Brett Pollakoff)

Magic 104, Kings 97: How do you win when you shoot 42.5 percent and your opponent shoots 52.1 percent? First, grab the offensive rebound on 34 percent of your missed shots, which is what the Magic did. Second, pressure your opponent into 17 turnovers, which is how many times the Kings coughed it up. Jason Richardson led the Magic with 22, Tyreke Evans the Kings with 28. These teams combined to shoot 13-of-52 from three (25 percent).

Timberwolves 93, Wizards 72: Washington is just lost on offense. Well, if they get out in transition they can do some damage but this game had 93 possessions, which is below the league average pace. In the half court they are simplistic — everything happens on the strong side — and yet still sloppy. Easy win for Minnesota. Kevin Love had a dull for him 20 and 16. Minnesota looks sharper with Ricky Rubio in the game (14 assists), but he didn’t see athletes like JaVale McGee in Spain.

  1. therookie773 - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Unrelated but I hope people that use this forum know when to use the thumbs up and thumbs down. Don’t thumbs down a comment because you disagree with it, only do it if it isn’t relevant to the article or if it doesn’t have a solid point or if they are blatantly trolling. Otherwise it discourages a lot of people from reading the comments if they see that it is downvoted so much. I know this isn’t a serious forum but it’s a start, hopefully we can at least have decent debates and opinions that are fair in the future.

    • mytthor - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      I want to seriously ask you, what makes you think that’s what the thumbs up/down is for? Is there some FAQ on the site that states this? I may be wrong, but I think whether you agree or disagree with a point is EXACTLY what the thumb is for.

      Again, not trying to be a smartarse, definitely looking for a response from you.

  2. pilotbo - Jan 9, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    @therookie:

    fail. Don’t tell ME how or when to use the thumbs up/down button. mkay thx.

    /rant [rolleyes]

  3. Justin - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Watched every minute of the Wolves/Wizards game and the Wizards seemed more than just lost on offense. Seemed like they didn’t even care and worse John Wall didn’t look like a number 1 pick for long stretches of the game. He has some brilliants moments but was inconsistent. Rubio showed him up for most of the game. I think that is what 0-8 will do for a young guy though.

    http://www.minnesporta.com

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