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Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 8:59 am  |  43 responses

Post Up: Spurs Do It Again

San Antonio gets a big win without Duncan, Parker and Ginobili.

by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33

Thunder 107 (21-4), Bulls 95 (9-16)

You would assume that, at home, Oklahoma City would be able to run over a depleted Bulls team. However, Chicago fought valiantly, and while they weren’t able to hand OKC its first home loss on the season, it was able to make things interesting at times.

The Bulls made things very interesting for the first half. The Thunder led by as many as 14 points during the game’s first 30 minutes, but Chicago was able to slice into that lead behind a 15-8 run late in the second quarter, and went into the locker room trailing 55-52.

However, Oklahoma City put its foot on the gas late out of the half and never looked back. The win made Oklahoma City a league-best 13-0 at home this season.

As usual, Kevin Durant (32 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals) and Russell Westbrook (20 points, 10 assists) led OKC, but the Thunder got a big game out of Reggie Jackson (18 points, 5 boards). Joakim Noah led the Bulls, who were without Luol Deng and lost Jimmy Butler to an ankle injury in the second quarter, with 23 points and 12 rebounds. 

Spurs 104 (21-5), Warriors 102 (14-13)

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all got the night off. The fully healthy Warriors were playing at home. Somehow, Marco Belinelli, Patty Mills and Co. were able to knock off a team with Finals aspirations. I don’t get it, either.

The game was decided after the Spurs got an offensive rebound with five seconds left, Boris Diaw missed a layup and Tiago Splitter tipped the ball in with two seconds remaining. There was some controversy as to whether or not the ball was off the cylinder when Splitter tipped it in, but there was no call, and on the Warriors’ final possession, Stephen Curry missed a one handed heave to end the game.

Belinelli had a monster game for San Antonio, dropping 28 points on 10-16 shooting and 4-8 from downtown. Mills chipped in 20 points with 5 dimes, and Kawhi Leonard had a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards. Curry was brilliant as usual for Golden State, dropping 30 points with 15 assists and 4 steals. David Lee went for 32 points and 13 rebounds, while Andrew Bogut had 8 points, 18 boards and 3 blocks.

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  • Stepfan Raiford

    Bulls great effort, just not enough talent.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    the warrior management needs to change their schemes. The warriors offense lives and dies by offensive spurts. I’d like to see more half court controlled offensive pace instead. Plus Jackson needs to run through bogut on the low block. The coaches aren’t using their pieces well.

  • vannshy

    Popovich should win COY award every year, he is that good.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Play inside out. I agree. But their effort on defense is much to be desired. And cut down on the turnovers.

  • swill

    like charles said, they’re instant offense on both ends of the floor.

  • Harvey

    -Kevin Durant is the MVP at the moment. (at the moment!)
    - I thought Diaw was great defensively, and he played great alongside Splitter in stretches.
    - Patty Mills is a great backup for Parker. This is good for the Spurs, especially down the stretch of the season.
    - The Bulls are missing Deng.
    - Coach Pop is the best.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    - it’s close, Durant’s defense has been stellar this season, http://www.82games.com/1314/13OKC7.HTM i think i may agree…..- the argument for him as MVP carries more merit than it has in any other season. That’s for damn sure.

  • Harvey

    Yeah, his defense has improved. I mean, just this month alone, he is shooting 55% from the field and 50% from three whilst winning 8 straight. 29, 8 and 5 is ridiculous. The season is still young, but I can only see him getting better. Is there a single spot on the floor he can’t score from? He’s automatic from everywhere it seems.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kevin Durant in December
    (OKC = 10-1)
    29.6 PPG
    8.5 RPG
    4.6 APG
    2.1 SPG
    1.5 BPG
    - .557 FG%
    - .550 3pt%

  • Sérgio

    But not Finals COY…

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Just ridiculous numbers.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • Allan

    Lmao Leroy Jetson

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    LOL I saw a vine on twitter yesterday just like this where a kid got woken up damn near had a stroke

  • spit hot fiyah
  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I cried when I saw this last night lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    good job! god effort!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lmfao

  • pposse

    cancelled league pass earlier in the yr then skipped over tnt as soon as i heard the spursm big three wasnt playing. SMH at Pop hope you get a 500k fine!!

    the nba is blowing big time right now!!

  • LakeShow

    Yeah Durant without a doubt thus far.

  • i_ball

    Big 3 or no big 3, they won. Parker is injured btw. 7 games in 10 days, Duncan is 37, Ginobili is 36. Did you see what happened to the Bulls last season when playing time wasn’t managed. And the Bulls are A LOT younger than the Spurs

  • davidR

    warriors, warriors, warriors. the curry and klay show need to feed the post much more, and stop jacking up ill advised shots. and how they gonna let patty and marco rip them on offense?

  • Caboose

    I’m back! Nobody missed me? Oh ok.

    1. The East All-Star starters would look WEIRD if they were based simply on player production thus far.
    John Wall
    Arron Afflalo
    Paul George
    LeBron James
    Andre Drummond

    2. The MVP race is odd right now…honestly, I’m gonna give it to LeBron. He’s shooting SIXTY PERCENT right now. He’s getting 25 points on 15 shots. WAT.

    3. The West Playoffs are gonna be ridiculous this year. Early predictions on what the first round matchups could be:
    Thunder vs Warriors
    Spurs vs Nuggets
    Blazers vs Mavericks
    Clippers vs Rockets

    Those are all AWESOME matchups.

    4. Sorry spit hot fiyah, looks like no new kicks for the Slamily.

    5. Is it just me, or is this draft class starting to look a bit overrated?

    6. For as awesome as the West Playoffs will be, the East will be a smoking heap of dilapidated sh!t. When the Raptors, Wizards, AND Bobcats are all in the Playoffs, you know it’s gonna suck. Can’t wait for the Pacers-Heat matchup though.

    7. Kevin Durant could easily push his way to an MVP this year if he keeps up this tear as of late. The Thunder would need a much better record than the Heat, but that’s possible this year.

    8. The Pelicans (and my fantasy team) are F*CKED without the Brow.

  • pposse

    honestly i’m not concerned with that. Duncan and Ginobli out is wack and i persnally don’t like Popovich’s military minded/policemen like response when he is told that the fans are very upset with that “i would be too” – thats all we get are 4 words?!pfft..take them two out against phx and let the fans see you play against gsw and the thunder. Rest at that spot is a better day for their hellish 7 games in 10 days anyways.

    EDIT: we all know Pop did this to spite david stern anyways.

  • davidR

    1. foreal. afflalo an allstar? i wouldnt be mad if he made the reserves

    2. lebron is playing out of his mind right now. it is crazy to me that he still keeps getting better

    3. the dubs could potentially not even make the playoffs this year. damn.

    5. overrated? i could’ve sworn everyone knew this was a weak class overall

    6. i think the east teams will slowly improve. theres a lot of teams that are fresh for this year. give them more time.

    7. true, but see #2

    8. did AD get hurt again?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hey welcome back!! your buddy hasn’t been giving his thoughts everyday lately, so that may be a good sign that you can safely resume your role around here.

  • Caboose

    Haha that’s nice. I think the ignoring of him just drove him away.

  • Caboose

    1. Yeah, RIDICULOUS.
    2. Idk how he does it. He could put a scare in Kobe/Jordan’s point total…
    3. That 7-11 range in the West is fierce right now.
    5. Dont get me wrong, not a WEAK class, but not like ’03.
    6. Ehhh….I hope so.
    7. Yeah.
    8. He’ll be back in mid-January, I think is the projection right now.

  • Caboose

    Seriously? You honestly think that Pop owes you something to play his guys? He got the win. Isn’t that the ultimate job of the coach?

  • Caboose

    Run through Bogut? Yeah…no. Lee, definitely. Not Bogut.

  • davidR

    if the dubs end up getting a low seed for the playoffs, i sincerely hope they face off against the clippers or thunder. not saying they’ll win, but those are definitely favorable matchups

  • pposse

    why yes it is the ultimate job to get a w, but i didn’t watch it happen and if Stern is consistent with his punishments he will up the fine for Pop.

  • davidR

    bogut is pretty decent option to run the offense through. but mainly cuz he’s a willing passer. i def agree tho, jackson needs to position lee on the low block more often.

    he uses bogut and lee way too much to set high screens for curry/klay. all it does is take them away from rebounding position once the shot goes up

  • davidR

    from what i saw last night, patty is pretty good. a little too trigger happy tho, but i’m sure he’ll be more disciplined as he earns more playing time

  • butternuts

    AD’s back baby! Way ahead of sched

    He had 24 and 12 against the Clips on Wednesday!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LeBron is on pace to destroy Jordan’s point total. He is also on pace to catch KAJ given he stays over 25PPG for the next 5+ years.

  • Tarzan Cooper

    lol

  • Tarzan Cooper

    marco bellinelli. thanks . that was great to watch. .i think dude had heard enough of curry and thompson being the best shooters in the league. check marco’s stats.
    klay thompson is so incredibly soft, and overrated.
    im glad manu had the game he had the other night, he looks good.

  • Saleem Rainman

    hey hey, people missed you.

    i think.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Your return is unexpected. But I am glad you chose to address my comment as one of your first.

    Lee is a great scorer, but I am referring to running the offense through post. Not necessarily bogut as primary scorer but to establish a half court set.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Jackson’s favoritism toward guard play is inhibiting his use of the post players.

    If I were coaching, I’d start off with Curry, Iggy, Thompson, Fetzus, Bogut…. This provides them a better defensive presence as well as a chance to use Bogut offensive skill set. Fetzus will serve a guarding better offensive post player of the opposing team.

    In all honesty they should trade Barnes for omer asik. That’d be a nice move. And move Bogut to PF/high post so he can facilitate. Or bring Bogut off the bench and have lee at PF… I think warriors should use thompson or lee as a 6th man who can be primary offensive option when curry is out.

    Barnes doesn’t really have effective role.. WHen they play him at PF… that squad has no defense when barnes is at 4 where he is more effective. He won’t survive against the 3s of this era and isn’t quick enough to run 2. His best suited roll is to be a stretch 4.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    is it it because of the black depiction. why is leroys nose drawn extra wide?

    dont you find it odd that young blacks today are dancing and singing and entertaining the world when the whole plight of civil rights was to provide black youth the chance to have more education and influence. if african americans who respect their heritage were more in majority in congress, the ghettos would be obsolete. usa wouldnt assist in the oppresion of helpless humans like in philistine, bilad al sham.

  • The Fury

    Hahaha!! Who are they playing against in this?

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