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The start wasn’t pretty, but it became apparent which team has an offense.

So far this season, the Raptors’ offense has overwhelmed the need for defense on most nights. Friday’s loss to Atlanta, though, was a bellwether moment — the team was slipping from a mediocre defense to a dirt poor one, relying on their offense to scrape by. It didn’t work against the Hawks, and that effort carried over into Sunday’s game.

Early on against the Orlando Magic, the Raptors were allowing a 27th ranked offense to dictate. Orlando had 30 points in the first frame, with old pal Bismack Biyombo scoring the first four and Evan Fournier dropping in nine to lead the team.

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On Tim Duncan’s celebration night, the Spurs made it easy on everyone and took care of business against the Pelicans. A loss wouldn’t have been a good start to the after-game festivities.

The Spurs picked up their 22nd win of the season as they put down the New Orleans Pelicans behind 22 points from LaMarcus Aldridge (his first game leading the team in scoring since the November 26th tilt against the Wizards) and a bit of a throwback performance from 39-year old Manu Ginobili, who scored 17 points in just 15 minutes.

Pau Gasol chipped in a season-high 14 rebounds just two games after he pulled down 13 boards against the Boston Celtics. He also contributed seven points, four assists and a couple of blocks for good measure.

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Good teamwork gets the Celtics the win in Miami despite a shaky second half

Due to injuries, the Celtics’ starting lineup has seen limited time together on the court this season, but when they have played together it has been pretty impressive. This game against the Heat saw the starters impress yet again as, despite some setbacks in the second half, the healthier Celtics were able to overcome their opponents handily.

Even though they were visiting the Heat’s hometown it was the Celtics that were on fire. Finally able to roll out virtually a full roster (minus Gerald Green, who was out with a hamstring injury) the Celtics looked a lot more like the force that they were expected to be this season.

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Don’t sweat the details in an 82 game schedule. Utah won.

The Utah Jazz (17-10) handed the Dallas Mavericks (6-20) their 20th loss of the season tonight, off of a Rodney Hood no time-out buzzer beater, 103-100. It was similar to what Howard Eisley did years ago, on a team that would end up going to the NBA Finals. Will history repeat itself for this club? Time will tell. But for now, this is a victory that caps a 4-1 home stand. Utah beat the Phoenix Suns 112-105, lost to the Golden State Warriors (missing four starters) 106-99, beat the Sacramento Kings 104-84, the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-89, and now Dallas.

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Records were meant to be broken at Toyota Center tonight.

The Rockets pulled out their ninth straight win and defeated the Pelicans 122-100 in which several records were broken.

James Harden earned another triple-double, his second in a row, and his fifteenth of his career. With the triple-double, he passes Hakeem Olajuwon for most in team history. Considering Olajuwon had fourteen triple-doubles in sixteen years with the Rockets and Harden has had fifteen in just five years as a Rocket shows how brilliant of a basketball player he is and how the game has evolved.

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