Breakfast Special: The Spurs Are Not Dead

Stop me if you heard this before. LeBron James has a huge game, the Cavaliers play like hot garbage, and the other team gets a big win.

This time is was the Rodeo Road Tripping San Antonio Spurs, who marched into Quicken Loans Arena, watched the other four Cleveland starters shoot a combined 6-of-28, and won 110-94.

LeBron had 33 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists (and would’ve had a triple-double if anyone else on his team could shoot worth a lick); San Antonio had a Total Team Effort led by 27 from LaMarcus Aldridge.

Cleveland had 15 turnovers to San Antonio’s nine, the Spurs attempted 32 free throws to the Cavs’ 14 (and out-made them 25-10), and even though both teams made 38 shots from the field, that free throw differential made the difference.

LMA is your man of the match:

The Jrue Holiday Show

Holiday had 36 points, Anthony Davis added 27, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime 123-121.

Rajon Rondo nearly notched a triple-double, scoring 16 points, grabbing eight boards, and dishing 12 assists.

Milwaukee did their best from the free throw line, hitting 26 of 29 from there, but great free throw shooting plus a Triple 20 from Giannis Antetokounmpo (20), Khris Middleton (25), and Eric Bledsoe (20) just wasn’t enough; New Orleans shot 51-of-107 overall from the field at a breakneck pace.

Jason Terry, who was 0-of-7 for the game, nearly hit his only shot of the game…but it was too late, didn’t count, and that was your ballgame.

Holiday’s the man of the match, powering the Pellies to their fifth straight win:

Detroit Is Borked

Catching the Miami Heat, who are rapidly regressing to their point differential and trying desperately to miss the playoffs, shouldn’t be this hard for the Pistons.

But turning the ball over 17 times, shooting just 4-of-18 from three-point land, and letting Charlotte hit 16-of-35 from out there? That’s a recipe for a 114-98 loss.

Dwight Howard and Kemba Walker each had 17 to lead a Total Team Effort for Charlotte, which saw seven players in double figures, four of whom did it coming off the bench.

Charlotte led by 25 after three quarters; this was a smackdown.

Howard’s 38th double-double of the season makes him your man of the match:

Are You Harden-ough to Handle Houston?

James Harden had 41, Chris Paul had 23, and the Houston Rockets marched into Denver and pasted the Nuggets 119-114 in a game they led by 13 after one and never really looked back on.

Houston shot 50.6 percent from the field, hit a typically Rockets-esque 15-of-35 threes, and outshot Denver at the line to the tune of 26-of-32 (81.3 percent) for Houston against 16-of-24 (66.7 percent) for the Nuggets.

If it weren’t for Houston’s 18 turnovers, this might’ve been a complete blowout.

Harden’s the man of the match for the Rockets’ 12th-straight win:

And Finally…

The Sixers can be real good and real bad. So can the Wizards.

So when they got together in Washington, Philly blinked this time, shooting an atrocious 36 percent (31-of-86) from the field while the DC Family shot 54.4 percent from the field and 48 percent (12-of-25) from three.

That’s how you get a 109-94 final score, as Bradley Beal and Otto Porter scored 24 and 23 respectively while shooting a combined 19-of-30 (63.3 percent.)

Beal’s the man of the match as the Wiz pull within just half a game of Cleveland for the 3 spot in the East:

It’s Monday, I’ve got my thoughts on the return of Glenn Robinson III to the Pacers’ lineup in tomorrow’s weekly Indiana feature, there’s a Breakfast Special all week, and anything else that jumps out, it’ll get covered.

So stay tuned, and thanks for reading!