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Dec 18, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) grabs a rebound under pressure from Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) in the second half at US Airways Center. The Spurs defeated the Suns 108-101. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Duke in the NBA Update: 12/18/13

 

Sorry for the slow pace of the blog the last couple days, I was on the homestretch of my final semester of college and, long story short, I am officially a college graduate as of this 10:30 AM this morning. Go, me, right? Anyway, let’s get back to the important stuff.

 

NBA Action

In a bit of a strange occurrence, Shane Battier played 15 minutes during the Miami Heat’s 97-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers and the only basic stats he recorded were two personal fouls and a missed shot. In his last 45 minutes of playing time, he has recorded just 2 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Josh McRoberts was his typical stat-stuffing self, finishing with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists in the Bobcats’ 104-102 overtime win against the Toronto Raptors. Teammate Gerald Henderson also turned in a decent performance, totaling 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals in 37 minutes.

Elton Brand managed to chip in a bit during the Atlanta Hawks’ 124-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings, which ended with a 39-20 4th quarter thrashing. Brand scored 6 points and pulled in 2 rebounds in twelve minutes.

Kyle Singler scored 11 points and grabbed a steal during the Pistons’ 107-106 victory over the Boston Celtics.

The Phoenix Suns fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 108-101, but it is tough to put any of the blame on Miles Plumlee. In 34 minutes, Plumlee scored 13 points, hauled in 13 rebounds, and tacked on 2 steals and 2 blocks in an all-around impressive performance. The center has received a boost in minutes over the last three games, and he has done everything to justify it, averaging 10.3 points and 10.6 rebounds a contest throughout. For all those waiting for him to come back down to Earth, keep on waiting.

Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng turned in very similar performances during the Bulls’ 109-94 loss to the Houston Rockets. Boozer finished with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Deng ended up with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. Both men shot 7-15 from the field and finished at -14 net points. Mike Dunleavy tacked on 9 points and an assist in twenty minutes.

Austin Rivers had just 2 points, a rebound, and an assist in 15 minutes during the Pelicans’ 108-95 loss to the JJ Redick-less Los Angeles Clippers.

 

D-League Action

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