Kurt Helin

Annual Spurs HEB commercials are fantastic as always

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Every year Texas-based grocery store chain HEB does a series of ads with the Spurs star players — and they are fantastic. Like the Spurs, they are not over the top, they are just the right amount of the guys playing off each other.

Plus, where else are you going to see Kawhi Leonard cracking jokes?

Here are a couple of this year’s lineup, if you want to see them all Hoopshype has them.

Tim Duncan passes former Spur David Robinson on all-time block list

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The Sixers seemed to be setting it up, testing the old man — and Tim Duncan responded with five blocked shots.

That was enough to move him into fifth on the all-time NBA block list, passing his former teammate David Robinson to get there.

Duncan reached this milestone how he reached so many others, with sound fundamentals and consistency over a nearly two-decade career. It doesn’t matter if it’s an athletic 19-year-old Jahlil Okafor on the other end (as it was a couple times in this game), if he makes a mistake he pays the price. The same one everyone has paid since 1997.

Stephen Curry moves past father Dell on all-time three-pointers list

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Stephen Curry is on a record pace to start the season; he could finish with more than 400 made threes if he keeps going at the speed he is currently. The old record is 286 — owned by Curry.

So it shouldn’t be a shock that he is fast climbing the all-time three-pointers made list, and during Saturday night’s overtime win against the Nets he passed his father, Dell Curry. Stephen now has drained 1,248 three-pointers, which moves him into 42nd place all-time (tied with the recently retired Hedo Turkoglu). Curry is 13th among active players in threes made.

But when he steps away from the game, he may be on top of all those lists. The game has evolved since Dell played  (he was a heck of a shooter in his own right), and Stephen with that shot is at the forefront of the change.

Curry leads Warriors past Nets 107-99 in overtime

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry never showed his disappointment through three quarters and Andre Iguodala never hesitated in taking the big shot and that’s why Golden State remains unbeaten.

Curry scored 21 of his 34 points after halftime, Iguodala hit a clutch 3-pointer and the Warriors survived in overtime, beating the Brooklyn Nets 107-99 on Saturday night.

“We were fortunate to have a shot down the stretch the way we played for 36 minutes,” Curry said. “We really didn’ have much going for us and they played well. And then Andre came up huge. He stepped up with a big-time shot.”

Iguodala added 18 points for the Warriors, who won their 11th straight to start the season. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 18 rebounds.

“He plays his best when you need him to,” Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said of Iguodala. “When he hit the 3, he ran by and said `I got you coach.’ He’s just really good.”

Draymond Green recorded a triple-double, the second of his career, with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Harrison Barnes added 13 points.

Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 28 and Thaddeus Young added 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets. Brook Lopez had 18 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson grabbed a season-best 13 rebounds.

“None of us want to fight this hard and play this hard or put in the type of work we put in to almost come out with a victory,” Jack said. “We’re a little frustrated with not being able to come up with the `W.”‘

Jack and Young each sank a pair of free throws in the final 30 seconds of regulation to give Brooklyn a 3-point edge.

Iguodala tied it with a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left and Lopez missed a short jumper at the buzzer.

The Warriors scored the first 10 points of overtime to pull away.

“I don’t know what to say about that. (Joe Johnson) put it on a platter and I just, I blew it,” Lopez said. “It’s a long flight home so it’s not going to be fun.”

Young scored 14 points in the first quarter as the Nets opened a 15-point advantage at 36-21. It’s the most points scored in the opening period against the Warriors this season.

The Warriors led at 5-4 before Brooklyn began pulling away, leading by as many as 17 in the first half.

Golden State fired back in the second quarter and tied the game on Curry’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. Young responded with a jumper to give the Nets a 54-52 halftime lead.

CURRY PASSES CURRY

Curry made five 3-pointers to give him 1,248 for his career – three more than his father, Dell Curry. “I knew about it going into the game,” Stephen Curry said. “It’s a pretty special moment for my family. I’m sure he never dreamt of the day one of his sons would pass him.”

 

LeBron James put on show in New York with acrobatic layup

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Like so many superstars before him, LeBron James saves some of his best performances for the big stage of Madison Square Garden in New York.

He did it again Friday night, dropping 31 points on the Knicks in a 90-84 Cavaliers win. The spin move then acrobatic layup above was probably the signature highlight, but this alley-oop finish wasn’t bad either.