Baseline to Baseline recaps: Andre Iguodala has got it going on. Again.

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What you missed while staring at the earth’s two suns….

The Bulls beating the Heat and the Lakers thumping the Spurs were our two games of the day Sunday. In other action:

Sixers 125, Warriors 117 (OT): Teams often exit Warriors games with gaudy statistics, so we’ll chalk Evan Turner’s 20 points up to that. But Andre Iguodala now has back-to-back triple doubles because he is a stud. A stud with an inconsistent jumper, but a guy who can put up points with the best of them.

Golden State, led by Monta Ellis, fought back from 18 back and forced overtime, but that’s when Turner got hot and dropped 8 of his points.

Pistons 113, Wizards 102: Rodney Stuckey seemed to control this game (he was a +22) and finished with 19 points and 9 assists. Tayshaun Prince had 20 points and looked like guy who a lot of teams could have used around the trade deadline.

Hornets 96 Cavaliers 81: Chris Paul went down in the third quarter in what was one of the scariest moments of the season. While we were thinking about Paul, David West took over and the Hornets went on an 8-0 run the rest of the quarter. They then ran away with the game in the fourth quarter.

Knicks 92, Hawks 79: This was New York’s best defensive performance of the season. Either the Knicks forced or the Hawks settled for a lot of midrange jumpers (maybe a little from column A, a little from column B). The Knicks have had a couple good defensive nights, but mixed in with a couple stinkers, so lets not call it any kind of trend yet, just something worth watching. On the other hand, the Hawks seem capable of beating or losing to anyone on a given night.

Thunder 122, Suns 118 (OT): Vince Carter giveth and Vince Carter taketh away. He hit a ridiculous three to help send the game to overtime. But when fouled taking a three in the final seconds of overtime and the Suns down two, he sank the first free throw then missed the next two, and the Thunder got out with a win.

Grizzlies 104, Mavericks 103: Dallas played about as good a first half as it is capable, and this looked like a blowout. Then Zach Randolph and Mike Conley combined for 24 third quarter points leading the Grizzlies to 41 for the quarter. And we had a ballgame. In the end, it was Dirk hitting what looked like the game winner, then Randolph with what actually turned out to be the game winner (on a very Nowitzki looking shot, a high-arcing deep two with a hand in his face).

We keep telling you — nobody wants a part of the Grizzlies in the playoffs.

Celtics 89, Bucks 83: Celtics fans, it’s not you. Every team that plays the defensively strong but offensively weak Bucks leaves thinking it was an ugly game. This is not exception. The Bucks and Celtics were tied with 2:40 left. But the Celtics executed and outscored the Bucks 7-1 when it mattered most.

Steven Adams inks two-year, $25.2 million extension with Grizzlies

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Steven Adams signed a two-year, $25.2 million contract extension with Memphis, which will keep him tied to the team through the 2024-25 season. ESPN’s Adrian Wojanrowski broke the news on Saturday.

Adams has been crucial to the Grizzlies’ recent success. He’s coming off his first season with the team, where he averaged career-highs in rebounds (10.0) and assists (3.4). He also helped them lock up the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference and make it to the Conference Semifinals, where they lost to the eventual-champion Warriors 4-2. Despite the improved numbers, a lot of his value is from intangibles that don’t show up in the box score.

Adams spent the first seven years of his career with the Thunder before being traded to New Orleans in the four-team deal that sent Jrue Holiday to Milwaukee. Adams was moved again to Memphis in a package for Jonas Valanciunas.

Adams has found a new home with a young Grizzlies team that is looking to win a championship. The team is built around Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane, but Jackson Jr. is expected to miss time after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot. Memphis will rely on Adams more than ever to begin the season.

Watch Curry, Klay in 3-point shooting contest in Japan. Yeah, they’re good at this.

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The NBA went to Japan to promote the brand, play a few games in a huge market — Japan specifically but Asia as a whole — and put on a show.

Is there a better show than Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson draining 3s? Here they are in a 3-point contest during a basketball exhibition (there were some pro dunkers) in Tokyo on Saturday.

Stephen Curry, was there any other possible outcome?

It’s preseason and they are the defending champs — they should be having fun, playing with some joy.

Thompson took part in the shooting contest but is not playing in either of the exhibition games in Japan as the Warriors ease him back into play this season. It’s a marathon of a season and the Warriors need the best version of Klay starting in April, not October.

Report: Pelicans, Nance agree to two-year, $21.6 million extension

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Larry Nance has been a stabilizing influence in New Orleans since coming over mid-season as part of the trade for CJ McCollum. Nance is a versatile player who can play the four or the five, knocks down his threes, is very strong on the glass, can be a disruptive defender in passing lanes, and fits in — and he has the veteran attitude of work this team needs.

So the Pelicans have reached an extension to keep the 29-year-old around for two years past this coming season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

This is a signing that should make Pelicans fans happy. Importantly, it makes CJ McCollum happy — they are tight and this is something McCollum wanted to see. The money on this deal seems fair, about the league average for a solid rotation player.

Nance is the kind of veteran this team needs considering its young core of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram (just turned 25), Herb Jones, and guys like Trey Murphy III, Jose Alvarado, and others. Nance compared it to the young Lakers teams he was on, but noted that team lacked the same level of veteran leadership this Pelicans team has.

We may see more Nance at the five lineups — small ball with Zion at the four — to close games this season in New Orleans, that could be their best lineup because Nance can defend but also spaces the floor for Zion on offense. Coach Willie Green has a lot of different players and matchups to experiment with.

And now he has the stability of Nance for a few more years.

Durant tired of talking Nets dramatic offseason: ‘I didn’t miss any games’

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No team had an offseason quite like the Brooklyn Nets. First, they would not give a long-term extension to Kyrie Irving, which sent the star guard looking for a new team (but there were no offers that worked for everyone, so he opted in with Brooklyn). Then Kevin Durant asked for a trade, and to gain a little leverage reportedly threw down an ultimatum of him or the coach and GM. No trade could be found — how much the Nets wanted one is up for debate — so he is back in Brooklyn. And all that is not even getting into the return of Ben Simmons, a trade for Royce O’Neal, or anything else.

The Nets drama and how they move past it has been the talk of training camp. The only talk at training camp, it feels like.

When asked Friday if there were any inaccuracies in the reporting of the Nets summer he would like to clear up, Durant sounded weary of rehashing the summer.

The only thing that will start to move the conversation in a new direction is the Nets playing and winning games (they open the preseason Monday against the 76ers). And even those wins will have the shadow of the offseason cast over them. Durant and Irving made this bed.

Part of the fascination is the Nets remain the team hardest to predict in the league. They arguably have the most talented roster in the league and, if everything comes together just right, they can contend for a title. It’s also possible the wheels fall off early and by Christmas the Nets are looking to trade Durant again. Both things feel possible (even if reality most likely lands somewhere in the middle).

That uncertainty about the Nets’ future is the drama that will keep eyeballs on them — which also means more questions about this past offseason. Durant can choose not to answer them, but the questions aren’t going away.