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We got to reward ourselves. They finally got a good performance from Tony Parker last time out as he had as season high 16 points and seven assists as the Spurs won their fifth straight game.

The Spurs need Parker to play well to help take some of the pressure off of Kawhi Leonard who leads the team in scoring. He knows what Pop expects, and if one of us gets out of line or is doing well, he tells us. It just makes us better.

The Mavericks are ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Mavericks are ATS in their last 5 vs. The Mavericks are ATS in their last 4 road games. Their confidence, though, is likely high as they look to match a season best with a sixth straight victory. The Rockets have also won eight of 11 against opponents with winning records following a start.

Sunday's victory was their third in a row by five points or fewer. So, early in the season, when things got tough, we didn't know how to pull these situations out," Harden, who scored 33 against the Cavaliers, told the team's official website. Games like this we find a way to win and that's been our motto the entire season. Houston, which is without Dwight Howard, will look to continue benefiting from a bevy of contributors as Harden misses his first game of the season.

Terrence Jones has averaged The Hawks, who are a league-best against opponents. Kent Bazemore scored 15 in his third start, Leading scorer Paul Millsap had 22 points and has averaged Coach Mike Budenholzer said the occasional days off for starters are to keep the Hawks "in a good place health-wise," but they also give the reserves a chance to prove their mettle.

They were ready to play. That's a credit to them as professionals," Horford said. They're always doing extra things and that's why we had success down there. These are two of the league's most perimeter-oriented teams with Houston ranking first with They combed to go 25 of 69 from 3-point range in the first matchup. The biggest thing for us was we really locked in on defense. That put us in position to win the game. Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Horford added 18 and the NBA-leading Atlanta Hawks rallied from an point deficit to win their fifth straight game, over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

James Harden, the league's leading scorer, was serving a one-game suspension and did not play for Houston, but the Rockets led for the most of the game until Teague's 3-pointer with 4: Jason Terry finished with 21 points in a reserve role and starting forward Terrence Jones had 18 points for Houston, which was attempting to match its season high with a sixth straight victory.

The Rockets led by 18 late in the second quarter and were up nine to begin the fourth, but they unraveled after Paul Millsap blocked Corey Brewer's layup attempt and Teague hit his big 3 from the left wing to bring the capacity crowd to its feet. Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas each scored 14 points for the Rockets, who had won their last three games by five points or fewer. You want to make the first round of the NBA playoffs must see television?

What if the first round was a one-game elimination instead of a seven game series? But could they pull off a one game upset? As is, unlike every other major sport in America, we already know exactly what will happen in the NBA, so why watch until the very end? So how do you fix things? Four of the top 25 players are on the Golden State Warriors and three of the top 25 players are on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Combined these two teams boast nearly one-third of the top players in the league. No other team has more than two top 25 players.

As a result, the two top teams meet to play for the title and the other 28 teams have virtually no chance to win a title. Why not allow all thirty teams to sign one player outside of the existing salary cap structure? As a capitalist, I find that very unfair. Effectively LeBron is paying a massive tax on his talent and allowing money that would otherwise go to him to be redistributed to players with lesser talents.

So why not allow every owner to bid whatever they want for LeBron James and the top 29 additional players in the league? Every team would have the chance to bid on every player, but every team would also be guaranteed of getting a top 30 player. Durant went to the Warriors because he was willing to take a few million dollars a year less to compete for an immediate title. But is there anyway Durant would have taken fifty million a year less to go to Golden State?

In theory this is a market based solution that would permit the top 30 players to all end up on 30 different teams. Then the remainder of the players in the league, the non-elite, would exist under the existing salary cap, which would be reduced to reflect the hundreds of million a year in compensation that the top players received.

Redistributing the top talent across all 30 teams would lead to much greater parity, which would mean the NBA product would be much more entertaining all season long.