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Houston v Washington *Spoiler*

Houston 159 v Washington 158 in regulation time.

Seriously does anyone play defence any more. This is just not basketball any longer and makes a mockery of the records especially when compared to the by-gone eras (80's/90's) where defence was tough and hard.

If this is the score in a regular season game is anyone game enough to guess the score in this year's all-star game?

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you can also argue that both teams have deadly shooters, hence the high scores in this match.

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You could argue that just as some people argue the world is flat

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That lack of intensity on the defensive end and the reluctance to call anyone for taking five steps are exactly why I just don't bother with the NBA anymore. Stopped being basketball many years ago, purely entertainment now.

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Yes, nba going backwards, it's entertaining but it’s soft and the travel rules should be enforced.

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nbl is more entertaining than regualar season nba

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In defence"pardon the pun" of the all star game that is meant to be entertaining/high scoring.
Harden and Westbrook will sleep easy they got their stats.

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Melbourne Boy  
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OP, if you think there was tough defense in the NBA 80s you haven't watched many games from then. It wasn't until the mid 90s that the D took over when teams actually started to scheme rather than 5 guys playing single coverage man D. The Bad Boys were lauded for actually having a scheme vs MJ.

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If NBA defence is so bad why did the NBL teams score so poorly against them?

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Violet Crumble  
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I wouldn't really use the 80s as a bastion of great defence. Eight of the 18 highest scoring NBA games happened between 1982 and 1990.

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It's not so much the defensive abilities of a lot of players but rather the systems of the teams and defensive rules that the NBA employs.

For Washington who are one of, if not the worst team in the NBA, to score over 150 really says something about Houston's defensive schemes.

However is it really a surprise. Also, these teams have to play a long season and why grind down the best players with defense when they know they can get the job done most of the time without it.

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Saw highlights and Harden and Westbrook were loving it, the win for them being an extra bonus.

It kind of makes me miss 48mins in the NBL when you had the odd crazy scoring game from time to time, like anytime Bullets-Crocs matched up in the early/mid 2000s and going back even further the Tigers of the 90s.

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