One team emphasized offense and the other defense, but the result was the same Sunday for the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle SuperSonics, both of whom set team records while winning.
Portland hit nine of its first 11 shots and never looked back in blasting the San Antonio Spurs, 150-113, and notching its 22nd victory in 23 homes games this season. Portland's previous scoring record of 145 was established in 1970 and equaled earlier this season.
Seattle used a strategy more familiar to its coach, Bill Russell, and set a team defensive record in 92-76 romp over the usually high-scoring New Orleans Jazz. The 76 points by the Jazz, who average 107 per game, were two fewer than the Sonic's previous defensive record set earlier this season against Cleveland.
San Antonio is the NBA's top offensive team, averaging almost 114 points per game for the season, and 125 points in its last eight games, but the Spurs took a lesson from the Blazers.
The Blazers jumped out to a 34-22 lead in the first quarter, holding San Antonio to just 32 per cent shooting and had increased the margin by half-time to 70-44.
Center Bill Walton, who ended the game with 21 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, and five bocked shots, did most of his work in the first half and sat out most of the second half.
Guard Dave Twardzik scored 22 points and rookie Wally Walker scored a career hight 19 points. The Spurs were led by guard George Gervin with 22 points.