Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies took care of business against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in workmanlike fashion on Saturday afternoon, sharing the ball and hounding OKC's only offensive option to the point of exhaustion in a grueling 87-81 victory.
Not to be outdone, Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers employed an even more impressive game plan in their 82-71 dismantling of the New York Knicks.
Kendrick Perkins, Scott Brooks and Raymond Felton were exposed as weak links in a two-game slate that made fans of offense wish they'd spent Saturday reading a good book instead of watching four teams fail to break 90.
There were plenty of bright spots, though, as Hibbert and Gasol both dominated, proving that the traditional center was alive and well.
When the dust finally settled, the Grizzlies and Pacers had each taken 2-1 series leads on a day where defense ruled.