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Melo, Kevin Durant look in midseason form

Updated: December 26, 2011, 11:31 AM ET
By Josh Whitling, Special to ESPN.com

Hoops fans woke to the delightful Christmas present of a day full of NBA action after a lockout-plagued offseason that looked grim at times.

We got a glimpse of how the shortened training camp and compressed schedule will affect the game, as teams averaged 96.1 points per game Sunday compared to last season's average of 99.6 points per game. As many suspected, scoring likely will be down, much as it was in the shortened season of 1998-1999, when teams averaged just 91.6 points per game. ...

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