Aldridge’s double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves, 107-99

LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on for a 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night while opening the season without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard.

The Spurs were without Leonard and Tony Parker, but they had enough to hold off the revamped Timberwolves.

They were so good, in fact, that the Eagles actually had the best celebration of the weekend. And maybe even the season. Maybe all-time? OK, that might be pushing it, but just enjoy this clip of the Birds celebrating Torrey Smith’s 59-yard touchdown reception:

This is some great choreography. Nelson Agholor is the pitcher, Torrey Smith is the hitter, Alshon Jeffery is the catcher, and Carson Wentz is the ump. I’m not sure what Zach Ertz’s role is. I also like how LeGarrette Blount kind of just sneaks in late. Pretty funny.

The celebration is just one of a few things that made this touchdown so satisfying. Another aspect is that it was a great deep throw from Wentz, who has struggled with his accuracy in that area. And it was a ball that was actually caught by Smith, who has been struggling with drops.

Indeed, Kluwe began the 2007 game by punting away from Hester. His second punt was a deep floater that Hester fielded with an over-the-shoulder catch at the 11 while facing his own endzone, like a gridiron Willie Mays. He turned to his left, looked up field, looped around, took a block from Brendon Ayanbadejo, split four defenders, and blasted off.

In a blink, he was down the right sideline with no one around him but Bears. Jeff Joniak memorably shouted that Hester had “nothing, and I mean nothing but Kentucky Blue Grass in front of him.”lakers_050

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