Pride may have had something to do with it as well, suggested Sloan, who didn't think the blowout victory was too easy at all.
"We played and lost a tough game the other night (Tuesday) and lost by one point (to Chicago) at the buzzer, and I think our guys got ready to play," he said. "And I think we certainly respect the team we were playing against, because they do a terrific job of trying to help each other by setting screens and passing the basketball."
NOTES: After scoring 16 against Chicago, rookie free agent guard Wesley Matthews scored two on 1-for-1 field shooting with no assists and no rebounds against Real Madrid. The Marquette University product did make a second straight start, joining regulars Williams, Ronnie Brewer, Carlos Boozer and Okur. ... Mountain View High, Utah Valley State and BYU product Hansen — who played 47 games for the Atlanta Hawks — had five assists, six rebounds and nine points on 3-for-8 field shooting in 26 minutes for Real Madrid. ... Former University of Michigan guard Louis Bullock led Real with 18 points.
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