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From The Mag: The Cruel Tutelage of the Wolves' Kevin Garnett

Jackie MacMullan explores Garnett's explosive intensity, and how it could impact his final NBA task: mentoring 2015 No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns.

A #HateHard Thanksgiving (2:04)

Lakers, Warriors, Pacers, Master P

Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones discuss the Lakers' struggles, Stephen Curry being an elite player, if Paul George makes the Pacers a threat in the East, are joined by Master P and more.

What's happening to the Rockets and Clippers? (3:30)
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Rockets' Ty Lawson remains on the bench

Ty Lawson will be a backup for the fourth straight game on Wednesday, but interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the veteran still has a winning attitude.

Are the 76ers purposely trying to lose? (2:12)
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Howard: Why Porzingis fever is no fluke

It shouldn't be surprising that Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis has taken the NBA by storm, writes Johnette Howard. The big man from Latvia has been preparing for this moment most of his life.

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NBA Power Rankings: Ultimate Warriors

The 15-0 Warriors are one win away from setting a new gold standard in the NBA, and their hold on the No. 1 spot has never been stronger. Where do the 29 other teams fall on Marc Stein's latest list?


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are shooting 29.3 percent from the field and trail the Magic 46-35 at the half. Rookie Kristaps Porzingis has been strong defensively, contesting and altering shots near the rim, but is 0-for-5 shooting.

Halftime: Magic 46, Knicks 35

Orlando's Tobias Harris scored a team-high 11 points, and Jason Smith added 8 points off the bench to help the Magic to an 11-point halftime lead. Carmelo Anthony scored 13 to carry the load for the Knicks, while rookie Kristaps Porzingis was held scoreless in a first half for the first time in his career. Follow live

Cavs, Raptors tied at 25 after one

Toronto's Luis Scola poured in a career-high 15 first-quarter points to lead all scorers, while Cleveland's Kevin Love paced the Cavaliers with a team-high 8 points. LeBron James has just 2 points on 1-of-4 shooting. Follow live

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Some boos as Matt Barnes is introduced. Last season while with the Clips, he made some bad remarks to James Harden's mom during postseason.

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Cavs tied 25-25 after 1Q. Great crowd here in TOR. Love 8p 8r; LeBron 2p 4a; TT 6p 2r; J.R. 4p 2a. Luis Scola pacing TOR w/ 15p on 7-of-9

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

It's "Drake Night" in Toronto. Looked who announced the starting lineups for the Raptors vs the Cavs.

Cavaliers (11-3) at Raptors (9-6), 7:30 p.m. ET

The Cavs averaged 110 points vs. the Raptors in winning the final three meetings last season behind LeBron James' 29.3 points and 11.3 assists per game. The Raptors search for their third straight win on "Drake Night" in Toronto. Follow live

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Sixers (0-15) at Celtics (7-7)

Philadelphia is 0-8 on the road and has lost 34 of 36 away from home. The 76ers will try to avoid pulling within one of the franchise-worst 0-17 mark they opened last season with while trying to snap a 0-25 skid dating back to last season. Follow live

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76ers: 11% chance to win according to ESPN Basketball Power Index; 76ers are BPI favorites in 1 game rest of the season (Dec. 1 vs Lakers)

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony Parker chopping it up with Michael Finley.

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Tim Duncan signing some pre-game autographs.

Rapper Jadakiss dishes out NBA top 5

The MVP of raspy rhymes was in Bristol, Connecticut, promoting his new album, "Top 5 Dead Or Alive." So, naturally, SportsNation asked him to share his all-time NBA starting lineup. Magic at point

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on the key factors in the sustained excellence of Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki: I think they have really high character in a sense of being mature enough to understand the responsibility that they have with that talent. They have the mental capacity and mental toughness to understand that they need to bring it every night, and they take pride in that. Thats a special competitiveness and mental acuity that a lot of players just dont have. Most players have no idea what its like to be somebody like that who brings it night after night after night for so many years. Theyre definitely in a special category.

Knicks (8-7) at Magic (6-8)

New York opened a four-game trip with wins over Oklahoma City and Houston to give it four straight victories overall for the first time since the end of the 2013-14 season. A big reason? Rookie Kristaps Porzingis, who is averaging 20 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while shooting 51.9 percent -- 66.7 from beyond the arc -- in the last four games. New York leads early in the first. Follow live

Wizards (6-5) at Hornets (8-6)

The last time the Wizards visited Charlotte, they held the Hornets to 23 second-half points in a 95-69 win March 9 -- the lowest-scoring half in franchise history. Washington looks to end Charlotte's three-game winning streak tonight at Time Warner Cable Arena. Follow live

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

How has Dirk Nowitzki's game changed as he has aged? "Not much. He looks the same to me," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Hes a remarkable player, competitor. Fierce competitor, class act, special guy."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge is playing tonight, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich just said.

Kobe: Lakers have big problems

After the Lakers' 34-point loss to Golden State, Bryant said, "I could've scored 80 ... wouldn't have made a damn difference." He became the first player this season with 4 or fewer points on 14 or more field goal attempts. Entire team is frustrated

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets starting usual a Jack, Hollis-Jefferson, Johnson, Young and Lopez vs. Thunder this evening.

ICYMI: Curry crosses up Clarkson

Stephen Curry used a pick and this really slick behind-the-back dribble to send Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson flying.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Marcus Smart spotted with crutches and brace entering TD Garden. Brad Stevens on the injured guard: We just dont want him to put any pressure on it at all. Its a unique injury. I think its usually an injury thats associated with other areas of your knee getting hurt, so we feel fortunate it is what it is and that its not a long-term thing.