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5-on-5: NBA stars discuss all-time greats and Curry's place

Is Michael Jordan the greatest of all time? Where should Steph Curry be ranked? We asked a few players and coaches to share their views in this special edition of 5-on-5.

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Joe Johnson beats the buzzer ... again

It has been a rough season for the Nets, but they still know who to go to when the game is on the line -- the most prolific buzzer-beater maker.

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NBA trade talk: Predicting biggest trades in East

Could the Bucks move Jabari Parker? What about the Nets and Brook Lopez? Our experts break down the most interesting storylines in the Eastern Conference heading into the NBA trade deadline.

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Unstoppable Warriors vs. unstoppable KD

When two immense hoop forces collided, excellence ensued. Still, Kevin Durant (40 points) couldn't lift the Thunder past a Warriors team lacking its usual Splash Bros. 3-point success.

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Holmes: Lone Star farewell for Kobe Bryant

The Lakers' star exited the San Antonio floor for the last time, saluting a long history battling a franchise that gave him his most worthy challenges, Baxter Holmes writes.

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Seven NBA rookie surprises, from Philly to OKC

When rookies exceed expectations, it gets our attention. Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton look at seven surprises from the rookie class, including one making a difference for a contender.

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Kobe can still elevate ... sort of

This wasn't exactly the form that won Kobe Bryant a dunk contest title, but it counts for two points just the same.

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Westbrook crashes Durant's interview

Kevin Durant was talking about his experience taking pictures at Super Bowl 50. Russell Westbrook was unimpressed.

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Drummond drills one from 3/4 court

Free throws might befuddle the Pistons' Andre Drummond, but three-quarter-court shots are his thing.

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On this date 24 years ago, three months after testing positive for HIV, Magic Johnson returned for the NBA All-Star Game -- and won MVP. [Credit: Jon Soohoo/NBAE]

Isola: Players put a premium on winning

Frank Isola believes that upcoming free agents -- like Kevin Durant -- nowadays care more about winning, which means no one's going to want to join the Knicks.

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Rondo to LeBron for the slam

Rajon Rondo set up LeBron James for a breakaway dunk with a perfect outlet pass. One problem: They don't play for the same team.

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Joe Johnson redefines 'ankle breaker'

There are ankle breakers, and then there is Johnson doing this to Denver's Jusuf Nurkic.

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Johnson wins it, Prokhorov goes bonkers

Joe Johnson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to down the Nuggets, much to the delight of Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

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NBA greats debate all-time greats

Who's in Chris Bosh's all-time NBA top five? "No. 1? I have to say Jordan. No. 2 is Kareem. No. 3 is Magic. Uh, shoot, man. I'd probably go Bill Russell No. 4. Man, this is so hard." Who made the cut?

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KAT pounces for big slam

Karl-Anthony Towns faked the handoff and instead took it in himself for a massive dunk.

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Kings ready to move on from Karl

Marc Stein reports the Kings are planning on firing coach George Karl, saying on SportsCenter: "Since they lost Friday night in Brooklyn this has been seen as an inevitability."

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Jackson: It was time to make a change

Knicks president Phil Jackson said of Derek Fisher, who was fired Monday: "I think he was a dedicated worker. Some of that onus is on the players."

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Ranking Air Jordans

As all the sneakerheads know, the Air Jordan XXX drops Friday. What better time to look back at all 29 looks of past Jordan kicks? Full ranking

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel was glad to seal a 89-87 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. "I'm not unhappy that's the last time I face Kobe [Bryant]," Vogel said. In his final game against the Pacers, Bryant scored 19 points on 6-of-25 shooting, but he hit four straight fourth quarter shots -- including three consecutive 3-pointers -- that gave the Lakers a late lead.

Kobe Bryant makes three late 3-pointers

Bryant only made 6 field goals vs. the Pacers tonight. But 3 of them came in just over a minute's time late in the fourth quarter.

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Should Walton pick the Lakers or Knicks?

Luke Walton, who led the Warriors to a record start when Steve Kerr was out, will be a hot coaching commodity this offseason. Antonio Davis says if Walton has to pick between New York and L.A., the choice is easy.

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Does Kobe Bryant ever regret playing through so many injuries? "Oh, no. What could be better? I'm a guard that's playing in his 20th season," the Los Angeles Lakers icon said Monday. "That's crazy. What am I going to play 30 seasons if I didn't play [through injuries]? That's a long time, let alone to have certain nights where I move pretty damn well with the style of play that I played with. What more can I ask for? Twenty [years] is a long time."

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Kobe Bryant was asked if younger NBA players today are as competitive as their predecessors. "It's different. I don't think guys are as openly competitive as maybe they used to be," the Los Angeles Lakers star said. "It's hard to try to instill that into somebody and tell them to be competitive or have that sense or urgency or how much each possession means. It's hard to instill that in somebody. But that being said, they'll learn the hard way, because inevitably there will be a player that's extremely competitive, has a lot of skills and is going to keep beating everybody until they figure out how to be competitive. They'll learn one way or another."

LeBron eyes Kobe's last Cleveland visit

LeBron James said in advance of Kobe Bryant's final trip to Cleveland (Wednesday, 8 ET on ESPN): "Anytime I even watch his games, even when I'm not playing him, it's always like very emotional just knowing it's his last hurrah." 'Great reception' planned

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Magic get rare back-to-back wins

A night after hitting a game-winner, Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points to lead the Magic to an OT win over the Hawks. It's the first time in 2016 Orlando has won back-to-back games.

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Westbrook, Durant power Thunder win

Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, and Kevin Durant had a game-high 32 points, as OKC picked up a 122-106 win in Phoenix. The Thunder have won 6 of their past 7. Box score

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Since that 3 late in the third Durant has 16 on 5-5 shooting, including that deep dagger to put OKC up nine with 3:05 left.

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Thunder went up 11, and have just lost focus again. Missing easy looks, turning it over, not staying solid defensively.

Blazers best Grizzlies in OT

Damian Lillard scored 33 points and iced the game with free throws down the stretch as Portland earned a 112-106 OT win in Memphis. The Blazers have won 7 of their past 8. Box score

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