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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors take win streak on the road

A seven-game road trip could spell doom for Golden State's streak, Paul George & Co. are hitting their stride in Indy and Kobe's farewell tour officially begins. Marc Stein is taking stock of all 30 teams in the NBA.

Kobe's top 10 plays of his career (2:46)
Spurs as quiet as a mouse (1:37)
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Rush is on as Warriors soar to 18-0 start

What's the latest treat as Stephen Curry and the Warriors kept on their unbeaten roll? They broke out some vintage Brandon Rush, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.


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Players shooting 50% from floor, 40% on 3s & hitting at least 1 trey per game: Curry, KD, Kawhi, Dirk, Korver, Iguodala ... and Omri Casspi

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics tried hard to land Justise Winslow on draft night and offered four first-round picks to Charlotte in hopes of snagging him at No. 9. The Hornets passed (to pick Frank Kaminsky) and the Miami Heat swooped up Winslow at 10. Winslow was playfully asked before Mondays Celtics-Heat game how many first-round picks hes worth and, his locker neighbor, Chris Andersen, shouted, Five! as Winslow just smiled. Looks like Boston came up a pick short on its offer.

An ode to Kobe Bryant, in two charts

This season, Bryant has been the worst volume shooter in the NBA. But as bad as this campaign has been, the Lakers star will be remembered as one of the most versatile scoring threats the NBA had ever seen. 2005-06 vs. 2015-16


Kobe Bryant's Top 10 plays

Forget the guy who shot 4-of-20 last night. Black Mamba has more than made up for it over the course of his Hall of Fame career.


NBA Power Rankings: Warriors still No. 1

Sitting at 18-0, it's no surprise the defending champions kept the throne in Marc Stein's rankings. But with a seven-game road trip looming, how long can the Dubs stay on top? Week 5 rankings

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Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant

It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."

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Durant on Kobe: Media mistreating him

"He's a legend, and all I hear is about how bad he's playing, how bad he's shooting, and it's time for him to hang it up," Kevin Durant said of the coverage Kobe Bryant has received. "You guys treated one of our legends like s---, and I didn't really like it. So hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after this year." Media 'killing him'

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on Kobe Bryant retiring: "Legend. I grew up watching him. He was my quote, unquote MJ that everybody sees. Just for him to be done for his last go out, its sad, its the end of a dynasty. He had a really good run but it comes to an end, he's a monster, he's a beast."

Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006, when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.


Luol Deng out tonight vs. Celtics

The Heat forward did not participate in the team's shootaround today and will miss his third straight game tonight. The Heat also announced forward Chris Bosh will be a game-time decision after missing shootaround with an illness.

Gasol has fantastic H.O.R.S.E. shot

Sure, this header into the basket didn't count for Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies. But we're still pretty impressed.


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

David Blatt on his memories of Kobe Bryant from the 2008 Olympics: "Kobe was really gracious. He came right up and introduced himself, said hello and we talked for a couple minutes. Hes been one of the great players in our game for a long time and certainly on of the NBAs greatest, an iconic figure in the world of Lakers basketball and NBA basketball. What a career. What can you say about a guy who has been a part of five championship teams and has had all the wonderful accomplishments and moments and plays that hes made in his career? If he has decided what he has decided then I think its great and hes one of those guys that will be remembered. No doubt.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Kobe Bryant retiring: Its disappointing. A lot of these warriors that were drafted in the 90s are slowly fading away. And its obviously toward the end for us all. Its a little sad. But Im happy for him that he made that decision for himself. It could lift a little weight off his shoulder. To me, hes probably the greatest player Ive faced. And Ive faced some great players with Tim Duncan and Shaq and all these guys. But he was something else, just scoring-wise, the shot-making ability was incredible. I was always a big fan. But its disappointing that were all getting old."

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Dirk on Rondo: "He's playing incredible. Im happy for him. Just because it didnt work out for him in Dallas doesnt make him a bad guy."

ICYMI: Jordan draws nothing but air, twice

Why do teams intentionally foul DeAndre Jordan? This trip to the free throw line explains it perfectly.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle on Kobe Bryant's retirement: "My take on the whole thing is that this is an ending in one respect, but hes preparing for world dominance in some area of the game. Im quite certain of that. I have as much respect for him as an opposing player as any player that Ive ever either played against or coached against in this league. I mean, when that guy walks in the building, youve got a lot of problems to deal with and youve got a guy thats a cold-blooded killer when it comes to winning time."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sight for sore eyes for Cavs fans: Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert back on the practice floor, having participated in a "moderated" session today according to CLE coach David Blatt.

Time to add Capela to fantasy lineups

Joe Kaiser on the Rockets' Clint Capela, owned in just 25 percent of ESPN leagues: "The 21-year-old big man has recorded double-doubles in each of the last three games that he's played at least 25 minutes." Underowned, overowned options

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Harrison Barnes, still on crutches

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Either this is Steph Curry warming up, or a knight from the Middle Ages

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Paul George averaged 29.5 points and 49.5 percent 3-point shooting in November, as his Pacers went 11-2.