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10mTim MacMahon

It's complicated: Carlisle and Chandler Parsons

After a gradual comeback from knee surgery, Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons is eager to be a crunch-time performer. His coach seems reluctant to let him loose just yet.

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Warriors celebrate NBA title at White House

A basketball enthusiast, President Barack Obama applauded the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and marveled at how they are revolutionizing professional basketball.

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Biggest 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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Curry, Durant to GSW, Dwight's future

Jorge Sedano, Israel Gutierrez and Amin Elhassan discuss another monster game for Stephen Curry, if it's too early to consider him an all-time great, the possibility of Kevin Durant joining the Warriors, Dwight Howard's future and more.

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Strauss: Stephen Curry takes capital by storm

Stephen Curry's 25 first-quarter points brought the D.C. crowd to its feet, cheering as though their guy had hit a buzzer beater for the home team, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.

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Stephen Curry: No longer slumping

Curry entered Wednesday with 50 points in his previous three games. He had more than that and put on an entertaining show against the Wizards.

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1dGreg Rosenstein

LeBron drops to No. 9 in fantasy re-draft

LeBron James drops to No. 9 as ESPN.com's fantasy basketball experts re-draft players at the midpoint of the NBA season. Who else saw a major drop? And who rose up the charts?

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3dKevin Pelton

Isiah underrated among all-time greats?

Magic Johnson and other NBA legends said #NBArank had Isiah Thomas too low. Are they right? Kevin Pelton examines if the Hall of Fame point guard is really underrated or overrated.

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Celtics 104, Cavs 103: Avery Bradley with the buzzer-beating 3 during improbable late (JR Smith-aided) rally. Good ECF preview.

Celtics sink Cavaliers at the buzzer

Boston's Avery Bradley hit a 3-pointer as time expired to down Cleveland 104-103. Box score

Wall triple-double leads Wizards to win

John Wall did it all with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for a triple-double in the Wizards' 106-94 win.

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Clippers continue woes for Magic

Chris Paul led all scorers with 21 points in the Clippers' 107-93 win.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs 27, Mavs 12 after a quarter. Dallas did manage to outscore Kawhi Leonard, who has 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Dwyane Wade discovers time travel

And he used it to teleport a dunk on the Hornets.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Grizzlies 91, Knicks 85: Knicks had chance to tie the game or take a lead with 15 seconds to go but Arron Afflalo missed a fadeaway jumper and Memphis sealed the win from the free throw line. The Knicks have dropped 8 of 9 and are a season-high 7 games under .500. They are also 0-7 in games Carmelo Anthony misses due to injury. Matt Barnes is 2-0 against Derek Fisher and the Knicks this season. Kristaps Porzingis had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks for New York.

Grizzlies knock off Knicks 91-85

Memphis got 53 points from its bench to hold off New York and capture a fifth straight win. New York dropped to 0-7 without Carmelo Anthony. Box score

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Final: Nets 128 Kings 119. Brooklyn explodes offensively, making 18 3-pointers and shooting 55.8 percent from the field en route to snapping a five-game losing streak. Joe Johnson : 27 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds. Brook Lopez: 26 points, 12 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic: 23 points, 7 3s. DeMarcus Cousins: 24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists.

Johnson, Lopez guide Nets past Kings

Joe Johnson (27 points, 11 assists) and Brook Lopez (26 points, 12 rebounds) helped Brooklyn snap a five-game skid. DeMarcus Cousins recorded his fourth career triple-double in the loss. Box score

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It's hard to make a case that Kristaps Porzingis has hit a rookie wall. He has 17 points, 10 rebounds & 6 blocks tonight.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Tipoff in Dallas. Should be a good one.

Spurs (41-8) at Mavericks (28-24)

San Antonio will rely even more on LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard now with Manu Ginobili out with a groin injury. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Memphis has had ample opportunity to put this game away but the Knicks are hanging around. They're down 6 with 5:49 to go. Kristaps Porzingis has come alive a bit with five points and two rebounds in the quarter thus far.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mavs are apparently enlisting the help of Sgt. Slaughter against the Spurs.

Hawks survive Paul George barrage

Paul George put up 31 points -- hitting 7-of-12 from deep. But Paul Millsap dropped 24 points and Atlanta was +7 from the free throw line to secure the 102-96 victory. Box score

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Paul George answers own prayers

The Pacers star was hoping for a foul, but gave himself a 3-pointer instead.

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat fail to make a 3-pointer for the first time this season, but get key defensive stops late to secure a 98-95 win over Charlotte. Hassan Whiteside gets his third triple-double with blocks this season. Dwyane Wade with 22 points, Goran Dragic fights through flu with 12 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds. Heat conclude stretch of 14 of 16 on the road by going 7-7 away from Miami to move 7 games above.500 at 29-22 on the season.

Noel takes lob, flips it and reverses it

Could Nerlens Noel do ballet? This seems like a smooth tour en l'air, or perhaps "lob en l'air" would be more appropriate?

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Love exits as Cavaliers lead Celtics

Cleveland lost Kevin Love to a thigh bruise late in the third quarter and the Cavs' lead is down to just two points after the Celtics opened the final frame on a 9-3 run. Follow live

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mario Chalmers gets whistled for a Flagrant 2 and ejected after elbowing Sasha Vujacic in the face. Knicks trail by 7 with 11 minutes to go after Vujacic knocks down both free throws.

Clippers close out strong against Magic

Six Clippers found double-figure points as Los Angeles overcame 22 turnovers to take the 107-93 win and handing Orlando its third-straight loss. Box score

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