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Harden's frustration near boiling point

Things are coming to a head in Houston. James Harden's frustrated with the Rockets' season. Who's to blame?

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NBA trade talk: Predicting biggest deals in West

Could the Clippers move Blake Griffin? What about the Rockets and Dwight Howard? Our experts break down potential deals in the Western Conference heading toward the NBA trade deadline.

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Warriors overcome Rockets' tactical twist

Count the Rockets as the latest team to employ playoff-level creative defense tactics against the Warriors. This might make the Warriors even better come playoff time, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.

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Heat frustrated enough to trade Whiteside? (1:21)
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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Halftime in Portland and the Blazers went on a 13-1 run to take control of the game. A Damian Lillard scoop shot in the closing seconds gave the Blazers a 57-46 lead.Lillard has 15 points and Dwight Howard has 18.

Trail Blazers build 11-point halftime lead

Dwight Howard put up 18 points, but Damian Lillard countered with 15 points to put Portland up 57-46. Halftime coverage on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Rondo goes behind the back twice

Doing it once to set up a dunk? Pretty cool. Twice? Well, that's what makes him Rajon Rondo.

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LeBron's pass hits Russell in the groin

LeBron James fired a pass to the sidelines, and D'Angelo Russell was in the exact wrong place at the exact wrong time.

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Steph Curry 3-pointer = time to dance

Andre Iguodala does a lot of dancing.

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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

How does Kobe feel physically entering the All-Star break? Horrible. Said this break couldnt come at a better time.

Warriors run past Suns, improve to 48-4

Golden State moved its win streak to 11 games with a 112-104 triumph in Phoenix. The Splash Brothers combined for 50 points and Steph Curry sat out the fourth quarter of a win for the 15th time this season. Box score

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The Howard swat, save and slam

Dwight Howard was responsible for saving two points on defense, then put two points in the hoop seconds later.

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Hawks roll past sloppy Bulls

The Hawks force 19 turnovers in a 113-90 win over the Bulls.

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Rockets tie quarter at the buzzer

Corey Brewer drained a corner 3-pointer as the clock ran out on the first quarter to tie Houston at 29 with Portland. (Live on ESPN)

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets and Blazers are tied at 29 after one quarter. Only three Rockets have scored: Dwight Howard, James Harden and Corey Brewer. It's pretty similar to what happened between the teams last Saturday. Trevor Ariza, Howard and Harden did all the scoring in the opening quarter. Rockets ended up losing that game, 96-79.

Highlight: Kobe drops last game in Cleveland

Kobe Bryant scores 17 points in his final game in Cleveland as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combine for 64 points in the Cavs' 120-111 win over the Lakers.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Barnes says Derek Fisher's firing "don't matter to me." The Grizzlies forward, who says the picture he posted on social media after the firing had nothing to do with Fisher, was serenaded to "Fisher" chants toward the end of Memphis' 109-90 win over Brooklyn. "I hear it every game," Barnes said. "Everyone has time to say (something) when they're protected and then they don't have the balls to say it to your face so all you can do is laugh."

DeRozan slams over Shabazz

Why is DeMar DeRozan an All-Star? Dunks like this help tell the story.

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Warriors close in on 48th win

Stephen Curry has 26 points and is 5-for-10 from 3-point range as Golden State has opened up a 91-75 lead heading to the fourth quarter in Phoenix. With a win, the Warriors would secure the best-ever record before the All-Star Break. Follow live

What you looking at, Sully?

During a timeout late in the first half, Celtics big man Jared Sullinger decided to take a peek into the Clippers' huddle.

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

Tyronn Lue on Kevin Love: "I heard he had a contusion and he should be fine." Did not provide a timetable, however.

Pierce's long shot doesn't count

Paul Pierce drained this jumper from three-quarters court -- but just after the buzzer. Too bad, because the Clippers could've used those 3 points in an OT loss.

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DeAndre Jordan adds to poster collection

Marcus Smart was the latest opponent to end up on the wrong end of a Lob City classic.

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Celtics top Clippers in overtime

The Clippers opened up a 6-point lead in the extra session, but Boston quickly erased that and came out with a 139-134 win. Isaiah Thomas finished with 36 points, two shy of his career high. Box score

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LeBron: Kobe's retirement is 'bittersweet'

LeBron James told Lisa Salters of Kobe Bryant's final game in Cleveland: "Our fans got a great treat tonight."

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Towns throws down the hammer ... twice

When Karl-Anthony Towns is coming down the lane, you should probably get out of the way.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Blazers-Rockets.

Towns' monster game powers Wolves

Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns scored a career-high 35 points and added 11 rebounds and 3 blocks to lead the Timberwolves to a 117-112 win over the visiting Raptors. Towns has had a double-double in each of his past 9 games. Box Score