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Pelton: Rockets should trade James Harden

Would the Lakers or Celtics trade for The Beard? Here are four trades that work, says Kevin Pelton, if the Rockets focus on the real problem in Houston: James Harden.

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Young: Heavy hearts in OKC

Playing a game offered an emotional escape for the Thunder and Pelicans as both teams were reeling from the death of Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, Royce Young writes.

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All-Time #NBArank countdown: Air Jordan soars above all

The rings. The dunks. The shoes. The GOAT. There's only one Michael Jordan. And after 99 legends of the game graced our list, His Airness has risen as the undisputed champ of All-Time #NBArank.

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Trade talk: Predicting biggest trades in West

Will 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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Curry experimenting, Lakers, Celtics, Kings

Israel Gutierrez and Amin Elhassan discuss Stephen Curry's freedom for experimentation given the Warriors' dominance, the Lakers' disguised "tank job", the playoff potential of the Celtics and George Karl's ability to thrive in chaos.

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Star turn: Kyrie Irving shines brightest

In a matchup billed as Kobe Bryant versus LeBron James, it was young Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving who stole the show, Dave McMenamin writes.

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Chalk: Complete list of Feb. 11 NBA lines

The Westgate SuperBook presents the lines for both NBA games on Thursday, Feb. 11 -- the final day of games before the All-Star break.

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KD, Russ put on their own dunk contest

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook got the All-Star festivities started early.

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Wall's All-Star appearance in jeopardy

John Wall suffered a knee injury early in the Wizards' loss to the Bucks. "If I can't move and I need more time then I won't [play Sunday]," Wall said after the game.

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Globetrotters dunk on everyone at ESPN

Bob Ley has the nickname of "The General" and the Harlem Globetrotters treated him like a Washington General.

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Heat make spot-on 'Martin' intro spoof

The Heat might not be having a noteworthy season on the court (they currently sit at 29-24), but that doesn't mean this video spoof of the iconic intro for the '90s sitcom "Martin" is any less awesome. Chris Bosh for the win

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Pelton: Rockets should trade Harden

Houston is reportedly shopping Dwight Howard. But Kevin Pelton writes that the Rockets should focus on the real problem -- James Harden. Four trades that work (Insider)

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NBA Hall of Famer vs. Super Bowl Champ

Magic Johnson and Peyton Manning faced off in a game of Egg Russian Roulette, and what's better than two legends smashing raw eggs on their heads? So weird, so awesome

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Best fantasy hoops seasons of all time

Not surprisingly, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and LeBron James rank among the top single-season fantasy performances of all time. But some of the other names on the list might surprise you. Shawn Marion at 2? (Insider)

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Animated look at the MVP race

While the NBA is filled with stars, Marc Stein wonders if there really is more than one candidate for MVP at the All-Star break.

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Westbrook makes this dunk look easy

Russell Westbrook blew by Pelicans defenders for a thunderous slam.

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SVP Vault: Vince takes over dunk contest

SVP looks back at the 2000 slam dunk contest when Vince Carter stole the show with three perfect 50-point dunks.

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Emotional night for Thunder

Oklahoma City's Billy Donovan and Kevin Durant comment after their game against the Pelicans, which came in the wake of the passing of assistant coach Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid.

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With heavy hearts, Thunder beat Pelicans

After holding a moment of silence before the game for Pelicans assistant Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, who died Wednesday after being involved in a car crash, the Thunder defeat the Pelicans 121-95.

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Odom greeted with cheers at Kanye event

Lamar Odom made his first public appearance since being hospitalized in October, attending Kanye West's Yeezy runway fashion show at Madison Square Garden.

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Bucks enter break by beating Wizards

Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton combine to score 44 points in the Bucks' 99-92 victory over the Wizards.

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Bucks enter break on two-game win streak

Khris Middleton led all scorers with 27 points, as Milwaukee knocked off Washington 99-92 for its second straight win after a five-game losing streak. Bradley Beal had 19 for the Wizards, who shot just 18.8% from 3-point range. Box score

Barkley: 'I think Dwight is disinterested'

Charles Barkley says Dwight Howard is "starting to break down" in Houston.

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Thunder dominate Pelicans by 26

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant each scored 23 points, and Billy Donovan became the second rookie coach to hit 40 wins before the All-Star break in Oklahoma City's 121-95 win over New Orleans. Box score

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Royce Young @royceyoung

All-Star break looks like it's going to start early for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Thunder second unit closing this one well.

Wizards pull ahead of Bucks entering 4th

Washington went on a 10-2 run to open the third quarter and emerged with a 70-69 lead entering the fourth quarter. John Wall is shooting just 3-for-13 but does have 10 assists. Follow live

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Thunder rolling past Pelicans through 3

Russell Westbrook has 23 points and is one rebound short of a triple-double as Oklahoma City has built up a 95-74 lead over the Pelicans. Follow live

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Royce Young @royceyoung

Westbrook checks out a rebound short of his ninth triple-double, with 2:40 left in the third.

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Fresh off his retirement from football, Marshawn Lynch has arrived in Toronto for NBA All-Star Weekend.