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Heat to make major trade, become contenders?

The Heat can push for a blockbuster deal this month -- like moving Hassan Whiteside or even acquiring Carmelo Anthony -- but will they?

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9hEthan Sherwood Strauss

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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11hNick Friedell

There is no joy in Bullsland

The Chicago Bulls continue to show a lack of mental toughness in losing for the 11th time in the past 16 games.

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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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McMenamin: Even for the King, loss stings

Avery Bradley's buzzer-beating 3-pointer left the Cavs at a loss. It's been awhile, seemingly, since a first-place team had so many question marks swirling around it, Dave McMenamin writes.

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3dGreg 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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5dKevin 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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Terrible Steph Curry impersonations

SportsCenter anchors John Buccigross and Steve Levy are not Steph Curry. No one will ever make that mistake.

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SC Throwback: MJ, Bulls take on Warriors

On Feb. 7, 1996, the Warriors were 21-26 and lost to the Bulls team that would win a record 72 games. Twenty years later, the Warriors are on pace to beat that Bulls record.

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Look at Curry's dab, everybody sayin' dab

Klay Thompson's game-clinching 3 got Steph Curry dabbin'.

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Hornets mascot takes on Broncos fan

Hugo the Hornet made sure this fan paid for wearing a Broncos jersey in Panthers country.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle had high praise for rookie Justin Anderson after the first-round pick, who has played sparingly most of the season, was plus-6 in 13 minutes during the Mavs' overtime win in Memphis. "We knew he was a special kid when we drafted him," Carlisle told reporters. "It's been an arduous process getting him to the point where he is now, where he understands what his job is on the team and how to really funnel his energies. But he's doing a good job. He's just got to continue it."

There's a reason Rudy Gobert is open

The Jazz C is a baller in the paint. From 19 feet, he's more of an airballer.

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OKC was trying to prepare for Warriors

But Cameron Payne needed a few more minutes, it seemed. Get out the way, Payne!

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Fisher on Rajon Rondo saying that he wouldn't want to play in the triangle offense: "He wasn't very successful playing against it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony missed Friday's game against Memphis with left knee soreness. Derek Fisher said Carmelo felt well enough to play after taking part in a light workout on Saturday.

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Carmelo Anthony will play against the Nuggets and is expected to start.

ICYMI: Jeff Van Gundy recognizes Beyoncé

And he can't contain his enthusiasm.

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Andre Iguodala finds cracks in Thunder

And he knows that a good slam will fill it.

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Curry predicts a Panthers blowout

Steph Curry & Co. took care of business. Then, he predicted the Panthers would take care of business.

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Monta Ellis plays peek-a-boo with pass

Where's Jordan Hill? There he is!

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ICYMI: LeBron with a devastating dunk

The coast was clear and LeBron made the Pelicans pay the price.

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The Warriors' secret to winning

If your team can hold the Warriors under 50 percent shooting, less than 10 3-pointers and under 25 assists, they just might pull out a win. However, that's easier said than done.

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Elhassan: 'Coach Karl deserves better'

ESPN's Amin Elhassan says he told George Karl not to go to the Kings.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant on knowing that the Thunder will likely have to go through the Warriors eventually. "We're not ducking nobody."

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steph Curry trash talks Rick Reilly about the Super Bowl

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steph Curry, after saying the win is all that counts: "We can play better."

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Wilbon: Thunder needs more

Michael Wilbon believes tonight was a sign the Thunder need to involve more than Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to defeat the elite after their loss in Golden State.

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Late run pushes Timberwolves past Bulls

The Timberwolves closed out the game on a 12-0 run, including six points from Andrew Wiggins, to race past the Bulls 112-105.

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Durant on coming back from 20 down to tie it up in the fourth: "That's what we're supposed to do ... No moral victories in here."