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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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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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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

Harden, Rockets take on Blazers

James Harden has scored a combined 70 points in his past two games, but they've both been Houston losses. He'll try to get the Rockets back in the win column tonight in Portland. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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LeBron, Cleveland fans thank Kobe

Kobe Bryant checked out of his final game in Cleveland to a standing ovation and a hug from LeBron James.

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Pelicans come back to beat Jazz

Anthony Davis finished with 19 points, including a big 3-pointer with under a minute left, to lead the Pelicans to a 100-96 win over the Jazz. New Orleans has won 2 straight. Box score

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LeBron stars in Kobe's Cleveland farewell

LeBron James finished with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Cavaliers to a 120-111 win over the Lakers. Kobe Bryant had 17 points on 5-for-16 shooting in his final visit to Cleveland. Box score

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Thomas sends Celtics to overtime

Isaiah Thomas has 34 points and made a jumper with 5.8 seconds left to force overtime against the Clippers. Chris Paul (31 pts) had a shot to win it at the buzzer, but missed. Follow live

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Kobe's clutch 3 lights up fourth quarter

Kobe Bryant drained a three and drew the foul in the fourth quarter bringing the Lakers deficit to 13 against the Cavaliers.

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Leonard clutch, Payton not quite

The Spurs beat the Magic thanks to Kawhi Leonard's jumper with 0.9 seconds left, but nearly let Elfrid Payton tie it up at the buzzer.

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Balanced Hawks blow past Bulls

Nine different Atlanta players scored in double figures as the Hawks picked up a 113-90 win in Chicago, handing the Bulls their fourth consecutive loss. Box score

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Pistons honor Chauncey Billups

The 2004 NBA Finals MVP had his No. 1 jersey retired and raised to the rafters during halftime of the Pistons game against the Nuggets.

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Nuggets spoil big night in Detroit

With the Pistons retiring Chauncey Billups' number, it was one of Billups' other former teams coming out on top. The Nuggets outscored the Pistons 51-39 after halftime to earn a 103-92 win. Box score

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Warriors hit the magic number

Golden State has won 98 straight games when leading by 15 at any point, and a Stephen Curry 3-pointer in the second quarter gave the Warriors a 51-35 lead over the Suns. Curry has 18 points to lead all scorers. Follow live

Vintage Vinsanity in Brooklyn

The dunk contest is coming up soon, so maybe Vince Carter was feeling nostalgic.

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