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Wallace: The Clippers are thriving in choppy waters

Despite numerous injuries and adversity, Doc Rivers and the Clippers have righted their ship by winning 18 of their past 22 games.

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Paul: We had to stay aggressive (0:42)
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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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The secret to free throw success (3:24)
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1dNick 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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Kevin Durant ... Super bowl photographer?

Kevin Durant was at Super Bowl 50, but not as just a fan. No, he was working the sidelines as a photographer. The MVP takes pics

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Vucevic wins game with another buzzer-beater

For the second time this season, Nikola Vucevic gave the Magic a victory with a buzzer-beating shot, this time to knock off the Hawks.

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Isaiah Thomas blocks... DeMarcus Cousins?

One is 5-foot-9. The other is 6-foot-11. So this might have been the most unlikely blocked dunk of the season.

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Clippers go full Lob City against Heat

What do you do down the stretch of a close game with Blake Griffin out? Just throw it up to DeAndre Jordan. He'll take it from there.

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Stephen Curry keeps pounding

The Warriors guard and Panthers super-fan had the honor of hitting Carolina's "Keep Pounding" drum as the team took the field for Super Bowl 50.

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Kevin Durant takes his shot

The former NBA MVP stayed in the Bay Area an extra day after the Thunder's loss to the Warriors to attend Super Bowl 50.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says the soreness in his knee isn't going to heal "in a week ... or 2 weeks" & that it's impacted the mechanics of his shot. He's consulted with trainers, doctors and players on the issue and has been assured that it's a part of the recovery from surgery.

Bradley fuels Celtics past Kings

Avery Bradley scored 25 points, and the Celtics scored an NBA-best 46 points in the first quarter en route to the 128-119 win over the Kings.

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Paul: We had to stay aggressive

Chris Paul got off to a slow start against the Heat, but kept shooting, telling Heather Cox, "Sooner or later it had to go in."

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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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Nuggets deal Knicks fifth straight loss

Danilo Gallinari scores 19 points and rookie Emmanuel Mudiay adds 15 as the Nuggets beat the Knicks 101-96.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo says the soreness in his knee is an expected part of recovery from surgery. He'll use All Star week as an opportunity to recover.

Clippers knock off cold-shooting Heat

Chris Paul and the Clippers got off to a slow start but warmed up as the game went along, with Paul scoring a game-high 22 plus 7 assists in a 100-93 win over the Heat. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each had 17 but combined to shoot 12-for-37 from the floor. Box score

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Clippers pull away for 100-93 win over the Heat to get their 18th victory in their last 22 games, much of that stretch without Blake Griffin. Miami goes without a blocked shot for first time this season.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas on blocking DeMarcus Cousins at the rim: "I did it a couple of times in practice. You can put that on paper. Nah, we were joking around and, when I blocked it, it was good. We always joke around in the game and I was able to talk a little trash to him." Cousins joked with Thomas outside the locker room post game that it was a goaltend.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Remember when Chris Paul and Chris Bosh were struggling earlier this game? Yeah, neither do they.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Something to potentially keep an eye on: Lance Stephenson is beginning to really annoy Chris Bosh. May end up waking a sleeping Bear, considering Bosh opened 1-of-12 from the field.

Curry to bang Panthers' drum

NBA MVP and Charlotte native Stephen Curry will bang the Panthers' ceremonial "Keep Pounding'' drum before Super Bowl 50.

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Lowest shooting quarter of the season for Miami, which went 4-for-20 in that third quarter. Clippers take 75-65 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Wade goes spin cycle for a layup

Dwyane Wade makes a couple of spins around the Clippers defense for two points and the foul.

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

So basically, last season's Kyle Korver is this season's JJ Redick.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Doc Rivers just looked over and tells us "Y'all going to miss the Super Bowl if they keep (intentionally) fouling."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Fisher says he'll take responsibility for why the Knicks struggled in the early portion of today's game.