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Wright: Jonathon Simmons' impossible NBA dream coming true

Jonathon Simmons gave himself one last shot at an NBA career -- a D-League tryout with a $150 registration fee. Three seasons later, the "fearless" newcomer looks like quite a find for the Spurs.

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All-Time #NBArank: Bird's the word at No. 6

Arguably the best clutch shooter in history, Larry Bird hits our list as the sixth-best player of all time. See who joins Larry Legend in the All-Time #NBArank top 10 countdown.

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Veteran announcer Albert gets TNT extension

Veteran play-by-play broadcaster Marv Albert has agreed to a multiyear contract extension to continue call regular-season and playoff NBA games for TNT.

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NBA trade talk: Predicting biggest trades in East

Could the Bucks move Jabari Parker? What about the Nets and Brook Lopez? Our experts break down the most interesting storylines in the Eastern Conference heading into the NBA trade deadline.

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Porzingis with majestic throwdown

Kristaps Porzingis had Jared Dudley looking the completely wrong way, and then jammed it over Marcin Gortat.


Wizards survive Knicks last-second shot

Down by 3 in the final seconds, Langston Galloway got a wide-open look from the wing, but his shot came up just short and the Wizards escaped with a 111-108 win in Kurt Rambis' debut as Knicks head coach. Box score

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Langston Galloway: unshakeable. After committing what could have been a game-ending turnover, Galloway hits a 3-pointer with 8.5 seconds to play to pull NY within one. Give the Knicks this much: they didn't quit late in games under Derek Fisher and they haven't quit tonight in Game No. 1 under Kurt Rambis.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs lead 110-90 and the Heat fans are headed for the exits.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs 87, Jazz 78 after three quarters. Chandler Parsons has 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Gordon Hayward: seven points on 2-of-12 shooting.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Green misses the second free throw, then strips Heat player grabbing the rebound, steps back and nails the 3. Four quick points.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Flagrant foul penalty 2 for Hassan Whiteside. He's been ejected for swinging elbow on Boban Marjanovic. Leads to unprecedented 7-point possession for Spurs.

Hassan Whiteside ejected

The Heat center was called for a flagrant foul 2 for elbowing Spurs big man Boban Marjanovic with 9:35 left in the fourth quarter. Whiteside finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds, as the Heat trail by 11.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A strong late comeback for the Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis blocks John Wall on one end and Arron Afflalo converts a layup while being fouled on the other. New York has a chance to cut the lead to two with 44 seconds to play.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Worth noting: Entering Tuesday's game, the Knicks had a 0.7% chance of making the postseason, according to the ESPN playoff odds tracker.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Trend continues for the Heat, who are shooting 57.7 percent through three quarters but trail the Spurs 85-75. The big difference? Spurs covert 13 Heat turnovers into 20 points.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks have fallen behind by four with 5:46 to play and Kristaps Porzingis, who had 14 points in the 3rd quarter, is set to check in. It will be interesting to see how often Porzingis is involved down the stretch. There were games under Derek Fisher when he didn't get many touches late in the fourth quarter.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge's 20-point performance thus far marks the 10th consecutive game he's put up 20 against the Miami Heat. According to Elias Sports Bureau, just two other active players have had double-digit streaks of games where they scored at least 20 against the Heat. Dirk Nowitzki has done it 14 times straight from 2005 to 2012, and Kevin Durant has 11 consecutive games of at least 20 against the Heat from 2009 to 2014.

Knicks erase 13-point halftime deficit

New York trailed by 13 at the break but is now tied with Washington heading to the fourth quarter. If the Knicks win, it'd be their largest halftime deficit overcome since April 16, 2014. Follow live


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucks 93, Celtics 74 (end 3rd) Celtics were due for a dud, but not sure they could stop Greg Monroe (27 points) if they were clicking. Bucks doubled up Boston in third quarter (40-20) and lead by 19 heading to final frame.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs 58, Jazz 51 at the half. Utah is 1-16 when allowing at least 100 points this season. Chandler Parsons leads all scorers with 14 points.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Quite a sequence for Kristaps Porzingis: He converts a tomahawk dunk over Martin Gortat, a bank shot in the post and a left-handed runner early in the third quarter to cut Washington's lead to five.

Aldridge's good start good for Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points in the first half, tied for his second-best first half of the season. The Spurs entered the night 18-1 when Aldridge scores more than 10 in the first half. Follow live


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The San Antonio Spurs shot 25.9 percent in the opening quarter, yet head into halftime up 54-47 over the Miami Heat. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the way with 16 points and three rebounds. Danny Green has 11 points and five boards, while Kawhi Leonard has chipped in eight points.

Rough start to Rambis era in New York

The Knicks allowed 63 points in the first half against the Wizards, tied for the most they've allowed before halftime this season. Follow live


Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

When the Heat post one of their best shooting halves of the season and still trail 54-47 at the break, there's only one explanation necessary: they're playing the San Antonio Spurs.

Tyronn Lue tells story of swatting Kobe

"Long story short is, it was a game point and [Bryant] drove baseline and I was at the elbow. ... And I went down the lane and I pinned his dunk against the glass. ... We came down, Devean George made a layup for game and Brian Shaw went, 'Ahhh, he blocked you!' He went crazy. Kobe wanted to fight me at first and then, second, he wanted to play one-on-one after practice." 'Unbelievable' competitor