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Cutting down the lead
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The Nets' massive 23-point deficit is now a more manageable 13 points as the Hornets lead Brooklyn 46-33 with 5:11 left in the first half. Follow live

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Kevin Love is 4-for-4 from 3 in the 2nd Q. Cavs have opened up a 53-39 lead in Toronto.

Royce Young @royceyoung

In case for some reason you thought he wouldn't, Russell Westbrook is still throwing his body all over the floor.

The Masked Man strikes
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Russell Westbrook scored nine points in an 11-2 run, pulling the Thunder even with the Sixers in the first quarter. Follow live

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Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR

Wolves on an 8-0 run, lead 19-12 with 5:04 left in the 1st. Rubio with three assists so far, he's averaging 10 in his last six games.

Rock fight in Boston
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Neither the Jazz nor Celtics can find the bottom of the net as both teams are shooting below 38% from the field. Utah leads Boston 26-24 with 5 minutes remaining in the first half. Follow live

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Royce Young @royceyoung

Westbrook scores his first basket, an and-1, and immediately grabbed at his face. Appeared to take a little inadvertent hit.

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Sixers start on an 8-0 run. Only reasonable explanation is this is Westbrook's mask's fault.

Suns playoff hopes setting?
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Phoenix came into tonight 2 1/2 games back of OKC for 8th in the West, and they're not doing much to help their cause, trailing the Magic by nine at halftime. Follow live

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Asleep in Brooklyn
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Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams combined for 20 points in the first quarter, missing only 1 shot between them as the Hornets are crushing the Nets 35-15. Follow live

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Cavaliers leading after 1
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Cleveland can move into a tie with Toronto in the standings with a win tonight, and despite 12 points from DeMar DeRozan, the Cavs have a 3-point edge. Follow live

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Positioning for ping-pong balls
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The Timberwolves can keep pace with the Sixers and Knicks for most draft ping-pong balls while the Nuggets look to get their house in order after the firing of Brian Shaw. Follow live

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Smooth Jazz in Beantown
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After one quarter, the Jazz lead the Celtics 19-18. Jae Crowder leads all scorers with 8 points off the bench while Rudy Gobert has notched 4 points and 6 rebounds. Follow live

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Suns not enjoying the Magic show
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Brandon Knight and Markieff Morris have 20 combined points as the Suns trail the Magic 46-33 in the second. 8 players have scored already for Orlando. Follow live

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Lakers at Heat, 8 p.m. ET

While the Heat and Goran Dragic fight to make the playoffs in the East, the Lakers have their hearts set on getting as close to the bottom of the barrel as possible to keep their top-5 protected pick in the 2015 draft. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Jazz getting defensive in Boston
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Utah has the best defense in the league since February 1, and the Jazz are showing it against the Celtics. Boston is 3-for-12 from the field halfway through the first. Follow live

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Raptors keeping Cavs in check
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Halfway through the first quarter, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have combined for just two points, but the Cavaliers still have a one-point lead in Toronto. Follow live

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