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Dwight impressed by Harden's block
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Dwight Howard is usually the one with the rejections for the Rockets, but James Harden got up for this block on Washington's Bradley Beal during Sunday's Houston win. Howard's reaction? "I was surprised he got up there. That's what MVPs do."

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Brook Lopez bullying Lakers
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Los Angeles is shorthanded and playing small ball, so Lopez is having a field day down low for the Nets. He has 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting, and Brooklyn leads by double digits after the first quarter. Follow live

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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Because I'm bored: The entire #Lakers eligible roster today (eight players) makes $14.68 million. Brook Lopez: $15.72 million.

Pelicans continue chase for eighth
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New Orleans remains an outside shot to overtake OKC for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, but the Pelicans look to keep hope alive against the visiting Wolves. Follow live

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Brooklyn continues playoff push
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Sitting a half-game behind the Celtics for the final playoff spot in the East, the Nets welcome the Lakers to the Barclays Center. Brooklyn has dropped seven straight at home in the series. Follow live

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Pablo Prigioni was a solid 10 point and six rebound effort off the bench in 29 minutes. Nick Johnson did his thing in 16 defensive minutes.

Final: Rockets 99, Wizards 91
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The Wizards' fourth-quarter rally attempt fell short in D.C., where the Rockets won their fourth straight to move into a second-place tie with Memphis in the West. James Harden led six Rockets in double figures with 24 points, while John Wall (25 pts, 12 ast) fell two boards shy of a triple-double. Box score

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Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Give McHale credit. Sticks with Johnson and Prigioni & rewarded. Pablo hits a three & on a dribble drive, kicks it to Brewer for another 3.

Wizards making it a game in D.C.
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The Wizards, who trailed by 15 at one point, are on a 5-0 run to start the fourth quarter and pulled within four with 10:12 left. The Rockets have three turnovers in the first two minutes. Watch on ABC/WatchESPN

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Wizards trailing in transition
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The Wizards have four more transition plays than the Rockets but have been outscored 18 to 16 in transition. The Rockets are 7-for-8 in transition compared with 3-for-11 for the Wizards.

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Wall, Pierce shutting down Harden
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James Harden is 0-for-7 when defended by John Wall or Paul Pierce. Harden has a team-high 20 points on 6-for-18 shooting, including 1-for-5 from behind the arc.

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