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Washington's offense no illusion
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The depleted Heat seem to stand no chance of slowing down Washington, as the Wizards are shooting 58.3% from the floor so far and lead 51-28 with 6:58 left in the first half. Marcin Gortat is channeling his former mohawked self with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Follow live

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Raptors claw back, trail by 1
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After trailing by 10 points early, the Raptors cut away Charlotte's lead behind a strong effort from Jonas Valanciunas, who has 7 points and 4 rebounds. The Hornets lead 25-24 after one. Follow live

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Hayward Jazzing it up against Sixers

Gordon Hayward is so hot right now -- 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting, including 2-for-2 from deep. But Ish Smith took control late in the first quarter to lead the 76ers to a 24-21 lead over the Jazz headed to the second. Follow live

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Wizards turning Heat into mirage
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No Chris Bosh, no Dwyane Wade and no Luol Deng spells no offense for the Heat, and the Wizards are firing away on 3s (4-for-11) to take a commanding 40-18 lead after the first quarter. Follow live

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Bulls battle back, Indy still up
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Pau Gasol (8 points) and the Bulls made a comeback after a slow start, but the Pacers lead 23-20 after the first. Solomon Hill has a game-high nine points.

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Vince Carter activated
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Vince Carter has sat for the past 14 games due to a left foot injury but has been moved to the active roster for the Grizzlies' game against the Lakers tonight.

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Cavs at Hawks, 7:30 ET
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The last time these two teams met, LeBron James was sitting out on his 30th birthday. Atlanta has run away with the East, but Cleveland is in a 3-way battle for the 2 seed. Follow live

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Toronto Raptors @Raptors

Kyle Lowry starting to get it going in his return w/ back-to-back buckets late in 1st. He has 6 pts, 2 ast, Raptors trail Hornets 23-17 #RTZ

No answer for Oladipo
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Victor Oladipo is a one-man wrecking crew as he's outscored the Kings 13-11, going a 6-of-7 from the field to go along with 2 steals. The Magic are leading 17-11 midway through the first. Follow live

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Raptors struggle to find basket
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Toronto has missed 10-of-13 shots as the Hornets have raced out to an 18-8 lead midway through the first quarter, propelled by a pair of Mo Williams 3-pointers. Follow live

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Wings filling it up in Philly
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Both Luc Mbah a Moute (8 points) and Gordon Hayward (5 points) are perfect from the floor so far in a battle of East and West lottery teams. The Jazz lead by 2 halfway through the first. Follow live

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Hill, Pacers jump on Bulls
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Solomon Hill has seven points and Indiana has hit 5 of its first 6 shots to jump out to a 13-4 lead a little over four minutes into the game. Follow live

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Wizards catch fire first
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Quick 3-pointers from Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce forced Erik Spoelstra to call a timeout as the Wizards lead the Heat 10-4 early in the first quarter. Follow live

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Thomas disappointed with bench role
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Boston's Avery Bradley is dealing with a strained elbow, but Celtics coach Brad Stevens elected to start Jae Crowder instead of Isaiah Thomas in Bradley's place tonight against New Orleans. Thomas wasn't shy about his desire to start: "Hopefully one day that time will come."

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Short-handed Bulls hit the road
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Coming off a thrilling win Thursday, Nikola Mirotic and the injury-riddled Bulls visit the Pacers, who are a half-game out of the final playoff spot in the East. Mirotic is averaging 26 points in his last 3 games. Follow live

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Raptors seek to right ship in Charlotte
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All-star Kyle Lowry returns against the Hornets after a scheduled three-game break to deal with fatigue and lingering ailments. Toronto was 36-17 heading into the All-Star break but just 2-6 since. Follow live

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Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

Chris Andersen (general soreness) & Mario Chalmers (sore knee) are both active and expected to play in tonight's #HEATgame vs the Wizards.