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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

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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

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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

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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

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs 29, Jazz 21 after a quarter. Dallas is 6-of-12 from 3-point range and 0-of-2 inside the arc. Chandler Parsons has a game-high nine points. Deron Williams has eight points against his former team.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 54, Bucks 53 (half): Jonas Jerebko picked up a slumping Boston bench with nine second-quarter points (making just about everything but a heat-check hook shot). Celtics didn't have an answer for off-the-bench Greg Monroe, who has 15 points and helped Bucks dig out of early hole.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are shooting 1-for-10 from beyond the arc and Washington is shooting 10-for-12 thus far. Not a great start for interim coach Kurt Rambis. NY down 11 with one minute to play in the first half.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart took an elbow to the nose from teammate Evan Turner while chasing a rebound. He needed a minute to collect himself, but the team says Smart is available to return.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr says Bogut could get more minutes with Ezeli out (knee surgery)

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin McHale said he was stunned to find out he was fired after 11 games. "Yes. Yeah I was," McHale said on TNT Tuesday night. "I kind of went in and I had said we had a rough camp, a lot of guys injured. Dwight couldn't do back-to-back practices and was not going to be able to do back-to-back games until December."

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat's defense hold Spurs to 7-of-27 shooting in the first quarter, and carry a 24-20 lead into the second. Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic combined for 10 points and 5 assists.

Another classic Pop interview moment

Always his eloquent self, Gregg Popovich when asked for his impressions of the first quarter: "We're behind and they're ahead." When asked how that happened, he added: "They scored more than we did."

Heat lead Spurs by 4 after 1

Dwyane Wade was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field in the first quarter, helping Miami take a 24-20 lead over visiting San Antonio. The Spurs shot a dismal 25.9%, including missing all 3 of their 3-point attempts. Follow live

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said on MSG Network that there is a 'very slim' chance that the Knicks make a trade before the Feb. 18 deadline , but they're trying.