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Dwight welcomes Porzingis officially

And an official introduction for a rookie from Dwight Howard is a dunk over, on, through, everywhere. Poor Kristaps.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks lost a winnable game against the Rockets in overtime tonight and have now dropped four in a row. They were up 14 but couldn't hold the lead late, losing 116-111 in overtime. Arron Afflalo finished with a game-high 31 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 20 but took just one shot in the final five minutes.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets upended the Knicks in overtime, 116-111. James Harden led the way with 26 but he had plenty of help. Marcus Thornton added 18 off the bench and the Rockets had 16 steals. Dwight Howard had a highlight reel two-handed dunk over rookie Kristaps Porzingis in overtime.

Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Kobe has 11 FGA, one fewer than the other four Lakers starters combined. Problem is, none of the Lakers are hitting. LAL is shooting 18.9%.

Final: Rockets 114, Knicks 111 (OT)

Houston put up 32 points in the fourth quarter as a clutch Marcus Thornton 3-pointer pushed for overtime where the Rockets escaped with the victory. Box score


Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Kobe pump fakes three times on the left baseline against George Hill, then fires contested jumper. Off again. Now 1-11 in 13 minutes.

Pacers lead 28-12 after one quarter

Kobe Bryant's first game on Nov. 29 was in 1996, his rookie season. Bryant had 1 point, 1 rebound and 1 block in 7 minutes. He has 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist after one quarter tonight. Follow live


Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

The Rockets have risen. Thornton with a corner 3. It's 108-103, Houston. Rockets bench chest bumping and slapping hands.

Jeanie Buss saddened by Kobe's decision

Lakers president Jeanie Buss on Kobe Bryant's decision to retire at the end of the season: "It was really important to us that Kobe make the decision himself. This was his story to tell. This was his decision to make. ... I'm still very sad."


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

After facing Kobe Bryant for the first time earlier this season, Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson shared a private moment with the Lakers future Hall of Famer. Both players grew up near Philadelphia -- Bryant in Lower Merion, Pa. and RHJ in nearby Chester. "It was great just to be in his presence -- to hear from him, and for him to tell me that hes watching, hes noticing, and telling me to keep working hard -- it means the world to me," RHJ said. "It gives you a sense of hope, like you can be something special, and thats all Im trying to be is something special."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerian Grant hit an open three-pointer to give the Knicks a 13-point lead with 8 minutes to play against Houston. It may seem like a non-descript play on the surface. But Grant had made just one of his last 16 3-point attempts. Pretty big shot for the rookie.

Suns fend off pesky Raptors

The Suns broke a four-game losing streak after defeating the Raptors 107-102.


Blake Griffin gets unexpected cameo

Blake Griffin's son, Ford, decided that he also deserved a moment at the podium after the Clippers' win.


Players, Celebs react to Kobe's retirement

Pau Gasol, Scottie Pippen, Justin Timberlake and many more shared their thoughts on Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement. Big love for Mamba on Twitter


Grizzlies push 76ers to 0-18

Memphis outscored Philadelphia by 11 points in the final frame to win 92-84.


Nets rally to beat Pistons

Brooklyn outscored Detroit by 12 in the fourth quarter to win 87-83.