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Patrick Beverley hangs tough, stops Russell Westbrook

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Cousins nearly hits miracle game-tying shot
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After Carmelo Anthony misses two free throws that would have iced the game, DeMarcus Cousins nearly sinks a three-quarter court tying shot against the Knicks. New York defeated Sacramento 103-100.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks 103, Kings 100: Knicks survive a near disastrous ending to begin their 5-game road trip with a win. DeMarcus Cousins' prayer shot from about 55 feet away hit front rim and NYK walked off the floor with a win. as Carmelo Anthony delivered on his wish to put the Knicks blowout loss to the Cavs in the rear-view mirror. Anthony had 33 points to help lift New York (13-10) to a win two nights after a 32-point loss to the Cavs c

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Bledsoe makes the extra pass to set up Len's dunk
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Phoenix's Eric Bledsoe feeds Alex Len down low and the big man finishes with the flush in the fourth quarter.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden said the Rockets earned a gutsy win over the Thunder.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Patrick Beverley brings a winning spirit to his team.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Strong minutes from a Knicks reserve unit that included Kyle O'Quinn, Justin Holiday and Lance Thomas. They help the Knicks build a 5-point lead with 7:30 to play in Sacramento.

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Westbrook blows off talk of seven straight triple-doubles
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Russell Westbrook has nothing to say when asked about becoming the first player since Michael Jordan to record seven straight triple-doubles.

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Chriss flies in for the monster slam
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Phoenix's Marquese Chriss jets through the lane to take the feed from Devin Booker and sends in the one-handed slam in the third quarter against the Lakers.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony surpasses the 23,000-point mark in the first half against the Kings. He's the 5th active player to reach the mark, joining Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, LeBron James and Vince Carter. Anthony is 29th on the overall scoring list, less than 150 points behind Elgin Baylor.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony has 23 first-half points on 8-for-13 shooting. He said he didn't want the Knicks to let the Cleveland loss linger and he's done all he can to make that happen in the first half tonight. Knicks are up 54-53 at the half against Sacramento.

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Melo drops 15 first-quarter points
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Carmelo Anthony is on fire in the first quarter, going 6-of-8 from the field for 15 points in the opening period against the Kings.

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Randle goes coast-to-coast for the and-1
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Julius Randle grabs the rebound, then looks like a point guard as he goes coast-to-coast, hits the layup and draws the foul in the first quarter against the Suns.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony is red hot early on, with 15 points in the first quarter. Kristaps Porzingis has hit just one of his first seven shots, so the Knicks may need a big night from Anthony to walk off the floor with a win.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Patrick Beverley said it was like playing in the playgrounds of Chicago on the last few possessions when covering Russell Westbrook.

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Beverley's defense results in crucial Westbrook air ball
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With a chance to take the lead, Patrick Beverley's suffocating defense on Russell Westbrook results in an air ball. The Rockets defeated the Thunder 102-99.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Russell Westbrook struggled to shoot when he was guarded by Patrick Beverley Friday. Westbrook shot 16.7% when guarded by Beverley, who contested 10 of Westbrook's 12 attempts as his primary defender.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Russell Westbrook was able to record his 7th consecutive triple-double on Friday against the Rockets, making him the 4th player in NBA history with at least 7 such consecutive games (Elias). Even with that, the Thunder were unable to come away with a victory. Westbrook missed a potential go-ahead 3-point attempt with six seconds remaining. He is now 4-27 on potential go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds of the 4th quarter/OT in his career. He's missed 10 of his last 11 such attempts.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Patrick Beverley who grabbed the last rebound of the night chest bumped Mike D'Antoni near midcourt at the buzzer.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak continues, but the Thunder's does not as the Rockets win 102-99. Westbrook finished with 27-10-10, but missed two go-ahead layups and airballed a 3 in the final 90 seconds.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets survive with a 102-99 victory over the Thunder. Trevor Ariza hit two foul shots with 5.8 seconds left to seal it.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose told reporters in Sacramento, including The Undefeated's Marc Spears, that he expects to return on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks certainly missed Rose on Wednesday, when they were blown out by the Cavs.

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Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Knicks guard Derrick Rose (back) says he expects to play Sunday against the Lakers.

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LeBron passes Hayes for ninth place on all-time scoring list
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LeBron James scores on a driving layup to pass Elvin Hayes for ninth place on the all-time scoring list with 27,315 points.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose will miss tonight's game against the Sacramento due to discomfort related to lingering spasms in his back. This is the second straight game Rose has missed due to the ailment, but he is not expected to miss extended time.

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Westbrook's rebound clinches seventh straight triple-double
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Russell Westbrook pulls down his 10th rebound against the Rockets to become the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to record seven straight triple-doubles.

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