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Irving tosses it up, LeBron throws it down

Tune in as LeBron and the Cavaliers face the Knicks, live on ESPN and streaming on the ESPN App/WatchESPN. Derrick Rose (back) is out for the Knicks.

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Source: Teams waiting on Chapman decision

The Yankees, Marlins and Dodgers remain in pursuit of coveted free-agent closers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, sources said, with Chapman's contract expected to set the market for Jansen.

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Indiana State stuns Butler to set off court storming (0:57)
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Orioles GM says fans don't like Bautista (2:14)
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Biggest NFL injury questions for Week 14

NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league, including updates on Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett.

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Stephen A. reveals the origin of his disdain for the Cowboys (2:25)
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Unbeaten Charlo, Williams finally to meet

Now that the fight between junior middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo and No. 1 contender Julian Williams is here, the question is, can they make it count? Both are ready, or so they say.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

JImmy Goldstein watching Kevin Durant pregame.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Eric Gordon has made a career-high eight three-pointers as the Rockets lead the Lakers 106-77 after three quarters. Gordon has a game-high 26 points.

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Irving tosses it up, LeBron throws it down
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Kyrie Irving lofts the ball to LeBron James, who elevates and completes the alley-oop. The Cavaliers have a commanding lead on the Knicks in the third quarter on ESPN.

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Barnes finds Rudy Gay for slam
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Matt Barnes recovers the rebound and finds Rudy Gay all the way at the other end for a dunk plus the foul. The Kings lead the Mavericks 56-52 at halftime.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Embarrassing moment for the Knicks: Kyrie Irving was all alone on the 3-point line, standing there for a good five seconds with the ball in his hand and no defender within 10 feet. He calmly lined up a 3-pointer and knocked it down. The Knicks had defended the 3-point line relatively well of late, but they've allowed open shot after open shot tonight. The Cavs have hit 14 of 27 from beyond the arc.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks look incredibly sluggish right now. All five players sauntered to the bench with their heads down after that last stoppage in play. You usually see players high five when they come back to the bench. There were no hi-fives exchanged among Knicks during this timeout. NY is down 23.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah will be missing its starting backcourt -- George Hill (toe) and Rodney Hood (hamstring) -- in Thursday's game against the Warriors.

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LeBron drives by Knicks defense twice
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LeBron James breaks down New York's defense for a dunk on one possession, and then executes a spin move and finishes with a layup during the next sequence.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Steph Curry practicing from long range while Kevin Durant watches.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 117, Magic 87: Playing without All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas (groin strain), the Celtics responded with maybe their finest 48-minute effort of the season and a dominant second-half propelled them to a lopsided win over a previously red-hot Magic team. Marcus Smart, starting in place of Thomas, had 13 points, while Terry Rozier added a career-high 16 points off the bench. Avery Bradley put up a team-high 23 points.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A Cavs visit to MSG usually generates some buzz but the crowd tonight been very quiet. The Knicks being 15 points down certainly factors in. But you'd expect a little more volume in the building no matter what the score is. CeeLo Green, performing at halftime, can't even get the crowd on its feet.

Indiana State Upsets Butler
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Brenton Scott hit a free throw to put Indiana State ahead, giving the Sycamores a 72-71 upset win over No. 16 Butler and setting off a court-storming in Terre Haute.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Lou Williams made a 66-foot shot at the halfcourt buzzer for the Lakers. But the Rockets lead 67-55. Eric Gordon with 17, James Harden has 16. Houston shooting 50 percent from the floor. Williams? He's got 17.

LeBron blocks Carmelo, gets assist
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Carmelo Anthony drives and gets blocked by LeBron James. James then gets an assist at the other end of the floor by setting up Iman Shumpert's 3-pointer. The Cavs lead the Knicks 63-48 at halftime on ESPN.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Another upset in Indiana as Indiana State KO's No. 16 Butler. Brenton Scott finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, and he also made the late, game-winning free throw that sealed the 72-71 win. In late November, his twin brother, Bryson Scott, led Fort Wayne with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in his team's upset of Indiana. Not a bad stretch for the Scott family.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony has taken just four shots thus far. He played 37 minutes last night against Miami and seems a step slow. If Anthony doesn't have it tonight, you wonder where the scoring comes from. They'll have to lean heavily on Kristaps Porzingis (12 points, 5-for-11 shooting) and Brandon Jennings (10 points, 4-for-7 shooting.

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J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said backup point guard Ray Felton will miss tonight's game against the Warriors because of a "family thing."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin Durant enters to the Staples Center before the Golden State Warriors play the LA Clippers.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Doc Rivers on the Warriors being a 'super team': "They've only won one title, by the way."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 pick in June's draft, struggled for much of November but he's starting to look more comfortable on the floor. Brown had a couple of loud first-half dunks against the Magic and, through three quarters, he's up to 13 points. Celtics 85, Magic 73 (end 3rd)

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose's injury means that Sasha Vujacic is getting minutes as the Knicks' third point guard. Vujacic has a tough assignment in defending Iman Shumpert. Hornacek said that he'll need strong production from his bench tonight. So far, the Knicks' bench has a combined 5 points

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Shumpert Botches Layup Attempt
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The Cavs forced a steal and set up Iman Shumpert for an easy layup, but he blew it. The Knicks responded with a 3-pointer on the other end, but still trail by double digits.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets scored a season-high in first quarter points as they lead the Lakers, 43-27. Eric Gordon with 12 points off the bench. Nene with seven and James Harden has 10. Lakers committed 10 first quarter turnovers, four from Lou Williams and three from Julius Randle.

Heyward scores from far, far away
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Georgia Tech's Corey Heyward drills a buzzer-beater from three-quarters court against VCU as the first half ends. The Yellow Jackets lead 36-28 at the break.

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Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

Notre Dame guard Marina Mabrey had 23 points last year at UConn but has been held scoreless tonight, going 0-4 from field.

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