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NC State's Smith posterizes defender with tomahawk slam (0:20)

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The 76ers have lost five of six games without Joel Embiid this season, with four of the losses by double digits. Philadelphia is 3-10 in games Embiid has played.

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Bergeron flicks it home to put Bruins up two (0:19)
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How does the Red Sox front office work?

With the winter meetings around the corner, you need a different kind of scorecard for who's calling the shots and stocking their rosters. Jim Bowden explains the chain of command and style for the Red Sox's baseball operations leadership teams. Breaking down all 30 MLB front offices (Insider)

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Al Horford is walking through that door

Al Horford's 26 points and six blocks in the Celtics' win over the Kings was the first 25 point, six block game since Kevin McHale dropped 33 points and rejected six shots in 1990, per the Elias Sports Bureau. McHale (four times) and Robert Parish (eight) are the only other Celtics to do that.

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Gronk rehabbing like only Gronk can (0:18)
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Patriots are a different team sans Gronk

The dynamic of New England's offense changes when Rob Gronkowski isn't on the field. The tight end underwent back surgery on Friday and will likely miss the rest of the season.

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Thomas, Horford push Celtics past Kings (0:54)

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The NBA's unofficial blocks leader? Not Anthony Davis. Not Rudy Gobert. Not Hassan Whiteside. It's Boston's Al Horford at 2.9 blocks per game (he doesn't qualify for official league leaders due to lack of games played).

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Boston's Al Horford on his late-game block on DeMarcus Cousins: "I just stayed solid."

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Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points against the Kings. He has 18 20-point games this season, tying James Harden and Russell Westbrook for most in the NBA.

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Celtics center Al Horford had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocked shots in a win over the Kings. The 6 blocks is one shy of his career high, his most since he had 7 against the Kings in 2011.

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Celtics 97, Kings 92: Al Horford didn't just score a season-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting, he added eight rebounds and six blocks while spending most of the night in combat with Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins (whose shot he blocked with chance to tie in final minute).