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Follow live: Clippers playing first game without Paul

The Clippers, who have to make do without an injured Chris Paul for the next six to eight weeks, are hosting the Timberwolves.

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Melo air-balls it from the paint in loss (0:16)
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Mudiay sends Popovich packing after ejection in Spurs' win (0:48)
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11hMel Kiper Jr.

Kiper's 2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Two QBs in top 10

The countdown to the 2017 NFL draft is on, and the Browns are on the clock. Pass-rusher? Quarterback? It's time for Mel Kiper's first crack at predicting the first round.

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Stephen A. hopes Deshaun Watson evades No. 1 pick (2:08)
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9hDarren Rovell

Jeff Bagwell came to my bar mitzvah

Little did Darren Rovell know that the guest of honor at his coming-of-age celebration 26 years ago -- an Astros rookie named Jeff Bagwell -- would one day be headed to Cooperstown.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

The Timberwolves closed a 12-point deficit down to 2 points against the Clippers in the third. How? A combined 19 points from Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins in the quarter.

Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

We have a Boris Becker sighting. The six-time Slam champion split with Novak Djokovic, who suffered a stunning loss yesterday, late last season.

Tennis 

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

One player that had been picking up the slack with so many Clippers starters in and out of the lineup is Austin Rivers. Off the bench the younger Rivers has averaged 8.5 points and 35.9 percent from deep. As a starter? 16.5 points and 42.3 percent from 3. He's up to 15 points midway through the third quarter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says he has "never seen" anything like what happened at end of tonight when Courtney Lee said Washington assistant Sidney Lowe stepped on court and yelled that help was there for Washington defense, impacting his decision whether to shoot.

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Ball, UCLA putting on a show vs. ASU
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Lonzo Ball's perfect touch-pass assist was part of a 54-point half for No. 3 UCLA, which leads Arizona State by 15 points at halftime.

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Gonzaga well on its way to 18-0
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The 4th-ranked Bulldogs, the nation's lone undefeated team, have used a strong defensive effort to gain a 16-point halftime lead. Here, that defense led to a Silas Melson 3-pointer.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Pau Gasol's fractured left fourth metacarpal: "It was pregame. He and Kyle Anderson got hooked up somehow or another in a layup line or just rebound, and broke the finger. We're going to have it looked at tomorrow. But he's going to be out for a while."

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Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has his 5th straight 30-point game; joins George Gervin (done 6 times) & Mike Mitchell (done once) as the only players in Spurs history with 30 points in 5 consecutive games.

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LeBron James: will be starting in his 13th straight All-Star game. That will tie Bob Cousy for the most consecutive All-Star game starts in NBA history. (Via Elias Sports Bureau)

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

The Clippers started Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers in their first game without Chris Paul, out 6-to-8 weeks from thumb surgery. Going small against the Timberwolves wings of Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins has led to mixed results. The Clippers lead late in the first quarter, but the Wolves front court had 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting.

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Nikola Jokic is the 1st Nuggets player to record 3 straight games with 25 points and 10 rebounds since Carmelo Anthony on March 15-18, 2010.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona embarrassing USC in Los Angeles right now. Amazing what Sean Miller has done without Allonzo Trier and other injured players. Might be UCLA's greatest threat in the PAC-12, especially if Dillon Brooks is sidelined beyond tonight.

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Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony followed up his 25-point second quarter by shooting 2-of-12 the rest of the game

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James says his son, 12-year-old LeBron Jr., who was seen in a recent AAU highlight video completing a through-the-legs layup, has been studying his dad's old high school footage for inspiration. Would LeBron Sr. have been able to do that move at 12? "No, I wouldn't even have had the nerve to try it," James told ESPN.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall scores the last four points to dash a furious Knicks' comeback and then Washington doesn't allow a Knicks' shot to get up on final possession to escape with a 113-110 win. It's only the fifth road win of the season for Washington. Knicks have now lost 12-of-their-last-15 games.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Bad news for Oregon. Dillon Brooks in locker room with lower left leg injury. Had surgery on left foot in the offseason.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

So after scoring 100 points through three quarters, Washington has been held to nine in the fourth with 1:37 to go. Knicks have been hustling with Derrick Rose even hitting the floor for a loose ball past half court. Madison Square Garden is ready to explode if Knicks take the lead. Knicks trail 109-108.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville needed 10 minutes to realize Quentin Snider wasn't walking through those doors. But the team exposed the limitations of a Clemson defense that's surrendered 75 or more during its current four-game losing streak. Cardinals getting whatever shots they want.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony cooled off after halftime with just one point in the third after dropping 25 in the second. But Washington didn't stop scoring, reaching 100 by end of third. Defenseless Knicks trail 100-86 entering fourth quarter.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Casey Benson unstoppable right now for Oregon. Made first four 3-point attempts. A beneficiary of Dillon Brooks' return. Easier for the sharpshooter to find open looks. When Benson/Brooks are together, Oregon connects on 49.2 percent of its 3-point attempts and 39 percent when it's just Benson (hooplens.com).

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Steph Curry on being named a starter in the All Star Game, nabbing a spot at the expense of Westbrook, "It's a big storyline because those two guys are doing amazing things this year. There's only two spots you can fill. Unfortunately somebody was going to get left out. I've been on the other side of that four years ago. It's how it goes. The fact I get to represent my team in that game and to start is something that I definitely appreciate."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Steph Curry weighs in on the strong seasons of James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville all over the place early without Quentin Snider. Can't replace a guard with that talent and leadership. But the Cards can make the game easier by attacking the rim, finishing on putbacks and pressuring Blossomgame at all levels.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol fractured his left fourth metacarpal during the warm-up period prior to Thursday's game against the Nuggets. A timeline for Gasol's return hasn't yet been determined.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Fran McCaffery just berated the refs, swore on national TV and nearly missed the handshake line. But questionable calls didn't stop his Iowa team. Maryland did. Melo Trimble did. That early 15-point hole did. Trimble looked all-Big Ten down the stretch.