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Harden's great pass leads to a big dunk for Harrell

The Rockets, losers of three of their past four games, look to get back on the winning track against the upstart Bucks.

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Sources: 76ers' Simmons could debut after break

Barring a recovery setback, No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons could be on course to make his much-anticipated NBA debut for the Philadelphia 76ers near March, sources told ESPN.

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NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries among teams playing in this weekend's conference championship games, including Packers WR Jordy Nelson and Falcons WR Julio Jones.

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Indiana stuns Penn State with winner at the buzzer (0:34)
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Giannis Antetokounmpo is the first Bucks player with 30 points & 10 rebounds through 3 quarters since Charlie Villanueva in 2007-08 (done twice). Antetokounmpo and Villanueva are the only Bucks to do this in the last 20 seasons.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

After his warmup, Kevin Durant went over to the Thunder bench to talk and hug a few Thunder staffers, including coach Mark Bryant.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks show they have some life in them in what has to be one of their biggest wins of the season. They came in having lost 11-of-13 but stun the Celtics (26-15) in Boston, 117-106, without Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah. Carmelo Anthony had a subpar game by his standards with just 13 points. But six Knicks score in double figures, led by a season high-tying 30 points and 10 rebounds from Derrick Rose. Bench was terrific led by Willy Hernangomez's 17 points and 11 rebounds and Courtney Lee's 9 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.

Harden's transition pass leads to a big dunk for Harrell
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James Harden is up to his usual tricks with a nice pass to Montrezl Harrell, who takes advantage by finishing with a nice dunk.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

After Giannis Antetokounmpo went off in the third quarter, Rockets go on 10-2 run to forge ahead. Rockets lead 79-65. Harden with 26. Antetokounmpo with 30.

Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

The Victoria Market in Melbourne, which sits about 15 minutes by cab from the Australian Open tennis grounds, is world famous. But there aren't many other places in the world where can you find kangaroo salami.

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Greek Freak spins his way in for a big jam
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Giannis Antetokounmpo spins once before making a pass and after getting the ball back, he spins past a defender again to work his way in for a one-handed dunk.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Just when you thought you understood the Big 12, Oklahoma goes into Morgantown and beats West Virginia. Once the game entered overtime, the Mountaineers tried to put Lon Kruger's squad away. But Jordan Woodard was never rattled. Huge bucket late. Huge win for Oklahoma. Critical game in Big 12 race.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Down goes West Virginia, in Morgantown: Oklahoma pulls off the upset in overtime, 89-87. Jordan Woodard hit the game-winner for the Sooners on a runner in the lane with 2.2 seconds left. Last visiting team to win at WVU? Buddy Hield and OU, last February.

Indiana stuns Penn State with 3 at buzzer
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After blowing an eight-point lead in just over a minute, James Blackmon Jr. saves Indiana by hitting the buzzer-beater to give the Hoosiers the 78-75 win over Penn State.

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John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

James Blackmon just hit a buzzer-beater to save Indiana from a full-blown meltdown at Penn State. The Hoosiers won 78-75, but the Nittany Lions rallied to tie with 4.6 seconds remaining after trailing by 13 with a little more than five minutes left. A loss would have dropped IU to 2-4 in Big Ten play. Could be a very important shot.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Warriors have announced that Klay Thompson is available to play against the Thunder tonight

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans survive another Anthony Davis scare and take a 65-52 lead on the Magic at half. Davis, who suffered a left hand sprain, returned in the second quarter and now has 11 points and 10 rebounds in 17 minutes.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets used a 18-0 run in the second quarter to storm past the Bucks in the first half. Rockets lead 52-39. James Harden has 16 points and Eric Gordon has added 13. The 39 points are the fewest first half points allowed by the Rockets this season.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas typically saves his offensive outbursts for the fourth quarter. But he's already up to 31 points midway through the third quarter while trying to will Boston back against the Knicks. This is Thomas' 13th game of 30+ this season.

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The Pistons led by 24 at the end of the first quarter; it's tied for their largest lead at the end of the first quarter in any game in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55). They led by 24 in a game on January 4, 1985... also against the Hawks.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Steve Kerr on state of Warriors: "Last year at this point we were a finished product...This year there's more room for growth."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis has been upgraded to probable after suffering a left hand sprain. X-rays came back negative, according to the Pelicans. Davis is back on New Orleans' bench with a black wrap around the ring and pinkie fingers of his left hand.

Gordon zips through the lane for the dunk
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The dunk contest is a month away. Aaron Gordon is getting warmed up against the Pelicans.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis has returned to the Pelicans bench.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis is questionable to return with a left hand injury. He is undergoing x-rays in the Pelicans locker room.

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Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard topped the 1,000-point threshold tonight. Lillard and C.J. McCollum are the second pair of teammates with 1,000 points this season, joining Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets having problems with the Bucks size and with Giannis Antetokounmpo (12 points). Bucks lead Rockets, 27-22, after one quarter. Bucks out rebounding Rockets, 15-10. Rockets have lost three of their last four games and in each of the losses have been out rebounded.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook less controversial with his pregame attire this time around before his bout with Kevin Durant, Warriors.

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Embiid wants to 'Trust the Process'
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In the second quarter, Joel Embiid gestures to the crowd to keep up the "Trust the Process" chants while he's at the free throw line.

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