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Greek Freak spins his way in for a nice finish

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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Thunder and Warriors renew their rivalry (1:00)
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Rodriguez gets emotional when getting into the Hall (0:33)
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Biggest injury questions for NFL playoff teams

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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Belichick draws laughs about his excitement for AFC title game (0:19)
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Robinson fights off gravity for two-handed slam (0:21)
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Stephen A. predicts Melo will be traded by the summer (1:17)
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Rider-Siena scuffle leads to invisible handshakes (0:41)
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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

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

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook has arrived and there's no photographer's vest this time around.

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Tonight is the 2nd meeting between the Thunder & the Warriors this season (Warriors won the first 122-96 on Nov. 3rd). Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 39 points in that game, which was his first against the franchise he spent nine seasons with. Those 39 points by Durant were tied for the most ever scored by a player in his first game against his former team.

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Tom Brady, who already has played in the most Divisional Playoff games all-time, will set the record for the most Championship Game appearances with 11, breaking the record shared by Gene Upshaw and George Blanda. If Brady wins, he'll appear in his 7th Super Bowl, which will break his tie with Mike Lodish for most all-time.

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OG coming through for monster dunk
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Indiana's OG Anunoby goes right through the lane and throws down the hammer dunk that leaves the rim with hurt feelings.

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John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Well, this would be a shocker: Oklahoma leads No. 7 West Virginia 37-34 in Morgantown at the half on ESPN2. Kameron McGusty and Jamuni McNease scored 12 points apiece for the Sooners, who gave the ball away a relatively modest seven times in 35 possessions. OU entered the evening 1-4 in Big 12 play.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Raines said playing in Montreal was both a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing because of the way the fans "got behind me from day one." But it was also "kind of a curse when it comes to outside of Canada. We weren't as exposed to the major leagues as much as other teams . . . so a lot of people didn't get the full pleasure of watching and noticing all the things I was able to do."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens is wearing a tie (13-4 this season) tonight vs. the Knicks. Kelly Olynyk has got the manbun (15-6 this season). When their secret super powers are combined this year, the Celtics are 8-1.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Amari Cooper will sit out the Pro Bowl with an undisclosed injury, a source confirmed, joining LT Donald Penn (knee), QB Derek Carr (ankle) and DE/OLB Khalil Mack (undisclosed injury) as Raiders skipping the NFL's all-star game, which moved from Hawaii to Orlando this year. The Raiders (12-4) had an NFL-high seven Pro Bowlers selected as LG Kelechi Osemele, C Rodney Hudson and FS Reggie Nelson are still on track to play.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Raines said he felt good about his chances until last night. "Last night was probably the worst night I had in the 10 years . . . because I knew I was close, but I wasn't sure." When the phone rang today, "it was the most excited I've ever been in my baseball career."

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Pudge Rodriguez on Yadier Molina: "If he stays healthy, he's going to be the next Puerto Rican catcher in the Hall."

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if he'd like to see Anthony Davis as an All-Star starter in his home city of New Orleans, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said, "I think he should. I might be a little bias, but […] if you're picking the best players from each conference, then he's definitely a top-five player. To me -- I mean, I don't know how the voting goes now -- if you're looking at it realistically, he should be a starter, yeah."

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