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5hRamona Shelburne

Rivers: I spoke with Ariza about altercation

Clippers guard Austin Rivers said he and Rockets swingman Trevor Ariza had a lengthy phone call regarding Monday's heated game between their teams. Rivers said "he was really cool about being the bigger guy and calling me."

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Nikola Jokic on fellow Serbia national team member Milos Teodosic dropping a career-high 15 points in their first meeting: "I saw, maybe in the NBA, yeah. ... I like to play against someone who speaks my language, it's kind of fun. I'm glad that he played good."

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Doc Rivers on Blake Griffin, Austin Rivers being complaint targets: "...It's not just Blake and Austin. It's everybody. Just go through the league, you see it every night. You know, Blake and Austin's names are more nuclear, if you print their names and it comes out."

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Harrell's monster block leads to Clippers' 3-ball (0:30)

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

The LA Clippers overcame a 12-point 3rd quarter deficit and 32 points allowed off turnovers to beat the Denver Nuggets 109-104. The Clippers have now passed the Nuggets, Pelicans, and Trail Blazers in the Western Conference standings and are now 6th.

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The Lakers are now 0-8 without Lonzo Ball this season. They have scored under 100 points in 6 of those 8 games.

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Teodosic picks Barton's pocket (0:22)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope says he avoided any serious injury with his right Achilles tendon. "I was relieved when the X-ray came back negative," the guard said. "It was good. Hopefully it's short term, but we're just going to see tomorrow what I can do. I just didn't feel 100 percent [when he tested it after halftime]. I couldn't move how I wanted to move so I kind of just shut it down. It's not serious. No pop, no nothing."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Julius Randle hit 8-of-11 shots –- at one point making seven straight shots in the second quarter -- and scored 16 points. However, all his points came in the first half as he played just nine minutes in the second half with the game getting out of hand. Randle also only had one rebound and Luke Walton said the Lakers needed Randle to set the tone physically for them. "He was good," Walton said. "Obviously with Julius, I've said this all year, my expectations for him are high. And one of the things I challenged him to do, we have a young team, he's our physical presence, he's our guy that needs to bully other teams and he did that offensively tonight... Defensively, not just he, but we got pushed around. We need him to be not necessarily our tough guy, but our guy when we're getting pushed around, pushes back a little bit."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

After saying that the Lakers let Memphis "punk us all over the floor" on Monday, Luke Walton said OKC "beat us up" and that the Lakers "weren't tough" as Los Angeles surrendered 21 offensive rebounds. The Lakers were out-rebounded 54-30 as Steven Adams set the tone with his 21 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive). The Lakers' starting five totaled eight rebounds. "We weren't tough," Walton said. "They beat us up... the way Adams was doing whatever he wanted out there on the floor, we're not really giving ourselves a chance to win the game… We've got to realize certain teams like Memphis, OKC, Minnesota, these are big, strong men. We've got to be ready to fight and unfortunately we were not tonight."

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10hTim MacMahon

Sources: Rockets upset Clippers not disciplined

The fact that the LA Clippers' Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers avoided disciplinary action from the NBA after Monday's contentious home game with Houston has left the Rockets shocked and disappointed, team sources told ESPN.

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Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Doc Rivers didn't expect any of his players to be disciplined for MLK night's events, but he also didn't think suspensions were warranted. Overall, Rivers felt that players can be more like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in how they react to trash talk.

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Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray is missing his first career game tonight due to concussion protocol.