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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

DeAndre Jordan is up to a career-high 27 points on 12-for-15 shooting. He's just 3-for-8 from the free throw line though, as the Timberwolves have been mercilessly fouling the C to slow the Clipper down.

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.

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Hamilton burns Arizona State in first half from distance (0:40)

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.

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Austin Rivers hit Nemanja Bjelica with a snappy in-out move off a pick-and-roll and Bjelica's ankles went out for the count.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Lauri Markkanen is a special player. Helped Zona hold off USC against that furious Trojans rally.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

If you have a +12.1 net rating differential, and shooting 52.4 percent from the field, you'd like to think you're up by more than 3 points. But that's where the Timberwolves are through one quarter. The good news (if you're Minnesota) is Andrew Wiggins is scoring and getting to the line with ease.

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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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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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Thumbs up on giving Chris Paul NOLA slot

It would be the proper nod to the injured star, Kevin Pelton writes. It would technically be Paul's 10th straight All-Star appearance and third in the city in which he began his NBA career. Pelton's All-Star reserves (Insider)

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Jamal Crawford warming up in advance of Clippers-Timberwolves.

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Cal announced it has hired USC associate head strength and conditioning coach Torre Becton as its head strength and conditioning coach.

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Bruins having a Ball with Lonzo

Jeff Goodman writes that the UCLA freshman is most responsible for the current good times at Pauley Pavilion with his presence both on and off the court. Most reliable PGs (Insider)

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Josh Rosen hopes for better luck in 2017

Few things went right for Rosen, or UCLA, last season. If the Bruins QB returns healthy in 2017, he could still become an elite college quarterback and a top NFL prospect. Top returning players: Nos. 26-50 (Insider)

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Larry Nance Jr. getting in some extra shots after a full practice.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Luke Walton is not a doctor, but based on his observations, Larry Nance Jr. is close to returning: "Larry looked good today. He looked good today. He did the whole practice today. I'll call him questionable." Asked if there was anything Nance had to do to get back to playing, Walton said, "Yeah, he's gotta get cleared by the training staff and the doctors. I just said 'questionable' because he looked good today. So, you gotta talk to them about whether he's gonna be cleared or not. The way I saw him play today, he looked like he could play. But that's not a medical opinion, that's just me watching him play basketball."

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