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Reliable Taj Gibson sets tone for Bulls in win over LeBron, Cavs

In 40 minutes, Taj Gibson racked up 23 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal in arguably the most complete game of his career.

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Wade comes out on top against LeBron

The night starts with LeBron James paying up by showing up to the game in a full Cubs uniform, and ends with Dwyane Wade scoring 24 points in the Bulls' 111-105 win over the Cavs.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets GM Daryl Morey said he's not sure when the team will make a final decision regarding the offer sheet signed by Donatas Motiejunas on Friday. "I have to talk to the owner before we make a decision," Morey said Friday night. "There's been a lot of restricted free agents that went late into the season, several into December, it's a process that's part of how things work, sometimes it takes a little longer. But we're happy it's going to come to a resolution."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike D'Antoni said Trevor Ariza left the game with back spasms. "He'll be alright," D'Antoni said.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets completed their five-game road trip with a dominating 128-110 victory over the Nuggets. Houston finished the trip 4-1 with the most impressive games coming on the back end, a double-overtime win at Golden State and Friday night's win against the Nuggets after arriving in Denver at 5 a.m. local time. Houston made 17 three-pointers. James Harden led the Rockets with 20 points and Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon added 18 points each.

Harden's long distance pass to Capela

The Rockets had little trouble with the Nuggets, as seen with James Harden firing a long-distance pass to Clint Capela for a dunk.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden hit a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to set a franchise record by making a three-pointer in 20 consecutive games. He was tied for the record with Trevor Ariza at 19.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets forward Trevor Ariza left the game against the Nuggets with 4:03 to play in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury. Ariza pulled up while going for a loose ball. He slowly reached the scorer's table and laid down in front of it. The entire team, and two trainers, surrounded him before he slowly went to the locker room. Ariza finished with 16 points.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Who needs sleep? Rockets got to Denver around 5 a.m. and are handling the Nuggets. Houston leads 99-84 heading to the fourth quarter.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets with at least 10 steals the last two games. They have 10 tonight against the Nuggets, had 11 in 2 OT win at Warriors last night.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Houston has until 11:59 PM ET Monday to match Brooklyn's $37M offer sheet (albeit fully guaranteed for only $5M) to RFA Donatas Motiejunas.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said before the Nuggets game he'll maintain the same rotation despite a double-overtime game the night before. D'Antoni used nine players in the first half, with James Harden and Trevor Ariza picking up the most minutes, 18, and Corey Brewer the fewest at six. Rockets are minus Nene, out with sore knee.

Gordon goes coast-to-coast to beat buzzer

Houston's Eric Gordon receives the inbounds pass with four seconds to spare and races down the court, making a layup over a Denver defender to beat the first-half buzzer.

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