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Is Westbrook's triple-double chase benefiting Thunder?

Russell Westbrook is racking up stats at a historical pace, even snatching away rebounds from teammates. But here's why that can be a good thing.

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Sharing the swagger with Love

It's tough to feel great when you're dealing with cancer. But for one night, Kevin Love is working to help them at least look great -- and have fun doing it.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden said the faster Donatas Motiejunas can get to the Rockets the better.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources tell @justinverrier and me: New Orleans is in the process of waiving swingman Anthony Brown. The Pels' roster will drop to 14.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tristan Thompson says he likes the idea to put the center position back on the All-Star ballot, but cares more about playing in June.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets are close to signing forward Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year $35 million deal according to multiple sources. The key to the deal is a $9 million guarantee for 2017-18. Rockets have until mid-July to make a decision on that.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets pulled the $31 million offer sheet to power forward Donatas Motiejunas on Friday and are working on a new contract according to a source. Motiejunas returns to restricted free agency status. Motiejunas had signed a $37 million offer sheet with Brooklyn last week but after the Rockets matched the sheet, which was without $6 million in incentive clauses, he declined to report for a physical.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Grizzlies have outscored opponents by 19 points in 32 clutch minutes during their 5-game winning streak, despite the absences of Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons and others. Memphis has overcome fourth-quarter deficits of 14 to the Magic, 13 to the Trail Blazers and 10 to the Pelicans during the streak. How? "Staying poised, never putting our heads down and feel sorry for ourselves," Tony Allen told the Memphis media. "I hate to say the same thing, but grit ‘n grind."

Leonard dunks on Butler and Lopez

Kawhi Leonard posts up against Jimmy Butler and spins by him to hit the rim with a one-handed slam over Butler and Robin Lopez.

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Towns show Valanciunas no mercy

Karl-Anthony Towns drives to the basket, rises up and throws down a huge one-handed slam dunk over Jonas Valanciunas.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Good win for Bulls -- snaps a three game losing skid and gives group much needed confidence against one of the NBA's best teams. Dwyane Wade says in in-arena interview that it was Bulls' best defensive effort of the year. Key will be how they follow this up in next week.