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Kyrie, LeBron get crafty on alley-oop

Taj Gibson is perfect from the field and the game's high scorer as former teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade meet.

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Stephen A. gives Towns the edge over Porzingis (1:55)
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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

After missing 46 of his previous 60 shots, Carmelo Anthony seems to have found his shooting touch again. He has 25 points on 16 shots tonight and has hit 5 of his 8 3-point attempts. He hasn't forced any shots either; most of his attempts have come off of a pass from a teammate.

Porzingis' block leads to Melo 3

Kristaps Porzingis denies Zach LaVine, and in transition Derrick Rose finds Carmelo Anthony, who drains the 3-pointer.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach LaVine told reporters in Minnesota that he'd like to try to dunk on Kristaps Porzingis. He gave it a shot in the third quarter tonight but was rejected by Porzingis, who is averaging 2.6 blocks per game in his last 5 games.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics were 9-1 when leading at halftime coming into this game vs Kings. They are 3-8 when trailing after 3. Kings 72, Celtics 69 (end 3rd)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Exactly how Phil Jackson drew it up: a Kristaps Porzingis block is gathered by Derrick Rose, who finds Carmelo Anthony for a 3-pointer in transition. The Knicks are up by 12 on Minnesota. With a win, they'll be a game over .500. This would be latest in the season they'd be over .500 since 2013.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Davis just threw a behind-the-back pass in transition from his right hip. Safe to say the shoulder is fine. Clippers up just 60-57 at half despite Davis playing only three minutes in the second quarter tending to a right shoulder injury.

ESPN Stats and Information  

76ers center Joel Embiid records his first career 20-10 game in his 13th NBA game. This is also the first time that Embiid and teammate Jahlil Okafor recorded a double-double in the same game.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike D'Antoni said Rockets center Nene will not be available for Friday's game against the Nuggets because he's dealing with a knee issue. It's more maintenance than anything else.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis back on the court after suffering a right shoulder injury. Davis left during the quarter break with the Pelicans up 5. He checks back in nine minutes (of gametime) later with the Pelicans down 4.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver coach Michael Malone on the Rockets: "I wouldn't be surprised if they put up 40 threes tonight."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The first two-years of the four-year $37 million offer sheet Dontas Motiejunas signed with the Brooklyn Nets are guaranteed. The Rockets have three-days to match the offer sheet. The guarantees meant a lot to Motiejunas who returned last season after back surgery. "Even better, it showed they believed in me," Motiejunas said to ESPN. "They put me through a number of tests (on his back) and they saw that I'm as healthy as anybody else. After Detroit everybody was questioning me. They showed a commitment that I'm going to be a piece of their future, if not, I'll be happy with Houston, too." The NBA rescinded a traded between the Pistons and Rockets last year because of Motiejunas' failed physical due to his back.

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Raps went nova in that 2Q. Really hurt LAL when Lakers switched. CoJo as aggressive and speedy as I've seen him all season.

LeBron goes behind-the-back for layup

LeBron James shows off some nifty moves to get past Jimmy Butler and finish with the layup.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Karl-Anthony Towns put up a career-high 47 points on Wednesday against New York. It's safe to say he isn't going to break that mark tonight. He's just 1-for-7 thus far in the first half and has four points against New York. The T-Wolves trail by 11 but have been outscored by 23 in Towns' 14 minutes.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

?Anthony Davis is questionable to return with a right shoulder injury. He has played through a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder?.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek goes with the Derrick Rose-Brandon Jennings backcourt late in the first half. He's had a love-hate relationship with this alignment because of what it allows defensively. But the Knicks seem content to outscore Minnesota tonight. They already have 62 points in the half.