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LeBron and Wade's bond bigger than basketball

Former Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade meet for the first time this season as the Cavaliers face the Bulls in Chicago.

LeBron shows up in Cubs uniform to pay off bet (0:42)
Game against LeBron means more for Wade due to relationship (1:25)
McGrady sees Western Conference finals potential for Rockets (1:37)
Does Green get a pass for his flagrant foul 1 on Harden? (2:21)
LeBron not thinking about Finals rematch (0:45)
Will Draymond Green ever stop kicking players on the court? (1:53)
Can Harden disrupt the West? (1:59)
Skate night in the NBA (0:58)
Stephen A. gives Towns the edge over Porzingis (1:55)
Should MJ reconcile with Barkley? (2:06)


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Extremely balanced scoring for the Knicks early on against Minnesota. Three starters have at least six points. Justin Holiday, in for the injured Courtney Lee, has been particularly active. He has six points and five rebounds in 11 minutes. New York is up 30-21 heading into the second quarter.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

It doesn't matter how late the previous game was, Trevor Ariza will be the first man on the floor for warmups.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After getting just five shots in Wednesday's loss to the Detroit Pistons, Al Horford put up seven first-quarter shots against the Kings. Horford's 12 points had Boston up as much as 13 in the first frame but the team gave it all back after he subbed out. Celtics 29, Kings 29 (end 1st)

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Raymond Felton starting in place of J.J. Redick (rest) against the Pelicans.

Horford flat out rejects Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins tries to get around Al Horford for the layup but Horford will have none of it, sending his shot into the first row.


Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

The Brooklyn Nets have signed restricted free agent forward Donatas Montiejunas to an offer sheet paying $37 million over four years, sources told The Undefeated on Friday. The Houston Rockets have three days to match the offer or Montiejunas will join the Nets.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

J.R. Smith has been dealing with a sore left knee the last several games. He told ESPN that it is unrelated to his ankle injury that caused him to miss three games already. He does not plan to get an MRI and will just play through it. Ty Lue said if it gets worse, he'll pull Smith and rest him. Smith will start against Chicago.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Holiday will start in place of the injured Courtney Lee tonight. With Holiday in the starting lineup, Jeff Hornacek may increase Mindaugas Kuzminskas' minutes. He also has Lance Thomas back for the first time in three weeks and a healthy Sasha Vujacic. So he'll have options at backup SG.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics are wearing their "Parquet Pride" alternate jerseys on Friday vs. the Sacramento Kings. Boston was 3-4 in those gray, sleeved jerseys last season. Celtics are 4-2 when they've worn their traditional home whites this season.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics third-year swingman James Young was sipping from a "Monstars Secret Stuff" water bottle before Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings. Young was 1 when "Space Jam" debuted in theaters in 1996.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony Parker is out tonight as the same knee he hurt in the opener at Golden State is still bothering him.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Chandler Parsons will miss at least one more week, the Grizzlies announced. He has been out two weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Sarah Spain Contributor, espnW.com 

Good news, guys! Clark said he'll party with me! #NoPantsParty

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Dwyane Wade will not travel to Dallas on Saturday. He will rest on the second night of a back to back.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle indicated that Dirk Nowitzki, already ruled out of Saturday's game against the Bulls, is likely to miss at least one additional game due to lingering soreness in his right Achilles' tendon. "Dirk's situation is improving, but he is really out indefinitely," Carlisle said during his weekly appearance on 103.3 FM ESPN. Nowitzki has played in only five games for the 3-15 Mavs this season.