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Oladipo double-pumps for monster slam over Howard

Thunder star Russell Westbrook has tallied five straight triple-doubles and 10 in his past 21 games. Will his run continue in Atlanta?

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Marcus Smart's promise to the kids

The Celtics' third-year guard is devoted to understanding the challenges of pediatric cancer after losing a brother and young friend to the disease.

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Is the Cavs' losing skid cause for concern? (1:52)
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Green's list of shady kicks continues to grow (0:18)
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Rose has found new life in New York (0:52)
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Wade does a lot of winning against LeBron (1:29)

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets lead Celtics, 26-17, after one quarter. Clint Capela has five rebounds and four points. James Harden with eight points. These teams started the game 3-14.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler combined for 20 of the Bulls' 32 points in 1st quarter. Those two are always aggressive offensively but it's clear that they are trying to take even more shots with reserves tonight.

Bad News for the Cavaliers

After staying down for several minutes, J.R. Smith gets up and walks off under his own power after suffering an apparent leg injury against the Raptors in the first quarter. He will not return to the game.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics shake up their starting lineup a bit, shuffling Jonas Jerebko into the starting 5 in place of Amir Johnson. Boston able to go small against undersized Houston and get an early look at a lineup that has had some recent success.

Wall Feeds Porter for Pair of Dunks

In the first quarter, John Wall dribbles up the court twice and both times finds Otto Porter Jr. cutting to the rim to finish with a dunk against the Nets.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook has 1 point, 5 rebounds and 3 assists after one quarter in Atlanta. If you're wondering, the last time he failed to score double-figures? January 13, 2016 against Dallas when he finished with zero after being ejected right before halftime.

LeBron Shaken up after big slam

LeBron James is slow to his feet after throwing down a highlight-reel dunk off the alley-oop feed from Kyrie Irving against the Raptors.

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Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Syracuse fans, if you're curious, Malachi Richardson averaging 21 pgg. for the Reno Bighorns. I'm sure you're excited about that.

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Hoping that Syracuse's Tyler Lydon will expand game before thinking of NBA. Saw close up against Wisconsin. A limited Ryan Anderson type.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Sources close to Memphis Grizzlies Chandler Parsons vehemently deny report the forward is in store for another surgical procedure on his knee.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni adds some versatility to his team with the addition of Donatas Motiejunas. "We can go small at seven-feet, which really isn't small," D'Antoni said. "He gives you another piece that gives the coaches options and again, just because of his basketball intelligence overall, it will help the team." D'Antoni said he can play Motiejunas at power forward and center. Motiejunas gives the Rockets another big who can pass the ball similar to what Nene brings. "That's where he'll fit in, he will move the ball around a lot," D'Antoni said of Motiejunas.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Donatas Motiejunas can play power forward and center.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets forward Trevor Ariza will play tonight game against the Celtics. Ariza left Friday's game in the fourth quarter at Denver with back spasms. Ariza has played in 183 out of a possible 184 games the last three seasons. He missed just one game last season and has played in 79 consecutive games since. Ariza is averaging 12.6 points per game.