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2hDave McMenamin

For Cavs, smoothing rough edges is formidable challenge

Saturday's loss to San Antonio offered a reminder to LeBron James and the Cavs that repeating as champions will require a different mindset.

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4hNick Friedell

Kings' Cousins mocks 'incredible' referee call

DeMarcus Cousins has a long history of losing his cool toward officials, but the Kings' big man used a different tactic and took to sarcasm to mask his frustration after a questionable call.

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1dTom Haberstroh

The NBA season is over ... (no, really!)

Now that we're at the midpoint of the season, are you hoping your struggling team can play its way into the playoffs? Well, we have some bad news: Set your alarm for mid-April, because the standings rarely change after Jan. 20. Sorry, Knicks fans!

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Questionable foul on Wade infuriates Cousins

With the game tied at 99-99, Dwyane Wade steals the ball, misses a dunk and falls down, but DeMarcus Cousins gets called for a foul. Wade makes one of the free throws. On the ensuing possession, Cousins turns the ball over, and yells at the referees after the Kings lose the game 102-99.

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Love misses game-tying chance at buzzer

Kevin Love somehow gets an open look at a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left, but the shot falls short as the Cavaliers fall to the Spurs 118-115 in overtime.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says "I'm done kind of worrying about that" when asked if he wonders if management might make some changes with Knicks losing 13 of last 16 games. Also when asked about LeBron James potentially playing in 2020 Olympics, Anthony says he's retired from Olympic play and says James can have his U.S Olympic scoring record.

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Kawhi's dunk seals Spurs' win over Cavs

Kevin Love attempts to save a loose ball late in overtime, but it lands right in Kawhi Leonard's hands, and Leonard sprints in for a huge slam to help secure the Spurs' 118-115 overtime win.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs lose 118-115 to San Antonio in overtime. LeBron James 29p on 11-for-16 7a 6r 2s 7tos; Kyrie Irving 29p 9a 2s; Kevin Love 13p 11r 3a; Tristan Thompson 14p 12r. Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 41p for SAS.

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LeBron James shot 5-of-8 with Kawhi Leonard as his primary defender. But the Cavaliers were 0-of-5 on passes from James when Leonard started and finished the possession as his primary defender.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony still was having a tough time believing that potential game-winning 3 did not fall and ended up spinning in and out of the rim.

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This is the 2nd time in 4 games Kawhi Leonard has scored more than 35 points (did not do it once first 361 games of his career)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jazz PG George Hill said his first meeting with Pacers since his hometown team traded him was "just another game." His actions said otherwise: season-high 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 6 rebounds, 5 assists in a win.

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This is the first game the Cavaliers have lost this season when entering the 4th quarter with a lead (had been 26-0)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose said it was up for people to determine whether he was fouled from behind on drive but added it's something he had dealt with throughout his career.

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George lets refs hear it after picking up sixth foul

After fouling out against the Jazz, Paul George receives a technical foul for sounding off on the referees.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rudy Gobert's streak of double-digit-rebound outings reached 30 games. Kevin Love, DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard are the only active players with such streaks.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden said it was important for the Rockets to respond against the Grizzlies on Saturday after losing to the Warriors on Friday night.

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