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How Kevin Durant became his most efficient self yet

As Kevin Durant gets ready for his first game against the Clippers as a Warrior, he's finding the beat as an efficiency expert with his new team.

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Gordon shines with double-pump reverse jam (0:19)
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How does Bird stack up against LeBron? (1:58)
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Larry Bird sets Boston record with 60-point performance (1:37)
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Jackson's no-look, backward pass is filthy (0:25)
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Gobert slams home reverse alley-oop (0:28)
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Globetrotter makes highest shot ever in North America (0:29)
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Was Phil purposefully 'shading' LeBron with 'posse' comments? (1:46)
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Cavs-Knicks meet Wednesday in wake of Phil's 'posse' comments (0:52)
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LeBron believes Westbrook is capable of averaging a triple-double (1:00)
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Is Westbrook a lock for MVP? (1:39)
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Can the Clippers stop the Warriors? (0:59)
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Doris Burke confused by Drake's advances (1:50)
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A president in oils and rhymes

From painters to rappers, artists have found unprecedented inspiration in President Obama.

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Are Klay, KD more vital to Warriors than Steph? (1:52)
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Should Klay have gone for more points? (1:03)
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Doc on outburst: 'That's not who I am' (1:23)

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (groin strain) flew home to Boston on Tuesday night. He's out vs. Magic tonight and team will monitor his status moving forward.

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant have been selected as co-recipients of the 2016 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year award.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on Kings C DeMarcus Cousins: "He's as big of a matchup problem at the center position as I've seen in some time. Just because now he effectively shoots 3s, he's a beast on the inside, he can shoot midrange and he's a great passer and an unselfish player. ... There are many, many challenges. He's virtually impossible to guard one-on-one in the post, and I've never seen a center drive the ball like that." The Mavs face Cousins' Kings on Wednesday.

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The Clippers' top-rated defense. The Warriors' top-rated offense. What gives tonight at 10:30 ET on ESPN? es.pn/2h5WG6Y

Wall had career-high game in loss

John Wall scored 52 points on 18-of-31 shooting, but it was not enough to get the Wizards the win. Orlando beat Washington 124-116.

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Knicks beat Heat for fourth straight win

Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points and Kristaps Porzingis added a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in New York's 114-103 victory over Miami.

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Hayward scores on pass to himself

Gordon Hayward loses control of the ball as he's driving to the basket, then regains control and scores an unconventional layup against the Suns.

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Jackson's no-look, backwards pass finds Drummond

Detroit's Reggie Jackson tracks down the loose ball and throws a no-look, backwards pass to Andre Drummond for the easy dunk against the Bulls.

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Spurs win, remain undefeated on the road

Kawhi Leonard dropped 31 points in the Spurs' 105-81 win over the Timberwolves to improve to 13-0 on the road so far this season.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

There are certainly some question marks, but I think it's fair to say that the roster Phil Jackson put together looks promising after 21 games. The Knicks are three games over .500 for the first time since 2012-13 and have won nine of 12.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward during Jazz's 7-1 run: 27 ppg, 49.6 FG%, 50 3%, 86.3 FT% with 10 free throws per game. He's dominating despite pain and swelling in his left ring finger, which he broke during training camp.