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Zach Lowe: Now or never for CP3, Blake and the Clippers

This may be the last, best chance for the Clippers to bury their cursed history as they look toward an uncertain future.

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Westbrook notches fifth straight triple-double (0:25)
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Can Rose be the PG Knicks, Porzingis need?

Is an aggressive Derrick Rose good for the Knicks' playoff chances? Or is he hurting the the play of young star Kristaps Porzingis? The answer could determine his future in New York.

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McGee almost inbounds from the wrong end (0:31)
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Saric fakes and drops Jerebko to the floor (0:26)
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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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Leonard hits game winner for Spurs (0:28)
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Ryan compares Westbrook's numbers to Robertson (1:02)
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Stephen A. gives Towns the edge over Porzingis (1:55)

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Kings ran off 16 unanswered points in the third quarter and Madison Square Garden is awfully quiet. Brandon Jennings may have stopped the free fall by drawing a foul on Willy Cauley-Stein on a 3-point attempt. He knocks down the free throws and then hits a jumper from the top of the key to give NY a 4-point cushion heading into the fourth.

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

PS: I'm liking this Ibaka double thumbs-down after big blocks, so please NBA don't pretend this is a big deal worth penalizing. Fun is fun.

Westbrook notches fifth straight triple-double

Russell Westbrook records his 10th assist against the Pelicans, giving him a fifth straight triple-double, the most in the NBA since Michael Jordan had seven in a row in 1989.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis hits Willie Cayley-Stein with a crossover and finishes with a running layup. Good luck finding another 7-3 player on the planet who can do that. NY was up 20 but has struggled to get stops - something Jeff Hornacek has harped on - which allowed Sacramento to cut the lead to 7.

Porzingis throws down reverse slam

After missing a 3-pointer, Kristaps Porzingis gets another chance and this time drives the baseline to throw down the one-handed reverse slam.

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Rose's slick moves fake out Cousins

Derrick Rose slides into the lane and then puts on a pump fake that gets DeMarcus Cousins in the air, allowing Rose to score the basket.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Buddy Hield getting a lot of love from the OKC crowd, but the former Oklahoma Sooners star airballs his second 3-point attempt of the night to end the quarter, bringing him to 1-for-3 in limited action in his return. The last time Hield played at Chesapeake Energy Arena he took 14 attempts from behind the arc and scored 36 points to advance the Sooners to the Sweet 16.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook picks up his fifth straight triple-double, and 10th of the season: 21-13-10 with two minutes left in the third quarter. This is the longest triple-double streak of Westbrook's career and longest since MJ had seven straight in 1989.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Very strong half from Derrick Rose, who has 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting, helping the Knicks build a 14-point lead. Kristaps Porzingis' shot has been off (1-for-10). It will be interesting to see how he adjusts in the second half.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Thursday marks the five-year anniversary of then-commissioner David Stern voiding the three-team trade that would've made Chris Paul a Laker

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis has 30 points and 10 rebounds ... with 17 minutes left. Seventh 30-point game for Davis in the Pelicans' past 10. The other three? He left two and came back, and was held out of the other.

Michael Wilbon @RealMikeWilbon

Granted, I'm half paying attention to Carolina v Seattle and half to Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis, but why wasn't Cam on the field???

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Willy Hernangomez is incredibly smooth in the post. He put Kosta Koufos in a blender, spinning on him in the post and finishing with his left hand. He has 4 points, 2 rebounds and three assists in 6 minutes. Have to give Phil Jackson credit for that draft pick and signing.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Bernard King turned 60 today and Larry Bird turns 60 on Wednesday. #timedoesfly

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Giannis Antetokounmpo turns 22 on Tuesday. #scary

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle O'Quinn goes coast to coast - blocks Demarcus Cousins on one end and finishes on the other end with a dunk. It's O'Quinn's world and we are just living in it at this point. Knicks have controlled this game for the most part. Up 13 midway through the second.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans down 49-41 at half in OKC despite 24 points (9/17), 10 rebounds from Anthony Davis in 22 of a possible 24 minutes. No other Pels player has more than 6 points.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Just under 28 hours to go before Monday's 11:59 PM buzzer on Donatas Motiejunas' offer sheet. Brooklyn fears a Houston match but let's see.

Gordon catches Morris sleeping

Orlando's Aaron Gordon banks his inbounds pass off Marcus Morris' back and converts the layup in the third quarter.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Losing Adams tonight especially hurts, considering he's the Thunder's primary defender on Anthony Davis... who already has 22 points midway through the second quarter.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams has a left ankle sprain and will not return tonight against the Pelicans.