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LeBron emphatically blocks Melo

Tune in as LeBron and the Cavaliers face the Knicks, live on ESPN and streaming on the ESPN App/WatchESPN. Derrick Rose (back) is out for the Knicks.

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Shumpert airballs layup attempt (0:18)
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Hatred boils over when Warriors-Clippers collide (2:44)
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Doris Burke confused by Drake's advances (1:50)
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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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Should NBA accommodate marijuana use? (2:56)
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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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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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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Cavs came out of the gates looking like they were gonna blow out the Derrick Rose-less Knicks. But Cleveland's defense -- which has been bad at times this season -- hasn't been great again. Knicks have 46 points with 3 minutes left in first half -- and Melo has only taken four shots thus far.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said backup point guard Ray Felton will miss tonight's game against the Warriors because of a "family thing."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Blake Griffin is getting some work in before tonight's game against the Warriors on ESPN.

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J.A. Adande @jadande

Doc Rivers: "I'm not an emotional guy...I'm more volcanic than emotional." Says the Clippers are an emotional team though.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The LA Clippers have credentialed more media tonight than they ever have for any regular season game they've had.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee seems to make the right play nine times out of ten. He passed an open three and fed Justin Holiday in the corner. Holiday knocked down a three to cut Cleveland's lead to single digits. Lee is the name opposing coaches have mentioned most often when talking about NY's quality offseason additions.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Doc Rivers on the Warriors being a 'super team': "They've only won one title, by the way."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Klay Thompson enters the Staples Center ahead of tonight's Warriors-Clippers game on ESPN.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Knicks can cut the Cavs' lead to below 10 before halftime, they'll head into the locker room feeling good about themselves after a rough first half. The Knicks look like a team that got in late last night from Miami.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin Durant enters to the Staples Center before the Golden State Warriors play the LA Clippers.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 pick in June's draft, struggled for much of November but he's starting to look more comfortable on the floor. Brown had a couple of loud first-half dunks against the Magic and, through three quarters, he's up to 13 points. Celtics 85, Magic 73 (end 3rd)

Shumpert Botches Layup Attempt

The Cavs forced a steal and set up Iman Shumpert for an easy layup, but he blew it. The Knicks responded with a 3-pointer on the other end, but still trail by double digits.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose's injury means that Sasha Vujacic is getting minutes as the Knicks' third point guard. Vujacic has a tough assignment in defending Iman Shumpert. Hornacek said that he'll need strong production from his bench tonight. So far, the Knicks' bench has a combined 5 points

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

We're in the 4Q & the Pistons have 60 pts all game which is crazy because Klay Thompson by himself earlier this week tallied 1 ast vs IND.

Ian O'Connor @Ian_OConnor

What Kyle O'Quinn did there to LeBron James is what Oakley, Mason & Co did a thousand times to high-profile drivers in the '90s

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Fallon, a big Knicks fan, is at Madison Square Garden tonight. He's had Carmelo Anthony on his late-night show a few times, which is nice for Anthony and another example of Anthony enjoying the trappings on NY. That should be factored into any conversation about Anthony being traded from the Knicks. He loves living in New York.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

At the end of three, the Hornets are shooting 29.6 percent and winning by three against the Pistons. It's electric!

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets scored a season-high in first quarter points as they lead the Lakers, 43-27. Eric Gordon with 12 points off the bench. Nene with seven and James Harden has 10. Lakers committed 10 first quarter turnovers, four from Lou Williams and three from Julius Randle.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson is sitting next to adviser Clarence Gaines Jr. tonight for the Cavs game. Have to think both men laughed a bit after Iman Shumpert missed that dunk. Shumpert has been vocal about his criticism of Jackson lately.