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Is CP3 the NBA's unluckiest superstar?

Does Chris Paul deserve better luck after the injuries and playoff disappointments? How much will his absence hurt the Clippers? Kevin Pelton takes a look.

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Stephen A. concerned Draymond will cost Warriors another title (2:03)
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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau on Kawhi Leonard: "He is terrific. He is an MVP candidate. To me, All-Stars and MVPs, you look at what they do for their team and winning. There are people that they can get stats on. But they don't contribute to winning. He does everything to help his team win. I think he had 17 shots, great defense, unselfishness, great plays, plays with a lot of toughness and that's how you win. When you are as dominant as he is defensively, to me he is the defensive player of the year candidate. He is always on top every year. He is disruptive, and the demeanor that he plays with gives their team a lot of poise."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Kawhi Leonard on the energy Dewayne Dedmon brought off the bench in the win over the Timberwolves.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Wesley Matthews: "I think he's one of the best perimeter defenders we have in this league. When perimeter defense is being talked about, I don't think he's in the discussion enough. The job he's doing this year is incredible … Offensively, trying to make plays, making threes. But defensively he is our workhorse. He has to guard the best player every night. He has to go to war every night." Matthews got his second road-win-sealing stop against a star this season, with Jimmy Butler joining Damian Lillard as stars who Matthews didn't let get a decent look in the final seconds.

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Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has scored 30 points in 4 straight games. The last Spurs player with that long of a streak was Tim Duncan (2003-04, 4 games).

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says the Bulls lost this game in the first half with all the mistakes they made.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge with 25 apiece on a comined 18 of 30 from the field. Spurs appear to be pulling away now. It's 100-92 with 8:24 left to play.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler finishes one rebound shy of a triple double. 24 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds in 40 minutes. But Wesley Matthews forced the ball out of his hands late and he couldn't take the game-deciding shot.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Wesley Matthews hit the go-ahead 3 on the Mavs' final possession and then didn't let fellow Marquette alum Jimmy Butler get a shot off.

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Rockets guard James Harden had his 4th 40-point triple-double of the season. That's one shy of the NBA single-season record of 5, set by Oscar Robertson of the 1963-64 Cincinnati Royals (via Elias Sports Bureau).

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade's miss at the buzzer seals the Mavs' third straight win. You better believe that's sweet for Dirk Nowitzki.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In its "Last Two Minute Report" for Monday's games, the NBA said that referees made the correct decision by not calling a foul on Atlanta's Paul Millsap when he contested Derrick Rose's lay-up attempt on the Knicks' final possession. Rose missed the layup, Carmelo Anthony missed the follow up attempt and Joakim Noah missed a tip in. The Knicks lost, 108-107.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said Eric Gordon tweaked his ankle and didn't have much lift on his shot. Gordon shot 3-17 off the bench in loss to Miami.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden recorded his 13th triple-double of the season but the Rockets suffered a bad loss to the Heat, 109-103. Miami, with the second-worst record in the league, had lost four in a row coming in. Harden finished with 40-11-10, the fourth 40-point triple double of the season for him. That's the most for any player in the last 30 years.

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Full James Johnson experience tonight: spinny drives, fun passes, insane turnovers. Heat always play hard. Eric Gordon w/ one of those days

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The Timberwolves lead the Spurs 71-67 at the half. This is the second time this season the Spurs have given up 70 in the first half. Officiating is very touchy in this one which is partly why Minnesota is 29 of 30 from the free-throw line. The Spurs have shot 22 free throws. If this keeps up, we could be in for a long night.

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Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is the 2nd player in Raptors history to have 20 30-point games in a season. The other is Vince Carter, who had 30 in 2000-01 and 25 in 1999-2000.