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Greek Freak spins his way in for a nice finish

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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Klay Thompson has arrived for the game and will play tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He flew to Portland to visit his grandfather who is seriously ill.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Warriors have announced that Klay Thompson is available to play against the Thunder tonight

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Klay Thompson has arrived at Oracle Arena after being out of town all day for a family issue. Steve Kerr will meet with him to see if he is ready to play

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Klay Thompson, questionable for tonight's game due to his grandfather's illness, has arrived at Oracle, having just flown back from Portland

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets in control despite going 4-20 in the first half from 3. Eric Gordon has taken the same amount of threes (nine) as the Bucks (1-9).

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder are going with the same starting five from Monday's game against the Clippers, meaning Jerami Grant starts in place of Steven Adams (concussion).

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans survive another Anthony Davis scare and take a 65-52 lead on the Magic at half. Davis, who suffered a left hand sprain, returned in the second quarter and now has 11 points and 10 rebounds in 17 minutes.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets used a 18-0 run in the second quarter to storm past the Bucks in the first half. Rockets lead 52-39. James Harden has 16 points and Eric Gordon has added 13. The 39 points are the fewest first half points allowed by the Rockets this season.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas typically saves his offensive outbursts for the fourth quarter. But he's already up to 31 points midway through the third quarter while trying to will Boston back against the Knicks. This is Thomas' 13th game of 30+ this season.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Pistons led by 24 at the end of the first quarter; it's tied for their largest lead at the end of the first quarter in any game in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55). They led by 24 in a game on January 4, 1985... also against the Hawks.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Russell Westbrook getting ready for the second of three games vs Kevin Durant this year. This time, just a yellow sweater. No photographer vest.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Steve Kerr on state of Warriors: "Last year at this point we were a finished product...This year there's more room for growth."

Gordon zips through the lane for the dunk

The dunk contest is a month away. Aaron Gordon is getting warmed up against the Pelicans.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis has been upgraded to probable after suffering a left hand sprain. X-rays came back negative, according to the Pelicans. Davis is back on New Orleans' bench with a black wrap around the ring and pinkie fingers of his left hand.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Low scoring affair in Houston, 66 points scored combined with six minutes left in first half.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis has returned to the Pelicans bench.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis is questionable to return with a left hand injury. He is undergoing x-rays in the Pelicans locker room.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard topped the 1,000-point threshold tonight. Lillard and C.J. McCollum are the second pair of teammates with 1,000 points this season, joining Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets shooting 9-23 from the floor after one quarter.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets having problems with the Bucks size and with Giannis Antetokounmpo (12 points). Bucks lead Rockets, 27-22, after one quarter. Bucks out rebounding Rockets, 15-10. Rockets have lost three of their last four games and in each of the losses have been out rebounded.