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Kyrie, LeBron get crafty on alley-oop

Taj Gibson connected on his first nine shots to help the Bulls grab a lead at home.

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Skate night in the NBA (0:58)
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Stephen A. gives Towns the edge over Porzingis (1:55)
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Should MJ reconcile with Barkley? (2:06)

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

With Wade not traveling to Dallas on Saturday it will be interesting to see how much Hoiberg uses him down the stretch. Wade has 18 points in 30 minutes. Every starter in double figures, but Bulls need Wade's poise down the stretch.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

If Derrick Rose really wants to be a Knick for life, he's doing a good job selling himself tonight. He has 21 pints and five assists and just scored on back-to-back possessions in impressive fashion. He hit a layup in traffic and then drilled an 18-foot step back over Kris Dunn, an excellent defender.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle O'Quinn's fingerprints are all over this game. He has 18 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes and may have saved the Knicks in the last 90 seconds. He has an offensive rebound and putback to give the Knicks a one-point lead and then drew an foul while going for a rebound on the next possession.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jazz PG George Hill (toe) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Nuggets. SG Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable. Both missed Thursday's loss to the Heat.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Wow. The Knicks led by 14 midway through the third quarter and have blown that advantage quickly. The game is tied at 100-100 with eight minutes to play. The Knicks' reserve unit has been awful early in the fourth quarter. Jeff Hornacek turns back to Derrick Rose to try to calm things down.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Rajon Rondo has been solid all night for the Bulls. His best game to date. He's got 10 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds already. He and Taj Gibson have stabilized the offense throughout the game.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

After missing 46 of his previous 60 shots, Carmelo Anthony seems to have found his shooting touch again. He has 25 points on 16 shots tonight and has hit 5 of his 8 3-point attempts. He hasn't forced any shots either; most of his attempts have come off of a pass from a teammate.

Porzingis' block leads to Melo 3

Kristaps Porzingis denies Zach LaVine, and in transition Derrick Rose finds Carmelo Anthony, who drains the 3-pointer.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach LaVine told reporters in Minnesota that he'd like to try to dunk on Kristaps Porzingis. He gave it a shot in the third quarter tonight but was rejected by Porzingis, who is averaging 2.6 blocks per game in his last 5 games.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics were 9-1 when leading at halftime coming into this game vs Kings. They are 3-8 when trailing after 3. Kings 72, Celtics 69 (end 3rd)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Exactly how Phil Jackson drew it up: a Kristaps Porzingis block is gathered by Derrick Rose, who finds Carmelo Anthony for a 3-pointer in transition. The Knicks are up by 12 on Minnesota. With a win, they'll be a game over .500. This would be latest in the season they'd be over .500 since 2013.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Davis just threw a behind-the-back pass in transition from his right hip. Safe to say the shoulder is fine. Clippers up just 60-57 at half despite Davis playing only three minutes in the second quarter tending to a right shoulder injury.

ESPN Stats and Information  

76ers center Joel Embiid records his first career 20-10 game in his 13th NBA game. This is also the first time that Embiid and teammate Jahlil Okafor recorded a double-double in the same game.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike D'Antoni said Rockets center Nene will not be available for Friday's game against the Nuggets because he's dealing with a knee issue. It's more maintenance than anything else.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis back on the court after suffering a right shoulder injury. Davis left during the quarter break with the Pelicans up 5. He checks back in nine minutes (of gametime) later with the Pelicans down 4.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver coach Michael Malone on the Rockets: "I wouldn't be surprised if they put up 40 threes tonight."