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Phil Jackson's media missteps obscure real New York story

Phil Jackson has taken heat for unneeded comments about LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. But the Knicks president might also be building a winner in New York.

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Is Kevin Love living up to LeBron's expectations? (0:55)
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Westbrook blows off talk of seven straight triple-doubles (0:18)
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Randle dunks over his own teammate (0:16)
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Cousins nearly hits miracle game-tying shot (0:44)
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Dekker emphatically slams it home over Kanter (0:30)
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Chriss flies in for the monster slam (0:30)
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Porzingis shows off the handles (0:17)
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JVG: Westbrook's relentlessness more important than stats (1:17)
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Shumpert wows Cleveland with reverse slam (0:24)
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Hamilton remembers playing with MJ on Wizards (2:20)
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On this date: Washington punches Tomjanovich (1:17)
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Who has more leverage, Phil or Melo? (2:07)
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Who has the biggest ego on the Knicks? (2:02)
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Steph's sneaky pass sets up Draymond splash (0:20)
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Durant slams, sticks his tongue out (0:21)
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DeRozan appears out of nowhere for a one-handed putback (0:23)
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Do not try and contest Towns (0:24)
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Jordan's legendary run of seven straight triple-doubles (1:20)

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (groin strain) has been formally ruled out for Sunday's game against the Thunder. Thomas did not travel with the team Saturday to Oklahoma City. Thomas said Friday that he's hopeful he can join the team before Wednesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs but team decision-makers have urged him not to rush his return.

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Love great college performances but I don't get too excited about NBA potential. Ask if he's being defended by NBA level athlete & length.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

One NBA guy compared Josh Hart to Malcolm Brogdon. Obviously, different -- but high IQ, can guard multiple positions, not crazy athletic.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans officially announce the signing of Reggie Williams. Williams, 30, has had six stints in the NBA since 2009-10 -- with the Warriors, then-Bobcats, Thunder and Spurs -- and most recently played 10 games for the Oklahoma City Blue of the D-League. The Pelicans waived Anthony Brown on Friday after nine games with the team.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says it's still unclear when Michael Carter-Williams will return. Asked whether the end of the month is a possibility, Hoiberg said it was still to early to say because they want to see how MCW is feeling after his soft cast comes off.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Russell Westbrook's next game is against the Celtics on Sunday. Boston hasn't allowed a triple-double since John Wall had one on Jan. 22, 2014 (225 games). That's the longest active streak in the league without allowing a triple-double, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney listed as doubtful for tonight's game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a left ankle sprain.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second consecutive year, the NBPA is having a heart screening of former players at the Toyota Center today. Doctors will be on hand to provide heart screenings, blood work among other things for former players. Matt Bullard, a former Rocket, who does color on the local broadcast, plans on attending. "It's very important," Bullard said. "As we get older we start to have a few more health issues. When we were playing, we were as healthy as we could be. As you get older the health issues start to pile up."

Westbrook's rebound clinches triple-double

Russell Westbrook pulls down his 10th rebound against the Rockets to become the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to record seven straight triple-doubles.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Corey Brewer is sponsoring a food and services distribution with Feed the Children for more than 400 families today in Houston. The Rockets forward said he did something similar when he played in Minnesota. The families will receive a 25-pound box of food, 10-pound box of personal care items, Avon products, children's books by Disney and Lego toys. "We wanted to help as many families as we could," Brewer said. "All over Houston."

Harden turns it over, Russ slams it home

James Harden turns it over, and Russell Westbrook takes full advantage by throwing down the fastbreak dunk.

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Dekker emphatically slams it home over Kanter

Rockets forward Sam Dekker drives to the rim and powers home a sensational dunk over Thunder big man Enes Kanter.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets guard Patrick Beverley said the victory over the Thunder doesn't mean anything if they lose to the Mavericks on Saturday.

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Cousins nearly hits game-tying shot

After Carmelo Anthony misses two free throws that would have iced the game, DeMarcus Cousins nearly sinks a three-quarter court tying shot against the Knicks. New York defeated Sacramento 103-100.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks 103, Kings 100: Knicks survive a near disastrous ending to begin their 5-game road trip with a win. DeMarcus Cousins' prayer shot from about 55 feet away hit front rim and NYK walked off the floor with a win. as Carmelo Anthony delivered on his wish to put the Knicks blowout loss to the Cavs in the rear-view mirror. Anthony had 33 points to help lift New York (13-10) to a win two nights after a 32-point loss to the Cavs c