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The Beard runs the Rockets' offense at his own pace

Coach Mike D'Antoni's offense has a new feel with James Harden controlling the tempo.

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Zeller puts Biyombo on a poster with vicious dunk (0:21)
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LeBron like a runaway train for Cavs (0:15)
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For sneakerheads it's all about the shoes (1:07)
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Westbrook says Thunder will play their brand of ball against Rockets (0:56)
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Jalen & Jacoby: Why Clippers should trade Blake Griffin (1:10)
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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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Sharing the swagger with Love

It's tough to feel great when you're dealing with cancer. But for one night, Kevin Love is working to help them at least look great -- and have fun doing it.

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Beal's slam is the real deal (0:21)
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Why Joe Johnson is just one of Utah's fantasy gems (0:34)
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Jordan's legendary run of seven straight triple-doubles (1:20)

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LeBron like a runaway train for Cavs

LeBron James gets the outlet pass and beats every Heat player down the court for the dunk.

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The Rockets visit the Thunder at 8 ET on ESPN. Here's a look at how James Harden and Russell Westbrook compare to one another on a career level.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban says Russell Westbrook is "definitely putting up superstar numbers," but Westbrook still hasn't met Cuban's standard for a superstar. That's carrying a team to 50 wins and playoff success.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban: "We're kind of where the Cowboys were last year -- high hopes and then injuries. So hopefully we'll have the same kind of results in the draft."

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Tyler Johnson scored a career high 27 Pts in his previous game for the Heat. He has not scored 20+ points in consecutive games in his career. Miami visits the Cavaliers at 7:30 ET.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban says "hopefully" Dirk Nowitzki will return to practice next week.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

You know it's a big game. Sugar Ray Richardson in the house. Rockets-Thunder.

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

FYI: I have a little video piece on Countdown tonight about how mean James Harden is, basically.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden and Eric Gordon getting ready.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas on groin injury: "I want to play but they keep telling me no. They keep wanting to be very patient with this because they don't want to re-injure it."

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has 2 triple-doubles this season and 7 in his career, 1 shy of tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most in Bucks franchise history.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs guard Seth Curry will play tonight against the Pacers after missing the previous four games due to a sprained right knee.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, who will miss his second straight game due to a groin injury, said he's hopeful to be back on the court for Wednesday's ESPN game vs. the San Antonio Spurs. Thomas said Celtics GM Danny Ainge wants Thomas to take it slow in recovery but Thomas wants to join team on upcoming trip that starts Sunday in Oklahoma City.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas sounds off when asked about those who wonder if the Celtics are better without him:

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The throwback uniforms the Cavs are wearing tonight.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

The NBA has denied the Toronto Raptors' protest of their 102-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 20, 2016.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Russell Westbrook (11) and James Harden (4) have 15 of the league's 24 triple-doubles this season. Westbrook has a triple-double in 6 straight games, which is the 4th-longest streak in NBA history. Rockets at Thunder, 8 ET on ESPN.