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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

After struggling in the 1st 3 quarters Monday, Frank Ntilikina didn't play in the 4th. It was his decision. "Frank's under the weather,'' Jeff Hornacek said after the Knicks' 107-85 victory Monday. "He's been fighting it two, three days now. he just didn't have it tonight. He was fine with it. He actually said, ‘I'm not helping the team now.' Frank's a smart player. He realized he didn't have enough energy. He sacrificed."

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Jazz and 🏀 go hand-in-hand - and Sam Presti + Billy Donovan realize that. So they reached out to some legends. 🎷🎺

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The Celtics have overcome a double-digit deficit in 3 straight games. In those games, Kyrie Irving has outscored Celtics opponents 36-34 in the final 5 minutes in the 4th quarter and overtime.

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The Spurs have won 20 consecutive home games against the Hawks. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the longest active home win streak against a single opponent. The last time San Antonio lost a home game to the Hawks was on Feb. 15, 1997, Gregg Popovich's first home game coached against Atlanta.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LaVar Ball reiterated there's no reason for him to thank President Trump in the case of his son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA freshmen returning to the U.S. after being held in China for shoplifting. "You heard what he tweeted," Ball said of Trump during an interview on CNN. "He tweeted because he is mad at me [that] I should have left their asses in jail. First of all, they weren't in jail, they were in a hotel. How did they get into a hotel? Somebody had to do something. Did he do it? If he paid for the money to put up whatever we needed to do then I would say thank you. Did he do that?... He said he helped. How did he help? If he helped, I would say thank you... Do I think the president helped? I don't know. I don't care and I don't know." Ball did thank Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge with a playful Tweet after Kyrie Irving scored 47 points on 16-of-22 shooting in Boston's overtime win over Dallas. The Celtics have won 16 straight games.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Hardaway played through discomfort in his sore foot on Monday but said he doesn't have plantar fasciitis in his foot. "I was able to cut, I was able to move. After the game, I got treatment and I feel fine.... it's not (plantar fasciitis). Just intense soreness with ligaments and stuff. Other than that, it's fine. Just changed up the shoes a little bit. I'm good to go."

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

The Celtics survive yet another 2nd half, double digit deficit to extend their win streak to 16 games. 4th time in 6 games they need a big rally late in the game. Kyrie Irving with an incredible 47 point performance.


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The night Kyrie Irving scored 57 in 2015 he did it on 32 shots, which was remarkable. Tonight he had 47 on just 22 shots.

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

Celtics up 104-102 in OT. Kyrie with 43 points. Singlehandedly carrying Boston here.