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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets pulled the $31 million offer sheet to power forward Donatas Motiejunas on Friday and are working on a new contract according to a source. Motiejunas returns to restricted free agency status. Motiejunas had signed a $37 million offer sheet with Brooklyn last week but after the Rockets matched the sheet, which was without $6 million in incentive clauses, he declined to report for a physical.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Grizzlies have outscored opponents by 19 points in 32 clutch minutes during their 5-game winning streak, despite the absences of Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons and others. Memphis has overcome fourth-quarter deficits of 14 to the Magic, 13 to the Trail Blazers and 10 to the Pelicans during the streak. How? "Staying poised, never putting our heads down and feel sorry for ourselves," Tony Allen told the Memphis media. "I hate to say the same thing, but grit ‘n grind."

Leonard dunks on Butler and Lopez

Kawhi Leonard posts up against Jimmy Butler and spins by him to hit the rim with a one-handed slam over Butler and Robin Lopez.


Towns show Valanciunas no mercy

Karl-Anthony Towns drives to the basket, rises up and throws down a huge one-handed slam dunk over Jonas Valanciunas.


Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Good win for Bulls -- snaps a three game losing skid and gives group much needed confidence against one of the NBA's best teams. Dwyane Wade says in in-arena interview that it was Bulls' best defensive effort of the year. Key will be how they follow this up in next week.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Rajon Rondo has had a very solid offensive night. He's 5-for-9 from the field for 10 points and has racked up eight points and eight rebounds. He's trying to take -- and make -- the open looks teams are giving him.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Grizzlies have won 5 straight games, all by 5 points or fewer. Per Elias, the last team to win 5 straight, all by 5 points or fewer, was the 2009-10 Pelicans (then Hornets).

Durant slams, sticks tongue out

Kevin Durant absorbs the contact and throws down a powerful dunk before facing the crowd and sticking his tongue out with a smile.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Marc Gasol during Memphis' 5-game win streak: 26.8 ppg, 51.0 FG%, 50.0 3%, 7.4 rpg, 5.2 apg, 2.0 bpg, plus-40. He has carried the Grizzlies with fellow max guys Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons sidelined.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls' defense was solid throughout 1st half. Spurs shooting just 15-for49 from the field. Cris Felicio has played some nice minutes Jeff the bench -- scoring 7 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Bulls have a 13 point halftime lead with Jimmy Butler going 0-for-5 from the field.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry when asked if he's worried about his job status after. 99-88 loss to the 76ers: "I don't give a s--- about my job status."

Curry gets run over, hits 3 anyway

Steph Curry hits the floor hard on an aggressive closeout from Dante Exum, but still converts with a chance for a four-point play.