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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony surpasses the 23,000-point mark in the first half against the Kings. He's the 5th active player to reach the mark, joining Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, LeBron James and Vince Carter. Anthony is 34th on the overall scoring list, less than 150 points behind Elgin Baylor.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony has 23 first-half points on 8-for-13 shooting. He said he didn't want the Knicks to let the Cleveland loss linger and he's done all he can to make that happen in the first half tonight. Knicks are up 54-53 at the half against Sacramento.

Melo drops 15 first-quarter points

Carmelo Anthony is on fire in the first quarter, going 6-of-8 from the field for 15 points in the opening period against the Kings.


Randle goes coast-to-coast for the and-1

Julius Randle grabs the rebound, then looks like a point guard as he goes coast-to-coast, hits the layup and draws the foul in the first quarter against the Suns.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony is red hot early on, with 15 points in the first quarter. Kristaps Porzingis has hit just one of his first seven shots, so the Knicks may need a big night from Anthony to walk off the floor with a win.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Patrick Beverley said it was like playing in the playgrounds of Chicago on the last few possessions when covering Russell Westbrook.

Beverley's defense results in crucial Westbrook air ball

With a chance to take the lead, Patrick Beverley's suffocating defense on Russell Westbrook results in an air ball. The Rockets defeated the Thunder 102-99.


ESPN Stats and Information  

Russell Westbrook struggled to shoot when he was guarded by Patrick Beverley Friday. Westbrook shot 16.7% when guarded by Beverley, who contested 10 of Westbrook's 12 attempts as his primary defender.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs 111, Pacers 103 (final). Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes combined for 51 points as Dallas bounced back from a humiliating loss.

Ian O'Connor @Ian_OConnor

I think your average NBA superstar guard would prefer a trip to the proctologist to a night being hounded by Patrick Beverley.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Russell Westbrook was able to record his 7th consecutive triple-double on Friday against the Rockets, making him the 4th player in NBA history with at least 7 such consecutive games (Elias). Even with that, the Thunder were unable to come away with a victory. Westbrook missed a potential go-ahead 3-point attempt with six seconds remaining. He is now 4-27 on potential go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds of the 4th quarter/OT in his career. He's missed 10 of his last 11 such attempts.