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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Warriors beat Bulls 119-112. Niko Mirotic has another big night with 24 points in 27 minutes. Big question for Bulls now is the health of Kris Dunn. He took a hard fall on his face after a dunk late in the 4th. He was bleeding and appeared to crack a few teeth.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

It was a pretty complete, and dominant, second half for the Thunder against the Lakers, outscoring them 54-36 to pull away impressively. In two meetings against the Lakers, the Thunder have a plus-61 margin. In this one, it was Carmelo Anthony who cooked, carving up any defender in front of him as Steven Adams manhandled the Lakers on the interior. Westbrook and George didn't shoot it well, but it didn't matter as the talent gap between the teams couldn't have been more obvious.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

In two meetings against Oklahoma City without Lonzo Ball, the Lakers have lost by 37 and 24 points, respectively. The Lakers are now 0-8 when Ball is out. Besides Ball pushing the pace, creating ball movement and unselfish hockey assists on offense, the Lakers really miss their rookie point guard on defense. Entering tonight, the Lakers surrendered 107.8 points per game and 44.6% shooting with Ball. Without Ball, that swelled to 124.1 points and 51.9% shooting per game.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting Lonzo Ball-Russell Westbrook comparison statistic through the first 36 games of their career from ESPN Stats and Info: Ball Westbrook W-L 15-21

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Adding more pain to this night for the Lakers: Kyle Kuzma is done for the game with a left hand joint sprain.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the worst quarters of the season for the Bulls. They scored just 12 points and were 6-for-25 from the field. The Bulls did not attempt a free throw and were 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Justin Holiday are a combined 7-for-34 from the field.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been downgraded to out with a strained right Achilles tendon.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope strained his right Achilles tendon and is questionable to return. Josh Hart starts second half for KCP.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

OKC's offense looked quite good in the first half, moving the ball and finding efficient looks, but Julius Randle has torched them on the other end. That's been the story for the Thunder the last couple weeks, an inability to play a game with both ends of the floor clicking.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (ankle) officially ruled out for the third straight game tonight against the Denver Nuggets.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee set a new Knicks record with 46 straight made free throws. Chris Duhon had the previous mark. Lee leads the NBA in free-throw percentage at 96 percent.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is back in the locker room after hurting his foot/ankle area.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls close 1st quarter with a bang. Down 12 at one point, Bulls come roaring back to take a 40-38 lead. Robin Lopez is in the midst of one of his best starts of the season — 10 points, going 5-for-6 from the field. Bulls bench already has 13 points.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Floyd Mayweather just sat down courtside in Oklahoma City, next to Russell Westbrook's brother, Ray.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Westbrook has started out 1-8 shooting, which most recently includes getting rim-checked on a dunk attempt. After it, he ripped off the tape on his left thumb.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Something to watch: Russell Westbrook ran to the locker room during pregame warmups and was not on the floor during the national anthem, coming back out with his left thumb taped up. It appears to be bothering him some, with him grimacing at times, but after Billy Donovan asked him if he was OK, Westbrook quickly said, "I'm good."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Less than five minutes into the game, Luke Walton has burned two timeouts. Looking like it's going to be a long night for the Lakers against OKC again without Lonzo Ball.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

And Luke Walton calls his first timeout less than two minutes into the game after Oklahoma City scores their first two baskets and Lakers look completely stuck in mud on offense.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Revised suspension amounts for the Rockets players are: Trevor Ariza will lose $51,178 per game for a total of $102,357. Gerald Green will lose $9,527 per game for a total of $19,054.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

When asked about it, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ruled out the possibility of Kawhi Leonard missing the rest of the season due to his quadriceps injury. Leonard is out indefinitely.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton says he doesn't expect Lonzo Ball to play Friday either. Walton added he's not a doctor but that Ball doesn't look like someone who will play Friday. "He could play but I don't expect him to," Walton said.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Roberson is back in his starting spot tonight against the Lakers. He's missed the last eight games with knee tendinitis.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Hard cap and luxury tax restrictions will present a challenge for New Orleans with the $2.75M Alexis Ajinca Disability Player Exception. The Pelicans are $706K below the tax and $1.29M below the hard cap. New Orleans would need to clear salary and a roster spot to use.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Frank Ntilikina after his 10-point, 10-assist, 7-rebound game against Brooklyn on Monday: "My last two games were not that good so I learned about it. I was like let's go, stop thinking about it. I was thinking too much in these games. I just said let's go, let's bring what I can to the team." Richie Felder, one of Ntilikina's representatives at CAA, had a two-hour breakfast with the rookie point guard before the game. Felder talked to Ntilikina about being aggressive and leaving the first half of the season behind him. That message seemed to resonate. "It's time," Ntilikina said after the Nets game. "I know it's about time especially I have to go out there and be confident and be aggressive. I won't relax now. I'm just motivated to do more in the future." The Knicks will need more from Ntilikina and guard Trey Burke during a grueling 6-game road trip, which may define their season.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Monday night was an eventful one for the LA Clippers. But Wesley Johnson and Tyrone Wallace are focusing on bringing that same energy level for another nationally televised home game; this time against the Denver Nuggets, a team that offensive rebounds well and has featured Will Barton in a starter's role.

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