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About 12 hours to tip-off, quiet — for now — at the Sixers' practice court in Camden, NJ

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tristan Thompson, who left the arena on Thursday wearing a white sweatshirt with Supreme's red logo across the chest, was not surprisingly a fan of JR Smith's Supreme arm sleeve he wore against the Lakers. "It was lit," Thompson told ESPN. Smith did not share his fashion choice with his teammates pregame, whipping off his sweatshirt right before taking the court to reveal the accessory. "He surprised us, that made it even better," Thompson. "If he's going to wear it, he might as well make a scene." He also thought that Smith's execution was better than Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre's Supreme leg sleeve that Oubre recently wore. "I wouldn't do it, but shoot, if they want to wear it and start something, start a trend, why not be the first two to do it? But it's way bigger doing it on TNT than doing it on a local broadcast. So, I'm rolling with my guy Swish." Thompson then shared what he likes about the Supreme brand, which sold a 50 percent stake in its company to the Carlyle Group for a reported $500 million in October. "It's a street-wear brand, very exclusive," Thompson said. "It's always been very popular but now it's just getting where more and more people know what it's about."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James spoke glowingly of Larry Bird after tying him for No. 6 on the all-time triple-doubles list with the 59th of his career on Thursday. "He's one of the greatest players to ever play the game," James said. "Kid from French Lick. Boston. And one of the few guys that ever be in a 3-point contest and shoot with a warm-up shirt on. And, but just his like, he played until he couldn't play no more. Obviously, we know that. He just played until he literally couldn't play the game no more. He gave everything he had. And for young guys that don't know him, they think of Larry Bird as a jump shooter. But he was so much more than that. He was a passer. He averaged double digit rebounds. He defended. He took charges. And it's just straight up complete basketball player and me as a small forward, Scottie (Pippen), Bird, Doc (Julius Irving), George Gervin, the guys I kind of looked up to being a small forward. And they kind of set the precedent of what it is to go out there as a professional and give it all. So, I've always been a fan of Larry Bird and if I linked with any of the greats, especially like him, it's pretty cool."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James said he was "humbled" by the fact that Lonzo Ball has said over and over again that James was his favorite player growing up and that he admired James' demeanor. He added that's one reason why he tweeted happy birthday to the rookie.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James said he can relate to the immense pressure and hype surrounding Lonzo Ball and he likes how Ball is about all about team first. James also took notice of how the young Lakers push the ball.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James took a long moment to talk to Lonzo Ball on the court after the Cavs win, talking to the rookie while covering his mouth and hiding his words with his jersey. Ball wouldn't reveal what James said to him but it had to be a very inspiring moment for Ball, who grew up with posters of James on his wall and trying to mimic his game and demeanor on court.

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Tyronn Lue on Lonzo Ball. "I like him a lot. ... he gets the hockey assist. A lot of guys want the assist for themselves."

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

First meeting between Lonzo Ball and LeBron James and here's the postgame send off.

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LeBron James recorded his 59th career triple-double tonight, tying him with Larry Bird for 6th-most in NBA history. This was LeBron's 4th triple-double of the season, the most by a player in his 15th season or later in NBA history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

MVP chants here for LeBron James as he closes out a 25-12-12 night in the Cavs 121-112 win over the Lakers

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis says that he isn't in significant pain at the moment and it's a good sign that he's standing on his own. He's uncertain about playing Saturday but he says he'll know more after being examined tomorrow.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

LeBron James ties Larry Bird for sixth all time with 59 triple doubles. Meanwhile Lonzo Ball is two rebounds from his third triple of the year. Ball currently has 13 points, 10 assists and 8 boards.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said Kristaps Porzingis originally tweaked his knee in the first half and it bothered him again in the third. Doctors will look at Porzingis again tomorrow. Unclear if ell get x-ray or MRI.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Impressive win for the Knicks, who beat Brooklyn behind 27 points from Courtney Lee and 15 off the bench from Michael Beasley. Key plays from Frank Ntilikina, Ron Baker and Lance Thomas down the stretch as New York was without Kristaps Porzingis in the 2nd half due to a left knee injury. The severity of the injury is unclear.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Barclays Center filled with "Let's go Knicks" chants with New York up 108-100 with 30 seconds to play.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Calderon, who scored 14 points in the Cavs' last game, is up to 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting tonight (all 3s) to account for a new season high in points with Cleveland.