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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks look incredibly sluggish right now. All five players sauntered to the bench with their heads down after that last stoppage in play. You usually see players high five when they come back to the bench. There were no hi-fives exchanged among Knicks during this timeout. NY is down 23.

LeBron drives by Knicks defense twice

LeBron James breaks down New York's defense for a dunk on one possession, and then executes a spin move and finishes with a layup during the next sequence.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah will be missing its starting backcourt -- George Hill (toe) and Rodney Hood (hamstring) -- in Thursday's game against the Warriors.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 117, Magic 87: Playing without All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas (groin strain), the Celtics responded with maybe their finest 48-minute effort of the season and a dominant second-half propelled them to a lopsided win over a previously red-hot Magic team. Marcus Smart, starting in place of Thomas, had 13 points, while Terry Rozier added a career-high 16 points off the bench. Avery Bradley put up a team-high 23 points.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Steph Curry practicing from long range while Kevin Durant watches.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A Cavs visit to MSG usually generates some buzz but the crowd tonight been very quiet. The Knicks being 15 points down certainly factors in. But you'd expect a little more volume in the building no matter what the score is. CeeLo Green, performing at halftime, can't even get the crowd on its feet.

Russillo @ryenarussillo

I like this Brandon Jennings play where if you don't know you are getting the ball, how could the defense know?

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Lou Williams made a 66-foot shot at the halfcourt buzzer for the Lakers. But the Rockets lead 67-55. Eric Gordon with 17, James Harden has 16. Houston shooting 50 percent from the floor. Williams? He's got 17.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Garden crowd gave a nice hand to ex-Knicks coach and ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy , who was shown on the Jumbotron. Van Gundy is the last coach to lead a Knick team to The Finals, in 1999.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony has taken just four shots thus far. He played 37 minutes last night against Miami and seems a step slow. If Anthony doesn't have it tonight, you wonder where the scoring comes from. They'll have to lean heavily on Kristaps Porzingis (12 points, 5-for-11 shooting) and Brandon Jennings (10 points, 4-for-7 shooting.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Cavs came out of the gates looking like they were gonna blow out the Derrick Rose-less Knicks. But Cleveland's defense -- which has been bad at times this season -- hasn't been great again. Knicks have 46 points with 3 minutes left in first half -- and Melo has only taken four shots thus far.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said backup point guard Ray Felton will miss tonight's game against the Warriors because of a "family thing."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Blake Griffin is getting some work in before tonight's game against the Warriors on ESPN.

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J.A. Adande @jadande

Doc Rivers: "I'm not an emotional guy...I'm more volcanic than emotional." Says the Clippers are an emotional team though.