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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Joel Embiid got a chance to meet UFC star and fellow Cameroon native Francis Ngannou earlier today. Ngannou will fight at UFC 220 in Boston on Saturday.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Joel Embiid. Two-sport star? From today after shootaround here in Boston.

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Howard Chen ESPN 

Not sure which is better: Harden returning tonight, or these Harden cheer puppets and gummies being given away tonight at the game lol

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

James Harden has been cleared to return from his hamstring injury tonight against Minnesota, but will be on a minutes restriction. Luc Mbah a Moute will start for the suspended Trevor Ariza.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee tells reporters in Memphis that he was frustrated by the technical he received from Derrick Stafford with 18 seconds to play and the Knicks down three. Lee was assessed the technical for using inappropriate language, per Stafford. I'm at a loss for words," Lee said. "I wasn't expecting to get a tech." "You can't make the game personal,'' Lee added. "I wasn't even talking to [the ref]. I was talking to (Dillon Brooks). I've been in this league 10 years. I've heard 10 times worse things said. You're ready to throw the ball up but you're eyeing in on that situation?''

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Denver started Will Barton at point guard tonight. Barton had the ball in his hands with the game on the line and wasn't able to execute, and he was fully accountable about the missed opportunity in LA tonight.

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Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Nikola Jokic on fellow Serbia national team member Milos Teodosic dropping a career-high 15 points in their first meeting: "I saw, maybe in the NBA, yeah. ... I like to play against someone who speaks my language, it's kind of fun. I'm glad that he played good."

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Doc Rivers on Blake Griffin, Austin Rivers being complaint targets: "...It's not just Blake and Austin. It's everybody. Just go through the league, you see it every night. You know, Blake and Austin's names are more nuclear, if you print their names and it comes out."

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Denny Alfonso ESPN 

Blake Griffin comenta a ESPN como está el ambiente en el camerino de los Clippers de regreso a su recinto " Todo el mundo está tranquilo, somos un equipo muy unido entre nosotros"dijo . Los Clippers ganan por sexta vez consecutiva esta vez frente a los Nuggets; a pesar del episodio con los Rockets , el equipo parece encontrar norte rumbo a los playoffs.

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Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

The LA Clippers overcame a 12-point 3rd quarter deficit and 32 points allowed off turnovers to beat the Denver Nuggets 109-104. The Clippers have now passed the Nuggets, Pelicans, and Trail Blazers in the Western Conference standings and are now 6th.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Lakers are now 0-8 without Lonzo Ball this season. They have scored under 100 points in 6 of those 8 games.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Warriors matched the longest road win streak in team history with their 14th straight win. They also matched the third-longest single-season road win streak in NBA history.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls announce Kris Dunn chipped and dislocated two front teeth following his fall. He was evaluated for a concussion and didn't show concussion symptoms. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope says he avoided any serious injury with his right Achilles tendon. "I was relieved when the X-ray came back negative," the guard said. "It was good. Hopefully it's short term, but we're just going to see tomorrow what I can do. I just didn't feel 100 percent [when he tested it after halftime]. I couldn't move how I wanted to move so I kind of just shut it down. It's not serious. No pop, no nothing."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Julius Randle hit 8-of-11 shots –- at one point making seven straight shots in the second quarter -- and scored 16 points. However, all his points came in the first half as he played just nine minutes in the second half with the game getting out of hand. Randle also only had one rebound and Luke Walton said the Lakers needed Randle to set the tone physically for them. "He was good," Walton said. "Obviously with Julius, I've said this all year, my expectations for him are high. And one of the things I challenged him to do, we have a young team, he's our physical presence, he's our guy that needs to bully other teams and he did that offensively tonight... Defensively, not just he, but we got pushed around. We need him to be not necessarily our tough guy, but our guy when we're getting pushed around, pushes back a little bit."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

After saying that the Lakers let Memphis "punk us all over the floor" on Monday, Luke Walton said OKC "beat us up" and that the Lakers "weren't tough" as Los Angeles surrendered 21 offensive rebounds. The Lakers were out-rebounded 54-30 as Steven Adams set the tone with his 21 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive). The Lakers' starting five totaled eight rebounds. "We weren't tough," Walton said. "They beat us up... the way Adams was doing whatever he wanted out there on the floor, we're not really giving ourselves a chance to win the game… We've got to realize certain teams like Memphis, OKC, Minnesota, these are big, strong men. We've got to be ready to fight and unfortunately we were not tonight."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

From the NBA, here is the referee's explanation of the Courtney Lee technical foul:

Denny Alfonso ESPN 

A propósito del incidente con los Rockets el jugador de los Clippers Tyrone Wallace comentó a ESPN que el camerino "es un lugar muy sagrado, es donde nuestro equipo se alista para lo que hay que hacer en un juego... lo que pasó, pasó y la liga se encarga".

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach LaVine will meet with the Bulls medical staff tomorrow to discuss the next step in his comeback. He is hopeful he will start playing a few more minutes starting with the Bulls' next game on Saturday in Atlanta.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Doc Rivers didn't expect any of his players to be disciplined for MLK night's events, but he also didn't think suspensions were warranted. Overall, Rivers felt that players can be more like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in how they react to trash talk.

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Denny Alfonso ESPN 

El entrenador de los Clippers Doc Rivers habló del incidente en camerinos con los Rockets, que le costó dos juegos a Trevor Ariza y Gerald Green diciendo que "más gente de ese equipo estuvo involucrada, a mi no me gustan las suspensiones y que jugadores pierdan partidos" comentó.

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Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray is missing his first career game tonight due to concussion protocol.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma (left hand joint sprain) hopes to be able to play on Friday against Indiana. He said his hand hurts but there isn't swelling as of now.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tried to test his strained Achilles before the start of the second half and couldn't play. However Caldwell-Pope and Luke Walton are optimistic that the guard avoided serious injury.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ingram tweaked his ankle injury again but Luke Walton said if the Lakers needed Ingram, he could've played.