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Heading into the Jazz's home game against the Nuggets, Utah center Rudy Gobert is one of two NBA players averaging 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks a game. The other is the Pelicans' Anthony Davis. The Nuggets have lost four consecutive road games against the Jazz. Denver hasn't lost five straight road games against the Jazz since the Nuggets dropped 14 in a row from Nov. 27, 1996, to March 18, 2003.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek looks on as Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Sasha Vujacic shoot from beyond the arc after practice:

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks' Lithuanian forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas has fans in the elite chess community. Peter Heine Nielsen, the coach of World Chess champion Magnus Carlsen, was in New York and posted a photo of himself purchasing a Kuzminskas jersey.

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Jimmy Butler is tied with Michael Jordan for the longest streak of 20-point games by a Bulls player in the last 20 seasons.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban on potential use of marijuana by NBA players for medicinal purposes: "For every performance-enhancing drug, there is the ability to get an exception. And if there is medicinal value to it, you get an exception. Period, end of story. So I don't think it's any big conversation or discussion, because if it was for a medical reason … There's guys across professional sports that take testosterone, because medically, they need to do it. Why would this be any different? "You just tell the league. One way to get in trouble is to not allow somebody to do what it is that they need to do to get healthy or do their job. So I've got no problem with that."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Marquette alums Jimmy Butler and Wes Matthews share a few words before Bulls/Mavs game.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Bogut believes the NBA should allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes but continue to ban recreational use. "I've never tried it. I don't know how much it helps, but from what I heard from guys who are retired and have chronic injuries, they say it helps a lot," Bogut said. "Like I said, you are bringing a big can of worms if you allow it [without restrictions]. If you have open season, you're going to have guys, I guarantee you're going to have people playing in a game or practicing high. It's just the reality of it. You have guys in pro sports playing hungover. You have guys come to practice drunk sometimes. That's how it is. If you all of the sudden can smoke, although there are a lot of positives to it, the downside is you could possibly have a lot of guys that are not 100 percent in the present. I think that's why the league is saying what it's saying. "But as far as it being legal in society, it should be fine to be legal. It's a plant, it's an herb, it's a weed. … People that I've known that smoke, friends of mine, they're the most chill kind of people ever. They don't want to cause problems or fight. They usually just want to get a bag of Cheetos and sit there and watch TV or whatever. I think the effects of alcohol are far worse than weed can ever be."

Towns drives, rocks rim with one hand

Minnesota's Ricky Rubio passes the ball to Karl-Anthony Towns, who drives to the basket and rocks the rim with a one-handed jam.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Bogut: "I've never really gotten high in my life. I thought I had some weed as a kid, but I think the guy sold me regular grass."

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

KAT/Wiggins/Lavine on floor Under Thibodeau: 112.8 DRtg Under Mitchell: 111.9 DRtg (Portland has NBA-worst 110.4 DRtg)

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The Lakers take a 10-11 record into their game in Memphis against the Grizzlies. Los Angeles has not been at or above .500 through 22 games since the 2011-12 season, when they were 13-9. The made it to the conference semifinals that season.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban, asked about Steve Kerr's comments about marijuana, notes that players can apply for a medicinal exception for banned substances.

Greek Freak denies Bogdanovic dunk

Brooklyn's Bojan Bogdanovic looked to be on his way for a big dunk, but Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo would have nothing to do with it.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle raved about Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg's "likeability." How would the Mavs coach grade himself in that department? "How about an easier question?" Carlisle replied with a wry grin.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says Niko Mirotic will start for Dwyane Wade.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Doug McDermott has been cleared for contact. He will practice with the Windy City Bulls Monday and Tuesday.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs G Seth Curry welcomes fans to their seats at the AAC but won't play vs. the Bulls due to a sprained right knee.

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The 76ers have lost five of six games without Joel Embiid this season, with four of the losses by double digits. Philadelphia is 3-10 in games Embiid has played.

Tom Haberstroh ESPN Staff Writer 

Some MIN-CHA pregame research: Minnesota's second-half woes have turned around in a big way lately. +22 over last five games after halftime.

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Two players to watch in the Timberwolves' game at the Hornets. Karl-Anthony Towns has averaged 33.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in his last two games. In his last two games against the Timberwolves, Kemba Walker has averaged 32.0 points and shot 62 percent from the field.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

NBA issues brief statement to ESPN regarding Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitting to marijuana use.