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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. on Steph Curry: "He's debatably the best point guard in the league. That's the goal I'm trying to get to."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina (ankle) did not practice today. The guess here is he is unlikely to play on Tuesday against Boston.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr.: "I'm playing tonight." He said the Mavs were being cautious with minor swelling in his knee.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Attorney Alex Spiro, who represented Knicks great Charles Oakley in a criminal matter last year, is leaving his current firm, Brafman & Associates to join international firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Oakley, under Spiro's guidance, accepted a deal to have charges stemming from a February incident at Madison Square Garden dismissed. Oakley is pursuing civil litigation against Madison Square Garden and chief executive James Dolan. It is unclear how Spiro's move impacts Oakley's litigation, if at all. Spiro also defended NBA forward Thabo Sefolosha in 2015 when he was cleared of charges resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Sefolosha settled a suit against the New York Police Department for $4 million.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

After his hot start, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is now the favorite to win the NBA MVP at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. Antetokounmpo is the favorite at 9-4, followed by LeBron James (4-1), Kawhi Leonard (6-1) and Kevin Durant (13-2). Through three games, Antetokounmpo is averaging 38.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

LaVar Ball was encouraged by the Lakers' performance in a losing effort vs. the Pelicans, saying that the team picked Lonzo up after Lonzo's great performance Friday night in Phoenix. LaVar Ball also thought the Lakers' comeback from down 21 in the 3rd quarter will help them in the long run. But he challenged Lonzo to rebound more and close better.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball flirted with a triple-double again with 8 points, 13 assists and 8 rebounds. However, Ball struggled with his shot, missing 10-of-13 shots and all five of his 3-point attempts. He also had 5 turnovers. It was a good learning experience for Ball against the likes of Jrue Holiday with bigs like Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins inside to clog the lanes. "I thought he was good," Luke Walton said. "... I liked Lonzo's aggression tonight... those two bigs, they're monsters in there." Walton says Ball will learn how to deal with that kind of size has he gains experience.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers' bench showed it can play game-changing defense. Luke Walton may have found himself a combination to use with Kyle Kuzma (20 points), Jordan Clarkson (24 points), Julius Randle (11 points), Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart. That unit used a 29-5 run to get the Lakers back in a game that seemed over. "I was searching to find guys that would play at that level," Walton said. "That's probably the first time that lineup ever played together. They were all fighting."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

In his first game as a Laker, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope delivered the things the Lakers signed him for. He provided an offensive, defensive and energy spark with 20 points, 2 steals and a block.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George on the final play, isn't placing any blame on the officials.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook on Melo's apparent big shot, OKC's crunchtime offense and the Karl Towns hard screen that freed Wiggins.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The energy in Staples and with the Lakers is low at the start of this game. And the Pelicans' slow pace isn't helping the Lakers, who trailed by 15 early in second. Lakers are having to work very hard on offense with no easy baskets and are having all sorts of problems stopping Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Lakers have already worked in Lonzo Ball's single "Super Saiyan" to their sound effects after he scores. Ball released the single Friday night after his 29-point near-triple-double in Phoenix.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

With 8.9 seconds left, Westbrook dropped it off to Melo for a go-ahead 3 to put OKC up 113-112, but Andrew Wiggins hit a running buzzer beating banked 3 to beat the Thunder, 115-113. Wiped out what was another clutch-time masterpiece from Westbrook.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The clutch king a year ago, Russell Westbrook apparently still has it. He wanted a 2-for-1 and drilled a 3 with 29.4 seconds left to tie up the Wolves, 110-110.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo is inactive tonight in Los Angeles, but he got some work in pregame.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder have entered clutch-time (last five minutes, margin within five) for the first time this season. Westbrook took the first shot of it, nailing a 3. It will be interesting to see how the offense plays out down the stretch.

Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN 

Phoenix Suns associate head coach Jay Triano will take over as interim coach, league sources tell ESPN.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder got a spark from their bench, but the starters couldn't continue the push as the Wolves lead at half 61-54. Westbrook has 9 on just 3-10 shooting which includes a number of misses at the rim. Melo has 8 on 4-8, George 6 on 3-9. It's the other guys that have kept OKC close (Adams with 14 on 7-8, Felton with 10 on 4-5).

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder trailed by as many as 13 in the opening quarter against the Wolves, but like last night in Utah, Carmelo Anthony plus the bench put together a 9-1 run to end the quarter to have it 28-23. Westbrook, though, struggled again finishing at the rim, starting just 1-5 from the field after a rough 2-11 performance last night.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr., who missed the last two games due to left knee effusion, is questionable for Monday against the Warriors.

Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN 

Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson has been fired, league sources tell ESPN.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Kawhi Leonard (right quadriceps tendinopathy) and Tony Parker (left quadriceps tendon surgery) are out for Monday's game against Toronto.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA's two-minute report states that Andre Drummond fouled Kristaps Porzingis before blocking his shot with 39 seconds to play last night and the Knicks down three. Officials didn't rule the play a foul, which the report states as an incorrect no-call because Drummond grabbed Porzingis arm. Porzingis should have been given two free throws. He said afterward that he felt he was fouled on the play. Had he made them, the Knicks would have trailed by one with 39 seconds to go in a game they once led by 21. The report also states that Tim Hardaway Jr. committed a defensive three seconds with 1:10 to play that was not called.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Patrick Beverley to ESPN: "This is not just a pit stop for me. I want to make LA my home." Beverley also discussed the injury to Milos Teodosic, takeaways from the first two wins of the season, and his approach to games after LaVar Ball said that Beverley won't get interviews after Thursday.

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