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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on Kings C DeMarcus Cousins: "He's as big of a matchup problem at the center position as I've seen in some time. Just because now he effectively shoots 3s, he's a beast on the inside, he can shoot midrange and he's a great passer and an unselfish player. ... There are many, many challenges. He's virtually impossible to guard one-on-one in the post, and I've never seen a center drive the ball like that." The Mavs face Cousins' Kings on Wednesday.

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Wall had career-high game in loss

John Wall scored 52 points on 18-of-31 shooting, but it was not enough to get the Wizards the win. Orlando beat Washington 124-116.


Knicks beat Heat for fourth straight win

Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points and Kristaps Porzingis added a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in New York's 114-103 victory over Miami.


Hayward scores on pass to himself

Gordon Hayward loses control of the ball as he's driving to the basket, then regains control and scores an unconventional layup against the Suns.


Jackson's no-look, backwards pass finds Drummond

Detroit's Reggie Jackson tracks down the loose ball and throws a no-look, backwards pass to Andre Drummond for the easy dunk against the Bulls.


Spurs win, remain undefeated on the road

Kawhi Leonard dropped 31 points in the Spurs' 105-81 win over the Timberwolves to improve to 13-0 on the road so far this season.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

There are certainly some question marks, but I think it's fair to say that the roster Phil Jackson put together looks promising after 21 games. The Knicks are three games over .500 for the first time since 2012-13 and have won nine of 12.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward during Jazz's 7-1 run: 27 ppg, 49.6 FG%, 50 3%, 86.3 FT% with 10 free throws per game. He's dominating despite pain and swelling in his left ring finger, which he broke during training camp.

Gobert slams home reverse alley-oop

Rudy Gobert punctuated the Jazz's 112-105 victory over the Suns with this reverse alley-oop slam.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach Randolph to Memphis media after first game since mother Mae's death: "My mom was great, man. My mom was all I had, all we had. This is what I did it for. She was the rock of this family. It's just tough, but I'm going to continue to go hard for her and leave it all out there and do it for her. … She was my No. 1 fan. She watched every game. My phone would be ringing now."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler's assessment of his team's defense: "We're not defending the way we're capable of. Messing up assignments, we're not boxing out. We're not playing to guys' weaknesses. We can't let that happen. We got to fix it. We got to treat every last one of these games like it's our last one. All these count early on so we got to start turning it around, we got to start winning."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Good note from Jacob Nitzberg of ESPN Stats and Information: "Today was Jimmy's 13th game this season with 10+ Free Throw attempts. That ties him with Anthony Davis for the most such games in the league this season. Most Games with 10+ FTA This Season Anthony Davis 13 Jimmy Butler 13 James Harden 12 Russell Westbrook 11"

Whiteside dunks, stares down Holiday

After Tyler Johnson's shot gets blocked, Hassan Whiteside throws down a dunk and glares at the Knicks' Justin Holiday, who tried but failed to block Whiteside's dunk attempt.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach Randolph had 12 points and 14 rebounds in his emotional return from a seven-game absence following his mother's death, as the injury-ravaged Grizzlies extended their winning streak to four games with a 96-91 victory over the 76ers.