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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on the MVP competition with Russell Westbrook: "I just worry about what we have here and winning games. That's all."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on the NBA's statistical explosion this season: "The league is getting better all the way around. ... It's fun to watch. I'm happy to be a part of it."

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Chad Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

This may be the best freshman draft classes ever, but none of the elite freshmen ranked in our Top 10 could get their team to the Final Four. The two best freshmen left, Gonzaga's Zach Collins and UNC's Tony Bradley, are big men who come off the bench for their teams.

Chad Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

The only player left in the NCAA tournament ranked on our Big Board as a lottery pick is Gonzaga's Zach Collins. UNC's Josh Jackson and Tony Bradley are potential 1st rounders.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets G Pat Beverley on the DNP-Rest trend: "I think that's bulls---. I think that's a disgrace to this league. I think that fans deserve better. I could care less about coaches ask players to rest or not. It's up to you to play or not, and if you don't you're disrespecting the game. And I don't believe in disrespecting the game, because there was a time where I wasn't playing in the NBA and I was trying to get here. So me resting I feel like is disrespecting me, disrespecting the name on the front of the jersey and disrespecting the name on the back of the jersey."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (left foot strain) will not play against the Warriors.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook now has 36 triple-doubles this season, 5 shy of Oscar Robertson's single-season record (1961-62). Robertson also has the most 30-point triple-doubles with 24. Westbrook has 18, tied with Robertson (1963-64) for 2nd place (via Elias Sports Bureau).

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden is all smiles despite the black tape on his sore left wrist as he socializes on his way out of the Toyota Center.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle sprain) will not play tonight in Denver, per Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Teams leading by at least 18 points in the final 5 minutes are 359-1 this season. The Clippers' loss on Sunday is the only loss.

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The Clippers blew an 18-point lead with 5 minutes remaining against the Kings. The Clippers missed their final 9 field goal attempts of the game, and were outscored 22-3 in that stretch.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Billy Donovan keeps stressing that inconsistency of focus and effort killed the Thunder defensively against the explosive Rockets.

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Kemba Walker's 31-point performance vs. the Suns on Sunday marked his 50th 20-point game of the season, a career-high of such games for Walker and the third-most in a single season in Hornets history (tied with Jason Richardson).

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets' Red Rowdies are rocking after Houston rolled over the Thunder.

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Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Chris Paul misses potential game-winning jumper at the horn to complete epic collapse vs. Kings. Sacramento made 9 of their last 11 shots, while Clippers miss their last 9 shots. Kings win 98-97 after going on 22-3 run in last 5:16 of game.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden was down for a few moments after scoring on a drive with 38.2 seconds left. He got up holding his left wrist as he walked off the court with two trainers. Harden didn't return but after the game he talked to Lisa Salters with his wrist wrapped in a bandage.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The fans who aren't fleeing for the exits held their breath as James Harden stayed down on the floor for several seconds after his dagger drive. "MVP! MVP!" the fans chanted as Harden finally got on his feet.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Kings were down 94-76 with 5:16 left. Now lead Clippers 98-97 with 1.8 left.