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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Memphis' David Fizdale is a strong frontrunner for December coach of the month honors. Minus two max players, the Grizzlies are 5-0 and up big on Golden State.

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The Pacers rallied to beat the Trail Blazers and became the second NBA team to overcome a 20-point deficit to win this season. The other team is the Hawks, who did it against Bucks on Friday night.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

But sources on both sides expressed confidence tonight that a deal, despite Carmelo Anthony's pessimistic forecast, remains within sight.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The NFL's union, for example, has control over licensing/player likenesses. The NBA's union has been known to covet the same for some time.

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The Warriors trail by 23 points. The last time the Warriors trailed by at least 20 points at halftime was Dec. 3, 2013, at the Rockets (61-37, 24 points). Golden State has led an opponent by at least 20 points at the half 32 times since then.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say control over licensing and player likenesses has emerged as a significant issue in the latter stages of NBA labor talks.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs bench outscoring Brooklyn's 22-8. Patty Mills and Dewayne Dedmon with 5 apiece, but Jonathon Simmons is leading the unit with 7 points on 3-of-5 shooting.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis will sit out tonight's game in Los Angeles against the Clippers because of rest. It will be the second missed game this season for Davis, who has also missed parts of three games.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Eric Gordon with 12 points on 4-6 three-pointers. In last three games, Gordon is shooting 55.6 from 3.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Robin Lopez having a rare off night in first half going just 1/5 from the field -/ but once again Cris Felicio is giving Fred Hoiberg some good production off the bench. He looks more comfortable on the floor and is more confident knowing he has earned a place in the rotation.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

In such a sleepy game, the fans haven't gotten on Mavs owner Mark Cuban yet, Rockets lead the Mavs 60-49 at halftime. James Harden with 10 assists, 17th time he's reached double-figures in assists this season.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden dominated the first half despite attempting only five field goals: 13 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds. Rockets lead Mavs, 60-49.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The Spurs scored 41 points in the first quarter, led by Kawhi Leonard, who is 5 of 9 for 12 points. The difference tonight in San Antonio's fast start is ball movement. The Spurs have racked up 17 buckets on 13 assists. Tony Parker has a team-high 4 assists after the first quarter, followed by Leonard with 3.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler opened the game with 11 points in 10 minutes. Aside from Thursday's matchup with Kawhi Leonard, Butler continues to open games with an edge. He wants to impose his offense on teams early.

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The Warriors' 16 points were their third-fewest in a first quarter in the past three seasons. Andrew Harrison (6) had more points than Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green combined (5).

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The Pelicans' Anthony Davis has seven double-doubles in his last eight games. The only game in that time without a double-double was against the Clippers, the Pelicans' opponent tonight.

LeBron notches his 7,000th assist

LeBron James records his 7,000th career assist with a perfectly timed bounce pass to Tristan Thompson, who finishes with the dunk.

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LeBron throws the hammer down

The Hornets leave LeBron James open, so he takes advantage of it by throwing down a monster slam in the second quarter.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Done with one quarter in Houston and the Rockets lead the Mavericks, 36-27. James Harden with 13 and Eric Gordon has six off the bench.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Montrezl Harrell hit a three-pointers near the end of the first quarter. Every Rockets player has made at least one three-pointer this season for the exception of Clint Capela.

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Ninety-three points might be a milestone to watch in tonight's Nets-Spurs game. San Antonio is 18-1 this season when scoring 93 or more points in a game and 0-4 when held to fewer than 93.

Ibaka gives Faried two thumbs down after rejection

Orlando's Serge Ibaka celebrates blocking Denver's Kenneth Faried by gesturing with two thumbs down.

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How will the Heat respond to Friday's 30-point loss to the Cavaliers when they play the Bulls? Even one of Miami's strengths, NBA rebounding leader Hassan Whiteside, might be affected by the Bulls' offensive rebounding -- they lead the league in that statistic (13.5 per game).