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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

What seemed like it would be a big spark for OKC, was not. Russell Westbrook went coast-to-coast and threw down a vicious dunk, but the Hornets responded with an 8-0 run. Still: The dunk was very good.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Dunn just made a nice block on one end and knocked in two more points on the other end. He's really coming along nicely in the last couple weeks. Bulls have to be pleased with his progress.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Milos Teodosic will start tonight and play limited minutes. It is his first game action since injuring his foot on October 21.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

You won't believe this, but Danilo Gallinari is OUT tonight due to an injury to his left glute. Doc Rivers says he got hurt in 4th quarter Saturday against the Wizards. It's a new injury, not the one that cost him more than a month and just returned from Wednesday.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State forward Draymond Green (shoulder soreness) will be held out of tonight's game against Portland. Second-year guard Patrick McCaw (concussion protocol) will be active.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Niko Mirotic continues playing with a lot of confidence since his return. He's already got 11 points and is looking for his shot all over the floor. Mirotic is at his best when he believes he can make all the plays — that's what he's doing right now.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George put Jeremy Lamb on his backside with a crossover, then to officially make it a highlight, hit the step-back 3.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens says Al Horford (right knee contusion) is feeling better and is hopeful he will play. Stevens says Horford will warm up and then they will make a final decision.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

After missing the last two games with a calf injury, Paul George will start tonight against the Hornets. Andre Roberson, who injured his ankle Saturday against the Grizzlies, is out. Billy Donovan isn't announcing Roberson's starting replacement until closer to tip-off.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Niko Mirotic will start in Markkanen's place vs. Celtics.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Lauri Markkanen (back spasms) will not play vs. Celtics.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Harrison Gaines, the agent for all three Ball Brothers, told ESPN that LiAngelo and LaMelo have signed  a one-year deal with Lithuanian team Vytautas. Expected to head to Lithuania in early-January.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

While discussing how Milos Teodosic will help the Clippers get easier baskets, Austin Rivers discussed how his points are coming mostly in isolation. Rivers points out that he is in the top five in points per possession among the 17 players who have been in 70+ isolations this season, per Synergy, a list that includes James Harden, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant.

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