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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach LaVine told reporters in Minnesota that he'd like to try to dunk on Kristaps Porzingis. He gave it a shot in the third quarter tonight but was rejected by Porzingis, who is averaging 2.6 blocks per game in his last 5 games.

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Porzingis' block leads to Melo 3 (0:30)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Exactly how Phil Jackson drew it up: a Kristaps Porzingis block is gathered by Derrick Rose, who finds Carmelo Anthony for a 3-pointer in transition. The Knicks are up by 12 on Minnesota. With a win, they'll be a game over .500. This would be latest in the season they'd be over .500 since 2013.

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Nothing blue about Big Blue's defense

The Giants will take a six-game winning streak into Pittsburgh on Sunday. New York hasn't allowed more than two TDs in a game in two months (Minnesota, 24-10 on Oct. 3).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Karl-Anthony Towns put up a career-high 47 points on Wednesday against New York. It's safe to say he isn't going to break that mark tonight. He's just 1-for-7 thus far in the first half and has four points against New York. The T-Wolves trail by 11 but have been outscored by 23 in Towns' 14 minutes.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek goes with the Derrick Rose-Brandon Jennings backcourt late in the first half. He's had a love-hate relationship with this alignment because of what it allows defensively. But the Knicks seem content to outscore Minnesota tonight. They already have 62 points in the half.

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Kuzminskas goes strong for posterizing dunk (0:24)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mindaugas Kuzminskas gets the attention of the MSG crowd with that dunk. The crowd yells "Kuuuuzzzz" after Kuzminskas puts down a left-handed dunk over Minnesota's Cole Aldrich. Kuzminskas is one of several reserves signed by Phil Jackson who've played well early on this season.

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Rose throws up a floater (0:20)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Extremely balanced scoring for the Knicks early on against Minnesota. Three starters have at least six points. Justin Holiday, in for the injured Courtney Lee, has been particularly active. He has six points and five rebounds in 11 minutes. New York is up 30-21 heading into the second quarter.

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The Mets re-signed backup catcher René Rivera. Rivera was Noah Syndergaard's personal catcher for most of 2016. Syndergaard had a 2.50 ERA in 140 1/3 innings (30 steals, 7 caught stealing) with Rivera catching and a 2.91 ERA in 43 1/3 innings (18 steals, 2 caught stealing) caught by others.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have non-tendered lefty reliever Jacob Lindgren. Lindgren, 23, was the Yankees' top draft pick (55th overall) in 2014 out of Mississippi State. He made the big leagues in 2015, but has been beset by injuries, including an elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery and will likely keep him out until 2018.

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Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

The Brooklyn Nets have signed restricted free agent forward Donatas Montiejunas to an offer sheet paying $37 million over four years, sources told The Undefeated on Friday. The Houston Rockets have three days to match the offer or Montiejunas will join the Nets.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Holiday will start in place of the injured Courtney Lee tonight. With Holiday in the starting lineup, Jeff Hornacek may increase Mindaugas Kuzminskas' minutes. He also has Lance Thomas back for the first time in three weeks and a healthy Sasha Vujacic. So he'll have options at backup SG.

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Red, white, blue and OBJ all over

We gave apparel designers a list of players, a blank canvas, and one instruction -- the crazier, the better. Here's what one artist came up with for Odell Beckham Jr.'s cleats. Designing NFL stars' custom cleats

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah will be out tonight, per Jeff Hornacek. Kyle O'Quinn will start at center. Unclear who plays at shooting guard in place of Lee. Also, Lance Thomas will dress. Thomas has been out since Nov. 12 due to ankle injuries.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets DE Mo Wilkerson on the passing of former teammate Joe McKnight (statement via Jets): "It's tragic what happened to Joe. I'm definitely upset and really hurt. He was a brother to me more than a teammate. I enjoyed the time when he was here and getting to know him as a person. I think it's going to hurt his son the most and that's what is really bothering me – knowing that a kid will have to grow up without his dad. I have my own kids and know how they make me feel. Just being around Joe, he always loved talking about his son and the time that they spent together."

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A matter of classic conditioning

When Eli Manning apologized to rookie WR Sterling Shepard this week, it was a reminder of a practice for many QBs: Targeting receivers early keeps them running hard the rest of the way. Mort & Schefter's notebook

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OBJ or Brown: Who will have the better game? (1:12)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets will honor the late Joe McKnight, shot Thursday outside New Orleans, with a moment of silence before their Monday night game.

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1927 Yankees diary

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    "The Diary of Myles Thomas" is an experiment in storytelling, a genre we're calling real-time historical fiction. Experience the Roaring Twenties through the eyes of a mediocre pitcher on the greatest baseball team of all time.