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Seven NBA rookies who surprised us most

When rookies exceed expectations, it gets our attention. Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton look at seven surprises from the rookie class, including one making a difference for a contender.

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Warriors celebrate NBA title at White House

A basketball enthusiast, President Barack Obama applauded the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and marveled at how they are revolutionizing professional basketball.

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Kevin Pelton

Pelton: Ranking 40 greatest NBA players ever

Where do Michael Jordan and LeBron James finish in Kevin Pelton's all-time top 40? Our NBA Insider takes a statistical look at the greatest players ever to hit the court.

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Curry, Durant to GSW, Dwight's future

Jorge Sedano, Israel Gutierrez and Amin Elhassan discuss another monster game for Stephen Curry, if it's too early to consider him an all-time great, the possibility of Kevin Durant joining the Warriors, Dwight Howard's future and more.

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Strauss: Stephen Curry takes capital by storm

Stephen Curry's 25 first-quarter points brought the D.C. crowd to its feet, cheering as though their guy had hit a buzzer beater for the home team, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.

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Stephen Curry: No longer slumping

Curry entered Wednesday with 50 points in his previous three games. He had more than that and put on an entertaining show against the Wizards.

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1dGreg Rosenstein

LeBron drops to No. 9 in fantasy re-draft

LeBron James drops to No. 9 as ESPN.com's fantasy basketball experts re-draft players at the midpoint of the NBA season. Who else saw a major drop? And who rose up the charts?

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3dKevin Pelton

Isiah underrated among all-time greats?

Magic Johnson and other NBA legends said #NBArank had Isiah Thomas too low. Are they right? Kevin Pelton examines if the Hall of Fame point guard is really underrated or overrated.

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Pacers go back and forth with Hawks

It's been a see-saw battle as Indiana is up 62-61 midway through the third period. Paul George is up to 19 points while Paul Millsap has 18 for Atlanta. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Halftime: Cavaliers 49, Celtics 43

Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith each poured in 11 points as Cleveland turned a strong first 12 minutes into a halftime advantage. LeBron James scored nine points but was just 3-of-8 from the floor with four turnovers. Halftime stats

Fans let C.J. Miles know he airballed

When an opponent airballs, you make sure they're aware.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Duncan getting in some pre-game work. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he's "coming along slowly, but surely."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Barnes knocks a down a jumper and hears it from the MSG crowd. Score is tied at 26-26 early in the second quarter. Knicks have opened the game 4-for-8 from beyond the arc.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Hornets and Heat in a tight one, with game tied 47-47 at the half. Hassan Whiteside leads the way with 5 blocks in a game in which the teams have combined for 14 rejections in the first half. That's fitting on a night when the Hornets are honoring Hall of Fame center Alonzo Mourning.

Pacers losing matchup, winning match

Paul Millsap outdueled Paul George 16-14 in the first half but Indiana holds a 51-50 lead at intermission. Sixteen of Atlanta's 19 field goals have been assisted, but the Hawks have been sloppy with the ball, committing 10 turnovers that yielded 12 points. Halftime stats

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are down six after one quarter. Jose Calderon has 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting. The rest of the Knicks are a combined 3-for-17.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets F Joe Johnson is now 10th all-time in made 3s with 1,789 and counting.

Clippers ride hot shooting

Los Angeles jumped to a 55-44 halftime lead behind the 14 points of J.J. Redick, who shot 4-of-5 from the floor and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Orlando mustered only 2-for-11 from deep, but have picked up 18 points off 11 Clipper turnovers. Halftime stats

Johnson powering Nets with 13 in first

Joe Johnson has Brooklyn on top of Sacramento 33-25 in the Barclays Center after the Nets shot 60 percent in the first quarter. Rajon Rondo was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field for the Kings with 11 points and four assists. Follow live

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas landed awkwardly after a layup attempt was blocked and limped to the locker room late in the first quarter in Cleveland. The team said he is getting the ankle re-taped and will return to the game.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Barnes checks in for Memphis for the first time. Mild boos from the MSG crowd. This is the second time Barnes and Derek Fisher are in the same building since the two were involved in an offseason altercation.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis, who has been struggling over the past two games, just knocked down a 3 to cut Memphis' lead to 14-10. Jose Calderon has 7 points for New York. Matt Barnes has yet to check in.

Hawks know how to share the ball

Atlanta has 14 assists on 16 field goals. That unselfishness has translated into a 38-36 lead in the second quarter over Indiana. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Wizards cast 'score', cuts 76ers HP by half

Things are going great for the home team in Washington as the Wizards have doubled up the Sixers 38-18 after one. John Wall and Bradley Beal would've been enough by themselves, combining for 20 first-quarter points. Follow live

Clippers power to lead over Magic

Los Angeles holds the top three scorers in the game through one quarter with Chris Paul (9 points), Paul Pierce (7 points) and J.J. Redick (6 points) as Orlando trails 28-20. Follow live

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Hornets lead the Heat 31-25 after the first quarter. Miami's defense struggled with Charlotte's interchangeable wings Nic Batum, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. But the Heat's bench contributed 13 early points.

Pacers edge out Hawks through one

Paul George is up to 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting after playing the entire first quarter. But Atlanta countered with a game-high 14 points from Paul Millsap, who went 6-for-7 from the floor. Indiana is up 29-26 after the opening frame. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Grizzlies (29-20) at Knicks (23-29)

Reeling New York had no answer for Marc Gasol last month and will face him after a difficult loss in the first of back-to-back games. The Knicks are looking to avoid a sixth straight loss in this series and deny visiting Memphis its longest winning streak in a year. Follow live

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Celtics (29-22) at Cavaliers (35-13)

Cleveland is trying to bounce back from a loss at Charlotte that ended a five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, a surging Boston has won 10 of its last 13 games. Follow live

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Barnes will play tonight against the Knicks, the Grizzlies say. Barnes was questionable due to a hamstring injury. This is his second game against Derek Fisher's Knicks since the Barnes-Fisher offseason altercation.