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Harden goes for 51 against Kings

James Harden was virtually unstoppable in Houston, pouring in a career-high 51 points in the Rockets' win.

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Mavs top Thunder, end two-game losing skid (1:29)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo soft served (1:57)

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Kings to sign Sim Bhullar

Calvin Watkins breaks down the Kings signing 7-foot-5 Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract, which would make him the first player of Indian descent in league history.

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The advantage of scoring point guards (2:51)

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J.A. Adande @jadande

The only damage done in that Kaman-shove-CP3-barking-Aldridge-shoving-Big-Baby sequence was a courtside fan spilled beer on guy next to him

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Flagrant one on Chris Kaman is the only penalty they announced. Can't believe there weren't any technicals handed out.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Can Big Baby be fined for flopping in a dead-ball situation? Is there a precedent for that?

Things not so rosy in Portland

After being stripped by Chris Paul on an offensive rebound, Chris Kama shoved Paul out of bounds and into the photographers area. CP3 went looking for Kaman but any confrontation was quickly dispersed as Kaman was hit with a flagrant 1 foul. Follow live

Things not so rosy in Portland
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After being stripped by Chris Paul on an offensive rebound, Chris Kama shoved Paul out of bounds and into the photographers area. CP3 went looking for Kaman but any confrontation was quickly dispersed as Kaman was hit with a flagrant 1 foul. Follow live

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Half: Pelicans 60, Lakers 49

New Orleans outscored the Lakers 31-18 in the second quarter to turn a two-point deficit into a double-digit lead. Tyreke Evans leads the Pelicans with 12 points. Follow live

Olynyk views pain through lens of win
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Kelly Olynyk, who took an elbow to an eye in the shootaround, said he is not worried about playing through pain. "None of that matters when you get the W. As for seeing? I can see three-quarters, maybe?"

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Celtics keep an eye on the playoffs
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Before the game, Celtics coach Brad Stevens thought Olynyk would have to sit out after taking an elbow to the eye from teammate Shavlik Randolph while playing 1-on-1. But Olynyk scored 19 points off the bench, Evan Turner had his third career triple-double, and the Celtics defeated the Pacers 100-87.

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Clippers clawing back in Portland

Nine straight points for the Clippers made it a five-point game, but then Nic Batum drilled his fifth 3-pointer to put an end to the run. Follow live

Lopez dispenses with Knicks in clutch
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Brook Lopez's follow shot with 2 seconds left gave the Nets their fifth straight victory and a share of seventh place in the Eastern Conference, as they beat the Knicks 100-98. Andrea Bargnani scored 22 points for the Knicks, who lost their eighth straight.

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Final: Jazz 98, Nuggets 84
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Rudy Gobert shut down Denver's offense and dominated their defense, tallying 20 points and 12 rebounds in a game the Jazz blew open in the second quarter. Derrick Favors added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Box score

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Bucks down Bulls to snap skid
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Michael Carter-Williams had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Bucks' 95-91 victory over the Bulls, ending a nine-game home losing streak in the series. Chicago fell into a tie with the Raptors for third in the East.

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End of 1Q: Lakers 31, Pelicans 29

The Lakers shot 63 percent (12-for-19) to the Pelicans' 60 percent (12-for-20) through a seesaw battle in the first quarter with only two combined turnovers. Jordan Clarkson scored 11 points and Tarik Black added 10 to lead the Lakers, while seven Pelicans scored in L.A.

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DeMarcus Cousins led Kings (or tied team lead) in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, fouls, FGA, & FTA in loss at Houston

Half: Blazers 68, Clippers 55

Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge have combined for 35 points in the first half as both teams are over 50% from the field and 50% from deep. Chris Paul leads the Clippers with 16 points and already has 10 assists for the night. Follow live

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Mavs overcome Westbrook, Thunder
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Russell Westbrook's 10th triple-double of the season wasn't enough for the Thunder as they fell in a shootout, 135-131. Oklahoma City still holds a two-game lead for the final playoff spot in the West.

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Missed free throws haunt Harden
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James Harden scored a career-high 51 points in the Rockets' 115-111 win over the Kings, but he could (should?) have poured in 53 if only he had made two free throws to ice the game. "Whew, man, those two free throws are still in my head," Harden said postgame.

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Balanced attack leads Raptors
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Seven Raptors scored in double figures, led by Lou Williams' 18, en route to 113-99 win over the Timberwolves. Toronto's victory, combined with Chicago's loss in Milwaukee, puts the Raptors in a tie with the Bulls for third in the East.

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Utah up by double digits

The Jazz are holding the Nuggets to just 32 percent shooting and Rudy Gobert already has a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds at the start of the fourth quarter. Follow live

Things escalating quickly in Portland

It's only midway through the second quarter and things are starting to get out of hand. The only Blazer yet to score that's played is C.J. McCollum. But it seems like it won't be long as Portland is already up by 19 points. Follow live

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Blazers shooting an effective 70 percent from the field midway through the second quarter.