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11hAmin Elhassan

Elhassan: Should Durant leave OKC to join Curry and the Warriors?

When Kevin Durant hits free agency, he will have to decide where he can win. Which team can help most? Amin Elhassan examines the choices and makes his recommendation.

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11hChad Ford and Kevin Pelton

Seven NBA rookie surprises, from Philly to OKC

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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McMenamin: Even for the King, loss stings

Avery Bradley's buzzer-beating 3-pointer left the Cavs at a loss. It's been awhile, seemingly, since a first-place team had so many question marks swirling around it, Dave McMenamin writes.

White House ceremony a surreal moment (1:48)
Best of Warriors at the White House (1:39)
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2dGreg 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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4dKevin 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.


Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Warriors lead Thunder 36-31 after so much 1st quarter action. Curry has missed three 3-pointers but hit one right over Durant. KD has 13 points, scoring more easily against Harrison Barnes than Andre Iguodala, who eventually subbed in. Also, Jay-Z and Beyonce are courtside

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs leading 54-51 at the half over the Los Angeles Lakers. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the Spurs with 14 points, followed by Kawhi Leonard with 13.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

First quarter was everything fans could want: Warriors lead 36-31 as both offenses hummed along. Durant with 13, Westbrook nine.

Warriors ahead in first quarter

With under 3 minutes left in the first quarter, Golden State took its first lead of the day. Kevin Durant has 11 points and Stephen Curry has 10. Watch on ESPN, WatchESPN

Hornets mascot takes on Broncos fan

Hugo the Hornet makes sure this fan pays for wearing a Broncos jersey in Panthers country with a popcorn shower.


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Does Spurs coach Gregg Popovich have a specific memory of Kobe Bryant? "I just see him turning and fading on the baseline on both sides over and over and over again," Popovich said. "People playing great D on him, and he rises up over them with that beautiful touch and he just knocks it down. I see him doing it all the time in my dreams."

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Roy Hibbert has a sprained right ankle and is out for the game. Injury occurred when Tony Parker shook him in the first quarter & he fell.

Thunder (38-13) at Warriors (45-4)

Golden State's trip to the White House will be short lived as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the third-best team by record awaits the reigning champions in Oakland. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Speaking of Kobe Bryant in the Spurs' pregame video tribute, guard Manu Ginobili said, "You knew that every time you were going to compete against him, you had to bring it. If not, he was going to make you look bad, that's for sure." Guard Tony Parker said, "He was for us the Michael Jordan of our generation. It was just an honor to play against him." And Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, "He's the guy that is ready to put his foot on your throat and win at all costs every single night." In a video message directly to Bryant, Popovich said, "It's been a pleasure watching you all these years. Your competitiveness is inspiring. I hope that you're as successful in your next life as you've been in your first one. Good luck to you, man."

Curry signs special Panthers shoes

In honor of Sunday's Super Bowl, Stephen Curry signed some special shoes in the colors of the Carolina Panthers to give away 200 pairs to fans attending tonight's Warriors-Thunder game. He is expected to wear those shoes during the game.


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

In a moving video tribute prior to Kobe Bryant's final game in San Antonio, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all spoke about facing Bryant over the years. "Whether you were up 20 or down 10 or whatever it may be," Duncan said, "you knew that he was someone you had to keep an eye on, you had to worry about, you had to fear, because he was going to bring it."

Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Tony Parker: "He was for us the Michal Jordan of our generation. It was just an honor to play against him. Spurs-Lakers was a huge rivalry."

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Pop in video tribute: "Hes the guy that is ready to put his foot on your throat and win at all costs every single night."

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron hits hist first 3-point attempt of the game to break an 0-for-18 stretch, worst since he went 0-for-19 as a rookie, per Elias

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant just got a nice tribute video and a "Kobe-Kobe" chant from the crowd here at the AT&T Center.

Bryant: Good memories in San Antonio

Kobe Bryant spoke about his last game against the Spurs in San Antonio and all the memories he has had in their building.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant on how the San Antonio Spurs elevated his game: "Their discipline. When I first came into the league, I played off a lot of emotion. I played with a lot of rage. But the year we got swept in '99, it really showed me another level of the game in terms of the coldness in which they played, and the discipline they played with. That's when I realized I've got to get my game to that level, and I've got to get there now. They helped me find that next level of discipline."

Kyrie Irving lighting up Pelicans

The Cleveland PG is 7-for-11 from the floor to lead all scorers with 19 points at intermission. New Orleans has made just one 3-pointer and is -21 from beyond the arc. Halftime stats

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets' 11 first-quarter turnovers were the most by any NBA team in an opening period this season (via ESPN Stats & Information). Bucks had 12 fourth-quarter turnovers on Jan. 13 -- the most in any quarter in 2015-16.