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30mBradford Doolittle

Heat to make major trade to become contenders?

A blockbuster deal for Melo or Pau could move Miami into title contention. Will the Heat trade Hassan Whiteside? Will they make a move to win now?

Curry calls atmosphere 'playoff type' (1:09)
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10hEthan Sherwood Strauss

Unstoppable Warriors vs. unstoppable KD

When two immense hoop forces collided, excellence ensued. Still, Kevin Durant (40 points) couldn't lift the Thunder past a Warriors team lacking its usual Splash Bros. 3-point success.

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Holmes: Lone Star farewell for Kobe Bryant

The Lakers' star exited the San Antonio floor for the last time, saluting a long history battling a franchise that gave him his most worthy challenges, Baxter Holmes writes.

12hNick Friedell

There is no joy in Bullsland

The Chicago Bulls continue to show a lack of mental toughness in losing for the 11th time in the past 16 games.

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1dChad 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.

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3dGreg 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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5dKevin 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.


Celtics clock in heavy first quarter.

The Celtics scored 34 points in the opening 8 minutes against the Kings. Their highest-scoring first quarter this season is 40. The most they have ever scored in any quarter this season is 43. The Kings are trailing the Celtics by 12 in the second quarter. Follow live

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 46, King 37 (end 1st): Nothing but offense in this Super Bowl Sunday matinee as the Celtics and Kings combine to score 83 first-quarter points. Celtics connected on seven 3-pointers (including three from Friday's hero Avery Bradley). He's got a team-high 12 points and headband-sporting Kelly Olynyk added eight points off the bench. Celtics on pace to win this one 184-148.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony have started 0-for-5 against Denver and the Knicks are down 11 after one quarter. Not a good sign for New York, which has lost eight of nine.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Calderon is keeping the Knicks in this game. The point guard has 8 points on 3-for-3 shooting. The rest of the Knicks are 4-for-16.

Look at Curry's dab, everybody sayin' dab

Klay Thompson's game-clinching 3 got Steph Curry dabbin'.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Robin Lopez picks up two quick fouls and in comes Kyle O'Quinn. Derek Fisher tries something new by inserting Kevin Seraphin with 5 minutes to go in the first quarter. It's rare for Seraphin to play this early in a game, if at all.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks team defense seems a step slow slow far. Denver has gotten an easy basket off of a Nikola Jokic cut and a Kenneth Faried roll to the rim following a screen. Denver up, 14-10, and is shooting 50 percent.

Tom Haberstroh ESPN Staff Writer 

Steph Curry not just a shooter. Neither is JJ Redick, showing off some handles ahead of LAC-MIA on ESPN 2 pm ET.


SC Throwback: MJ, Bulls take on Warriors

On Feb. 7, 1996, the Warriors were 21-26 and lost to the Bulls team that would win a record 72 games. Twenty years later, the Warriors are on pace to beat that Bulls record.


ICYMI: Jeff Van Gundy recognizes Beyoncé

And he can't contain his enthusiasm.


Curry predicts a Panthers blowout

Steph Curry & Co. took care of business. Then, he predicted the Panthers would take care of business.


Nuggets (20-31) at Knicks (23-30)

Carmelo Anthony is expected to start for the Knicks, who will look to avoid a season-high fifth straight loss as the Nuggets begin a 4-game road series. Follow live

Kings (21-29) at Celtics (30-22)

The Celtics have won 8 of their last 9 games -- including Friday's win over the first-place Cavaliers -- as they take on a Kings team that's lost 6 of its last 7 while allowing 116.4 points per game. Follow live

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he will remain with a starting lineup that has Amar'e Stoudemire opening at center and Hassan Whiteside coming off the bench. Whiteside is coming off his third triple-double of the season with at least 10 blocks heading into Sunday's game against the Clippers. Spoelstra insists there is no quarterback controversy at center in Miami, but rather a preference, for now, to maintain the continuity from the Heat's past two weeks of success.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers confirmed before Sunday's game against the Miami Heat that son and Clippers guard Austin Rivers will miss 4-to-6 weeks to recover from a broken bone in his hand. Rivers discuses the limited options moving forward with his depleted rotation.


Monta Ellis plays peek-a-boo with pass

Where's Jordan Hill? There he is!


Terrible Steph Curry impersonations

SportsCenter anchors John Buccigross and Steve Levy are not Steph Curry. No one will ever make that mistake.


Hornets mascot takes on Broncos fan

Hugo the Hornet made sure this fan paid for wearing a Broncos jersey in Panthers country.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle had high praise for rookie Justin Anderson after the first-round pick, who has played sparingly most of the season, was plus-6 in 13 minutes during the Mavs' overtime win in Memphis. "We knew he was a special kid when we drafted him," Carlisle told reporters. "It's been an arduous process getting him to the point where he is now, where he understands what his job is on the team and how to really funnel his energies. But he's doing a good job. He's just got to continue it."

There's a reason Rudy Gobert is open

The Jazz C is a baller in the paint. From 19 feet, he's more of an airballer.


OKC was trying to prepare for Warriors

But Cameron Payne needed a few more minutes, it seemed. Get out the way, Payne!


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Fisher on Rajon Rondo saying that he wouldn't want to play in the triangle offense: "He wasn't very successful playing against it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony missed Friday's game against Memphis with left knee soreness. Derek Fisher said Carmelo felt well enough to play after taking part in a light workout on Saturday.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony will play against the Nuggets and is expected to start.