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Suns playoff hopes setting?
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Phoenix came into tonight 2 1/2 games back of OKC for 8th in the West, and they're not doing much to help their cause, trailing the Magic by nine at halftime. Follow live

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Asleep in Brooklyn
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Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams combined for 20 points in the first quarter, missing only 1 shot between them as the Hornets are crushing the Nets 35-15. Follow live

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Cavaliers leading after 1
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Cleveland can move into a tie with Toronto in the standings with a win tonight, and despite 12 points from DeMar DeRozan, the Cavs have a 3-point edge. Follow live

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Positioning for ping-pong balls
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The Timberwolves can keep pace with the Sixers and Knicks for most draft ping-pong balls while the Nuggets look to get their house in order after the firing of Brian Shaw. Follow live

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Smooth Jazz in Beantown
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After one quarter, the Jazz lead the Celtics 19-18. Jae Crowder leads all scorers with 8 points off the bench while Rudy Gobert has notched 4 points and 6 rebounds. Follow live

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Suns not enjoying the Magic show
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Brandon Knight and Markieff Morris have 20 combined points as the Suns trail the Magic 46-33 in the second. 8 players have scored already for Orlando. Follow live

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Lakers at Heat, 8 p.m. ET

While the Heat and Goran Dragic fight to make the playoffs in the East, the Lakers have their hearts set on getting as close to the bottom of the barrel as possible to keep their top-5 protected pick in the 2015 draft. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Jazz getting defensive in Boston
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Utah has the best defense in the league since February 1, and the Jazz are showing it against the Celtics. Boston is 3-for-12 from the field halfway through the first. Follow live

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Raptors keeping Cavs in check
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Halfway through the first quarter, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have combined for just two points, but the Cavaliers still have a one-point lead in Toronto. Follow live

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LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference player of the month for February. Russell Westbrook took home the honors for the West.

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Unreal stat line by Russell Westbrook since the All-Star break: 31.2 PPG, 11.5 APG, 9.7 RPG in 6 games. The Thunder host the 76ers at 8 ET.

Pacers rolling at home
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After one quarter, the Pacers are off to a smooth start, leading the Knicks 30-19. Indiana is shooting a comfortable 60% while holding New York to 47.4% from the field. Follow live

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Jazz look to spoil Celtics' Playoff Push
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The Celtics are just two games back of Brooklyn and Charlotte for the eighth seed in the East, but the Jazz are not to be overlooked. Utah is 7-2 over its last 9 games, including five wins over teams currently in playoff position. Follow live

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Suns and Magic on outside looking in
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Despite going 0-for-5 from 3-point range, the Magic lead the Suns 25-22 after the first. Phoenix was 2-for-4 from deep, but it took a buzzer-beating 3 from Archie Goodwin to get there. Follow live

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Not Frye's day in orlando
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Channing Frye started on the bench against his former team, and his Magic lead the Suns 21-13 in the first. His replacement, Dewayne Dedmon, scored 5 quick points in 5 minutes. Follow live

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Pistons facing different kind of turnover
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Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has had to do more in-season teaching this year than in any of his previous seasons as a head coach. Why? "I looked the other day and realized 8 of our 14 guys didn't go through training camp with us," SVG said. Tip at 8 ET

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Since Feb. 1, the Pacers have the best win pct in the league (.800) and are tied for the 6th-best offensive efficiency (105.8).

East's race for 8th
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The Hornets and Nets, both on a two-game winning streak, meet for the second time this season. Both sporting a record of 25-33, their head-to-head record may come into play as they compete for the 8th seed. Follow live

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