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Halftime: Hornets 56, Pistons 45

Kemba Walker has 17 points as the Hornets carry an 11-point lead into the half. A late 16-7 run helped the Pistons close the gap, but Charlotte is still in control. Follow live

NY, I love you but you're bringing me down

Brook Lopez has averaged 28 points and more than 9 boards a game in the past 7 games, and he's cruising early again with 6 points while helping to hold the Knicks to 44.4% shooting. Brooklyn leads by 9 after one. Follow live

Halftime: Wizards 65, Sixers 42

Sharing is caring, and Washington must care an awful lot tonight. The Wizards have 21 assists on their 29 buckets, and they've rediscovered their offensive flow against the 76ers. Follow live

Mavs at Thunder, 8 P.M. ET

The Thunder are 19-13 in games with Russell Westbrook and without Kevin Durant this season, but they're just 6-11 against teams currently .500 or better. The 45-29 Mavericks are with Monta Ellis, who is back from a lower leg injury. Follow live

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Pacers stumble out of the block

It seems the Celtics didn't need C Kelly Olynyk to tough out a swollen eye, as his understudy Tyler Zeller is scorching to start the game, going 4-for-5 for 11 points. Boston leads by 6 after one.

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I can't even imagine how many Bulls fans would be in this place if a Bulls/Bucks playoff series actually happens.

Half: Spurs 52, Magic 40

San Antonio’s bench not only outscored Orlando’s bench 33-2, but the Spurs’ reserves outscored their own starters by 14 points in the first half. Aron Baynes leads all scorers with 12. Follow live

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Swollen-eyed Olynyk hits 3-pointer on first shot of night. Team debating having Shavlik Randolph bop him before each game.

Bulls seek fourth straight win

If the season ended today the Bulls and Bucks would meet in the first round of the playoffs. Chicago would probably be OK with that, having won six straight in the series and nine in a row in Milwaukee. Follow live

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Wiggins a shoo-in for Rookie of Year?

Andrew Wiggins currently leads all rookies in combined points, rebounds and assists. Each of the last 11 rookies to do that went on to win Rookie of the Year honors. The last to do it and NOT win Rookie of the Year was Yao Ming, who was beaten out by Amar'e Stoudemire. Raptors at Wolves, 8 P.M. ET

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Hornets stifling Pistons

Bismack Biyombo swatted a pair of shots at the rim and Charlotte is holding Detroit to just 33% shooting. The Hornets lead 48-29 with 5:52 left in the 1st half. Follow live

Zeller not doing Pacers any favors

The Indiana Pacers have 9 points midway through the first. Boston's Tyler Zeller has 9 points midway through the first. So it's no surprise that the Celtics are up 6 early over Indiana. Follow live

Wizards find the cure for what ails them

... and it's the Philadelphia 76ers. Washington is shooting 66.7% from the floor and threatening to take a 20-point lead on Philly. Not bad for a team that admitted recently it's not always sure which plays it's running. Follow live

Spurs rolling in second quarter

San Antonio is on a 20-2 run in Orlando and the Spurs have pushed their lead to 15. It's San Antonio's 18th straight game with a double-digit lead. Aron Baynes has 10 points in nine minutes off the bench for the defending champs. Follow live

End of 1Q: Hornets 33, Pistons 25

Al Jefferson has 6 points and avoided an early scare after an elbow to the face, while Kemba Walker leads all scorers with 12. The aggressive Hornets got to the free throw line 12 times, making 9 of them. Follow live