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It's hard to size up crowd loyalties thus far at Philips because Cavs haven't done much, but crowd feels far more Hawks-ier than past years.

Pelicans hope to fit playoff bill
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New Orleans held steady in Anthony Davis' absence and soared in his return Wednesday. Now the Pelicans sit just a half-game back of eighth in the West. But the Celtics look to play spoiler -- and to make their own move in the Eastern playoff hunt. Follow live

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Defense winning in Jazz vs. Sixers

With two of the youngest teams in the NBA squaring off, some offensive struggles were to be expected. The Jazz and Sixers had combined for just 28 points 9 minutes into the second quarter before a Dante Exum 3 pulled the Jazz to within 3. Follow live

Suns, Nets fight for playoff lives

Phoenix is 2 games out of the 8th spot in the West entering tonight's game in Brooklyn, where the Nets sit just a game back of 8th-place Charlotte in the East. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Love limps off
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Kevin Love appeared to tweak his ankle and limped off to the bench, with the Hawks leading the Cavs 28-15 late in the first quarter in Atlanta.

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P.J. Tucker is available to play but will not start for the Suns after missing the shootaround bus. Marcus Morris will get his 19th start of the season for Phoenix in Brooklyn tonight.

Magic's bench matching Kings' stars
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DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay have 15 points each but the Kings have yet to find a counter to Orlando's bench (20 points). The Magic lead the Kings 52-43 midway through the second quarter. Follow live

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McDermott comes alive
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Doug McDermott has 12 second-quarter points and the Bulls are on top in Indiana, 36-35 with 5 minutes left in the half. It's McDermott's first time in double digits since Nov. 4. Follow live

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Throwback Hawks looking good

Wearing their Dominique Wilkins-era jerseys, the Hawks are doubling up the Cavs 20-10 midway through the first quarter in Atlanta. Follow live

Hornets holding steady
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Mo Williams and Gerald Henderson have 17 combined points on 7-of-11 shooting as the Hornets lead the Raptors 39-34 midway through the second quarter. Follow live

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Washington's offense no illusion
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The depleted Heat seem to stand no chance of slowing down Washington, as the Wizards are shooting 58.3% from the floor so far and lead 51-28 with 6:58 left in the first half. Marcin Gortat is channeling his former mohawked self with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Follow live

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Raptors claw back, trail by 1
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After trailing by 10 points early, the Raptors cut away Charlotte's lead behind a strong effort from Jonas Valanciunas, who has 7 points and 4 rebounds. The Hornets lead 25-24 after one. Follow live

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Hayward Jazzing it up against Sixers

Gordon Hayward is so hot right now -- 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting, including 2-for-2 from deep. But Ish Smith took control late in the first quarter to lead the 76ers to a 24-21 lead over the Jazz headed to the second. Follow live

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Wizards turning Heat into mirage
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No Chris Bosh, no Dwyane Wade and no Luol Deng spells no offense for the Heat, and the Wizards are firing away on 3s (4-for-11) to take a commanding 40-18 lead after the first quarter. Follow live

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Bulls battle back, Indy still up
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Pau Gasol (8 points) and the Bulls made a comeback after a slow start, but the Pacers lead 23-20 after the first. Solomon Hill has a game-high nine points.

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Vince Carter activated
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Vince Carter has sat for the past 14 games due to a left foot injury but has been moved to the active roster for the Grizzlies' game against the Lakers tonight.

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Cavs at Hawks, 7:30 ET
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The last time these two teams met, LeBron James was sitting out on his 30th birthday. Atlanta has run away with the East, but Cleveland is in a 3-way battle for the 2 seed. Follow live

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Toronto Raptors @Raptors

Kyle Lowry starting to get it going in his return w/ back-to-back buckets late in 1st. He has 6 pts, 2 ast, Raptors trail Hornets 23-17 #RTZ