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Final: Jazz 98, Nuggets 84
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Rudy Gobert shut down Denver's offense and dominated their defense, tallying 20 points and 12 rebounds in a game the Jazz blew open in the second quarter. Derrick Favors added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Box score

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Bucks down Bulls to snap skid

Michael Carter-Williams had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Bucks' 95-91 victory over the Bulls, ending a nine-game home losing streak in the series. Chicago fell into a tie with the Raptors for third in the East.

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End of 1Q: Lakers 31, Pelicans 29

The Lakers shot 63 percent (12-for-19) to the Pelicans' 60 percent (12-for-20) through a seesaw battle in the first quarter with only two combined turnovers. Jordan Clarkson scored 11 points and Tarik Black added 10 to lead the Lakers, while seven Pelicans scored in L.A.

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DeMarcus Cousins led Kings (or tied team lead) in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, fouls, FGA, & FTA in loss at Houston

Half: Blazers 68, Clippers 55

Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge have combined for 35 points in the first half as both teams are over 50% from the field and 50% from deep. Chris Paul leads the Clippers with 16 points and already has 10 assists for the night. Follow live

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Mavs overcome Westbrook, Thunder
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Russell Westbrook's 10th triple-double of the season wasn't enough for the Thunder as they fell in a shootout, 135-131. Oklahoma City still holds a two-game lead for the final playoff spot in the West.

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Missed free throws haunt Harden

James Harden scored a career-high 51 points in the Rockets' 115-111 win over the Kings, but he could (should?) have poured in 53 if only he had made two free throws to ice the game. "Whew, man, those two free throws are still in my head," Harden said postgame.

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Balanced attack leads Raptors
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Seven Raptors scored in double figures, led by Lou Williams' 18, en route to 113-99 win over the Timberwolves. Toronto's victory, combined with Chicago's loss in Milwaukee, puts the Raptors in a tie with the Bulls for third in the East.

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Utah up by double digits

The Jazz are holding the Nuggets to just 32 percent shooting and Rudy Gobert already has a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds at the start of the fourth quarter. Follow live

Things escalating quickly in Portland

It's only midway through the second quarter and things are starting to get out of hand. The only Blazer yet to score that's played is C.J. McCollum. But it seems like it won't be long as Portland is already up by 19 points. Follow live

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Blazers shooting an effective 70 percent from the field midway through the second quarter.

Noel erases Wall's razzle-dazzle

Nerlens Noel is unimpressed by basketball prestidigitation and wiped clean this nifty dribble move and pass by John Wall.

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Guards with 10 triple-doubles in season in last 30 yrs Magic Johnson (5x) Michael Jordan Russell Westbrook Jason Kidd (2x) Fat Lever (2x)

Harden's career-high 51 lifts Rockets

James Harden outshined DeMarcus Cousins' triple-double with a career-best 51 points -- the second time this season he hit the 50 mark -- and the Rockets shook off the Kings 115-111 in Houston.

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Final: Bucks 96, Bulls 91
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The Bulls had three good looks at a potential game-tying triple but couldn’t find the range and the Bucks sealed the game with a free throw to snap a six-game losing skid in the series. Chicago falls into a tie with Toronto for the third seed in the East. Box score

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Big night for NBA with 3 triple-doubles: DeMarcus Cousins- 24 Pts, 21 Reb, 10 Ast Russell Westbrook- 31 Pts, 11 Reb, 11 Ast Evan Turner- 13 Pts, 11 Reb, 12 Ast

Anthony Davis: Harden is the MVP
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"There's a lot of guys playing out of their minds," Davis said earlier today on the Dan Patrick Radio Show. "It'd probably have to be James [Harden]. He's out of his mind. He's definitely playing out of his mind. We talk about this with my team every day."

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