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Thunder lead 65-56 after three quarters in the worst basketball game you've ever seen. Westbrook has seven points on 3-16 shooting.
The Pelicans hadn’t won more than 2 in a row all season. This week, after they finish off the 76ers here, they’ll have won 4 in a row.
Tayshaun Prince again!! He's 5 of 6 from the field (perfect 2 of 2 from downtown) and has a game-high 12 pts.
Another turnover led to that Tayshaun Prince three....beginning to become a thing
Memphis: 24 of 26 from the free-throw line. Orlando: 11 of 19 from the line.
Pelicans' biggest lead so far tonight has been 25.
Tayshaun Prince is showing why Danny Ainge didn't want to buy him out just yet. Some contender could use his help off the bench.
Prince is putting on a show tonight at ESA. No, not the singer. The older Prince: Tayshaun.
End of the third quarter: Grizzlies 89, Magic 73. Randolph: 24 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists. Oladipo; 16 points, 4 rebounds.
Anthony Davis has 32 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 4 blocks. The 4th quarter hasn’t started yet.
You can't stop Tayshaun Prince, you can only hope to contain him
Another Tayshaun Prince jumper.....this is getting out of hand
Crazy to think that Orlando could have hired Jeff Hornacek in 2012. He was interviewed. Imagine him with Oladipo-Payton and ORL's athletes.
In honor of tonight's performance, I'll do a dramatic reading of my idiotic don't-trade-for-Z-Bo column on the radio show tomorrow.
The Jazz are turning the ball over and it's leading to easy baskets for the Celtics...been very sloppy offensively in the second quarter
Flip Saunders stiff-arming his assistant was one of the top three highlights of this game. Which says a lot.
At the end of 3Q: Pelicans lead 76ers 85-62.
End of three quarters - Pelicans leading 76ers, 85-62.
Flip thought he got ejected last night in Atlanta, he's working on it for real tonight in OKC after foul call on Wiggins
Trade-bait Tayshaun Prince putting on a show: Nine points, three-assists in eight minutes. Has keyed Boston's huge second quarter.
FS Florida scoreboard gave that Randolph basket to the Magic.
Gotta be kidding me
Flip Saunders with every right to get a technical there. No idea how that is possibly a foul on Wiggins.
That Smart dribble move to create the Sullinger three? That's new. Man, the Celtics are playing well right now.
Serge Ibaka with 13 points, 14 rebounds tonight. One of the few things going right for OKC.
Utah makes some really, really bad passes.
Looks like these 76ers are really missing PG Michael Carter-Williams tonight. Out tonight with flu-like symptoms.
Cunningham with a block on KJ, AD cleans up the transition miss and gets to the line again.
Jazz now down 15.....the turnovers...sheesh
Marcus Smart alert.
Smart takes Kanter's cookies, goes to the basket for two.....Celtics up 38-26
Tyreke Evans shot not falling tonight - but he's been an effective facilitator. He has 11 assists despite only six points.
The NFL has video footage in connection with DeflateGate. Clearly it didn't come from a casino elevator, or they wouldn't have bothered. BK
When was the last 5-by-5? And how soon until Anthony Davis gets one?
During Super Bowl, ESPN showing "The Price of Gold," the documentary on Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan.
Smart with another all-around game so far. He improves every night.
Finish this sentence. Z-Bo's don't get old, they just .....
Anthony Davis has 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting.
Mo Williams, probably not going for 50 tonight. One point on 0-8 shooting so far.
Tayshaun Prince and Gerald Wallace are really playing well as the two forwards?
Conley not mustering much of an all-star vote drive with 5 points, 0 assists.
Jazz are now down 31-24 with 7:54 remaining in the first half
Mo is 0-7 and Wolves still managing to hang around somehow. Wiggins harassing Westbrook on D has been something to watch
Pels up 20 now. Another good feed from Eric Gordon, who has been great since coming back from injury.
Pelicans up by 20 with 2:24 remaining in 3Q.
ummm, Tayshaun Prince has 9 points in 8 minutes off the bench. Scorching Utah's second unit right now
Noel scored his first FG with 3:07 left in the quarter. He has 2 points on 1-for-7 shooting
Marc Gasol just ate Dewayne Dedmon's lunch. Holy cow.
Zach Randolph is two boards and four assists shy of a triple-double.
That's six assists for Randolph. Just need four more.
76ers' Nerlens Noel has a lot of developing ahead to be anything close to Anthony Davis.
Gerald Wallace - First 41 games: 8 points Last 24 hours: 8 points
Anthony Davis is big problem on many nights, but Sixers aren't boxing him out either. He outjumped everyone twice for putback and 30th point
Kanter spin move to the hoop....patented
The Celtics are flying around on D.
AD's passing is taking such a stride forward. Still needs to handle doubles better, but his passing is becoming a weapon.
Young responding to this move to SF, follows Sunday's active game w/ 18 pts, 5 rebs, 2 asts so far. Wolves w/in 57-54 midway thru 3rd
wow. Marcus Smart is an absolute bulldog defensively
Gordon w/ a beautiful pocket pass to AD, who feeds Asik for an And 1.
Anthony Davis (28 pts) nearing his 12th game of 30-plus points this season. AD's high scoring games in 2014-15 are 43, 38 and 34. Pels 70-55
One of those games the Thunder are messing around with to the point they're in danger of losing. Which would be not good.
Russell Westbrook's shooting struggles continue -- now 3-of-13 -- and the Wolves are back in it: down 57-54, mid-third.
I will say this: The Magic bench does appear into this game. Several players leaped off their seats to complain about an errant call.
Thad Young's move to SF seems to suit him well. He and Wiggins carrying offensive load.
Gayle Benson's birthday is today. Happy birthday to Mrs. Benson!
Very strange to see Tayshaun Prince in a Celtics jersey. Marcus Thornton too for that matter.
There's a possession of 2-3 zone again.
Tayshaun Prince looking like 2004 Tayshaun Prince
By the way, Jeremy Evans is apparently sick and will not be available the rest of the game, per Jazz PR.
Walt Bellamy was an option in a trivia question. He once told me that he never played for the Jazz. It was an awkward conversation.
Evan Turner's really gotta stop with the careless turnovers. Opponents get 4 to 6 points off his lazy passes every game.
End of 1: Jazz 17, Celtics 17. Gordon Hayward has 5 pts. Rudy Gobert with 4 pts & 4 reb. Utah 42 FG%. Jazz w/ 9 pts on 5 BOS turnovers.
Magic have yielded just eight points to Memphis through five-plus minutes of the third quarter. Grizz had 67 in the first half.
Anthony Davis having a dunk fest against the 76ers. Just drove the lane for two-handed slam.
Imagine all the people in snowbound Boston hunkering down and watching this mesmerizing Jazz-Celtics game ... or The Bachelor.
I get so wrapped up in the game that I forget to say the score. 66-53 Pels right now.
Perry Jones does a really great job existing on a basketball court.
I know this is old news, but Gobert's gonna be the troof.
We're all knotted up at 17-17 after the first quarter in Utah. Crowder leads the C's with five points, while Sully and Bass each have 3 rebs
Reminder: the narrative for the first 2 months of Anthony Davis' collegiate career was that he was underwhelming as a highly rated prospect.
The Jazz and the Celtics are tied at 17-17 at the end of the first quarter
Anthony Davis up to 26 pts after pretty pivot move for and-one basket over Jerami Grant, then flying two-handed slam in middle of lane
Burke to the rack for two
Anthony Davis also has three fouls.
Davis finishes through contact incredibly well. Another And 1, this time off the glass.
Smart with a smooth jumper....
When Marc goes all WENDIGO http://t.co/93O8coilzg
Pelicans center Omer Asik just picked up his third foul.
Big, strong, smart: words used to describe Asik. Graceful: not a word used to describe Asik.
"Well done, partner." Jeff Turner to David Steele after Gasol misses a FT. Steele mentioned Gasol's perfect FT% upon the release.
Marcus Smart - whom the Jazz considered drafting - is in for the Celtics
AD caught leaving his feet again.
Are we playing Rock-paper-scissors for who starts now? I am confused.
The Jazz and the Celtics are tied at 13-13 with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter
Steven Adams skyhook over Pekovic. Alright then.
On deck for the AM: A feature on 2015 Monmouth commit Mustapha Traore, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward, who signed back in November.
So crazy, it might work.
Rudy Gobert with a nifty bounce pass to Hayward on a give-and-go. Like this guy more and more every day.
Longhorns adopting the radical idea of using a 6-foot-11 guy as a post player.
Gordon cuts, Asik squeezes a bounce pass, Gordon scores, Gordon goes to the line. Bingo
Defense creating offense and finally some energy for the Jazz. Favors blocks on one end & scores on the other. Hayward w/ a steal & a dunk.
Trey Burke and Celtics big man Jared Sullinger are best friends and have been since childhood
The Magic began the third quarter using Dewayne Dedmon at power forward instead of Channing Frye.
Derrick Favors: "I'M ALL ABOUT THAT, BASS!!!"
Dewayne Dedmon starts the second half instead of Channing Frye
This game will be delayed while referees remove the basketball from Brandon Bass' throat after that Derrick Favors block. Wow.
The Celtics defense in this first quarter has been really good. they play hard
Go on a vacation and you're replaced by Pearl Jam's drummer.
We're a long ways off, but since Oregon State isn't host, if Beavers make NCAAs, it is possible they play in Portland. Can you imagine?
It's Thunder 48, Wolves 40 at the half, btw
Really, really impressed by Cs defensive effort so far. This is the fourth game in five nights. Worst travel trip for anyone this season.
Jazz down 11-6 with 6:19 remaining in the first quarter
Rudy Gobert pops off the bench....coming in at the next whistle
The Celtics have scored seven straight
Jae Crowder opens the Celtics scoring with a three
Hayward scores the first bucket on a burst into the paint
Phil Dunphy's case as top celebrity Jazz fan: A friend, who has lost respect for me, had to tell me that was Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament.
Finally, we get the point guard match-up everybody has been anticipating since last June's draft: Dante Exum vs. Avery Bradley.
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has been at back to back games at ESA and this morning's shootaround, which is better than some beat writers.
The Jazz and the Celtics have tipped off
Brian Shaw on Kobe: "I don't think he wants to go out the way he's out now, on that note."
Blizzard update: It's snowing. This has been your blizzard update.
Larry Drew II with a pretty forgettable 4 points (5 shots), 1 assist, 3 turnovers, -8 +/- first half in the first start of his career.
The Thunder played a terrible first half and lead by eight because Wolves.
No last second heroics this time for American. Fall 68-66 to Army. First home loss of the season. 11-9, 4-4 in Patriot League.
Magic players with more shooting possessions than Nik Vučević (six) tonight: Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Evan Fournier
The Clippers are campaigning for Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan to be all-stars. http://t.co/97YR6RqdN9
Nick Collison was just playing a perfect lobbed through ball there. L1 triangle y'all.
What an accidentally perfectly executed play with 1.6 seconds left. That's how it's really done Laettner.
Thunder lead the Wolves 48-40 at half. Ibaka 8 and 7 rebounds, Jackson 8, Westbrook 7 (3-9 shooting), Waiters 7 and 4 assists.
Least impactful half for Russell Westbrook in a long time: 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3/9 FG, 3 turnovers. Guarded well by Wiggins.
Anyway: Grizzlies sets a season-high for points in a half (67) as they build a 19-point edge on Orlando after 24 minutes.
Halftime: Grizzlies 67, Magic 48. Randolph: 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assts. Magic: 0 2nd-quarter fastbreak points.
52-43 Pels at half.
Pelicans leading 76ers, 52-43, at halftime.
Halftime: Pelicans 52, 76ers 43
If Monty Williams gets a technical here, Brett Brown should go to his side trying to talk the refs out of it. Karma and all.
Z-Bo just ripping it away, sticking it back. Man is up to 18, 7 and 4 and we've got more than a half to go.
I get legit disappointed any time a possession doesn't end in an Anthony Davis dunk.
The takeaway is that Moe Harkless is viewed very differently by Rob Hennigan and Jacque Vaughn.
One big difference between tonight and Philly's win 10 days ago: Nerlens Noel was hitting jumpers at home. Tonight he already has 2 airballs
With the starters back on the court, the Pelicans are back in control - leading the 76ers - 52-39 with 1:41 left in 2Q.
Now that the Pelicans' starters are back in, they have pushed their lead up to 52-39 with 1:41 to play in 2Q.
Golden State Warriors unveil Chinese New Year jerseys to be worn four times (February 20, 24 and March 2, 4). PHOTO: http://t.co/aee05d151w
Tyreke with a one handed laser to Gordon, who nails the above the break 3
Some believe ORL will keep Harkless/Nicholson and move on from Jacque Vaughn instead to see if a new coach could get more out of those guys.
Leaving Bakersfield Jam for China would afford Earl Barron time to come back after Chinese playoffs to resume search for another NBA gig
Teams are calling the Magic to inquire about Moe Harkless. However, Rob Hennigan is asking for a ton in return (such as a first-rounder).
Just remembered Atlanta can swap first round picks with Brooklyn this year. BK
Tyreke Evans has 9 first-half assists for 2nd time in 2 nights. Last night he finished with season-high 12 assists. His career-best is 13
Marc headed the ball three times, nearly into the basket. You can take the boy out of Spain but....
Breaking: Pelicans announce they will revise current strategy, work on cloning Anthony Davis.
Reggie Jackson too unselfish there. Shoulda just dunked it.
Tyreke Evans has 9 "throw the ball near the hoop with Anthony Davis around" 's in the first half.
James Singleton will join the Canton Charge according to a source.
Commence Anthony Davis highlight reel. AD throws down another oop, then does spin move on break past 76ers guard. Davis 17 pts in 15 mins
The Nets could obviously dump those guys. But getting significant pieces back who would turn around their season is proving to be difficult.
Do New Orleans fans realize how lucky they are? I don't think they realize how lucky they are.
AD spins past a guard in transition, throws up a finger roll. Why not?
Oakland defeats Cleveland State 59-56. Kalil Felder with 16 and Jalen Hayes 15. OU's Dante Williams held Trey Lewis to two points.
Hayward said Butler teammate/Celtics coach Ronald Nored had a request. "He came into town and said he needed me to do some laundry for him."
Carter just blew out three candles.
Grizzlies high for a half this year is 65 points. They're at 55 with 4:38 to go in the second.
Jerami Grant made the "I forgot Henry Sims doesn't jump mistake when making a pass. He made the same mistake the other day.
Beno to Badger is becoming a trending topic lately!
Rival executive told me that restrictions put on tax teams and ugly contracts of Williams/Johnson are making it difficult for Nets to trade.
Also asking for apologies: Aaron Hernandez, Rosie Ruiz, Whitey Bulger and the snowplow guy.
In this day and age, with all the wanna-be actors/actresses and so many great writing minds, how are so many TV commercials still SO BAD!?
In a game like this, I'd much rather play starters more early, step on 76ers throats, then minute-watch on your core guys.
Dion Waiters with 7 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal in the first half. He's a +15 in 14 minutes.
I love Russell Westbrook’s game, but man does he make some ‘what were you thinking” turnovers — and he’s 26 now.
No KD and an extreme off night for Westbrook. Good time to be playing the TWolves. Thunder up 40-27.
DC in for Salmons. Gordon-DC-QPon-AD-Ryno
Monty Williams forced to put back in starters - Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon - after Pelicans outscored 14-6 in 2Q.
The Grizzlies have 49 points with 6:18 remaining in the 2nd quarter. They're shooting 63 percent.
Dion Waiters with some great defense on Dion Waiters on that fast break
With the backups on the floor, the Pelicans have struggled in the second quarter, allowing the 76ers to get back in the game.
Dion Waiters throwing lobs to Reggie Jackson. They're obviously best friends.
2nd unit giving up the lead. Only up one now. 34-33
Why is Battier the analyst for a huge game, let alone any game?
Calathes out here throwing some wild passes....
Anthony Morrow has never been accused of a lack of passion. He was just hitting himself in the face in celebration after last assist.
Problem: Anthony Morrow shooting 27 percent from three (10-of-37) in January.
The Wolves have a chance as long as Perkins is in the game.
Nick Collison fouls Pekovic hard and IMMEDIATELY reached down to help him up. Do not anger the Pek.
What is Anthony Davis? (He dunked this.) http://t.co/GTxJK70E5c
I love "the Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl since SpyGate." Yes, and they were a David Tyree miracle catch away from going 19-0.
Z-Bo with four dimes. 14, 4 and 4, and we're just getting started on the second quarter.
Willie Green, back-up point guard, is now a thing, apparently
Hayward on being underrated: "I see myself as one of the elite players in the league. Whether you’re popular or not, to me, doesn’t matter."
For Vince's birthday, they're having Grizz dunk over a 7-foot guy on stilts, wearing a beret, holding a loaf of French bread. Genius.
Thunder 25, Wolves 19 after a quarter here in OKC
Houston Rockets unveiled new Chinese Lunar New Year jerseys to be worn during three home games (February 21, 23, 25). http://t.co/x0Io7Ilsmy
Pelicans made 56.5 percent of their shots in the first quarter.They also outscored the 76ers 20-10 in the paint.
A bad-good first quarter for the Durant-less Thunder: Lead 25-19, but definitely did not play very well.
End of the 1st quarter: Grizzlies 34, Magic 29. Randolph: 12 points. Magic: 13 fastbreak points. Payton: 6 pts, 3 assts.
Vince Carter's birthday today. He's 87.