“I know he still thinks about it a little bit,” said Phoenix Suns center Frank Kaminsky, Walker’s teammate for four seasons with the Hornets, “and he wants to beat him.” The Hornets did have one win against James’ Cleveland Cavaliers when Kaminsky and Walker were teammates — a 106-97 victory in Charlotte on Feb. 3, 2016. But Walker was sidelined by a sore left knee and replaced by Jeremy Lin, who scored 24 in the win.

Clippers eyeing Aron Baynes?

“They take up the same space on the court. The Clippers simply don’t play them together,” the Eastern Conference executive said. “Montrezl is getting 29 minutes a game, so even if the Clippers added on another center, where would those minutes come? They would need a floor-spacer.” In part, that’s why the Clippers have had their eye on Aron Baynes of the Phoenix Suns (17-24), though they are still looking to make a playoff push, just two games behind the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies (20-22). Baynes is a strong, experienced defender who can space the floor. Giving up Zubac for Baynes could make sense if the Clippers reinvest in Harrell, but would the Suns have any interest in Zubac’s four-year, $28.5 million deal as a backup for Deandre Ayton?
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Mike Vorkunov: Julius Randle tried to make a beeline for Elie Okobo at the buzzer and had to be stopped by ref Ed Malloy and teammates. Looked like the two had some words before the last play, then Okobo tossed the ball at Randle’s feet at the end. Some drama at the end of a Suns blowout win

Rubio estimates he got eight hours of sleep over three nights following Liam’s birth. But he had plenty of internal fuel — adrenaline? Dad strength? — in his return to the court Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. Rubio tied a season high with 25 points, narrowly missed a triple-double with 13 assists and eight rebounds and added four assists in the Suns’ decisive 121-98 victory over the Knicks. “You kind of play more loose when you’re a dad,” Rubio said with a chuckle. “… Winning is important, but these couple days have been (about) way more than basketball. It’s something special.”