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The Portland Trail Blazers held Russell Westbrook to his least productive performance in weeks en route to a 114-95 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder

The Portland Trail Blazers woke up from a nearly season-long malaise tonight and stomped Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Moda Center, 114-95. The Blazers desperately needed this win after losing four consecutive games, including a 121-120 heartbreaker to the Los Angeles Clippers last night.

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Draymond Green messed around and got his first triple double of the season.

WOW. This is why you watch all the games!

At the end of a grueling road trip, the Warriors and Pelicans delivered one of the most entertaining games of the year. The Pelicans were brilliant but not strong enough to overcome a powerful showing from the Warriors triumvirate (“quad”umvirate?) of stars. After a bumpy start, the Warriors delivered their best efforts right when they were needed the most.

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Trailing by as many as 21, the Wolves roared back to beat the Bulls on the road.

The first quarter of this game felt like the low point. All of the Wolves flaws were on display on national television, and it was ugly. Their interior defense was toothless, their ball-handling sloppy, and their shot selection abysmal. Six minutes in, the Wolves trailed 26-6, and looked like the worst team in the league.

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Career highs in points and assists from Payton led the Magic’s monster offensive performance on the road.

It’s unclear when the Magic’s defense is going to return to the standard they established in recent weeks, but for now they’re relying on their offense to carry them, and it’s never looked better. Thanks to Elfrid Payton’s outstanding performance off the bench, scoring 26 and dishing 14 assists, both career highs, as well as big scoring nights from Serge Ibaka (29) and Evan Fournier (23), the Magic were able to win a shootout in Atlanta, 131-120.

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Kyrie Irving didn’t play, but that was hardly a problem for the Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 18-5. They are the NBA champs. There are some soft spots in the armor, perhaps, but this is a very good team. A year ago at this time, Kyrie Irving was coming back from a devastating knee injury. Many had expected Kevin Love to assert himself in Irving’s absence, show the multi-faceted offensive game that made him a superstar in Minnesota.

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