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48 minutes wasn’t enough on New Year’s Day.

The Atlanta Hawks have encounterd all kinds of trouble when trying to defeat the San Antonio Spurs in the recent past. On Sunday evening, the team managed to flip the script on 18 losses in 19 games, putting together a very strong performance and snatching a 114-112 overtime victory from the edge of defeat.

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The Beard also made some NBA history in the process!

James Harden and the Rockets earned their fourth straight victory Saturday night as they defeated the New York Knicks 129-122 to close out 2016. The Rockets won 15 of 17 games in the month of December and have themselves well-positioned as they head into 2017.

Right from the very start, you could tell Harden was going to have an incredible night, even though the rest of the Rockets started out slow.

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The exciting identity promised on day one of the Alvin Gentry era might finally be here.

Alvin Gentry moved Anthony Davis to the starting center position on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks. The New Orleans Pelicans scored 29 fast break points (!) en route to a big win against Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Tonight, the home team added another 30 fast break points (!!), this time in a rather comfortable victory against the Knicks.

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This is it, the last game of 2016. For reals. It's the Utah Jazz (20-13) hosting their regional rivals to the south, the Phoenix Suns (10-23). These two teams are pretty darned linked, so many guys have played for both sides, or coached, or announced, or whatever. Both have lost to the same teams in the playoffs as well, the Spurs, Lakers, and even the Bulls in the finals. Both are smaller market teams that are trying to make it out there in the NBA today. The Jazz are looking to make the playoffs this season, while the Suns are a few seasons behind.

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Harden’s 11th triple-double and Harrell’s career-high 29 lead the Rockets to their third straight

The Rockets scored their third win in a row as they routed the Clippers 140-116. It was Houston’s season-high in points and Houston is now 3.5 games into third place in the Western Conference behind Los Angeles.

The game started out with a full Rocket offensive blitz with 37 first-quarter points, and James Harden almost had a double-double in the first quarter alone, scoring 17 and grabbing 9 rebounds. The lead ballooned into the twenties before Clippers PG Austin Rivers was ejected in the second quarter.

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Giannis and Jabari show up their southern rivals again with 62 combined points

So maybe it wasn’t a trouncing till the fourth quarter, but the Bucks eventually laid their third smackdown on the Chicago Bulls this season, 116-96. A near even first half split wide open in the second, as the Bucks’ terrific tandem twisted their way through Bulls’ defenders time and again.

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The Phoenix Suns got a feel-good win over the Toronto Raptors while ALSO playing all of their rookies in the same game!

The Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors were both on the second game of a back-to-back. The Suns were more ready to play.

The Raptors just could not find the range and were down 14 points going into the 4th quarter before going on a big run - making their first 4 threes of the quarter - and even pulled within 5 points with 2:52 to play. They pulled to 5 points again within the final minute, going with four guards most of the 4th to get the Suns nervous.

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Harrison Barnes shot well, but the shorthanded Mavs were no match for the Warriors. Led by Klay Thompson, the Warriors easily put away the Mavericks to end 2016.

In 2015, the Warriors went 72-12, the most wins in a calendar year in NBA history. With their win against the Mavericks on Friday, the Warriors went 72-12 once again, an amazingly dominant two-year run.

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The Cavaliers survived a late push to top the Celtics.

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 124-118 on TNT on Thursday night. The matchup pitted the heavy Eastern Conference favorites against one of the few teams with a hope of beating them. The Cavaliers stepped up to the challenge, bouncing back from the Monday loss to the Pistons. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love lead the team to victory, each had a double double, but overall the Cavaliers put on a stellar offensive showing.

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