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In a game that was relatively close all the way through, the Cavs pulled off a 116-108 victory in their first game since the announcement of Kevin Love’s knee surgery, behind a near triple double from LeBron (25 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds). Channing Frye (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Tristian Thompson (14 points, 11 rebounds) combined to account for Love’s absence, through Thompson’s energy down low and Frye’s perpetual green light to shoot from deep. Andrew Wiggins, who always plays well against the Cavs, had a game-high 41 points, with Townes adding 26 more.

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Jimmy Butler returned to the court and promptly put on an offensive showcase, even without a working jumper.

It happened again. Somehow, some way, it happened yet again.

No Dwyane Wade, no Nikola Mirotic, no Paul Zipser, no problem! The Chicago Bulls returned to the United Center from their Western Conference road trip this evening and managed to pull off their eleventh straight victory over the Tortrashto Trashtors in a 105-94 victory.

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Playoff implications.

On the list of important Kings games over the last decade, tonights matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans was a lot higher on said list than I’m comfortable admitting. I’m claiming this mostly tongue-in-cheek, as you could make a very legitimate case that the Kings should not be fighting so hard for the 8th seed, but we know that the 8th seed is a very real goal the Kings are aiming for this season, so from that perspective, yeah, kind of important?

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DeMarcus Cousins was way too much for the Lakers to handle and the Kings overcame some hot shooting by Lou Williams to win their fourth in a row.

Nothing comes easy for this Kings team.

Despite carrying a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, the Kings yet again managed to have a game go down to the wire. Fortunately for Sacramento, the Lakers had absolutely no answer for DeMarcus Cousins (40 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists) and Lou Williams’ long three at the buzzer was off, giving the Kings their fourth win in a row.

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The Warriors leaned heavily on their biggest stars to wrangle a physical win away from the Thunder. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the OKC fanbase were the stars of the night.

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant finally acquiesced and gave us the head-to-head battle that the media has been trying to sell us since August. Westbrook put up the volume-inflated numbers, but Durant ended the night as the breadwinner for the third straight meeting. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 52 to prop up Durant’s 34, and the Warriors survived Westbrook’s 47-point, 11-turnover hailstorm, 130 - 114.

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Tom Thibodeau completed the season sweep of his former team in dominating fashion.

The Timberwolves’ first sellout crowd of the 2016-17 season was not disappointed on Sunday.

The Wolves used a sizzling start and a brilliant first quarter by Ricky Rubio to grab a 34-17 lead after one quarter that eventually led to a 117-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

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There are a lot of acceptable reactions you can have to the Utah Jazz obliterating the New Orleans Pelicans 127-94 on Wednesday. You could say, “Wow, this Jazz offense shot 55 percent with 14 made threes, which I didn’t know they could do.” Or, “Dang, I thought the Pelicans were getting better, and they didn’t even put up a fight here.” And then there’s the classic response, “JOE JOHNSON IS STILL IN THE LEAGUE!?” as you marvel at his game-high 27 points that he actually, definitely scored because he is somehow still in the league.

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