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Jimmy Butler also came up clutch in the final minute (AGAIN).

Any discussion of Doug McDermott not yet being over his concussion might finally be over after this evening.

Shooty McNickname, Der McDougmott, Ray, whatever you may call him, had a career night tonight as the Chicago Bulls went into Tennessee on the second night of a back-to-back and took down a tough Memphis Grizzlies team 108-104. The win pushed the Bulls back up to .500 and featured a thrilling fourth quarter that saw several lead changes but ultimately favored the Bulls thanks once again to some late-game hero ball from Jimmy Butler.

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Led by standout performances from DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, the Clippers avenged their Christmas night loss to the Lakers.

The Clippers usually aren’t the kind of team that gets fired up to play early weekend games. Their Saturday and Sunday matinees are usually sluggish, hard-to-watch tilts that tend to leave you wondering whether watching the game was worth it, even after a win.

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Golden State turns a two point halftime lead over Detroit into playing time for Anderson Varejao.

Once again, the Golden State Warriors let a team hang around for the first half. This time, it was the slow-playing Detroit Pistons. How slow, you ask? Detroit managed to score a whopping two fast break points — and they came in garbage time.

Despite scoring 60 points in the first half, the Warriors had their trademark turnover trouble, allowed several second chance points for the Pistons, and entered the locker room at halftime with just a two point lead.

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The Spurs outplayed the Suns for most of the game, but a 17-1 Phoenix run spanning the third and fourth quarter led by Devin Booker allowed the Suns to prevail, despite a dominant 38 point performance from Kawhi Leonard.

Kawhi Leonard scored a career high 38 points tonight, but that wasn't the story of the night as Devin Booker went wild in the fourth quarter and ended up outscoring him by a point as he led the Suns to a win.

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The Spurs beat the Lakers by the largest margin ever in a well-executed home game.

What a performance from the San Antonio Spurs coming off of their tough loss to the Bucks on Tuesday night. The Spurs put an absolute whooping on the visiting Lakers in a game that pretty much was not a contest, dropping a season-high 134 points at the final buzzer.

At the end of the first quarter the Spurs had built a 12-point lead at 36-24 and aside from the Lakers cutting the Spurs lead to four with seven minutes left to play in the second quarter there was no drama in this one. The Spurs finished the second quarter by outscoring Los Angeles 27-13 and basically put the game away at 72-54.

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All five Washington starters scored in double figures as the Wizards overcame an early 13-point deficit to blow out the 76ers, 109-93. John Wall, band pinkie and all, led the way for the Wizards with 25 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds. Bradley Beal scored 20 points (18 in the first half) as the Wizards won their 11th straight game at Verizon Center to go back over .500 with a record of 20-19.

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It wasn’t pretty without Anthony Davis, but a win is a win in the race for the eighth seed.

Three minutes of good basketball was all it took for the New Orleans Pelicans to put away the Brooklyn Nets 104-95 tonight. After 45 minutes of uneven play (that’s being rather generous), the Pels were trailing the plucky Nets. There had been opportunities, especially in the third quarter, to make a statement and instead New Orleans quite literally threw them away. Yet, when it mattered most they buckled down and pulled out a victory without Anthony Davis.

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