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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving after Duke landed top hoops recruit Zion Williamson: "Another one. That's all I've got to say. One, two and three. That's what we do, baby. The [Duke] brotherhood. … It's just awesome to hear that when Zion was speaking he spoke on the Duke brotherhood because it's a strong bond that we all have. And connected for life."

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Hardaway Jr. has hit 11 of his last 14 threes. His two threes in the first two minutes of the second half have helped the Knicks take a 4-point lead after an awful defensive first half in Los Angeles.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Non-game note: the Knicks have created a "Junior Knicks Coach of the Year" award, recognizing standout youth basketball coaches in the Tristate area. Submissions can be entered online at the Knicks website. The deadline for submission is Tuesday. The winner will be entered as the Knicks nominee in the Jr NBA Coach of the Year contest.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks and Rangers both play in the Staples Center today. The two teams - both tenants of Madison Square Garden - haven't played in the same road building since 1957.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma jammed his right middle finger but is available to play.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks are shooting 60 percent from the floor but trail the Lakers by four. Why? They're simply getting out hustled. Los Angeles has doubles the Knicks' offensive rebound totally (8 to 4) and has gotten to several loose balls early on.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Walt "Clyde" Frazier, the Knicks television analyst, jokes on MSG Network that he's keeping his hands ready today after he suffered a scratched cornea when an errant basketball hit him in the face against Memphis on Wednesday.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kuzma took a hard spill to the floor and came up holding and shaking his right hand. He already had a sprained joint in his left hand. Kuzma is getting his hand looked at on bench.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek isn't happy with his club right now. The Knicks have allowed the Lakers to shoot 52 percent in the first 15 minutes today. Kyle Kuzma scores 10 points in 5 minutes as NYK has struggled with some of its pick and roll overages.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ingram is back in the starting lineup.

Denny Alfonso ESPN 

La estrella de los Knicks Kristaps Porzingis saluda a la afición de la gran manzana que llegó al Staples Center para mostrarle su apoyo ante el juego contra los Lakers, la franquicia de Nueva York ocupa el décimo lugar de la Conferencia Este de la NBA.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ingram (ankle) is available to play against the Knicks.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving's sore shoulder seems to be doing just fine. After missing Thursday's loss to the Sixers, Irving put up 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting with six rebounds in the first half against Orlando. He also drew two charges. Halftime: Boston 59, Orlando 58.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) is out. Brandon Ingram (ankle) is a game-time decision. Lonzo Ball (knee) is feeling better but remains out. Luke Walton expects Ball to make five-game road trip later this week but his playing status remains uncertain for the trip.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Through 46 games, Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.8 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 10.1 apg. Assuming he plays all 82, he needs to average 10.4 rebounds and 9.9 assists in the remaining 36 games to average a triple-double again.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving back in the starting lineup after a one-game absence. Aron Baynes (illness) went through walkthrough and will be a game-time decision. Marcus Morris starts for Boston.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on Houston's hopes of catching Golden State for West's No. 1 seed: "That's what we're rooting for. It's not going to be easy. Every single game, we're going to have to take it for ourselves and not relax. It's not about who we're playing. It's about us and each and every game getting better."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets sixth man Eric Gordon on Steph Curry: "We always try to go after the weakest link, so when he's out there and they go very small, we always put him in the pick-and-roll. It was funny seeing him guard [PJ] Tucker. Then next thing you know, Tucker's starting to make big plays at the end. We always try to take advantage of that, for sure."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets sixth man Eric Gordon on potentially beating the Warriors in the playoffs: "We really do have that chance. Offensively, we're just as good as them, no question. Defensively, they're a championship team. They're consistent, whether they win or lose. Us, we still have peaks and valleys. We just can't have those. That's why we've got to play well the next game, because we just have to sustain the same effort."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets C Clint Capela on Warriors: "We're confident, because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them. ... I think that if we're doing what we're supposed to do on defense – all the switches, the weak side – and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them. We are better than them."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on returning for the final 4:24 despite having already hit his restriction of 30 minutes: "That was out. That was out! Thirty minutes, man, I knew how important this game was. A couple of extra minutes wouldn't hurt. We've got an off day tomorrow, so rest my feet, get a massage, get some treatment and then I'll be ready to go Monday. "

Stefano Fusaro ESPN 

The Rockets are now 17-0 in games in which James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela all play.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Big win for Houston over the Warriors, 116-108 with a still recovering James Harden. Chris Paul was spectacular with 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Rockets take the season series 2-1.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Shaun Livingston doing his best to keep Draymond Green calm in the huddle. Green not too happy with the shot selections.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston has almost doubled Golden State's rebounding total in the first half, 27-15. No Warriors player has more than three rebounds.