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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The Spurs lead 47-42 at half over the Clippers. San Antonio's bigs are ballin. LaMarcus Aldridge and Dewayne Dedmon have 7 rebounds apiece. Pau Gasol is 3 of 3 from deep for 9 points.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler, on taking the big shots late: "I know I better make those bad babies if they're keep putting the ball in my hands. That's how I think. I think every shot that I shoot is going to go in. In that situation, when coach [Hoiberg] is over there saying, "We don't need a 3, we can take a two. Yeah, ok." Everybody was like 'Let's go. Shoot it. Score it.' That's building up on confidence I already have."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

At the end of 1, the Spurs lead 18-13. Kawhi Leonard leads the way with 6 points followed by LaMarcus Aldridge with 5. The Spurs' 8 turnovers are the most they've had in a quarter this season. But they held LAC to 13 points their season low in a quarter at home.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Happy birthday to Chuck the Condor. Lots of mascots showed up to celebrate.


Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Strange game. Bulls win 128-121 in OT. Bulls were down 11 with 4:31 left in regulation. Butler and Wade struggled early but closed very well late. Butler went 5-for-8 in the fourth quarter and OT.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors 107, Celtics 97: The race for the No. 2 seed in the East just got more interesting as the Kyle Lowry-less Raptors received a career-high 43 points from DeMar DeRozan while rallying from 17-point first-half deficit. New additions Serge Ibaka (15 points, 7 rebounds) and P.J. Tucker (9 points, 10 rebounds) aided Toronto's comeback. Isaiah Thomas with a quiet 20 points.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Westbrook flirted with a 20-20-20 night, but finished with *just* 17-18-17 in 35 minutes. The new guys, Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, looked pretty comfortable in their debuts, putting up 20 combined. Andre Roberson added a career-high 19 as OKC beat the Lakers 110-93.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

After trading for Nerlens Noel, Dallas is poised to make two more roster additions. ESPN sources say that the Mavericks will make two call-ups from the NBA D-League this weekend, signing former Celtics swingman Ben Bentil and ex-Duke guard Quinn Cook to 10-day contracts. Both players are expected to join the team in time for practice Sunday.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Gar/Pax made it clear after dealing Gibson and McDermott that they wanted Denzel Valentine to get more minutes. Valentine has responded by going 5-for-7 from the field and scoring 15 points in 20 minutes.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler is struggling tonight. He is just 3-for-10 from the field and has made some bad decisions with the ball. He does have 6 assists though.