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Robin Lopez simultaneously elbows two Hornets in necks, gets ejected


Robin Lopez is a pretty efficient player, but this is taking it to the next level.

With one extension of his arms, the Bulls center elbowed Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller in the neck.

Williams went to the floor, and Lopez tripped over Williams’ legs. You can decide Williams’ intent, but Lopez sure took offense.

After a brief scuffle seemed to settle, Taj Gibson got his second technical foul and was ejected. Lopez was hit with a flagrant 2 and therefore also ejected. And the Hornets hung on for a 103-91 win.

Which Thunder play was most devastating? (videos)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 26: Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder controls the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on October 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Thunder defeated the 76ers 103-97. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Russell Westbrook was unforgiving against the Celtics tonight, posting 45 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the Thunder’s 117-112 win.

But he wasn’t Oklahoma City’s most ruthless player.

That was either Steven Adams leveling Isaiah Thomas on a screen:

Or Jerami Grant blocking a shot off an official:

Mavericks’ Harrison Barnes nails game winner against Clippers (video)


Harrison Barnes is embracing being the Mavericks’ No. 1 scoring option – including against the Clippers tonight.

Barnes hit the game-winner with 3.7 seconds left in Dallas’ 90-88 win over the Clippers, who were without injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Hawks end one-point win over Nuggets on 9-0 run, all from free throws

Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone looks for an explanation from an official after a foul was called on his team in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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The Nuggets might have found THE most excruciating way to lose – a fantastic feat of failing, impressive in the methodical way it played out.

Denver ceded a game-ending 9-0 run – all points on free throws, including one following a Michael Malone technical foul – in a 109-108 loss to the Hawks tonight.

Dennis Schroder made the first seven throws of the run, and Paul Millsap added the game-winning free throws with six seconds left. Did Atlanta benefit from shaky officiating on some of those calls? There’s a case. The two-minute report will be interesting.

But did the Nuggets also self-destruct? Yup. They went scoreless on their final five possessions after taking a 108-100 lead with 1:43 left, and Malone lost his composure when his team couldn’t afford it.

Warriors’ Draymond Green yelled like crazy on plane while watching son’s birth via FaceTime

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 25:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a three-point shot against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter in an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on October 25, 2016 Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green says he watched the birth of his son via FaceTime.

Green was on the airplane in New York headed to San Francisco on Thursday morning when his son, Draymond Jamal Green , was born. He recalls yelling from his first-class seat on the commercial airplane after the birth and people thought he was “crazy,” adding it was a “surreal experience.”

Green spent the day with his newborn son and his girlfriend, Jelissa Hardy, in California before rejoining his team for Friday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons.

The forward had the option of staying home, but says it would’ve been selfish to accept the offer because his son and girlfriend were healthy and his teammates have kids of all ages they leave behind for games.