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Jahlil Okafor checks into game, forgets to remove warmup (video)

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Jahlil Okafor has played in just six of the 76ers’ last 16 games.

He has apparently gotten a little too accustomed to bench attire.

Blake Griffin sends pass, from behind his back, between his legs to cutting J.J. Redick for score (video)

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With Chris Paul sidelined, the Clippers will need more playmaking from Blake Griffin.

This’ll do.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban on President Trump’s ban: ‘You don’t condemn an entire country based on the mistakes of a few’

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19:  Investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban arrives before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban questioned the effectiveness of President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven countries, citing the “hypocrisy” of limiting immigration from some countries while not including others.

“I understand safety,” Cuban said. “We all want to be safer. No one wants to be unsafe. But the hypocrisy of it all – only seven countries. Now, if it had been all terrorist-hosting countries, but seven countries? That’s like locking your door with the best security ever invented and leaving all your windows open. It just makes no sense.”

Cuban spoke of the struggles of his grandparents coming to America to escape persecution in Nazi-occupied Austria and in Stalinist Russia, and the challenges they initially faced as immigrants here.

“You don’t condemn an entire country based on the mistakes of a few,” Cuban said. “We’re a country of hopes and dreams and the American Way. The wider we take that, the safer I believe we’ll be. It’s not that I don’t understand. We’re all terrified of terrorism. We’re all terrified the next event could be near us or someone close to us. But it’s the old sports analogy: Character isn’t revealed when things are going well. Character is revealed when you’re under stress and being challenged. We’ll see what the character of this country is.”

Cuban also said he was proud of the response from some of the NBA’s top players and coaches, including Toronto guard Kyle Lowry and coaches Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr, who criticized the order. He cited the league’s work in developing nations through Basketball Without Borders and its players’ willingness to take stands on social issues.

“That’s who we are,” Cuban said. “We’ve always tried to help those who were less fortunate. We’re community driven. Our players take big steps in community organizations. We take big steps as a league. And of course we’re going to have fans to say stay out of politics.

“And, for 16 years, I did, but we all have our own reasons and as American citizens, we can never forget it’s country first, basketball second.”

Sasha Vujacic converts two four-point plays as Knicks come back against Nets (video)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and joined a group of mostly substitutes who led a big fourth-quarter turnaround that carried the New York Knicks to a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Carmelo Anthony had 15 points for the Knicks, but he was on the bench for the entire fourth quarter after shooting 6 for 22 from the field. Instead, the Knicks rallied behind Willy Hernangomez, who had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Sasha Vujacic, who made team history by converting a pair of four-point plays in the game.

The only other starter on the floor for the comeback was Brandon Jennings – and he was only starting because point guard Derrick Rose remained out with a sprained ankle.

The Knicks never led through three quarters and were down 10 when Porzingis and Hernangomez – former teammates in Spain for Seville – helped spark a 16-2 run to open an 82-78 advantage on Justin Holiday‘s 3-pointer with 5:11 to play.

They put it away when Porzingis, back after a one-game absence because of an illness, had his 3-pointer bounce in for a 92-86 lead with 30 seconds left.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 16 for the Nets, who lost their seventh straight and fell to 0-9 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.

The Knicks had lost the first two games of this road trip to finish January at 5-12 and appeared to have no energy for most of this one. But now they have five straight at home after this one as they hope to get back into the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Vujacic finished with 12 points, and Jennings had 10 assists.

TIP-INS

Knicks: New York improved to just 2-9 on the second night of back-to-back games. … The Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak in Brooklyn.

Nets: The Nets have lost 10 in a row at home. … The 38 points the Nets allowed in the first half were the fewest they’ve given up in any half this season. … Brooklyn shook up the starting lineup, with Hollis-Jefferson replacing Trevor Booker and Isaiah Whitehead in for Spencer Dinwiddie.

ROSE REPORT

Rose said he was out of the walking boot he had been wearing and had started shooting. He hopes to begin running Thursday or Friday with the possibility of returning Saturday against Cleveland.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host Cleveland on Saturday night in the ABC prime-time game. The Cavaliers have won eight straight in the series.

Nets: Host Indiana on Friday. Brooklyn won the first meeting for Kenny Atkinson’s first career win, but the Pacers have easily taken the last two.

Taurean Prince yanks down Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson FLIES IN to fight Prince (video)

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James Johnson has a reputation as an athletic hothead.

He put both traits on display after Hawks forward Taurean Prince threw down Hassan Whiteside late in the Heat’s 116-93 win.

And good for Johnson. Prince’s actions were dirty, and you have to protect the franchise player.

Johnson received a technical foul and ejection. Taurean Prince earned a flagrant 2 and automatic ejection. Miami guard Dion Waiters also got hit with a technical foul.