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Zach LaVine throws up prayer, and it falls through rim – but doesn’t count (video)

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Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine appeared to convert a wild and-one against the Thunder last night. But a lengthy review correctly determined the ball deflected off a shot-clock wire – and therefore, was out of bounds.

This joins Jae Crowder‘s full-court pass as the most impressive ways to get the ball through the hoop without it counting as a made shot this season.

LeBron James does Karl Malone dunk, raises the roof (video)

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Is LeBron James going to make raising the roof his thing? I sure hope so.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a hand-behind-the head Karl Malone dunk.

Kobe Bryant leaves Lakers-Pelicans with sore right Achilles tendon

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, passes the ball as New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Kobe Bryant returned tonight after missing a game with a strained right Achilles tendon.

He didn’t even make it to halftime.

Baxter Holmes of ESPN:

Kobe’s major Achilles tendon tear in 2013 was on his left leg. So, this isn’t an aggravation of that.

But these are the types of injuries faced by 37-year-olds who play 30 minutes per game.

Derrick Rose injures knee, says he’s not concerned and doesn’t need MRI

Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams, left, is fouled by Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
AP Photo/Darren Hauck

Derrick Rose lasted just three minutes into the second half of the Bulls’ loss to the Bucks tonight before exiting due to injury. He returned in the fourth quarter for another couple minutes, but that was it.

Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago:

Joshua A. Vinson:

Derrick Rose injuring his knee – why would we be concerned?

Kyrie Irving hits deep 3-point dagger to down Mavericks (video)

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The Cavaliers and Mavericks spent nearly eight straight minutes in crunch time separated by only a single possession.

Then LeBron James found himself open for an elbow jumper after Deron Williams fell/flopped. LeBron froze as if he were still apprehensive on his jumper – and kicked the ball to Kyrie Irving, who was well beyond the 3-point arc with the shot clock near expiration.

Irving nailed the shot, finally giving a team a four-point lead in the tightly contested game, and Cleveland held on for a 110-107 win.

Lest you think LeBron shied from the big shots tonight, he had this awesome drive and dunk to force overtime: