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Gerald Green goes way over Mason Plumlee for ferocious putback dunk (video)

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If you haven’t been paying attention, Gerald Green still has hops.

That’s a jumping 6-foot-11 Mason Plumlee whom Green just flies over.

The Celtics pulled away for a 120-111 win over the Trail Blazers after that, and no wonder. How do you recover from that?

Dirk Nowitzki hits jumper to force overtime, where Mavericks top Jazz (video)

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Dirk Nowitzki has been there for the Mavericks for nearly two decades.

He was there for them again late in the fourth quarter against the Jazz last night, when Harrison Barnes missed a jumper with Dallas down two. Nowitzki found the long offensive rebound and drilled the game-tying shot.

Barnes made up for his miss in overtime, outscoring the Jazz himself, 8-5, as the Mavericks won, 112-105.

DeAndre Jordan gets ball stuck in Knicks’ scoreboard during warmups (video)

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Before all the Charles Oakley drama at Madison Square Garden last night, DeAndre Jordan provided a lighter moment during warmups.

Jordan poked the ball away from a teammate trying to dribble by the Clippers center. In celebration, Jordan tossed the ball high into the air.

And it didn’t come down.

 

Mark Cuban, Jason Williams headline NBA All-Star Celebrity Game rosters

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One-time Donald Trump supporter/Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will meet Hillary Clinton supporter/Bucks owner Marc Lasry in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

A rehashing of political rivalry?

Cuban has probably gone too far the other way for that, but it should be fun to see the owners match up on the court. I’m also looking forward to watching for Kings and Grizzlies player Jason Williams, whose flashy passing always befit a just-for-fun exhibition.

The full rosters:

East

  • Brandon Armstrong (former NBA player and social media star)
  • Win Butler (musician)
  • Nick Cannon (actor, recording artist)
  • Rachel DeMita (NBA2K TV personality)
  • Ansel Elgort (actor, recording artist)
  • Marc Lasry (Milwaukee Bucks owner)
  • Caleb McLaughlin (actor)
  • Peter Rosenberg (media personality)
  • Oscar Schmidt (Basketball legend)
  • Lindsay Whalen (WNBA player)
  • Jason Williams (NBA legend)
  • Kris Wu (recording artist)

Coaches: Jemele Hill (ESPN), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), Fat Joe (recording artist)

West

  • Miles Brown (actor)
  • Tom Cavanagh (actor)
  • Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks owner)
  • Baron Davis (NBA legend)
  • Andy Grammer (recording artist)
  • Jiang Jinfu (actor, model)
  • Anthony Mackie (actor)
  • Romeo Miller (actor, recording artist)
  • Hasan Minhaj (actor, comedian)
  • Master P (actor, recording artist)
  • Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks)
  • Aarón Sánchez (celebrity chef)

Coaches:  Michael Smith (ESPN), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Rocsi Diaz (television personality)

The game will be broadcast on ESPN on Friday night.

Knicks on Charles Oakley: ‘Everything he said since the incident is pure fiction’

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The Knicks said Charles Oakley “behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner” last night.

Oakley, who was charged with misdemeanor assault and trespassing, said he didn’t yell at Knicks owner James Dolan or doing anything to warrant security confronting him.

The Knicks are doubling down:

Oakley clearly didn’t handle himself properly once confronted — though his contempt would be understandable if he did nothing to provoke the large security presence, including people putting their hands on him, that suddenly surrounded him.

The contentious issue seems to be the lead-up. Did Oakley cross a line in fan behavior, or did the Knicks just preemptively want him ejected?

Both sides have their own versions. The truth usually lies somewhere in between, and the Knicks have a right to rebut Oakley’s retelling.

But do the Knicks, who’ve done nothing to earn the benefit of the doubt, really want to escalate a public fight with a fan-favorite former player?