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Andrew Wiggins with high-flying dunk of the year candidate over Nikola Vucevic (VIDEO)

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That. Is. Monster.

Orlando’s Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon had no plan or communication on how to handle the Andrew Wiggins/Ricky Rubio 1/2 pick-and-roll and left Wiggins a lane to the rim. And Wiggins knows now to explode going to the rim. Nikola Vucevic tried to slide over but it ends poorly.

Wiggins also hit the jumper that forced overtime, where the Timberwolves got the win over the Magic 111-105.

Ish Smith drops Marcus Smart with behind-the-back crossover. No flop needed. (VIDEO)

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Damn, that’s nasty.

The Pistons and Celtics were battling on national television when Ish Smith broke out the behind-the-back crossover and Marcus Smart fell to the ground like he was flopping. Except this was legit. He looked like the gunman on the grassy knoll got him.

The Celtics eeked out the win 113-109, thanks to 40 from Isaiah Thomas, 24 of those in the fourth quarter.

 

LeBron James with two hand dunk, then double-clutch dunk vs. Mavs (VIDEOS)

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LeBron James had 13 first half points against the Mavericks, and he got a handful of them by going to the rim and throwing it down hard.

Above, there is the two-hand slam from midway through the first quarter.

Just about a minute after that, LeBron got up and threw down the double-pump finish off the sweet feed from Kyrie Irving.

 

Lakers’ Luol Deng posts letter: “I am a proud refugee”

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Luol Deng was born in Wow, a city in what is now South Sudan. It was then, as it is now, a war-ravaged nation with a majority Muslim population. Deng left there at the age of five and now has dual citizenship with England and the Sudan, plus he has lived and worked in the United States for many years.

Sudan is one of the countries listed in Donald Trump’s executive order that suspended entry to the United States for 90 days for people from certain nations with mostly Muslim populations. The NBA had concerns and reached out to the State Department about what might happen to him or the Bucks Thon Maker (also of the Sudan) should they leave the country then try to re-enter.

Monday, Deng posted this letter on Twitter.

Deng has support, the NBA family — a global family — has universally condemned Trump’s travel ban: Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich, Stan Van Gundy, Raptors president Masai Ujiri, Kyle Lowry, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jeremy Lin, Enes Kanter, Kenneth Faried, Stanley Johnson, and former players such as Steve Nash have all come out against the ban.

Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins will not be arrested, prosecuted for New York night club incident

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In the not too distant future, Kings’ wing Matt Barnes is expected to turn himself in and face charges for a December nightclub incident in the Chelsea area of New York.

DeMarcus Cousins was at that nightclub at the same time, but he will not be charged in the incident, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Sources told ESPN.com that Cousins has been “cleared of all wrongdoing’ by authorities after a Dec. 5 altercation at a Manhattan club that resulted in teammate Matt Barnes facing misdemeanor assault charges.

The players’ lawyer, Alex Spiro, confirmed to ESPN on Monday that Cousins has been cleared but declined further comment.

Cousins is not completely past the incident, both he and Barnes have already been sued in civil court over the altercation. One of the plaintiffs in the case alleges Cousins punched him, something Cousins’ people have denied.

There were reports more than a month ago out of New York that police in the city were close to arresting Sacramento’s Barnes for what happened during the Dec. 4 altercation at a Chelsea club where he and Cousins had gone. Barnes’ representative claimed any actions by his client were in self-defense. However, video of the incident reportedly shows Barnes as the aggressor and choking a woman, it was the argument between Barnes and this woman that started a bigger fight in the club, according to police reports.