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Andre Iguodala throws reverse between-the-legs alley-oop to Shaun Livingston (but it doesn’t count)


The whistle had blown, Kevin Durant had been fouled. The play was over.

But that didn’t stop the Warriors best highlight of the night: Andre Iguodala throwing a reverse, between-the-legs alley-oop to Shaun Livingston.

Of course, it didn’t count. But damn.

The Warriors hung on to beat the Cavaliers anyway.

DeMar DeRozan passes Chris Bosh to become Raptors all-time leading scorer


It is fitting that the bucket came on a midrange shot, a little floater where he got a little help from Kyle Lowry to get free.

With that bucket, his 15th point of the night, DeMar DeRozan passed Chris Bosh as the all-time leading scorer in Toronto Raptors history.

DeRozan has developed into an elite scorer over time — he is averaging 27.5 points per game this season, fourth best in the NBA — one of the few guys in the NBA to be trusted to take the majority of his shots from the midrange. His handles needed to get better back in the day, and he worked on it, now he’s a strong ball handler who can create for himself. He added a post up game. He’s become a better playmaker. He’s found a real chemistry with Kyle Lowry, and the two of them won a gold medal together in Rio playing for Team USA. Most of all, he’s learned to trust himself and that midrange shot to get him buckets efficiently.

DeRozan finished the game with 29 points and now has 10,290, besting Bosh’s 10,275. Third on the list? Vince Carter at 9,420, but what surprised me was Andrea Bargnani was fourth at 6581. Expect Lowry to catch and pass Bargnani next season.

Nicola Pekovic says he can’t run without pain, sounds like he knows he’s done


The last time we saw Nikola Pekovic on the court was January 31 of this year — during last season. He played a total of 12 games for the Timberwolves last season. This season he’s not going to play at all, with ankle issues keeping him from being healthy.

While he is under contract through the summer of 2018, his career seems over. And it sounds like he knows it.

Speaking at a press conference in his native Serbia (mostly about the team Partizan, where he is club president), Pekovic sounded like a guy who will never step on the court again, via Eurohoops.com.

“Two years ago I struggle with my injury, I was mentally exhausted. This year I was there for two months, I tried to do everything possible, but there are times when you simply can’t. I can not run without pain”.

After he is out for a year, the Timberwolves can apply to the league to have the money from his contract taken off their official books (Pekovic would still get paid the $23.7 million he is owed, that’s what guaranteed contracts are for, but the money would not count against the cap). If he returns to play for 25 games that money goes back on the books, but that seems highly unlikely now.

Stephen Curry with behind-the-back, no-look dish to Klay Thompson for three (VIDEO)

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The Golden State Warriors are at their best when there is a little playground in their game.

Yes, that leads to turnovers — 20 percent of the Warriors’ possessions ended in a turnover Wednesday — but it also brings out the best in the team. For example, Stephen Curry‘s no-look, behind-the-back pass to Klay Thompson for a three during the Warriors win over the Raptors Wednesday night.

Curry has wanted the ball in his hands more, and Wednesday night he got that wish — and the Raptors defense couldn’t slow him on the pick-and-roll. But he may be at his best in transition, on plays like the one above.

Lopez on Lopez crime: Brook puts brother Robin in poster with dunk


You would have to figure Robin Lopez has seen this move before. Maybe at San Joaquin Memorial High School. Maybe at Stanford. But somewhere.

Didn’t look like it Wednesday night. The Nets Brook Lopez put the ball on the floor, drove right past his brother Robin, and put the Bulls big man in a poster with a dunk. It was some Lopez on Lopez crime.

As for the game, Jimmy Butler‘s nailed the game winner lifting the Bulls past the Nets.