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Watch Andrew Wiggins dunk over, around JaVale McGee

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Give JaVale McGee credit for putting up any resistance at all. Not that it was going to matter.

Saturday night at Oracle Arena Andrew Wiggins drove from the right wing, found a shocking amount of space, so he continued to the rim, McGee slid over late to help and Wiggins skied, then threw it down over and around McGee. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a monster dunk.

It was not enough; Golden State won its 11th in a row behind 34 from Stephen Curry.

Watch Russell Westbrook’s sixth triple-double of season

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He is almost there — Russell Westbrook is averaging 32 points, 10.9 assists, and 9.8 rebounds a game. He is almost averaging a triple double.

He added to those numbers Friday night with 38 points, 18 assists, and 12 rebounds in an overtime win against Denver. Westbrook was 9-of-21 shooting but got to the free throw line 17 times in the game.

Westbrook tried for a driving layup to keep the game from going to overtime, but Kenneth Faried so no.

Watch Zach LaVine with dunk of young season over Alex Len

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Damn, that’s nasty.

If you’re looking for the best dunk — and the best poster dunk — of the first 20 games or so of the season, look no further than the video above. Minnesota’s Zach LaVine got loose, Phoenix’s Alex Len made the valiant effort, but he just got thrown down on by the best dunker in the business right now.

Minnesota went on to win the game 98-85 behind 25 points from Andrew Wiggins, while LaVine pitched in 13.

Kelly Oubre, Bismack Biyombo pushing match leads to four technicals

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Nobody is going to confuse this with a hockey fight, but in the NBA it led to four technical fouls.

Midway through the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ eventual win over the Magic, Kelly Oubre went up for the dunk and Bismack Biyombo blocked it — and got called for the blocking foul. As they walked away Oubre gave Biyombo a little shove, Biyombo gave a shove back, and then there were a lot of words. A lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.

Magic guard Evan Fournier and Wizards guard Bradley Beal each also picked up a technical for stepping into the situation and not exactly calming things down.

Not sure we’ll see a fine out of this, it was pretty minor, although predicting the NBA’s fines is like playing roulette.

Pistons hand Clippers first road loss with 108-97 win

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Stan Van Gundy has been waiting all season for his Detroit Pistons to show the kind of determination that got them into the playoffs. Stan Van Gundy has been waiting all season for his Detroit Pistons to show the kind of determination that got them into the playoffs.

Friday night, he got a glimpse.

The Pistons blew an 18-point lead in the third quarter, but rallied down the stretch to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-97.

Detroit had lost 11 straight to the Clippers, including a 114-82 rout at the Staples Center on Nov. 7.

“We got embarrassed the last time we played that team, and I knew these guys didn’t want that to happen again,” Van Gundy said. “But beating that team is going to take 48 minutes of effort and we haven’t been able to do that many times this season.”

Detroit won its second straight and improved to 7-2 at home, as opposed to 1-7 on the road.

“I’m very happy with the way we played tonight, but we have to be able to take this level of effort on the road,” Van Gundy said. “We’ve got four road games in the next seven days against really good teams. We can’t keep giving those games away.”

The Clippers lost for just the second time in 13 games, falling to 7-1 on the road.

“Give the Pistons credit; Stan really had them ready to play,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They came out with so much more energy that we did in the first 10 minutes, and it is tough to dig yourselves out of a big hole on the road.”

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points and a career-high 10 assists for Detroit and Andre Drummond had 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Pistons got at least 15 points from all five starters and Jon Leuer added 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

“We are really starting to come together,” Drummond said. “We are more in sync defensively, and the offensive is starting to come around.”

J.J. Redick and Blake Griffith each had 24 points for the Clippers, while Chris Paul had eight points to go with 15 assists.

“This wasn’t a lack of effort,” Paul said. “We were energized, but they made shots.”

The Pistons trailed by as many as 43 earlier this month in Los Angeles, but jumped out to a 31-14 lead in Friday’s first quarter. However, with Drummond limited to 8:19 in the first half by foul trouble and Morris playing just 3:42, the Clippers were able to pull within 57-48 at halftime.

The Pistons built the margin to as many as 18 early in the third, with Caldwell-Pope finding Drummond for several alley-oops. However, Redick took over the game, scoring 10 points in the final 1:27 of the quarter. His back-to-back 3-pointers pulled the Clippers within 82-80 at period’s end.

“We cut into their lead at the end of the third quarter, but we were still making mistakes,” Rivers said. “When you are that far behind, you have to play perfect basketball or you use up everything getting it close.”

Redick finished with 18 in the quarter.

“He did all that against a really good defender in KCP,” Van Gundy said. “I was sitting on the bench wondering how I didn’t win 65 games a year when I was coaching him in Orlando.”

Los Angeles scored the first four points of the fourth to take the lead, but stopped hitting shots. That let the Pistons respond with a 15-2 run, capped off by Caldwell-Pope’s 3-pointer to make it 97-86 with 5:14 to play.

“We didn’t panic,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We just kept doing what we had been doing all game, and kept trying to make J.J. work.”

TIP-INS

Clippers: Paul didn’t score in the second half, but put up 10 assists. … With the Pistons moving to Little Caesars Arena for the 2017-18 season, this was the Clippers’ final regular-season visit to the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Pistons: Guard Stanley Johnson was suspended for one game after an unspecified violation of team rules. That left the Pistons without three rotation guards, as both Reggie Jackson and Reggie Bullock missed the game with left knee injuries.

PLAY MAKER

With Jackson not expected to play his first game until next week, Caldwell-Pope was the first Detroit player to reach double figures in assists in a game.

VISITING CELEBRITY

During a timeout, the Palace scoreboard showed Darius Slay’s interception of Sam Bradford’s pass that helped the Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings 16-13 on Thanksgiving. Slay, one of several Lions in attendance, then autographed a football and tossed it to the crowd.