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Watch Bucks’ Jabari Parker drop career-high 36 on Houston

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It was a good night for the Bucks. Khris Middleton scored 30 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo playing the point forward role had 18 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 assists (plus four steals).

But leading the way was Jabari Parker, who had a career-high 36 points. You can see his buckets above.

Behind their young trio, Milwaukee beat Houston 128-121.

Update: Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari has two torn ligaments in right ankle

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We knew that Denver forward Danilo Gallinari was going to miss time due to a sprained ankle, likely being out for seven games after injuring it over the weekend.

Now we know the severity of it — it has two torn ligaments in his right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.

He’s going to be out a month, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at The Vertical at Yahoo Sports. That would bring him back with just a couple weeks left in the season, so don’t be shocked if Denver just shuts him down for the remainder of the campaign.

The Nuggets will miss his offense while he’s out, he averaged 19.5 points a game and is shooting 36.4 percent from three. He is a key part of Denver’s offense, which is 4.1 points per 100 possessions better when he is on the court (however his defensive numbers often balance that out).

Denver has been coming together, playing better ball as a team in the past few weeks. There’s a lot to like with the talent on this roster. Mike Malone is establishing a culture there that is starting to take root. One that could be a foundation for winning down the line. And unlike Sacramento, this time Malone will get to see it through.

Meet the Clippers’ new mascot: Chuck the Condor

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Apparently the Clippers needed a mascot. So they turned to one of the most majestic animals of California — the Condor. The largest bird in North America.

Then they turned it into a cartoon version.

The Clippers unveiled their new mascot on Monday night, and words don’t do it justice.

I think ESPN’s Arash Markazi put it best:

The Clippers (including Doc Rivers) spun this as “he’s like us, the California Condor was almost extinct but now is making a comeback.” Okay. That’s true about the bird. The Condor also is a vulture, a bird that picks at the carcases of other animal’s kills. Apply that metaphor to the Clippers’ roster building techniques if you wish.

Not long after being introduced, Chuck dunked off a trampoline. That was followed by 59-year-old Clippers’ owner Steve Ballmer dunking off a trampoline. It was quite the halftime show in LA.

DeMarcus Cousins cocks arm back, decides not to hit Steven Adams

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Stephen Adams was trying to instigate. It’s what he does. He tries to get under players’ skin.

DeMarcus Cousins almost got suckered in by it and did something foolish.

Late in the game Monday in Sacramento, the Thunder’s Adams went to the ground and while there locked his arm around Cousins’ leg and wouldn’t let go (was that his Jeff Van Gundy imitation?). Cousins got frustrated. He cocked back his arm to throw a punch — but thought better of it and walked away. Well, after a little kick of Adams.

The referee saw it the entire way and Adams was called for a penalty, as it should have been, although the Kings got a “delay of game” out of this. Bottom line, good on Cousins for walking away (he did have a technical on the night already, his 14th this season).

In the end, the Thunder’s stars were too much. Kevin Durant had 27, Russell Westbrook finished with 20 points, 15 assists, and 13 rebounds, and the Thunder picked up a win in Sacramento 131-116.

Five Takeaways from NBA Monday: Tristan Thompson saves Cavaliers’ night

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 29: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks George Hill #3 of the Indiana Pacers during the final seconds of the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on February 29, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 100-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Tristan Thompson; George Hill
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If you missed everything in the NBA Monday because you were bathing in beer at a spa, we understand. We’ve got you covered, here’s what you need to know from a Monday around the Association:

1) With the game on the line, the Cleveland Cavaliers turn to… Tristan Thompson? It worked Monday. This was not a game that left viewers with the sense the Cavaliers have found their groove again — their offense down the stretch was far too much isolation and leaned too heavily on LeBron James, their defense seemed scrambled at times, and it certainly wasn’t pretty. It’s the kind of grinding game good teams find a way to win, however, and the Cavs blue-collar worker Tristan Thompson came through when needed. He had 10 points in the fourth quarter and he put the Cavaliers up two with a little four-footer off a LeBron assist with 39 seconds to go. Then when George Hill tried to drive to tie up the game on the Pacers’ next possession, it was Thompson again to save the day.

Cleveland had a late 7-0 run to secure the 100-96 win. LeBron had 33, Kyrie Irving had 22, and the Cavaliers got a needed win.

2) John Wall puts up 37 to make sure Wizards get a win over Sixers, stay in the playoff chase. Chicago, Charlotte, Indiana, and Detroit are all in a virtual tie for the final three playoff spots in the East — one of those teams is going to be left out of that party. Right now, the Wizards are trying to crash that party and force a couple of teams to be left out — they are 1.5 games back of those four, but Washington has the easiest schedule in the NBA the rest of the way. They just have to make sure they win those “easy” games. Monday night that meant John Wall going off 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, helping spark a 16-0 Wizards run in the final frame to help the Wizards come from behind and get the win over lowly Philadelphia. Right now for Washington, a win is a win and they shouldn’t apologize for any of them.

3) That’s the Bucks we hoped for this season: Antetokounmpo, Middleton, and Parker all go off in Milwaukee win over Houston. This is the kind of step forward we’d been hoping to see from Milwaukee all season. Jabari Parker: 36 points (a career high), 5 assists, 4 rebounds. Khris Middleton: 30 points, 5 steals, 4 assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 18 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals (we’ll see if the NBA’s reviewed stats let the Greek Freak keep the triple-double, it took his last one away because of some generous hometown scorekeeping as to what qualifies for an assist, and that may have happened again). The Bucks handled a Houston Rockets team that needs wins badly 128-121 and it felt like this was just a sample of what the Bucks could do nightly in the future. Milwaukee answered every scoring barrage James Harden and Dwight Howard could throw at them. It was fun to see — I just hope this wasn’t a one-off and we get to see a lot more of these Bucks down the line.

4) DeMarcus Cousins keeps his cool (barely); Russell Westbrook and Thunder get the win. Stephen Adams was trying to instigate — it’s what he does. He tried to get under players’ skin, and DeMarcus Cousins almost got suckered in by it and did something foolish — he cocked back his arm to throw a punch — but thought better of it and walked away. Adams was called for a penalty, although the Kings got a “delay of game” out of this and I’m not exactly sure for what. Still, good on Cousins for walking away (he did have a technical on the night already, his 14th this season).

In the end, the Thunder’s stars were too much. Kevin Durant had 27, Russell Westbrook finished with 20 points, 15 assists, and 13 rebounds, and the Thunder picked up a win in Sacramento 131-116.

5) The Clippers’ halftime show: Unveil strange new mascot, have Steve Ballmer dunk. Top this, Red Panda. The Los Angeles Clippers, at halftime of their eventual win over Brooklyn, first unveiled their new mascot Chuck The Condor. Which I’m not sure really looks like a condor, or much of anything else.

Not long after this, Chuck dunked off a trampoline.

Then 59-year-old Clippers’ owner Steve Ballmer dunked off a trampoline.

Let’s see Jim Buss top that.