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Watch Bucks’ Jabari Parker’s powerful alley-oop finish

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It was a rough night for the Bucks, who had no answer for Anthony Davis (32 points) and couldn’t keep the Pelicans for picking up the first win of the season.

But Jabari Parker had the highlight of the game with this alley-oop finish.

Parker had 33 points and nine points on the night, along with nine boards. But Davis had more help — E'Twaun Moore had 20 — and New Orleans finally is in the win column.

Cavaliers do mannequin challenge with Michelle Obama in White House

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We said it before: The Cavaliers enjoyed meeting President Barack Obama and all, but they had a lot more fun with First Lady Michelle Obama.

That included doing the mannequin challenge.

And it’s well done, credit to the Cavaliers crew for putting some very White House-style music in the background and pulling off an excellent one.

Our very own @cavs #mannequinchallenge @whitehouse

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Dwyane Wade greeted with huge ovation, video tribute in Miami

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Miami Heat fans love Dwyane Wade. Pat Riley…. different story. But Heat fans love the man who is (despite what Riley says) the most important player in franchise history.

And they showed it when he was introduced upon his return to Miami Thursday night.

Above, you can see the tribute video the Heat put together to welcome Wade.

Below, you can see what he did to his old team to start the game — reminding them just how special he can be.

Report: Dirk Nowitzki doing drills, could return next week

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The Dallas Mavericks are off to a stumbling 2-6 start this season, with the main culprit being a bottom five offense. Not so coincidentally, Dirk Nowitzki has played in only three games — and wasn’t his vintage self in the ones where he did get on the court — because of a sore Achilles that he strained in the season opener.

On that front there is good news for Dallas fans — Nowitzki is moving closer to a return. He could play next week, reports Marc Stein of ESPN (you know, the network that doesn’t do enough Mavs coverage).

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, recovering from a strained right Achilles, told ESPN.com on Thursday that he has begun to resume on-court work as he moves toward a return to the lineup.

But Nowitzki stressed that, as much as he wants to play in Dallas’ two-game swing on the East Coast next week, he’ll need to get through a full-speed practice or two this weekend with no setbacks before he’s cleared to play.

“It’s definitely better, but I really haven’t done much yet,” Nowitzki told ESPN.com.

Dallas is not going to rush its biggest star back to the court if he’s not 100 percent, especially when the only real treatment for a sore Achilles is rest.

Harrison Barnes has played well in his expanded role, averaging 22.6 points per game, but the Mavs need more scoring options on the floor. Nowitzki certainly is that.

Quote of the Day: Trump makes Toronto look much better

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“I want to thank Trump for making Toronto an unbelievable destination for athletes.”

Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri, while accepting Sports Media Canada award, via Donnovan Bennett.

Before you go off on your pro-Trump/socialized medicine sucks rant in the comments, admit this: That’s a funny line. That’s why we’re running it.

Like every other GM in the NBA, he will use whatever advantages he has to sell his team to prospective free agents. This could be part of that. Maybe. Then the player will choose the place that offers the most money, as basically always happens.