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Stephen Curry scores 25 points in the first quarter (VIDEO)

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The Stephen Curry show was broadcasting live and in color in our nation’s capital Wednesday night.

Curry was his ridiculous self on the court, hitting every kind of shot except a skyhook, making plays for teammates, and just putting on a show. Like on this play.

Credit the Warriors, who showed some fight and hung around in the game, not going away and making the Warriors work for it on the road. It was close in the fourth quarter as of this writing.

Rockets’ Terrence Jones in car accident on way to airport, out Thursday

Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones (6) reacts after being charged with an offensive foul against Ersan Ilyasova, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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Fortunately, this doesn’t appear to be anything too serious. But it will keep Terrence Jones out for a game.

He was driving to the airport where the Rockets were off to Phoenix for a Thursday night game, when Jones was involved in a car accident. From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Jones comes off the bench for the Rockets and plays minutes in the teens most nights, but had almost 30 in the Rockets’ last game. Not having him leaves the Rockets shorthanded.

Report: Raptors interested in Suns’ forward Markieff Morris

Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris drives past Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas, of Lithuania, (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Apparently the Raptors really like the Suns.

On the heels of reports the Raptors had interest in the Suns’ P.J. Tucker comes a report they have interest in another Phoenix forward — Markieff Morris. Via Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Suns have wanted to trade the disgruntled Morris all season, but other teams have been more than hesitant. His scoring is down almost five points per game, and he’s shooting less than 40 percent — he has battled with Suns coaches in the past and got fined for saying he wanted a trade. Earlier this season other teams were so put off they were telling Phoenix they would have to throw in a sweetener (a draft pick) to get them to take Morris.

The Suns are trying to showcase him more of late, and Morris dropped 30 points and grabbed 11 boards on Tuesday. Will a couple of strong performances change minds around the league enough to get a deal done?

The Suns have serviceable veterans Luis Scola and Patrick Patterson at the four — Morris at his best would be an upgrade to that rotation. But will they get his best? Will he bring chemistry issues, or would he bring a new attitude to Toronto? Or do you take Tucker, who would fit in and bring some physicality to the roster?

One way or another, the Suns will make a move before the deadline.

Report: NBA still investigating Blake Griffin incident, punishment likely

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The NBA suspended Matt Barnes two games for punching Derek Fisher. The Sixers suspended Jahlil Okafor two games for punching fans (or just people outside clubs) over the summer, and then not coming clean with them about it.

Which means once Blake Griffin‘s hand heals from where he broke it punching a Clippers equipment manager, he can expect to spend a couple more games in street clothes with a suspension.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver didn’t get into details but hints at a punishment coming in an upcoming podcast with Sam Amick of the USA Today (Amick also used the comments in a story).

“The only update right now is we’re continuing to investigate,” Silver told USA TODAY Sports by phone from his New York office. “There (are) a lot of people that we want to talk to, and ultimately ensure that we have as complete an understanding as possible as to exactly what happened.

“I’d say from the league’s standpoint, of course it’s the last thing that you want to see happen. And whether it’s in the NBA, or in any industry, you have one co-worker, in essence, punching another co-worker. That’s a terrible thing. Blake has acknowledged that. But at the same time, I know he recognizes that there are consequences of his actions.”

The Clippers decided not to punish Griffin themselves, but they had to know this was coming. It’s a black eye for the league to have its stars giving team employees black eyes, and the NBA remains ever concerned about its image. So it will slap Griffin on the wrist, so to speak.

Griffin is not expected back on the court until March, maybe late March, so there is no pressure on the NBA to get this investigation done quickly.

Kevin Durant on free agency rumors: “I can’t control any of that”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JANUARY 29: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder brings the ball up court against the Houston Rockets during a NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on January 29, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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Kevin Durant is going to the Warriors.  Or the Lakers. Or the Clippers. Or the Rockets. Or one of 26 other teams.

Durant’s looming free agency had been quietly lurking in the background of the NBA news cycle all season — it was the biggest story out there, but with Durant deftly dodging questions there wasn’t much to say other than to say he would make up his mind this summer. Then in the past week, a rash of Durant free agency rumors/stories broke.

Durant’s reaction to all this? Essentially a shrug.

Here is his quote, via Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman (and he may have started the trend with this article):

“Now I guess you could say it’s ramped up. That’s a part of it. That’s a part of this process. Everyone has to do their job. Of course, the fans want to know what’s going on, but I can’t control that. I can’t control any of that. Just gotta work hard every single day, focus on what’s in front of me and not worry about what’s gonna happen down the line. All that stuff I can’t control. Like I said, when that time comes we’ll talk about it, but for right now, I’m 100 percent committed and locked in on being the best team and player I can be and helping my team try to get to a championship.”

This is how Durant has answered the questions all along — I’m focused on winning now, will worry about the rest of it later. And the Thunder locker room is about as professional as you can get, they are not going to let this bother them. Are these stories a distraction?

“Nah, nobody talks about it here. We don’t even talk about basketball outside of the court. Free agency chatter, we don’t talk about that stuff. As soon as we walk out this court, it’s friendship and brotherhood. We don’t talk about basketball. It makes it easier when you have a group of guys that’s not always turnt on talking about basketball. Like I said, it’s something that’s out of my control. Guys are going to write stories on what they’re going to write about. I just try to stay locked in on where I am.”

Oklahoma City is a good team — their +8.7 net differential makes them a leading title contender almost any season, except this one there are two teams on a 68-win or better pace this season that are standing out. The Thunder know this, they know they are playing better of late under Billy Donovan, and they know there are still questions to answer.

But right now, none of those questions involve Durant next season.