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Karl-Anthony Towns blows by one Sun, dunks on another (VIDEO)

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Ladies and Gentlemen, that is your Rookie of the Year.

Towns gets the ball out top, puts it on the floor and drives past Jon Leuer like he’s not even there, then dunks over Mirza Teletovic. That is a grown man move. Give the man the trophy.

One fan steals Kobe’s sweaty shooting sleeve away from another fan, then smells it (VIDEO)

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Well, that’s just weird.

Kobe Bryant was making his final appearance in Utah and getting smoked by the Jazz, and from the bench he throws his purple shooting sleeve into the crowd. A fan grabs it. Some Kobe fans behind him pull it away from him like Hyenas battling for a carcass on the African plain.

Then the guy who steals it smells it. So does his female companion. It’s weird.

It’s a big world with room for a lot of different kinds of people.

Another night, another Russell Westbrook triple-double (VIDEO)

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Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook has 16 triple doubles this season after dropping another one Monday night on the Raptors.

That is the most since Magic Johnson’s 17 in 1989 (both Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain have more from a bygone era).  Westbrook may well break that record.

Boy runs out to give Carmelo Anthony hug during game

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Maybe it’s just the dad in me, but I think this is cute. Of course if it were my kid I might feel differently.

During the Knicks loss to the Pelicans a young boy ran out on the court to give Carmelo Anthony a hug. He responded calmly, as you hope a father would.

This was the Knicks best highlight of the night.

Russell Westbrook’s 16th triple-double leads Thunder to 8th in a row

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TORONTO (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his 16th triple-double of the season, Kevin Durant scored 34 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 119-100 on Monday night for their eighth straight victory.

Westbrook has seven triple-doubles in March, the most in a month since Michael Jordan had seven in April, 1989. He has the most in a season since Magic Johnson had 17 in 1988-89.

Oklahoma City has the NBA’s longest current winning streak and the team’s longest since a 10-game run from Jan. 16-31, 2014.

DeMar DeRozan had 19 points and Norman Powell added 18 for the Raptors, who lost at home for just the fourth time in 2016.

The Thunder improved to 16-0 when Westbrook has a triple-double and earned a split of the season series following Toronto’s 103-98 victory in Oklahoma City on Nov. 4.

Oklahoma City raced to a 15-3 lead, getting seven points from both Durant and Westbrook. However, despite shooting just 31.8 percent from the field, Toronto crept back into the contest with eight points from DeRozan, and trailed 27-21 after 12 minutes.

The Raptors went on a 10-0 run at the beginning of the second, taking the lead for the only time in the game with a 3-pointer from Patrick Patterson. But Dion Waiters made that lead short-lived with a 3-pointer of his own, one of three he hit in the quarter, and Westbrook added another 10 points as the Thunder took a 61-48 lead into halftime.

Durant added another 10 points in the third quarter as Oklahoma City opened a 25-point lead at one point before settling for a 97-74 edge to take into the final quarter.

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Thunder: While coach Billy Donovan is happy to see his team on a winning run, he dismissed the importance of peaking going into the playoffs. “If peaking at the right time was an easy solution, then every team would peak at the right time,” he said. “You want to keep getting better, that’s the thing.” . Oklahoma is 43-12 this season when outrebounding its opponent, in this case 53-40. . In the Thunder’s only trip to Toronto this season, Durant passed Canadian icon Steve Nash (17,387 points) for 79th on the NBA’s career scoring list. Additionally, it was the 59th consecutive game that Durant has scored 20-plus points, the longest such streak since Kobe Bryant put together a 63-game run from Dec. 9, 2005, to Nov. 3, 2006. . For the 22nd time this season, Westbrook and Durant finished with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists, extending their NBA single-season record for the most such games by a pair of teammates. The previous high was 20, set by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen 1991-92.

Raptors: Terrence Ross (thumb) missed his third consecutive game. . Asked if the game against Oklahoma City was a litmus test for where his team stacks up in the NBA, coach Dwane Casey said, “I don’t know if it’s a litmus test. It’s a hell of a test, I know that.”