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Dallas’ Salah Mejri with the crushing rejection of Will Barton (VIDEO)

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Denver’s Will Barton thought he had a lane to the rim — he pushed the ball up, and the Dallas defense was not set. The seas parted.

Then Dallas’ Salah Mejri closed it up and sent Barton’s shot flying with a powerful rejection.

This was Dallas’ night, they got 25 from Wesley Matthews, and 18 from Harrison Barnes on 11 shots, and the Mavs picked up the 112-92 win at home.

Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas flys (kinda) for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

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Jonas Valanciunas isn’t exactly known for his hops.

But his length and enough vertical led to an impressive dunk for the Raptors’ big man off the pass from DeMarre Carroll in the first quarter of the eventual Raptors win over the Bucks.

Valanciunas had double-digit points and rebounds on the night, but it was the Raptors killer lineup of Kyle Lowry and the bench that had Toronto pulling away from the Bucks for the win.

Giannis Antetokounmpo gets blocked by Raptors’ Pascal Siakam (VIDEO)

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Pascal Siakam has quietly had a strong rookie season for the Raptors, he probably would be second or third in Rookie of the Year voting right now (behind Joel Embiid and probably Jamal Murray). He’s started all 23 games for the second-best team in the East, not done a lot on offense (5.9 points per game) but has been efficient doing it (58.6 true shooting percentage) and has played solid defense.

Just ask Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Greek Freak gets to the rim as well as anyone in the league, but Siakam shut him down in the first quarter of Monday night’s Bucks/Raptors game.

Steve Francis turns himself in for Florida car burglary. For second time.

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Former NBA Rookie of the Year and three-time All-Star Steve Francis has been spending a lot of time with the police this season. And not in a good way.

He was arrested recently for a DWI and marijuana possession in Houston. At the time, police in Manatee, Florida, wanted to talk to Francis about a car burglary back in June — one where Francis already turned himself in. At the time Francis broke into a car outside a bar and restaurant, taking a wallet, gold jewelry, cash and more. A couple of days later, Francis turned himself and the goods in, the police filed a report, but did not arrest him at the time.

Now they have, according to TMZ.

As we previously reported, the ex-NBA star was wanted by cops in Manatee, Florida after he allegedly ransacked a stranger’s car back in June and stole over $7k in stuff….

According to jail records, Francis turned himself in early Monday on a burglary of an unoccupied conveyance charge — a 3rd degree felony that carries up to 5 years in prison. His bond is set at $1,500.

Francis played in just more than eight NBA season and earned more than $103 million in salary in that time.

Report: Rockets, NBA, Donatas Motiejunas’ agent in talks to find some kind of resolution

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First, here’s the Sparknotes version of how we got to this point: Rockets big man Donatas Motiejunas was a restricted free agent who didn’t get any offers he liked, didn’t sign the qualifying offer, and essentially held out from Houston at the start of camp. Houston shrugged, knowing they could match any offer. Brooklyn eventually made a four-year, $37 million offer, but the Rockets matched the $31 million of it they were required to (not incentives). Motiejunas didn’t like that and refused to sign. The Rockets and Motiejunas agreed to a four-year, $35 million deal (which gave the Rockets a later opt-out date for next season’s contract, mid-July). Motiejunas came in for his physical, and something was amiss (he has a history of back issues).

Now you’re caught up.

The Rockets are now talking to both Motiejunas’ agent and the NBA league office to find a resolution, but the new deal has yet to be signed. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronical has the latest:

“We’re in active discussions with Donatas’ representation, the league office and that’s pretty much it,” (Rockets GN Daryl) Morey said.

Asked the purpose of the talks, Morey said, “A resolution.”

Morey would not answer any other questions. When asked whether the Rockets were seeking a resolution in which Motiejunas would or not rejoin the Rockets and whether Motiejunas failed his physical, Morey would only repeat his original statement.

Morey did call the negotiations contentious, which shouldn’t be a surprise because if the sides agreed to a deal and now the Rockets want to back out — because of the physical, one has to assume — you can be sure Motiejunas’ agent is angry.

The question of “when will Motiejunas join the Rockets?” seems to be changing to “if.” This is going to be an interesting resolution.