James Harden posts MVP performance in Rockets OT win
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:57 pm ET) James Harden showed why he's a top contender for the NBA MVP award this season in the Rockets' 105-103 overtime win over the Cavaliers, on Sunday.

Harden scored 33 points with eight rebounds and five assists. He also had three steals and a pair of blocked shots. 

Harden shot eight-of-18 from the field and hit 15-of-18 from the free throw line. He also picked up a flagrant foul late in the third quarter for kicking LeBron James. 

"Obviously it was not a basketball play, and obviously, the league will take a look at it," James said. "I don't know what he was thinking." 

The Rockets next play at the Hawks on Tuesday. 


Clippers' J.J. Redick has x-ray on knee after Sunday's game
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:25 pm ET) Clippers guard J.J. Redick had an x-ray on his left knee following Sunday's win over the Bulls, according to a report by Dan Woike of the Orange County Register

Redick played 38 minutes in the game, scoring 12 points. 

The results of the x-ray were negative. 


Hornets' P.J. Hairston to be inactive Sunday against the Magic
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4:54 pm ET) Hornets guard P.J. Hairston will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Magic with center Bismack Biyombo returning to the lineup, the team has announced.

Hairston, who is averaging 5.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 35 games, has not played in the team's last four games while being active.


Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews playing with protective cover on hand
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4:49 pm ET) Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews was seen in warmups with a protective cover on his right hand and appears to be playing with it on Sunday, reports the team's website.

Matthews may have injured his hand in Friday's game against the Thunder, but was not forced out of action because of it. He is averaging 16.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 57 games this season.


Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier out for Magic on Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) The Magic will be without Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier for Sunday's game against the Hornets, coach James Borrego told the media

It'll be the second-straight game Gordon has missed with an ankle injury and second straight missed by Fournier with an injured hip. 

The Magic are 1.5-point underdogs. 


Bulls' Jimmy Butler has hyperextended elbow, MRI on Monday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:04 pm ET) Jimmy Butler left Sunday's Bulls game early after a collision with the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan. 

After the game, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler's elbow had been hyperextended. 

Butler will have an MRI on the elbow, Monday. 


Chris Paul scores 28 to lead Clippers past Bulls
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3:55 pm ET) Clippers guard Chris Paul scored a game-high 28 points to lead a 96-86 win over the Bulls, on Sunday. 

Paul hit 12 of 19 shots. He also recorded his 29th double-double of the year by adding 12 assists. 

The Clippers next play at the Timberwolves on Monday. 


Jimmy Butler leaves Bulls game after hurting elbow
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:48 pm ET) Bulls SG Jimmy Butler left Sunday's game against the Clippers with an elbow injury. 

Butler ran into the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan, who was setting a screen, and suffered a left-elbow sprain. 

Butler was taken back into the locker room. After originally being listed as questionable, the Bulls later announced that he wouldn't return to the game. 


Blatt: Kyrie Irving will play for Cavaliers on Tuesday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:16 pm ET) Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has missed the last two games with a shoulder strain.

Coach David Blatt said that Irving would return Tuesday against the Celtics.  

Irving is averaging 21.7 points and 5.2 assists this season. 


Hornets' Kemba Walker (knee) to be reevaluated Wednesday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11:17 am ET) Hornets guard Kemba Walker said he will have his knee reevaluated Wednesday, reports The Charlotte Observer.

Wednesday will mark five weeks since Walker underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. He was originally projected to need six weeks to recover.

Walker said not being able to play has been difficult to deal with.

"It's miserable, very miserable," Walker said. "I'm just so used to playing all the time and never [being injured] makes it tougher. It's really tough. I hate it, to tell the truth."


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