New York Knicks' Tyson Chandler (6) dunks the ball on Sacramento Kings' Jason Thompson (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in New York.
At it again
The Knicks' Jeremy Lin (No. 17) had another big game on Sunday, going for 28 points and 14 assists as New York took down defending NBA champ Dallas at MSG, 104-97.
Not quite, Dwight
Orlando center Dwight Howard (No. 12) is fouled by Miami Heat forward LeBron James (far right) as center Joel Anthony (far left) also defends Sunday. It was not much of a contest, as the Heat cruised 90-78 at home.
Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko shoots the ball over Boston forward Paul Pierce on Sunday. The host Pistons won, 96-81, their second victory over the Celtics in five days.
No thru traffic
Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard Kyrie Irving and No. 1 overall pick (No. 2) drives the lane against Sacramento Kings point guard Tyreke Evans in the third quarter Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. Irving was clutch when it mattered most, hitting two free throws with 0.4 on the clock for a 93-92 win.
Drive for the ages
Two of the NBA's longest-tenured players converge as Phoenix's Grant Hill (No. 33), a 17-year veteran, tries to drive past the Lakers' Derek Fisher (in his 16th season) on Sunday. The Suns won at home as Hill finished with 15 points.
Zooming past Zaza
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Raymond Felton drives past Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia in the first quarter at the Rose Garden in Portland.
Can only watch
Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby in the first quarter at the Rose Garden.
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, left, is pressured by Golden State Warriors power forward Ekpe Udoh during the first half Saturday in Memphis, Tenn. Gasol finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the Grizzlies' 104-103 win over the Warriors.
Can't touch this
Memphis Grizzlies center Marreese Speights (5) goes up to block Golden State Warriors small forward Dorell Wright during the first half at the Fedex Forum. The Grizzlies won their fourth straight, thanks to a tip-in with 5.6 seconds left for a 104-103 win.
That'll leave a mark
Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) gets smacked by Matt Bonner on his way to the basket Saturday. As painful as this might look, it didn't hurt the Clippers as badly as their 103-100 overtime loss to San Antonio. The Clippers were in control late in regulation but allowed the Spurs to rally and win their 10th in a row.
Clippers power forward Kenyon Martin (2) turns the ball over under pressure from the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard. Martin's teammates also succumbed to the Spurs, on Saturday losing 103-100 in overtime.
Chase is on
The Nets' Shelden Williams (33) and Bulls' C.J. Watson (7) chase a loose ball at the United Center on Saturday. The Bulls spent most of the game chasing the Nets, falling behind 22-3 before eventually losing 97-85.
Up and over
Bulls point guard Mike James (8) soars high for a shot against the Nets at the United Center on Saturday. James finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in a reserve role, but it wasn't enough to keep the Bulls from losing 97-85.
Phoenix Suns guard Michael Redd loses control as Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes looks on during the first half Friday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Lakers went on to a 111-99 victory, led by Kobe Bryant's 36 points.
Arron in the air
Denver's Arron Afflalo goes to the hoop between Memphis' O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay Friday at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. The Grizzlies blew a 23-point lead in the second half but a tip-in with less than a second left in the game gave them a 103-102 win over the Nuggets.
To the hoop
Sacramento guard Marcus Thornton shoots during the first quarter against Detroit at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich. Thornton poured in 24 points for the Kings but it wasn't enough, as the Pistons went on to win, 114-108.
Losing streak over!
Toronto's Aaron Gray goes for the ball against Charlotte's Bismack Biyombo Friday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bobcats went on to win, 98-91, ending their 16-game losing streak, the longest in the NBA this season.
New York phenom Jeremy Lin drives to the hoop Friday against New Orleans' Greivis Vasquez at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lin scored 26 points but committed nine turnovers, tied for the most in the NBA this season, and the Knicks lost to the Hornets, 89-85, ending their seven-game win streak.
Layup for Luis
Houston forward Luis Scola, who finished with 10 points, lays it up and in during the first quarter Friday against Minnesota at Toyota Center in Houston. It wasn't enough, however, as the Rockets fell to the Timberwolves, 111-98.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday Friday during the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Nowitzki finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Mavs back from a 15-point deficit to beat the Sixers, 82-75.
Jameer Nelson of the Orlando Magic goes to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The Magic closed out the game on a 17-0 run, a rally that led to a 94-85 victory over the Bucks.
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee in the first quarter Friday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Wade finished with 22 points and sat out the fourth quarter in the Heat's 111-87 rout of the Cavs.
Thrill-Lin the crowd at MSG
Jeremy Lin had a quiet scoring night with only 10 points in Wednesday's 100-85 win over DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings, but he did pick up 13 assists.
Throw it down, big man
Tyson Chandler, enjoying the Jeremy Lin effect as much as any Knick, dunks during Wednesday's win over Sacramento, the Knicks' seventh in a row.
Nothing came easy for Serge Ibaka (9) and Oklahoma City on Wednesday night in Houston. Here Ibaka gets smacked on the side of the head by the Rockets’ Luis Scola. The Thunder, who feature the best record in the West at 22-7, went on to lose by one, 96-95.
Denver's Kenneth Faried takes the ball to the hoop in Dallas on Wednesday night. The rookie from Morehead State finished with 12 points, but his Nuggets took a beating, 102-84.
Phoenix guard Steve Nash attempts a shot as Atlanta forward Vladimir Radmanovic tries an unorthodox style of defending at the US Airways Center in Phoenix. Nash knocked down a team-high 22 points, but the Suns lost 101-99.
Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker drives to the basket against Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio in the first quarter at Minneapolis' Target Center. Walker led Charlotte with 21 points, but the 102-90 defeat leaves his Bobcats on a 16-game slide.
Golden State's Monta Ellis goes for a reverse layup against Portland's Chris Johnson at Oakland’s Oracle Arena. Ellis, however, only scored 10 points, 12.5 below his average, and the Warriors fell, 93-91.
That's just ugly
Rajon Rondo, here fighting for control of the ball with Detroit's Greg Monroe, went off for 35 points Wednesday night, but his Celtics lost at home to the Pistons, 98-88.
Blocking Ray's way
Celtics guard Ray Allen, who was held to 10 points in the loss to the Pistons, goes against Rodney Stuckey.
Gotta get there
Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey (3) tries to find a way to the basket against San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) during the fourth quarter at The Palace on Tuesday night. Spurs defeated the Pistons 99-95.
Need a hug?
Washington Wizards guard Nick Young (left) is embraced by teammate JaVale McGee after their game at the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. Young sank 7-of-8 3-pointers while scoring 35 points to lead the Wizards to a 124-109 win over the Blazers.
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) passes the ball through three Atlanta Hawks defenders during the first half at Staples Center.
Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison (2) dribbles the ball around Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers couldn't stop the Heat losing 105-90.
Up and away
Miami Heat center Joel Anthony (50) goes up for a shot as Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (6) and shooting guard Dahntay Jones (1) defend at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miami defeated Indiana 105-90.
Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) during the first half at the United Center. The Bulls edged the Kings 121-115 despite a strong fourth quarter by Sacramento.
We have Blake-off!
Blake Griffin soars for a dunk Monday at Dallas, scoring 20 points with seven boards, but the Mavs finished on top, 96-92.
Griffin wasn't the only dunk champ doing his thing. Vince Carter shows he still can get up on a reverse.
Dirk Nowitzki scores 22 points and survives his brush with Blake and the Clips.
Am I still No. 2?
LeBron James dunks during the Heat's 114-96 win at Milwaukee on Monday, their first win in three tries vs. the Bucks this season.
Stop meshing around
Dwyane Wade has fun as he scores 22 points in the win.
Come back here
LeBron James can't corral this loose ball, but he and the Heat show plenty of hustle in Milwaukee.
No, I'm serious!
Steve Nash has 14 assists but can't catch a break as the Suns squander a lead in Monday's 102-96 loss at Golden State.