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November 17, 2012
  • Power forward Kevin Garnett takes a shot against the Nets during the Celtics' 102-97 loss Thursday.
Power forward Kevin Garnett takes a shot against the Nets during the Celtics'… (Andrew Gombert / EPA )

Answer man?

Philadelphia played its sixth game in nine days, and lost Monday to Milwaukee. "It wasn't heavy legs. It was heavy minds," 76ers Coach Doug Collins said. Two days later, Philadelphia shot 29.8% and lost, at home, 94-76, to Detroit, which got its first win of the season. "I have no answers why we were so flat. I have no idea," Collins said.

Anger management

Kevin Garnett is trying to morph teammate Jeff Green into a tougher presence on the court. "Jeff's a really, really nice guy, and some nights, you know, you've just got to be … I can't really say what I want to say, but he's got to be that," Garnett said.

Cruising with the King

LeBron James scored 38 points, and wiped out an eight-point deficit with six minutes to go, as Miami beat the Rockets in Houston. "It's the zone," he said. "I wish I could get into it more, but when you're in it, you know how you feel. You know everything that you put up or how you're going is going to be pretty good."

Storm warnings

The Knicks took the lead in the fourth quarter and pulled away to beat the Magic. "We've got to finish games. We can't use being young as an excuse," Orlando forward Glen Davis said. "We've got to get it now or we're going to look up and we'll be 2-10. I've never been on a 2-10 team."

— Barry Stavro

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