Cavaliers-Hawks Preview (The Associated Press)

ATLANTA (AP) -- - The Atlanta Hawks are blowing away everyone in the Eastern Conference. Yet, there's always a sense that LeBron James will be standing in the way when they get to the playoffs. The front-running Hawks insist they're not treating this game any different. ''We want to be better later in the season than we are now,'' forward DeMarre Carroll said Thursday, shortly after the Hawks wrapped up an hour-long practice.

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Batum rallies Trail Blazers past Clippers 98-93 in OT (The Associated Press)

The Portland Trail Blazers were able to overcome one of Damian Lillard's worst shooting games with a huge performance from Nicolas Batum down the stretch. Batum hit a 3-pointer that forced overtime, then set up three alley-oop baskets and added a clinching 3 in the final minute to rally the Trail Blazers past the Los Angeles Clippers 98-93 on Wednesday night. He was able to be a facilitator, which is something that just makes us a deeper team.'' LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and Batum added 20 for the Northwest Division leaders, who have won four straight after a 6-11 stretch that began with a 100-94 loss to the Clippers on Jan. 14 in Portland.

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Batum rallies Trail Blazers past Clippers 98-93 in OT (The Associated Press)

The Portland Trail Blazers were able to overcome one of Damian Lillard's worst shooting games with a huge performance from Nicolas Batum down the stretch. Batum hit a 3-pointer that forced overtime, then set up three alley-oop baskets and added a clinching 3 in the final minute to rally the Trail Blazers past the Los Angeles Clippers 98-93 on Wednesday night. He was able to be a facilitator, which is something that just makes us a deeper team.'' LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and Batum added 20 for the Northwest Division leaders, who have won four straight after a 6-11 stretch that began with a 100-94 loss to the Clippers on Jan. 14 in Portland.

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Hornets rout Nets 115-91 in key game in East race (The Associated Press)

The Charlotte Hornets didn't try to hide it: This was an important game. Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson each scored 19 points, Marvin Williams had 18 and the Hornets routed Brooklyn 115-91 on Wednesday night to move into sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Mo Williams added 14 points and a season-high 14 assists for the Hornets, who rode a blistering start to their third straight win, breaking a tie with the Nets for the final playoff spot in the East. ''I felt like the team that wanted it more was going to win the game,'' Mo Williams said.

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Pacers take easy rout in getting past Knicks 105-82 (The Associated Press)

George Hill has given Indiana the scoring punch it needed all season. He's also helping the Pacers' improved defense deliver the knockout punch. The combination has surging Indiana right back in the playoff chase. Hill scored a season-high 21 points Wednesday night, the defense forced 16 first-half turnovers and the Pacers pulled away for their second-biggest win of the season, 105-82 over struggling New York.

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Report: Wilt Chamberlain may have fathered a child in 1964 (Ball Don’t Lie)

That Wilt Chamberlain passed away in 1999 without ever marrying is understandable. Wilt’s ascension as a basketball star came just as the culture began a sexual revolution of sorts, and he enjoyed his status as a bachelor with no spouse to answer to. That he passed in 1999 having never fathered a child is far less believable, especially in light of Chamberlain’s 1991 boast that he’d slept with 20,000 women between the ages of 15 and the publication of his book ‘ A View From Above .’ [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr:  The best slams from all of basketball ] That admission or boast (depending on whom you believe) made Chamberlain a national punchline for years. A recent update from Sports Illustrated , however, makes the legendary figure seem all the more human. Aaron Levi, a 50-year old artist from San Francisco who stands 6-5, claims that he is Chamberlain’s son. In an interview with Gary Pomerantz, Levi describes a one-night affair between Wilt and Levi’s possibly alcohol-besotted biological mother, who later gave her son up for adoption. From Pomerantz’s piece : In his email to me, Levi said that after he finally identified a British woman as his biological mother, she told him that he was conceived in a one-night stand with Chamberlain in San Francisco in 1964. She said she had kept his birth a secret from her own family and had struggled ever since with guilt over his birth and adoption. Levi added that in 2010 he reached out to two of Chamberlain’s sisters, by letter and by phone, but they spurned him. Levi said he did not want a dime from the Chamberlain family and did not want to sully Wilt’s name. Rather, he wanted to meet members of the black side of his family and learn more about his biological father; to correct the “false history” that Chamberlain had no children; and to find out if Chamberlain had any other children, who would be his half-siblings­. Levi said the search occupied nearly his every waking moment. He was ready to go public with his story. I talked with Levi by phone the day after receiving his email. Then we met for coffee. I’ve interviewed him 10 times, three of them at his two-bedroom­ apartment in the Haight-Ashbury­ district of San Francisco, where he lives alone. “I am simply an adopted person who has been on a long journey of self-discovery­,” he wrote, “and [am] reaching out to people to learn more about where I came from.” His aunt Victoria (Vicki) Levi, a ­Boston-area psychiatrist, said his essential questions are, “Who does he belong to? Where are you in the world? Who are you? Who claims you as theirs?” Levi has met his biological mother, who declined to be mentioned by name nor interviewed for the SI feature. According to Aaron, his British-born biological mother had no idea who Chamberlain was prior to meeting him, and had no working knowledge of his status as the most popular basketball player in the world at the time of their 1964 liaison. This, and the anonymous adoption proceedings, would seem to go a long way toward dismissing the Chamberlain family’s claims that the mother only picked Wilt’s name for some odd strain of publicity. The adoptive birth documents list Levi’s biological father as a 28-year old African-American professional basketball player who worked out of San Francisco, one that was born in Kansas. Wilt was far taller than 6-10, but he was the only African-American player on the then-San Francisco Warriors of that height and ethnicity. While Chamberlain wasn’t born in Kansas, he did attend college at the University of Kansas, and it is more than possible that some of the facts included in the discussions the mother and father had on that fateful night may have been either smudged or exaggerated. The father is also listed as having earned a master’s degree, which Chamberlain did not receive while at Kansas. Gary Pomerantz knows all about Chamberlain’s legacy, his exaggerations, and his ability to sometimes match what would usually be exaggerated figures with his on and off-court exploits. Pomerantz penned ‘ Wilt, 1962 ,’ an absolute must-read of a book that detailed the Basketball Hall of Famer’s 100-point outing against the New York Knicks in 1962. It was that book, and Pomerantz’s accessibility, that allowed Levi to reach out to the author and detail his years’ worth of work in both locating his birth mother, and receiving confirmation from her mother that Chamberlain, indeed, was Levi’s father. Wilt Chamberlain was one of 11 siblings, and his two surviving sisters want absolutely nothing to do with either acknowledging Aaron Levi, much less submitting for a DNA test. One sister refused to be interviewed for the Sports Illustrated feature . The other claimed she couldn’t “understand why this is important,” blithely ignoring the idea that a grown man who spent the majority of his adult life not knowing who is biological father is might want some sort of closure in regards to the circumstances behind his birth. (One of Wilt’s sisters even refused to look at photographs of Aaron Levi. One side-by-side capture of both men, as re-published by SI , shows off striking similarities.) The entire feature is well worth your time . Aaron Levi may never find out for certain whether or not Wilt Chamberlain is his biological father via a DNA test. However, his own research, confirmation from a mother that he has no reason not to believe, and the physical similarities are truly hard to slough off. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

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Pacers' Roy Hibbert to sit out against Knicks (The Associated Press)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Pacers center Roy Hibbert will not play Wednesday night against New York.

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Knicks fined for Jackson’s comments about Ohio State star (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA has fined the New York Knicks for Phil Jackson's comments about Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell.

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Knicks-Pacers Preview (The Associated Press)

As speculation keeps building regarding Paul George's return, the Indiana Pacers are aiming to position themselves for a potential postseason run once their star forward arrives. The nearly healthy Pacers will resume a favorable portion of the schedule seeking their ninth victory in 11 games Wednesday night when they host the league-worst New York Knicks. The Pacers (25-34) also have altered their initial plan of holding him out for the season and the two-time All-Star has even suggested a mid-March return may be possible. Coach Frank Vogel, however, said there's still no timetable for his return and told the team's official Twitter account that he's "got a long way to go before he gets cleared to play." With optimism on the rise surrounding George, Vogel's club is playing its best basketball with the roster nearly mended.

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Cousins, Kings hand Knicks worst loss of season, 124-86 (The Associated Press)

All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was welcomed back to the lineup by coach George Karl and the rest of the Kings. The Knicks were not as excited. Cousins, the Kings' first All-Star since 2004, scored 22 points, including 11-for-11 from the foul line, and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds as Sacramento handed New York its worst loss of the season, 124-86, on Tuesday night. He had missed the last two games, both Kings' losses, because of a left ankle sprain and left hip bruise.

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