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Taking a look at Tuesday's games in the National Basketball Association:

1. Remember Dominique Wilkins? Yeah, It's Like That. It's a sports resurgence of sorts in Atlanta, is it not? The Hawks, who have endured seven straight losing seasons, improved to 3-1 with a 104-95 win over the Cavaliers in OT on Tuesday. Joe Johnson scored 25 points for the winners. Meanwhile, LeBron James' long-awaited review of the new ball is in. "It's not a good basketball. It kind of feels like a basketball you buy for your kids at Christmas or something."


2. Yao, Baby! Shane Battier returned to Memphis, but Yao Ming stole the show with 24 points — 11 in the fourth quarter — as the Rockets beat the Grizzlies 86-80.

3. Shaqless In Seattle. Are you ready to put up a poster in your room featuring a guy named Posey, kids? James Posey's go-ahead three-pointer with 19 seconds remaining lifted the Heat — minus Shaquille O'Neal — to a 90-87 win over the SuperSonics.

4. 76ers' Dynasty Ends Abruptly. Jermaine O'Neal had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Pacers dealt the 76ers their first loss of the season, 97-86.

5. It's The Feel-Good Hit Of The Fall. NOOCH won its home debut in Oklahoma City, as Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists in a 97-93 win over Golden State. "We're still trying to build an identity,'' Paul said. "It's only four games into a new season. It's still possible for us to finish 4-78. You never know.'' Now that's positive thinking.

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