5 Takeaways from Monday Night's NBA Action

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5 Takeaways from Monday Night's NBA Action
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Monday's NBA slate was a light one, featuring just five games and no matchups pitting two playoff contenders against one another.

If you think that made for a boring schedule, think again.

Dirk Nowitzki helped solidify the New York Knicks' status as the league's most irreversibly cursed franchise. His game-winning bucket erased an utterly brilliant performance by Carmelo Anthony and helped extend New York's losing streak to three.

Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors buckled down to make a late push against the Detroit Pistons, the Milwaukee Bucks lost by winning and the New Orleans Pelicans trotted out a new definition of fear in place of a mascot.

Seriously, the Pellies slide is not for the faint of heart. You've been warned.

Disclaimers aside, let's run through Monday's contests.

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