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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers announce that due to personal reasons guard Lou Williams is not with the team and thus will not play in tonight's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. His grandfather passed away, the team says.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers coach Byron Scott on "noise" from fans: "I block it out. The one thing I've always said, and a great old coach told me this a long time ago, 'If you start listening to the fans, you're going to be sitting with them next.' So I don't pay a whole lot of attention to fans because fans are fans. Fans aren't at practice every day. They don't know the preparation. They don't know what goes into it. They just see the end product. So they have no idea. They all have their own opinions. But, yeah, I don't put a lot of stock into it."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

It's another beautiful day in Los Angeles, where USC hosts UCLA in a game that kicks off at 12:30 p.m., local time. Temperatures will be in the low 60s throughout the game with few clouds and a lot of sunshine, according to AccuWeather. Winds will be calm and are not expected to impact the game.

UCLA to make it four in a row over USC? (0:46)
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Scott: Benching Kobe 'not an option'

Despite the struggles of the Lakers' star, coach Byron Scott told ESPN's Baxter Holmes: "I would never, never, never do that. That's not an option whatsoever." Kobe is shooting a career-worst 31.1% from the field and 19.5% from 3-point range. No benching

Reports: MLB to investigate Puig incident

Major League Baseball will investigate an alleged incident of domestic violence by Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig, the Los Angeles Times reports. Puig got into an argument with his sister and shoved her at a Miami bar Wednesday night, according to TMZ. Puig then engaged in a fight with a bouncer that left both of them with minor injuries, police tell AP. Police say neither party wanted to press charges. Story

Davis injured in Pelicans' loss (1:01)

Final: Clippers 111, Pelicans 90

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick combined for 57 points as Los Angeles moved back to .500 on the season. Box score


Pelicans (4-11) at Clippers (7-8)

Anthony Davis is putting up monster stat lines as New Orleans looks for its fourth-straight win after a dismal start. Blake Griffin is equally raising massive stats as a fast starting L.A. squad has lost 6 of its last 8 games. Follow live

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Where will Justin Upton end up signing?

A look at five possible free-agent destinations for Justin Upton, yet don't be surprised if Upton provides his own surprise with his decision.


Kane ties American-born point-streak mark

Patrick Kane's third-period assist extended his point-scoring streak to 18 games, tying the record by an American-born player shared by Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel. The Blackhawks beat the Ducks 3-2 in OT. Box score

Blackhawks rally to top Ducks in OT (0:49)
Xavier defeats USC, advances to AdvoCare title game (0:50)

No-look 360 pass leads to easy dunk

No. 23 Xavier's Makinde London pulled off the sweet spinning no-look dime to Sean O'Mara for the two-handed dunk in the Musketeers' 87-77 win over USC.

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Chris Paul among top DFS plays

The Clippers point guard is one of Tom Carpenter's top recommendations for Friday night, when Los Angeles will try to break from its slump in hosting New Orleans. Best buys (Insider)

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Five things to watch: No. 22 UCLA at USC

Trojans senior QB Cody Kessler looks for his first win in the rivalry; USC has to stop Bruins freshman QB Josh Rosen and block DL Kenny Clark.