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Monmouth's Jones posterizes defender

Deon Jones right went over USC player to throw down a vicious one-handed dunk.The Hawks hold a slim lead on ESPN2.

Kevin Arnovitz ESPN Staff Writer 

The trial-and-error process at the starting small forward spot for the Clippers continues on Sunday vs. Minnesota. Veteran Luc-Mbah-a-Moute will start. Doc Rivers says that defense is paramount on Sunday, which is what informed his decision.


Bench stealing the show on ESPN2

Monmouth is in position to knock off USC and the Hawks bench is living it up. After a handstand to celebrate an earlier 3-pointer, the sideline broke out a surfer for this triple.

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Metrics not kind to Russell

Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell is one of many high-profile rookies with a dismal real plus-minus rating one month into the season. But Steve Ilardi notes that's typical. Rookies' real plus-minus (Insider)


Monmouth's bench does handstand for 3

Micah Seaborn's shot was nice. But the celebration from a couple of teammates was must-see.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Early Pac-12 title game stat watch: Stanford leads the conference in 3rd down efficiency (55%), while USC leads the league in 3rd down efficiency defense (34%). The Cardinal finished with their best mark in that regard since 2010, when Andrew Luck led the team to a nation-best 57% clip. That's another indicator of just how good Kevin Hogan has been this year, and his hot streak started in the Cardinal's 41-31 win over the Trojans in week 3.


Monmouth adds to lead vs. USC to end half

Micah Seaborn nailed a reverse layup to bring the first 20 minutes to a close as Monmouth has built a 38-29 lead over USC on ESPN2. The Hawks' Justin Robinson leads all scorers with 10 points.


Jacobs soars as Trojans combine for oop

Julian Jacobs rose over a defender and a teammate to get on the end of this Jordan McLaughlin pass, but USC trails Monmouth on ESPN2.

Helton: I've loved being a part of these kids' lives (2:09)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Saturday kicked off the Lakers' only four-game-in-five-night set of the season and, all told, their most brutal stretch of 2015-16 -- 10 games in 15 days, including their longest road trip of the season, an eight-games-in-12-days trip that begins Tuesday in Philadelphia.

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Kendrick remains solid if not flashy

Howie Kendrick's consistently solid play rates him eighth-best in the majors at his position, according to Buster Olney. We'll see how much the Dodgers want to keep the 32-year-old free agent following one season. Top 10 second basemen (Insider)

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Happy Birthday, Vin Scully!

The legendary Dodgers broadcaster turns 88 years young today. Scully called the Dodgers first game in Los Angeles at the Coliseum on April 18, 1958.

Kane sets record, but Blackhawks fall in OT to Kings (1:15)
Trail Blazers hand Lakers fifth straight loss (0:47)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant said he wasn't sure if he'll play Sunday in the second leg of a back-to-back against Indiana.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant after shooting 7-of-20: "Im fine, man. Its tough. Twenty years, its tough. Legs arent what they used to be."

Lillard, Plumlee connect for sky-high oop (0:16)