Damian Lillard left with abdominal pain in the third quarter and Chris Paul followed him off the floor with a strained muscle in his ribcage in the third quarter of the Blazers-Clippers game.
Los Angeles teams
John Gibson made 25 saves for his third career shutout to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
USC named Clay Helton its permanent football coach on Monday, just days after he led the Trojans to the Pac-12 South championship.
Kevin Arnovitz ESPN Staff Writer
A rough night for All-Star point guards at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Damian Lillard exited the game soon into the third quarter with abdominal pain. A few minutes later, Chris Paul left with a rib muscle strain.
Clippers reasserting lead over Blazers
DeAndre Jordan is up to 20 rebounds with just under 6 minutes left in the third quarter. His previous season high was 18. The Clippers have taken a 7-point lead. Follow live
Clippers and Blazers even through half
Los Angeles led by as many as 15 points but Portland climbed all the way back, tying the game at 49 on a late C.J. McCollum 3 just before the halftime buzzer. Halftime stats
Trail Blazers (7-10) at Clippers (9-8)
Los Angeles has won back-to-back games for the first time since starting the season 4-0. But they'll have their hands full in Portland's backcourt. Damian Lillard is 8th in scoring (25.4 points) and C.J. McCollum 20th (20.4 points). Follow live
Helton's hire has an emotional component that will be welcomed by players and staff. But take away the goodwill: did USC get this decision right?
Age didn't impact Adrian Gonzalez in 2015
Some argued his 33 years hindered him against the Mets' starters in the postseason. But remember New York overpowered the young Cubs, too. In short, Gonzalez played just as he usually does, which puts him on this list. Top 10 first basemen
Reliever Jim Johnson agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to return to the Braves, who traded him to the Dodgers at last year's trade deadline.
Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer
Pau Gasol was asked what he will remember most about playing with former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant: "How competitive he is," Gasol said before Monday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. "He'll continue to be no matter what he does. That's just his spirit. He's a hard-working guy. He wants to be the best. He doesn't settle for anything less. He's always going to try to be, and will be, exceptional."
Rueda de prensa de Kobe en español
Kobe Bryant comenta en español sobre su decisión de decir adiós esta temporada. Mirar
Kobe Bryant, una llama competitiva que languidece
Pocos dudaban de que este sería el último año en activo de un jugador que lo ha dado todo por el básquetbol, pero faltaba la confirmación oficial, la cual llegó. Leer
Kobe Bryant tras anunciar su retiro: "Ahora me siento relajado"
La estrella de los Lakers jugará los 66 partidos que le quedan sabiendo que todos y cada uno de ellos tendrán un aroma a despedida después de 20 años en activo. Leer
An ode to Kobe Bryant, in two charts
This season, Bryant has been the worst volume shooter in the NBA. But as bad as this campaign has been, the Lakers star will be remembered as one of the most versatile scoring threats the NBA had ever seen. 2005-06 vs. 2015-16
Youth isn't UCLA's problem
We don't blame the Bruins for needing to rely on their freshmen. What is inexcusable is committing turnovers on 20.3 percent of their possessions. That's how you lose to Monmouth and Wake Forest and get smacked by Kansas. Teams that might disappoint
Johnny Cueto reportedly turned down a six-year, $120 million contract offer. So what would it take to sign him and who's going to step to the plate?
Lakers hold at No. 29 in rankings
It would appear they'll stay out of last place as long as the 76ers remain historically winless. It will be up to the Lakers to keep Philly that way on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center. Power Rankings
Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant
It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."
ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne weighs in on Kobe Bryant's decision to retire, Bryant's role for the Lakers for the rest of the season, expectations for his sendoff and his next moves.
Durant on Kobe: Media mistreating him
"He's a legend, and all I hear is about how bad he's playing, how bad he's shooting, and it's time for him to hang it up," Kevin Durant said of the coverage Kobe Bryant has received. "You guys treated one of our legends like s---, and I didn't really like it. So hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after this year." Media 'killing him'
Kevin Arnovitz, Brian Windhorst and Tom Haberstroh on Kobe's farewell, the long process in Philly, Wizards faltering and more.