Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick each scored 20 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the undermanned New Orleans Pelicans 111-90 Friday night.
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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
Anthony Davis bumped knees with fellow All-Star Chris Paul and had to be carried into the Pelicans locker room with what the team called a right knee contusion.
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
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
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.
MLB reportedly will investigate Yasiel Puig after a fight with his sister turned physical. TMZ reported the Dodgers' outfielder shoved his sister.
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
Patrick Kane assisted on a late goal to tie the record for an American player of 18 straight games with a point scored as the Blackhawks rallied from two down to beat the Ducks in overtime.
Scott: Benching Kobe 'not an option'
Despite the Lakers star's struggles, 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
Lakers coach Byron Scott says under no circumstances will he bench Kobe Bryant during what could be the 37-year-old star's final season.
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.
Trevon Bluiett scored 16 points and No. 23 Xavier beat Southern California 87-77 on Friday to reach AdvoCare Invitational title game.
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)
Los Angeles briefing: Kobe Bryant giving the Lakers an easy out, previewing UCLA-USC and more in L.A. sports
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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.
Can senior QB Cody Kessler and interim coach Clay Helton get a statement win and break USC's streak of three losses to the Bruins?
As the Los Angeles Lakers consider whether to bring Kobe Bryant back, his declining play has basically made their decision for them.
The 5-on-5 experts look at the first month of the 2015-16 NBA season and give their thoughts on what has surprised them, positively and negatively.
Payton will face test vs. Trojans
Todd McShay is eager to see how UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton, who comes off two standout performances, will fare on Saturday against USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson. Players with something to prove (Insider)
USC band announces special guest
Legendary guitarist Slash will join the Trojans' band in playing the national anthem ahead of Saturday's "Battle for Los Angeles" vs. UCLA (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN). The former Guns N' Roses star is the first guest artist to accompany the band. Also set to be present during halftime's Star Wars performance? Luke Skywalker himself -- actor Mark Hamill.
USC sophomore Olajuwon Tucker on playing middle linebacker: 'I actually feel like I'm back in my natural habitat.'