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Bryant leaves preseason game vs. Kings

Kobe Bryant got kneed in the calf in the third and will not return tonight due to a lower-left leg contusion.


Armstrong and Divac, the flop-master

In the latest edition of Brandon's Armstrong's NBA impersonations, Vlade Divac is the center of attention. Of course Armstrong has the ex-Kings center's moves down pat. But the flops are can't-miss footage. See for yourself.


Westbrook, Durant stay unbeaten

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 29 points as Oklahoma City ran away from Dallas in the fourth quarter for a 100-88 win.


Bucks overpower Lebron-less Cavs

After LeBron James was sent home sick, Greg Monroe posted 19 points and 13 rebounds in the Bucks' 110-101 preseason win.


Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Not the prettiest Thunder performance to top a patchwork preseason Mavs squad, 100-88. Kevin Durant started 1-9 shooting and was out of sync missing a lot of clean looks, but hit his final three shots to finish with 10 points. Russell Westbrook, though, had 19 on 8-13 showing off a refined post-up game.

Winslow shines in Heat's preseason loss

Justise Winslow recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Heat fell to the Magic 95-92 in overtime of their preseason contest.


Spurs are best across sports

The Spurs have never won back-to-back NBA titles, but for the second consecutive year they top ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings, which ranks every franchise in the four major North American professional sports. No. 1 to 122 ranked Illustration

Frank Kaminsky. Dancing. In China.

The Hornets rookie used every trick in his arsenal to impress the crowd in Shanghai with his dance moves.


Former NBA star Odom hospitalized

Lamar Odom was rushed to a hospital Tuesday after he was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel. The Nye County Sheriff's office says Odom was stabilized at the scene and taken to Desert View Hospital. He was treated there by doctors, then transferred to a hospital in Las Vegas. Story

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Curry 'apologizes' for Warriors' title

Stephen Curry said of critics who've implied the Warriors needed luck to win their title last season: "I apologize for us being healthy, I apologize for us playing who was in front of us. I apologize for all the accolades we received as a team and individually. I'm very, truly sorry, and we'll rectify that situation this year."

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Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

#HEATgame: End of the 3rdQ in Orlando - HEAT 56, Magic 62. Richardson 14pts, Benson 9pts 9rebs, Winslow 8pts 7rebs, Kelly 6pts 4rebs.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Byron Scott said they want to "up the ante" with Kobe Bryant's minutes a bit vs. Sacramento tonight. Might go above 22.

Wiz F Alan Anderson has ankle surgery

There is no timeframe for the Wizards forward's return after he underwent a second surgery to remove a bone spur from his left ankle. Anderson, who signed with Washington in the offseason, averaged 7.4 points and 2.8 boards last season with the Nets.

Rose's status for opener in doubt

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose "most likely" will not play in the preseason and his status for the team's season opener is in doubt. Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone on Sept. 30.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Boris Diaw will be out for Spurs-Hawks game on Wednesday. He's missed the first two preseason outings as well. Team's official reasoning for Diaw missing is rest and rehabilitation.

The importance of the assist

Kirk Goldsberry writes for Grantland: "[S]hots that immediately follow passes are much more likely to go in the hoop than their unassisted counterparts. The best kinds of shots result from teamwork, and the worst kinds are a result of selfishness." The next shooting revolution

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (illness) is not expected to accompany the team to New York on Tuesday night and will sit out Wednesday’s exhibition game versus the Brooklyn Nets. “He’s got what everybody else had plus fever and everything else,” said Stevens, whose roster has battled illness throughout training camp. “We’ve gone through that a little bit with our roster and hopefully we’re nearing the end of it.”

LA Clippers @laclippers

Paul Pierce hears it from the fans in Shanghai for his birthday! #ClippersInChina #NBAGlobalGames