COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State held its homecoming over the weekend when it named its king and queen.
But the real homecoming for basketball fans was Monday night when The King came back to Columbus with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron James received a thunderous ovation during the pregame introductions from the sellout crowd of 19,049 in Value City Arena on the OSU campus and the Cavaliers went on to defeat the Chicago Bulls 107-98.
SAN ANTONIO -- Jeff Ayres had 15 points and rookie Kyle Anderson added 14 points as the San Antonio Spurs overcame DeMarcus Cousin's 32 points and 11 rebounds to rally for a 106-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.
Marco Belinelli scored 14 points and Tony Parker had 13 points and five assists for San Antonio (2-3).
Rudy Gay scored 18 points for Sacramento (2-4). Carl Landry added 15 points and Darren Collison had 14.
DALLAS -- Tyson Chandler's off-season work on his shot was apparent on Monday night.
Chandler scored 14 points and added a game-high eight rebounds in the Dallas Mavericks' 108-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
The center's eight points in the first quarter included two jump shots from near the foul line.
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks looked ready for the regular season when building a big first-half lead.
The concern for coach Mike Budenholzer rose from his team's inability to hold that high level of play.
Paul Millsap scored 21 points and the Hawks recovered after losing a fourth-quarter lead to beat the Charlotte Hornets 117-114 in overtime in an exhibition game on Monday night.
NEW YORK -- Reserve guard O.J. Mayo scored a team-high 24 points, and Giannis Antentokounmpo added 14 as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 120-107 in a preseason game on Monday night.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 24 points, and Tim Hardaway came off the bench to score 20.
Jared Dudley had 14 points in a reserve role for Milwaukee, and rookie Jabari Parker chipped in. The Bucks made 59.7 percent of their shots from the field and 12 of 24 3-point attempts.
NEW YORK -- Mason Plumlee had 20 points and 17 rebounds to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 99-88 on Monday night.
"That's the aggressiveness and toughness we need from him every night," coach Hollins said. "That's the expectation for him. Not to get 17 points, not to get 20, but to go out and be aggressive."
Deron Williams added 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
BALTIMORE -- Anthony Davis scored 14 points and Ryan Anderson had 11 as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Washington Wizards 88-84 on Monday night in the next-to-last preseason game for both teams.
Led by 10 points from Davis, who went 5 for 5 from the field, the Pelicans went on a 24-4 run to take a 28-12 lead with 47.4 seconds left in the first quarter.
Early in the third quarter, Davis sprained his right wrist and didn't return.
Less than three months after suffering a compound fracture in his right leg, Indiana Pacers star Paul George was seen Monday shooting jumpers with teammates.
The video, credited to Vigilant Sports, shows George shooting 3-pointers and midrange jumpers in a gym after practice.
George, who was injured during a televised Team USA intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 1, said recently that he plans to play at some point during this NBA season.
According to FibaEurope.com, Dario Saric was presented with the 2013 FIBA Europe Young Men’s Player of the Year Award before Andolu Efes inaugural game of the season.
This was on the heels of Saric averaging 20.3 points and 11.2 rebounds for Croatia in the FIBA U19 World Championships in Czech Republic. Also, Saric performed well in the ABA with Cibona Zagreb in the 2013-14 season, with a Final Four MVP performance.
FIBA Europe and Turkish Basketball Federation Board Member Harun Erdenay presented the award to Dario Saric and had the following to say about him:
MANILA, Philippines — Rain or Shine and San Miguel Beer collide in an early meeting between the two powerhouse squads in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations Tuesday even as retooled Globalport tests newcomer NLEX in an interesting doubleheader at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters, runners-up to eventual Grand Slam champion San Mig Coffee, now Purefoods, last season, and the Beermen slug it out in the 7 p.m. contest for the right to join rookie team KIA and Barangay Ginebra for the early lead.
The Elasto Painters will be starting a fresh era with former Rookie of the Year Paul Lee as they try to get off to a good start in a campaign to win a first all-Filipino crown for mercurial head coach Yeng Guiao.