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LOS ANGELES -- New Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer attended his first home game Wednesday night at Staples Center, and the Clippers broke out of their preseason funk with a 108-105 victory over Phoenix.

Blake Griffin scored 35 points and Chris Paul added 34.

Trailing 80-79 after three quarters, Paul and Griffin combined to score 26 of Los Angeles' 29 points in the fourth quarter. Paul's two free throws with 5 seconds remaining gave the Clippers a three-point lead. Gerald Green's 3-pointer attempt at the buzzer was off the mark and Los Angeles held on for the win.

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Rookie Randle leads Lakers past Blazers 94-86 (October 23, 2014)
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ONTARIO, Calif. -- Julius Randle already feels the game slowing down after seven preseason games with the Los Angeles Lakers, and the rookie power forward demonstrated his comfort in an impressive finish to their latest preseason game.

Randle scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Jeremy Lin added 13 points in the Lakers' 94-86 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Wayne Ellington and Wesley Johnson scored 11 points apiece for the Lakers (3-4), who played a solid defensive game and surged in the fourth quarter despite 18 turnovers. Los Angeles won without Kobe Bryant, who sat out to rest.

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Teague helps Hawks beat Spurs 117-107 (October 23, 2014)
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SAN ANTONIO -- Jeff Teague scored 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks closed their preseason schedule with a resounding 117-107 victory over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

Mike Scott added 19 points while Kyle Korver had 18 for Atlanta (4-3), which shot 52 percent from the field.

Tony Parker had 17 points and seven assists, Cory Joseph added 14 points and Boris Diaw had 12 points for San Antonio (2-4). Tim Duncan played just 13 minutes and the Spurs were missing Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) and Tiago Splitter (calf).

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Timberwolves dominate Bucks in 110-91 win (October 23, 2014)
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MILWAUKEE -- Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic has been limited by ankle problems in his four-year NBA career, prompting the coaching staff to cap his minutes this season in an effort to keep him healthy.

Pekovic responded with a highly effective effort Wednesday night, finishing in 15 points and 13 rebounds in a little more than 19 minutes in Minnesota's 110-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I work in the summer, but it is not the same if you don't have games," Pekovic said. "I know my body is little slow to start. I need a little time to catch up. That's the point of the pre-season. I hadn't played a game in so long. I hope this progress will continue."

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Anthony scores 30 as Knicks beat Wizards (October 23, 2014)
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NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, including a tiebreaking three-point play with 13.9 seconds left, and the New York Knicks overcame a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 103-100 on Wednesday night.

John Wall scored 29 points, hitting 10 of his 16 shots from the field, and Otto Porter Jr. added 22 points in the loss for the Wizards, who wrapped up their preseason schedule.

With the Knicks leading 100-97 with 1:22 left on the clock after a 3-point shot by Pablo Prigioni, who scored 11 points, Washington's Damion James evened it 100-all on a 3-pointer with 33.2 seconds left.

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Celtics win preseason finale; 100-86 over Nets (October 23, 2014)
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BOSTON -- Boston coach Brad Stevens wasn't about to completely praise rookie Marcus Smart's performance.

Stevens didn't miss something he did wrong directly in front of him.

Smart, the team's first-round selection and No. 6 overall, scored 16 points and Jared Sullinger had 15 with 17 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 100-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in the final preseason game for both teams.

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Rockets' late free throw downs Magic 90-89 (October 23, 2014)
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Rockets have worked hard this preseason to build a gritty identity.

If their finish against the Magic is any indication, they've made a lot of progress. Jeff Adrien's free throw with 35 seconds to play capped Houston's rally Wednesday night, with the Rockets beating Orlando 90-89 in preseason play.

Troy Daniels and Isaiah Canaan led the Rockets with 14 points each and Tarik Black added 10 points.

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LAS VEGAS -- Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says he trusts player Blake Griffin, and a police investigation of a man's complaint that Griffin attacked him during an argument over a photo at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub shouldn't distract the team.

The Clippers issued a statement from Rivers before the team's home exhibition game against the Phoenix Suns.

He says he's very confident things will work out.

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NEW YORK -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver said it is too early to be concerned about a potential work stoppage in the NBA.

The league and the NBA Players Association can opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement following the 2016-17 season.

With stars like LeBron James talking about the impact of the NBA's new mammoth TV deal and how owners can't cry poverty at the next CBA negotiations, the league and the players could potentially find themselves in the midst of another labor dispute down the road.

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James Yap of Purefoods Star. PBA Images/Nuki Sabio

With defensive ace Marc Pingris out and center Ian Sangalang suffering an injury scare, the Purefoods Star Hotshots could be in for an early test of character, superstar James Yap said on Wednesday.

Yap looked to be in top form, scoring 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field, but his Grand Slam champion team was unable to keep their game against Alaska competitive with two of their key frontliners on the sidelines.

“Dito ma-te-test young character ng team. Paano kami maglalaro na wala si Ping and wala si Ian,” Yap said after the game.

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