OAKLAND, Calif. -- Festus Ezeli got the best birthday present he could imagine: playing in an NBA game.
Ezeli returned to action for the first time in 17 months, scoring 10 points and grabbing three rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors beat the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 125-107 in Tuesday night's preseason game.
"I felt like I never left," he said. "Because that's what I do."
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points -- including a buzzer-beating jumper at the end of regulation -- and Gerald Green tallied 10 of his 21 points in overtime as the Suns topped the Lakers 114-108 in Tuesday's preseason game.
Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 27 points, scoring eight in the final 2:05 of regulation. Jeremy Lin, who missed the last three games with a sprained left ankle, scored 11 of his 15 points off the bench during the fourth quarter before fouling out with 11.5 seconds left in regulation.
The Lakers trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, and were down six points at the start of the fourth quarter. There were 16 lead changes overall.
BOULDER, Colo. -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds in Portland's 93-75 win over Denver in an exhibition game Tuesday.
Damian Lillard had 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with six assists for the Blazers at the Coors Event Center. Wesley Matthews went 4 for 7 from beyond the arc for 17 points for Portland, which won its third straight game.
While Wilson Chandler had a team-high 13 points and Darrell Arthur added 10 points, the Nuggets shot just 33 percent from the field in their fourth loss in five games.
MIAMI -- Erik Spoelstra wanted to get Miami's starters some extra in-game conditioning.
Winning was a bonus.
Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, including a jumper that made it a two-possession game with 35.8 seconds remaining, and the Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 90-85 in a preseason game Tuesday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Utah's Enes Kanter did it all against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.
The 6-foot-11 center scored 27 points, made 12 of 17 shots and pulled down seven rebounds to help the Jazz defeat the Thunder 105-91 in preseason action. Kanter even made two 3-pointers -- he's only drained one in his three-season career.
"He came to play tonight," Utah forward Gordon Hayward said. "He played extremely well tonight, and we need more nights like that."
MINNEAPOLIS -- Anthony Bennett scored 17 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-89 preseason win over the injury-riddled Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.
Bennett showed no lingering effects from a sore left knee, and Chase Budinger looked spry while scoring 12 points. Budinger is averaging nine points on 14-for-27 shooting this preseason after missing half of last season -- including the final six games -- with a right-ankle sprain.
Throw in Kevin Martin (strained left adductor) making progress after missing the first three preseason games and Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) returning after missing the last three, and the Wolves are feeling much better with one exhibition game to go before the regular season starts.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin returned in a 114-108 preseason loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday after missing more than a week with a sprained left ankle.
Lin, who missed the previous three games, scored 11 of his 15 points off the bench during the fourth quarter before fouling out with 11.5 seconds left in regulation.
Despite Lakers coach Byron Scott suggesting last week that Lin could be the full-time starter because of Steve Nash's nagging injuries, Scott started journeyman point guard Ronnie Price against the Suns in an attempt to slowly reacclimate Lin off the bench.
The Orlando Magic reached terms on a contract extension Tuesday with center Nikola Vucevic, according to team sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that Vucevic has received a new four-year deal from the Magic worth $53 million that will kick in starting with the 2014-15 season.
The Orlando Sentinel first reported Tuesday that the sides were finalizing a new deal.
The reason I've come to like the Memphis Grizzlies is not so much for what they are but for what they aren't. They're not a franchise that's more intrigued by lottery luck than on-court achievement. They're not a team that clears out cap space to sell fans on the hope of luring a marquee free agent.
They're not a political campaign filled with promises that will go unfulfilled. They don't make bold proclamations. They don't harbor grandiose intentions.
They're not afraid to live in the zone every NBA team wants to avoid: that realm of just good enough. The Grizzlies won't get high draft picks, but they won't get a championship either. No one dreams of a career that tops out at middle management, but the Grizzlies keep working away, fully aware that they will probably never get promoted to executive status.
The Purefoods Star Hotshots begin its journey to a rare fifth straight championship as it takes on the Alaska Aces in Philippine Cup action Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots and the Aces do battle at 7 p.m. while the Meralco Bolts and the Barako Bull Energy collide at 4:15 p.m. Both games are broadcast live on TV5.
Coming off a Grand Slam feat as the San Mig Coffee Mixers, the franchise returned to its old name right before the season, and there is little doubt about them bringing the same winning tradition of the iconic Purefoods team which has won many titles and produced legends of the game.