LOS ANGELES -- The preseason is concluded. Is your team ready for the regular season?
Based on Friday, the Portland Trail Blazers would say yes; the Los Angeles Clippers, not so much.
Damian Lillard scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half, and the bench held off a fourth-quarter rally as the Trail Blazers finished their exhibition schedule with a 99-89 victory Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson is ready for the regular season.
Thompson scored 35 points in nearly 36 minutes to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 119-112 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams.
"Our offense is going good and tonight is a good indication of what we can do," Thompson said. "After eight preseason games we are all ready for the real thing."
LAS VEGAS -- Ray McCallum's putback at the buzzer gave the Sacramento Kings a 93-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams.
The Kings overcame a 13-point deficit in the final 4 minutes.
McCallum missed a right-side jumper with 3 seconds left, Reggie Evans caught the ball behind the left side of the glass and put up a desperation shot that McCallum grabbed in front of the rim and dropped in the basket.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Running isn't just an offensive cornerstone for the Phoenix Suns. It is also a matter of survival.
The Suns often resort to small ball tactics to neutralize advantages taller teams have around the basket. It's one reason why Phoenix went small early and often against the Utah Jazz in the NBA preseason finale for both teams.
"We got to play scrappy," Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said. "We're so small, we got to play scrappy and get out on the break. Too many teams are going to beat our numbers in the post. We just got to play scrappy."
HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets finished off the preseason with a solid defensive effort against the San Antonio Spurs.
James Harden scored 25 points, and Houston used a big run before halftime to beat San Antonio 96-87 on Friday night.
Harden struggled in the first half, going 2 for 9 from the field for five points. But he scored 20 in the third on 7-for-10 shooting, and then rested during the final period.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade helped the Miami Heat close the preseason with their fourth straight win, but the reserves preserved the victory.
Bosh scored 21 points, Wade added 16, and the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98 on Friday night.
"Obviously, myself and Chris are the two main guys when it comes to play calling and things of that nature," Wade said. "I thought we did a good job, especially late in the preseason, of getting to our game and everyone still feeling comfortable in their roles."
ST. LOUIS -- Zach LaVine tried not to think about guarding Derrick Rose.
After starring late in the Minnesota Timberwolves' rally from a 13-point deficit, the 19-year-old rookie didn't try hiding his admiration.
"That dude's good," LaVine said after Minnesota closed the preseason with a 113-112 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. "It's crazy, but in the game you can't really be worried about it. That dude's good."
MONTREAL -- The preseason is over for the Toronto Raptors, and they finished it in style.
DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 13, and Toronto beat the New York Knicks 83-80 on Friday night at the Bell Centre in the final preseason game for both teams.
"The intensity was up," said Lou Williams, who had 12 points for Toronto, including a crucial, go-ahead jump shot in the game's final minute. "Everybody was focused tonight. We really felt like this was a tune-up game going into Wednesday against Atlanta."
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Dallas Mavericks set out in the offseason to add depth in hopes of building a roster capable of competing with the upper tier of the Western Conference.
They ended the preseason looking like a team that may be ready for that challenge.
Chandler Parsons scored 24 points, and Dirk Nowitzki added 16 as the Mavericks ran away with a 117-92 win over the Magic on Friday.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Kia Sorento look to build momentum from their opening day wins as the PBA Philippine Cup action shifts to Quezon Convention Center in Lucena, Quezon on Saturday for the league’s first provincial game of the young season.
The Gin Kings and the Sorento face off at 5 p.m. live on TV5.
Ginebra and Kia opened the new season with victories at the Philippine Arena last Sunday. The Gin Kings pummeled the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, 101-81, while player-coach Manny Pacquiao’s Sorento carved out an 80-66 triumph over fellow expansion squad Blackwater Elite.