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COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 20: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers prepares to shoot a free throw against the Chicago Bulls on October 20, 2014 at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

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Spurs rally to beat Kings 106-99 (October 21, 2014)
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SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 20: Jeff Ayres #11 of the San Antonio Spurs prepares to shoot a free throw against the Sacramento Kings at the AT&T Center on October 20, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

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Mavs used balanced offense to beat Grizzlies (October 21, 2014)
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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 20: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the game on October 20, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

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Millsap, Hawks hold off Hornets, 117-114 in OT (October 21, 2014)
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ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 20: Thabo Sefolosha #25 of the Atlanta Hawks handles the ball against the Charlotte Hornets on October 20, 2014 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

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Mayo scores 24 points, Bucks top Knicks 120-107 (October 21, 2014)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: O.J. Mayo #00 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the game against the New York Knicks on October 20, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

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Plumlee lifts Nets to 99-88 win over 76ers (October 21, 2014)
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BROOKLYN, NY - OCTOBER 20: Andrei Kirilenko #47 of the Brooklyn Nets takes a free throw against the Philadelphia 76ers during the game on October 20, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nat Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

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Davis scores 14 in Pelicans' win over Wizards (October 21, 2014)
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BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 20: Ryan Anderson #33 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against Drew Gooden #90 of the Washington Wizards during a preseason game at the Royal Farms Arena on October 20, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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International Basketball

According to, 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:

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Elasto Painters, Beermen collide as PBA resumes (October 21, 2014)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]


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.

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