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Plumlee lifts Nets to 99-88 win over 76ers (October 21, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

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)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

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 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:

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

D-League

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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NLEX makes PBA debut vs Globalport (October 21, 2014)
Nelson Beltran [ Source: Philippine Star ]

D-League

MANILA, Philippines – NLEX takes its turn to make its PBA debut against Globalport in the second play date of the 2014-15 Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Tuesday.

Action swings over to the Big Dome following the blockbuster Season 40 inaugurals at the Philippine Arena marked by victories by Kia Motors and Barangay Ginebra over Blackwater and Talk n Text, respectively.

Tuesday’s protagonists are all eager to make a triumphant season start, especially the Road Warriors, who hope to match the Sorento’s feat against the Elite.

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Kevin Alas of Talk 'N Text. Sports5/Paolo Papa

Highly-touted Talk ‘N Text rookie Kevin Alas made his PBA debut against Ginebra last Sunday and already he’s impressed a number of observers, including his own team captain Jimmy Alapag.

Alas took until the fourth quarter before scoring his first points as a pro, but they came in bunches as he finished with 10 points in the ballgame.

The veteran Alapag, who is expected to take Alas under his wing, wasn’t too surprised with the performance of the young player currently.

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Barangay Ginebra's Greg Slaughter reacts after hitting a big shot against Talk 'N Text. Sports5/Paolo Papa

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel entered last season full of promise but ended up disappointing its legions of fans. They return this year with similarly high hopes, only this time they’re going to go out and prove that it’s for real.

They’re off to a great start in doing just that after bludgeoning an undermanned but still loaded Talk ‘N Text side in their Philippine Cup opener on Sunday.

The Kings understand that its far too early to do any celebrating, although it’s hard not to be a little happy with how well they looked against the Tropang Texters.

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Kia's LA Revilla leads the court during a fast break play against Blackwater. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – The spotlight was firmly on KIA playing coach Manny Pacquiao as the 40th season of the PBA opened Sunday, but Sorento point guard LA Revilla had stolen his thunder by the time the final buzzer sounded.

In their PBA debut against the Blackwater Elite, Pacquiao started the game for KIA and played just under seven minutes, tallying two turnovers and a foul and not attempting a single shot.

But it was Revilla who fueled KIA's run in the third quarter, scoring 14 points in the period to help the Sorento rally from a nine-point halftime deficit and take control of the game.

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LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers says Chicago Bulls are better (October 21, 2014)
Brian Windhorst [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Less than two weeks before their first regular-season meeting, LeBron James believes the Chicago Bulls are better than his Cleveland Cavaliers.

The two teams play Monday night in a preseason game at Ohio State University. The Cavs are calling it their most important preseason game, not just because they're facing a potential Eastern Conference rival but because James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will start together for the first time against an NBA team.

"[The Bulls] are a team that's much better than us right now just off chemistry," James said. "They've been together for a while, we've got a long way to go."

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