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Bryant scores 26, Lakers rally past Jazz 98-91 (October 20, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on the court during a game against the Utah Jazz at STAPLES Center on October 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Carlos Boozer added 19, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 98-91 preseason victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.

Boozer also had nine rebounds and six of the Lakers' 17 steals. Los Angeles converted 29 Jazz turnovers into 34 points and outscored them 17-8 in second-chance points.

Alec Burks scored 21 for the Jazz, who had only one field goal after his jumper with 5:16 remaining. Enes Kanter had 14 points in 38 minutes before fouling out with 15.2 seconds left.

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Rockets beat Warriors 90-83 in exhibition game (October 20, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


HIDALGO, Texas -- The Houston Rockets welcomed back two stars who had been dealing with injuries most of this preseason. The Golden State Warriors rested their two stars.

It was enough for the Rockets to beat the Warriors 90-83 on Sunday night in an exhibition game at State Farm Arena.

Dwight Howard had 11 points and eight rebounds in his return from a knee injury. He was 5 of 8 from the field in 16 first-half minutes. After a slow start, he got a few easy baskets, blocked a few shots and otherwise looked strong after not playing since Houston's preseason opener at Dallas last week.

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Hinrich scores 26 points, Bulls beat Hornets (October 20, 2014)
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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19: Kirk Hinrich #12 of the Chicago Bulls stands on the court during a game against the Charlotte Hornets on October 19, 2014 at United Center, Chicago, Illinois. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls' closer is almost back at full speed.

Derrick Rose had 17 points in almost 28 minutes and saw his first action in the fourth quarter as he comes back from a right knee injury 10 games into last season.

Rose checked in with 7:22 remaining in the game and helped the Bulls hold off Charlotte 101-96 on Sunday night for their fourth consecutive preseason victory. He was 2 of 4 from the floor in the fourth and scored nine points, making five of his six free throws.

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Mo Williams helps Timberwolves beat Thunder (October 20, 2014)
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TULSA, OK - OCTOBER 19: Ricky Rubio #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles against Mitch McGary #33 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the NBA game on October 19, 2014 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo By Shane Bevel/NBAE via Getty Images)

TULSA, Okla. -- Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders mixed things up Sunday night in an exhibition game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

During practice Saturday -- and unbeknownst to his team -- he had a competition to decide Minnesota's next starting lineup. Sparked by three new starters, Minnesota beat Oklahoma City 112-94 on Sunday night.

"We talked about how everything counts. Practice counts. Every time you step on the floor, you go and compete," Saunders said. "Yesterday they picked three teams. They picked the teams. We had a draft. And the team that started tonight won the series. They won four games. They didn't know it yesterday and at the walk-through today, I told them that since they won yesterday, those are the guys we were going to go with."

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Celtics beat Nets in experimental 44-minute game (October 20, 2014)
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NEW YORK -- Jared Sullinger took a glance at the game clock and thought something must be wrong. With fewer than six minutes left in the first quarter, he was still in the game.

There was a good reason he hadn't been subbed out yet, though.

In an experimental 44-minute preseason game, Sullinger had 21 points and 19 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-90 on Sunday.

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 LA Tenorio fought through fatigue to play for Ginebra. KC Cruz

After spending three months with Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Asian Games, LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar were raring to once again don the colors of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

The two Gin Kings stars played immediately for the squad, helping Ginebra dominate Talk 'N Text on the opening day of the 40th PBA season.

"I miss playing for Ginebra," Aguilar said. "'Yun 'yung namiss ko nung nasa Spain ako tsaka nung nasa Korea ako.

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Brgy. Ginebra. Marquez

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will likely miss his Kia team’s game against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel due to his preparations for his fight against Chris Algieri but the Kings are hoping that he reconsiders, even if he plays just a handful of minutes like he did against Blackwater.

The Kia head coach announced after the Sorento’s maiden win that he might sit out the game.

But Ginebra’s star players, including Mark Caguioa, Greg Slaughter and Jayjay Helterbrand, all expressed their excitement at the prospect of playing against the eight-division world champion in a PBA game.

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Mark Caguioa. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Take it from the two Barangay Ginebra players that have been around the longest – the team’s never-say-die spirit is alive and well.

Ginebra veterans Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, both former PBA MVPs, were proud with what the Kings showed in their season opener, especially as it came in front of a record crowd.

“I told my teammates, we were playing in front of a crowd of almost 52,000. We just had to bring back the never-say-die spirit na naaalala ng mga tao,” Caguioa told

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Paul Pierce and Jason Kidd have both left Brooklyn for other teams. Al Bello/Getty Images

NEW YORK -- A year ago, the Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd and traded three first-round picks for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett with the sole goal of winning a championship.

This season, only Garnett remains in Brooklyn.

In his first trip back to New York as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Kidd spoke about his departure from the Nets after just one season as Brooklyn's coach.

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 Greg Slaughter dominated against the smaller Talk 'N Text frontline. Nuki Sabio

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel leaned on its twin tower combination of Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter to overpower Talk 'N Text, 101-81, on the opening day of the PBA's 40th season at Philippine Arena.

Aguilar finished with 18 points, 18 rebounds, and five blocks, while Slaughter chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds.

"I wanna give it to our guys for sticking to our game plan," said Ginebra coach Jeffrey Cariaso, who is in his second conference calling the shots for the Gin Kings.

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