SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Kings took a bold step away from the frugal ways of the last ownership group by agreeing to acquire forward Rudy Gay as part of a seven-player trade Sunday.
LOS ANGELES _ There were 19 seconds left in the first half when the Staples Center crowd rose to its feet and roared. It's been nearly eight months, but everybody remembered what was happening next.
LOS ANGELES _ He looked timid, tentative, passive. Sure, there were flashes, but he appeared to be several weeks away from getting to his old self.
LOS ANGELES _ The first point in the career of the superstar reborn came like the last one had: at the free throw line. But the rest of Kobe Bryant's season debut betrayed that symbolic continuity.
LOS ANGELES _ One-half of the Los Angeles Lakers' 30-something backcourt returned to action Sunday. But what about Steve Nash?
The Toronto Raptors spoiled Kobe Bryant's season debut by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 106-94 on Sunday.
James Harden dumped in 27 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds, Dwight Howard scored 20 points with 22 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Orlando Magic, 98-88, at Toyota Center.
HOUSTON _ For his 28th birthday on Sunday, Dwight Howard received a gift from the NBA's schedule-makers: a game against his struggling former team, the Orlando Magic.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. _ This was the undercard, another preliminary fight with limited significance in the greater scheme.
Kevin Durant had 36 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Indiana Pacers 118-94 on Sunday night.
Kobe Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his season debut for the Lakers, but Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points in the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors' 106-94 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. _ The Pistons had the Heat's full attention Sunday afternoon.
Some teams have trouble playing lesser competition with a rivalry game on deck.
PHILADELPHIA _ The Los Angeles Clippers didn't practice Sunday because they don't have enough healthy bodies.
CLEVELAND _ When Anderson Varejao tried subbing into the game Friday night at Atlanta, Andrew Bynum saw him coming and motioned him back off the court. Bynum had played about 8 1/2 minutes _ and he had played well _ but his reasons for wanting to remain had little to do with his eight points and three rebounds.
Two of the main reasons Mike Dunleavy spurned more money elsewhere to sign with the Bulls last summer were to play with Derrick Rose and for a winner.
The New York Knicks may want to consider boycotting future Sunday noon tip-offs.
The Houston Rockets stopped a two-game slide last time out and will try to keep the momentum Sunday when they welcome the Orlando Magic to the Toyota Center.
The Indiana Pacers' brutal road trip will mercifully come to an end Sunday, but before they head home, they have one more tough matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Miami Heat will try to avenge a loss from earlier this week when they visit The Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday to take on the Detroit Pistons.
Longtime adversaries, the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics renew their rivalry in a Sunday afternoon matinee at Madison Square Garden.
SALT LAKE CITY _ This had all the makings of another loss.
MINNEAPOLIS _ It's not like you couldn't see this coming.
MINNEAPOLIS _ LeBron James said before the game that he needed to rebound the basketball a little better. He then set a season high for boards in the first half.
Nate Robinson scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 103-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Jordan Hamilton and Randy Foye netted 13 points apiece and J.J. Hickson tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who will face the Washington Wizards on Monday. Wilson Chandler added 10 points in the victory. Tony Wroten dropped in 20 points, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes each added 14 and Hollis Thompson had 10 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia, which has lost six of its last seven.
SANTA ANA, Calif._Welcome back, Kobe!
SANTA ANA, Calif._I wanted to check with the Self-Proclaimed Liar to see if anything had changed.
MEMPHIS, Tenn._Just 24 hours after a performance in Houston that may have raised some serious doubts about the Golden Warriors, they bounced back to erase one of the ugliest warts on their recent historical ledger.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points with seven assists and six rebounds, Monta Ellis added 22 points, including the game- winner as time expired, and the Dallas Mavericks snuck past the Portland Trail Blazers with a 108-106 win on Saturday night.
CHICAGO _ Fans might grumble about shoot-first Brandon Jennings, but the Detroit Pistons needed him on Saturday night.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points and Isaiah Thomas added 26 off the bench as the Sacramento Kings topped the Utah Jazz, 112-102, in overtime.
Paul George scored 28 points and the Indiana Pacers beat San Antonio 111-100 Saturday night, snapping an 11-game skid against the Spurs.
CHICAGO_Another day, another injury.
PHILADELPHIA _ This time, the 76ers were unable to take advantage of a shorthanded team.
In order to reverse a losing trend in the Alamo City, the Indiana Pacers needed their best.
CLEVELAND _ Kyrie Irving rebounded from his first career scoreless night with 20 points and six assists and the Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night, 88-82, in a strange night that included a near brawl and a fan on the court,
Brook Lopez dumped in 32 points on an efficient 11-of-13 shooting as the Brooklyn Nets handed the Milwaukee Bucks their third loss in four games with a 90-82 win at BMO Harris Bradley Center.