Spurs vs. Rockets: Live Score and Highlights from 2014 NBA Preseason

The Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs will wrap up their preseason schedules Friday evening when the Southwest Division foes clash at Toyota Center. 

Following a 90-89 victory over the Orlando Magic, Houston will be looking to round out its exhibition slate with a sixth win. 

Thanks to 14 points apiece from Isaiah Canaan and Troy Daniels, the Rockets were able to escape with a narrow victory despite the absences of Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza

Howard will sit again Friday after suffering a laceration on his forearm that required stitches, according to the Houston Chronicle‘s Jenny Dial Creech

Conversely, the Spurs have compiled a record of 2-4 after falling to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. 

In the loss, five Spurs players scored in double figures, including Tony Parker, who led San Antonio with 17 points and seven assists in 27 minutes. 

Rookie Kyle Anderson put together a nice showing, as well, totaling 10 points, two steals and two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench. 

You can catch all the action at 8 p.m. ET on NBA TV. 

Keep it locked here on Bleacher Report throughout the night for real-time updates, highlights and analysis of all things Spurs-Rockets. 

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Clips from new Disney series, ‘Becoming’ with LeBron James

The Disney Channel is about to premiere its newest series, of course for children, entitled “Becoming,” which will showcase various athletes from their humble beginnings and their rise to stardom.
The first episode will feature the show’s developer, LeBron James.
“There’s no sports programs where parents and kids can sit down and watch it together,” James told USA TODAY Sports. “This made a lot of sense — me being able to come together with Disney and put together a program like this, where parents and kids to sit down together and watch episodes about people they look up to. They can get the history and the story and things they can relate to in their own households.”The pilot episode will debut on Sunday 5:30 p.m. ET and at 8 p.m. ET on Disney…

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Sensational Rookie Season from Julius Randle Is What Los Angeles Lakers Need

In the middle of an ongoing rebuilding phase, the Los Angeles Lakers need certain things in order to have any success in a loaded Western Conference. One huge priority will be a sensational season from Julius Randle.

The Lakers suffered through their worst loss record in franchise history last season with a meager 27-55 record. Their consolation prize was the No. 7 pick in the draft lottery. When the big night arrived, they chose Randle—a hard-charging freshman power forward out of Kentucky.

The preseason has offered varying degrees of progress for the 6’9″ lefty, whether through strong inside work or leading a fast break like a runaway bull. It has been both promising and maddening.

Would you expect more from a 19-year-old before the regular season even begins?

Randle is drawing plenty of commentary from his first NBA head coach—at times positive, and in other instances, sharply worded.

After an early preseason loss, Byron Scott described the young rookie as follows, per Arash Markazi of ESPN LA: “I thought he was lost, in the first half especially.”

It is a story as old as sports itself—a tough-love coach and a headstrong, yet impressionable pupil. And in the end, we hopefully learn that the Los Angeles Lakers and Randle need each other in equal measure in order to succeed.

One is a grizzled coach who had to sweat three interviews and an extended wait to get hired by a team he used to play for. The other is a teenager who tends to scatter opponents like bowling pins.

Patience, young grasshopper—you have to learn where your place truly is in the basketball universe.

Scott isn’t the only one wielding both a stick and carrot—reigning franchise cornerstone Kobe Bryant has also been playing the part of the caring taskmaster.

Randle’s place is already becoming clearer—the headlong rushes are gaining control, and his jump shots are starting to fall. It appears that he wants to be more than a bull in a china shop.

As Mark Medina for the Los Angeles Daily News recently wrote, a lottery pick who was touted for his low-post moves is pushing the envelope in other ways:

For all the comparisons Randle has drawn to Memphis’ bruising power forward Zach Randolph, Lakers forward Ed Davis noticed that Randle has mirrored more of the modern version of Lamar Odom. Just as the former Lakers forward interchanged roles as a post player, facilitator and ball handler, Randle has provided the same job description:

‘It’s all about putting pressure on the defense when you can outrun the bigs and have the ball too. That’s what Coach wants me to do every time I get the rebound. I’m pushing the ball and making plays. I’ve been doing it my whole life so I’m comfortable with it.’

Much has been made of the Odom comparisons, but remember—the former Sixth Man of the Year was a chameleon in his prime. His full-court sallies occurred sparingly and when opponents least expected it. He spent long stretches setting up his teammates or concentrating on rebounding. His hesitation moves were a thing of beauty.

On Wednesday night during a win against the Portland Trail Blazers, Randle continued to show improvement with 17 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes of play. More impressive than the total numbers was his efficiency, with 7-of-10 shooting and a nice mixture of interior play and end-to-end romps—this time at a less frenetic pace.

The second unit worked well together, with Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson making their first appearances after missing several games due to sprained ankles and a calf strain, respectively. Ed Davis and undrafted rookie Roscoe Smith provided interior energy and glass cleaning.

After the game, Scott spoke about his young ward’s evolution, per Serena Winters of Lakers Nation:

I don’t think the kid has really ever had to play hard and I know he hasn’t ever had to work as hard as he’s had to this year. I still expect him to work harder but each game he seems to get a little bit better and that’s the progression that you want, and we all tend to forget that he’s 19. So, you’ve got to give him a little slack at times, even though I don’t, I should I guess.

With the start of the regular season looming, the obvious question becomes how much the Lakers need from Randle and how soon.

So far, the rookie is coming off the bench behind Carlos Boozer—the veteran frontcourt player and perennial starter who the Lakers claimed off amnesty waivers from the Chicago Bulls this season.

It’s likely that role will remain for now and that the young warrior’s lessons will continue unabated. Randle could well be the future of the franchise, but the powers that be don’t want to stunt his development through premature expectations.

Randle is where most young players are before they launch into their first regular-season games—a work in progress and untested when it counts in the NBA. But that doesn’t mean he can’t have a sensational rookie season, even if it’s filled with tough love and teaching moments.

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Pistons beat 76ers behind 19 from Kyle Singler (Yahoo Sports)

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Kyle Singler #25 of the Detroit Pistons prepares to shoot a free throw against the Philadelphia 76ers during the game on October 23, 2014 at the The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Singler scored 19 points and Josh Smith added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-103 in an exhibition game Thursday night.

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The 10 Best Moments from ‘Midnight Madness’ Celebrations Around the Country

The games themselves mark the true start of the 2014-15 college basketball season, but at this point we’ve gone long enough without hoops action that any glimpse of what’s in store is welcomed with open arms.

Midnight Madness definitely did the trick.

Since practices officially began Oct. 3, schools throughout the country have been holding events that are heavy on flair and light on actual basketball. Meant to hype up the fanbase for the season ahead, some schools go a little overboard trying to make their Midnight Madness celebrations stand out.

This leads to highlight-reel dunks, high jinks and hilarious getups, as you’ll see in our ranking of the best Midnight Madness moments.

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Clippers vs. Suns: Live Score and Highlights from 2014 NBA Preseason

The Suns led the Clippers 61-58 at the half.


Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for live updates and analysis throughout.

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Jeremy Lin Returns From His Ankle Surgery & Scores 15 Points

After a much anticipated late arrival, Jeremy Lin finally took the court in the Los Angeles Lakers loss against the Phoenix Suns.
In last night’s matchup, Jeremy Lin showed that he could prove to be the valuable asset that the Lakers require him to be. He scored 15 points coming off the bench and 11 of those points came in the fourth quarter. Even though his minutes on the floor were being managed thoroughly, he still made it a clear point that he has the potential to run the Lakers offense.
While on the floor, the Lakers had no problem executing their offensive plays. This does not mean though that it takes Jeremy Lin to help maintain their offense, but without a real point guard’s presence on the floor the Lakers (yes, even Kobe Bryant) end up taking bad shots.
As of right now, Steve Nash is plagued with his many back injuries meaning Lin will have to execute the offensive scheme for the Lakers. They may have Ronnie Price, who had 10 assists by the end of …

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Warriors vs. Clippers: Live Score and Highlights from 2014 NBA Preseason

The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors are clashing for the second time this preseason Tuesday evening. 

You can catch all the action on TNT. 

Keep it locked here on Bleacher Report throughout the night for real-time updates, highlights and analysis of all things Clippers-Warriors. 

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Report: Kobe has prevented Lakers from signing top talent

For the second consecutive season, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t expected to do much this year as they find themselves in a rebuilding phase. ESPN The Magazine’s Henry Abbott put the blame for the Lakers’ recent misfortunes on the star largely responsible for their success in the 2000s — Kobe Bryant. Abbott says the Lakers’ lack of big name free agent acquisitions and Dwight Howard’s departure last summer is a result of how difficult it is to play and deal with Kobe and Abbot has plenty of sources to back it up, from agents to former teammates. One particular highlight was when in the 2012-13 season, Howard asked his Lakers teammates why they let all the blame for the season’s woes be placed on him. Kobe responded by giving a lecture about developing thick skin and learning how to win, which according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, was “a complete turnoff” for the big man. Abbott also talks about one agent with NBA clients who says, “I’ve had a lot of clients in the last five years, good p

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Cleveland Cavaliers: 3 Observations from loss to Dallas Mavericks

The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 4-1 in preseason after their first loss Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks. Many factors went into the Cavaliers loss, but here are three observations from the game.
Kyrie Irving Returns
After missing the last three preseason games due to a sprained ankle, Irving was ready to go. He picked up right where he left off, coming out strong and aggressive. Irving finished with a game high of 23 points while handing out five assists and three blocks.  The young All-Star had the crowd on their feet as he showed off his skills along with a highlight reel alley-oop to LeBron James which ended being a foul, but still a glimpse of the excitement this team possesses.
Kyrie Irving
Irving is a special player and his ability to play at the speed he plays with and for the amount of minutes is going to get, should be good for this Cavaliers team. If he stays healthy and keeps adding to his game, this season promises to be his best yet.
Shawn Marion & Kevin Love Rested
This game mar

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