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Turn back the clock: Kobe Bryant dunks on Clint Capela (VIDEO)

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If you paid to see some vintage Kobe Bryant at Staples Center Thursday night, you got your money’s worth. It was throwback Thursday for No. 24.

Kobe had 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting on the night, looking like his old self hitting some tough jumpers and putting the ball on the floor at times. That included getting up for his first dunk of the season and throwing it down over the Rockets’ Clint Capela. Bryant was fun to watch.

The Lakers, however, still couldn’t get any stops and fell to the Rockets 107-87.

Lin scores 35 as Hornets beat Raptors in overtime

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17: Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets pats the back of teammate Jeremy Lin #7 during the game against the Toronto Raptors on December 17, 2015 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/Getty Images)
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 35 points, Kemba Walker had 27 and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Toronto Raptors 109-99 in overtime on Thursday night.

P.J. Hairston added 14 points, including a 3-pointer with 90 seconds remaining in overtime that put the Hornets ahead to stay.

DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, Kyle Lowry added 20 and Terrence Ross had 17 for Toronto. Bismack Biyombo, who spent four seasons with Charlotte, had a career-best 18 rebounds while also blocking seven shots and scoring eight points.

The Raptors rallied back from a 16-point deficit late in the third quarter.

The Hornets led 72-56 on Lin’s layup with 4:14 left in the third period. The Raptors came back, eventually tying it at 90 on DeRozan’s jumper with 26 seconds remaining.

Toronto took its only lead of the game on Lowry’s layup 15 seconds into overtime. After two ties, Hairston hit his 3. The Hornets closed out the game by outscoring the Raptors 10-3 over the final 67 seconds, going 8 of 8 from the free throw line.

Behind Lin’s 18 first-half points, Charlotte pulled ahead of Toronto early, leading by as many as 13 points and taking a 56-44 margin at the break.

The Hornets shot 50 percent from the field (22 of 44) over the first two quarters, and made 7 of 18 3-pointers. Meanwhile, the Raptors made just 16 of 41 (39 percent) and only 3 of 15 3-pointers.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Toronto was whistled for two technical fouls – on Biyombo in the second quarter, and Lowry in the third.

Hornets: Lin made just his second start of the season in place of guard Nicolas Batum, who was out with an undisclosed illness. . Center Al Jefferson began a five-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. Jefferson had missed the previous six games with a strained calf muscle.

 

Going for loose ball, LeBron James crushes Jason Day’s wife sitting in first row

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Hopefully, this is nothing serious. According to TNT’s Craig Sager she was conscious and talking, but being taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers 104-100 win against the Thunder, LeBron James chased a loose ball out of bounds and crushed Ellie Day, the wife of golfer Jason Day, as the couple sat in the front row. You can see the video above. It was a fluke thing, but LeBron is 6’8″ 250 (officially, probably a little lighter than that) coming full speed is going to level anyone in that chair.

She had to be taken out on a stretcher and straight to an ambulance. Day left the arena with her.

Ellie Day is an Ohio native and the couple and their children settled in Columbus. They are big Ohio sports fans, having gone to Ohio State football games and other events.

Day is the defending PGA Champion and the current second-ranked player in the world.

Thunder’s Steven Adams dunks on LeBron James (VIDEO)

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One of the myths about Russell Westbrook is that he’s not a good passer. If someone tells you that, you know they haven’t watched much Westbrook the past couple seasons, Westbrook has become one of the better passing point guards in the game.

He showed that on this play, with a nifty pocket pass to Steven Adams, throws it down over a rotating LeBron James. To be clear, this shouldn’t be on LeBron, he rotated in to help, and he could have stayed out of the poster and let Adams just have the dunk, but he went for the big play. You want that from your stars.

LeBron got some revenge in the fourth quarter, finishing through Adams for an and-1 layup.

This game was as close and entertaining as we could have hoped for.

Detroit’s Jennings to play in D-League game as part of rehab

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will play for the team’s D-League affiliate as he enters the final stages of his rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Jennings hasn’t played since injuring his left leg in a Jan. 24 game at Milwaukee. The Pistons announced Thursday that he had been assigned to the Grand Rapids Drive. Grand Rapids faces Iowa on Saturday.

Pistons general manager Jeff Bower says this is a good chance for Jennings to play in a game and work on his conditioning.

Festus Ezeli of Golden State played two games for the Santa Cruz Warriors this past January while working his way back from a sprained ankle.