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  • “Vintage” Kyle Lowry scores 33, leads Raptors to win against Lakers
    • “Vintage” Kyle Lowry scores 33, leads Raptors to win against Lakers
    L.A. hasn’t beaten Toronto since winning 129-122 in overtime at Staples Center on Nov. 30, 2014....2020
  • • Michael Jordan & Kobe Bryant’s private friendship behind the scenes
    During Kobe Bryant’s public memorial at Staples Center earlier this year, Michael Jordan gave a moving eulogy about his “little brother.” By now, most basketball fans know that Jordan and Bryant had a very close relationship. Kobe basically copied everything that Jordan did on the court and tried to emulate his game as much as […] The post Michael Jordan & Kobe Bryant&...2020
  • • NHL Return to Play Protocol and CBA Extension ready for vote
    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 9: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare #41 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his goal with teammates during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center on March 9, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NHLI via Getty Images Training Camp begins July 13th! The NHL and NHLPA have come to an agreement on Phasee 3 and 4 of the league’s Return...2020
  • • Looking back at Kobe Bryant’s career after his Achilles tear
    Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant tragically ruptured his left Achilles tendon on April 12, 2013 against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. With three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Bryant made a seemingly innocent move to the basket, pushing off his left foot as he attempted to drive around Warriors small […] The post Looking back at Kobe Bryant’s career after his ...2020
  • Have LeBron James, Lakers had secret workouts on replica Staples Center court?
    • Have LeBron James, Lakers had secret workouts on replica Staples Center court?
    The replica Staples Center court does exist. Did the Lakers' players use it?...2020
  • • LeBron James, Lakers rumored to be holding secret workouts at a Staples Center replica facility
    JJ Redick went on the Bill Simmons podcast and confirmed that he's heard this rumor, too...2020
  • • Revisiting the 2019 Avalanche off-season acquisition class
    Andre Burakovsky (95), Valeri Nichushkin (13), and Nazem Kadri (91) celebrate a Burakovsky goal against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period at KeyBank Center. (Feb. 4, 2020) | Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports How did the new acquisitions to the Avalanche roster for the 2019-20 season hold up? The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs showcased one of the best times to be a Colorado Avalanche fan over ...2020
  • • From the archives: Kobe Bryant's NBA farewell
    In his surreal career-ending game, Kobe Bryant emptied his basketball soul at Staples Center. His team, his legion of fans and his family loved it....2020
  • • LeBron James reacts to Staples Center’s sad Twitter response to MSG tweet
    During this past Sunday’s showing of “The Last Dance,” LeBron James tweeted about his admiration for Madison Square Garden. As it turns out, even the Staples Center’s official Twitter account could not help but react to LeBron’s tweet, which prompted the Los Angeles Lakers superstar to respond himself. First, here is LeBron’s first tweet that […] The post ...2020
  • • Pau Gasol Got ‘Really Emotional’ Rewatching Kobe Bryant Clinch 2010 Title
    Rewatching the Lakers’ Game 7 victory over the Celtics in the 2010 Finals, Pau Gasol couldn’t help but get emotional as Kobe Bryant took the MVP trophy after the game. “I can’t say enough about the Spaniard,” Kobe said in front of the STAPLES Center crowd. “That guy is unbelievable and just a hell of […] The post Pau Gasol Got ‘Really Emotional’...2020

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  • • Revisiting the 2019 Avalanche off-season acquisition class
    Andre Burakovsky (95), Valeri Nichushkin (13), and Nazem Kadri (91) celebrate a Burakovsky goal against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period at KeyBank Center. (Feb. 4, 2020) | Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports How did the new acquisitions to the Avalanche roster for the 2019-20 season hold up? The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs showcased one of the best times to be a Colorado Avalanche fan over ...2020
  • • L.A. Kings, Clippers, Lakers partnering to pay Staples Center workers
    With the NBA indefinitely suspended, several high profile players have pledged money toward team employees who are not able to work. Thus far, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and Zion Williamson have been at the forefront. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was the first to publicly state that employees would be taken care of during the uncertain period, and now more teams have stepped fo...2020
  • • Harry on! Kings' Giles records first career triple-double
    Kings big man Harry Giles III recorded his first double-double on Saturday, helping his team pull off an improbable 112-103 victory over the Clippers at Staples Center. Giles posted 14 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes, proving his worth on both ends of the floor as starting center. He started the 2019-20 season with very limited playing time, and his recent surge has caught the attention of Sa...2020
  • • MRI on Anthony Davis’ back comes back clean
    The Los Angeles Lakers and star big man Anthony Davis had to be concerned. Davis was seen down on the hardwood in pain during Tuesday night’s game against the New York Knicks after landing hard on his lower back. The likely NBA Defensive Player of the Year was later seen leaving the Staples Center on a bed, leading to speculation that this injury might be serious. Everyone in Los Angeles can now e...2020
  • • NBA rescinds Kevin Durant technical foul from Game 3
    One day after blowing out the Los Angeles Clippers, the defending champion Golden State Warriors received some good news from the NBA. The double technical that Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Clippers’ veteran JaMychal Green received in Game 3 Thursday night has been rescinded. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was pleased to hear the news. Given that Durant received two technicals in Game 1 of th...2019
  • • Steve Kerr laments rough season for LeBron and Lakers
    The Los Angeles Lakers have suffered through a disappointing 2018-19 campaign in LeBron James’ first season in L.A., and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr cannot help but feel bad for everyone involved, given the surprising turn of events. With James shut down with a lingering groin injury cited as the reason — although it made little sense for him to play anyway — the Lakers are left to figu...2019
  • • Kyle Kuzma expected to miss next game with sprained ankle
    The Los Angeles Lakers have now added injury to the insult of losing at home to the Los Angeles Clippers. On top of losing at Staples Center 113-105 to their intra-city rivals on Monday night, Kyle Kuzma hurt his ankle. The second-year forward exited midway through the fourth quarter after turning his ankle by the baseline on a cut to the basket. X-rays on Kuzma’s ankle turned out negative. Still,...2019
  • • LeBron James will not rule out playing less minutes
    The Los Angeles Lakers have only 18 games remaining to make up 5.5 games in the standings if they want to clinch a playoff spot, and LeBron James sounds like a man who is not all that confident he and his teammates can accomplish that. Following Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, LeBron was asked if there will come a point down the stretch where he feels like he should be playing less minu...2019
  • • Seven-foot-three Boban Marjanovic rides four-wheeler in arena
    Clippers big man Boban Marjanovic makes pretty much everything and everyone around him look rather small. Marjanovic, after  all, stands seven-foot-three, and he’s the tallest NBA player in the league that’s actively suiting up for games (Kristaps Porzinigis, who is also seven-foot-three, remains sidelined with a knee injury). So when he decided to ride a four-wheeler into Staples Center before Mo...2019
  • • Doc Rivers: Blake Griffin's number should be retired by Clippers
    As Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin closes in on his return to Staples Center to face his old team for the first time, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers believes Griffin's should be among the first jerseys retired by the organization. Rivers, who previously said the team should also honor DeAndre Jordan by retiring his number, believes the former teammates and key pieces of the iconi...2019

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  • • NHL Return to Play Protocol and CBA Extension ready for vote
    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 9: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare #41 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his goal with teammates during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center on March 9, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NHLI via Getty Images Training Camp begins July 13th! The NHL and NHLPA have come to an agreement on Phasee 3 and 4 of the league’s Return...2020
  • • Revisiting the 2019 Avalanche off-season acquisition class
    Andre Burakovsky (95), Valeri Nichushkin (13), and Nazem Kadri (91) celebrate a Burakovsky goal against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period at KeyBank Center. (Feb. 4, 2020) | Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports How did the new acquisitions to the Avalanche roster for the 2019-20 season hold up? The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs showcased one of the best times to be a Colorado Avalanche fan over ...2020
  • • Clippers buy The Forum in Inglewood from MSG for $400 million
    The LA Clippers’ plan to build a new arena in Inglewood is moving forward. The Clippers announced on Tuesday that they have purchased The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. from Madison Square Garden for $400 million in cash. The deal is expected to close next quarter (some time between April-June). As part of the agreement, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer plans to keep The Forum operating as a music venue a...2020
  • • L.A. Kings, Clippers, Lakers partnering to pay Staples Center workers
    With the NBA indefinitely suspended, several high profile players have pledged money toward team employees who are not able to work. Thus far, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and Zion Williamson have been at the forefront. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was the first to publicly state that employees would be taken care of during the uncertain period, and now more teams have stepped fo...2020
  • • Harry on! Kings' Giles records first career triple-double
    Kings big man Harry Giles III recorded his first double-double on Saturday, helping his team pull off an improbable 112-103 victory over the Clippers at Staples Center. Giles posted 14 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes, proving his worth on both ends of the floor as starting center. He started the 2019-20 season with very limited playing time, and his recent surge has caught the attention of Sa...2020
  • • Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Shutout the Ducks, now on to the Kings
    Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports The Avalanche look to build off a 1-0 win in Anaheim The Colorado Avalanche left Anaheim with a 1-0 win over the Ducks in the first leg of their SoCal back-to-back. Fresh off signing a two-year extension with the Avs, Pavel Francouz made 26 saves to record his first career NHL shutout. The game against the Ducks was far from the most entertaining of the season, but ...2020
  • • Report: Darren Collison no longer eyeing NBA comeback, will remain retired
    Veteran free agent Darren Collison has decided to remain retired and is no longer considering an NBA comeback this season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Woj notes Collison had been pondering a return to the court, with both the Clippers and Lakers heavily interested in adding the 32-year-old to their rosters. Collison informed teams that the timing for his return simply isn’t right for h...2020
  • • Darren Collison decides against NBA comeback, will stay retired
    Darren Collison is sticking by his offseason decision to retire from the NBA. Collison surprisingly announced his retirement over the summer even though he was a free agent and set to receive multiple contract offers. A report in early January said the point guard was considering coming out of retirement to join either the Los Angeles Clippers or Lakers. Collison even attended a recent Lakers game...2020
  • After standing pat at trade deadline, Lakers reportedly to workout J.R. Smith, watch Collison
    • After standing pat at trade deadline, Lakers reportedly to workout J.R. Smith, watch Collison
    Andre Iguodala did not reach the buyout market, he was traded to Miami. Marcus Morris also got traded, but to the Clippers team just down the Staples Center hall. The Los Angeles Lakers stood pat at the trade deadline — in part because they did not want to meet the Knicks’ asking price for Morris...2020
  • • NBA fans honor Kobe Bryant at Staples Center
    The NBA lost one of its greatest icons on Sunday morning when Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. Bryant’s sudden, heartbreaking passing sent shockwaves through the sports world as the NBA and the NFL offered tributes, prayers and shared memories of Bryant. While more reactions appeared on Twitter, many NBA fans went to the Staples Center to pay their respects. ...2020

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  • • “Vintage” Kyle Lowry scores 33, leads Raptors to win against Lakers
    L.A. hasn’t beaten Toronto since winning 129-122 in overtime at Staples Center on Nov. 30, 2014....2020
  • • Revisiting the 2019 Avalanche off-season acquisition class
    Andre Burakovsky (95), Valeri Nichushkin (13), and Nazem Kadri (91) celebrate a Burakovsky goal against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period at KeyBank Center. (Feb. 4, 2020) | Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports How did the new acquisitions to the Avalanche roster for the 2019-20 season hold up? The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs showcased one of the best times to be a Colorado Avalanche fan over ...2020
  • • NBA scores, highlights: LeBron James' regular-season debut at Staples Center heads 10-game slate
    There are 10 games on the schedule Saturday night with a number of expected playoff contenders in action...2018

Staples Center kids, wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend, father/mother

  • • From the archives: Kobe Bryant's NBA farewell
    2020
  • • Kobe Bryant’s sister Sharia gets tattoo honoring Kobe, Gianna
    Numerous fans and friends have been paying tribute to the late Kobe Bryant by getting tattoos honoring him and his daughter, Gianna, who were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash on January 26. One of Kobe’s sisters is also paying tribute with some ink. Sharia Washington, who is the oldest of the three Bryant children, got a tattoo of the numbers 2 and 24, which were Gigi and Kobe’s re...2020
  • • Kobe Bryant Memorial programs already being sold on eBay
    It took a disappointingly short amount of time, but programs handed out to mourners attending Monday’s memorial at Staples Center that celebrated the lives of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna are already being sold for hundreds of dollars on eBay. As shared on social media, the program featured touching photographs of the Bryant family, including ones of Kobe and Gianna, who perished along with sev...2020
  • • Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa files wrongful death lawsuit
    Nearly a month after Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were killed in a tragic helicopter crash, a memorial service was held Monday at the Staples Center to honor their memory. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, former teammate Shaquille O’Neal, Hornets owner Michael Jordan and Kobe’s widow Vanessa Bryant were among those who spoke at the emotional event, as an ESPN story outlines. In addition to publicly m...2020
  • • Kobe Bryant memorial: Vanessa Bryant gives emotional speech honoring her husband and daughter Gigi
    Vanessa Bryant shares stories of Kobe and Gianna during Monday's eulogy at Staples Center...2020
  • • Sports world reacts to Michael Jordan's incredible speech at Kobe memorial
    The sports world came together on Monday in Los Angeles to honor the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant. As many of the greatest athletes from throughout the history of professional sports paid tribute to Kobe and his legacy at the Staples Center, Michael Jordan delivered a speech that will never be forgotten. Jordan walked up to the stage and showed the level of greatness that the sports world hasn’t...2020
  • • Michael Jordan cracks ‘Crying Jordan’ meme joke at Bryant memorial service
    Monday’s memorial for Kobe and Gianna Bryant was a somber time for many and resulted in a lot of crying and sadness, even for Michael Jordan. But it also led to a hilarious joke. MJ was the first speaker after Alicia Keys performed Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on the piano during the memorial at Staples Center in Los Angeles. “Now he’s got me. I’ll have to look at another crying meme for the nex...2020
  • • Kobe Bryant's widow files wrongful death lawsuit
    Vanessa Bryant and her family were on hand at the Staples Center on Monday to memorialize her husband and daughter, both of whom passed away back on Jan. 26 in a tragic Southern California helicopter accident. Kobe and Gianna Bryant were among the nine killed after a chopper piloted by Ara George Zobayan crashed outside of Los Angeles in horrible weather conditions. Still mourning her losses, Vane...2020
  • • Report: Kobe, Gianna Bryant memorial attracts over 90,000 ticket requests
    Ticket requests for the memorial service for Kobe and Gianna Bryant are already exceeding the Staples Center capacity. According to Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports, more than 90,000 people applied for tickets in the first 24 hours of availability. That’s significantly more than the approximately 20,000 Staples Center can hold, especially considering many seats will be taken by family, friends and a...2020
  • • Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant buried in private family service near California home
    Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant are scheduled to be honored at a public memorial service on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center...2020

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  • • Feb. 24 chosen for Kobe (24), Gianna (2) service
    A memorial service celebrating the life of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna will be held the morning of Feb. 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles....2020
  • • Kobe Bryant public memorial date set for Feb. 24 at Staples Center
    The city will officially honor the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant...2020
  • • Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant buried in private family service near California home
    2020
  • • Kobe Bryant memorial: Vanessa Bryant gives emotional speech honoring her husband and daughter Gigi
    2020
  • • Anthony Davis, Lineage Logistics to Aid Los Angeles Community
    Los Angeles Laker Anthony Davis and Lineage Logistics Come Together to Aid Los Angeles Community with Jobs, Support for Local Businesses, and Feeding Frontline Healthcare Workers Providing $250,000 Matching Donation for Help Feed the Frontline Fighting COVID 19 - LA Connecting Displaced STAPLES Center Employees to 260 Open Job Opportunities at Lineage, in Partnership with AEG...2020
  • • Ticket Information for a Celebration of Live for Kobe and Gianna Bryant
    Ticket and viewing information for The Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant, which will take place on 2/24/20 at STAPLES Center....2020
  • • Fergie's national anthem confuses, amuses
    Fergie's slow, bluesy rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday night wasn't particularly well received at Staples Center or on social media before the 67th edition of the NBA's annual showcase....2018
  • • James, Caruso Guide Lakers To 6th Straight Win
    LeBron James and Alex Caruso were instrumental in keeping L.A.’s winning streak alive, as the Lakers held on to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night in STAPLES Center....2020
  • • Lakers, Clippers, Kings and STAPLES Center Create Employee Fund to Benefit Hourly Event Staff
    Fund Created to Help Part-Time Staff During Coronavirus Pandemic...2020
  • • Defense looks the part as Lakers sweep tough back-to-back
    With several players under the weather and playing on the second night of the toughest back-to-back in the NBA, the Lakers put on a defensive clinic – silencing the Jazz to remain undefeated away from STAPLES Center....2019

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  • • NHL Return to Play Protocol and CBA Extension ready for vote
    2020
  • • Revisiting the 2019 Avalanche off-season acquisition class
    2020
  • • Lakers decide to test players for the coronavirus
    With the news on Tuesday of four Nets players testing positive for the coronavirus, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to get tested on Wednesday morning, reports Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. According to the report, the tests were not mandatory for the players and none of the Lakers’ coaches were tested. The players who were tested that were still in the L.A. area are hoping to get resu...2020
  • • Pelicans Vs. Lakers Live Stream: Watch NBA Game Online
    Tuesday night’s matchup at Staples Center will pit one of basketball’s all-time greats against one of the sport’s brightest young... »...2020
  • • Harry on! Kings' Giles records first career triple-double
    2020
  • • Morris twins could carpool to Staples, Marcus says
    Marcus Morris said it would be fun to face brother Markieff Morris in the playoffs if Markieff joins the Lakers as expected. Marcus Morris said the twins would probably carpool to Staples Center if the Lakers were to face his Clippers....2020
  • • NBA reschedules postponed Lakers, Clippers game for April 9 at Staples Center
    The Lakers and Clippers postponed the game following Bryant's death...2020
  • • Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Shutout the Ducks, now on to the Kings
    2020
  • • Celtics adjusting plans foe players to attend Kobe Bryant memorial
    The Boston Celtics are showing some major respect to one of their biggest rivals of all-time. Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reported on Wednesday that the Celtics, who will be in Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Feb. 23, are delaying their team flight to allow players and staff to attend the Kobe Bryant memorial the next day. The memorial will be held at 10 AM on Feb. 24 at Staples Center,...2020
  • • Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant buried in private family service near California home
    2020

Staples Center rumors, scandals

  • • Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Shutout the Ducks, now on to the Kings
    2020
  • • Grieving Carmelo Anthony won’t play against Lakers tonight in L.A.
    The Portland Trail Blazers are set to take on the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Friday in what will undoubtedly be an emotional night, and Carmelo Anthony has decided not to take part. Anthony has been ruled out for Friday’s game due to personal reasons, and Shams Charania of Stadium has confirmed the speculation that Anthony will not play in the game because he is grieving the loss of K...2020
  • • MRI on Anthony Davis’ back comes back clean
    2020
  • • Watch: Anthony Davis crashes into Kevin Hart during Lakers game
    One of the biggest guys in the building collided with one of the smallest guys in the building during Wednesday’s Los Angeles Lakers-L.A. Clippers game at Staples Center on Christmas. Anthony Davis threw up a shot by the sidelines to beat the halftime buzzer and ended up on actor Kevin Hart, who was seated courtside. The two yucked it up for a few seconds before Davis finally got off Hart’s lap. C...2019
  • • Bucks betting favorites to play Clippers or Lakers in NBA Finals
    The Milwaukee Bucks find themselves in the midst of an absurd 15-game winning streak. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. are 21-3 on the season, matching the Los Angeles Lakers for the best record in the NBA. So it’s not terribly shocking these two teams are among the favorites to play in the NBA Finals. We are, however, a tad surprised that the Los Angeles Clippers join their roommates at the Staples ...2019
  • • LeBron James, teammates cap end of season with night out
    The Los Angeles Lakers closed out a nightmarish season on Tuesday night with a 104-101 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Tuesday also marked the stunning and abrupt end of Magic Johnson’s tenure as Lakers president of basketball operations, as he chose the day to announce his sudden resignation. Lakers players, led by LeBron James, evidently needed a night out to decompress ami...2019
  • • Watch: Chris Paul nails long-range buzzer beater against former team
    Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets were having none of his former Los Angeles Clippers team on the road Wednesday night. Already up 99-73 late in the third quarter, Paul took an inbounds pass and nailed a Stephen Curry-like 61-foot three-point shot as the buzzer sounded. Talk about giving it some English off the backboard. Paul hoisted up the desperation shot like it was nothing. A total of 61 fee...2019
  • • Nets' D’Angelo Russell takes the high road after victory over Lakers
    Nets guard D’Angelo Russell has transformed into the kind of leader the Lakers needed this season, Michael Scotto of The Athletic writes. Russell was traded to Brooklyn from Los Angeles in 2017, with Lakers president Magic Johnson saying shortly afterward the team needs to find a leader for the future. Russell, a first time All-Star this season, led the Nets to a 111-106 victory over the Lakers at...2019
  • • Patrick Beverley chides media after win over rival Lakers
    The Los Angeles Clippers have been a better team than the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers this season, and Patrick Beverley says we all should have seen that coming. Following the Clippers’ 113-105 win over the Lakers on Monday night, Beverley was quick to remind the media how much they ignored his team before the season started. That was to be expected after LeBron joined the Lakers, but Beve...2019
  • • Klay Thompson says his girlfriend inspired his huge shooting night
    Klay Thompson had one of the best games of his career against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, and apparently Golden State Warriors fans should be thanking his girlfriend for the fact that he simply could not miss a shot. Thompson dropped 44 points on an absurd 17-of-20 shooting and 10-of-11 on three-point attempts. He began the game by making his first 10 three-pointers, which is an NBA re...2019

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