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Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) hangs from the rim after a dunk in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Morant has late burst, Grizzlies hold off Suns 114-109

Jan. 26, 2020 10:13 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The night in Memphis started with a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant. It ended with players from both sides remembering the Los Angeles Lakers great for the good he brought to the game. As for the game itself, Ja Morant scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help the...

Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson embraces Brooklyn Nets guard Garrett Temple (17) following a moment of silence for retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash earlier in the day, before the start of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Knicks beat Nets as Irving misses game after Kobe's death

Jan. 26, 2020 10:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Every time Kobe Bryant came to Madison Square Garden, it was an event. From the 1998 All-Star Game, his first one, to the night of Feb. 2, 2009, when he broke the arena's scoring record, people just wanted to be in the building. Not Sunday. Kyrie Irving couldn't bring himself to play after...

In this June 14, 2009, photo, Los Angles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant celebrates with his daughter Gianna, following the Lakers 99-86 defeat of the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena in Orlando. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in copter crash, 7 others dead

Jan. 26, 2020 10:07 PM EST

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others were killed Sunday when their helicopter plunged into a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended...

FILE - In this April 13, 2016, file photo, a giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant is draped around Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game in downtown Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Kobe Bryant's death leaves NBA players, others in shock

Jan. 26, 2020 10:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kobe Bryant authored some of his most memorable moments at Madison Square Garden and made himself a centerpiece of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry. Bryant was remembered for that and so much more Sunday after the five-time NBA champion, his teenage daughter and seven others were killed in a...

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots between Orlando Magic guards Evan Fournier (10) and Michael Carter-Williams (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

Leonard leads Clippers to win over Magic

Jan. 26, 2020 10:03 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers won a game nobody wanted to play. The tipoff was less than four hours after the Clippers and Orlando Magic learned of the death of former NBA great Kobe Bryant at the age of 41. "Sometimes the stage is the best place to get away from reality," observed Clippers...

Ohio State guard D.J. Carton, front left, shoots against Northwestern forward A.J. Turner during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Carton leads Ohio State past Northwestern 71-59

Jan. 26, 2020 9:56 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — D.J. Carton was disappointed with his play. He wanted to deliver for his teammates on slumping Ohio State. He felt much better after one impressive stretch on Sunday. Carton scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, helping the Buckeyes hold off lowly Northwestern for a sorely...

Nathan Morris, from left, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, of Boyz II Men‎, and Alicia Keys, second left, sing a tribute in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, seen on screen, at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show

Jan. 26, 2020 9:50 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the red carpet to the main stage, sadness loomed over music’s biggest night Sunday at the arena in downtown Los Angeles where Kobe Bryant played for 20 years for the city's NBA team. Bryant's death in a helicopter crash earlier in the day was acknowledged in the opening...

FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo a giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant is draped around Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)

Reaction to the death of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant

Jan. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EST

Reaction from the basketball world and beyond on the death of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter crash on Sunday: “Words can't describe the pain I am feeling. I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will...

People gather at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

The Latest: Mavericks pay tribute to Bryant by retiring 24

Jan. 26, 2020 9:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the death of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant (all times local): 6 p.m. The Dallas Mavericks are paying tribute to Kobe Bryant by permanently retiring his number 24. “Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24...

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) wears a No. 8 jersey honoring former NBA player Kobe Bryant prior to an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Atlanta. Bryant died in a California helicopter crash Sunday. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

Young scores 45 on emotional night, leads Hawks past Wizards

Jan. 26, 2020 9:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young had 45 points and 14 assists in an emotional game for the first-time All-Star, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 152-133 on Sunday night. Young looked up toward the rafters several times to honor Kobe Bryant, his mentor and favorite NBA star who died in a...