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NBA Roundup: The Game's Afoot

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Notes from Monday's games in the National Basketball Association ...

Eeeee! Panic In The Streets! Kobe Injured! Actually it is kind of sad; just when he got things rolling, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant sprained his ankle during a 101-87 win over the Pacers. Bryant scored 21 points before the injury early in the third quarter and is listed as day-to-day with a "moderate sprain" of his right ankle. "It should be a lot worse, the way I came down on it,'' Bryant said. "I'm happy that I feel the way I feel right now. I don't know about Wednesday.'' The Lakers return to action Wednesday night against the NOOCH. Further details over at Lakers Blog, where Andrew and/or Brian Kamenetzky favor us with the line: "To say the least, this was something of a herky jerky, disjointed affair, with less flow on display than a Kevin Federline boxed set."


Arenas Of The Incredible. Gilbert Arenas had 38 points and eight assists as the Wizards fulfilled an ancient prophecy by breaking the Maverick's 12-game winning streak with a 106-97 victory. This was also foretold by Wizznutzz, which kind of went crazy with the Gilbert Photoshop on Saturday.

999 Wins On The Wall, 999 Wins. Come on, give it up for Jerry Sloan, who is poised for four-digit status in career wins. The Jazz held Michael Redd to two points in the second half (18 for the game) in a 101-88 win over the Bucks; Sloan's 999th career win.

Manu Will Rock You (Eventually). Manu Ginobili returned to the Spurs after a four-game absence (back spasms), but they didn't really need him. He scored six points over 16 minutes as San Antonio laid down a Golden State beatdown, 129-89. The Spurs had a season high 37 assists.

Garden Party. Eddy Curry scored 26 points to lead the Knicks over the Grizzlies 98-90 — their second home victory of the season, before a little more than 15,000 fans. (Note: By "15,000," the Knicks public address system meant "around 10,000."

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