Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points in three quarters against his childhood team, joining some rarified company in the process.,Kuzma had 22 points in the third quarter, hitting four 3-pointers to get the crowd on its feet and scoring on consecutive goaltending calls.,Detroit's Blake Griffin, averaging a career-high 25.3 points per game, was held to 16.,Ball hit a 3-pointer and Kuzma had five points before James came on the court to cheer his teammates during a timeout.,Lakers: James (left groin strain) is set to be re-evaluated Friday and won't travel with the team for its game in Utah.

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In a week filled with debuts and surprises, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry led the way with a custom hand-painted edition of his latest Under Armour sneaker -- a joking nod to his "moon landing" controversy weeks ago.,Join on Facebook » read more

Most teams would be reeling after losing four games in a row to fall below .500 for the first time in five weeks, but somehow, it still feels like the Kings are on the rise as they enter another pivotal portion of their schedule.,The Kings fought the two-time defending-champion Golden State Warriors to the end for the third time this season before falling 127-123 in a wildly entertaining game Saturday night at Golden 1 Center.,Sacramento’s last three losses came against three of the top seven teams in the Western Conference.,That stretch included eight games against teams currently in the top eight, including two against the Warriors, two against the Los Angeles Lakers and one against the Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers.,The Kings will play their next eight games against six teams with a combined record of 137-168, five of them against an opponent on the second night of a back-to-back.

Gortat had not played in the fourth quarter in the first 36 games of the season until the calendar turned, and he responded with his first double-double of the season when the Clippers extended their dominance of the Phoenix Suns with a 121-111 victory Friday night.,Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams scored 21 points apiece and four other Clippers finished in double figures as they won their third straight against the Suns this season and their 11th straight in the series.,Suns center Deandre Ayton had four points, tying a season low set in the first game against the Clippers on Nov. 28.,They entered the game averaging a league-high 52.4 Williams and Harrell have not started a game this season, and Beverley flip-flopped with Avery Bradley on Nov. 20.,All average at least 25 minutes a game, and Williams (18.2) and Harrell (15.7) are the Clippers' third- and fourth-leading scorers.

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The latest addition to the M Restaurant Group in Durham came to life with the opening of M Tempura located in the former downtown Scratch Bakery location at 111 Orange Street.,Tarbouch on Creedmoor Road in Raleigh; Menchie’s at Sutton Square; Calavera Empanadas and Tequilla in downtown Raleigh; Positalia Italian Eatery in Brier Creek; Applebee’s at the corner of Gorman and Hillsborough Street in Raleigh; Standard Foods in downtown Raleigh; Mr. Sticky Buns food truck up on Capital Blvd.; Baskins-Robbins ice cream shop in Cameron Village; Freshii on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh; Kimbap in Raleigh’s Seaboard Station; the final Z Pizza location in downtown Raleigh; O’Charley’s location in Raleigh’s Brier Creek; Toppers Pizza location on Ronald Drive in Raleigh; Sugarland Bakery’s Cameron Village location; Phat Chicken on Martin Street; TLC Wings that had moved into the former Applebee’s location on Hillsborough Street; Raleigh Raw at Morgan Street Food Hall; Noodles & Company in Cameron Village; Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria on Hillsborough Street; Oak & Dagger Public House at Seaboard Station; Chick-fil-A in downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street; Bedford Bistro in north Raleigh; 888 Chinese Take Out on Creedmoor Road in the Stonehenge Shopping Center.,Tossed location in Morrisville; Bob Evans on Walnut Street in Cary; Uncle Maddio’s in Parkside Town Commons; Tijuana Flats in Cary’s Bradford Shops; Cary location of Little Caesar’s; German Grille in Cary; TGI Fridays in Cary on Kildaire & Tryon; Newk’s Eatery in Cary; Cantina 225 in Apex; Rookies Sports Bar in Apex; Lee’s Garden Chinese Restaurant in Apex; Macaroni Grill in Cary; Giardino Gourmet Salads in Cary; Smok’t BBQ & Tap in Cary’s Cornerstone Village; West Park Tavern in Cary; Gigi’s Cupcakes in Cary’s Waverly Place; Cary Towne Kitchen & Bar at 2002 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary; Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro at The Shoppes of Kildaire in Cary; The Original NY Pizza location at High House Crossing in Cary.,Amante Pizza in the Hope Valley Shopping Center; Scratch, “Baby” Scratch & The Lakewood; Finch’s after moving to Durham; Spice and Curry, near the intersection of Highways 54 and 55 in Durham; Satisfaction Restaurant & Bar near Brightleaf Square; Ninth Street’s The Pie Hole; After 26 years, Scott Howell’s Nana’s; Maybelle’s in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus; Basan, part of the Eschelon Experiences restaurant group; The Cupcake Bar in downtown Durham; Vegan Flava Cafe in Durham by Northgate Mall; Cure Deli in Durham.,Spanky’s, after a 40 year run (replaced by Lula’s); R&R Grill also on Franklin Street; Noodles & Company on Franklin Street; Smoothie King on Franklin Street; Toppers Pizza on Franklin Street; Sugarland Bakery on Franklin Street; Living Kitchen on Chapel Hill’s Elliott Road; Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough; The Shoppe Bar and Meatball Kitchen in Carrboro; Raaga in Chapel HIll at East 54; Allen & Son BBQ between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough (Chatham County location still open!)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James' 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors.,Kuzma contributed 19 points with a pretty baseline 3 late, Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo 15 points and 10 assists off the bench as the Lakers snapped an 11-game losing streak on the Warriors' home floor since a 118-115 overtime win Dec. 22, 2012.,HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 41 points and the Rockets beat the Thunder for their seventh win in the last eight games.,Harden has scored 30 points or more in a career-high seven games in a row, marking the first time a player has done that since Russell Westbrook had eight consecutive 30-point games in November 2016.,Joe Ingles chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for the Jazz (17-18), who won for the fifth time in their last six home games while shooting 55 percent from the floor.

LeBron James prides himself in his durability, being available night after night, game after grueling game.,The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James' 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors.,Stephen Curry made consecutive 3s shortly after James exited, and the Warriors got within 78-76 at the 2:48 mark of the third — but Kyle Kuzma and the persistent Lakers stayed at it every possession.,It was James' second straight Christmas game at Oracle Arena after playing here with the Cavaliers last year and losing 99-92.,Walton — a former Warriors top assistant and dear friend of Steve Kerr — got some time with his Hall of Fame dad, Bill, before the game and a few moments to catch up with Curry and share holiday greetings in the hallway after the two-time MVP's warmup routine.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James' 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors.James grabbed at his left groin area with 7:51 left in the third after slipping under the Warriors' basket while trying for a loose ball.,He tried to stretch it out, awkwardly walked toward the Lakers bench trying to loosen up before leaving on his own though gingerly out the tunnel for the locker room.Stephen Curry made consecutive 3s shortly after James exited, and the Warriors got within 78-76 at the 2:48 mark of the third - but Kyle Kuzma and the persistent Lakers stayed at it every possession.,Curry wound up with 15 points but the home fans had seen enough well before the final buzzer and headed out for the rest of Christmas.Kuzma contributed 19 points with a pretty baseline 3 late, Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo 15 points and 10 assists off the bench as the Lakers snapped an 11-game losing streak on the Warriors' home floor since a 118-115 overtime win Dec. 22, 2012.,Lakers coach Luke Walton - a former Warriors top assistant and dear friend of Steve Kerr - got some time with his Hall of Fame dad, Bill, before the game and a few moments to catch up with Curry and share holiday greetings in the hallway after the two-time MVP's warmup routine.Kevin Durant, playing on a tender left ankle, had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.,Andre Iguodala came off the bench and made his initial five shots and 7 of 9 by halftime on the way to a season-high 23 points while also handling some of the load defending James.Golden State shot just 9 for 36 from deep, Curry going 2 of 8 and Durant 3 for 8.

Steph Curry, Tom Brady, Cam Newton and Bryce Harper all wear the UAA logo, but that star-power wasn’t able to prevent company sales from declining 12% in Q3 ’17; nor has it helped to attract teens to the brand.,Fan Marino: Adidas CEO attributes Mark King attributes UAA’s lack of success capitalizing on endorsement deals to the “milquetoast” personalities of their athletes (i.e. Brady, Spieth); while pointing out that ADDYY athletes “Carlos Correa and James Harden have personality”.,Papa John’s Blames NFL for “Polarizing Customer”, Pizza Hut Says NFL Has No Impact on Business

Papa John’s Pizza slashed full-year revenue and profit forecasts and blamed same store sales missing analyst estimates, on the company’s association with the NFL.,Kohl’s (KSS) is said to be working with the league on a holiday ad campaign, Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) recently went on the record stating that they do not anticipate any decline in key sales figures because of their relationship with the NFL and Pizza Hut (YUM) CEO Greg Creed said the company isn’t seeing any impact on their business.,Howie Long Short: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) reported a Q3 record with $1.9 billion in revenue generated (+17% YOY) and the company raised full-year revenue guidance from $6.4 billion to $6.68 billion ($2.08/share); crediting the growth to the success of September’s Destiny 2 launch and the King mobile games division (i.e. Candy Crush Saga), which reported growth for the first time since Q1 ‘16. read more

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Athletes may be at increased risk, according to research by Lynette Hughes and Gerard Leavey of the Northern Ireland Association of Mental Health, who found that factors such as injuries, competitive failure and overtraining can lead to psychological distress., Wilbert Leonard, a sociology professor at Illinois State, says he thinks consciousness in the broader world can be raised by prominent voices from the sports world — like Phelps, West and Marshall — and perhaps begin to chip away the societal stigma too often attached to mental illness., Mardy Fish 'It's OK to not be OK' read more