Teodosic injury puts a damper on Clippers' victory

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LOS ANGELES--In a season already full of too many health issues, the Los Angeles Clippers suffered yet another problem when guard Milos Teodosic sustained a left-foot injury late in the second quarter and did not return during his team's 130-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night at Staples Center.

Teodosic's X-rays for a broken ...Read more

Antetokounmpo scores career-high 44 in Bucks' 113-110 win over Trail Blazers

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MILWAUKEE -- Down the road, Saturday night may be remembered as the night Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo put up a career-high 44 points, though there's no reason to believe he won't eclipse that number at some point in the future.

But it was Antetokounmpo's defense that won the night in a 113-110 victory over the Portland Trail ...Read more

Lakers' Kuzma rebounds from slow debut

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LOS ANGELES--Lonzo Ball wasn't the only rookie who played better in his second game than his first.

After a blistering Summer League and preseason campaign, Kyle Kuzma struggled in his first regular season NBA game. While Kuzma finished Thursday's game with eight points on four-of-eight shooting, he was 1-of-5 through three quarters. Kuzma made...Read more

Red-hot Vucevic leads Magic over Cavs

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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers came out sluggish and never really recovered in an 114-93 blowout loss to the Orlando Magic Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Playing the second game of a back-to-back for the first time this season, the Cavs lumbered through an ice-cold first quarter and never truly challenged the Magic again. The Cavs...Read more

Warriors plagued with frustration in 111-101 loss to Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Warriors entered the 2017-18 season trying to maintain championship habits. Instead, they have become saddled with issues that usually stunt rebuilding teams.

The Warriors have struggled to defend without fouling. Their shooting consistency has gone array. Their bench has not established a consistent identity.

And as a ...Read more

Behind Tobias Harris, Pistons rally to slip by Knicks

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NEW YORK -- The Detroit Pistons continued their early season push for status in NBA League Pass rankings.

A night after a nail-biting loss at Washington, the Pistons trailed by 21 points in the second quarter Saturday night before roaring back for a thrilling 111-107 victory over the New York Knicks.

Tobias Harris scored a team-high 31 points ...Read more

Bulls drop home opener to Spurs, 87-77

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CHICAGO -- On the night Bulls forward Bobby Portis publicly apologized to Nikola Mirotic, Lauri Markkanen posted his first double-double in his second NBA start.

Portis' eight-game suspension for concussing Mirotic and breaking two bones in Mirotic's face with a punch has sidelined both players, handing Markkanen the future now.

Development, ...Read more

Sixers drop to 0-3 after lopsided defeat to Raptors

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TORONTO -- The 76ers are three games into one of their most anticipated seasons. Yet so far, the only differences from the previous campaigns are a few new faces donning the uniform.

The Sixers still turn the ball over at a high rate, shoot a bunch of 3-pointers, struggle to defend and have an injured first-round pick. And also like last season...Read more

Heat, without Whiteside, hold off Pacers

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MIAMI--The Miami Heat looked more like itself Saturday night even without Hassan Whiteside.

Even with their starting center sidelined with a bone bruise in his left knee, the Heat did enough to hold off the Indiana Pacers 112-108 to pick up its first win of the season.

Although the Heat gave up triple digits in points for the second ...Read more

Cavs' Calderon starts at point guard with Rose out with sprained ankle

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CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers still have work to do to find a comfort zone regarding their new-look rotation and offensive and defensive sets, which hasn't been made easier by injuries and disruptions.

Already, though, the Cavs and coach Tyronn Lue have had to adjust their course beyond waiting for injured point guard Isaiah Thomas to return. ...Read more

Ball's second act is superb in Lakers' win over Suns

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LOS ANGELES--Lonzo Ball drove down the baseline and made a layup that put his team up by eight points late in the fourth quarter over the Phoenix Suns. Play stopped for a time out with 1:35 left in the game and his teammates rushed over to him, jumping and grinning, delighted at what he'd done.

Only one person wasn't smiling or leaping. Ball ...Read more

Warriors shake off sluggish start to shoot past Pelicans

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NEW ORLEANS -- As the Golden State Warriors strived for further excellence on a team supposedly with few weaknesses, coach Steve Kerr repeated endlessly about his players' need to play with an edge.

The Warriors lacked one problem, though. They initially lacked the edge to exhibit any kind of defensive discipline. Instead, the Warriors played ...Read more

Cavs pull away from Bucks for 116-97 victory

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks have a young, up-and-coming team featuring one of the most unique talents in the league in Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has dominated the national headlines all week. The Bucks believe they have the pieces in place to compete with the best teams in the Eastern Conference this season.

Friday's home opener showed ...Read more

Bucks re-create Robert Indiana's colorful MECCA floor for one game

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks have re-created the Robert Indiana-designed basketball floor for their "Return to the MECCA" game Thursday.

Dubbed the "floor that made Milwaukee famous," the colorful court will be used for one game -- the Bucks game against the Boston Celtics Oct. 26. ESPN first reported on the floor project.

The game is ...Read more

Crawford's big fourth quarter sends Timberwolves past Jazz for first victory of season

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau told you there'd be nights like this.

Friday's home-opening, tense 100-97 victory over Utah in both Ricky Rubio's return to Target Center and the arena's return itself after an extensive remodel proved Thibs right.

Thibodeau said 18-year NBA veteran Jamal Crawford still could win games all by ...Read more

Embiid, Sixers feel the moment, but come up short in home-opening loss

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PHILADELPHIA -- Fans of the 76ers might want to stop trusting the process. The team will tell you it's on to the next stage of rebuilding.

This season, the Sixers' slogan is "Welcome To The Moment."

And, oh, it was nearly a memorable moment Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Fans were tailgating in the parking lot four hours before the ...Read more

Pistons can't complete comeback, fall to Wizards

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WASHINGTON -- The Detroit Pistons just might make the list of must-watch teams on NBA League Pass.

Trailing the Washington Wizards by 15 points midway through the fourth quarter and Andre Drummond on the Pistons bench with six fouls, the Pistons looked dead Friday night.

But Reggie Jackson keyed a 21-4 run as the Pistons took a two-point lead ...Read more

Mavs giving Devin Harris all the time he needs after death of brother

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DALLAS -- Mavericks guard Devin Harris is likely to miss multiple games while dealing with the death of his brother. The Mavericks were down two regulars for Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings. Rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. was a late scratch because of a sore left knee.

Bruce Harris, 38, died from injuries after a wreck on North ...Read more

Hornets come back from 20 down to beat Hawks

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The turnover troubles aren't over for the Charlotte Hornets, but that didn't stop them from beating the Atlanta Hawks.

Despite committing 15 turnovers in the first half alone, the Hornets overcame a 20-point deficit for a 109-91 victory in the home opener at Spectrum Center. The Hornets evened their record at 1-1 primarily on...Read more

Bulls' Portis returned to practice, but road to recovery remains long

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CHICAGO -- Both Justin Holiday and Fred Hoiberg said Bobby Portis practiced Friday with the same work ethic and spirit that the third-year forward typically brings to the Bulls.

But, really, nothing about the Bulls' preparations for Saturday's home opener against the Spurs was normal.

Not with Portis still suspended for seven more games for ...Read more