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Ball has 29-11-9, Lakers hold off Suns

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PHOENIX (AP) In his second NBA game, Lonzo Ball earned his first victory and almost got a triple-double to boot.

Ball, the No. 2 overall draft pick who doesn't turn 20 until next Friday, had 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Los Angeles Lakers' 132-130 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

"The last game I shot six shots," he said. "That didn't work out so well. Figured I'd try something else."


Celtics surge by 76ers for first win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Boston had an opening week it would love to do over: Gordon Hayward, its prized free-agent signing, was lost to a gruesome injury, and the Celtics lost their first two games.

On the ropes against a 76ers team looking to prove "The Process" is more than a catchphrase, Kyrie Irving gave a glimpse why he may be the man in Boston that he so longed to be in Cleveland.


Thompson, Curry help Warriors rebound

NEW ORLEANS (AP) As quickly as Golden State's Klay Thompson pulled up for his seventh 3-pointer of the night, the Pelicans' packed, home-opening crowd stopped chanting, "Defense," and started looking for the nearest exits.

Thompson scored 31 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Golden State Warriors easily erased a 15-point first-half deficit en route to a 128-120 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.


James, Korver shoot Cavs past Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) LeBron James and Kevin Love took care of the paint. Once Kyle Korver got going from 3-point range, the Cleveland Cavaliers became nearly unstoppable.

James had 24 points and eight assists, Korver hit three straight 3s during a decisive third-quarter run and the Cavaliers beat the Bucks 116-97 on Friday night to spoil Milwaukee's home opener


Wolves sink Jazz, spoil Rubio's return

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jamal Crawford couldn't even see the basket when he let the game-winning shot fly. Eighteen years in the league told him exactly where it was going.

Crawford scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter and hit a 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds to go that helped the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off the Utah Jazz 100-97 in their home opener on Friday night.


Wall keys Wizards' wild win over Pistons

WASHINGTON (AP) Frustrated with their defensive effort for much of Friday night, the Washington Wizards made the key stops late.

Otto Porter had a crucial strip of Avery Bradley, John Wall blocked Reggie Jackson's potential tying runner, and the Wizards emerged with a 115-111 victory over the Detroit Pistons.


76ers to hold out Embiid Saturday

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has not been cleared to play back-to-back games and will not play Saturday at Toronto.

Embiid had 11 points and 14 rebounds in 28 minutes for the Sixers in their 102-92 loss to Boston on Friday night. He missed all six 3-point attempts.


Ex-Hawk Howard helps Hornets top Atlanta

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dwight Howard couldn't suppress a wide smile when asked if he gained any personal satisfaction from his performance Friday night against his former Atlanta teammates.

"Uh, yeah," Howard said with a laugh. "I just wanted to go out there and dominate - and that has to be my mentality every night."


McCollum's 28 lead Blazers by Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) If the first two games are any indication of the type of team the Portland Trail Blazers will be in 2017-18, they've put the rest of the NBA on notice.

Starting its season on the road, Portland has blown out its first two opponents by a combined 68 points, including Friday night's easy win over the Indiana Pacers.


Ex-WNBA coach Boucek joins Kings' staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Former WNBA coach and player Jenny Boucek has joined the Sacramento Kings staff as an assistant player development coach.

The Kings announced Friday that the ex-Seattle Storm coach was now on Dave Joerger's staff, returning to Sacramento where she coached the defunct Sacramento Monarchs from 2007-09. Boucek most recently coached the Storm for three seasons from 2015-17.

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