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76ers spoil Mitchell's Cavs debut

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid and James Harden were done with their preseason debuts long before Montrezl Harrell scored the go-ahead basket with 26 seconds left, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Cleveland 113-112 on Wednesday night in Donovan Mitchell's first game with the Cavaliers.

Embiid had 12 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes before taking a seat after halftime. Harden played 19 minutes and scored nine points, going 3 of 9 from the field but adding five assists.

Tyrese Maxey, who had 20 points in Monday's win over the Nets, continued his good start to the preseason, leading Philadelphia with 21 points in the first half. He went 9 of 11, making all three of his 3-pointers. Harrell, who signed a two-year contract with Philadelphia during the offseason, scored 13 points.


Wizards' Kispert to miss 4 to 6 weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) Corey Kispert is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a sprained left ankle, the Washington Wizards announced Wednesday.

Kispert stepped on an opponent's foot during Sunday's preseason game in Japan against the Golden State Warriors.


Wembanyama drops 37 on G League Ignite

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) Victor Wembanyama didn't wait long to make an impression.

The 7-foot-4 French phenomenon from the club Metropolitans 92 blocked shots at the rim and on the perimeter, got rebounds, ran the floor, set screens, scored on a nifty spin move, showed off his ability to dribble, dove for a loose ball and even played point guard on one possession.


Cavs' Mobley could miss season opener

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers starting forward Evan Mobley will miss time with a sprained right ankle suffered during practice, an injury that could sideline him for the start of the regular season in two weeks.

Mobley injured his ankle during a workout on Saturday. The team said Monday that an MRI confirmed the injury and that the 7-footer will be out "approximately 1-2 weeks."


Wolves ease Towns back in after illness

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has returned to the court for practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves, after a delayed start to training camp due to an unspecified illness that was serious enough to warrant hospitalization.

Towns took part in non-contact drills with the team on Monday. He will not play in Minnesota's first exhibition game on Tuesday at Miami, coach Chris Finch said.


Leonard, Murray among returning stars

NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons streaked behind the defense and caught a pass in transition that he dunked. About a minute later, he fired a cross-court pass to a Brooklyn Nets teammate for a 3-pointer.

Those were the types of plays the Philadelphia 76ers had seen many times before.


Heat give Herro 4-year, $130M extension

MIAMI (AP) Tyler Herro's future is secure, and the Miami Heat have him locked up for five years.

Herro signed a four-year contract extension with the Heat on Sunday. A person with knowledge of the details said the deal could be worth as much as $130 million - less than the maximum that Herro could have gotten, but a significant commitment from Miami nonetheless.


Celtics' Mazzulla wins preseason debut

BOSTON (AP) Not too many NBA first-timers get to take over a reigning conference champion and oddsmakers' favorite to win an NBA title.

Joe Mazzulla knows he's one of the lucky ones.


Nuggets sign GM Booth to extension

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets agreed to a multiyear contract extension with general manager Calvin Booth on Sunday.

Booth, 46, is in his sixth season with the franchise. He started in 2017 as an assistant general manager before being promoted to GM in 2020.


Grizzlies, C Adams sign multiyear deal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies gave center Steven Adams a multiyear contract extension Saturday after the center's strong first season with the team.

Adams averaged career highs of 10.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists to go with his 6.9 points per game in 76 games after being acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans. The 6-foot-11 native of New Zealand set a franchise record and led the NBA with 349 offensive rebounds, an average of 4.6 per game.

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