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Warriors visit Thunder seeking 4-0 start

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Stephen Curry was one of the biggest proponents of the Golden State Warriors filling the 15th spot on their roster.

Just three games into the season, veteran guard Gary Payton II got the chance to show his value when Andre Iguodala missed Sunday night's game against Sacramento with a sore left hip.

"One thousand percent," Curry said when asked if Payton's 17-minute, 10-point performance in the 119-107 win over the Kings showed the value of filling that spot.


Bulls open 4-0 for first time since 1996

TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan took control in the fourth quarter, something he's done plenty of times in Toronto.

DeRozan scored 26 points against his former team, including 11 in the final period, Zach LaVine had 22 points and the Chicago Bulls opened a season with four straight wins for the first time since 1996-97, holding off the Toronto Raptors 111-108 on Monday night.


Tatum has 41 as Celts beat Hornets in OT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jayson Tatum scored a season-high 41 points, Jaylen Brown added 30, including an emphatic dunk in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat Charlotte 140-129 on Monday night, handing the Hornets their first loss of the season.

Dennis Schroder had nine of his 23 points in overtime, and Robert Williams added 12 points and 16 rebounds in a game that featured 28 lead changes.


Clippers rout Blazers to earn first win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Luke Kennard scored 23 points, tying his career high with six 3-pointers, and Los Angeles ran away early to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-86 for the Clippers' first win of the season on Monday night.

"If I make two or three in a row, I'm really looking to be aggressive the next shot or two," Kennard said. "Guys were looking for me, especially in the transition. That's where I try to sneak around the defense."


Nets ride fast start to defeat Wizards

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant scored 25 points and the Brooklyn Nets bounced back from a poor finish a day earlier with a blistering start that sent them to a 104-90 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Patty Mills made five 3-pointers and added 21 points off the bench, while James Harden finished with 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds.


Short-handed Bucks pull away from Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo went into attack mode with the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks playing short-handed Monday night.

He carried them to another victory.


Love, Allen lift Cavaliers over Nuggets

DENVER (AP) The tempers briefly flared between feisty guards Ricky Rubio and Facundo Campazzo as both got in each other's face late in the third quarter.

Nothing happened besides a stare down. All it did was help ignite Cleveland's big win.


Butler scores 36 as Heat get past Magic

MIAMI (AP) Jimmy Butler kept getting to the rim, and predictably, scoring suddenly became pretty easy.

Butler scored 36 points on 15-for-21 shooting, Bam Adebayo added 16 points and 13 rebounds and the Miami Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Orlando Magic 107-90 on Monday night.


Young, Collins power Hawks by Pistons

ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young had 32 points and nine assists, John Collins scored 22 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 122-104 on Monday night.

The Hawks have won 24 of their last 30 home games, including playoff games, dating to Feb. 21.


Pelicans top Timberwolves for first win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Brandon Ingram scored 27 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a season-opening three-game losing streak with a 107-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Devonte' Graham added 21 points for New Orleans, which was again without injured star Zion Williamson. Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 17 points for the Pelicans, who had a 21-point lead trimmed to four points late in the third quarter.

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