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Lakers get chance for revenge vs. Suns

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The Phoenix Suns draw a second consecutive opponent with a revenge motivation when they and the host Los Angeles Lakers seek their first victory of the season Friday night.

The Suns took advantage of an Anthony Davis injury to eliminate the defending-champion Lakers 4-2 in the first round of last season's playoffs in June.

The clincher in Game 6 of the best-of-seven came on the Lakers' home floor when Devin Booker bombed in 47 points in a 113-100 Phoenix victory.


76ers, Nets meet amid plenty of drama

The Philadelphia 76ers opened the regular season with a resounding 117-97 victory on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans.

But the majority of the questions continue to be about Ben Simmons, who was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.


Curry has 45, 8 3s, Warriors edge Clips

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry raised his arms, waved to acknowledge the adoring fans as shot after shot dropped through the net and screamed in celebration - no trash about it.

Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.8 seconds remaining to follow up a 30-footer less than a minute earlier, and he relished every bit of his 45-point home opener that lifted the Golden State Warriors over the Los Angeles Clippers 115-113 on Thursday night.


Kanter remarks spur Celts China blackout

Chinese broadcaster and NBA partner Tencent is not showing current or archived Boston Celtics games on its platforms, in apparent response to comments that Celtics center Enes Kanter made to advocate Tibetan independence.

Kanter, as part of a series of social media posts, also called Chinese President Xi Jinping a "dictator." Kanter did not play in Boston's season-opening 138-134 loss to New York on Wednesday night. The game that was not shown on the streaming services that typically broadcast most NBA games to millions in China.


Herro scores 27 points, Heat stomp Bucks

MIAMI (AP) Only one thing went wrong for the Miami Heat on Thursday night. Udonis Haslem voted no.

The rest went as well as anyone could have expected.


Young, Hawks open season by routing Mavs

ATLANTA (AP) Beginning a season of high expectations, the Atlanta Hawks showed they're far more than Trae Young.

He's their unquestioned leader, of course, but a 113-87 rout of the Dallas Mavericks displayed Atlanta's impressive depth.


Knicks outlast Celtics in 2OT thriller

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks never could contain Jaylen Brown and on the last play of regulation completely lost track of Marcus Smart.

More mistakes than they'd like, but not enough to ruin their season opener.


Morant has 37 as Grizzlies hold off Cavs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Ja Morant had 37 points and six assists, De'Anthony Melton added 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the fourth for a 132-121 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night in the opener for both teams.

Morant and Melton combined for 14 points down the stretch as the Cavaliers pulled within a point on a couple of occasions but could never overtake Memphis. Desmond Bane added 22 points for Memphis.


Kings spoil Billups' Blazers debut

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Sacramento Kings will be in a good place this season if Harrison Barnes can consistently shoot like he did in the season opener.

Barnes scored 36 points, including a career-high eight 3-pointers, and the Kings spoiled Chauncey Billups debut as Portland's head coach with a 124-121 victory over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.


LaVine scores 34 as Bulls get by Pistons

DETROIT (AP) Zach LaVine can still score in bunches when needed.

LaVine scored 15 of his 34 points in the third quarter to spark sluggish Chicago, leading the Bulls to a 94-88 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night in the opener for both teams.

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