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OKC rips Knicks as Anthony, George debut

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Much has changed about the Thunder. One thing hasn't - Russell Westbrook still gets triple-doubles.

The reigning MVP had 21 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma City beat the New York Knicks 105-84 on Thursday night in their first regular-season game with All-Star additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony liked watching Westbrook's dynamic play from a new perspective.

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Clippers roll by Lakers in Ball's debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) Patrick Beverley crowded chest-to-chest with Lonzo Ball before an inbounds pass in the first quarter while they were 94 feet from the basket. Moments later at midcourt, Beverley emphatically fouled the Lakers' rookie point guard and watched him fall.

Ball still might turn out to be Los Angeles' basketball star of the future, even after his awfully quiet NBA debut.

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Nets' Lin expected to be out for season

NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the season after rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee.

Lin was hurt midway through the fourth quarter of the Nets' 140-131 loss Wednesday night in the season opener at Indiana. He landed hard behind the baseline after a drive and was in tears as he clutched at his knee.

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Agent: Hayward's season likely over

BOSTON (AP) Celtics fans lined up to sign a banner urging Gordon Hayward to "come back stronger than ever." One player wrote his injured teammate's initials on his shoe. The crowd that bought tickets to see him make his Boston debut chanted his name.

A few miles away, Hayward was being wheeled into surgery to repair the ankle he mangled in the season opener.

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Warriors' Green has no structural damage

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green has no structural damage in his injured left knee but is still doubtful to play in the Golden State Warriors' next game.

The Warriors released the results of the MRI on Thursday and said Green traveled with the team for its current three-game road trip. Golden State plays Friday night at New Orleans.

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Valanciunas, Miles lead Raptors by Bulls

TORONTO (AP) Newcomer C.J. Miles got Toronto's bid to become a better 3-point shooting team off to a successful start.

Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Miles scored 22 points in his Toronto debut and the Raptors beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 117-101 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

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Brother of Mavs G Harris killed in crash

DALLAS (AP) The brother of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris was fatally injured in an early morning crash on a Dallas expressway.

A Dallas police statement says 38-year-old Bruce Harris died Thursday afternoon of injuries from the 1:40 a.m. Thursday crash on U.S. 75 just north of Loop 12 in North Dallas. Officer Tamika Dameron, a police spokeswoman, said Harris and another man were in a disabled vehicle when it was slammed from behind and set on fire by a car with two 23-year-old men.

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Blazers sign G Baldwin to 2-way contract

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Wade Baldwin to a two-way contract.

Baldwin was the 17th overall pick in the 2016 draft by Memphis. The former Vanderbilt player averaged 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 28.2 minutes in 33 games with the Grizzlies, including one start. He also played with the then-D-League's Iowa Energy.

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Bulls suspend Portis 8 games for fight

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls suspended forward Bobby Portis for the first eight games of the season Wednesday for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.

Mirotic suffered broken bones in his face as well as a concussion on Tuesday and will likely need surgery. Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said Mirotic is expected to miss four to six weeks, and that he needs to clear the concussion protocol before the facial injuries can be resolved.

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Rockets beat Kings without injured Paul

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Just imagine what these Houston Rockets might look like months from now, when James Harden has a healthy Chris Paul alongside him in the backcourt and Mike D'Antoni's rotations become more consistent.

Beginning the season with a tough back-to-back in Northern California hardly made for an easy start, and Houston is an impressive 2-0.

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