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Bulls suspend Portis 8 games for fight

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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.

Paxson acknowledged fault on both sides while calling the incident "inexcusable." He also called Portis "a good kid" who "made a mistake."

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Celtics: No timetable for Hayward return

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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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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Warriors' Green has MRI on strained knee

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors forward Draymond Green underwent an MRI exam on his strained left knee and his status for an upcoming road trip is unclear.

Golden State expected to release results of the test Wednesday or early Thursday prior to departing for a game Friday at New Orleans.

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Giannis has 37, Bucks drop Celts to 0-2

BOSTON (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo dribbled into the paint, spun to his left and found his path to the basket blocked by Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.

Instead, the Greek Freak fed the ball to Matthew Dellavedova beyond the arc for the 3-pointer that helped seal Milwaukee's 108-100 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Bucks' season opener on Wednesday night.

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Wizards spoil Simmons, Fultz debuts

WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal threw the best lob of his life to John Wall, and the Washington star finished the alley-oop that the longtime teammates are accustomed to making.

The experienced Wizards made the plays to beat the young Philadelphia 76ers 120-115 on Wednesday night in the season opener for each team. The NBA debuts of Sixers top picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz took a back seat to Wall and Beal getting the job done despite not having their best shooting performances.

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Blazers win by 48, Suns' worst loss ever

PHOENIX (AP) If the Phoenix Suns were a Broadway show, they'd close for good after opening night.

The Suns weren't just bad in their 124-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in their season opener on Wednesday night. They were historically awful.

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Aldridge, Spurs hold off revamped Wolves

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge was unhappy with the Spurs the past two seasons and Gregg Popovich understood why.

Their heart-to-heart talk has made basketball life much easier for Aldridge, and his comfort was apparent in the season opener.

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Conley scores 27, Grizzlies top Pelicans

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Mike Conley is expected to be a scoring leader for Memphis. Seems like he might get some help from rookie Dillon Brooks.

Conley scored 27 points, Brooks added 19 and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 103-91 in their season opener on Wednesday night.

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Gobert, Burks spark Jazz past Nuggets

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Alec Burks showed glimpses during the preseason, and on opening night delivered more proof that the athletic player that used to score points in droves is back.

Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Burks had 16 and the Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 106-96 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.

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