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VanVleet scores career-high 34, Raptors top Pelicans 130-122

Oct. 23, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors slipped on shiny new rings, unfurled a championship banner, then got their title defense started with a hard-fought victory. Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 34 points, Pascal Siakam fouled out with 34 points and 18 rebounds, and the defending champion Raptors beat the...

Raptors receive NBA's biggest championship rings ever

Oct. 22, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors received the biggest championship rings in NBA history and unfurled a banner celebrating their victory in a ceremony before their season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was on hand Tuesday night to honor the Raptors, who won the first...

Hornets' Borrego still not ready to name entire starting 5

Oct. 22, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets coach James Borrego still isn't ready to name his entire starting five on the eve of the regular-season opener. The second-year coach says point guard Terry Rozier and center Cody Zeller will start Wednesday night when the Hornets host the Chicago Bulls. However, he isn't...

10 storylines to follow in the 2019-20 NBA season

Oct. 22, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

The NBA season starts Tuesday night, and here are 10 storylines to follow for the 2019-20 campaign: ___ NO. 2 IN 3'S Golden State's Stephen Curry is about to become No. 2 on the league's all-time 3-pointers made list. Curry enters this season with 2,483 made 3-pointers, leaving him 78 away from passing Reggie...

Sacramento Kings give guard Buddy Hield contract extension

Oct. 21, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Fourth-year guard Buddy Hield has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Sacramento Kings. The team didn't provide details of the contract in announcing Hield's extension Monday and planned a news conference for Tuesday. The Kings open the season Wednesday at Phoenix....

Pelicans' Zion Williamson out 6-8 weeks after knee scope

Oct. 21, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson will miss the start of the season after the No. 1 overall draft pick by the New Orleans Pelicans had right knee surgery, sidelining the hyped rookie for nearly two months. Williamson had his torn right lateral meniscus repaired on Monday. The club says his recovery will...

GM Kupchak: Hornets won't build through free agency

Oct. 21, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mitch Kupchak doesn't see the Charlotte Hornets being major players in free agency as they attempt to build a winning franchise in the post-Kemba Walker era — at least not right away. Instead, the second-year general manager said Monday he anticipates the Hornets will...

Williamson to miss final preseason game with sore right knee

Oct. 17, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson won't play in New York in the New Orleans Pelicans' final preseason game because of a sore right knee. The Pelicans said Thursday that the No. 1 pick didn't travel with the team to New York, remaining in New Orleans to undergo further testing and evaluation at Ochsner Sports...

Michael Jordan opens first of 2 medical clinics in Charlotte

Oct. 17, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An emotional Michael Jordan unveiled the first of two medical clinics he and his family funded to provide care to underprivileged members of the community. The six-time NBA champion and Hornets owner was on hand Thursday for the grand opening of the $7 million Novant Health Michael...

Barrett falls vs Duke teammate Reddish, and Zion is next

Oct. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — RJ Barrett kept misfiring, a rough start to his college reunion week at Madison Square Garden. Barrett did plenty of things well but not shooting, going 4 for 14 on Wednesday night in the New York Knicks' 100-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Old teammate Cam Reddish left with a victory, but...