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Welcome, rooks: Ayton, Bamba, Trier sparkle in NBA debuts

Oct. 18, 2018 8:35 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mo Bamba heard his name over Orlando's public address system for the first time during introductions, and waved his arms to the crowd asking for their cheers. Then the game started. He didn't have to solicit noise anymore. Welcome to the NBA, rookie class of 2018-19. There were 31...

Nuggets rally in fourth to defeat Clippers in opener, 107-98

Oct. 18, 2018 2:43 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A huge reason why the Denver Nuggets missed the playoffs by one game last season was their road record. The Nuggets opened the new season on Wednesday by taking care of business away from home as they rallied in the fourth quarter and defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 107-98. "That's...

Booker's late onslaught lifts Suns past Mavs 121-100

Oct. 18, 2018 2:13 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the talk going into the Dallas-Phoenix season opener centered on rookies Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic. But it was Devin Booker's show, providing impressive evidence why the Suns thought him worth that five-year, $158 million deal. Booker scored 19 of his 35 points in the final 6:44...

Mitchell comes up big late as Jazz top Kings 123-117

Oct. 18, 2018 1:54 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Donovan Mitchell wasn't happy with Utah's sporadic defense and neither was coach Quin Snyder. Good thing the Jazz had plenty of scoring options to make up for it. Mitchell scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Utah overcame an uneven performance on both ends of the...

DeRozan leads Spurs past Wolves 112-108; Butler scores 23

Oct. 18, 2018 12:55 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan responded to a trade he didn't want with his usual boundless energy and fearless style in the fourth quarter for San Antonio. Jimmy Butler hasn't received a trade he's requested, and turned in a similar performance for Minnesota. DeRozan had 28 points in his San Antonio...

Newcomer Leonard scores 24 as Raptors beat Cavaliers 116-104

Oct. 17, 2018 11:52 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard helped the Toronto Raptors extend their success in season-opening games. Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in his Toronto debut, Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and the Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 on Wednesday night, extending their streak of opening-night...

Davis, Mirotic lead Pelicans past Rockets 131-112

Oct. 17, 2018 11:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Anthony Davis couldn't help but notice James Harden's freshly minted MVP trophy sitting at midcourt before a ceremony during warmups on Wednesday night. After Harden hoisted the trophy for the first time before the Toyota Center home crowd and received a few MVP chants throughout the night,...

Bamba, Gordon lead Magic over Heat 104-101

Oct. 17, 2018 11:38 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mohamed Bamba made a big impact in his first NBA game. Orlando's 7-foot rookie dunked twice and blocked a shot during a 9-0 fourth quarter run, and the Magic held on for a 104-101 win over the Miami Heat in the season opener for both teams Wednesday night. "I was so nervous going out...

Antetokounmpo, Bucks hold off Hornets 'small ball' 113-112

Oct. 17, 2018 11:22 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Parker said he'd never seen anything like it in his 18 seasons in the NBA. The Charlotte Hornets went small ball — like really, really small ball —during a stretch to start the fourth quarter and nearly overcame a 20-point deficit before falling 113-112 to Giannis...

Casey wins debut with Pistons, 103-100 over Nets

Oct. 17, 2018 11:21 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — It took the Detroit Pistons over three minutes to score in their first game under new coach Dwane Casey. Then at the end, they committed two straight shot-clock violations while trying to close out the victory. After all that, the Pistons won anyway. "We'll take it," Casey said. "In this...