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3 ejected in fight, James loses LA debut

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Once the fists started flying late in the fourth quarter, LeBron James' home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers was relegated to the undercard.

A wild multiplayer fight that included the normally mild-mannered Chris Paul and Brandon Ingram stole part of the spotlight shining on LeBron's official landing on the West Coast.

The Houston Rockets stole the rest with a gritty victory.

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Jokic has 35-12-11, 11 for 11 from field

DENVER (AP) On a historic night in which he was serenaded with "MVP!" chants for his eye-popping triple-double, Nikola Jokic's thoughts were with the Denver Nuggets' injured tone-setter.

Forward Will Barton will go for an MRI on Sunday morning after injuring his right hip on a reverse layup in the third quarter of Denver's 119-91 win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

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Wolves rest Butler, Doncic powers Mavs

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic had the home crowd roaring in the teenager's Dallas debut with step-back 3-pointers and big buckets late while fellow youngster Dennis Smith Jr. quietly played a secondary role.

The script flipped in the final seconds.

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Walker has 39, FT at 0.5 to lift Hornets

MIAMI (AP) Kemba Walker got a call, and the Charlotte Hornets got a win.

Walker continued his red-hot start by scoring 39 points, including the game-winning free throw with a half-second left, and the Hornets wasted a 26-point second-half lead but still spoiled Dwyane Wade's final home opener by topping the Miami Heat 113-112 on Saturday night.

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Without Leonard, Lowry's 28 lift Raptors

WASHINGTON (AP) All's going well for Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors at the moment, off to a 3-0 start and even winning without new star Kawhi Leonard in the second half of a back-to-back.

Nothing's going right for John Wall and the Washington Wizards, 0-2 after a pair of losses at home and unable to rebound well while waiting for new big man Dwight Howard to make his season debut.

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Griffin's 33 and 12 get Pistons by Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) Blake Griffin was having a big game and he had just hit a key 3-pointer on his previous attempt.

Still, the perennial All-Star had no problem deferring to a reserve for a potential game-winning shot Saturday night.

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Lillard, McCollum lead Blazers by Spurs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) After making a 33-footer, Damian Lillard was asked if there's a limit on where he'll attempt at 3-pointer.

"I mean, I probably wouldn't stop at half court and just shoot it," he said. "But once I get past half-court, especially at the end of the shot clock like it was, I'll shoot it from anywhere."

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Celtics hold off Knicks as Hayward rests

NEW YORK (AP) The Celtics could laugh afterward, because none of Jayson Tatum's mistakes cost them.

Not the missed dunk with 36 seconds left - thanks to Tatum rebounding it himself and making a tough jumper - and not his foolish foul with 1.9 seconds remaining.

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Redick has 31, late 3 as 76ers win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) When Ben Simmons went down with an injury, JJ Redick stepped off the bench and into a starring role for the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Redick scored 31 points, including a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left that lifted the 76ers over the Orlando Magic 116-115.

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Oladipo, O'Quinn lead Pacers past Nets

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ��� Victor Oladipo credits solid defense for the Indiana Pacers' strong offensive production.

"I think defensively we were really good (and) I think that's why we were effective offensively," Oladipo said after scoring 25 points with seven rebounds and leading Indiana to a 132-112 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

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