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NBA preseason wraps up, regular season starts Tuesday

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Charlotte Hornets’ Tony Parker (9) drives to the basket round a display by teammate Frank Kaminsky (44) on Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea (5) through the second half of an NBA preseason basketball recreation Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photograph/Cooper Neill)

From LeBron James’ arrival in Los Angeles to Jimmy Butler’s want to go away Minnesota, it’s been an eventful NBA preseason.

It was a rocky one for the Timberwolves, who spent most of it coping with the Butler drama and completed it coping with Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 32 factors, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in simply 25 minutes of Milwaukee’s 143-121 romp.

And it was a tough one for the Spurs, who misplaced three guards to accidents, together with start line guard Dejounte Murray for the season with a torn ACL.

Russell Westbrook (proper knee) and Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle) couldn’t even get on the ground, nonetheless recovering from surgical procedures. Nowitzki has already been dominated out by Dallas coach Rick Carlisle for the regular-season opener subsequent week.

It’s nonetheless unknown if Butler shall be enjoying then — or for what workforce. He didn’t journey with the Timberwolves on Friday to Milwaukee, with coach Tom Thibodeau saying he remained behind to work on his conditioning.

The preseason schedule wrapped up with 11 video games, with the Lakers dealing with Golden State in San Jose, California within the final one. James sat out, as did Kevin Durant for the Warriors.

The regular season begins Tuesday with Boston internet hosting Philadelphia, adopted by Oklahoma Metropolis visiting defending champion Golden State.

NETS 113, KNICKS 107

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 factors, D’Angelo Russell had 18 factors and eight assists, and the Nets held on for a cut up of the preseason collection with the Knicks.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 factors for the Knicks however departed with a sprained left wrist. The Knicks stated X-rays have been damaging.

The groups meet once more on Oct. 19 within the Nets’ house opener.

NETS: Joe Harris scored 16 factors and Caris LeVert had 14. … The Nets have been with out starters Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left groin pressure), DeMarre Carroll (ankle) and Allen Crabbe (left ankle sprain). Coach Kenny Atkinson stated Hollis-Jefferson, who didn’t play within the preseason, performed 5-on-5 earlier Friday and hoped the ahead can be prepared for opening night time. Crabbe was harm through the preseason, with Atkinson saying his damage was delicate. … G Shabazz Napier (proper hamstring pressure) has missed all the preseason and Atkinson stated there was no replace on his situation.

KNICKS: Mario Hezonja scored 14 factors and Noah Vonleh completed with 13. … Luke Kornet made three Three-pointers within the fourth quarter because the Knicks minimize a 21-point deficit right down to 4 within the closing minutes. … Ron Baker began at level guard, with coach David Fizdale saying he’s nonetheless undecided who his starter on opening night time can be at that place. … Second-round decide Mitchell Robinson began at middle after lacking the final two video games with a sprained proper ankle. … Trey Burke hit from about midcourt on the buzzer to finish the primary quarter.

UP NEXT: Brooklyn (2-2) visits Detroit on Wednesday in its season opener. New York (Three-2) hosts Atlanta the identical night time.


DeMar DeRozan scored 20 factors, 9 coming from the road, LaMarcus Aldridge had 13 factors and 15 rebound and the injury-riddled Spurs reached the century mark for the fourth time this preseason.

Evan Fournier led the Magic with 23 factors.

SPURS: The accidents are including up for the Spurs as Rudy Homosexual (heel) and Derrick White missed the sport. White underwent an MRI examination Thursday that exposed a left plantar fascia tear. … San Antonio held Orlando to 10 first-quarter factors, and the Spurs led 40-30 at halftime as each groups shot lower than 31 %.

MAGIC: Orlando’s first-round picks from the previous two drafts performed collectively for the primary time as second-year ahead Jonathan Isaac scored 5 factors in 20 minutes and rookie middle Mohamed Bamba added 15 factors in 23 minutes.

UP NEXT: San Antonio (Three-2) hosts Minnesota on Wednesday. Orlando (2-Three) hosts Miami on Wednesday.


Rookie Devin Robinson scored 23 factors, 15th general decide Troy Brown Jr. added 21 and the Wizards spoiled Marreese Speights’ 41-point outburst.

Speights was 13-of-27 capturing, with seven Three-pointers, for Chinese language Basketball Affiliation’s Guangzhou Lengthy-Lions. He additionally grabbed eight rebounds in 40 minutes.

LONG-LIONS: Speights, who gained a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, scored 16 of his groups’ 37 first-quarter factors. He was 6 of eight from the sector to assist the Lengthy-Lions keep shut at 38-37. He completed the half 7 of 10 for 20 factors and he had 34 factors on the finish of the third quarter. … The Lengthy-Lions have been 19 of 41 from Three-point vary.

WIZARDS: Otto Porter Jr. and Ian Mahinmi every scored 11 factors within the first quarter, and Washington took management within the second quarter — outscoring the Lengthy-Lions 34-17. The Wizards shot 61 % within the half, and broke the century mark within the third quarter, main 107-85. … Washington star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal didn’t play.

UP NEXT: Washington (Four-1) hosts Miami on Thursday.


Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb every made three of Charlotte’s 19 Three-pointers.

Walker scored 13 factors in 17 minutes, Lamb added 11 factors and rookie Miles Bridges had 13 factors and 7 rebounds.

DeAndre Jordan had 18 factors and 12 rebounds, and Luka Doncic additionally scored 18 for Dallas, which just lately returned from two video games in China.

HORNETS: Malik Monk banked in a Three-pointer from past midcourt simply earlier than the first-quarter buzzer to tug Charlotte inside 35-29. The groups, who entered averaging 30-plus Three-point makes an attempt, mixed to make 11 Three-pointers within the first quarter. The Hornets led 58-53 at halftime behind Walker’s 13 factors.

MAVERICKS: Jordan had 11 factors and 9 rebounds in 18 first-half minutes. Doncic made three Three-pointers within the half and scored 11 factors.

UP NEXT: Charlotte (Four-1) hosts Milwaukee on Wednesday. Dallas (2-2) performs at Phoenix on Wednesday.


Detroit’s huge males dominated in East Lansing. Blake Griffin scored 29 factors, Andre Drummond added 21 and the Pistons made 21 Three-pointers at Michigan State’s Jack Breslin Scholar Occasions Middle.

Rodney Hood led Cleveland with 21 factors, 11 coming from the free-throw line.

PISTONS: Griffin and Reggie Jackson had eight factors apiece within the first quarter as Detroit led 35-30. The Pistons prolonged it to 69-60 by halftime. Griffin had 19 factors and 5 assists in 16 first-half minutes and Drummond added 16 factors with six rebounds in 19 minutes. … Ish Smith beat the third-quarter buzzer with a Three-ponter from the wing to increase Detroit’s result in 99-91.

CAVALIERS: George Hill added 14 factors and Tristan Thompson had 13 factors and 9 rebounds.

UP NEXT: Detroit (2-Three) host Brooklyn on Wednesday. Cleveland (2-2) performs at Toronto on Wednesday.

HEAT 119, HAWKS 113

Josh Richardson scored 24 factors and the Warmth rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit with a 66-point second half towards visiting Atlanta. Miami gained regardless of going 7 of 31 from Three-point vary and committing 23 turnovers.

Jeremy Lin had 20 factors off the bench for Atlanta, which had 24 turnovers.

HAWKS: First-round Trae Younger decide Trae Younger scored 11 factors, making 2 of three from distance. He had 5 assists and two turnovers, ending the preseason with 5 assists and 11 turnovers.

HEAT: Bam Adebayo, final yr’s No. 1 decide, had 9 factors and eight rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Three of 17 from Three at half, down 13

UP NEXT: Atlanta (2-Three) performs at New York on Wednesday. … Miami (Three-Three) performs at Orlando on Wednesday.


Gary Harris scored 18 factors and Jamal Murray added 17 as Denver gained at Chicago. Nikola Jokic backed up the 2 second-year gamers with 15 factors, seven rebounds, 5 assists and two steals.

The Bulls closed inside 88-87 with Four:09 to play as Jabari Parker, who scored 19 factors, scored eight straight.

NUGGETS: Juan Hernangomez solely had Three factors however it was his trey simply earlier than Parker’s run that gave the Nuggets a nine-point lead. He additionally blocked Cristiano Felicio’s layup try with 2:42 and the lead at two.

BULLS: Level guard Kris Dunn had two factors, three assists and 6 turnovers in 22 minutes. Denver scored 20 factors off turnovers, 19 within the first half. First-round draft decide Wendell Carter Jr. had 10 factors and 9 rebounds.

UP NEXT: Denver (Four-1) performs on the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. … Chicago (2-Three) performs at Philadelphia on Thursday.


James Harden scored 23 factors and Chris Paul and Clint Capela had double-doubles as Houston cruised at Memphis. Paul had 14 factors and 11 assists and Capela 12 factors with13 rebounds. Seven gamers scored in double figures for Houston, which made 20 of 47 Three-pointers.

First-round draft decide Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Rockets with 18 factors in 21 minutes.

ROCKETS: Carmello Anthony was Three for 10 in 26 minutes as a reserve. He had 10 factors, making Three of 6 from lengthy vary, and averaged 13 factors on 4 video games.

GRIZZLIES: Second-round decide Jevon Carter was scoreless in three minutes.

UP NEXT: Houston (Four-1) hosts New Orleans on Wednesday. … Memphis (2-Three) performs at Indiana on Wednesday


Giannis Antetokounmpo 32 factors on 13-of-17 capturing, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as Milwaukee rolled at house. He had 14 factors within the first quarter because the Bucks took a 43-27 lead and 28 at on the half when it was 84-53.

Taj Gibson had 21 factors for the Timberwolves.

TIMBERWOLVES: Along with lacking Butler, Andrew Wiggins didn’t make the journey for private causes. First-round decide Josh Okogie scored 11 factors, his excessive for the preseason. Second-round decide Keita Bates-Diop added eight factors.

BUCKS: Went 25 of 38 from Three-point vary with Khris Middleton, who had 22 factors, going 5 of eight. First-round decide Donte DiVincenzo had 5 factors, giving him 31 in 4 preseason video games.

UP NEXT: Minnesota (1-Four) performs at San Antonio on Wednesday. … Milwaukee (Three-1) performs at Charlotte on Wednesday.


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