• Deflated Ball: Blake gets 29 in Clips’ 108-92 rout of Lakers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Beverley crowded chest-to-chest with Lonzo Ball before an inbounds pass in the first quarter while they were 94 feet from the basket. Moments later at midcourt, Beverley emphatically fouled the Lakers’ rookie point guard and watched him fall.

  • Valanciunas, Miles help Raptors beat Bulls 117-101 in opener

    TORONTO (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points and 15 rebounds, C.J. Miles scored 22 points in his Toronto debut and the Raptors beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 117-101 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

  • Vandy coach: Lack of White House invite a ‘slap in the face’

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Stephanie White says it is a “slap in the face” to the Gamecocks that South Carolina still is waiting for an invitation to the White House as the national women’s basketball champions.

  • Hayward, Lin out for year, and many others in NBA are ailing

    MIAMI (AP) — Brooklyn’s Jeremy Lin was horrified to see what happened to Gordon Hayward, whose season almost certainly ended in a most disturbing fashion five minutes into the Celtics’ season-opener.

  • Nets’ Lin expected to miss season with right knee injury

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the season after rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee.

  • Emotional Celtics drop first 2 games after Hayward’s injury

    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.

  • Blazers hand Suns worst loss ever in season opener, 124-76

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

  • Aldridge’s double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves, 107-99

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on for a 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night while opening the season without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard.

  • Hawks, Schroder spoil Smith’s debut, top Mavericks 117-111

    DALLAS (AP) — Dennis Schroder’s first game as the front man for the Atlanta Hawks just happened to be the night that countryman Dirk Nowitzki joined Kobe Bryant as the only players to reach 20 seasons with the same team.

  • John Wall scores 28 points, Wizards hold on to beat 76ers

    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.