• Smith leads Grizzlies past Rockets, 92-89

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Russ Smith scored 12 points, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee added 11 apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Houston Rockets 92-89 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Brandan Wright, signed by Memphis in the offseason, scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Trevor Ariza led the Rockets with 12 points, while James Harden added 11, going 4 for 11 and just 1 of 7 from 3-point range. Ty Lawson finished with 10 points in his Rockets debut. ROCKETS: Rookie Sam Dekker, the 18th overall pick, played 25 minutes and shot 1 for 5, making a 3-pointer with about 5 seconds left to pull Houston within 90-89. . Rookie Montrezl Harrell (left thigh bruise) and Donatas Motiejunas (low back pain) s

  • Butler, McDermott pace Bulls over Bucks, 105-95

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott scored 23 points each to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 105-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, making new coach Fred Hoiberg a winner in his preseason debut. Bucks: Rashad Vaughn had a team-high 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting. . Miles Plumlee had 12 points. Bulls: Butler was 7 for 12 from the field in 25 minutes. . McDermott, who was 0 for 5 from the field in the first half, scored all his points in the second half on 8-for-14 shooting. . Nikola Mirotic had 18 points and eight rebounds. Star watch: Derrick Rose (left orbital fracture) and Pau Gasol (rest) didn't play for Chicago. ...

  • George has 20-point first quarter in Pacers' preseason win

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Paul George scored 20 of his 32 points in the first quarter and the Indiana Pacers overcome rookie Stanley Johnson's 26 points in a 115-112 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. George, who missed most of last season recovering from a broken leg, made six straight 3-pointers in the opening quarter. PACERS: George Hill left the game in the second quarter with a sprained ankle. . Rookie Myles Turner had eight points and six rebounds in 15 minutes. PISTONS: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points, going 6 for 7 on 3-pointers. . Johnson, a small forward, played point guard for much of Detroit's 39-point third quarter.

  • Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out 6 months after surgery

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months after having right shoulder surgery Tuesday night. The team's top defensive player tore his labrum and dislocated his shoulder in a preseason game Saturday night against Orlando. Kidd-Gilchrist elected to have surgery after consulting with team orthopedist Marcus Cook earlier in the day. Had he not opted for surgery, the chances of reinjuring the shoulder were much higher. Hornets coach Steve Clifford plans to spend the rest of the preseason looking at different combinations to fill the void left by Kidd-Gilchrist. Clifford said the injury is a "hit" to the Hornets, but said the injury will give a chance for ot

  • Porter, Wizards dominate 76ers for 129-95 win

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Otto Porter scored 22 points, Bradley Beal had 19 and the Washington Wizards took control in the second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 129-95 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Porter shot 8 of 10 and made all four 3-point attempts. Living up to offseason expectations of taking more shots from beyond the arc, Washington sank 15 of 26. Rookie center Jahlil Okafor scored 12 points in his NBA debut for Philadelphia. Isaiah Canaan and Nerlens Noel each had 13. John Wall had 10 points and nine assists in 20 minutes for the Wizards. His backup, Ramon Sessions, finished with 11 points and 10 assists.

  • Ben Gordon goes vegan for a stint, notices improved energy

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ben Gordon ate avocados any time of day for their healthy fat, and also fueled his workouts with oatmeal and different juices or nutrient-rich smoothies. Gordon went the vegan route — no dairy or meat — for a stretch a few months back. "With that diet you have to kind of be creative," the new Golden State guard said. "At that time I had a chef so it was a little bit easier." Gordon is back to a more "normal" diet as the season gets underway and he looks to play a part on the defending NBA champions. He is eating meat again to gain back some of the weight he lost as a vegan for about the final six weeks of the season last spring and several weeks of the offseason.

  • Thunder to stream Oct. 18 preseason game against Nuggets

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Those looking to see the Thunder on television in the preseason opener will be out of luck. But there are two viewable preseason games to come. The team’s game Wednesday against Minnesota will not be broadcast by network affiliates of the Thunder or the Timberwolves. The Thunder’s first preseason game on TV will be Oct. 13 against the Dallas Mavericks at the BOK Center in Tulsa, and will be broadcast by Fox Sports Oklahoma. A Thunder spokesman told The Oklahoman that it will provide a Livestream of the Oct. 18 game against the Denver Nuggets on its website (okcthunder.com). The stream will also be available on the site following the game for replay.

  • Celtics ease to 124-91 win at Olimpia Milano in Global Games

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games. "Our goal is just to get better and improve," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "We'll be able to look at the film, and see how to do that. The number one thing that pleased me is our energy. I thought we played hard, I thought we made a lot of mistakes but that's to be expected." Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Celtics with 18 points, including nine in his first seven minutes after coming off the bench midway through the first quarter. "I think as a team we played really well," Thomas said.

  • Donovan 'not 100-percent sure' on Thunder's starting shooting guard

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    As open as Billy Donovan was about projected preseason minutes for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, he hasn't quite figured out who will start for the Thunder at shooting guard. In the Thunder's scrimmage Sunday, Andre Roberson started at shooting guard for the White team, which was comprised of mostly starters in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. But on Tuesday, Donovan didn't know who the starter would be alongside Westbrook in the preseason opener against Minnesota. "We're probably gonna talk a little more about that," Donovan said. "There's a good chance there could be different starting lineups coming out of the half than started the game. I'm not really 100-percent sure yet what we want to do

  • Durant, Westbrook minutes revealed by Billy Donovan

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Coming off of his rehab from foot surgery, a big question is what kind of minutes restriction, if any, will be placed on Kevin Durant. On Tuesday, Billy Donovan provided a first glimpse at how much Durant and Russell Westbrook would play, at least in the first preseason game. “I think for Russell and Kevin, getting those guys between 18 and 22 (minutes),” Donovan said. “And I think slowly building up from there as we move closer to the opening game. “A lot of that stuff with lineups, too, is we’re gonna have to – at least I am and our staff – come up with different packages for different alignments. At any point in time you want to play D.J.

  • Steven Adams to likely miss Thunder's first preseason game

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Steven Adams will likely miss the Thunder’s first preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves as he continues to work through back soreness. Adams participated in some contact portions of Thunder practice Tuesday, but has practiced sparingly since missing practice last Thursday. The 7-footer was also held out of the Thunder’s scrimmage Sunday. “My guess is right now, from a precautionary standpoint, they’ll probably hold him out,” Donovan said. “I think he’s moving in the right direction, I just don’t think he’ll play tomorrow.

  • Thunder update: Cameron Payne

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Jenni Carlson and Anthony Slater discuss rookie guard Cameron Payne

  • Kings down Trail Blazers 109-105 in OT preseason opener

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marco Belinelli had 32 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 109-105 in overtime Monday night, the preseason opener for both teams. DeMarcus Cousins started and finished with 22 points for the Kings, who missed the playoffs after finishing 29-53 last season. Damian Lillard had 17 points for the Blazers. Lillard is the only starter returning to the Blazers team that went 51-31 last season. After leading by as many as 21 points in the first half, the Blazers had a 56-41 advantage at the break. With 4:52 remaining, Belinelli made a 25-foot 3-pointer to tie the game at 89. It was close for the rest of regulation and the teams headed int

  • Barboza, Thompson lead Warriors past Raptors 95-87

    Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Leandro Barbosa scored 15 points, Klay Thompson added 14 and the NBA champion Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 95-87 in a preseason game Monday night. DeMarre Carroll scored 15 points for the Raptors, who played in Vancouver on Sunday. Raptors: Norman Powell scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the fourth quarter. ... DeMar DeRozan scored 12 points. ... Jonas Valanciunas had 10 rebounds. ... All-Star guard Kyle Lowry was given the night off to rest a sore right groin after Sunday's 26-point effort Warriors: NBA MVP Stephen Curry fouled out with 6:25 remaining in the third quarter. He went 5 of 7 from the floor, including 3 of 5 from long range, and finished with 14 points, four

  • Kevin Durant’s ‘dream’ comes true with North Highland court

    By Erik Horne Staff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Dressed in a gray hoodie that matched the court with his name on it, the Thunder star spoke appreciatively to the crowd of wide-eyed youngsters, who were holding handmade signs which read “KD’s got the juice,” “KD Rocks,” and “Bring home a championship.”

  • Turkey's Fenerbahce beats Nets 101-96 in exhibition game

    Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets lost their preseason opener Monday night to Turkey's Fenerbahce Ulker, which got 18 points from former NBA lottery pick Jan Vesely in a 101-96 victory. Brook Lopez scored 18 points for the Nets and Wayne Ellington added 16. With a big crowd of fans cheering them on, the Istanbul team improved to 2-2 all-time against NBA clubs. Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 2014 Phoenix Suns draft pick, added 17 points, and another former NBA player, Gigi Datome, had 16.

  • Cavaliers return to home court for 1st time since Finals

    Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers took the court at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday night for the first time since losing Game 6 of the NBA Finals in June. The Cavs held their annual Wine and Gold scrimmage, and James, as he often does, got the crowd of 14,480 going with a trademark dunk. He scored six points in 12 minutes. James called it "a great turnout," and said it was "unbelievable" that so many fans turned out on a Monday night. In a callback to the Finals against Golden State, much of James' supporting cast was missing because of injuries, as well as a contract impasse. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert all sat out hurt, while Tristan Thompson is holding out for a long-term contr

  • Stephen A. Smith to Kevin Durant: ‘You don’t want to make an enemy of me’

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    The public back-and-forth between Thunder forward Kevin Durant and ESPN's Stephen A. Smith took another turn Monday when Smith fired back at Durant on ESPN's First Take in a segment that lasted close to 15 minutes. Smith's latest volley came in response to Durant's comments on Friday. The Thunder star said Smith was “lying” and “making up stories” about him being primarily interested in going to L.A. in free agency if he doesn't re-sign with Oklahoma City. Here's some of what Smith said: “Kevin Durant is the last person on earth that should be going off on the media like that,” Smith said in a portion of his segment.

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist out indefinitely, has torn labrum

    Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss an extended period of time after an MRI revealed he has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The team made the announcement Monday, but would not say if he needed surgery or how long he will be out. On Sunday, the team announced he had a separated shoulder, but an MRI upon returning to Charlotte confirmed additional a torn labrum too. The Hornets say Kidd-Gilchrist will meet with team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook on Tuesday to determine the next steps for the recovery and rehabilitation of his shoulder. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury in Saturday's preseason game at Orlando in the second quarter when he landed on the fl

  • Former Suns center Neal Walk dead at 67

    Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Neal Walk, a tough center on the early Phoenix Suns teams who became an inspirational speaker after losing the use of his legs, has died at age 67. The Suns confirmed his passing in a statement on Monday. "We were saddened last night to learn of the passing of Neal Walk, an integral member of the most successful Suns teams in our franchise's early years," the Suns said in the statement. "The Suns will always remember and appreciate the many contributions Neal made, both on the court with his scoring ability and tenacious rebounding, and later as a community ambassador and photo archivist with the team." Walk lost the use of his legs in a surgery to remove a tumor from his spine in 1987. Phoenix dr