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Fisher, Barnes in off-court altercation

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NEW YORK (AP) Knicks coach Derek Fisher was involved in an altercation with Memphis Grizzlies forward and former teammate Matt Barnes in California on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the details said.

The New York Post, citing an anonymous source, reported Wednesday that the altercation was because Fisher is dating Barnes' estranged wife. Fisher filed for divorce from his wife, Candace, in March.

The person said Fisher traveled to Los Angeles after practice Saturday to see his children and the altercation happened that night while Fisher was attending a gathering at the home of Gloria Govan, Barnes' estranged wife. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no comments were authorized.


Durant has 15 in first game in 8 months

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The shoulder shimmy at the free throw line, the one-legged runners in the lane, the silky smooth 3-pointers from the top of the arc.

It's been eight long months since Kevin Durant has been able to put those otherworldly skills on display in an NBA game. In his first game back from the fractured right foot that derailed the Oklahoma City Thunder's season last year, it seemed almost as if Durant had never left.


Sefolosha describes struggle with cops

NEW YORK (AP) A professional basketball player testified Wednesday that he was trying to give money to a beggar after a testy verbal exchange with a police officer when he was kicked in the leg and taken to the ground by the police.

The Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha, whose right leg was fractured in the struggle, said he had been following police orders to clear the area after the stabbing of another NBA player outside a New York City nightclub but was singled out by a particularly confrontational and vulgar officer.


Knicks' Anthony back, Porzingis debuts

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in his first game since left knee surgery, Kristaps Porzingis had seven in his NBA debut and the New York Knicks beat Paschoalotto Bauru of Brazil 100-81 on Wednesday night.

Anthony hadn't played since the All-Star Game on this court in February. He had surgery on Feb. 19 and missed the final 30 games of the season but looked good as new Wednesday while shooting 8 for 10 in 20 minutes.


LaVine named starting SG for Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Zach LaVine has gone from slam dunk champion to starting shooting guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Interim coach Sam Mitchell named LaVine the starter Wednesday, before the Wolves had even played a preseason game. The Wolves opened the preseason on Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Mitchell said he was making the decision now with an eye toward the long-term health of the franchise, not the immediate future.


Silver: Europe expansion talk premature

MADRID (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver says it is "premature" to talk about an NBA expansion in Europe.

Silver says he doesn't think "it's going to happen in the very near future" but "could happen one day."


Harden 19 points, 5 assists in 1st half

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden had 19 points and five assists in the first half and the Houston Rockets went on to a 109-82 preseason victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Harden and Patrick Beverley, who made four 3-pointers, were Houston's only two regulars in the starting lineup one night after the Rockets (1-1) started all their top players in their preseason opener at Memphis.


Pacers sign rookie F Jack

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers signed former Rutgers start Kadeem Jack on Wednesday.

Adding the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward to the roster gives the Pacers 18 players in training camp.


Lee: Celtics very similar to Warriors

MADRID (AP) Forward David Lee has played only one game since joining the Boston Celtics and is already seeing some positive similarities with his former team, the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

The two-time All-Star reckons the Celtics have what it takes to surprise people this season despite being a young team and lacking a standout figure like Stephen Curry.


Hall of Famer Gallatin dies at 88

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) Harry Gallatin, the Hall of Fame basketball player who was a seven-time All-Star forward for the New York Knicks in the 1950s, died Wednesday. He was 88.

The Knicks and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, where Gallatin was a former coach and athletic director, confirmed the death through Gallatin's family. He died in Edwardsville.

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