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D'Antoni says Paul is 'week-to-week'

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HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets may be without All-Star point guard Chris Paul for weeks because of an injured left knee.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters in Houston on Saturday that the team will hold Paul out until the knee is completely healed. The team has not offered any specifics on the injury, other than the knee is bruised.

D'Antoni said Paul's status is "more week-to-week" than day-to-day, and that there's no firm timetable for a return.


Cavs PG Rose sits with sprained ankle

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose was held out of Saturday night's game against the Orlando Magic because of a sprained left ankle.

Rose twisted his ankle after being fouled by Milwaukee's Greg Monroe while driving to the basket in the fourth quarter on Friday. Monroe grabbed Rose by his neck and pulled him to the floor.


Ball has 29-11-9, Lakers hold off Suns

PHOENIX (AP) In his second NBA game, Lonzo Ball earned his first victory and almost got a triple-double to boot.

Ball, the No. 2 overall draft pick who doesn't turn 20 until next Friday, had 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Los Angeles Lakers' 132-130 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.


Celtics surge by 76ers for first win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Boston had an opening week it would love to do over: Gordon Hayward, its prized free-agent signing, was lost to a gruesome injury, and the Celtics lost their first two games.

On the ropes against a 76ers team looking to prove "The Process" is more than a catchphrase, Kyrie Irving gave a glimpse why he may be the man in Boston that he so longed to be in Cleveland.


Thompson, Curry help Warriors rebound

NEW ORLEANS (AP) As quickly as Golden State's Klay Thompson pulled up for his seventh 3-pointer of the night, the Pelicans' packed, home-opening crowd stopped chanting, "Defense," and started looking for the nearest exits.

Thompson scored 31 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Golden State Warriors easily erased a 15-point first-half deficit en route to a 128-120 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.


James, Korver shoot Cavs past Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) LeBron James and Kevin Love took care of the paint. Once Kyle Korver got going from 3-point range, the Cleveland Cavaliers became nearly unstoppable.

James had 24 points and eight assists, Korver hit three straight 3s during a decisive third-quarter run and the Cavaliers beat the Bucks 116-97 on Friday night to spoil Milwaukee's home opener


Wolves sink Jazz, spoil Rubio's return

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jamal Crawford couldn't even see the basket when he let the game-winning shot fly. Eighteen years in the league told him exactly where it was going.

Crawford scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter and hit a 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds to go that helped the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off the Utah Jazz 100-97 in their home opener on Friday night.


Wall keys Wizards' wild win over Pistons

WASHINGTON (AP) Frustrated with their defensive effort for much of Friday night, the Washington Wizards made the key stops late.

Otto Porter had a crucial strip of Avery Bradley, John Wall blocked Reggie Jackson's potential tying runner, and the Wizards emerged with a 115-111 victory over the Detroit Pistons.


76ers to hold out Embiid Saturday

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has not been cleared to play back-to-back games and will not play Saturday at Toronto.

Embiid had 11 points and 14 rebounds in 28 minutes for the Sixers in their 102-92 loss to Boston on Friday night. He missed all six 3-point attempts.


Ex-Hawk Howard helps Hornets top Atlanta

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dwight Howard couldn't suppress a wide smile when asked if he gained any personal satisfaction from his performance Friday night against his former Atlanta teammates.

"Uh, yeah," Howard said with a laugh. "I just wanted to go out there and dominate - and that has to be my mentality every night."

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