Bradley hits 8 3s, Celtics beat Hornets 104-98

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Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) reacts after his three point basket against the Brooklyn Nets in the second half at TD Garden. The Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets 122-117. (Photo: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

Avery Bradley had 31 points on a career-high eight 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics defeated the Charlotte Hornets 104-98 Saturday night.

Bradley was 8 of 11 from beyond the arc and had 11 rebounds as the Celtics shot 75 percent from the field in the fourth quarter.

Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and seven assists and Al Horford added 14 points for the Celtics, who trailed by one entering the fourth quarter.

Boston finished 15 of 31 from 3-point range, while the Hornets were just 9 of 32.

Kemba Walker led the Hornets in their home opener with 29 points, while Frank Kaminsky had 11 points and four rebounds in his first regular season action.capture

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Millsap leads Hawks to rout of 76ers, 104-72

Oct 29, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) dribbles the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Atlanta Hawks won 104-72. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) dribbles the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Atlanta Hawks won 104-72. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Even with Dwight Howard having an off game, Atlanta won easily. And coach Mike Budenholzer said that’s a good sign for the Hawks.

Paul Millsap scored 17 points to lead five Hawks in double figures and Atlanta toppled the Philadelphia 76ers 104-72 on Saturday.

Kyle Korver added 15 points and Mike Muscala added 14 for Atlanta.

The Hawks barely needed top offseason acquisition Howard. The big man had just two points and seven rebounds in his second game for his hometown team after signing a three-year, $70 million free-agent contract this summer. The 31-year-old center had 19 rebounds and 11 points in Atlanta’s season-opening 114-99 win over Washington on Thursday.

Dennis Schroder displayed the playmaking ability the Hawks are counting on with him taking over for Jeff Teague as the team’s point guard. After getting two assists in the opener, Schroder had 11 to go with 11 points against Philadelphia.

Joel Embiid and Sergio Rodriguez had 14 points apiece for the 76ers. The Hawks’ reserves (51 points) had nearly as many points (53) as the starters.capture

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LeBron James, Kyrie Irving lead Cavaliers past Magic, 105-99

Oct 29, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) shoots the ball in front of Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers won 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) shoots the ball in front of Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers won 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving added 20 and theCleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic for the 15th straight time, 105-99 on Saturday night.

Kevin Love scored 19 points to help the NBA champion Cavaliers improve to 3-0. They haven’t lost to the Magic since Nov. 23, 2012 in Orlando.

Evan Fournier scored 22 points for Orlando. The Magic cut a 22-point deficit to three at 88-85 with 4 minutes to play, but J.R. Smith hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 in the fourth quarter.

Smith made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions and Cleveland forced a shot-clock violation. James followed with a pair of baskets, including a left-handed finish at the rim.

Serge Ibaka converted a three-point play and hit a free throw, cutting the lead to 98-95 with 45 seconds left, but Smith’s 3-pointer from the corner pushed the lead to six.

Ibaka scored 19 points for Orlando. The Magic are 0-3.

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Kawhi Leonard scores 20 points, Spurs beat Pelicans 98-79

Oct 29, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) knocks the ball loose from New Orleans Pelicans power forward Terrence Jones (9) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) knocks the ball loose from New Orleans Pelicans power forward Terrence Jones (9) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the New Orleans Pelicans 98-79 on Saturday night in their home opener.

The Spurs won their first season opener in 20 years without Tim Duncan, who retired in the offseason. San Antonio played without any of its Big Three as Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili both sat out to rest in the first night of back-to-back games.

San Antonio didn’t appear to miss them, as 11 players scored to help the team remain unbeaten after three games.

Patty Mills scored 18 points starting in place of Parker, and LaMarcus Aldridgehad 12 points.

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was held to 18 points after scoring 50 and 45 points in the first two games. Aldridge picked up three fouls in the first half as Davis’ primary defender, but still managed to hold the 6-foot-10 forward to 6-for-15 shooting in the game.

E’Twaun Moore also had 18 points for New Orleans. The Pelicans are 0-3.

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Butler, Wade, Rondo lead Bulls to 118-101 rout of Pacers

 Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott (11) shoots as Indiana Pacers forward C.J. Miles (0) defends during the second half at United Center. The Bulls won 118-101. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott (11) shoots as Indiana Pacers forward C.J. Miles (0) defends during the second half at United Center. The Bulls won 118-101. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Doug McDermott had 23 points, Jimmy Butler added 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and Rajon Rondo had 13 assists to lead the Bulls to a 118-101 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, Chicago’s second straight victory to open the season.

McDermott scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as coach Fred Hoiberg gave his veteran starters — Butler, Rondo and Dwyane Wade, who had 14 points — the rest of the night off after the third quarter.

Taj Gibson had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Robin Lopez added 12 points for the Bulls.

Paul George and Myles Turner had 20 points apiece to lead the Pacers (1-2).

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Newcomers help Knicks beat Grizzlies 111-104 in home opener

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Derrick Rose scored 13 points for the Knicks in their home opener. (Photo: Anthony Gruppuso, USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis scored 21 points, Carmelo Anthony had 20 and the New York Knicks used a fast start and strong finish to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 111-104 on Saturday night in their home opener.

Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee all had impressive moments in their first home games at Madison Square Garden, and Anthony converted the three-point play that sparked the decisive spurt.

Rose had a couple of crossovers and quick bursts into the lane that showed his legs looked healthy and scored 13 points. Noah finished with six points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Lee scored 16 points as the Knicks got their first win under coach Jeff Hornacek after falling apart in the second half and getting routed 117-88 by Cleveland in the NBA season opener.

Marc Gasol scored 20 points for the Grizzlies, who climbed out of a 20-3 hole to beat Minnesota at home in their opener and nearly erased an 18-point deficit in this one.capturegrizzliesknicks


Henson’s tip-in at buzzer leads Bucks past Nets

John Henson‘s tip-in at the buzzer gave the Milwaukee Bucks a 110-108 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night, their first of the season.

Rashad Vaughn scored a career-high 22 points, including six 3-pointers, for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 21 points and 11 rebounds. He scored all of his points in the paint, including seven dunks.

Vaughn, who surpassed his previous career high of 12, hit consecutive 3-pointers that gave Milwaukee a seven-point lead late in the fourth quarter. But afterMatthew Dellavedova missed a driving layup, Bojan Bogdanovic nailed a 3-pointer to tie the score with 11.6 seconds remaining, setting up Henson’s heroics.

Bogdanovic’s 26 points led the Nets, who made just 11 of 35 3-point attempts.capturenetsbucks


Lillard hits floater, Blazers beat Nuggets 115-113 in OT

Oct 29, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson (1) guards Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (3) in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Trail Blazers won 115-113 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson (1) guards Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (3) in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Trail Blazers won 115-113 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard scored 37 points, including the go-ahead floater with less than a second remaining in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat theDenver Nuggets 115-113 on Saturday night in a game that featured a nearly 27-minute delay in the fourth quarter due to a power surge.

Lillard blew past big man Kenneth Faried in the lane and floated in a shot with 0.3 seconds left. Lillard had tied the game on a runner in regulation with 2.1 seconds remaining.

Denver led 90-85 early in the fourth quarter when a bank of lights went out near the ceiling at the Pepsi Center. The teams shot jumpers until the game was restarted. Portland shot lights out in its return to the court — the Nuggets not as much, squandering a nine-point lead down the stretch.

Nikola Jokic led six Denver players in double figures with 23 points and he had a career-high 17 rebounds in the home opener for Denver.

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Cousins, Gay lead Kings over Timberwolves 106-103

Oct 29, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) controls the ball in front of Minnesota Timberwolves center Cole Aldrich (45), guard Zach LaVine (8), and Kings guard Arron Afflalo (40) during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. The Kings won 106-103. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) controls the ball in front of Minnesota Timberwolves center Cole Aldrich (45), guard Zach LaVine (8), and Kings guard Arron Afflalo (40) during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. The Kings won 106-103. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and Rudy Gay added 28 and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-103 on Saturday night.

Ben McLemore had 13 points for the Kings, who won for the first time at new Golden 1. Matt Barnes had 12 points and nine assists. Cousins picked up two fouls in the game’s final minute and fouled out.

Andrew Wiggins scored 29 points for the Timberwolves, who are off to an 0-2 start under new coach Tom Thibodeau. Zach Levine had three 3-pointers and 21 points while Karl Anthony-Towns had 15 points and Gorgui Dieng had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

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