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Drummond has 32-23 as Pistons top Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andre Drummond matched his career high with 32 points and had 23 rebounds, and Luke Kennard made three 3-pointers in the final six minutes to help the Detroit Pistons pull away for a season-opening 119-110 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Drummond fell one rebound short of his career best. Kennard scored 30 points, a career best, and matched his career high with six 3s.

Domantas Sabonis finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana, and Myles Turner added 25 points. Malcolm Brogdon had 22 in his Pacers debut.


Jazz to host 2023 All-Star Game

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Salt Lake City will host the 2023 NBA All-Star Game.

Commissioner Adam Silver announced the selection Wednesday. The game will be played Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023 at Vivint Smart Home Arena. It will be the 30th anniversary of Utah's only other All-Star Game.


Heat's Butler out for personal reasons

MIAMI (AP) Jimmy Butler's debut for the Miami Heat will be delayed by a few days.

Butler was ruled out of Miami's season-opener against Memphis on Wednesday for what the team is calling "personal reasons."


Nets host Timberwolves in Irving's debut

The Brooklyn Nets put a toe in the water last spring with their first playoff berth since 2015 before making a splash a few months later with the acquisitions of Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Durant.

The Nets hope the added firepower will lead to taking another significant step forward, beginning with their season opener against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.


Magic spoil Beilein's Cavaliers debut

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85 on Wednesday night in the season opener for each team.

Evan Fournier scored 16 points for Orlando, and Markelle Fultz had 12 points and six assists. It was Fultz's first game with the Magic after the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft was acquired in a February trade with Philadelphia.


Washington scores 27, Hornets hit 23 3s

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rookie PJ Washington erupted for 27 points on seven 3-pointers, and the Charlotte Hornets opened the post-Kemba Walker era with a thrilling come-from-behind 126-125 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

The Hornets made 23 3-pointers, the most in franchise history in a regulation game. Their record is 24, but that came in a double-overtime game.


Walker set for Celtics debut in Philly

After Kawhi Leonard's shot bounced multiple times off the rim and through the basket to eliminate Philadelphia in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in May, the 76ers were forced to wait and wonder through an entire offseason.

The Toronto Raptors went on to win their first NBA title.


Beverley fined $25K for throwing ball

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a game ball into the stands.

Beverley threw the ball at the end of the Clippers' 112-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.


Hawks claim former Clippers G Wallace

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have claimed guard Tyrone Wallace off waivers.

Wallace was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. He played in 92 games, including 19 starts, with the Los Angeles Clippers the last two seasons.


Kawhi has 30 in debut, Clips beat Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kawhi Leonard hit seven straight shots in one stretch, creating a run for the Clippers that his new teammates quickly joined.

"It's a great sign of leadership," coach Doc Rivers said. "He talks with his game."

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