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Bulls suspend Portis 8 games for punch

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(TSX / STATS) -- Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis was suspended eight games less than 24 hours after punching teammate Nikola Mirotic and breaking his jaw at practice, the team announced Wednesday.

In announcing the suspension by the team, Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said Mirotic will be out four to six weeks after suffering fractures to his upper jaw and a concussion from Tuesday's altercation.

"Both players owned responsibility in the incident itself but only one player threw a punch," Paxson told reporters Wednesday. "And that punch connected. For us, that is inexcusable. It's not who we are. It disappoints us."


Hayward has surgery, unlikely to return

(TSX / STATS) -- Gordon Hayward's first season with the Boston Celtics is probably over after five minutes of game action.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night to repair a fractured left tibia and dislocated left ankle, injuries that occurred early in the season opener Tuesday at Cleveland.


Rockets beat Kings without injured Paul

(TSX / STATS) -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Houston Rockets weren't about to quibble.

They acknowledge they are far from the polished product they expect to be, but two victories in two nights in two separate venues celebrating the host's respective season openers?


Giannis has 37, Bucks drop Celts to 0-2

(TSX / STATS) -- BOSTON -- Jason Kidd had to wonder how his young Milwaukee Bucks team would respond to an emotional night at TD Garden, a night when Boston Celtics fans were inspired by a video message from one of their stars in a hospital bed.

But Kidd also had Giannis Antetokounmpo on his side -- and that was more than enough to spoil Boston's home opener Wednesday night.


Wizards spoil Simmons, Fultz debuts

(TSX / STATS) -- WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards' season-opening win over the Philadelphia 76ers represented a rare scenario where both teams were smiling postgame.

The Eastern Conference-contending Wizards walked off the court with the victory. The 76ers' triumph came in having their starry young core on the court.


Blazers win by 48, Suns' worst loss ever

(TSX / STATS) -- PHOENIX -- Missing starting guard C.J. McCollum because of a suspension and losing rookie Zach Collins right before the game to a stomach virus, the Portland Trail Blazers were just trying to get through opening night against the Phoenix Suns with a victory.

They wound up posting the biggest opening night win in league history.


Aldridge, Spurs hold off revamped Wolves

(TSX / STATS) -- SAN ANTONIO -- No Kawhi Leonard, no Tony Parker, no problem. Even shorthanded and without one of the top players in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs were too much for the new-look Minnesota Timberwolves to handle Wednesday.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and, as expected, led the Spurs to a 107-99 victory over Minnesota at AT&T Center in the season opener for both teams. Aldridge, who signed a three-year, $72.3 million contract extension on Monday, paced four teammates in double-figure scoring, playing so well that San Antonio barely missed its two injured stalwarts.


Gobert, Burks help Jazz get past Nuggets

(TSX / STATS) -- SALT LAKE CITY -- Feeling healthy has never felt better for Alec Burks.

Once again, Burks got a chance to showcase athletic moves that were buried under a mountain of injuries in recent seasons. It paid off for the Utah Jazz, fueling a critical fourth-quarter rally against the Denver Nuggets.


Conley scores 27, Grizzlies top Pelicans

(TSX / STATS) -- MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- While veteran guard Mike Conley scored 27 points in the Memphis Grizzlies' season-opening 103-91 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night at FedExForum, he had things other than his own performance on his mind.

First, the play of rookie swingman Dillon Brooks, who lasted until the 45th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Oregon. Brooks had 19 points, five rebounds and four steals in his NBA debut and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.


Oladipo leads Pacers by Nets in debut

(TSX / STATS) -- INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo figures a high-tempo offense is perfect for the new-look Indiana Pacers.

"We got stretch bigs and we got downhill guards," the shooting guard said. "Playing fast is going to be to our benefit."

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