PORTLAND, Ore. -- Blake Griffin had 27 points and 13 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers opened the season Thursday night with a 114-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
It was a contentious game that had fans booing the officials after two flagrant fouls on Portland players in the fourth quarter. Chris Paul hit a 3-pointer that gave the Clippers a 102-90 lead with 4:07 left and the crowd headed for the exits.
Damian Lillard's layup got the Blazers within 107-102 with 35.9 seconds left but the rally fell short.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kawhi Leonard ripped the ball away from Ben McLemore and drove the other way for a three-point play. Then the next time down the court, Leonard grabbed it away from McLemore and scored on the other end.
Those two plays turned the momentum San Antonio's way and sent the Spurs home with a very successful season-opening trip following a 102-94 victory over the Kings on Thursday night that spoiled the regular season opener at Sacramento's new downtown arena.
"He took two away in a row and said, `Gimme that.' He just grabbed it away from whoever it was," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He just grabbed it and took it twice in a row. I don't see many people doing that."
CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade got the ball in the corner, took a dribble to his left and stepped back for the dagger 3-pointer.
He made a throat slashing gesture with his right hand after the ball swished through the net and started jumping around as the crowd roared.
Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard was everything the Hawks were hoping for in his hometown debut.
Tim Hardaway Jr. in a starring role?
That was a major surprise.
NEW ORLEANS -- Soaked in sweat, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant's yells echoed throughout an empty Smoothie King Center, home of the New Orleans Pelicans.
"They say I ain't hungry!"
"I'm out here!"
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Just a few years ago, NBA commissioner Adam Silver had a hard time envisioning seeing this day come.
He stood outside Sacramento's new, state-of-the-art downtown arena Thursday and welcomed Kings fans to the home opener for a franchise many believed was on its way out of town just over three years ago.
"I think it's a borderline miracle from where we were in 2013 to be here in 2016, a year earlier than they originally pledged to have an arena done," Silver said before the Kings hosted San Antonio in the first regular-season game at the Golden 1 Center. "To be done, to be here on opening night with the building completely finished with strong local ownership, it's everything a league could hope for."
The mystery guy in this year's PBA Draft as well as on the actual Gilas Pilipinas Cadets pool has to be Matthew Wright.
His credentials include winning the 2016 Asean Basketball League championship with the Westports Malaysia Dragons and was even named ASEAN Heritage MVP.
However, the Fil-Canadian sniper's true talents are yet to be fully revealed to Filipino eyes.
The Philadelphia 76ers fan who was ejected for flashing double middle fingers at Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has apologized for his actions.
"As a part-time comedian I realize that my words and actions are sometimes inappropriate," Richard Harkaway said in a statement to Philly.com issued by a personal representative.
"In this instance, after standing up to boo and being provoked by Russell Westbrook calling attention to my being overweight, my action in response was clearly inexcusable and I am embarrassed. I sincerely apologize to my fellow Sixers fans, the Sixers organization, my colleagues and patients, and to Mr. Westbrook for my behavior," the statement said.
Despite being the unanimous choice for the top selection in the Gilas section of the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, Mac Belo is not resting on his laurels.
Belo, who was picked by Blackwater at no. 1 according to Inquirer’s Musong Castillo, still went hard at the 2016 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine like the other hopefuls.
“Ayoko rin makampante,” said the soft-spoken forward from Midsayap, North Cotabato. “Nanonood yung mga coaches, go hard din yung mga kasabayan ko kaya kailangan ko din magpakita.
MANILA, Philippines – The PBA Board of Governors have already decided on where the members of the Gilas Pilipinas cadet pool will end up, three days ahead of the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft.
The league initially decided to follow the natural order of the draft when making the selection for the Gilas players, but those plans were changed Thursday during a meeting at the PBA head office in Libis, Quezon City.
"In a lengthy meeting held October 27, the PBA Board has decided on the procedure for the drafting of Gilas players in the coming PBA Rookie Draft," the league said in a statement.