LOS ANGELES -- Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook suffered a small fracture in his right hand Thursday night, coach Scott Brooks said.
Westbrook exited Thursday night's 93-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers with 6:35 left in the second quarter and did not return.
Westbrook had X-rays taken at Staples Center. He returned to the Thunder bench in the third quarter, still in uniform but with a bag of ice wrapped around his hand, then left for the locker room again at the end of the quarter.
LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin scored 23 points, making two free throws with five seconds left, Chris Paul added 22 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-90 in their season opener on Thursday night to usher in a new era under owner Steve Ballmer.
Los Angeles hardly resembled its new ad campaign of "Be Relentless" early on, when the Thunder scored the game's first eight points as Ballmer cupped his hands and yelled to his team from his baseline seat near their bench.
Already without injured Kevin Durant, the Thunder lost Russell Westbrook to a hand injury in the second quarter. Perry Jones scored a career-high 32 points, making 9 of 11 free throws. The Thunder are 0-2, having dropped their opener a night earlier at Portland.
DALLAS -- Tyson Chandler pumped up the crowd with three alley-oop dunks in the first quarter. All J.J. Barea had to do to get a standing ovation was enter the game off the bench.
A couple of key pieces from the only championship team in Dallas franchise history were finally wearing the same uniform as Dirk Nowitzki again.
Nowitzki scored 21 points and the Mavericks celebrated the return of Chandler and Barea with a 120-102 victory over the Utah Jazz in their home opener Thursday night.
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James shot miserably. His passes were errant. He didn't look good doing much other than tossing powder in the air.
His homecoming was horrendous.
"I didn't press," James said, dismissing nerves as a factor. "I didn't do much."
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James made his official return to Cleveland on Thursday, and the Cavaliers' season opener against the New York Knicks was just as much a civic celebration as it was a basketball game.
Thousands of fans descended upon downtown Cleveland. The lucky ones had tickets to the game, with prices soaring north of $10,000 on the secondary market, while others showed up in droves hours before tipoff to take in a free concert from Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons in a parking lot across from Quicken Loans Arena as part of TNT's broadcast.
James was feeling his Ohio roots before the game, too, blasting Bone Thugs-n-Harmony -- the hip-hop group that originated in Cleveland -- in the locker room as he slipped on a Cavaliers uniform for his first home opener since playing for the Wine & Gold in 2009.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves' youth movement is in full effect, with Andrew Wiggins and Co. ushering in a new era in the wake of Kevin Love's departure.
When it came to winning time on Thursday night, however, it was all veterans on the floor. And that's what makes coach Flip Saunders believe the rebuilding effort won't be as drastic as some people expect.
Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and hit a big 3-pointer with 90 seconds to play to lift the Timberwolves to a 97-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons, making Saunders a winner in his first home game as Timberwolves coach since 2005.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The thing that gnawed at Washington coach Randy Wittman most about his team's season-opening loss at Miami was its lack of defensive intensity.
The Wizards took notice in their second outing of the season.
John Wall had 30 points and 12 assists, and Washington held off a late surge to beat the Orlando Magic 105-98 on Thursday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors have picked up the fourth-year options on the contracts of forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli for next season.
The Warriors also announced Thursday night that they declined the third-year option on guard Nemanja Nedovic's deal for next season. He was the only player on the active roster who did not play in Golden State's season-opening 95-77 win at Sacramento on Wednesday night.
Barnes is averaging 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Ezeli played in 79 games, including 41 starts, as a rookie before missing last season recovering from surgery on his right knee.
Purefoods Star Hotshots defensive ace Marc Pingris makes his return to the squad against the GlobalPort Batang Pier in PBA Philippine Cup action Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The still winless Purefoods and GlobalPort collide at 7 p.m. after the opening match between the Alaska Aces and the Meralco Bolts at 4:15 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
After taking a rest from his grueling stint with the national team, Pingris returns to help the Purefoods’ decimated frontline which already saw the loss of up-and-coming forward Ian Sangalang (knee) and star James Yap (right calf) to injuries.
SAN ANTONIO -- NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is set to make his season debut for the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.
The Spurs made the announcement on Thursday. Leonard missed the final six preseason games and the season opener against Dallas due to an infection in his right eye.
The 23-year-old Leonard averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals for the Spurs last season while shooting 52 percent from the field. But he really blossomed in the playoffs as the Spurs rolled to their fifth championship.