Hornets nip Indy
LaMelo Ball scored 31 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, and the Charlotte Hornets used a 24-0 third period run to battle back and beat the Indiana Pacers 123-122 on Wednesday night in the opener for both teams.
Indiana led 122-121 on Torrey Craig’s foul shots with 12.7 left. P.J. Washington made two free throws with 4.6 seconds left before Domantas Sabonis missed from 11 feet to seal the Hornets’ victory.
Gordon Hayward scored 27 points for Charlotte.
76ers 117, Pelicans 97 — Joel Embiid had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Furkan Korkmaz hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to also score 22 points, and the 76ers pulled away late. New Orleans was without star power forward Zion Williamson, recovering from surgery to repair his broken foot. The Sixers were missing disgruntled forward Ben Simmons, who was suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team.
Bulls 94, Pistons 88 — Zach LaVine scored 15 of his 34 points in the third quarter for Chicago. The Pistons were without rookie guard Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick, whose NBA debut was delayed by a sprained right ankle.
Wizards 98, Raptors 83 — Bradley Beal scored 23 points, and Montrezl Harrell had 22 in his Wizards debut and Washington spoiled Toronto’s homecoming.
Spurs 123, Magic 97 — Devin Vassell scored 19 points, Lonnie Walker added 17 and San Antonio moved to 23-2 in season openers under Gregg Popovich.
Ja Morant had 37 points and six assists, De’Anthony Melton added 20 points and the Memphis pulled away late. Grizzlies 122, Cavaliers 121 —
Ja Morant had 37 points and six assists, De’Anthony Melton added 20 points and Memphis pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Cleveland.