Mavs spoil Wemby NBA debut
MANILA, Philippines — Luka Doncic produced a triple-double to help the Dallas Mavericks spoil Victor Wembanyama’s NBA debut with a 126-119 victory over the host San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.
The contest was one of 12 on the night, with all 24 teams making their season debuts.
Doncic posted 33 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists only hours after being cleared to play as he deals with a left calf strain.
Wembanyama, the 7-foot-4, 19-year-old forward from France who was the league’s top draft pick, finished with just 15 points and struggled with foul trouble. He played 23 minutes and scored nine of his points in the fourth quarter.
Kristaps Porzingis scored nine of his 30 points in the final 2:34 for Boston, which overcame a late six-point deficit to beat host New York.
Jayson Tatum put up 34 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who led by as many as 12 in the third quarter and opened the fourth with a nine-point lead before the Knicks stormed back.
RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley each had 24 points for the Knicks, who shot just 14 of 26 from the free-throw line, including 5 of 9 in the fourth quarter. Julius Randle had 14 points and 11 rebounds for New York, while Jalen Brunson scored 15 points but shot just 6-for-21 from the field.
Paul George scored 27 points and Kawhi Leonard added 23 as Los Angeles made easy work of its season opener with a victory over visiting Portland.
Ivica Zubac had 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots while Russell Westbrook had 11 points and 13 assists for the Clippers, who extended their winning streak over the Trail Blazers to six games, including all three last season.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points off the bench in his Portland debut and Anfernee Simons added 18 as the Trail Blazers played their first game in 12 seasons without Damian Lillard on the roster. Lillard was moved to the Milwaukee Bucks in the offseason after requesting a trade.
Hornets 116, Hawks 110
P.J. Washington scored 25 points and first-round draft pick Brandon Miller made a go-ahead 3-pointer as Charlotte defeated visiting Atlanta.
Washington made 12 of 18 shots from the field and had support from Terry Rozier’s 24 points, LaMelo Ball’s 15 points