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L.A. Clippers 121, Maccabi 81

5.7h ago 10/1/2022 12:52 AM ET

FG FT Reb
MACCABI Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Maoz 15:41 0-1 0-0 0-2 5 5 0
Maoz 22:23 3-8 0-0 4-10 1 4 6
Maoz 28:59 9-17 2-3 1-7 1 3 20
Maoz 10:19 0-2 1-2 1-1 0 0 1
Maoz 22:42 6-13 1-4 1-2 1 4 15
Cole 21:19 3-8 0-0 0-0 2 3 6
Weber 21:14 2-10 3-3 1-2 3 1 8
Jones 19:56 1-7 2-4 1-2 1 3 4
Thornwell 17:13 1-5 5-6 0-2 0 1 7
Griffin 16:49 0-3 8-9 4-5 0 5 8
Maoz 15:43 2-5 0-0 0-2 2 1 4
Maoz 9:01 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Maoz 6:11 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2
Maoz 4:14 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Maoz 3:20 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0
Maoz 1:54 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Maoz 1:31 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Maoz 1:31 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 240:00 28-85 22-31 13-38 16 35 81

Percentages: FG .329, FT .710.

3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Maoz 2-5, Weber 1-1, Cole 0-1, Griffin 0-1, Maoz 0-1, Maoz 0-1, Maoz 0-1, Jones 0-2, Thornwell 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 1.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Griffin, Jones, Maoz, Maoz, Maoz).

Turnovers: 16 (Jones 4, Griffin 2, Thornwell 2, Cole, Maoz, Maoz, Maoz, Maoz, Maoz, Maoz, Weber).

Steals: 14 (Jones 3, Maoz 2, Maoz 2, Thornwell 2, Weber 2, Griffin, Maoz, Maoz).

Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb
L.A. CLIPPERS Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Mann 15:37 3-4 2-2 0-3 2 2 9
Morris Sr. 13:47 4-10 0-0 0-4 2 1 10
Brown 25:28 6-10 2-6 6-13 1 3 14
Kennard 15:37 5-7 2-3 0-1 0 2 16
Preston 30:46 1-4 1-2 1-9 10 2 4
Boston Jr. 27:04 1-9 5-6 1-1 1 3 7
Diabate 24:35 5-5 4-8 4-7 2 1 14
Moon 22:17 3-6 2-2 2-3 5 3 9
Coffey 17:55 4-6 3-3 1-5 1 2 11
Devoe 16:36 4-5 4-6 0-3 3 1 14
Williamson 12:40 0-6 0-0 0-2 0 3 0
Covington 9:53 3-4 5-5 0-3 0 0 13
Morgan 7:45 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Totals 240:00 39-77 30-43 15-55 27 24 121

Percentages: FG .506, FT .698.

3-Point Goals: 13-29, .448 (Kennard 4-5, Covington 2-3, Devoe 2-3, Morris Sr. 2-5, Preston 1-1, Mann 1-2, Moon 1-2, Boston Jr. 0-2, Coffey 0-2, Williamson 0-4).

Team Rebounds: 17. Team Turnovers: 1.

Blocked Shots: 6 (Brown 2, Moon 2, Boston Jr., Diabate).

Turnovers: 23 (Coffey 4, Moon 4, Boston Jr. 2, Diabate 2, Mann 2, Preston 2, Williamson 2, Brown, Covington, Devoe, Kennard, Morris Sr.).

Steals: 9 (Coffey 3, Covington 2, Diabate, Moon, Morgan, Preston).

Technical Fouls: Clippers, 4:17 third.

Maccabi 16 14 29 22 81
L.A. Clippers 37 28 29 27 121

A_9,333 (15,354). T_2:25.

L.A. Clippers 121, Maccabi 81

5.7h ago 10/1/2022 12:52 AM ET

MACCABI (81)

Maoz 3-8 0-0 6, Maoz 0-1 0-0 0, Maoz 9-17 2-3 20, Maoz 6-13 1-4 15, Maoz 0-2 1-2 1, Griffin 0-3 8-9 8, Jones 1-7 2-4 4, Cole 3-8 0-0 6, Thornwell 1-5 5-6 7, Weber 2-10 3-3 8, Maoz 0-1 0-0 0, Maoz 2-5 0-0 4, Maoz 0-0 0-0 0, Maoz 1-1 0-0 2, Maoz 0-0 0-0 0, Maoz 0-1 0-0 0, Maoz 0-3 0-0 0, Maoz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-85 22-31 81.

L.A. CLIPPERS (121)

Mann 3-4 2-2 9, Morris Sr. 4-10 0-0 10, Brown 6-10 2-6 14, Kennard 5-7 2-3 16, Preston 1-4 1-2 4, Covington 3-4 5-5 13, Morgan 0-1 0-0 0, Diabate 5-5 4-8 14, Coffey 4-6 3-3 11, Boston Jr. 1-9 5-6 7, Devoe 4-5 4-6 14, Moon 3-6 2-2 9, Williamson 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 39-77 30-43 121.

Maccabi 16 14 29 22 81
L.A. Clippers 37 28 29 27 121

3-Point Goals_Maccabi 3-16 (Maoz 2-5, Weber 1-1, Cole 0-1, Griffin 0-1, Maoz 0-1, Maoz 0-1, Maoz 0-1, Jones 0-2, Thornwell 0-3), L.A. Clippers 13-29 (Kennard 4-5, Covington 2-3, Devoe 2-3, Morris Sr. 2-5, Preston 1-1, Mann 1-2, Moon 1-2, Boston Jr. 0-2, Coffey 0-2, Williamson 0-4). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Maccabi 38 (Maoz 10), L.A. Clippers 55 (Brown 13). Assists_Maccabi 16 (Maoz 5), L.A. Clippers 27 (Preston 10). Total Fouls_Maccabi 35, L.A. Clippers 24. A_9,333 (15,354)

NBA returning briefly to Seattle; questions of future loom

16.1h ago 9/30/2022 2:30 PM ET By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SEATTLE

SEATTLE (AP) — An NBA preseason game may not seem like a benchmark moment, even in a basketball-hungry city like Seattle, but Jamal Crawford believes there's value even in an exhibition.

“It reignites a whole new generation of kids who need to see this,” said Crawford, a Seattle native who has been a basketball ambassador for the city through a 20-year NBA career and now with a pro-am that brings in NBA players every summer. “They need to be able to dream and know that it’s real.”

The NBA is making its latest brief return to the Emerald City. The Los Angeles Clippers will play the Portland Trail Blazers there on Monday night, the first time two NBA teams will meet in Seattle since 2018, when the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings played a preseason game. That was the last sporting event inside KeyArena before it was gutted and rebuilt into the gleaming Climate Pledge Arena.

There was a warm-up act of sorts Friday when the Clippers played Israeli team Maccabi Ra’anana in an exhibition, one where the most of the Clippers’ big names — Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, John Wall and Reggie Jackson — weren’t participating.

A sell-out crowd turned out for that Warriors-Kings game four years ago, the first one in Seattle since the beloved SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008 after 41 years in the Pacific Northwest. Another big crowd is expected Monday.

“The Sonics haven’t been a team since I’ve been in the NBA. So just to go play in Seattle is cool,” Blazers star Damian Lillard said. “We played in Vancouver a few years back. I think like two or three years ago, we had a preseason game at the (Memorial) Coliseum. So every time we get to do something like that, I always enjoy it because I wondered what was it like when it was a real thing, when the games were played in these different arenas. So I am excited to play in Seattle.”

Someday, possibly soon, the expectations are that Seattle will reclaim its place as an NBA town.

“It’s always been a great city to me,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said Friday. “It's unfortunate that they lost their team and the team went to OKC. This city definitely deserves a team.”

Speculation is nonstop about when the NBA will choose to expand. Thanks to the resolution of its arena situation, Seattle seems likely to be at the forefront of those expansion talks, with Las Vegas likely right behind it.

But NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been noncommittal about a possible expansion timeline, and it seems likely those talks won’t pick up steam until the league deals with the new collective bargaining agreement and television deals that are on the horizon.

The community's commitment has never been in question. The appetite of Seattle fans hasn't waned in the years since the Sonics left and as the region became a hotbed for NBA talent, whether it was Crawford continuing to carry the banner for the city, to Zach LaVine of Renton, Washington, to this year’s No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero, another Seattle native.

As if any reinforcement was needed, the summer provided a perfect example as fans camped overnight outside Crawford’s summer league venue for the chance to get inside and watch LeBron James make his first basketball visit to the city in more than a decade.

"Anyone that knows Seattle knows what a great basketball city we are,” Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell said this summer when the preseason game was announced.

The idea for having the Blazers and Clippers meet in Seattle was the result of a brainstorm between Lue and Blazers coach Chauncey Billups. The two close friends wanted their teams to meet in the preseason and Lue noted the owners for both teams are Seattle based: Steve Ballmer of the Clippers and Jody Allen for the Blazers.

“I haven’t been back since I played there in 2008, I think it was. So just to be able to go back there and you know, Mr. Ballmer and kind of see his offices and how he lives, and (Chauncey) to get a chance to see his owner, and then to be with my best friend, I thought it would be a great common ground," Lue said.

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AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds and AP Sports Writers Beth Harris and Anne M. Peterson contributed to this report.

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AP source: Celtics agree to terms with big man Blake Griffin

17.4h ago 9/30/2022 1:10 PM ET By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON

BOSTON (AP) — Veteran big man Blake Griffin has agreed to a contract with the Boston Celtics, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday.

The person confirmed the move to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. It was first reported by ESPN.

Griffin, 33, should help the defending Eastern Conference champions weather the absence of center Robert Williams III, who is expected to miss 8-12 weeks after knee surgery. Seven-footer Luke Kornet sprained his ankle shortly after the start of training camp this week.

The 2009 No. 1 overall draft pick, Griffin is a six-time All-Star who averaged career lows of 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 17 minutes with the Brooklyn Nets last season. In 12 NBA seasons, he averaged 19.8 points and 8.2 rebounds.

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Harden knows he's no longer the man in Philadelphia

17.6h ago 9/30/2022 1:00 PM ET By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer CHARLESTON, S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — James Harden and Joel Embiid are beefing over who has been the most unbeatable Sixer during 1-on-1 competition at training camp. The smack talk escalated this week after a recent practice, each one badgering the other over who really is the alpha dog in Philly.

Who’s the better scorer? Rebounder? Nah, the thorny topic in this instance, gaming.

Harden tells Embiid he can beat him in FIFA.

“Of course,” Harden said.

“He said ‘OF COURSE,’” Embiid said, unable to stifle his laughter.

“How many games we play?” Embiid said. “Five games?”

“I don’t remember,” Harden retorted. “I haven’t played in four years. I used to be really, really good.”

So The Beard pokes reporters to quiz Embiid about his skills in Madden. Embiid insisted he doesn’t play the football video game on a regular basis, but conceded of Harden, “he’s good.”

“But give me two weeks,” Embiid said, “I’ll be the best.”

Embiid already is the 76ers' go-to guy once the controllers go down and the basketball is tossed up. The question that looms over the Sixers is can they get the two to mesh in their first full season together so they can contend for a title -- especially when Harden has to defer to last season's MVP runner-up?

No longer needed to average 30-plus points a game as he did when he starred as one of the NBA’s great isolation scorers, Harden is now the No. 2 in the Philadelphia's 1-2 punch. Embiid is the reigning NBA scoring champion and the face of the franchise.

The 33-year-old Harden, the 2018 MVP, is trying to prove he’s recovered from lingering tightness in his left hamstring last season that decimated his explosiveness and forced him into “tough times, lot of dark moments.” He took less money to return to the Sixers and dropped some weight over the summer. He's in better condition and serving as a mentor of sorts to blossoming talent, like Tyrese Maxey.

“You’ve got to be a leader,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers expressed to Harden after Thursday’s practice. “Get them to do it right.”

Rivers told Harden he needs to act as a facilitator, and “be the aggressive James” like he was at the end of practice.

“It’s going to come. It’s going to take a while," Rivers told the veteran. "But when it clicks, James, we’re going to be unbeatable. Unbeatable. But you’ve got to keep your spirit up.”

Spirits up, even with the wine connoisseur’s new role.

“You’ve been the President,” Rivers said.

“I ain’t the President no more,” Harden replied.

Hey, VP isn’t so bad. And given Embiid’s injury history, Harden just might have to rise again to the elite level he reached in eight-plus years with the Houston Rockets, where he was a three-time scoring champion and league assists leader. The seven-time All-NBA player was also named last year a member of the league’s 75th anniversary team. But his reputation was smudged when he in large part orchestrated trades out of Houston and Brooklyn over a 14-month span that eventually parked him in Philly at last year’s trade deadline.

The Nets had acquired Harden from the Rockets in a January 2021 trade, with the idea that he would form a Big 3 with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The expected title never materialized and the Nets gave up on a disgruntled Harden and traded him for Philly’s own disgruntled Ben Simmons.

Harden has mostly kept quiet on his previous two trade demands.

“For the most part, I’m to myself,” Harden said. “Media, whoever, they talk and say their little jabs or shots at me and I never respond because I know who I am and what I’m about.”

Harden averaged 21 points in 21 games with the Sixers. It was the postseason that struck reasonable doubt that all the NBA miles on his body might taken a toll.

The fake beards fans wore when the Sixers acquired Harden and crazed excitement stirred by his arrival dimmed in the postseason. Harden had four turnovers, four baskets and did not score in the second half in a season-ending Game 6 loss to Miami. He scored just 14 points in a Game 5 blowout loss at Miami. Harden said several issues that kept him from his full potential in Philadelphia were resolved this summer over meaningful conversations with Rivers and Embiid.

“I think me learning them, and vice versa, them learning me and who I am and what I’m about, this summer was really good for that,” Harden said.

In Harden’s 2017-18 MVP season, he joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season. He led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four and led the Rockets to an NBA-best 65 wins.

“If you start judging him, well he averaged 30 at Houston, but he only averaged 20 here, that’s insane,” Rivers said. “We have a lot of guys that can score. At Houston, he had to score. All the time. Here, the No. 1 option is Joel. James has never been the second option.”

At least not since his early years in Oklahoma City. If he adapts in Philly, it could go long a way toward bringing the Sixers their first championship since 1983.

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Wiseman stars as Warriors, Wizards open preseason in Tokyo

21.4h ago 9/30/2022 9:10 AM ET By CLAY BAILEY, Associated Press TOKYO

TOKYO (AP) — James Wiseman, who missed all of last season while rehabilitating after a knee injury, scored 20 points Friday as the defending champion Golden State Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards 96-87 to open the NBA preseason.

Wiseman played 24 minutes, connecting on eight of 11 shots, while adding nine rebounds and one block in his return following a right meniscal tear.

Rui Hachimura, a native of Japan who received a robust ovation from the crowd when he was introduced with the Washington starters, led the Wizards with 13 points and nine rebounds. Wiseman and Hachimura were the only players to finish in double figures as both teams substituted freely, particularly in the second half.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry played 13 minutes, going 1 of 7 from the field — a 3-pointer – and finishing with six points. Wizards guard Bradley Beal played 18 minutes and scored nine points.

The exhibition is part of a two-game series in Tokyo between the Warriors and Wizards, the first played in Japan since the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors played a preseason game in 2019.

The sellout crowd got glimpses of stars Curry, Draymond Green and Hachimura, as well as Beal. None of the Golden State starters played more than 20 minutes. By the third quarter, the teams were deep into their benches and gave reserves extended time in the game.

Both teams showed some early turnovers and errant passes and shot under 33% in the first half. Both ended the game shooting under 37%.

THOMPSON OUT

Warriors starting guard Klay Thompson didn't play, with Jordan Poole starting in his place. Golden State coach Steve Kerr announced before the game that the Warriors were being cautious with Thompson. He returned in January after missing 2 1/2 seasons after suffering a torn ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals, followed by a ruptured Achilles. Thompson is not expected to play in Tokyo.

For the Wizards, Will Barton, who was obtained from Denver in an offseason trade, missed the game with back tightness.

ROOKIE WATCH

Among the draft picks, Patrick Baldwin, the 28th overall pick for the Warriors, played 8 minutes and had seven points. For the Wizards, Johnny Davis from Wisconsin, picked 10th overall, played 22 minutes. He missed all five shots and finished with four points.

CLIPPERS 121, MACCABU RA'ANANA 81

In Seattle, Luke Kennard scored 16 points, Moses Brown added 14 point and 13 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers dominated Maccabi Ra’anana 121-81.

Michael Devoe also had 14 points, while Robert Covington added 13 points for Los Angeles. Anthony Morse led Maccabi Ra’anana with 20 points, while Jason Siggers had 15.

The game was a return to Seattle for the NBA, which left the Pacific Northwest city in 2008, with the SuperSonics relocating to Oklahoma City as the Thunder. And some SuperSonics royalty returned for the game, such as former players Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf, along with Lenny Wilkens, who both played and coached in Seattle.

While former SuperSonics attended the game, several of the Clippers stars sat out the contest with Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, newcomer John Wall, center Ivica Zubac and Reggie Jackson taking off the opening night of the preseason.

Maccabi Ra’anana, was really never in the contest, trailing 65-30 at the half as the Clippers shot 51% before the break, including 9 of 13 from 3-point range. The lead would be 94-59 at the end of three quarters.

Maccabi Ra’anana will play two more games on their tour of the United States, on Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers and Sunday against Oklahoma City.

Moussa Diabate from Michigan, the Clippers only pick in the June draft at No. 43 overall, finished with 14 points, hitting all five of his shots and grabbing seven rebounds.

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Golden State 96, Washington 87

21.9h ago 9/30/2022 8:40 AM ET

GOLDEN STATE (96)

D.Green 1-2 2-2 4, Wiggins 1-8 2-2 5, Looney 2-7 0-0 4, Curry 1-7 3-3 6, Poole 1-10 3-4 5, Baldwin Jr. 2-4 2-2 7, J.Green 0-3 0-0 0, Kuminga 1-4 4-6 6, Williams 1-1 1-1 3, Wiseman 8-11 4-6 20, DiVincenzo 3-4 1-2 9, Moody 2-6 0-0 5, Quinones 1-1 1-2 3, Robinson 1-1 2-4 5, Rollins 1-6 6-6 8, Weatherspoon 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 29-79 31-40 96.

WASHINGTON (87)

Hachimura 5-9 3-7 13, Kuzma 3-9 0-0 7, Porzingis 3-10 1-2 7, Beal 4-8 0-0 9, Morris 4-10 0-0 9, Gibson 3-5 0-2 8, Gill 1-4 1-2 3, Kispert 1-6 2-2 4, Schakel 1-4 2-2 4, Todd 1-4 1-1 3, Carey Jr. 1-2 1-2 3, Gafford 3-4 2-4 8, Davis 0-5 4-4 4, Wright 1-4 2-2 5. Totals 31-84 19-30 87.

Golden State 16 25 28 27 96
Washington 12 25 27 23 87

3-Point Goals_Golden State 7-26 (DiVincenzo 2-3, Robinson 1-1, Baldwin Jr. 1-3, Curry 1-4, Moody 1-4, Wiggins 1-4, D.Green 0-1, J.Green 0-1, Kuminga 0-1, Poole 0-4), Washington 6-35 (Gibson 2-3, Wright 1-3, Beal 1-4, Morris 1-4, Kuzma 1-5, Todd 0-1, Schakel 0-2, Kispert 0-3, Hachimura 0-4, Porzingis 0-6). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Golden State 62 (Wiseman 9), Washington 44 (Hachimura 9). Assists_Golden State 18 (Kuminga 3), Washington 20 (Morris 5). Total Fouls_Golden State 27, Washington 27. A_20,497 (37,000)

Golden State 96, Washington 87

21.9h ago 9/30/2022 8:40 AM ET

FG FT Reb
GOLDEN STATE Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
D.Green 13:05 1-2 2-2 0-8 2 0 4
Wiggins 16:15 1-8 2-2 1-6 1 1 5
Looney 15:57 2-7 0-0 3-7 1 3 4
Curry 13:05 1-7 3-3 0-3 2 0 6
Poole 19:10 1-10 3-4 0-5 1 1 5
Kuminga 25:51 1-4 4-6 0-1 3 1 6
Moody 25:18 2-6 0-0 0-1 2 5 5
Wiseman 23:50 8-11 4-6 2-9 1 3 20
DiVincenzo 17:06 3-4 1-2 0-7 2 0 9
J.Green 16:05 0-3 0-0 3-5 1 1 0
Robinson 12:00 1-1 2-4 0-1 0 1 5
Weatherspoon 11:51 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 3 6
Rollins 11:29 1-6 6-6 0-4 1 2 8
Baldwin Jr. 8:13 2-4 2-2 0-1 0 2 7
Quinones 8:03 1-1 1-2 0-2 0 3 3
Williams 2:42 1-1 1-1 1-1 0 1 3
Totals 240:00 29-79 31-40 10-62 18 27 96

Percentages: FG .367, FT .775.

3-Point Goals: 7-26, .269 (DiVincenzo 2-3, Robinson 1-1, Baldwin Jr. 1-3, Curry 1-4, Moody 1-4, Wiggins 1-4, D.Green 0-1, J.Green 0-1, Kuminga 0-1, Poole 0-4).

Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: None.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Poole, Robinson, Wiseman).

Turnovers: 17 (Curry 4, Kuminga 4, Robinson 2, Wiseman 2, D.Green, Looney, Poole, Rollins, Williams).

Steals: 6 (Moody, Poole, Quinones, Robinson, Weatherspoon, Wiggins).

Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb
WASHINGTON Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Hachimura 25:10 5-9 3-7 0-9 0 0 13
Kuzma 20:04 3-9 0-0 0-4 1 3 7
Porzingis 21:15 3-10 1-2 0-4 4 5 7
Beal 17:34 4-8 0-0 2-2 3 1 9
Morris 18:19 4-10 0-0 1-1 5 3 9
Davis 22:29 0-5 4-4 0-2 3 2 4
Kispert 19:50 1-6 2-2 0-3 1 2 4
Wright 17:41 1-4 2-2 0-3 1 1 5
Gafford 16:15 3-4 2-4 0-4 1 1 8
Schakel 16:03 1-4 2-2 0-2 0 2 4
Gill 14:30 1-4 1-2 2-4 1 2 3
Todd 12:00 1-4 1-1 1-2 0 4 3
Gibson 10:30 3-5 0-2 0-1 0 1 8
Carey Jr. 8:20 1-2 1-2 1-3 0 0 3
Totals 240:00 31-84 19-30 7-44 20 27 87

Percentages: FG .369, FT .633.

3-Point Goals: 6-35, .171 (Gibson 2-3, Wright 1-3, Beal 1-4, Morris 1-4, Kuzma 1-5, Todd 0-1, Schakel 0-2, Kispert 0-3, Hachimura 0-4, Porzingis 0-6).

Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: None.

Blocked Shots: 10 (Wright 3, Carey Jr. 2, Gafford 2, Kispert, Kuzma, Porzingis).

Turnovers: 14 (Kuzma 3, Beal 2, Davis 2, Morris 2, Gafford, Gill, Hachimura, Kispert, Porzingis).

Steals: 12 (Porzingis 4, Davis 3, Beal 2, Gibson, Hachimura, Morris).

Technical Fouls: None.

Golden State 16 25 28 27 96
Washington 12 25 27 23 87

A_20,497 (37,000). T_2:17.

NBA Preseason Glance

21.9h ago 9/30/2022 8:40 AM ET

All Times EDT

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division
W L Pct GB
Boston 0 0 .000
Brooklyn 0 0 .000
New York 0 0 .000
Philadelphia 0 0 .000
Toronto 0 0 .000
Southeast Division
W L Pct GB
Atlanta 0 0 .000
Charlotte 0 0 .000
Miami 0 0 .000
Orlando 0 0 .000
Washington 0 1 .000 ½
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Chicago 0 0 .000
Cleveland 0 0 .000
Detroit 0 0 .000
Indiana 0 0 .000
Milwaukee 0 0 .000
WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division
W L Pct GB
Dallas 0 0 .000
Houston 0 0 .000
Memphis 0 0 .000
New Orleans 0 0 .000
San Antonio 0 0 .000
Northwest Division
W L Pct GB
Denver 0 0 .000
Minnesota 0 0 .000
Oklahoma City 0 0 .000
Portland 0 0 .000
Utah 0 0 .000
Pacific Division
W L Pct GB
Golden State 1 0 1.000
L.A. Clippers 0 0 .000 ½
L.A. Lakers 0 0 .000 ½
Phoenix 0 0 .000 ½
Sacramento 0 0 .000 ½

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Thursday's Games

No games scheduled.

Friday's Games

Golden State 96, Washington 87

L.A. Clippers 121, Maccabi 81

Saturday's Games

Memphis at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Sunday's Games

Washington at Golden State, 1 a.m.

Charlotte at Boston, 1 p.m.

Utah at Toronto, 6 p.m.

San Antonio at Houston, 7 p.m.

Adelaide 36ers at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Monday's Games

Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Orlando at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Denver, 9 p.m.

Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Sacramento at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

Thunder rookie Holmgren learns ways of NBA while on the mend

1.6d ago 9/29/2022 5:19 PM ET By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren is experiencing the rehab process for the first time.

The No. 2 pick in the 2022 NBA draft suffered a right foot injury during a pro-am game in August while defending as LeBron James drove to the basket on a fast break. He had surgery, and the Thunder declared him out for the season.

“I’ve never had a serious injury in my life, so I didn’t really know, I had nothing to base it off of and compare to,” Holmgren said Thursday. “So when it happened, I had to get it looked at and see how serious it was. I didn’t imagine anything like this.”

Holmgren, a versatile 7-footer who had great moments during summer league, is dealing with being sidelined as the Thunder start training camp this week.

“Definitely something that I really had to put my mind to and spend some time to think on," he said. "And kind of come to some conclusions on things and really settle my mind so I could kind of stop focusing on what happened and focus in on what’s going to happen, what I've got to do to get where I need to be.”

Even without practicing, he has already left an impression on his teammates.

“He’s a great guy,” guard Lu Dort said. “I can already feel a connection with me and the rest of the team. He’s a pretty vocal guy, too. He talks a lot, and that’s good for the team.”

Holmgren said his only workout limitation is that he can’t put weight on the injured foot. So, that forces him to focus on other aspects of the game. Coach Mark Daigneault said Holmgren has been working hard on film study.

“It just comes down to putting my mental energy towards it, learning how to really be a professional in areas off the court,” Holmgren said. “I’ve dedicated so much time to really hustling at my craft on the court. Now, this event is making me step back and kind of rework how how I do things. And one of those ways is to become professional with watching film and speaking with coaches, trying to learn, watching what’s happening and really being engaged, in trying to get better with different avenues.”

Holmgren has spoken with Joel Embiid about his injury. Embiid, the reigning NBA scoring champion, was the No. 3 pick in 2014 before missing his first two seasons with foot issues.

Holmgren hopes he can recover as well as Embiid.

“What I’m trying to do right now is just kind of soak up all the knowledge of how things are done around here, how they’re going to be done going forward," Holmgren said. "So when I’m ready to get get back in there, I can just kind of seamlessly plug myself in.”

Holmgren is expected to be ready for the start of next season. He said he’s trying to keep his thoughts positive.

“It all comes down to keeping a level head because there’s so many ups and downs,” he said. “Unfortunately, this is a down. But I’ve got to keep my head level and focus on getting better. And no matter what the circumstances are, that’s the goal.”

Daigneault believes Holmgren's mindset will net positive results.

“We’d like him to be out here,” Daigneault said. “But since he’s not, we’re certainly going to make a lot of investments, and the thing that makes me the most optimistic about that is the approach that he takes.”

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Proud to be an American: 76ers star Embiid now U.S. citizen

1.7d ago 9/29/2022 2:19 PM ET By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer CHARLESTON, S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Joel Embiid has tried to keep the ruse alive — that he was nothing more than a 7-foot couch potato this summer. To hear Embiid tell it, every day was easy like a lazy Sunday morning.

His biggest offseason accomplishment?

“Sleep,” he said with a laugh Thursday.

The Philadelphia 76ers' franchise center might not have been exaggerating about his desire for some R&R.

Embiid and his Brazilian girlfriend share a 2-year-old son. That can tucker out even the biggest of big men. He was put through rigorous workouts this summer by his long-time personal trainer in Beverly Hills.

And there was a pressing personal process: A native of Cameroon who also holds French citizenship, Embiid was sworn in two weeks ago in Philadelphia as an American citizen.

“I’ve been here for a long time,” Embiid told The Associated Press on Thursday at training camp at The Citadel. “My son is American. I felt like, I’m living here and it’s a blessing to be an American. So I said, why not?”

The 28-year-old graduated from a Florida high school and played a season in college at Kansas before the 76ers drafted him No. 3 overall in 2014. The natural question raised is, which country could Embiid potentially represent in international basketball? Embiid defused speculation and said it was way too early to think about the Olympics or other international tournaments.

“I just want to be healthy and win a championship and go from there,” he told the AP.

After missing his first two seasons with injuries, Embiid has been every bit the dominant force in the NBA over the past six seasons. Once the poster child for load management, Embiid set career highs in games (68) and minutes (33.8 average) and his 30.6 points made him the first international player ever to win an NBA scoring title. He’s a five-time All-Star and was runner-up each of the last two seasons to Denver’s Nikola Jokic in MVP voting.

Embiid, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris and P.J. Tucker might form the Sixers' most potent lineup since 2019 and they have a legitimate shot at contending for an NBA championship. Coach Doc Rivers, in his third season, knows the scoring load isn’t a democracy — it starts with the Big Man. And even Embiid has room to grow.

“It’s just keep getting better at being a teammate and making everybody else better,” Rivers said. “That’s the next step, dominating. Giving room for James to dominate. Giving room for Tyrese to dominate. Giving room for Tobias to have a great game. I think he’s actually doing that right now.”

Embiid also averaged 11.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in helping the 76ers reach the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight year. Embiid averaged 23.6 points and 10.7 rebounds in the postseason despite playing with an orbital fracture. He had offseason surgery to repair the torn ligament in his right thumb suffered in the playoffs and a procedure to repair an injury to his left index finger.

Embiid said his thumb “is still not the same.”

“You can’t control freak accidents,” Embiid said. “I need to keep on going. I’m only doing this for 20 years. I need to get it all in while I can.”

With a commitment to durability, Embiid spent his summer again with trainer Drew Hanlen — an unaffiliated NBA guru for many stars — and watched countless hours of film and worked on techniques that could shore up his deficiencies. Embiid was known early in his career for sucking down Shirley Temples but has worked with sports dietitians to develop healthier eating habits and streamlined his workouts.

And yes, Hanlen said, Embiid does have improved sleeping habits. When he’s awake, Embiid puts in the work.

“We know that teams can’t guard him one-on-one anymore. They have to send multiple defenders and they have to send them fast,” Hanlen said by phone. “That’s the biggest thing, we’ve tried to expand his game and grow his game to kind of counter that.”

Hanlen and Embiid have analyzed film on the NBA careers of former stars such as Kobe Bryant, Hakeem Olajuwan and Dirk Nowitzki. When Embiid wanted to study more of those NBA greats during the playoffs, Hanlen laughed as he recalled that was nothing more he could give his prized pupil. Embiid had every single made field goal from Nowitzki and others on a folder on his computer. But there was plenty in Embiid’s postseason performance to scrutinize.

“One of the things we saw was that when teams were fronting him and he wasn’t able to catch the ball in favorable spots, he wasn’t able to dominate the game like he did in the regular season,” Hanlen said. “The biggest thing we wanted to do was find a way to counter that so he could generate his own offense without having to rely on post entries and play calls.”

Hanlen also wanted Embiid to “feel more comfortable driving from the perimeter and finish around the basket.”

Embiid wants it all now: the ring, the parade, the MVP, defensive awards. Sixers fans can enjoy him for years. Embiid’s four-year, $196 million contract extension doesn’t kick in until next season and takes him through 2026-27.

“I feel like there’s a reason why I was fortunate to be the leading scorer last year,” Embiid said. “I feel like I’m good enough to be put in any position to score the ball. At the end of the day, when I get the ball it’s not about me scoring the ball. It’s about me making plays for myself and my teammates.”

Embiid became the face of the 76ers’ rebuilding effort more commonly known as The Process. He embraced the nickname and is introduced before every home game as Joel “The Process” Embiid. He was also introduced as playing out of Kansas until he switched it to Cameroon around midseason last year. Embiid’s triple-threat nationality might give PA announcer Matt Cord a mouthful this season.

“We’re going to say Cameroon, American and French,” Embiid told AP with a laugh.

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NBA Preseason Glance

1.8d ago 9/29/2022 10:39 AM ET

All Times EDT

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division
W L Pct GB
Toronto 0 0 .000
New York 0 0 .000
Boston 0 0 .000
Philadelphia 0 0 .000
Brooklyn 0 0 .000
Southeast Division
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Orlando 0 0 .000
Washington 0 0 .000
Charlotte 0 0 .000
Miami 0 0 .000
Atlanta 0 0 .000
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 0 0 .000
Chicago 0 0 .000
Cleveland 0 0 .000
Indiana 0 0 .000
Detroit 0 0 .000
WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division
W L Pct GB
New Orleans 0 0 .000
Memphis 0 0 .000
Houston 0 0 .000
Dallas 0 0 .000
San Antonio 0 0 .000
Northwest Division
W L Pct GB
Denver 0 0 .000
Minnesota 0 0 .000
Portland 0 0 .000
Utah 0 0 .000
Oklahoma City 0 0 .000
Pacific Division
W L Pct GB
L.A. Clippers 0 0 .000
Phoenix 0 0 .000
Golden State 0 0 .000
Sacramento 0 0 .000
L.A. Lakers 0 0 .000

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Wednesday's Games

No games scheduled.

Thursday's Games

No games scheduled.

Friday's Games

Golden State at Washington, 6 a.m.

Maccabi Ra'anana at L.A. Clippers, 10 p.m.

Saturday's Games

Memphis at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Sunday's Games

Washington at Golden State, 1 a.m.

Charlotte at Boston, 1 p.m.

Utah at Toronto, 6 p.m.

San Antonio at Houston, 7 p.m.

Adelaide 36ers at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Warriors-Wizards games in Japan to woo NBA fans, sponsors

2.2d ago 9/29/2022 2:39 AM ET By YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press TOKYO

TOKYO (AP) — Before Stephen Curry makes a single 3-pointer, before Rui Hachimura gets his first ovation from Japanese fans who came to cheer one of their own, the NBA Japan Games are already a huge win in one regard.

The money.

Big money is riding on — and getting spent on — the NBA’s most recent foray into Japan, which has the reigning champion Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards set to play a pair of preseason games there on Friday and Sunday. Every seat inside Saitama Super Arena has been sold, and the league has more marketing partners for games in Japan than ever before.

The financial rewards are as clear as the patch of Japanese online retailer Rakuten on the jerseys that Curry and the Warriors will wear.

“These are the Japanese people who grew up on Michael Jordan,” said Junya Ogura, senior manager at Japanese automaker Nissan’s brand and media strategy department. “We are banking on a return that will come in the future.”

Nissan Motor Co., which sponsors Japanese professional baseball and soccer, had a high-profile deal with tennis superstar Naomi Osaka which recently ended. It is sponsoring NBA games for the first time.

Ogura thinks the investments being made by Japanese companies for these games is worth it given the NBA’s strong appeal to the younger generation, a trend that’s backed up by marketing studies. Nissan is sharing the role of presenting partner for the games with Rakuten, which has had a lucrative relationship with the Warriors — at least $20 million a year, largely to have its patch on Golden State’s jerseys — since 2017.

Rakuten also has a sponsorship deal with Curry, part of his massive off-court empire. Rakuten also sponsors Japanese baseball and soccer and holds the Japan Open tennis championships, plus live-streams NBA games. And that was one of the primary reasons why the NBA returned to Japan for a pair of preseason games between Houston and Toronto in 2019, ending what was a 16-year drought between games in that country.

“Excited to be here,” Curry said.

The tickets cost up to 420,000 yen ($2,900) each for courtside “VIP” seats. Both Friday and Sunday games are sold out at the Saitama Super Arena, where the U.S. won the gold medal at the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics in 2021. The massive arena was largely empty for those games, tickets unable to be sold because of the virus.

Now, every seat has been grabbed. Plus, the NBA has drawn 15 marketing partners to support the preseason games in Japan, including American Express, Hennessy, NEC and Nike, and now has 19 marketing and promotional partners in Japan.

“Obviously it’s about the money,” said Bob Dorfman, a San Francisco-based sports analyst at Pinnacle Advertising.

“Building the fan base in Asia, and everywhere else in the world, results in more sponsorship dollars, increased media rights and greater merchandise sales.”

The NBA may have more global appeal than other U.S. sports, being easier to understand than football, for instance, according to Dorfman, who has worked in Japan.

“Every team has foreign-born players on their rosters, and the league’s top stars are cultural icons, trendsetters, and social media giants. The game is cool,” he said.

That translates not only into sponsorship money but also youngsters spending on sneakers and other fashion items and merchandising.

Between 1990 and 2003, the NBA staged 12 regular-season games in Japan. The courtship between the NBA and the Japanese fan — not to mention Japanese companies and NBA fans globally — is now fully underway again.

A giant 3D display at a Tokyo street-crossing depicts Curry and other NBA stars as “manga,” or Japanese comic, characters. The NBA’s Japanese-language social media accounts have amassed more than 1.6 million followers.

While the players are in town, they will be taking part in various fan events. Besides Hachimura, the NBA now has another Japanese player, Yuta Watanabe, who is with the Brooklyn Nets.

The NBA is also excited about the potential for women’s basketball. Japanese women were the silver medalists in the last Olympics. Rui Machida, an Olympian, signed earlier this year with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

“Our fan base is growing,” said NBA Asia managing director Ramez Sheikh. “There is real momentum around basketball in Japan, and it’s a real important market for the NBA.”

Wizards officials acknowledged they were surprised by the big reaction signing Hachimura drew from Japan. They suddenly saw more Japanese in the stands, tour buses started coming, and Japanese media showed up in big numbers.

“It was all about Rui,” said Hunter Lochman, chief marketing officer at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Wizards. “It’s fast-paced. It’s high scoring. It’s a great sport and it’s a global sport.”

Besides Japan, a pair of preseason games are scheduled for Abu Dhabi this season, with the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks going there early next month. Regular-season games will be played in Mexico City in December and Paris in January.

Kyle Kuzma, a Wizards forward, said he was excited about being in Japan for the first time.

He already had sushi, planned to go shopping and was approached by a fan on the street, who gave him chopsticks with his name and the name of his girlfriend etched onto them.

“This is a big moment,” Kuzma said. “It’s a big stage."

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Maxey turns into star guard 76ers need to chase championship

2.5d ago 9/28/2022 6:49 PM ET By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer CHARLESTON, S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Doc Rivers was not expecting guests one day this summer when members of his staff turned up uninvited at his house with a direct demand of the Philadelphia 76ers coach: Tyrese Maxey needed an intervention.

It was true.

Maxey needed help getting out of the gym. So a pair of coaches tried to persuade Rivers to talk Maxey into slowing down.

The third-year guard found a court, a pick-up game, anywhere with a basketball in his travels this summer and hooped about every day from dawn through lunch through late nights in a never-ending chase at professional perfection.

Yeah, Rivers said, no dice.

“It’s hard to shut a guy down like that, it really is,” Rivers said. “They’re young and you kind of let them do it.”

Who knew? The one way to get a player like Maxey to actually play less basketball was get him to training camp. Maxey laughed Wednesday as he counted the hours sequestered in the team hotel from the night before, from “like 4:30, 5 o’clock to 11 o’clock” with teammates Joel Embiid, James Harden, P.J. Tucker, Tobias Harris and others playing cards, videogames, basically bonding the way Rivers envisioned when he moved camp from team headquarters in New Jersey to the Citadel. The only way Maxey was getting close to a ball was if one showed up on a gaming console.

Alas, it was mostly Madden and FIFA.

Those games belonged to Embiid.

“They’re way too competitive in those things,” Maxey said, laughing. “It was fun, though.”

There are Philly sports legends with a complicated history with the city -- it was Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, after all, who said “Philadelphia is the only city where you can experience the thrill of victory and the agony of reading about it the next day” -- but few have ignited an unbridled devotion from the start of a career quite like Maxey.

The smile. The field trips to Union and Phillies games. That Allen Iverson-style of leaving it all on the court on every play endeared him so much to fans to the point that his No. 0 jerseys at times at games seemed to rival those for Embiid. Sixers fans about panicked like Ben Simmons facing an open Game 7 dunk when it was hinted over the summer he could be packaged in a trade to Brooklyn for disgruntled start Kevin Durant.

Not Maxey!

He hosted a basketball camp in Philadelphia, played in an annual Philly summer basketball tournament (had a double-double, of course), struck the drum at a Union game and joined the Phillies broadcast booth for a game this summer.

He squeezed in those extracurriculars when he wasn’t in the gym -- or at the gym.

“No matter where I was, if I was in LA, Dallas, if I was back in Philly, I knew I was lifting four times a week and I was going to do it no matter what happened,” Maxey said. “In Dallas, I had to go to different spots because they didn’t have a lot of equipment. Sometimes I’d have to go to SMU, sometimes I had to go to where my high school coach works at. It’s just the consistency of it, that’s my main motto.”

Does Maxey feel like he sprouted 24-inch pythons?

“I feel a little bit stronger,” Maxey said, laughing as he checked out both biceps.

The 21-year-old guard out of Kentucky was pressed into service as the starting point guard last season once Simmons’ lingering holdout turned into a full-blown trade for Harden, and he averaged 35.3 minutes and 17.5 points. He broke through in the playoffs and had Sixers fans roaring “Maxey! Maxey! Maxey!” after each electrifying play in a 38-point effort against Toronto that included five 3s overall and 21 points in the third quarter of a Game 1 victory.

He followed up with 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in Game 2. He added 21 points in a Game 3 win the next round over Miami. With each big basket, his Philly following only grew -- and got louder from inside the Wells Fargo Center.

His playoff performance only fueled his motivation to hit the gym, a passion that started in the 10th grade when he joined a few friends called The Breakfast Club for 4:30 a.m. workouts and pickup games. Once he got to Kentucky, he organized the before-sun up activities.

“Everybody has their own thing,” Maxey said. “My thing is, that’s how I get a psychological advantage over my opponent. I feel like, nobody else is getting up in the summertime at 5 a.m. when you can sleep in and do the same thing at 10, 11, 1 o’clock. I’d rather have somebody tell me you need to reel it back in than someone tell you I need to ramp back up.”

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Thunder acquire forward Maurice Harkless in trade with Hawks

3.3d ago 9/27/2022 10:28 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired veteran forward Maurice Harkless in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

The Thunder also received a 2029 second-round pick and another draft consideration from the Hawks in exchange for Vít Krejci.

The 6-foot-9 Harkless averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 47 games with Sacramento last season. He was traded by the Kings to the Hawks in July.

Harkless made his NBA debut with Orlando in 2012. He has career averages of 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 621 games, also playing for Portland, Miami, the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks.

The 22-year-old Krejci was a second-round pick in the 2020 draft. The 6-foot-8 guard played in 30 games during his rookie season with Oklahoma City, averaging 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds.

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