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Hayward breaks ankle in Celtics debut

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(TSX / STATS) -- CLEVELAND -- New Boston Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward fractured his left ankle when he was bumped in the air by LeBron James and fell with his leg pinned under him in the first quarter of the NBA's season opener against Cleveland on Tuesday.

Hayward, 27, who signed a four-year, $128 million contract in the offseason with the Celtics, was trying to convert a lob pass from Kyrie Irving when he and James ran into each other. Hayward immediately called for help while his ankle was apparently dislodged.

The team later announced Hayward suffered a fractured ankle.


Rockets rally, Warriors' shot ruled late

(TSX / STATS) -- OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two guys who were imported to help make the Houston Rockets a better defensive team demonstrated Tuesday night they pack a little offensive punch as well.

Luc Mbah a Moute ignited a rally with 12 fourth-quarter points, and P.J. Tucker scored the game's final two on a pair of free throws with 44.1 seconds left, helping the Rockets stun the Golden State Warriors 122-121 in the defending champion's ring-ceremony opener.


James has 29, Cavs win Irving's return

(TSX / STATS) -- CLEVELAND -- LeBron James was not about to let his old teammate and NBA Finals partner Kyrie Irving beat him.

But it was close.


Bulls' Mirotic hurt in fight with Portis

(TSX / STATS) -- Chicago Bulls starting power forward Nikola Mirotic sustained what the team called "maxillary fractures" after being punched in the face by teammate Bobby Portis in a practice altercation.

According to the Bulls, Mirotic likely will require surgery.


Spurs extend F Aldridge 3 years, $72M

(TSX / STATS) -- Five-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge agreed to terms on a three-year, $72.3 million contract extension with the San Antonio Spurs, multiple outlets reported on Monday.

The deal will keep Aldridge under contract with the Spurs through the 2020-21 season.


Nuggets to sign Jefferson, waive Nelson

(TSX / STATS) -- The Denver Nuggets will sign forward Richard Jefferson and release veteran guard Jameer Nelson.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported late Monday that Jefferson and the Nuggets had agreed on a one-year, $2.3 million contract. The 37-year-old Jefferson, who spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, will join a young nucleus of rising stars that include center Nikola Jokic and guard Gary Harris in Mile High City.


Jazz G Exum set for shoulder surgery

(TSX / STATS) -- Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum will undergo shoulder surgery next week, the team announced Monday.

The procedure, set for Oct. 24, is intended to stabilize the AC joint in Exum's separated left shoulder. The operation could threaten his season, although the Jazz did not offer a timetable for his recovery.


Celtics F Morris to miss couple of weeks

(TSX / STATS) -- Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris will miss Tuesday's season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to right knee soreness, Boston coach Brad Stevens said on Sunday.

Morris will miss at least the first couple weeks of the regular season, according to Stevens. He played just 11 minutes in the preseason due to the knee woes and because he was away on trial in Phoenix for aggravated assault. He was acquitted.


76ers PG Fultz to open season as reserve

(TSX / STATS) -- Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA draft, will open the season as a reserve, coach Brett Brown revealed Sunday.

The 76ers open the season Wednesday against the Washington Wizards and the star backcourt combo of John Wall and Bradley Beal and that was one factor in the decision. Another is that Fultz played in just two preseason games after battling shoulder and knee ailments.


Wolves exercise options on Towns, Jones

(TSX / STATS) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves exercised the fourth-year options on center Karl-Anthony Towns and guard Tyus Jones, the team announced Sunday.

Towns, the top overall pick in the 2015 draft, averaged 25.1 points and 12.3 rebounds while starting all 82 games for the second straight season in 2016-17.

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