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Rockets PG Paul out 2-4 weeks

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(TSX / STATS) -- Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will miss two to four weeks due to a bruised left knee, according to multiple reports on Friday.

The nine-time All-Star was hampered by the knee in Tuesday's season-opening victory over the Golden State Warriors before sitting out the following night's game against the Sacramento Kings.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni downplayed the seriousness of the injury earlier Friday when he revealed Paul would miss Saturday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

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James, Cavs overcome Giannis' 34 points

(TSX / STATS) -- MILWAUKEE -- By his own admission, LeBron James still is not completely recovered from the left ankle injury that limited to just one preseason game.

But, if the Cleveland Cavaliers' first two games are any indication, even James on one leg is still better than most of the players he'll face.

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Celtics surge past 76ers for first win

(TSX / STATS) -- PHILADELPHIA -- The Boston Celtics are missing Gordon Hayward and two other key players. But when it mattered most Friday night, Kyrie Irving most certainly was not missing.

Irving scored seven of his 21 points in a game-ending 18-8 run as the short-handed Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-92 for their first victory of the season.

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Timberwolves edge Jazz in Rubio's return

(TSX / STATS) -- MINNEAPOLIS -- When the Minnesota Timberwolves overhauled their roster in the offseason, the spotlight was on the acquisition of star Jimmy Butler and starters Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson.

Backup guard Jamal Crawford could well prove to be nearly as vital, with his ability to hit big shots.

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Wall keys Wizards' wild win over Pistons

(TSX / STATS) -- WASHINGTON -- Helped by an explosive offense, the Washington Wizards opened the season with back-to-back wins. John Wall's fear is they might go winless on their upcoming road trip if the defense doesn't tighten up.

Otto Porter scored 28 points, and Wall had 26 points, 10 assists and two blocks as the Wizards improved to 2-0 with a 115-111 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

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Hornets rally from 20 down, rout Hawks

(TSX / STATS) -- CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dwight Howard gives the Charlotte Hornets an element they have never had previously during coach Steve Clifford's five-year tenure -- a dominant presence in the paint.

Howard gave a glimpse of what kind of an impact he can have on Friday night as the Hornets roared past the Atlanta Hawks 109-91 in their home opener.

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McCollum has 28 in debut as Blazers roll

(TSX / STATS) -- INDIANAPOLIS -- When Portland guards C.J. McCollum, Damian Lillard and Evan Turner are on the same page, the Trail Blazers are a difficult team to beat.

That was the case Friday night in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where McCollum returned from a one-game suspension to lead all scorers with 28 points, assisted by 18 from Lillard and 17 from Turner in an easy 114-96 victory against the Indiana Pacers. The Blazers improved to 2-0 overall and 2-0 on the road to begin the season.

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Vucevic's 41 not enough, Nets edge Magic

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- On the agonizing flight from Indiana after realizing he suffered a season-ending knee injury, Jeremy Lin mentioned to Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson that the team was "better-equipped" to handle it.

Watching D'Angelo Russell make plays in crunch time is likely what Lin meant.

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Hill scores 21, helps Kings beat Mavs

(TSX / STATS) -- DALLAS -- The Sacramento Kings played smash-mouth basketball with the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night and emerged with a hard-fought 93-88 victory at American Airlines Center.

With Willie Cauley-Stein hauling in 11 boards, the Kings won the rebounding battle by a sizeable 57-36 margin. In fact, eight of the 10 players who played for Sacramento each grabbed at least five boards.

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Kings hire second full-time female coach

(TSX / STATS) -- Jenny Boucek became the second current full-time female coach in the NBA on Friday, when the Sacramento Kings hired the former WNBA coach as assistant coach for player development.

Boucek, 43, joins San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon as the lone full-time female assistant coaches.

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