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A quick look at the highlights from Monday’s NBA preseason games.
Celtics 94, Hornets 82
Kyrie Irving scored nine points and passed for three assists in one half of action, and Gordon Hayward compiled five points and five rebounds. Both were making their Celtics preseason debuts.
Dwight Howard, who had been experiencing some minor back issues, scored seven points and grabbed 10 boards for the Hornets.
Nuggets 113, Lakers 107
Gary Harris erupted for 25 points in 21 minutes to pace the Nuggets. Nikola Jokic added 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Heralded Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball scored eight points and passed for four assists beforew tweaking his ankle. It has been diagnosed as a mild sprain. Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma gave his second straight strong showing with 23 points.
Wizards 126, Long-Lions 96
Jodie Meeks scored 19 points off the bench to lift the Wizards to an easy win.
Former NBA forward Tyler Hansborough made his case for a return to the league with a dominating showing of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow American Kyle Fogg added 26 points for the Chinese club.
Grizzlies 92, Magic 84
Mario Chalmers sizzled in his return to preseason NBA action, scoring 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Grizzlies.
Power forward Jarell Martin added 16 points, making all but one of his eight field-goal attempts.
The Magic received 15 points from rookie forward Jonathan Isaac, drafted No. 6 overall out of Florida State.
Mavericks 106, Bucks 104
Second-year guard Yogi Ferrell scored 12 points off the bench as the Mavs nipped the Bucks. Dirk Nowitzki added five points in nine minutes, and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. scored three in 12.
Rashad Vaughn erupted for 20 points in 20 minutes for the Bucks.
Jazz 108, Sydney Kings 84
Rodney Hood scored 18 points and Rudy Gobert went for 15 points and 10 boards in a major mismatch.
Rookie guard Donovan Mitchell added 11 points off the bench.
Kings 106, Spurs 100
Rookie guard Frank Mason and De’Aaron Fox put on a show with 17 and 16 points, respectively, to lead the Kings.
Fox went 7-of-8 from the floor. Zach Randolph added seven points in nine minutes.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 17 points. Second-year guard Dejounte Murray got the start and tacked on nine points.