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Lin has surgery, season officially over

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NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets say Jeremy Lin has had surgery repair a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

The procedure was performed Friday morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The team says the surgery was successful and Lin is expected to make a full recovery.

Lin was hurt Wednesday during the Nets' first game of the season when he landed hard after a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter of a 140-131 loss to Indiana.

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Heat C Whiteside out with bruised knee

MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has a bone bruise in his knee and will miss the team's home opener against Indiana.

The Heat made the announcement Friday, one day before opening a six-game homestand. He was injured in Miami's season-opening loss Wednesday at Orlando, a game in which he finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds.

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Jazz PG Rubio returns to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ricky Rubio took a stroll through Minneapolis on Wednesday night, as he has so often before. For the first time, he did so as a visitor.

The Twin Cities were Rubio's home away from home for the first six seasons of his NBA career, and the unexpected bond that formed between a Spanish point guard and a cold Midwestern city was one of the few endearing qualities to cling to during a downtrodden period in the franchise's history.

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Van Gundy supports protesting athletes

WASHINGTON (AP) Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy used his team's trip to Washington to again voice his support for athletes who kneel during the national anthem and his opposition to President Donald Trump.

Van Gundy was asked before Friday night's game against the Wizards what he hoped would result from the president's criticism of NFL players who refuse to stand for the anthem and the resulting national dialogue about political activism by professional athletes.

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OKC rips Knicks as Anthony, George debut

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Much has changed about the Thunder. One thing hasn't - Russell Westbrook still gets triple-doubles.

The reigning MVP had 21 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma City beat the New York Knicks 105-84 on Thursday night in their first regular-season game with All-Star additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

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Clippers roll by Lakers in Ball's debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) Patrick Beverley crowded chest-to-chest with Lonzo Ball before an inbounds pass in the first quarter while they were 94 feet from the basket. Moments later at midcourt, Beverley emphatically fouled the Lakers' rookie point guard and watched him fall.

Ball still might turn out to be Los Angeles' basketball star of the future, even after his awfully quiet NBA debut.

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Agent: Hayward's season likely over

BOSTON (AP) Celtics fans lined up to sign a banner urging Gordon Hayward to "come back stronger than ever." One player wrote his injured teammate's initials on his shoe. The crowd that bought tickets to see him make his Boston debut chanted his name.

A few miles away, Hayward was being wheeled into surgery to repair the ankle he mangled in the season opener.

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Warriors' Green has no structural damage

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green has no structural damage in his injured left knee but is still doubtful to play in the Golden State Warriors' next game.

The Warriors released the results of the MRI on Thursday and said Green traveled with the team for its current three-game road trip. Golden State plays Friday night at New Orleans.

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Valanciunas, Miles lead Raptors by Bulls

TORONTO (AP) Newcomer C.J. Miles got Toronto's bid to become a better 3-point shooting team off to a successful start.

Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Miles scored 22 points in his Toronto debut and the Raptors beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 117-101 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

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Brother of Mavs G Harris killed in crash

DALLAS (AP) The brother of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris was fatally injured in an early morning crash on a Dallas expressway.

A Dallas police statement says 38-year-old Bruce Harris died Thursday afternoon of injuries from the 1:40 a.m. Thursday crash on U.S. 75 just north of Loop 12 in North Dallas. Officer Tamika Dameron, a police spokeswoman, said Harris and another man were in a disabled vehicle when it was slammed from behind and set on fire by a car with two 23-year-old men.

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