October 31, 2013

NBA Roundup: Celtics drop season opener

Boston struggles on the boards as Toronto wins 93-87.

The Associated Press

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Kyle Lowry drives to the net past Boston guard Jordan Crawford during the Raptors’ 93-97 win Wednesday in Toronto.

Reuters

Philadelphia Coach Brett Brown watches as his team earns a win during his debut with the 76ers Wednesday.

The Associated Press

PACERS 95, PELICANS 90: Paul George scored 32, George Hill capped a 19-point performance with pivotal 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Pacers erased a 16-point deficit in New Orleans.

SPURS 101, GRIZZLIES 94: Kawhi Leonard had 14 points, Tony Parker added 13 points and nine assists, and the host Spurs got off to a strong start after last season’s disappointing loss in the NBA Finals.

PISTONS 113, WIZARDS 102: Greg Monroe had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and the new-look Pistons won their season opener in convincing fashion at home.

MAVERICKS 118, HAWKS 109: Monta Ellis started his Dallas career with 32 points, Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 and the host Mavericks spoiled Mike Budenholzer’s coaching debut.

NOTE

76ERS: Allen Iverson officially retired from the NBA on Wednesday, ending a 15-year career during which he won the 2001 MVP award and four scoring titles. Iverson retired in Philadelphia where he had his greatest successes and led the franchise to the 2001 NBA finals. Iverson said he’ll be a Sixer “until the day I die.”

The 6-foot guard had not played in an NBA game since Feb. 20, 2010, and had a brief pro stint in Turkey. He also played for Denver, Detroit and Memphis. Iverson scored 24,368 points and was an 11-time All-Star.

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