CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls suspended forward Bobby Portis for the first eight games of the season Wednesday for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.

Mirotic suffered broken bones in his face as well as a concussion on Tuesday and will likely need surgery. Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said Mirotic is expected to miss four to six weeks, and that he needs to clear the concussion protocol before the facial injuries can be resolved.

Paxson acknowledged fault on both sides while calling the incident “inexcusable.” He also called Portis “a good kid” who “made a mistake.”

The incident takes two more players out of their rotation, with newcomer Zach LaVine also missing the start of the season as he works his way back from a torn ACL.

WARRIORS: Forward Draymond Green underwent an MRI exam on his strained left knee and his status for an upcoming road trip is unclear.

Green got hurt in the closing seconds of the third quarter of Tuesday’s season-opening 122-121 home loss to Houston when he drove left to the basket, took an off-balanced shot and landed awkwardly. He came up hobbling and grabbing at his knee.

ROCKETS: Guard Chris Paul sat out Houston’s game in Sacramento on Wednesday night because of a bruised left knee.


WIZARDS 120, 76ERS 115: John Wall scored 28 points, Bradley Beal rebounded from a rough start to add 25 and host Washington spoiled the NBA debuts of top picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.

The Sixers cut their deficit to two in the final minute. A pair of Philadelphia turnovers and a 3-point miss by J.J. Redick allowed the Wizards to hold on.

PISTONS 102, HORNETS 90: Tobias Harris scored 17 of his 27 points in the first quarter, helping the Pistons celebrate their return downtown Detroit with a win over Charlotte.

The Pistons opened the season in Little Caesars Arena, a new facility that brought them back to the city for the first time in nearly four decades.

PACERS 140, NETS 131: Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the Pacers held off Brooklyn.

MAGIC 116, HEAT 109: Evan Fournier scored 23 points and Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 13 rebounds for host Orlando.

Fournier stalled the Heat’s rally by scoring seven points in the final 2:27, including a driving basket with 30 seconds left.