Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Lakers' 0-2 start ticks off Kobe

PORTLAND, Ore. — This was not the start the Lakers and star Kobe Bryant envisioned.

The Lakers are 0-2 after a 116-106 thumping from the Trail Blazers late Wednesday that came after dropping the opener at home against the Mavericks.

To make matters worse, two-time MVP Steve Nash, brought in during the offseason along with six-time All-Star Dwight Howard, is doubtful for tonight's game against the Clippers with a lower-leg bruise. Nash collided with the Blazers' Damian Lillard and did not practice Thursday.

It was apparent the Lakers were still getting used to each other. The starters rarely played together in an 0-8 preseason.

All of it has Bryant, who scored 30 Wednesday, grumpy.

"It's going to be a little edgy because I'm not a very happy camper around here right now," Bryant said, according to ESPN.com. "Some things we have to shore up, and we got to make sure we keep a sense of urgency."

"We've got to learn how to play together," said Howard, who had 33 points against Portland. "You've got to be good before you can be great."

Spurs nip Thunder: Tony Parker's jumper as time expired lifted the host Spurs past the Thunder 86-84 Thursday in the opener for both and a rematch last season's West final. Kevin Durant scored 23 for Oklahoma City but stood stunned under the basket for several seconds before walking off the court. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (back) missed a second straight game but could make his season debut Saturday against Utah.

N.Y. opener tonight: Already postponed once by Hurricane Sandy, the Knicks begin their season tonight against the Heat not sure what to expect when they take the floor at Madison Square Garden but hoping it helps their devastated city. "I feel like people from New York almost need a release," forward Steve Novak said. The Knicks were set to open Thursday in Brooklyn against the Nets, but that game was postponed and rescheduled for Nov. 26.

Hornet not sulking: Disputing speculation that he's unhappy in New Orleans, Eric Gordon said his right knee injury is legitimate and he wants to play. Gordon said he had a setback after trying out for the U.S. Olympic team in the summer. He insisted he's not sitting out to show his displeasure over the Hornets matching a four-year, $58 million offer from the Suns. He offered no timetable for when his knee would be ready.

Spurs 96, Thunder 84

OKLAHOMA CITY (84): Ibaka 2-7 0-0 4, Durant 9-18 4-5 23, Perkins 1-2 0-0 2, Westbrook 6-21 6-8 18, Sefolosha 2-7 2-2 8, Collison 2-6 2-2 6, Martin 4-10 4-4 15, Thabeet 0-0 1-2 1, Maynor 3-6 0-0 7, R.Jackson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-77 19-23 84.

SAN ANTONIO (86): Leonard 2-8 2-2 6, Duncan 8-19 4-6 20, Diaw 4-6 2-4 10, Parker 6-13 1-2 14, Green 5-9 0-0 13, Neal 4-6 0-0 8, Splitter 1-2 0-0 2, S.Jackson 4-10 2-2 11, Bonner 0-0 0-0 0, Mills 0-1 0-0 0, Blair 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 35-79 11-16 86.

Oklahoma City 24 16 26 18— 84

San Antonio 21 24 21 20— 86

3-point: OKC 7-17 (Martin 3-6, Sefolosha 2-3, Durant 1-2, Maynor 1-2, Ibaka 0-1, Westbrook 0-3), SA 5-19 (Green 3-6, Parker 1-2, S.Jackson 1-5, Neal 0-1, Diaw 0-2, Leonard 0-3). Rebs: OKC 53 (Durant 14), SA 48 (Duncan 8). Assists: OKC 18 (Martin, Westbrook, Durant 5), SA 27 (Parker 11). Technicals: Ibaka, S.Jackson. Flagrant: Ibaka. A: 18,581

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