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Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) looks to score as Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson (25) and Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) defend during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Pierce leaves game after banging knees

- The Washington Times

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce banged his knee coming through a screen late in the second quarter Friday and left the preseason game with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter.

Maryland men's head coach Mark Turgeon talks with reporters during a Big Ten NCAA college basketball media day in Rosemont, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Terrapins excited for fresh start in Big Ten

- The Washington Times

A new season means a fresh start, and the change of scenery adds an additional layer of unknowns, from scouting to logistics. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon pointed out Thursday that while the uniforms and venues have changed, lines can still be drawn between styles of play, and that’s what matters on the court.

Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin (13), from France, shoots as Maccabi Haifa forward Jeff Allen (12) defends during the first half of an exhibition NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards beat Israel’s Maccabi Haifa 101-95

Associated Press

Otto Porter scored 19 points and Kevin Seraphin had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help the short-handed Washington Wizards beat Israel’s Maccabi Haifa 101-95 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sits before an exhibition NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. Durant, the NBA's leading scorer of this decade and the reigning MVP, will likely miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after fracturing a bone in his right foot. The Oklahoma City star forward complained of an ache in his foot after practice Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014,  the team said. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Thunder will have to adjust to the unknown: Life without Durant

- Associated Press

Opponents have seen more than enough of Kevin Durant. Since he entered the league in 2007, he leads the league in points and minutes played. He has missed just 16 regular season games in his seven-year career and has never missed more than eight games in a season.

Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) shoots in front of Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin (13), from France, in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards down Pistons, who lose Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to injury

- Associated Press

John Wall led the Wizards (3-1) with 15 points in their preseason home opener and Marcin Gortat added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin scored 14, including the go-ahead dunk to make it 90-89 with 5.7 seconds remaining.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket in front of Dallas Mavericks forward Al-Farouq Aminu (7) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

Kevin Durant breaks bone in foot, will miss 6-8 weeks

- Associated Press

The Oklahoma City star forward complained of an ache in his foot after practice Saturday, the team said. Tests showed he has a “Jones fracture,” a broken bone at the base of his small toe.

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, and guard Chris Paul, right, cover Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Faried helps Nuggets beat Clippers 104-93

Associated Press

Kenneth Faried had 19 and seven rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 104-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason game Saturday night.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring against Tottenham during the English Premier soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Aguero scores 4, Man City beats Spurs 4-1

- Associated Press

Sergio Aguero guided Manchester City to another hammering of Tottenham on Saturday, scoring all of the champions' goals in a 4-1 victory to back up the Spurs' coach assertion that the striker is the "Mozart" of football.

Sacramento Kings arena project clears hurdle

Associated Press

A Sacramento judge has rejected a pair of environmental lawsuits that sought greater scrutiny of a new arena under construction for the Kings basketball team.

Durham History Hub exhibit, "Coach Mac: Integrator and Innovator," commemorates coach John McLendon Jr., who coached at North Carolina Central University and played professionally.  McLendon also organized and played in "the secret game," a 1944 basketball game between Duke  and N.C. Central University students. (AP Photo/The Herald-Sun, Bernard Thomas)

Durham exhibit chronicles basketball legend

- Associated Press

John B. McLendon organized and played in the 1944 basketball game between Duke and N.C. Central University students that is known as "the secret game," one of many gestures that helped break down the barriers of segregation.

Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez (42) misses a rebound against Maccabi Haifa's Anton Shoutvin at the Moda Center in Portland on Oct. 17, 2014. Bruce Ely / The Oregonianduring an NBA exhibition basketball game Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Bruce Ely)

Portland defeats visiting Maccabi Haifa 121-74

- Associated Press

Robin Lopez had 13 points and seven rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Maccabi Haifa of Israel 121-74 in an exhibition game Friday night.

Drew Gordon helps 76ers hold off Magic 95-84

Associated Press

Philadelphia's Drew Gordon scored 16 points Saturday night, getting the better of younger brother Aaron as the 76ers held off the Orlando Magic 95-84.

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) lands on top of Orlando Magic center Dewayne Dedmon, center bottom, as Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) and Greg Monroe (10) look on during the second half of an NBA basketball preseason game in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The Magic won 99-87. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

Drummond leads Pistons past Hawks, 104-100

- Associated Press

Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-100 on Saturday night in an exhibition game.

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, OCT. 18-19 - In this Oct. 13, 2014, photo, New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher watches the game as associate coach Kurt Rambis, right, looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors  at Madison Square Garden in New York.For decades NBA assistant coaches have been the anonymous, but critical, parts of an NBA coaching staff. The head coaches get all the credit, and the blame, for the successes and failures of the team. But as an influx of head jobs are filled with men who have little to no NBA coaching experience, assistants like Ron Adams, Kurt Rambis and Tyronn Lue are rising in stature and finally shining a light on the grinders behind the scenes.   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NBA assistants enjoying higher profiles

- Associated Press

For decades, they have been the NBA's anonymous grinders courtside, "the substance that fills the cracks," as Ron Adams likes to say.

Johnson scores 17 in Arizona scrimmage

Associated Press

Freshman Stanley Johnson won the dunk contest and then led all scorers with 17 points in the Arizona Wildcats' Red-Blue scrimmage at McKale Center on Saturday.

Miami Heat forward Danny Granger, left, is defended by San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli, of Italy, during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Heat beat Spurs 111-108 in overtime

- Associated Press

Rookie Shabazz Napier had 25 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and Miami held on for a 111-108 overtime victory over San Antonio on Saturday night in the teams' first meeting since the Spurs routed the Heat in the NBA Finals.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with  forward Kyle Anderson during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Spurs' Popovich jabs Suns owner Sarver

- Associated Press

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dismissed Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver's critical comments as silly and said they should have been made while wearing a "chicken suit."

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) goes in for a dunk over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27), of France, during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Crawford scores 25 as Clippers beat Jazz 101-97

Associated Press

Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford hit clutch 3-pointers in the final minute and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 101-97 Friday night for their first victory of the preseason.

Irving back on floor with Cavaliers

- Associated Press

Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is coming back to the court after missing three games with a sprained right ankle.

Bucks add 7 business leaders to franchise

- Associated Press

The Milwaukee Bucks have added seven business leaders to its ownership group as it works to rebuild the team and develops plans to replace an aging arena.