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Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick, right, goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 120-115. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Kelly Oubre Jr. gets a prominent chance

- The Washington Times

Early injuries to the Wizard’s frontcourt have opened an opportunity for Oubre at the start of his third season. Though, Markieff Morris’ return may not be far off.

Washington Nationals fans watch the action during Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 in Washington. The Cubs won 9-8 and won the series. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

LOVERRO: To be a Washington fan is to embrace the heartache

It was a subdued crowd, but who would expect much more from the seventh game of an 82-game schedule that no one should expect to lead to anything — other than, perhaps, something like a 9-8 Game 5 loss to the Cubs. A 115-105 Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics. A 19-10 season-ending loss to the New York Giants. Or, of course, a 2-0 Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks to pass as Philadelphia 76ers guard Jerryd Bayless (0) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

John Wall scores 28 points, Wizards hold on to beat 76ers in opener

- Associated Press

John Wall scored 28 points, Bradley Beal rebounded from a rough start to add 25 and the Washington Wizards spoiled the NBA debuts of top picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 120-115 on Wednesday night.

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Miami Heat's Dion Waiters (11) reacts after James Johnson, left, scored during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Heat hold off Pacers to win home opener, 112-108

- Associated Press

The final horn sounded on the first Miami Heat home game of the season, and Dion Waiters walked toward midcourt with his hands held high over his head.

AP source: Pelicans add Nelson with Rondo out

- Associated Press

A person familiar with the deal says guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to one-year, veteran minimum, free-agent contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Bulls' Portis publicly apologizes to teammate he punched

- Associated Press

Suspended Bulls forward Bobby Portis offered an apology to injured teammate Niko Mirotic on Saturday in his first public comments since punching Mirotic in the face in practice on Tuesday.

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore (55) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Curry, Thompson, Durant lead Warriors past Pelicans 128-120

- Associated Press

As quickly as Golden State's Klay Thompson pulled up for his seventh 3-pointer of the night, the Pelicans' packed, home-opening crowd stopped chanting, "Defense," and started looking for the nearest exits.