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Irving, Hayward make preseason debuts in Celtics' victory

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  • Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving is greeted by fans after the teams NBA preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. The Celtics defeated the Hornets 94-82.

    Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving is greeted by fans after the teams NBA preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. The Celtics defeated the Hornets 94-82.
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  • Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is pressured by Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) as he looks to pass during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Boston, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

    Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is pressured by Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) as he looks to pass during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Boston, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.
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  • Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, left, and his teammates pause for a moment of silence for victims of the Las Vegas concert shooting, prior to the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

    Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, left, and his teammates pause for a moment of silence for victims of the Las Vegas concert shooting, prior to the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.
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  • Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, left, and Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard, right, become  entangled while chasing a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Boston, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

    Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, left, and Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard, right, become entangled while chasing a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Boston, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.
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  • Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) grabs a rebound next to Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Boston, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

    Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) grabs a rebound next to Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Boston, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.
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  • Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward James Ennis III (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.

    Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward James Ennis III (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.
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  • Orlando Magic guard Jonathon Simmons slips off the rim after a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.

    Orlando Magic guard Jonathon Simmons slips off the rim after a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.
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  • Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) shoots between Memphis Grizzlies center Deyonta Davis, left, and forward Jarell Martin (1) as Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.

    Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) shoots between Memphis Grizzlies center Deyonta Davis, left, and forward Jarell Martin (1) as Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.
    Associated Press

  • Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson (31) dunks the ball over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Dallas.

    Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson (31) dunks the ball over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Dallas.
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  • Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) defends as Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (15) works to the basket during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Dallas.

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) defends as Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (15) works to the basket during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Dallas.
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  • Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. handles the ball as Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Rush (25) defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Dallas.

    Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. handles the ball as Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Rush (25) defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Dallas.
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BOSTON -- Boston fans have been patiently waiting to get their first glimpse of the new era of Celtics basketball.

They finally got it, and it revealed a team with a lot of upside.

Offseason trade acquisition Kyrie Irving had nine points, four rebounds and three assists, and free agent pickup Gordon Hayward added five points and five rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 94-82 Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Rookie Jayson Tatum, the third overall pick in June's draft, finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Aron Baynes added 10 points and five rebounds and three assists for Boston. The Celtics also shot 11 of 31 from the 3-point line.

"We're building a foundation," Irving said. "We understand that a few other teams that we're playing against, they're starting from the bottom as well...For us, we gotta take advantage of games like this."

Dwight Howard, who was traded by Atlanta to Charlotte this summer, finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and six turnovers in his Hornets debut. Jeremy Lamb had 17 points.

Irving and Hayward, the jewel pieces of an offseason reconstruction that has left only Celtics intact from last year's roster, sat out the second half.

In other games, the Washington Wizards beat the Guangzhou Long-Lions 126-96 in one of two exhibition games between NBA and international teams on Monday. In addition, the Utah Jazz beat the National Basketball League's Sydney Kings 108-83. It is the first time an NBL team faced an NBA team on American soil.

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GRIZZLIES 92, MAGIC 84

Mario Chalmers had 19 points in 20 minutes, Jarell Martin added 16 points and the Grizzlies defeated the Magic in both teams preseason opener.

Orlando led 65-64 late in the third quarter before the Grizzlies closed the period on an 8-0 run, which included six by Chalmers. Memphis led by as many as 10 in the final period.

Jonathan Isaac led the Magic with 15 points, followed by Mario Hezonja with 12.

MAGIC: Jonathon Simmons, Orlando's biggest offseason pickup, had a couple of highlight-worthy dunks and scored nine points in his Magic preseason debut. ...Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier each played 15 minutes, scoring eight points apiece.

GRIZZLIES: With center Marc Gasol (sprained ankle) and forward JaMychael Green both sitting, coach David Fizdale experimented with a smaller lineup of Brandan Wright at center, Chandler Parsons at power forward, and James Ennis at small forward along with Wayne Selden and Mike Conley at the guard spots.

UP NEXT: Orlando (0-1) is at Dallas on Thursday. Memphis (1-0) visits Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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MAVERICKS 106, BUCKS 104

Jonathan Motley hit a layup with 4.1 seconds left to lift the Mavericks to a win over the Bucks. Motley scored all nine of his points in a fourth quarter that saw the Mavericks outscore the Bucks 31-20.

Dallas' starters were pulled after one quarter of action. Harrison Barnes was 4 of 6 from the field and had nine points. Dirk Nowitzki had five points in 10 minutes of action.

Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 12 points, followed by John Henson with 11 points and four rebounds.

BUCKS: Rashad Vaughn finished with 20 points for Milwaukee and missed a 30-footer at the buzzer. ... Greg Monroe had 12 points and seven rebounds.

MAVERICKS: Nerlens Noel played 15 minutes off the bench and had five points and two steals.

UP NEXT: Bucks (0-1) host Indiana on Wednesday. Dallas hosts Chicago on Wednesday.

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KINGS 106, SPURS 100

LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points in 16 minutes of action in the Spurs' loss to the Kings in the preseason opener for both teams.

The Spurs (0-1) played their starters for two quarters, giving the Kings a chance to showcase their young second unit. Rookie De'Aaron Fox shined in the extra playing time, scoring a game-high 16 on 7 of 8 shooting from the field.

The Kings (1-0) outscored the Spurs 23-16 in the fourth quarter.

SPURS: Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay all sat out. ... Patty Mills finished with 11 points and three assists in 17 minutes off the bench.

KINGS: Skal Labissiere finished with 15 points, connecting on 7 of 10 shots. Buddy Hield added 12 points and four rebounds.

UP NEXT: These teams are set to meet again Friday in San Antonio.

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NUGGETS 113, LAKERS 107

Garry Harris scored 25 points in 21 minutes, Nikola Jokic added 16 and the Nuggets (2-0) defeated the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers (0-2) with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Lonzo Ball finished with eight points and four assists, but also had four turnovers in his second preseason game.

NUGGETS: Paul Millsap finished with 11 points, two assists, two blocks and two steals.

LAKERS: Julius Randall had a solid night with 12 points and 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes.

UP NEXT: Lakers host the Nuggets again on Wednesday.

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