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Walls knees look just fine in explosive game against 76ers
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One soaring dunk at a time, John Wall let everyone know that his surgically repaired knees are just fine.

Wall threw down three one-handed dunks in the first half of the Washington Wizards’ 100-79 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

Wall scored all of his nine points in the first half and also had nine assists and three steals in his second preseason game. The star point guard had surgery on both of his knees in May to address lingering pain that had bothered him for a couple of years.


LAS VEGAS — Anthony Tolliver hit all seven of his 3-pointers for 21 points to lead the Kings over the Lakers.

D’Angelo Russell continued his impressive preseason with 31 points in 33 minutes for the Lakers. The second-year point guard also had 11 assists and hit 5 of 6 3-pointers.

KINGS: DeMarcus Cousins was given the night off. ... Darren Collison added 20 points and seven assists. Rudy Gay had 19 points and seven assists.

LAKERS: Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points in 23 minutes off the bench. ... Lou Williams started at shooting guard alongside Russell in the backcourt.

UP NEXT: Sacramento (2-2) takes Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein back to Lexington, Kentucky to play Washington at Rupp Arena on Saturday. The Lakers (2-3) stay in Vegas and will play Golden State on Saturday.



TULSA, Okla. — Marc Gasol scored 21 points and hit 3-of-5 3-pointers to push the Grizzlies past the Thunder.

Alex Abrines led the Thunder with 19 points and hit 5 of 6 3s.

GRIZZLIES: Mike Conley scored 19 points and hit all three of his 3-pointers. ... Zach Randolph scored 12 points off the bench, but was just 6 for 17 from the field.

THUNDER: Russell Westbrook made the big headlines after shootaround on Thursday morning when he was asked about comments former teammate Kevin Durant made when saying he chose to play for Golden State because of the selfless players on the roster.

UP NEXT: Memphis (3-1) visits Houston on Saturday. Oklahoma City (1-3) hosts Minnesota on Sunday.



CLEVELAND — Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and dished out six assists in the first half to help the Raptors cruise past the Cavaliers.

RAPTORS: DeMarre Carroll had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists in 18 minutes. ... Cory Joseph had 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting in 19 minutes.

CAVALIERS: Tristan Thompson made his preseason debut and had eight points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. He has been dealing with a sore left foot.

UP NEXT: Toronto (2-2) hosts Buenos Aires on Friday. Cleveland (2-2) visits Chicago on Friday.


ATLANTA — Ish Smith and Tobias Harris scored 18 points apiece and the Pistons claimed their first preseason win.

Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 17 points, along with nine assists. Dwight Howard added 15 points and nine rebounds.

PISTONS: Detroit bounced back from a 33-19 deficit after the first quarter. ... C Andre Drummond (illness) and F Marcus Morris (mild knee tendinitis) were held out.

HAWKS: After shooting 60 percent from the field in the opening period, the Hawks made only 24 of 63 (38 percent) the rest of the way.

UP NEXT: Detroit (1-2) travels to Philadelphia on Saturday. Atlanta (2-2) plays at Orlando on Sunday.


NEW YORK — Al Horford had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the Celtics over the Nets.

Luis Scola had 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes for the Nets.

CELTICS: Marcus Smart scored 13 points and was a plus-14 in 22 minutes off the bench. ... All-Star Isaiah Thomas scored 12 points in 19 minutes.

NETS: Jeremy Lin had 12 points and seven assists. ... Trevor Booker started at power forward and had 11 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes.

UP NEXT: Boston (3-1) goes to New York to play the Knicks on Saturday. Brooklyn (1-3) heads to Boston to play the Celtics on Monday.



LOS ANGELES — Jamal Crawford hit a jumper with 0.2 seconds left to hand the Trail Blazers their first loss of the preseason.

C.J. McCollum had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Blazers, who trailed by 18 in the first half before rallying to take the lead late.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Mason Plumlee fouled out in just 11 minutes. ... Al-Farouq Aminu was ejected in the third quarter for arguing with the officials. ... Grant Jerrett, fighting for the last spot on the roster, hit a 3-pointer with 34 seconds to play that tied the game at 107.  ... Damian Lillard scored 19 points and had five assists.

CLIPPERS: Blake Griffin led the way with 26 points. ... After Crawford hit his jumper, DeAndre Jordan ran from the bench on to the court thinking that the game was over. But there was still time on the clock, so Jordan was assessed a technical foul. It was his second technical of the game, so he was ejected. ... Crawford finished with seven points. ... Brandon Bass and Mo Speights each scored 16 points.

UP NEXT: Portland (3-1) returns home to play Denver on Sunday. Los Angeles (2-2) hits the road to face Utah.