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Paul, Rondo, Ingram suspended for fracas

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers teammates Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul of the Rockets were suspended without pay Sunday for an on-court fight, with Paul taking the heaviest financial hit.

Ingram was suspended four games, Rondo will sit out three games and Paul two games. The NBA handed down the punishments a day after the incident in the fourth quarter at Staples Center.

The penalty was costliest to Paul, who has the highest salary of the trio and was fined a total of $491,782. Paul is president of the NBA Players' Association. He began serving his suspension Sunday night and wasn't at the arena when the Rockets lost to the Clippers 115-112. Rondo will be docked a total of $186,207, while Ingram's total is $158,816.

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Westbrook returns but OKC falls to Kings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook was in no mood to talk after his season debut.

Iman Shumpert scored 26 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-120 on Sunday night to spoil Westbrook's return.

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Nuggets hold off Warriors on late block

DENVER (AP) Juancho Hernangomez's swooping right-handed swat was precisely the right stuff to help the Denver Nuggets stay unbeaten.

Turns out, this high-scoring Nuggets team can play a little defense, too.

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Bench lifts Clips past Paul-less Rockets

LOS ANGELES (AP) Three games into his NBA career, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is getting used to playing in crunch time.

The rookie is pretty good when it counts, too.

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Young has 35 as Hawks rout winless Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) Trae Young got doused with a bucket of ice water after his third NBA game.

The Cavaliers couldn't do anything to cool off Atlanta's rookie guard.

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Nuggets F Barton could miss some time

DENVER (AP) Nuggets versatile forward Will Barton missed Denver's game Sunday night against Golden State because of a right hip injury.

Barton was carted off the court Saturday after feeling something pop when he took off for the basket during the third quarter of a win over Phoenix. He underwent an MRI on Sunday morning.

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Walker off to flying start for Hornets

MIAMI (AP) There was a stretch last season spanning four games when Charlotte's Kemba Walker missed 16 consecutive attempts from 3-point range.

That seems unfathomable now.

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Wolves rest Butler, Doncic powers Mavs

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic had the home crowd roaring in the teenager's Dallas debut with step-back 3-pointers and big buckets late while fellow youngster Dennis Smith Jr. quietly played a secondary role.

The script flipped in the final seconds.

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Without Leonard, Lowry's 28 lift Raptors

WASHINGTON (AP) All's going well for Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors at the moment, off to a 3-0 start and even winning without new star Kawhi Leonard in the second half of a back-to-back.

Nothing's going right for John Wall and the Washington Wizards, 0-2 after a pair of losses at home and unable to rebound well while waiting for new big man Dwight Howard to make his season debut.

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Griffin's 33 and 12 get Pistons by Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) Blake Griffin was having a big game and he had just hit a key 3-pointer on his previous attempt.

Still, the perennial All-Star had no problem deferring to a reserve for a potential game-winning shot Saturday night.

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