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Bobby Marks ESPN 

New Orleans can wait until after their October 24 game at Portland to sign Jameer Nelson and not waive a player. The Pelicans will be eligible to apply for the hardship roster exception and add a 16th player.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving acknowledged a profane outburst he directed at a fan in Philadelphia who yelled at him about LeBron James. Irving says he's been in touch with the league about it. He is unsure if he will be fined but did stress that he shouldn't have reacted.

Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN 

Brooklyn, Charlotte, Houston and New Orleans involved with free agent guard Jameer Nelson, league sources tell ESPN.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

A weird note about Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison: Despite measuring 6-foot-1 and a half in shoes at the NBA Draft Combine, Collison had been listed at 6-foot his entire career before this season. He's now, at last, being listed at 6-foot-2.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George's media scrum was blocking the way off the court after shootaround. Russell Westbrook let him know about it. But George wasn't mad about it. "Hey, that's the man getting me easy looks."

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Jerami Grant shooting after shooting. Grant missed a few and Melo said, "I didn't come here to get double-teamed!"

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LaVar Ball after Lonzo Ball nearly became the youngest NBA player ever to record a triple-double: "Tell Patrick Beverley that was his last interview for the year so don't worry about it."

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LaVar Ball spent time after the game chatting and talking about the importance of family with Montell Jordan, the halftime act at the game. Jordan said he appreciates the elder Ball.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers are playing a lot harder and with much more energy and hustle than last night's opener as evidenced by Larry Nance diving on the floor for a 50-50 ball and tapping it to Brook Lopez for a dunk. It won't always look like this because they won't always play the defenseless Suns but this is what the Lakers want to be this season — run, share the ball, create breaks off defense, hustle and display the potential of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. They're doing all of that tonight.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Ingram has responded from his poor opener with his best game yet. He already has a career-high 24 points with 4:48 left to go in the third quarter. Ingram is displaying his potential, scoring inside on drives and posts and burying 3-pointers as well.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk on 0-2 Mavs: "Whoever is here has got to fight. It's not going to get any easier."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Shane Larkin on stepping up in the fourth quarter versus Philadelphia: "I know I can make an impact every time I step on the court. Just have to go out there and play hard, be aggressive, and trust in yourself and your abilities." Larkin scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter as Boston rallied for its first win.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie Jabari Bird, an emergency call-up on a two-day way contract, was brutally honest about what coaches did to prep him for his surprise NBA debut on Friday. "Nothing. I wasn't prepared at all for tonight."

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball looks much more comfortable in his second game and had nine points, five assists and five rebounds with one steal and one turnover in the first half. The rookie is much more aggressive looking for his shot, shooting three-for-nine so far but this is an up tempo game against the Suns with very little defense. Both teams put up 70 in the first half. Brandon Ingram also is bouncing back nicely from a sluggish opener with 17 points at the half. Ingram hit six-of-his-first-eight shots and was in attack mode.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball is out here throwing Vegas-like passes. He grabbed a defensive rebound under the basket and immediately fired a rim-to-rim pass to a streaking Corey Brewer, who was blocked from behind on his dunk attempt. Later, Ball stole a pass on the far right corner by the sideline and in one motion flung a pass up and across the court to Brewer but couldn't get the ball ahead of Brewer resulting in a turnover. Still, these were the types of passes Ball delivered at the Las Vegas summer league where he was MVP and rebounded from a poor debut.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Curry (3,927) has now passed Tim Hardaway (3,926) for second place on the franchise's all-time assists list.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Curry (3,927) has now passed Tim Hardaway (3,926) for second place on the franchise's all-time assists list.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Devin Booker took a really hard spill after attempting a driving dunk while being blocked and fouled by Brook Lopez. He landed on his hip area but got up and remains in the game.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs PG Dennis Smith Jr. will not play tomorrow vs. Rockets. Rick Carlisle says they hope he can play Monday vs. Warriors.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Giannis Antetokounmpo to ESPN when asked how he's improved the most in his five years in the league: "I think my mentality. The way I approach the game. The way I approach just a simple practice. That's my mentality. I take this more serious. I'm not taking this for granted no more. I think my rookie I was just having fun. I was 18 and I was living the American dream. Now, I think it's like, it's time to like work hard and achieve goals and do whatever it takes for your team to win. So I think my mentality has changed since my rookie year."

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

It was a feisty second quarter, but the game is now close. At the break, New Orleans 64, Golden State 61. The Pelicans led by as many as 17. Kevin Durant has 17 points and four boards. Anthony Davis has 16 points and seven rebounds.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

It's early but Lonzo Ball looks quicker and more assertive than in his debut. He's clapping for the ball when he doesn't have it and he's looking to push even more than his debut. Obviously not having Patrick Beverley hounding him helps.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins now picks up a technical for getting in the face of Draymond Green before heading to the bench.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Draymond Green picks up a technical foul for gently shoving DeMarcus Cousins.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant just blocked Tony Allen twice with only one shoe on.