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Follow live: Celtics, Bulls in back-and-forth battle

Dwyane Wade and the Bulls take on fellow free-agent acquisition Al Horford and the Boston Celtics at the United Center in Chicago.

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Few point guards in NBA history have the résumé to go toe-to-toe with Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. So how can it be that he's never played in the conference finals?

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Amazing NBA opener performances abound

Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Hakeem Olajuwon were among the many players whose performances were matched or bettered.

No Kobe, no problem (0:43)


John Wall hits ground hard after foul

The Wizards guard is undercut by Kent Bazemore on his way to the hoop. The two have words after the play, which resulted in Bazemore getting assessed a flagrant foul.


Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Just told by someone in the know that Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder -- ex-Marquette teammates -- not exactly boys.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade said when he signed in Chicago that he was a better three point shooter than his numbers show. He has proven that early tonight. He has 14 points in the first half and is 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Just told by someone who knows that Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder -- ex-Marquette teammates -- not exactly boys.


Dwyane Wade 3-Pt FG all of last season: 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌 Dwyane Wade 3-Pt FG in this 1st half so far: 👌👌👌

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bulls are expecting Niko Mirotic to take another step in his progression this season. Problem is, he still doesn't look confident taking jumpers. He has missed three wide open shots in the first half as the Bulls' lead erodes.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Exhausted Kevin Durant, talking to himself in empty Smoothie King Center, long after practice


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Lot of hype about Boston's defense coming into the season but the Celtics have given up 147 points through five quarters. Brad Stevens when asked about his defense being better this year: "I think defense is one of those things that you gotta go out there and do it. It's not about talking about it. It's not about the anticipation of how good we can be. That's an everyday commitment."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

GSW assistant coach Chris DeMarco after Kevin Durant took his life force in 1 on 1 drills

Sefolosha finishes in transition with dunk

Thabo Sefolosha gets his hand in front of Trey Burke's pass and goes the distance for the reverse slam.


Howard grabs nine boards in first quarter

In his regular season debut with the Hawks, Dwight Howard scored four points and recorded nine rebounds in the first quarter against the Wizards.


Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls setting an aggressive tone early against the Celtics. They've gotten whatever they want offensively and already have 5 assists. The ball movement has been solid and they are trying to play with more pace getting up the floor.

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The 76ers fan who was ejected Wednesday night has issued an apology, but says Russell Westbrook provoked him. es.pn/2eX3P57

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

KD still practicing long after everyone's gone. Yells: "They say I ain't hungry! I'm out here!"