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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.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis drains a triple at the buzzer over Draymond Green to give the Pelicans a 39-26 advantage on Warriors going into the second quarter. Davis leads all scorers with 12 points.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State was down 15 to New Orleans early in the opening quarter, but now the margin has been trimmed to eight with 2:42 remaining.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State finds itself in a miniature hole on the road. New Orleans jumps out to a 17-6 lead. Smoothie King Center is electric thus far.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

In need of a spark, the shorthanded Celtics got an unexpected boost from two end-of-the-roster players in Shane Larkin and Jabari Bird. Larkin scored eight fourth-quarter points and Bird, a two-way call-up contributed some key minutes, as Boston spoiled the 76ers home opener with a 102-92 triumph.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

One game after he started, Luol Deng is inactive tonight against Phoenix. Luke Walton says he is making changes to his starting lineup and rotation.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs bench ranked 29th in the league in bench scoring last season at 29.1 points per game. Tonight Cleveland's reserves are outscoring Milwaukee's second unit 40-17 late in the fourth quarter.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics are so shorthanded due to injury that rookie Jabari Bird, with the team on a two-way contract, made his season debut in the third quarter of Friday's game against the 76ers. Boston is currently playing without three of its top six players (Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris).

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to show he is one of the most exciting and dynamic players in the league. He appears to be even more confident in his all around game this season. He is going to give teams a headache every night throughout the year.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Nerlens Noel is in the Mavs' starting lineup after his 16-point, 11-rebound, three-block performance off the bench in the opener.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Playoff atmosphere in Milwaukee tonight.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee effusion) is out tonight against the Kings. He was a late scratch.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Been to plenty of games in Milwaukee — never heard it this loud. Fans are into it early chanting "MVP, MVP" for Giannis.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

How Joel Embiid's intro sounded inside the Wells Fargo Center before Friday's home-opener against the Celtics.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Kings coach Dave Joerger on rookie De'Aaron Fox, 19: "He's one of the higher IQ guys on our team, so I've got to catch everybody up to him."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach Randolph will make his Kings debut tonight against the Mavs after missing the opener due to oral surgery.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs G Devin Harris is taking a leave after tragic death of his brother Bruce. "He can take as long as he needs," coach Rick Carlisle said.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Cavs huddle up before heading out to face the Bucks

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Hood up, Jae Crowder warms up on the floor where he once played for Marquette

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Dwyane Wade works on his wing-post game as he prepares for the Bucks